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Cosmetology State Board Practice Exam - Quiz

100 sample questions that may be on the State Board Exam for Master Cosmetology. 40 minutes is allotted for you to take the exam. When you take the real State Board Exam, you will be allotted 90 min.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    Which of the following is an important part of good communication?

    • A.

      Knowing what to say

    • B.

      Giving your opinion

    • C.

      Active listening

    • D.

      Selling skills

    Correct Answer
    C. Active listening
    Explanation
    Active listening is an important part of good communication because it involves fully focusing on and understanding the speaker's message. It requires giving full attention, asking clarifying questions, and providing feedback to ensure clear understanding. Active listening helps build rapport, trust, and mutual understanding between the speaker and the listener, leading to effective communication and better relationships.

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  • 2. 

    A rule for female cosmetologists to follow in applying makeup to wear to work is:

    • A.

      The darker the better

    • B.

      Enhance your best features

    • C.

      Look better than your clients

    • D.

      Be as plain as possible

    Correct Answer
    B. Enhance your best features
    Explanation
    The rule for female cosmetologists to follow in applying makeup to wear to work is to enhance their best features. This means that they should focus on highlighting and accentuating their natural beauty rather than trying to look better than their clients or wearing heavy makeup. By enhancing their best features, cosmetologists can create a polished and professional look that enhances their own unique beauty.

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  • 3. 

    The major difference between a perm and body wave result from the

    • A.

      Type of lotion used

    • B.

      Type of neutralizer used

    • C.

      Size of rods used

    • D.

      Length of time neutralizer is left on

    Correct Answer
    C. Size of rods used
    Explanation
    The major difference between a perm and body wave results from the size of rods used. The size of the rods determines the size and tightness of the curls or waves. Smaller rods will create tighter curls, while larger rods will create looser waves. The type of lotion or neutralizer used may affect the overall outcome of the perm or body wave, but the size of the rods is the primary factor that determines the difference between the two techniques.

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  • 4. 

    During a consultation

    • A.

      Discuss the client's desired look

    • B.

      Analyze the client's clothing

    • C.

      Talk about the weather outside

    • D.

      Remove all magazines from the client

    Correct Answer
    A. Discuss the client's desired look
    Explanation
    During a consultation, it is important to discuss the client's desired look because this helps the stylist understand their preferences and expectations. By discussing the client's desired look, the stylist can get a clear understanding of the style, cut, and color the client wants, ensuring that they are satisfied with the end result. This also allows the stylist to provide recommendations and suggestions based on the client's desired look, creating a personalized and tailored experience. Analyzing the client's clothing, talking about the weather, or removing magazines may not directly contribute to understanding the client's desired look.

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  • 5. 

    When should you clean your manicure table?

    • A.

      When a new client arrives and sits down

    • B.

      After every three clients

    • C.

      Right after each manicure

    • D.

      After every three manicures

    Correct Answer
    C. Right after each manicure
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "right after each manicure" because cleaning the manicure table immediately after each manicure ensures a clean and hygienic environment for the next client. This helps prevent the spread of bacteria, germs, and infections. Cleaning the table after every three clients or three manicures may lead to a buildup of dirt and contaminants, increasing the risk of cross-contamination.

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  • 6. 

    Disease causing bacteria can be spread by

    • A.

      Touching antiseptics

    • B.

      Getting wet or cold

    • C.

      Cleaning with disinfectants

    • D.

      Coughing or spitting

    Correct Answer
    D. Coughing or spitting
    Explanation
    Coughing or spitting can spread disease-causing bacteria because when an infected person coughs or spits, tiny droplets containing the bacteria are released into the air. These droplets can be inhaled by others, allowing the bacteria to enter their respiratory system and potentially cause infection. Therefore, coughing or spitting in close proximity to others can easily transmit bacteria and spread diseases.

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  • 7. 

    Trichology is the study of

    • A.

      Hair

    • B.

      Beauty

    • C.

      Nails

    • D.

      Skin

    Correct Answer
    A. Hair
    Explanation
    Trichology is the study of hair. This field focuses on understanding the structure, function, and diseases of hair, as well as hair care and treatments. Trichologists analyze hair and scalp conditions to provide solutions for hair loss, scalp issues, and other hair-related problems. They also study the impact of nutrition, genetics, and lifestyle on hair health. By specializing in hair, trichologists play a crucial role in diagnosing and addressing various hair disorders and promoting overall hair well-being.

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  • 8. 

    A method of cleaning instruments that kills all microorganisms, including bacterial spores is

    • A.

      Decontamination

    • B.

      Sanitation

    • C.

      Sterilization

    • D.

      Washing

    Correct Answer
    C. Sterilization
    Explanation
    Sterilization is the correct answer because it refers to a method of cleaning instruments that eliminates or kills all microorganisms, including bacterial spores. This process ensures that the instruments are completely free from any living organisms, making them safe for use in medical or laboratory settings. Decontamination, sanitation, and washing may remove some microorganisms, but they do not guarantee the elimination of all types, including bacterial spores. Therefore, sterilization is the most effective method for achieving complete cleanliness and safety.

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  • 9. 

    Which statement about hair growth is NOT correct?

    • A.

      The rate of hair growth is about 1/2 inch per month

    • B.

      The rate of hair growth is the same on all parts of the body

    • C.

      The rate of hair growth differs for men and women

    • D.

      The rate of hair growth declines with age

    Correct Answer
    B. The rate of hair growth is the same on all parts of the body
    Explanation
    The statement "the rate of hair growth is the same on all parts of the body" is incorrect. Hair growth rate varies across different parts of the body. For example, hair on the scalp tends to grow faster compared to hair on the arms or legs. This is due to variations in blood flow, hormonal influences, and genetic factors.

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  • 10. 

    Alopecia areata occurs when the client's hair

    • A.

      Suddenly falls out in round patches

    • B.

      Changes from oily to very dry

    • C.

      Produces excessive amounts of sebum

    • D.

      Turns gray very suddenly

    Correct Answer
    A. Suddenly falls out in round patches
    Explanation
    Alopecia areata is a condition characterized by sudden hair loss in round patches. This means that the client experiences the unexpected and rapid loss of hair in circular areas on their scalp or other parts of the body. The hair loss is not gradual or progressive but rather occurs abruptly, resulting in noticeable bald patches. This is a common symptom of alopecia areata and helps to distinguish it from other hair loss conditions.

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  • 11. 

    When using disinfectants, you should remember that disinfectants

    • A.

      Kill all dangerous germs on contact

    • B.

      Cannot reach germs hidden in nooks and crannies

    • C.

      Can be dangerous if used incorrectly

    • D.

      Are inexpensive and therefore should be used liberally

    Correct Answer
    C. Can be dangerous if used incorrectly
    Explanation
    Disinfectants can be dangerous if used incorrectly because they often contain strong chemicals that can be harmful to humans if not used properly. It is important to follow the instructions on the disinfectant label and use protective measures, such as wearing gloves or masks, to avoid any potential harm. Using disinfectants incorrectly can lead to skin irritation, respiratory problems, or even more serious health issues. Therefore, it is crucial to handle disinfectants with caution and use them in a safe and responsible manner.

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  • 12. 

    The outermost and thinnest layer of skin is the

    • A.

      Dermis

    • B.

      Epidermis

    • C.

      Papillary layer

    • D.

      Subcutaneous layer

    Correct Answer
    B. Epidermis
    Explanation
    The epidermis is the outermost and thinnest layer of the skin. It is responsible for protecting the underlying structures and regulating the loss of water from the body. The epidermis is composed of multiple layers of cells, including the outermost layer called the stratum corneum, which is made up of dead skin cells that continuously shed and are replaced by new cells from the underlying layers. The epidermis also contains melanocytes, which produce melanin, the pigment responsible for skin color.

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  • 13. 

    Which statement about disinfection is CORRECT?

    • A.

      Disinfectants should not be used on skin, hair, or nails

    • B.

      Disinfectants destroy all microorganisms including bacterial spores

    • C.

      Disinfectants should be used only by healthcare professionals

    • D.

      Disinfectants are never used in salons

    Correct Answer
    A. Disinfectants should not be used on skin, hair, or nails
    Explanation
    Disinfectants should not be used on skin, hair, or nails because they can be harsh and irritating to these areas. Disinfectants are primarily designed to be used on surfaces and objects to kill or inactivate microorganisms. Using them on the skin, hair, or nails can cause damage to these tissues and may lead to skin irritation, dryness, or other adverse reactions. It is important to use disinfectants as directed and only on appropriate surfaces to ensure their effectiveness and safety.

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  • 14. 

    Which is one way to reassure your client about the cleanliness of your nail care equipment?

    • A.

      Tell the client that all instruments are sterilized after each use

    • B.

      Keep your instruments in sterilizing equipment when not in use

    • C.

      Tell the client that no one has ever gotten an infection in your salon

    • D.

      Keep metal, wood, and plastic implements separate from each other

    Correct Answer
    B. Keep your instruments in sterilizing equipment when not in use
    Explanation
    Keeping your instruments in sterilizing equipment when not in use is one way to reassure your client about the cleanliness of your nail care equipment. This practice ensures that the instruments are constantly being sanitized and reduces the risk of contamination or infection. By implementing this procedure, you are demonstrating your commitment to maintaining a clean and safe salon environment for your clients.

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  • 15. 

    A steatoma or sebaceous cyst is a/an

    • A.

      Chronic inflammation on the nose & cheeks

    • B.

      Subcutaneous tumor of a sebaceous gland

    • C.

      Accumulation of sebaceous matter under the skin

    • D.

      Contagious disease of the sebaceous glands

    Correct Answer
    C. Accumulation of sebaceous matter under the skin
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "accumulation of sebaceous matter under the skin". A steatoma or sebaceous cyst is a benign growth that forms when the sebaceous glands become blocked, leading to the accumulation of sebum (a waxy, oily substance) under the skin. This accumulation creates a cyst-like structure that can vary in size. Steatomas are typically not painful unless they become infected or inflamed. They are commonly found on the face, neck, and trunk. It is important to note that sebaceous cysts are not contagious and do not involve chronic inflammation.

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  • 16. 

    Bacteria that do NOT cause disease are referred to as

    • A.

      Parasite

    • B.

      Nonpathogenic

    • C.

      Microbes

    • D.

      Saprophytes

    Correct Answer
    B. Nonpathogenic
    Explanation
    Nonpathogenic bacteria are those that do not cause disease. They may still be present in the body or the environment, but they do not pose a threat to human health. These bacteria can be beneficial in various ways, such as aiding in digestion or producing essential vitamins. Therefore, the term "nonpathogenic" accurately describes bacteria that do not cause disease.

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  • 17. 

    You can best help the client relax during facial manipulations by

    • A.

      Talking to the client continuously

    • B.

      Having the client visualize a relaxing scene

    • C.

      Maintaining and even rhythm and pressure

    • D.

      Telling the client when you are starting a movement

    Correct Answer
    C. Maintaining and even rhythm and pressure
    Explanation
    Maintaining an even rhythm and pressure during facial manipulations can help the client relax because it creates a sense of predictability and stability. Consistent and gentle movements allow the client to feel more comfortable and at ease. This helps to reduce any tension or anxiety they may have, allowing them to fully relax and enjoy the facial treatment.

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  • 18. 

    When using a protective neck strip and a cape, you should always be sure that the cape

    • A.

      Is fastened as tightly as possible

    • B.

      Is under the neck strip

    • C.

      Does not touch the client's skin

    • D.

      Is a becoming style and color

    Correct Answer
    C. Does not touch the client's skin
    Explanation
    When using a protective neck strip and a cape, it is important to ensure that the cape does not touch the client's skin. This is because the cape is used to protect the client's clothing from hair clippings, chemicals, or other products that may be used during a hair treatment. If the cape touches the client's skin, it may cause discomfort or irritation, defeating the purpose of using the protective equipment. Therefore, it is crucial to make sure that the cape is positioned properly and does not come into direct contact with the client's skin.

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  • 19. 

    Cosmetologists need to understand bacteriology in order to

    • A.

      Prevent the spread of disease

    • B.

      Discuss biology with clients

    • C.

      Avoid contracting food-borne illness

    • D.

      Avoid spreading AIDS in the salon

    Correct Answer
    A. Prevent the spread of disease
    Explanation
    Cosmetologists need to understand bacteriology in order to prevent the spread of disease. This is because they work closely with clients and perform various treatments and procedures that can potentially transmit bacteria and pathogens. By having knowledge of bacteriology, cosmetologists can implement proper sanitation and hygiene practices, use sterilized tools, and follow infection control protocols to minimize the risk of spreading diseases to themselves and their clients.

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  • 20. 

    Which statement about contamination is CORRECT?

    • A.

      All objects are contaminated with microorganisms

    • B.

      Contamination can be avoided by means of frequent hand washing

    • C.

      Contamination in the salon is illegal an cause for losing one's license

    • D.

      The skin and hair can be sterilized to reduce contamination

    Correct Answer
    A. All objects are contaminated with microorganisms
    Explanation
    Microorganisms are present everywhere, including on objects. Therefore, it is correct to say that all objects are contaminated with microorganisms.

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  • 21. 

    The part of the nail structure that contains actively growing tissue is the

    • A.

      Nail plate

    • B.

      Matrix

    • C.

      Nail root

    • D.

      Free edge

    Correct Answer
    B. Matrix
    Explanation
    The matrix is the part of the nail structure that contains actively growing tissue. It is located at the base of the nail, beneath the cuticle. The matrix is responsible for producing new cells that make up the nail plate, which is the hard, visible part of the nail. As the cells in the matrix divide and grow, they push the older cells forward, causing the nail to lengthen. Therefore, the matrix is essential for nail growth and the formation of a healthy nail plate.

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  • 22. 

    Before applying chemicals to the hair, you should apply a cream around the client's hairline in order to

    • A.

      Avoid a lawsuit

    • B.

      Test for allergic reactions

    • C.

      Sell additional products

    • D.

      Avoid skin irritation

    Correct Answer
    D. Avoid skin irritation
    Explanation
    Before applying chemicals to the hair, it is important to apply a cream around the client's hairline in order to avoid skin irritation. This is because the chemicals used in hair treatments can be harsh and may cause irritation or allergic reactions on the skin. By applying a protective cream, it creates a barrier between the chemicals and the skin, reducing the risk of any adverse effects. This precautionary measure ensures the safety and comfort of the client during the hair treatment process.

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  • 23. 

    Before draping a client, you should do all of the following EXCEPT

    • A.

      Wash your hands

    • B.

      Ask the client to wash his/her hands

    • C.

      Ask the client to remove any necklaces

    • D.

      Turn the client's collar in

    Correct Answer
    B. Ask the client to wash his/her hands
    Explanation
    Before draping a client, it is important to ensure cleanliness and hygiene. Washing your hands is crucial to prevent the spread of germs and maintain a sterile environment. Asking the client to wash their hands is also important for the same reasons. Removing any necklaces is necessary to prevent them from getting tangled or causing discomfort during the draping process. Turning the client's collar in helps to provide better access to the neck and upper back area. Therefore, the only action that is not necessary before draping a client is asking them to wash their hands.

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  • 24. 

    Besides cleaning the client's hair and scalp, a good shampoo can also

    • A.

      Change the color of a client's hair

    • B.

      Change the texture of a client's hair

    • C.

      Make the client's hair appear fuller and longer

    • D.

      Give the client a good impression of the salon

    Correct Answer
    D. Give the client a good impression of the salon
    Explanation
    A good shampoo can give the client a good impression of the salon because it plays a significant role in the overall hair care experience. When a client visits a salon, they expect to have their hair and scalp cleaned effectively. A good shampoo not only fulfills this basic expectation but also contributes to the overall satisfaction of the client. It can leave the hair feeling fresh, clean, and fragrant, enhancing the client's perception of the salon's professionalism and attention to detail.

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  • 25. 

    Dry shampoos are used on clients

    • A.

      Who are about to have a permanent

    • B.

      Who have chemically treated hair

    • C.

      Whose health does not permit shampoos

    • D.

      Who are allergic to shampoos

    Correct Answer
    C. Whose health does not permit shampoos
    Explanation
    Dry shampoos are used on clients whose health does not permit shampoos. This could be due to various reasons such as a weakened immune system, certain medical conditions, or sensitivity to the ingredients in regular shampoos. Dry shampoos provide an alternative solution for cleansing the hair without the need for water, making it suitable for individuals who are unable to use traditional shampoos.

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  • 26. 

    Which nail shape is flattering to the greatest number of people's hands?

    • A.

      Square

    • B.

      Round

    • C.

      Oval

    • D.

      Pointed

    Correct Answer
    C. Oval
    Explanation
    The oval nail shape is considered flattering to the greatest number of people's hands because it is a versatile shape that complements various finger lengths and widths. The oval shape is soft and elongates the fingers, making the hands appear more slender and elegant. It is a balanced shape that suits both short and long nails and works well with different nail bed shapes. The oval shape is a popular choice as it enhances the overall appearance of the hands and is suitable for both casual and formal occasions.

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  • 27. 

    Where should metal implements and orangewood sticks be placed while you are giving a manicure?

    • A.

      In the drawer of the manicure table

    • B.

      In a jar filled with alcohol-soaked cotton

    • C.

      In an autoclave

    • D.

      On the top of the manicure table on a clean cloth

    Correct Answer
    D. On the top of the manicure table on a clean cloth
    Explanation
    Metal implements and orangewood sticks should be placed on the top of the manicure table on a clean cloth while giving a manicure. This ensures that they are easily accessible and visible during the manicure process. Placing them on a clean cloth helps to maintain hygiene and prevent contamination. It also allows for easy cleaning and sterilization of the implements after use.

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  • 28. 

    How can you use polish to give an elongated appearance to clubbed nails?

    • A.

      Leave the half moons at the base unpolished

    • B.

      Leave the tips of the nail unpolished

    • C.

      Leave the sides of the nail unpolished

    • D.

      Apply a very bright polish to the entire nail

    Correct Answer
    C. Leave the sides of the nail unpolished
    Explanation
    Leaving the sides of the nail unpolished can give an elongated appearance to clubbed nails because it creates the illusion of narrower nails. By applying polish only to the center of the nail and leaving the sides bare, the width of the nail is visually reduced, making them appear longer and more slender.

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  • 29. 

    Which is the correct method for removing sculptured nails?

    • A.

      Clip them off with scissors

    • B.

      File them off with an emery board

    • C.

      Apply a solvent and push them off

    • D.

      Use a non-acetone nail polish remover

    Correct Answer
    C. Apply a solvent and push them off
    Explanation
    The correct method for removing sculptured nails is to apply a solvent and push them off. This method involves using a specialized nail polish remover or acetone to dissolve the adhesive used to attach the sculptured nails. After applying the solvent, gentle pressure is applied to push the nails off, ensuring that they are removed without causing damage to the natural nails. This method is preferred over clipping or filing as it minimizes the risk of causing pain or injury to the nail bed.

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  • 30. 

    A client who has athlete's foot requests a pedicure.  What should you do?

    • A.

      Refer the client to a doctor for treatment

    • B.

      Treat the client with medicated powder and then give the pedicure

    • C.

      Use strict sanitary precautions to avoid spreading the infection

    • D.

      Give the pedicure as requested

    Correct Answer
    A. Refer the client to a doctor for treatment
    Explanation
    When a client has athlete's foot, it is important to refer them to a doctor for treatment rather than providing a pedicure. Athlete's foot is a fungal infection that can easily spread to other parts of the body or to other people. By referring the client to a doctor, they can receive proper medical treatment to effectively treat the infection. Providing a pedicure without treating the underlying infection can potentially worsen the condition and spread the infection to other clients. Using strict sanitary precautions may help prevent the spread of infection, but it is still necessary for the client to seek medical treatment.

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  • 31. 

    The correct method for applying cleansing cream is to start at the

    • A.

      Forehead and work downward

    • B.

      Back and forth upward

    • C.

      Cheeks and work in a circular motion

    • D.

      Neck and work upward

    Correct Answer
    D. Neck and work upward
    Explanation
    The correct method for applying cleansing cream is to start at the neck and work upward. This is because starting from the neck helps to remove any dirt, oil, or makeup that may have accumulated on the neck area. Working upward allows the cream to be evenly distributed on the face, ensuring that all areas are properly cleansed. This method also helps to stimulate blood circulation and lymphatic drainage, which can improve the overall health and appearance of the skin.

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  • 32. 

    Soft water is preferrable to hard water for shampooing because it

    • A.

      Holds its temperature better

    • B.

      Works up a better lather

    • C.

      Feels softer on the client's skin

    • D.

      Leaves an attractive residue behind

    Correct Answer
    B. Works up a better lather
    Explanation
    Soft water is preferable to hard water for shampooing because it works up a better lather. Hard water contains minerals such as calcium and magnesium which can react with the soap or shampoo, forming a scum that reduces lather formation. Soft water, on the other hand, has a lower concentration of these minerals, allowing the soap or shampoo to create more bubbles and lather easily. This helps in effectively cleansing the hair and scalp, providing a better shampooing experience for the client.

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  • 33. 

    On which type of hair should you use an acid-balanced perm?

    • A.

      Coarse, resistant hair

    • B.

      Highlighted or tinted hair

    • C.

      Normal hair

    • D.

      Fine, resistant hair

    Correct Answer
    B. Highlighted or tinted hair
    Explanation
    An acid-balanced perm is recommended for highlighted or tinted hair because it is less damaging and helps to preserve the color. The acid-balanced perm has a lower pH level, which is gentler on the hair and reduces the risk of color fading or damage. Highlighted or tinted hair is more delicate and vulnerable to damage, so using an acid-balanced perm can help maintain the integrity of the hair while achieving the desired curl or wave.

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  • 34. 

    When should a patch test to determine whether a client is allergic to an aniline derivative tint be given?

    • A.

      Immediately before the hair coloring service

    • B.

      One hour before the hair coloring service

    • C.

      24-48 hours before the hair coloring service

    • D.

      Immediately after the hair coloring service

    Correct Answer
    C. 24-48 hours before the hair coloring service
    Explanation
    A patch test should be given 24-48 hours before the hair coloring service to determine whether a client is allergic to an aniline derivative tint. This time frame allows for any potential allergic reactions to develop and be identified before the actual hair coloring service takes place. Giving the patch test immediately before or after the hair coloring service would not allow enough time for any allergic reactions to manifest or be properly addressed.

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  • 35. 

    For a client with very light skin, you should choose a foundation that is

    • A.

      A shade lighter than the natural skin tone

    • B.

      The same as the natural skin tone

    • C.

      A shade darker then the natural skin tone

    • D.

      A rosy shade

    Correct Answer
    B. The same as the natural skin tone
    Explanation
    The correct answer is to choose a foundation that is the same as the natural skin tone. This is because using a foundation that matches the client's natural skin tone will help create a more natural and seamless look. Choosing a shade lighter or darker may result in an uneven or unnatural appearance. Similarly, a rosy shade may not complement the client's undertones and may look unnatural on very light skin.

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  • 36. 

    The correct way to test the color of a foundation is to blend some of it on the client's

    • A.

      Cheek

    • B.

      Nose

    • C.

      Jaw line

    • D.

      Earlobe

    Correct Answer
    C. Jaw line
    Explanation
    The correct way to test the color of a foundation is to blend some of it on the client's jaw line. This is because the jaw line is closer to the natural skin tone of the face and provides a better indication of how well the foundation will match the overall complexion. The cheek, nose, and earlobe may have different shades of skin due to factors like sun exposure or pigmentation, making them less reliable areas for color testing.

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  • 37. 

    Before wrapping, hair should be

    • A.

      Shampooed and left moist

    • B.

      Saturated with water

    • C.

      Dry and cool

    • D.

      Very hot

    Correct Answer
    A. Shampooed and left moist
    Explanation
    Before wrapping, hair should be shampooed and left moist. This is because when hair is shampooed, it becomes clean and free from any dirt or product buildup. Leaving it moist ensures that it is not completely dry, which allows for easier manipulation and styling when wrapping the hair. Additionally, moisture helps to keep the hair more pliable and reduces the risk of breakage during the wrapping process.

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  • 38. 

    The correct procedure for applying most neutralizers is

    • A.

      Apply, wait 15 minutes, repeat, remove rods

    • B.

      Apply, rinse, repeat, and remove rods

    • C.

      Apply, repeat, wait 5 minutes, and remove rods

    • D.

      Remove rods, apply, rinse, and repeat

    Correct Answer
    C. Apply, repeat, wait 5 minutes, and remove rods
    Explanation
    The correct procedure for applying most neutralizers is to apply the neutralizer, repeat the process, wait for 5 minutes, and then remove the rods. This sequence ensures that the neutralizer has enough time to effectively neutralize any harmful substances and that the rods are removed after the appropriate waiting period. The other options either do not include a waiting period or do not follow the correct sequence of steps.

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  • 39. 

    Because semi-permanent color only deposits and does not lift color from the hair, you shoudl select a color that is

    • A.

      Very cool with no red highlights

    • B.

      Lighter than the desired shade

    • C.

      Black or very dark brown

    • D.

      Darker than the desired shade

    Correct Answer
    B. Lighter than the desired shade
    Explanation
    Semi-permanent color only deposits color onto the hair and does not lighten it. Therefore, if you want to achieve a desired shade with semi-permanent color, you should select a shade that is lighter than the desired shade. This allows the color to deposit onto the hair without lifting any existing color.

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  • 40. 

    To create a natural look, you should apply cheek color no closer to the nose than the

    • A.

      Outer corner of the eye

    • B.

      Center of the eye

    • C.

      Inner corner of the eye

    • D.

      Cheekbone

    Correct Answer
    B. Center of the eye
    Explanation
    To create a natural look, it is recommended to apply cheek color no closer to the nose than the center of the eye. This placement allows for a balanced and harmonious appearance, as it aligns with the natural contours of the face. Applying the cheek color closer to the nose or towards the inner or outer corners of the eye may result in an unnatural or unbalanced look. By focusing on the center of the eye, the cheek color can enhance the cheekbones and provide a subtle, flattering effect.

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  • 41. 

    Which statement about hair lightening is CORRECT?

    • A.

      Very dark hair may be damaged by extreme lightening

    • B.

      Hair lighteners are used as preliminary treatments and never by themselves

    • C.

      Lighteners are not effective in removing undesirable off-shades

    • D.

      Lightening has no effect on hair's porosity

    Correct Answer
    A. Very dark hair may be damaged by extreme lightening
    Explanation
    Very dark hair may be damaged by extreme lightening because the process of lightening involves stripping the hair of its natural pigment. Dark hair has more pigment to remove, so it is more susceptible to damage from the harsh chemicals used in lightening products. Therefore, extreme lightening can cause damage to very dark hair.

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  • 42. 

    Which statement about hair growth is TRUE?

    • A.

      The natural color tends to fade as the hair ages

    • B.

      Scalp massage increases the growth and prevents hair loss

    • C.

      Cutting the hair makes it grow faster and thicker

    • D.

      The hair's texture becomes coarse as it ages

    Correct Answer
    A. The natural color tends to fade as the hair ages
    Explanation
    As hair ages, the natural color tends to fade. This is because the pigment-producing cells in the hair follicles become less active over time, resulting in a loss of color intensity. This is a natural process and can be influenced by various factors such as genetics, hormonal changes, and environmental factors.

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  • 43. 

    Which of the following is NOT a basic rule for natural looking hair color?

    • A.

      The hair should be lighter at the base than at the ends

    • B.

      The hair should be lighter on the surface than underneath

    • C.

      The hair around the face should be lighter than the crown

    • D.

      The darker hair should always be the dominant color

    Correct Answer
    D. The darker hair should always be the dominant color
    Explanation
    The basic rule for natural looking hair color is that the darker hair should not always be the dominant color. This means that in natural hair, the color may vary and the darker hair may not always be the most prominent or dominant color.

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  • 44. 

    The Level System is a way of analyzing the

    • A.

      Tone of a hair color

    • B.

      Texture of hair

    • C.

      Presence of pigment in the hair

    • D.

      Lightness or darkness of a color

    Correct Answer
    D. Lightness or darkness of a color
    Explanation
    The Level System is a method used to determine the lightness or darkness of a color, particularly in the context of hair color. It helps to categorize and analyze different shades of hair color based on their intensity and depth. By understanding the level of lightness or darkness, hairdressers and colorists can accurately determine the desired shade and achieve the desired result.

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  • 45. 

    Before lightening a client's hair, you should do all of the following EXCEPT

    • A.

      Perform a strand test

    • B.

      Analyze the hair and scalp

    • C.

      Brush or comb the hair vigorously

    • D.

      Put protective cream around the neckliine

    Correct Answer
    C. Brush or comb the hair vigorously
    Explanation
    Brushing or combing the hair vigorously before lightening a client's hair is not recommended because it can cause damage to the hair strands and scalp. It can lead to breakage, tangles, and further weaken the hair. Therefore, it is important to avoid brushing or combing the hair vigorously before the lightening process.

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  • 46. 

    The conditioning part of a chemical hair relaxing treatment is applied to the

    • A.

      Roots of the hair when wet

    • B.

      Ends of the hair when wet

    • C.

      Entire head when wet

    • D.

      Entire head when dry

    Correct Answer
    C. Entire head when wet
    Explanation
    The conditioning part of a chemical hair relaxing treatment is applied to the entire head when wet because wet hair is more porous and can better absorb the conditioning agents. Applying the conditioning treatment to the entire head ensures that all the hair strands receive the necessary moisture and nutrients to counteract the potential damage caused by the chemical relaxing treatment. Additionally, conditioning the entire head helps to maintain the overall health and manageability of the hair.

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  • 47. 

    Which statement about the use of the razor for haircutting is INCORRECT?

    • A.

      The razor guard should face you, the cosmetologist, while you use the razor

    • B.

      The razor can be used for thinning the hair as well as for haircutting

    • C.

      When combing the hair, put the razor down and hold the comb in your hand

    • D.

      Keep the hair damp while working to prevent dulling the blade of the razor

    Correct Answer
    C. When combing the hair, put the razor down and hold the comb in your hand
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "when combing the hair, put the razor down and hold the comb in your hand." This statement is incorrect because when combing the hair, the razor should be held in the other hand along with the comb. This allows for precise cutting or thinning of the hair while combing through it. Putting the razor down while combing would interrupt the flow of the haircutting process.

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  • 48. 

    After completing a haircut and removing the client's cape and neck strip, you should

    • A.

      Shampoo the client's hair again

    • B.

      Proceed immediately with the next service

    • C.

      Ask the client for a tip

    • D.

      Clear away all hair clippings

    Correct Answer
    D. Clear away all hair clippings
    Explanation
    After completing a haircut and removing the client's cape and neck strip, it is important to clear away all hair clippings. This is necessary to maintain cleanliness and hygiene in the salon or barbershop. Leaving hair clippings on the floor or around the workstation can create a messy and unprofessional environment. Additionally, removing the hair clippings ensures that the next client will have a clean and comfortable experience. Shampooing the client's hair again, proceeding immediately with the next service, or asking for a tip are not necessary or appropriate actions in this situation.

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  • 49. 

    When selecting a shampoo for a client, you should choose one that

    • A.

      Suits the client's hair type

    • B.

      Uses only natural ingredients

    • C.

      Will eliminate dandruff

    • D.

      Is tended for sun-damaged hair

    Correct Answer
    A. Suits the client's hair type
    Explanation
    When selecting a shampoo for a client, it is important to choose one that suits the client's hair type. This is because different hair types have different needs and require specific care. Using a shampoo that is specifically formulated for the client's hair type will help address their specific concerns, such as dryness, oiliness, or damage. By choosing a shampoo that suits the client's hair type, you can ensure that they receive the most effective and beneficial treatment for their hair.

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  • 50. 

    Invisible braiding is done by

    • A.

      Plaiting the strands on the surface

    • B.

      Braiding very narrow sections of hair

    • C.

      Braiding more than three sections at a time

    • D.

      Overlapping the braided strands on top

    Correct Answer
    D. Overlapping the braided strands on top
    Explanation
    Invisible braiding involves overlapping the braided strands on top of each other. This technique allows the braids to be hidden within the hair, giving the appearance of natural and seamless braiding. By overlapping the strands, the braids are securely held in place and create a smooth and sleek look. This technique is often used to create intricate and complex braided hairstyles.

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