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  • 1. 
    Which portion of the hair is chemical wave solution absorbed faster?
    • A. 

      At crown

    • B. 

      At scalp

    • C. 

      Where hair porosity is greatest

    • D. 

      Where hair density is greatest


  • 2. 
    If the cuticle is slightly raised and accepts color products easily,  the hair is:
    • A. 

      Normal

    • B. 

      Resistant

    • C. 

      Fine

    • D. 

      Coarse


  • 3. 
    Before giving a chemical wave, the hair should be:
    • A. 

      Slightly dampened

    • B. 

      Brushed vigorously

    • C. 

      Given a cream rinse

    • D. 

      Analyzed and shampooed


  • 4. 
    To add strength and body to damaged hair, it is advisable to give a
    • A. 

      Massage treatment

    • B. 

      Hair analysis

    • C. 

      Permanent wave

    • D. 

      Conditioning treatment


  • 5. 
    A coiled, corkscrew shaped bacteria cell that causes syphilis and cholera is
    • A. 

      Bacilli

    • B. 

      Spirilla

    • C. 

      Streptococci

    • D. 

      Cocci


  • 6. 
    Which determines the texture of the hair?  
    • A. 

      Porosity

    • B. 

      Elasticity

    • C. 

      Diameter

    • D. 

      Density


  • 7. 
    If a temporary color rinse is applied to normal hair, it will
    • A. 

      Coat the cuticle layer

    • B. 

      Coat the medulla layer

    • C. 

      Penetrate the cuticle

    • D. 

      Penetrate the medulla


  • 8. 
    Why is an antiseptic applied to tweezed areas during arching?
    • A. 

      To open pores

    • B. 

      To eliminate pain

    • C. 

      To avoid infection

    • D. 

      To remove dead skin


  • 9. 
    Which instrument should be used to slither a client's hair?
    • A. 

      Razor

    • B. 

      Shears

    • C. 

      Clippers

    • D. 

      Thinning shears


  • 10. 
    Why is it necessary to use a conditioner-filler during a chemical relaxer retouch service?
    • A. 

      Coats and seals the relaxer into the hair

    • B. 

      Allows deeper penetration of relaxer into the hair shaft

    • C. 

      Helps even the porosity

    • D. 

      Increases neutralizing time


  • 11. 
    What type of manicure is suggested for dry cuticles and brittle nails?
    • A. 

      Oil

    • B. 

      Machine

    • C. 

      Regular

    • D. 

      Antiseptic


  • 12. 
    Nerves and blood vessels are found in the nail
    • A. 

      Bed

    • B. 

      Plate

    • C. 

      Lunula

    • D. 

      Cuticle


  • 13. 
    Which of the following is the peak of a finger wave?
    • A. 

      Line

    • B. 

      Trough

    • C. 

      Ridge

    • D. 

      C-shape


  • 14. 
    During the processing time in chemical waving, the hair has a tendency to
    • A. 

      Expand

    • B. 

      Harden

    • C. 

      Contract

    • D. 

      Circulate


  • 15. 
    What is made of cells, blood, calcium carbonate, and calcium phosphate?
    • A. 

      Nerves

    • B. 

      Teeth

    • C. 

      Bones

    • D. 

      Tendons


  • 16. 
    Disulfide bonds are broken by the
    • A. 

      Shampooing process

    • B. 

      Winding process

    • C. 

      Chemical wave solution

    • D. 

      Neutralizing solution


  • 17. 
    Which of the following are tint removers designed to remove?
    • A. 

      Natural pigment

    • B. 

      Temporary colors

    • C. 

      Artificial pigment

    • D. 

      Conditioner build-up


  • 18. 
    A client with which of the following nail conditions should be referred to a physician?
    • A. 

      Blue nails

    • B. 

      White spots

    • C. 

      Onychophagy

    • D. 

      Onychomycosis


  • 19. 
    Scalp manipulations should NOT be performed if
    • A. 

      Abrasions are present

    • B. 

      Henna is to be applied

    • C. 

      The hair has been tinted

    • D. 

      The hair has recently been brushed


  • 20. 
    The shortest processing time in chemical waving is usually required for hair which is
    • A. 

      Fine

    • B. 

      Coarse

    • C. 

      Resistant

    • D. 

      Lightened


  • 21. 
    Frequent shampooing with highly alkaline shampoo may cause the hair to become
    • A. 

      Dry

    • B. 

      Oily

    • C. 

      Curly

    • D. 

      Thick


  • 22. 
    When tinting lightened hair back to its natural shade, it is necessary to
    • A. 

      Apply a filler

    • B. 

      Soften the hair

    • C. 

      Use a color rinse

    • D. 

      Strip the hair shaft


  • 23. 
    Which one of the following should be done to protect a sensitive scalp during a relaxer treatment?
    • A. 

      Apply a protective base

    • B. 

      Use a mild shampoo

    • C. 

      Apply a conditioner to hair

    • D. 

      Use astringent on the scalp


  • 24. 
    High elevation in haircutting is used to
    • A. 

      Add bulk

    • B. 

      Thin hair

    • C. 

      Create layers

    • D. 

      Establish guidelines


  • 25. 
    What is the function of keratin?
    • A. 

      It protects the skin from injury

    • B. 

      It nourishes the connective tissue

    • C. 

      It gives flexibility to the nail

    • D. 

      It forms the base of all horny tissue


  • 26. 
    Which should be used to stop the bleeding of a minor cut during a manicure?
    • A. 

      Iodine

    • B. 

      Styptic pencil

    • C. 

      Alcohol

    • D. 

      Alum powder


  • 27. 
    What is formed when two or more non-mixable substances are united with the help of a binder or gum- like substance?
    • A. 

      Solution

    • B. 

      Ointment

    • C. 

      Emulsion

    • D. 

      Suspension


  • 28. 
    Metal implements should be disinfected with
    • A. 

      Antibacterial soap

    • B. 

      2% boric acid

    • C. 

      Hospital grade solution

    • D. 

      Hydrogen peroxide


  • 29. 
    To remove lightener, hair should be rinsed in water that is
    • A. 

      Hot

    • B. 

      Tepid

    • C. 

      Cold

    • D. 

      Very hot


  • 30. 
    What is the tube-like pocket that contains the hair?
    • A. 

      Shaft

    • B. 

      Papilla

    • C. 

      Follicle

    • D. 

      Arrector pili


  • 31. 
    What facial massage movement has a soothing and relaxing effect?
    • A. 

      Rolling

    • B. 

      Effleurage

    • C. 

      Friction

    • D. 

      Vibration


  • 32. 
    Prior to a permanent wave, you should drape with a
    • A. 

      Towel and plastic cape

    • B. 

      Towel and cloth cape

    • C. 

      Neck strip and cloth cape

    • D. 

      Neck strip and cutting cape


  • 33. 
    What is the pH of sodium hydroxide?
    • A. 

      2.5 to 3.5

    • B. 

      5.5 to 6.5

    • C. 

      8.5 to 9.5

    • D. 

      10.5 to 11.5


  • 34. 
    By highlighting the cheekbone, the area will appear
    • A. 

      Diminished

    • B. 

      Emphasized

    • C. 

      Contoured

    • D. 

      Darkened


  • 35. 
    The mobility of a pin curl is determined by the
    • A. 

      Base

    • B. 

      Stem

    • C. 

      Wave

    • D. 

      Diameter


  • 36. 
    What type of hair coloring is designed to last 4 to 6 shampoos?
    • A. 

      Aniline derivative tints

    • B. 

      Temporary rinses

    • C. 

      Metallic dyes

    • D. 

      Semipermanent


  • 37. 
    Hair is primarily composed of:
    • A. 

      Calcium

    • B. 

      Keratin

    • C. 

      Cortisone

    • D. 

      Magnesium


  • 38. 
    A chemical compound used to slow the growth of bacteria is called
    • A. 

      Deodorant

    • B. 

      Fungicide

    • C. 

      Antiseptic

    • D. 

      Astringent


  • 39. 
    What protects the skin from irritation and stains around the hairline?
    • A. 

      Fillers

    • B. 

      Protective cream

    • C. 

      Talcum powder

    • D. 

      Astringent


  • 40. 
    Prelightening the hair is usually necessary when using a
    • A. 

      Toner

    • B. 

      Metallic tint

    • C. 

      One process tint

    • D. 

      Temporary color


  • 41. 
    A lightener retouch should FIRST be applied to
    • A. 

      Hair ends

    • B. 

      Mid-shaft

    • C. 

      Hair follicle

    • D. 

      New growth


  • 42. 
    What is the most effective level of infection control?
    • A. 

      Sterilization

    • B. 

      Sanitation

    • C. 

      Disinfection

    • D. 

      Ventilation


  • 43. 
    In a lightener retouch, hair breakage may result if
    • A. 

      The lightener overlaps

    • B. 

      The hair is underprocessed

    • C. 

      A weak lightener is used

    • D. 

      A short lightening time is used


  • 44. 
    Which of the following is a MAIN ingredient in a chemical hair relaxer?
    • A. 

      Coal tar

    • B. 

      Sodium bromide

    • C. 

      Sodium hydroxide

    • D. 

      Hydrogen peroxide


  • 45. 
    Which test determines if a wig is made of human hair or synthetic fiber?
    • A. 

      Match

    • B. 

      Patch

    • C. 

      Alkalinity

    • D. 

      Acid


  • 46. 
    What type of hair is MOST difficult to press?
    • A. 

      Soft and curly

    • B. 

      Fine and overly curly

    • C. 

      Fine and curly

    • D. 

      Coarse and overly curly


  • 47. 
    The science of the nature, structure, function, and diseases of the muscles is called
    • A. 

      Neurology

    • B. 

      Myology

    • C. 

      Osteology

    • D. 

      Physiology


  • 48. 
    A face that is composed of straight lines with a wide forehead and jawline is considered to be
    • A. 

      Square

    • B. 

      Round

    • C. 

      Oblong

    • D. 

      Triangular


  • 49. 
    Specialized preparations that are designed to equalize porosity and deposit a base color in one application are called
    • A. 

      Color fillers

    • B. 

      Conditioner fillers

    • C. 

      Compound fillers

    • D. 

      Metallic dyes


  • 50. 
    Which condition would PREVENT a cosmetologist from performing a service on a client?
    • A. 

      Psoriasis

    • B. 

      Pityryasis capitus

    • C. 

      Tinea capitus

    • D. 

      Hypertrychosis


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