Trace Elements Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis

$179.00 $99.87

Hair Analysis Test to Help Identify Mineral & Vitamin Deficiencies, Excesses, Imbalances. Includes Detailed Lab Recommendations.


Next Wave Discounted Price:  $99.87 (USD) * (Includes Everything you need!)

*NOTE: This test offer is ONLY for addresses within the continental U.S.  We can only support addresses within the continental U.S. Unfortunately, we cannot support shipping or mailing addresses outside of the continental US. 

*Note: NO NEW YORK STATE RESIDENTS (We are unable to process samples collected from residents of New York due to current New York State regulations.)

Next Wave introduces Trace Elements, one of the premiere Hair Analysis Companies in the WORLD — an affordable and easy, RESULTS-ORIENTED program just for you. 

Why are Next Wave prices so low? more…


Along with your Hair Test Mineral Analysis from Trace Elements, you will receive a unique, in-depth report on your test results.  Above and beyond the usual information about individual mineral levels, you will get explanations regarding your most significant mineral readings and their interrelationships – your mineral balance.  You will also learn your metabolic type – whether you are a Fast Metabolizer or a Slow Metabolizer.  And in addition to a list of recommended supplementation, you will learn what foods to emphasize and which to avoid in order to further assist you to balance your minerals.

Many symptoms and concerns are associated with mineral and vitamin deficiencies, excesses, and/or imbalances.  Here are just a FEW:

  • Pain
  • Arthritis / Rheumatism
  • Headaches
  • Weight Management
  • Allergies
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Weakness
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Toxic Heavy Metals

Just think… You even might identify the ROOT CAUSE of your health concerns!


What Exactly Can Hair Analysis Do For Me?

Hair Analysis Can Help Identify

  • Nutrient Excesses As Well As Deficiencies & Imbalances

Hair Analysis Can Measure

  • Toxic Metal Levels & Other Related Poisons

Hair Analysis Can Provide

  • Metabolic Type & Rate
  • Glandular Function
  • Disease Tendencies
  • Toxic Environmental Exposures
  • Symptomatic Relationships
  • Nervous System Function
  • Stages Of Stress
  • Diet Recommendations
  • Supplement Recommendations
  • And More!!

Trace Elements provides a DETAILED scientifically designed report, individually tailored and designed specifically for you based upon scientific laboratory results from your hair analysis test.

Take a look at a sample Trace Element report — and just think — this is only a small portion of a typical Trace Element report.


View sample report of explanations.  Click here…

View sample report showing graphs. Click here…


Remember — YOUR report will be SO much more detailed and will involve even MORE information than what you see in this mini sample and it will be very specific to your individual findings.

Wow!  SO much information!

NO more guessing!

Now you’ll know exactly what your body needs as defined by a scientific lab test.

In fact, many people report that they SPEND LESS on supplements AND FEEL BETTER because they now take EXACTLY and ONLY what their body needs – as defined by a scientific lab test.

It’s affordable.

It’s non-invasive.


It’s EASY!

Trace Elements HTMA QA Lab


Your personal laboratory report — findings from your hair analysis — gives you unique and personal guidelines using information detected in your lab report to correct your unique issues.


Your Trace Elements Lab Report Reveals Your Personal Cellular Biochemistry:

  • Primary Nutrient & Toxic Metal Retention Profile (Mineral – Deficiencies – Excesses – & Ratio Imbalances, Vitamins, Proteins, Fats, Sugars, Toxins, & More)
  • Metabolic Type, Rate, & Tissue Acidity/Alkalinity
  • Thyroid & Adrenal Glands’ Functional Hormonal Output
  • Autonomic Nervous System Function
  • Diet-Related Disease Tendencies
  • Nutrition-Related Symptoms Experienced
  • Digestive System Weaknesses
  • Mineral-Related Allergic Tendencies
  • Sensitivities To Concentrated Sugars & Insulin Resistance
  • Biochemical Pathways Of Greatest Metabolic Dysfunction

Repair and Rebalance

Your Trace Elements Lab Report suggests a program designed to nutritionally repair and rebalance your biochemistry using their medical laboratory-proven program of completely personalized nutrition and supplementation precisely tailored to YOUR exact biochemical uniqueness.

Your Trace Elements Lab Report Describes:

  • Foods – Which Foods To Eat More / Daily – & Which Foods To Completely Avoid Immediately
  • Detox – Awareness About External Contaminants – & Procedures To Rid Your Body Of Poisons
  • Macro & Micro Nutrients – Recommendations Regarding Foods And Supplements In Synergistic Proportions For Best Results Allowed By Your Genetic Design
  • Toxic Baseline – Scientifically Derived – Used To Compare Future Metabolic Improvements (Beyond Energy Gain, Symptom Reduction, & Anti-Aging Effects)


Trace Elements HTMA Lab


So get started now on your path to total wellness.

After All…

You Have Nothing to Loose

Except Perhaps Things Like —

Your Negative Symptoms

Your Fatigue

Your Toxins

Your Unwanted Weight…





Call Next Wave if you have any questions.

Domestic callers: 949-542-6332 (PST 9-5 Mon – Fri) Leave a message with your time zone and the latest I can return your call.

International callers: Email to coordinate.


Let us know how else we can support you…




FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS & Additional Information:

(The following information is provided by Trace Elements.)

Along with your hair analysis from Trace Elements, you receive a unique, in-depth report on your test results.  Above and beyond the usual information about individual mineral levels, you will get explanations regarding your most significant mineral readings and their interrelationships – your mineral balance.  You will also learn your metabolic type – whether you are a Fast Metabolizer or a Slow Metabolizer.  And in addition to a list of recommended supplementation, you will learn what foods to emphasize and which to avoid in order to further assist you to balance your minerals.


1. What is Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis?
Hair tissue mineral analysis (HTMA) is an analytical test which measure mineral content of the hair.  Testing is performed using highly sophisticated spectroscopy equipment and stringent scientific methods to provide the most accurate and precise results.

Your hair contains all the minerals present in your body, including nutritional minerals as well as toxic heavy metals.  Hair mineral analysis is a laboratory test that measures this mineral content in the hair.

In most cases, the test results reflect how much of these elements are in your tissues and provide a vivid picture of your internal environment.

With this information, a world of metabolic events can be interpreted.  Not only can your nutritional status be viewed, but Trace Elements can learn much about how efficiently your body is working.

Trace Elements (TEI) is a leading worldwide laboratory.  After hundreds of thousands of hair analysis, TEI has developed a unique ability to interpret hair analysis results, which are detailed for you in your unique and personal Hair Analysis Report.


2. Why Test for Minerals
Trace minerals are essential in countless metabolic functions in all phases of the life process.

For example:

Zinc is involved in production, storage, and secretion of insulin and is necessary for growth hormones.

Magnesium is required for normal muscular function, especially heart.  A magnesium deficiency has been associated with increased incidence of heart attacks, anxiety, and nervousness.

Potassium is critical for normal nutrient transport into the cell.  A potassium deficiency can result in muscular weakness, depression, and lethargy.

Excess sodium is associated with hypertension, yet adequate amounts are required for normal health.


3. How Can Hair Analysis Help Me Achieve Better Health
If we consider that diet is what we consume and nutrition is what we retain, then we can see that discovering what your body needs when it needs it is a valuable tool in creating health.

After 30 years of research, hair analysis has emerged as the most practical method for testing mineral balance in your body.  This valuable tool indicates which supplements you need and which ones you should avoid.

Doctors of almost every specialty, nutritionists, dietitians, and other health care practitioners routinely use hair analysis.   Progressive health care providers are now well aware of the vast amount of research linking nutrition to disease.  But what serves as good nutrition for one person may not be good for you.

Your unique and personalized Hair Analysis Report is designed to help you and your health practitioner determine the best nutritional program for you.


4. What Benefits Can I Expect From My Trace Elements Program?
Once you eliminate nutrient deficiencies, excesses, imbalances, disturbances, and toxic infiltration, you may experience a more efficient metabolism.  You may also find that you enjoy a better quality of life!

  • Less Accumulation Of Body Fat
  • Elimination Of Fatigue
  • Slowed Aging And Fewer Aging-Related Symptoms
  • Dramatically Increased Immune System (And Better Resistance To Disease)
  • Greater Mental Clarity
  • Improved Athletic Performance


5. What Special Benefits Might I See From My Trace Elements Program?

  • The end of guesswork regarding which food and supplement nutrients your body really Now this will all be defined by lab results from your scientific hair analysis.
  • You now Control the impact of nutrition, environment, and lifestyle while respecting your truly unique body.
  • You protect yourself form “nonsense nutrition”, “trendy” fad diets and recommendations, and unproven ideas that may even HARM your health more than help it.


6. How Do I Know My Hair Analysis Results Are Reliable?
With a properly obtained sample, hair analysis is extremely accurate.  Highly sophisticated instruments and software programs allow for extensive quality control.

Trace Elements (TEI) specializes in hair analysis testing exclusively, analyzing over 50,000 samples per year.  Most labs that provide hair analysis services do other laboratory testing as well.  But TEI’s full attention is directed toward assuring the accuracy of your test results.


7. Why Use Hair?
Hair is ideal tissue for sampling and testing.  It’s easily collected, painlessly and non-invasively provided, and can be sent to the lab without special handling.  In addition, HTMA can give indications of mineral status and toxic metal accumulation following long-term or acute exposure.

All of the important nutritional elements and toxic elements accumulate in the hair.

Hair has been found to be especially suitable for biological monitoring of environmental exposure on global, regional, and local levels.

Nutritional assessment using hair mineral analysis has many advantages compared to mineral analysis of other tissues in that it shows retention of minerals by the body.  Testing metals in the urine only measures the minerals that ere being excreted.  Blood gives an indication of the minerals that are absorbed and temporarily in circulation before they are excreted and/or sequestered into storage depots.

Blood and urine testing gives an indication of the mineral status of the body only at a specific time.  However, mineral concentrations found in the hair represents long-term intake or exposure making it more useful for nutritional and epidemiological studies.

In today’s society, individual nutritional deficiencies such as scurvy and beri beri are rare.  However, over nutrition and nutritional imbalances are a major problem.  As an example, calcium and magnesium work together for many functions within the body.  Magnesium alone is responsible for the function of hundreds of enzymes.  However, normal enzyme activity can be disturbed not only by a deficiency of magnesium but also when the normal relationship between calcium and magnesium is lost.  A person can have adequate amounts of magnesium, but if their calcium is too high, a relative magnesium deficiency exists that can contribute to abnormal function and ultimately adverse health conditions.

 Not only can individual deficiencies and excesses be seen in a hair mineral analysis, but also the many interrelationships between elements can be viewed and interpreted through a single sample.  At present, hair mineral analysis is the most economical and useful screening tool for evaluating nutritional interrelationships in individuals as well as population groups.  Follow-up tests also aid in assessing improvements in nutritional status following supplementation, dietary, and lifestyle changes

Blood, urine, and saliva tell more of a “snap-shot” story.

Hair, unlike blood, urine, or saliva, tells a retentive story.


8. Why Hair Analysis?
Hair mineral analysis is a lab test that accurately measures the mineral content in the hair, which comprehensively reflects the amounts of these elements in your tissues.

Your hair contains all the minerals present in your body – nutritional minerals as well as toxic heavy metals.

Test results provide information regarding your nutritional status and the efficiency of systems in your body.

Blood tests provide an accurate snapshot report of your mineral levels at the time of the test ONLY.

Urine tests measure minerals excreted from your body without necessarily noting what has been absorbed as fuel for your body.  Like blood tests, urine tests are also mere snapshot views.

Hair analysis results indicate your actual storage or retention levels over a period of time.


9. Does A Blood or Urine Test Tell Me As Much As A Hair Analysis Test?
Blood tests give information about your mineral levels at the time of the test.  If you’ve just eaten a banana, your test can indicate a high potassium level, even though you may actually need potassium supplementation.

On the other hand, hair analysis results indicate your overall level of potassium – your actual storage levels over a period of time, not just what you ate that day or even that week.  So a blood test will only accurately report what is being transported in your blood at the time of the test.

Testing for minerals in the urine measures the minerals that are being excreted from your body – not necessarily what has been absorbed as fuel for your body.

So blood and urine tests are like snapshots whereas a hair analysis is the video of your mineral retention.


10. What’s the Difference Between Hair Mineral Levels and Blood Mineral Levels?
Minerals circulating in the blood are under a very different homeostatic control than minerals in the tissues.  They must be maintained within narrow limits in the blood.  This is accomplished even if the dietary intake of a nutrient is very low.

Maintaining minerals within a range in the blood is attained several ways.

If a mineral intake is very high, the body will compensate by removing or eliminating it as quickly as possible.

If the mineral is not eliminated, it will be stored in body tissues.

If intake of an element is very very low, then the body will draw from storage areas to maintain blood levels.  Once the storage level of a mineral is markedly depleted, then the blood will reflect a deficiency.

Other factors affect blood mineral levels such as, stress, inflammation, other disease states, and medications.

Therefore, blood mineral levels will not always correlate with tissue mineral status since blood mineral levels are usually maintained at the tissue’s expense.


11. How Do I Provide Hair?
Next Wave provides a professional information packet in your hair test kit which describes the easy procedures to obtain a proper hair specimen.

You just provide about one teaspoon of clean hair, sampled from several areas of your scalp on the back portion of your head.  Simply part your hair and cut a few strands of hair close to the scalp.  Cut excess hair from the sample leaving about one and one half inch from the root end.

Trace Elements HTMA Hair Collection


If your hair is permed, dyed, or bleached, you may want to wait as long as possible before your hair service, and provide a sample of virgin hair (as stated above by cutting and removing the treated hair.)

As a last resort, nails and pubic samples can be provided.  Be aware, however, that results may not reflect your most recent mineral patterns because these tissues grow more slowly and sporadically than scalp hair.

As mentioned, easy and exact directions are provided in the professional information packet of your test kit.


12.  What About Contamination – Hair Dyes & Soaps – Will These Affect Results?
Certain cosmetic hair treatments can contaminate scalp hair – things like dyes that contain lead acetate, bleaching processes that artificially affect calcium, and medicated shampoos that contain zinc or selenium.  However, only the individual element is affected.  All of the other minerals tested are valid.

If your hair is permed, dyed, or bleached, you may want to wait as long as possible before your hair service, and provide a sample of virgin hair.  Also remember that you provide only about 1 ½ inches of the hair closest to your scalp so you will probably be cutting and removing most of the treated hair.

Trace Elements has extensive ability to interpret and compare test results to individual metabolic characteristics.  These effects can be overcome.


13. How Can Vitamins Be Evaluated Through Hair Analysis?
Minerals interact not only with each other but also with vitamins, proteins, carbohydrates, and fats.

Minerals influence each of these factors, and these other factors, in turn, influence mineral status.

Minerals act as enzyme activators, and vitamins are synergistic to minerals as coenzymes.  Therefore, it is extremely rare that a mineral disturbance could develop without a corresponding disturbance in the synergistic vitamin(s).

By the same token, it would be rare for a disturbance in the utilization or activity of a vitamin to occur without a synergistic mineral(s) also being affected.

Vitamin D depletion, for example, can be assessed by measurement of its function.  Vitamin D is closely related to the minerals calcium, magnesium, and phosphorus.  A number of syndromes result from vitamin D deficiency, all related to a deficiency or imbalance between the minerals calcium, magnesium, and phosphorus.

Vitamin C affects iron absorption and reduces copper retention.

Boron and iron influence the status of vitamin B2.  Vitamin B2 affects the relationship between calcium and magnesium.

Vitamin B1 enhances sodium retention, B12 enhances iron and cobalt absorption, and vitamin A enhances the utilization of zinc and yet antagonizes vitamin D and E.

Protein intake will affect zinc status, etc.

Therefore, evaluating one’s mineral status gives good clues to one’s vitamin status and requirements.

Research at Trace Elements involves recognizing the many synergistic and antagonistic interrelationships between minerals and vitamins.


14. How Is Hair Mineral Analysis Performed?
When the hair specimen arrives at Trace Elements, it is inspected then assigned a laboratory control number and recorded along with all pertinent client information in their computer database.

Afterwards, the sample is finely cut, then weighed accurately to within one-thousandth of a gram of the required weight.

The weighed specimen is then placed into an individually marked sterile centrifuge tube in preparation for a precise temperature-controlled microwave / acid digestion process.  The microwave digestion consists of a pre-programmed series of digestion sequences based upon specific temperature levels.  The combination of high temperature and ultra-pure acid uniformly dissolves the hair strands, thereby releasing the elements contained or held within the protein matrix of the hair.

The tube containing the “digested” specimen is then diluted with a special reagent and thoroughly mixed to attain complete homogeneity.

 The specimen is then read for analysis using the highly sophisticated ICP-Mass Spectrometry instrument. Upon completion of analysis on the ICP-MS, the test data is automatically transferred into a dedicated computer containing a comprehensive computer program that analyzes each and every test result, including all in-line QC materials.

This custom software assists the Chief Chemist and Laboratory Director to review and verify all data for compliance to strict quality control criteria.

Failure to meet these QC criteria requires that appropriate client specimen undergo a complete re-analysis.

Upon acceptance of all test data, the data is then released to the report processing department for printing.


15. What Can Cause Mineral Imbalances?
Diet – Improper diet through high intake of refined and processed foods, alcohol, and fad diets are some things that can lead to a chemical imbalance.

Stress – Physical or emotional stress can deplete the body of many nutrients, while also reducing capability to absorb and utilize many nutrients.

Medications – Both prescriptions and over-the-counter medications can deplete the body of nutrient minerals and/or increase levels of toxins.

Pollution – The average person has been continually exposed to a variety of toxic sources which can contribute to nutrient imbalances and adverse metabolic affects.  (E.g. cigarette smoke – cadmium / hair dyes – lead / lead based cosmetics / copper and aluminum cookware / dental amalgams – mercury and cadmium).

Nutritional Supplements – Taking incorrect types or improper amounts of nutritional supplements can produce many mineral excesses, deficiencies, or imbalances.

Inherited Patterns – Predisposition toward mineral imbalances, deficiencies, and excesses can be inherited.

 Did You Know?

Excessive mineral intake can negate beneficial effects of vitamins:

  • Zinc Can Reduce Beneficial Effects Of Vitamin D.
  • Calcium Can Reduce Beneficial Effects Of Vitamin A.

Excessive vitamin intake can negate beneficial effects of minerals:

  • Vitamin C Can Reduce Beneficial Effects Of Copper
  • Vitamin D Can Cause A Deficiency Of Magnesium

Taking too much iron can contribute to symptoms such as

  • Arthritis
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Tension Headaches with Dizziness

 Frontal headaches (behind the eyes) can be associated with too much copper.

Taking too much calcium alone can contribute to

  • Osteoporosis
  • Weight Gain
  • Fatigue

Toxic metals can contribute to learning disabilities in children (and adults).


16. Tell Me More About the Report
Your comprehensive personal hair analysis report from Trace Elements is based on huge amounts of scientific studies and on-going research conducted by specialists.

In addition to results from the Spectroscopy Analysis of your hair sample, your report considers factors such as your age, sex, and current symptoms to provide a very comprehensive report complete with graphs, explanations, and recommendations such as diet and supplements uniquely designed just for you.

Your personalized in-depth report evaluates several hundred factors such as individual nutritional mineral levels, explanations regarding your most significant mineral readings and their interrelationships (ratios), toxic heavy metals, and your individual metabolic type (categorization).

In addition to a list of recommended supplements, you will learn which foods to emphasize and which to avoid in order to further assist you to balance your minerals.  You will also receive a more technical report which you might choose to provide to your health care professional.

What emerges is a very comprehensive report – complete with graphs and accompanying explanations and recommendations.

Use of this screening test may help you to learn a lot about your body – perhaps answers you have been seeking for years.

After receiving this report, you will no longer be GUESSING your body needs.  You will now KNOW FOR CERTAIN EXACT DEFICIENCIES, EXCESSES, and IMBALANCES based on scientific data and lab results, rather than guesses and estimates.

In fact, many of our clients report that they SPEND LESS on supplements AND FEEL BETTER because they now ONLY take exactly what their body needs.


17. How Does Trace Elements Determine My Metabolic Type?
Metabolic typing is a unique feature of Trace Elements Hair Analysis Report.  Based on research conducted by TEI, your mineral levels tell a great deal about your metabolism – that is, the way your body handles nutrients.  Dr. David L. Watts has discovered that some minerals actually stimulate or speed up metabolism.  Other minerals sedate or slow down metabolism.

If your mineral levels indicate that sedating minerals are dominant in your body, your metabolism will most likely be “slowed down”.  You would therefore be classified as a Slow Metabolizer.

This is an important distinction when it comes to supplementation.  You don’t want to take sedating vitamins and minerals that could slow your metabolism even more.  That’s whey TEI designed a special multiple formula for the Slow Metabolizer called Para Pack.  It contains only stimulating nutrients and their synergist-helpers.

On the other hand, a Fast Metabolizer would want to take only sedating minerals and vitamins – a special formulation TEI calls Sym Pack.

This is another reason why one multiple formula will not fit everyone’s needs.


18. Is This An Ongoing Program?
Yes OR No.

This can be an ongoing program.

The choice is yours.

 Remember that on-going scientific refinements can be quite beneficial because this allows you to continually reassess effects of your program.  With periodic re-testing, you can scientifically track your body’s metabolic response in order to refine your personal program of supplements and diet and to tweak it as your body reflects changes.

Again, no guesswork – this is based on comparative data analysis as the laboratory continues to refine your individual program based on lab analysis from your re-test results.

The bottom line?

Knowledge is power.  Hair analysis is a tool to help you understand and know what’s right for you.  Use it as often as every three months to semi-annually.  Keep up with the changing demands of your body while you live your life to the fullest!


19. How Long To Get Balanced?
This can be complicated to answer because each person is so unique.

Remember also, that your body’s imbalances have often been caused and accumulated over many years.  In addition, as imbalances are corrected, other (not yet detected) imbalances may surface.

This process is often like peeling back layers of an onion.  How quickly your body responds depends on your ability to comply with the lab recommendations, how chronic or severe your imbalances are, and a myriad of other factors.

Have patience… your good health is worth your patient dedicated efforts!

Rather than relying solely on symptoms to judge improvement, Trace Elements recommends periodic follow-up hair analysis tests to provide accurate documentation of your progress and improvements.

Follow-up Reports provide scientific information to chart your progress and tweak your program to further ensure that you keep up with your body’s ever changing needs and stay on a path to complete health and well being.

The bottom line?

Knowledge is power.  Hair analysis is a tool to help you understand and know what’s right for you.  Use it as often as every three months to semi-annually.  Keep up with the changing demands of your body while you live your life to the fullest!


20. If I am Underweight, Why Am I Classified As a Slow Metabolizer?
Weight is not a good indication of metabolic type.  A Slow Metabolizer is often overweight.

Underweight can occur in a Slow Metabolizer due to poor digestion or poor absorption or even some type of intestinal problem.  (Bring your TEI Hair Analysis results and talk with your Health Care Practitioner about this.)

So while metabolic rate does influence weight gain or loss, it is not the only factor involved.


21. Why Is A Mineral Recommended When It Shows “High” On My Test Results?
This depends on the interrelationships of nutrients.  For example, magnesium may be high.  But if it is low in relationship to calcium, a “relative” deficiency exists.  Magnesium supplementation may then be recommended to improve the calcium-magnesium relationship.  It may also serve to lower the excess calcium and increase potassium retention (that’s another “story”).


22. What’s So Different About Trace Elements Supplements?
Supplements developed by TEI – the Trace Nutrient brand – have been developed over the years by studying results from hundreds of thousands of hair analysis.  Their research has been dedicated to create the most bio-available hypoallergenic supplements, synergistically formulated, to make them easily absorbable, and extremely cost-effective.

Most of the TEI line contains no wheat, yeast, soy, alfalfa, milk, corn, allergens, salt, sugar, starch, hydrogenated oils, artificial colors, flavors, or preservatives.  All minerals are full spectrum amino acid chelates to encourage maximum absorption.


23. Can I Use My Own Supplements?
Yes.  If you do, Trace Elements recommends that you take only highest quality nutritional supplements with a goal to ensure maximum absorption of nutrients.  They advise that you ensure minerals are full spectrum amino acid chelates (AAC) and that you do not accept substitutes (i.e., aspartates, citrates, picolinates, gluconates, etc)


24. Why Trace Elements?
Trace Elements is a licensed and certified clinical laboratory which EXCLUSIVELY tests and analyzes millions of hair samples.  They do nothing else – this is their expertise – and as a result, they developed a uniquely sophisticated ability to interpret results which are detailed for you in a COMPREHENSIVE Hair Analysis Report of Findings.

Hair analysis is extremely accurate.  Your hair specimen is analyzed using a highly sophisticated Mass Spectrometry instrument in an extremely controlled scientific high tech process compliant to strict industry-standard quality control criteria and licensed by the Health and Human Service Dept of the U.S.

Trace Elements mineral testing of the hair is both accurate and reproducible when the hair is properly sampled and submitted for analysis.  Lab instruments and equipment in use by Trace Elements are state-of-the-art in industry, providing high sensitivity and selectivity for all minerals reported.  All instruments are controlled by computers with highly sophisticated programs for both quantitative analysis and the monitoring of in-line quality control curing each daily run.  Rigorous, comprehensive quality control and quality assurance programs are maintained to insure continuous adherence to CLIA guidelines for precision, reliability, and overall good laboratory practices.

Trace Elements utilizes ICP-Mass Spectrometry for the analysis of all reported minerals. They also used the most advanced temperature-controlled microwave digestion technique available.  The lab is equipped with a trace element class clean room complete with dual HEP filtration systems.  High sensitivity balances used for calibration/QC check standards and specimen weighing are calibrated with weight sets traceable to National Institutes of Standards and Technology (NIST).  All stock standards used for daily calibration and quality control are sourced from NIST standard reference material and prepared by a leading ISO 9001 certified laboratory.  Additionally, the lab uses 16 megohm double-deionized water and acid-leached, triple-rinsed glassware and plasticware. All glassware when used is Class A.

Trace Elements conducts monthly QA/QC studies to confirm and validate all aspects of test methodology, personnel training, laboratory reporting, safety, etc.  The lab is also continuously evaluating the different aspect of daily laboratory performance, such as: reagents, QC reference materials, split specimen analysis, spiked samples, calibration-verification studies and routine daily monitoring of patient data trends, before, during, and after each daily analytical run.  This attention to detail assure that clients receive date obtained by highest standards.  In addition, Trace Elements successfully participates in an on-go9ig international program involving clinical laboratories that utilize high-resolution instrumentation in North America and Europe.  Also participating in various other interlaboratory test comparison studies.  Trace Elements is committed to reporting the most precise and reliable test data.

Trace Elements is a licensed and certified clinical laboratory that undergoes regular inspections with the Clinical Laboratory Division of the Department of Health and Human Services (HCFA).  All clinical laboratories must be certified by this agency and adhere to their established standards and protocol.  However. The QA/QC control programs at Trace Elements go far beyond these guidelines and requirements as they are continuously refining and improving this valuable lab technique.  They are able to do so because their lab is unique in that they specialize in hair tissue mineral analysis. Unlike other labs, they run no other clinical tests and only perform mineral analysis.  At Trace Elements, their full attention is directed toward hair mineral analysis.


25. Will Insurance Cover Hair Analysis?
Each insurance company is different.

Some insurance companies DO cover hair analysis.  Some will reimburse for the toxic metal screen, but as with most preventative health care, many will not reimburse for elective tests.

We recommend that you contact your insurance company to check your specific coverage.




Call Next Wave if you have any questions.

Domestic callers: 949-542-6332 (PST 9-5 Mon – Fri) Leave a message with your time zone and the latest I can return your call.

International callers: Email to coordinate.


Let us know how else we can support you…




*NOTE: This test offer is ONLY for addresses within the continental U.S.  We can only support addresses within the continental U.S. Unfortunately, we cannot support shipping or mail addresses outside of the continental US. 

*Note: NO NEW YORK STATE RESIDENTS (We are unable to process samples collected from residents of New York due to current New York State regulations.)


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