Whether you’re looking to gain employment somewhere or you are under probation due to a drug-related offense, a drug test is something rather unavoidable that you will have to endure. A vast majority of the time, drug test administrators will give such tests as ones that involve saliva and/or synthetic urine, but one of the types of drug tests that isn’t discussed very much is the hair drug test. This kind of test is conducted exactly as you may think – the test administrator takes a hair sample from you and submits it to be tested for the presence of any kind of illegal drugs. You likely know how the drill works as well – if the test comes back negative, you’re in the clear. However, if it comes back positive, then you’re in a world of trouble.
Oftentimes for a hair drug test, the test administrator will take a hair sample from your head. However, most people will generally try to pass this by simply shaving their head. This is something that test administrators have been highly trained to watch out for, meaning that shaving your head right before the test is really not a good idea, because all they will do is look elsewhere on your body for the sample that they need. This is with the exception of looking on the more personal and private areas of your body. If need be, the test administrator will obtain a hair sample from an area such as your arm or leg, but there’s one question that people have been constantly asking in terms of this kind of test. That question is “Can My Armpit Hair Be Used For A Hair Drug Test?”
*The short and simple answer to this question is yes, it absolutely CAN be. If you shave your head or other areas of your body (arms, legs, etc.) prior to taking a hair drug test, a test administrator is well within their rights to obtain a hair sample from your armpit. This is something that you will not legally be able to refuse.
*Despite rumors to the contrary, hair drug tests conducted using a specimen from the armpit are extremely accurate. The same thing applies to hair from any other area of the body.
*If you take any kind of illegal drugs, it’s important to note that the after-effects can remain in the hair of your armpits anywhere from one to four months.
*When you go in for your hair drug test, if the administrator feels that the hair on your head appears to be too short to obtain a sample, they may choose to instead take a sample from your armpit. The only exception would be if the test administrator finds a suitable sample from elsewhere on your body.
All in all, when you look at all possible angles, a hair drug test is something that simply cannot be avoided. Perhaps the best way to ensure that you pass it is to stop doing drugs immediately if you are already doing them.