Hair Paternity Testing service

Can I do a paternity test with hair?

Yes. Using hair follicle samples to perform a paternity test is an option a person can explore. Often times an alleged father, mother, or adult child may want to perform a paternity test with hair when the other party refuses to perform a paternity test.

In other cases, the alleged family member may be deceased and the only sample available are hair samples.

paternity testing with hair

How does DNA Testing with hair work?

There is a protocol that should be adhered to when performing hair paternity tests. If you are going to collect the samples yourself. It is important to note that the hair follicles must have a root. If there is no root, Unfortunately, the paternity of the child cannot be determined.

It should also be noted when collecting hair follicle samples for paternity testing purposes you will need a minimum of 8 hair follicles with the root. The hair samples should be placed inside a paper Ziploc bag. The bag should be labeled correctly and kept at room temperature to avoid any possible moisture accumulation that may compromise your samples. Although this has not been an issue for the clients we have helped over years, we felt it was worth mentioning.

The other scenario in which a person may want to use hair/forensic samples to perform a paternity test is when an alleged father is deceased. In this particular scenario, a DNA sample collector will be responsible for the collection of the hair samples. The collection normally takes place at the Funeral Home of the deceased relative. We recommend that you contact our office at 973-609-5102 for a more detailed description of what you can expect from the process based on your specific situation.

 Hair DNA Testing Accuracy

One of the questions we are often asked is, What is the accuracy of performing a paternity test with hair? This testing option has a success rate of 80%. Remember, how the samples have been handled and kept will play a tremendous part in the success of the testing process.

 Hair DNA Testing price

The cost of Hair paternity testing starts at $299.99 and up. Essentially, the price of your DNA test will depend on a number of factors such as how many people are involved with your test, if all parties involved with your test will be using hair samples or if only one person’s hair samples will be tested. We recommend that you contact our office at 973-609-5102 for a more detailed description of what you can expect from the process based on your specific situation

How long will it take for me to receive my Hair Testing Results?

The turnaround time for your results to be completed is 3 business days from the date the lab receives all genetic samples.

Collection Kit Items: 

When you purchase a home test kit from DNA Testing New Jersey Center the following contents listed below will be enclosed.

Hair Paternity Self-Collection Kit Items:

1. A chain of custody form where you list the names of the tested parties involved with your DNA Paternity Test.

2. Buccal Swabs (This applies if only one person’s hair samples will be tested)

3. Sample collection envelopes.

4. Sample collection instructions

5. Pre-paid return envelope shipping back to the lab.

How long will it take for me to receive my Hair Testing Results?

The turnaround time for your results to be completed is 3 business days from the date the lab receives all genetic samples.

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Hair DNA Test Questions From People:

Question

Can a paternity test be done with hair from a brother of suspected father who is deceased?
The hair is on a brush from a deceased brother.
Wanda

Question

My Dad has passed 10 years ago but I have a piece of his hair we clipped off should I use it?
Rebecca Holloway

Question

Place the hair follicle samples in a paper envelope and keep the samples at room temperature.
Sophia Reily

Question

Hello, My father-in-law is suspect of a lost daugther that live out of the country, could she send a hair to get it tested. how does it work?
Jeimy
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8 Comments

  1. Hello-

    Can any ancestry be determined from hair samples that do not include the follicle?

    Thanks.

    1. Benjamin S. says:

      Thank you for your question. Unfortunately, we do not offer any ancestry testing services at this time. Therefore we unable to provide you with an effective answer.

  2. Can I use my parents hair from them getting a hair cut. I have both their samples in ziplock bags

    1. Benjamin S. says:

      We appreciate your question, Using cut hair is not a viable option to perform a DNA test. Each follicle must have the root. Without the root hair DNA test cannot produce a result.

  3. If the person to be tested the hair has dye, will the results be accurate?
    Is blood the most accurate method only? Or even hair and nail equally accurte?

    1. Benjamin S. says:

      Thank you for question. Dye will not affect a hair samples. The root/bulb of the follicle is the part laboratory will analyze.

  4. I am pregnant and have a daughter. Can a paternity test be done using a buccal swab from my daughter if I suspect her father may be the father of the child I’m pregnant with

    1. Benjamin S. says:

      JG, Yes. Performing a sibling DNA test between your children can help determine if they share the same biological father after the birth of child is an option.

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