How can you beat a hair follicle drug test?
What is a Hair Follicle Drug Test?
A hair follicle drug test is a test where a small amount of hair is removed from the head or another part of the body and then analyzed to see if one has used drugs within the detection period, which is about 3 months. It is used because it can reveal drug use over a longer period of time than urine, blood, or saliva tests.
Saliva tests have the shortest detection period, of one to three days. Blood and urine tests are intermediate and hair tests have the longest detection period. However, it cannot detect drug use in the hours just before the test. Hair follicle drug tests may be required before types of jobs where it is important the employee never uses drugs like truck driving and security agencies like police and FBI. The Journal of law and technology (University of Richmond School of Law ) state, that the use of hair-follicle drug testing has also become more common in the legal industry particularly when court-ordered drug testing may be required. Some examples of when a hair follicle drug test may be used for legal purposes include probation, divorce, and child custody cases.
According to the White Paper of the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM)
In workplace testing, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)-certified laboratories must report quantitative values to the MRO on all Department of Transportation results. Quantitative values are also required in some collective bargaining situations and by some courts; lawyers and judges sometimes want them.
There are many drugs that are tested for. This includes opioids like oxycontin, stimulants like methamphetamine, benzodiazepines like Xanax, hallucinogens like PCP, cocaine, ecstasy, marijuana, and sometimes designer drugs like Spice. It is said every half inch of hair covers 90 days.
Theoretically, they could go back even further for people who have long hair. So, should you leave your hair long or cut it? It stands to reason the older hair may have lost some drug residues, but then you are keeping a long history of drug use. Shorter hair, there is less history, but possibly higher drug concentrations. Where exactly do they take the hair? From the ends or near the scalp? We will answer each question in turn as we continue to research these issues with you. It could determine your livelihood, so it’s definitely important.
The Macujo Method to pass a hair follicle drug test:
- Rinse hair thoroughly. Put in vinegar and work down through the scalp. Only the hair closest to the scalp is ever tested so get the roots.
- Work in the Clean and Clear likewise, put on a shower cap, and leave it in for 30 minutes.
- Rinse it all out.
- Shampoo hair with Toxin Rid twice.
- Wash hair with a few drops of Tide detergent.
- Shampoo with Zydot Ultra Clean.
- Do this 3 times the day before the test, and one time on test day.
The Jerry J Method:
- For weed, stop smoking 10 days before your test if possible.
- days out, bleach, and dye your hair with a hair dye containing ammonia.
- Wash your hair with Toxin Rid or another detox shampoo.
- On the day before the test, bleach and dye your hair again.
- On the day of the test, put a baking soda paste in your hair. Leave it in for 15 minutes and flush out the drug residues. Shampoo with your detox shampoo.
Bleaching and Dying alone can be effective as well.
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Hair follicle drug test detection times
This chart comes from a company in the drug testing business. it demonstrates that with low usage of some drugs, you still stand a chance of passing a hair follicle test, but with high use, there is just no way. It also shows that for marijuana, the amount hanging around in your fat cells does not say how much you’ve been using, because people store and get rid of marijuana metabolites at such different rates.
How long does marijuana stay in your hair follicles?
This chart confirms the 90-day rule for the detection of drugs in hair, including revealing how long THC and weed stay in your hair follicles. Note that many companies do indeed test for nicotine. Smokers are more likely to have health problems that drive up health-care costs.
Pros and Cons of Hair Follicle Drug Tests
Pass a hair drug test in 24 hours (1 day)
It’s not clear as day that people are taking intentional actions to pass a hair drug test, but it is clear that people are sometimes passing the test after having used drugs, sometimes regularly, within the 90-day window. So, how are they doing it?
There are two methods that seem to be hot on the internet right now, called The Jerry G and the Macujo Method. We have not discovered for certain where these colorful names come from, so if you know, drop a comment on us below.
The Jerry G Method
Jerry G is apparently a real person whose screen name on drug test forums is Jerry G. Let’s be real, this method could ruin your hair, or cause an inflammatory reaction. So, if you’ve never bleached your hair before, proceed with caution, follow all the instructions on the box, and for the most part, don’t do anything you wouldn’t normally do. If you’ve never bleached your hair, proceed with caution.
Step by step guide Jerry G Method:
Step 1. Mr. Jerry G suggests for the first step, you need to stop smoking weed for 10 days. 10 days is 1/9 of 90 days, so that’s 1/9 fewer drug residues you will have in your hair anyway. If you hadn’t been using many drugs, to begin with, this might be enough. So, by all means, don’t proceed to step 2 if there’s no need.
Step 2. Now, you need to bleach your hair with a hair dye that has ammonia in it, on the same day you stop smoking. This is to break open the cuticle and flush out the contents. This should work, I mean, if bleach can affect the pigment in your hair, surely it can get to those drug residues too and either flush them out or alter their structure. At this point, if you’ve dyed your hair before and didn’t get damaged hair or burning scalp, then you might come out of this none the worse for wear.
Step 3. You wanna wash your hair out with one of those colorful detox shampoos like Toxin Wash. Some successful toking hair-washers feel like you need a shampoo with Aloe, like Toxin Rid with Aloe. This may or may not be the case. Do your research and tell us what you think.
Step 4. On day 10, bleach and dye your hair again. Use your aloe-based shampoo again.
Step 5. Day of the test, you’re gonna put a baking soda paste in yo head. Maybe you’ve never done this before, but baking soda is fairly safe. Leave it in your hair for 15 minutes, wash it out. That’s gonna neutralize acids in the hair and may help wash out or neutralize drug residues. Shampoo again with your detox shampoo with aloe.
Step 6. The coup de grace, wash yo head with Ultra Clean Shampoo by Zydot.
We would say this approach has fairly good theoretical underpinning, to break open the cuticle and flush it out. We know it gets inside the hair cuz otherwise, it couldn’t affect the pigment. There are no dangerous ingredients in the case of people who have dyed their hair before and know they don’t go into anaphylaxis from hair dye. If we had to endorse one, we would say this is the safer option. Dye your hair twice, wash with detox shampoo, no biggie. Now, the next method is a bit more complicated, cuz it contains some ingredients one would not safely put in one’s hair. Next is the Macujo method.
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Pass a hair drug test in 24 hours (1 day): The Macujo Method
- Warm water
- Goggles (this should let you know, not to be taken lightly)
- Disposable Gloves (This is for if you have wounds on your hands, not for sensitive hands. If your hands are ‘sensitive’, then so is your scalp and you shouldn’t be using this method). Change gloves after dealing with each chemical.
- Shower caps
- Vinegar, normal grocery store stuff
- Pink Clean and Clear acne wash, if you had acne as a teen, you are very familiar
- Toxin rid shampoo with Aloe
or another aloe-based, preferably detox shampoo
- Pack of liquid Tide detergent
- Ultra Clean by Zydot shampoo
You should notice quite a few of these ingredients are not safe to put in your hair. If you have ever had any inflammatory reaction to putting anything on the skin or scalp, I would say skip this method. Anyone with high levels of inflammation or allergies is gonna react to this stuff. Also, if it’s burning too badly, you are gonna want to abort. Pain is not just a phantom ghost in the machine, it is the conscious correlate of physical inflammation that is surely happening.
That means damage is either happening, or the channels that respond to damage are being toyed with and an inflammatory reaction from the immune system is gonna respond and cause a lot of collateral damage. That’s why some ‘chemical burns’ are not caused by the chemical burning your skin at all, it’s caused by the immune system responding and burning your skin, thinking there must be dangerous microbes causing that kinda pain.
Here’s how to do it, brother:
The Macujo Method step by step guide:
- Start with the vinegar. Original instructions say to thoroughly rinse the hair first, but my intuition suggests you don’t wanna do that because you’re just adding another barrier on top of the oil. Since you wanna remove the oil from your hair in order to get to the cuticle and break it open, go with the straight vinegar unless you have a sensitive scalp. Work it all the way to the roots. Remember, they are gonna test the first inch and a half at the roots. This suggests as well that you are gonna wanna have an inch and a half of hair on your head, so don’t cut it, or they will go into the armpit. I doubt they would go to the genitals but it’s possible if the job were important enough like the FBI. And you don’t wanna be putting all this stuff on your genital hair, so keep the hair on your head.
- Now, you are gonna work the Clean and Clear into your hair, with the vinegar still in. You’re gonna leave this in for 30 minutes with a shower cap on. This mixture is to break open the hair cuticle and access those incriminating drug residues the hair has been greedily hoarding.
- Rinse your hair thoroughly, get all that stuff out.
- Now you gotta wash your hair with
Aloe shampoo by Toxin Rid
Those who swear by this method caution that you must use the old patented shampoo, which is still sold presumably. However, if you can’t locate it, get a detox shampoo that contains aloe. If nothing else, the aloe will help prevent scalp inflammation.
- Repeat the shampoo and rinse.
- Now, use a few drops of Tide laundry detergent and wash your hair with it. If you tend to get itchy or if the idea seems repulsive, you can skip this step, but don’t then complain about the method not working. We all gotta decide how much we are willing to risk. You are risking your hair and your scalp if you shampoo your hair with Tide detergent. The adage for today is: you really shouldn’t wash your hair or your clothes with anything you wouldn’t eat or you eventually lose track of all the toxins you are exposed to and then you get sick and can’t find out what’s causing it, but that’s a discussion for better times. Right now, you gotta get this job or avoid prison. This is important.
- Finally, right before your test, shampoo with Zydot Ultra Clean.
- Perform this method 3 times one day before the test, and once on the day of the test. Now, you have broken open the hair cuticle and gotten out the drug metabolites.
Does this method work? There are no scientific studies on it that we are aware of, but we know some who use it have passed their test despite regular drug use. We also know that various detox and masking agents that were once considered myths are actually now scientifically proven to beat drug tests and drug companies are constantly evolving ways to beat the cheat methods. Scientists and drug-makers don’t have a monopoly on access to reality.
If you can find the right chemical to throw into the mix, you can discover something that works that will take them months and thousands of dollars to study and find out how to detect or beat it. So, believe in yourself and make sure any risks you take are worth it. With the Macujo method, you are definitely risking your hair and your scalp. Your hands too if you don’t put some gloves on. You could risk your eyes if it leaks into your eyes. This is not a risk you should take unless your livelihood is really on the line.
The Jerry G method is quite a bit safer. You could also modify the Macujo method by, for example, taking out the laundry detergent. Detergent has the proteases in it that break down the drug residues. Maybe try bromelain or papain instead, meat tenderizers you can get from the grocery store. First, try it out by soaking some wet hair in the meat tenderizer. Make sure that the level of tenderness the hair attains is not too tender for you and your hair isn’t too broken to be tested on. But, meat tenderizer is totally edible, so it’s not gonna be too harsh on your scalp. You just don’t want your hair to come out so tender that it’s falling apart.
Detergent also contains enzymes that may damage your hair and scalp, could even leech into the bloodstream. So, at the very least, if you can’t afford damaged hair, don’t use this method. If you are applying for a job as a hair model, don’t use this method to pass the drug test. Your hair may be ruined.
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Bleaching and Dying, the science
Bleaching your hair is one of the most intuitive ways to try to beat a hair drug test. However, if your head hair looks bleached, the test administrator may opt instead for armpit hair or pubic hair. So, if you are going to bleach, make sure you use both bleach and color. The bleach oxidizes the melanin in the hair, then the hair color adds back your original hair color so that the hair does not look bleached and also seals the remaining drug residues in so that they are not easy to test for.
Believe it or not, this approach has been studied scientifically. A study published in the International Journal of Legal Medicine (Jurado, Kintz, Menéndez, & Repetto, 1997) compared bleached and dyed hair to untreated hair. The study focused on two types of cosmetic treatment i.e. bleaching and dyeing. Hair bleaching consists of the treatment of some locks of hair with the bleaching agent to obtain lighter color hair, while other locks remain untreated and retain their original color. The treatment applied in hair dyeing is different whereby all hair strands are cosmetically treated with a coloring formula. For bleached samples the only requirement was that the subject is a drug user; for dyed samples, it was also required that a segment of the hair shaft be untreated. The length of these segments varied from case to case, but in each sample the difference between treated and untreated hair was evident. For opiates, cocaine, and cannabis, the study was performed on hair samples obtained from ten female drug abusers living in southern Spain. Five of them (nr. 1–5) had treated their hair by bleaching and the other five (nr. 6–10) by dyeing. Some of them were multi-drug abusers so that opiates were analyzed in six cases (two bleached, nr. 3 and 5, and four dyed hair samples, nr. 6–9), cocaine in seven cases (four bleached, nr. 1–4, and three dyed samples, nr. 7–9), and cannabis in four cases (three from dyeing, nr. 6, 8, 9, and one from bleaching, nr. 4). Nicotine was analyzed in eight hair samples (nr. 11–18) collected from French donors who all reported tobacco use but not drug abuse, and had treated their hair by bleaching. Only living subjects were involved in the study and all of them had treated their hair before sample collection.
They found in every case that detectable drug metabolites had decreased compared to untreated hair. Take that, drug testers, invaders of the privacy of Americans. However, they also found that the decreases in detectable drug metabolites were pretty much equal to the amount of hair damage you have. So, you should expect to damage the hair. Just make sure it is not obvious that you were trying to beat the drug test.
They found the following drug metabolites decreased by 40 to 60%:
That is totally enough for many people to pass a drug test, so skip any harmful methods which may be suggested unless you are desperate. Harmful and unsafe methods are not necessarily more effective. It just makes people feel like it must be more effective because it’s costing them so much pain or money.
For morphine, they found a greater than 60% reduction. Good news for morphine addicts, a rarity. Definitely get help if you are addicted to morphine. But even morphine addicts gotta have a job to be able to buy food on which to survive, no matter how tragic their plight. For THC, they found only a 30% reduction.
So, a higher percentage of THC than metabolized THC-COOH remained present. They thoroughly examined the hair and confirmed that it was not the method, bleaching or dying, that made the difference, it was how much damage had been inflicted upon the hair, so that may be something you can’t avoid.
Shaving is the most intuitive thing to do and is also a fail. If you shave your head, they will take from your pits or pubes. If that’s not available, they will give you a blood or urine test. Worst case scenario, they will disqualify you right off hand, especially if they knew that you had a full head of hair before you showed up to the drug test. So, don’t try shaving, it will most likely end up worse.
Detox Products: hair follicle drug testing shampoo
Old Style Aloe Toxin Rid Shampoo
It’s the most powerful detox shampoos on the market. There are a lot of positive reviews about Aloe Toxin Rid Shampoo from users that successfully passed a hair drug test. It’s not such big money if you need to save/get your job. With Old Style Aloe Toxin Rid Shampoo you get for free Zydot Ultra Clean, so you get almost all that you need for Macujo or Jerry G Method.
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Zydot Ultra Clean
This shampoo was also referenced in the methods above. This very popular shampoo could run you less than $40. This makes much more sense to us. Most likely, neither shampoo does anything special. You just need something that removes oil and residues. Shampoos are not usually bought in order to cause damage to the hair, but the fact is, the damage is what you need to pass a drug test.
You need damaged but intact hair, with fewer signs of tampering if you can, so don’t use a hair dye that is obviously not your natural color. If you come in with purple hair, they will suspect that it has been dyed, possibly in an effort to tamper with the drug test, or maybe just to sabotage your own job prospects.
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Zydot Ultra clean detox shampoo to pass a hair follicle drug test:
- Alpha-Glucan Oligosaccharide
- Aqueous Extract of Aloe Vera
- Avocado Oil
- Butyl Methoxydibenzoyl Methane
- Caprylic / Capric Triglyceride
- Ceramide 3
- Cetearyl Alcohol
- Citric Acid
- Cocamide DEA
- Cocamidopropyl Betaine
- Distearyldimonium Chloride
- DM Hydantoin
- Guar Hydroxypropytrimonlum Chloride
- Hydrolized Wheat Protein
- Octyl Methoxycinnamate
- Polyglyceryl-3 Disterate
- Potassium Chloride
- PPG-10 Cetyl Ether
- Propylene Glycol
- Sodium Chloride
- Sodium Laureth Sulfate
- Sodium PCA
- Sodium Thiosulfate
- Stearyl Alcohol
- Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate
- Tetrasodium EDTA
- Tocopheryl Acetate
- Wheat Amino Acids
As far as ingredients, they look rather much like common shampoo ingredients, but it’s not overly pricey so that’s fine. Also, there is aloe vera, which will reduce the redness and swelling you’re gonna get if you stick all those chemicals in your head (for a good cause we presume).
We have seen old-style Toxin rid shampoo and Zydot Ultra Clean get a lot of praise. I would say Zydot is worth a try because it’s not overly pricey and contains aloe vera. Aloe may not have any special ability to help you pass a drug test, but it will reduce inflammation from the other stuff you might put on your hair. Truth is, detox shampoo on its own is not gonna do the kinda damage you must do to the hair to make those drug residues undetectable. You will have to use a harsher method, then one of these shampoos can help. Since it’s merely an accessory to the crime, you might not wanna break the bank on it.
Yes. Bleaching and dyeing are scientifically proven to reduce detectable drug concentrations. The mechanism seems to be merely damaging the hair, altering the drug metabolites, removing them, or pushing them deeper into the hair cortex so that they are harder to detect. In any case, damage to the hair is the hallmark of hair which has fewer levels of detectable drug residues. So, go ahead and make it a breaky, frizzy, bad hair day if you have to. Your job or your freedom could be on the line, you may have to sacrifice some hair.
I’ll try. If you are going to try anything that could be damaging, like the Tide drops, make sure it’s for a very good cause, your livelihood, or your freedom. Else, just do the safer options and follow the directions on the bottle for bleaching or dying. These are causing intentional damage to your hair but people are willing to make that trade-off just to look different. Hair bleach and dyes have their own warnings on the bottle and they can damage your eyes if you’re not careful, but they are OTC so apparently, not so many people destroy themselves with it. You gotta feed your kids and yourself. It’s not the government’s or anyone else’s business what substances you put in your body. That’s for you to deal with, and your doctor, and your shrink. Maybe you even have a prescription. The illegal War on People is a very expensive failure for US taxpayers, and very profitable for drug dealers. Dealers mark up the price according to how hazardous are the conditions of transport, but then, more drug gets through than the markup so they can make a fortune really fast. Also, and most people don’t know this, cocaine and weed are not in any way expensive to produce. Weed is called weed because it is a weed. It grows wild all over the planet. The outrageous prices are due largely to the War on Drugs. You wanna take up your drug problems with your doctor, not with the guy who is holding that paycheck or the keys to your freedom. You gotta get that first, and then you can afford the doc to get you out of this drug problem if it is a problem for you. Are you a drain on the productivity of the company due to your drug use? That’s something you will have to sort out. Some people use drugs medically and it makes them better workers. Remember, nobody has a monopoly on how useful a substance is. If you take morphine, it doesn’t really matter if your doctor told you to or not. The current opioid epidemic in the US started with legitimate doctor prescriptions. Some people use it in a way that makes them sick and less productive. That’s up to you, but even addicts have to eat. We get so cut-throat about the economic system we think we are in we forget, eating is more basic than any job or drug test. You gotta eat first, then you can build your morality after you have ensured your survival. So, there you have it. It’s okay, unless it’s illegal, in which case, don’t do it.
Is it possible to beat a hair follicle drug test? Science says the answer is yes. Social media says the answer is yes. We’re gonna say the answer is yes. But, there is a catch, there is always a catch. The catch is that you have to damage your hair. How else are you gonna get the drugs out? You gotta crack some eggs to make an omelet. The same principle, you gotta crack open some hair cuticles to get the drug residues out. The best way to do this for people who have dyed their hair before is to dye it again, maybe even twice.
Bleach it and dye it, both may work better than either alone. The study referenced below showed more than a 60% reduction in one drug metabolite, morphine. That’s superstar status right there, and that’s more effective than any detox shampoo you’re gonna get. Shampoos are made to flush the hair, not damage it. You are going for as much damage you can do and still have the hair intact. You’re gonna fry it, don’t think you want. But, that’s the point.
So make sure it’s important. Your hair will grow back at a rate of about 1.5 inches every 90 days. It is not legal for the testing company to test more than 1.5 inches of hair because that reveals a drug history longer than 90 days. In that, the law is on your side. So, bleach, dye, shampoo and you’re golden.
Disclaimer: Leaf Expert is publishing general information about common practices and making comparisons, not encouraging or endorsing them. If you are going to purchase a detox product or use a method, make sure it is legal in your jurisdiction.
Jurado, C., Kintz, P., Menéndez, M., & Repetto, M. (1997). Influence of the cosmetic treatment of hair on drug testing. International Journal of Legal Medicine, 110(3), 159-163. Retrieved 1 6, 2019, from https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s004140050056
- 1 What is a Hair Follicle Drug Test?
- 2 Hair follicle drug test detection times
- 3 Pros and Cons of Hair Follicle Drug Tests
- 4 Pass a hair drug test in 24 hours (1 day)
- 5 The Jerry G Method
- 6 Pass a hair drug test in 24 hours (1 day): The Macujo Method
- 7 Home Remedies
- 8 Detox Products: hair follicle drug testing shampoo
- 9 FAQ
- 10 Conclusion