Cosmetology State Board Practice Exam

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Cosmetology State Board Practice Exam

50 sample questions to help you study for the State Board Cosmetology Exam


Questions and Answers
  • 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