- Determines if your hair has the necessary enzymes present to activate and respond to topical Minoxidil.
- Identifies approximately 95.9% of non-responders to Minoxidil per published clinical studies.
- 95.9% accuracy
- Patented & clinically-proven
- Fast, easy & non-invasive
- Private & secure
- All-in-one home collection kit
- Results in 7 days
- CLIA-Certified lab
- HIPPA compliant
- 1 Tweezer
- 1 Collection step-by-step instruction brochure
- 1 QR code card that links to an instructional video
- 1 Alcohol pad
- 1 Hair specimen transport foil
- 1 Hair specimen envelope
- 1 Temperature sticker
- 1 Specimen ID card (include Specimen ID#, Passcode and Barcode)
- 1 Sample collection pouch
- 1 Prepaid return label mailer
Prior to the collection of the scalp hair specimen, you must enter certain required information into the DA Labs Patient Portal.
- Enter the Specimen ID # and Passcode found on the Specimen ID Card enclosed in the DA Labs Minoxidil Response Test Collection Kit. This information will be used to identify your specimen throughout the process of receipt, testing and final result.
- Using the alcohol pad, clean the tweezers. Use clean Tweezer to pluck scalp hair specimens one at a time.
- Pluck 6 hairs from the area just outside (~1 inch) of the balding region. Visually inspect hairs to make sure they have bulbss.
- Place root ends of 6 plucked hair specimens containing bulbs on the Hair Specimen Transport Foil labelled with “PLACE ROOT END HERE”.
- Align hair specimens with center line on the Hair Specimen Transport Foil and fold in half. Compress the end of the Hair Specimen Transport Foil over the hair roots.
- Fold the Hair Specimen Transport Foil lengthwise two more times. Caution: DO NOT crumple Hair Specimen Transport Foil!
- Place Hair Specimen Transport Foil containing your hair specimens into Hair Specimen Envelope.
- Seal Hair Specimen Envelope with peel off Barcode located on the inside of Specimen ID Card.
- On the front side of the Hair Specimen Envelope, hand print the following: last name, first name and date of birth (MM-DD-YYYY).
- Attach Temperature Sticker on the back side of Hair Specimen Envelope near the peel off Barcode.
- Insert Hair Specimen Envelope into Specimen Collection Pouch.
- Place Plastic Specimen Collection Pouch into Mailer with Prepaid Return Label.
- Ship collected hair specimens to the address on Mailer with Prepaid Return Label AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. The hair specimens must be tested by DA Labs within 7 days of collection.
- Please keep Specimen ID Card in a safe place. You will need the Specimen ID # and Passcode to obtain your test result.
- Hair specimens exposed to temperatures ≥37 degrees C (≥98.6 degrees F) are not acceptable for testing.
Limitation of the Minoxidil Response Test
- Parabens, a class of widely used preservatives in cosmetic and pharmaceutical products, have been shown to interfere with the results of this assay. Hair should not be treated with products containing parabens before the sample collection.
- Shampoos containing zinc pyrithion (i.e dandruff shampoos) cannot be used on the day of sample collection, as this may interfere with the results of the test.
- Do not use any minoxidil containing product one day prior to the sample collection, as this may interfere with the results of the test.
10 years of research and several peer-reviewed and published clinical studies demonstrate that the Minoxidil Response Test is able to identify non-responders to Minoxidil.
Using a patented chemical formula that interacts with Sulfotransferase Enzymes in the hair, the Minoxidil Response Test determines if there is enough SULT1A1 enzymes present to respond to Minoxidil.
The Minoxidil Response Test can save you time, money and give you peace of mind and confidence. If you learn you are a non-responder to Minoxidil, you can seek other treatment options and forego spending months in the hope of seeing results.
The Minoxidil Response Test is best taken before you start using Minoxidil. The earlier you know you will respond to Minoxidil treatment and the earlier you start using Minoxidil, the better chance of retaining a fuller head of hair. If you find you are a non-responder, then you can save time, money and feelings of frustration as well as seek other options to retain your hair.
Yes, taking the Minoxidil Response Test will provide you with a personalized diagnostic on whether you are a responder or non-responder. If you have enough of the enzyme present to respond to Minoxidil topical treatment, then you know you need to be patient and stick to your treatment regimen.
Minoxidil is an FDA approved, over-the-counter drug for the treatment of pattern hair loss (androgenic alopecia) for both men and women. It first came to the market under the trade name Rogaine. In 1996 the FDA approved it in its generic form (Minoxidil). Today it is offered by many brands. Hims, Hers, Keeps, Roman, Nioxin, Keranique, Kickland Minoxidil and Women’s Rogaine are all popular brands that sell the topical hair loss treatment.
Minoxidil works by dilating the blood vessels and improving blood flow resulting in improved hair density for some users.
Minoxidil is a “pro-drug” and requires an enzyme (sulfotransferase - SULT1A1) to be present to convert it to its active form for the body to use. People who lack this enzyme will have a low or non-response to topical Minoxidil.
It is reported to take 6-9 months to see results, however some individuals may never experience results.
Minoxidil does NOT work for everyone as cited in the initial studies. Per the FDA, “the product will not work for everyone”, 39% of the men studied had “moderate to dense hair growth on the crown of the head”.
Additional observational studies concluded that Minoxidil may be effective for 50-60% of men and 30% of women.
Sulfotransferase – referred to as SULT1A1 – is one of the necessary enzymes needed to convert Minoxidil to Minoxidil Sulfate, its active form needed to treat hair loss.
Yes, MRT is safe and non-invasive. It simply requires plucking hair from the scalp that will be sent to the DA Labs, our CLIA-certified lab for analysis.
In order to pull the hair at the root be sure to angle the tweezers at the base of the hair and pull hair out at an angle following the grain of the hair. This will help avoid breakage and make sure you get the entire hair follicle/bulb. It may be helpful to apply a warm compress. Also, asking a friend or family member to assist you can make it easier as they may have more control and precision in plucking the hair with the root intact.
The end of the hair that was attached to the scalp will have a round, white “bulb” like appearance. This is the hair follicle or “root” of the hair.
The enzyme the MRT interacts with is found in the hair follicle. The patented chemical formula used to process the test in the lab must interact with the enzyme and will determine if the sample specimen has sufficient enzymes to respond to Minoxidil.
You will receive an email notification informing you that your results are available to view in your DA Labs account. You will log into your password protected account where your report will be accessible to review and download.