Cosmetology State Board Practice Exam II

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Cosmetology State Board Practice Exam II

100 question exam of questions that may be on the State Board Exam for Master Cosmetology. A master cosmetologist cares for the client's skin, hair, and nails. Well, there may be some additional services a master cosmetologist provide to his/her clients such as hair coloring, cutting, manicure, etc. We created this quiz for the people who are looking for some good practice tests of the topic.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    • A. 

      Insufficient processing time

    • B. 

      Wrong choice of waving lotion

    • C. 

      Improper wrapping

    • D. 

      Adding water to waving lotion

  • 2. 
    • A. 

      Add height at the crown

    • B. 

      Add a full fringe

    • C. 

      Add width at the sides

    • D. 

      Add equal fullness around the entire face

  • 3. 
    • A. 

      Level 7 yellow-green

    • B. 

      Level 6 blue-violet

    • C. 

      Level 6 blue-green

    • D. 

      Level 5 blue

  • 4. 
    Do NOT give a permanent wave if what exists?
    • A. 

      Gray hair

    • B. 

      Tinted hair

    • C. 

      Scalp abrasions

    • D. 

      Dandruff

  • 5. 
    The chemical often required in addition to the chemical relaxer is:
    • A. 

      Petroleum cream

    • B. 

      Conditioner

    • C. 

      Waving lotion

    • D. 

      Stabilizer

  • 6. 
    • A. 

      Blue

    • B. 

      Brown

    • C. 

      Red

    • D. 

      Yellow

  • 7. 
    You should apply waving lotion to the:
    • A. 

      Top of each rod only

    • B. 

      Top and bottom of each rod

    • C. 

      Area between the rods

    • D. 

      Top hairline and allow it to drip down

  • 8. 
    • A. 

      Very dark hair may be damaged by extreme lightening

    • B. 

      Hair lighteners are used as preliminary treatments, never by themselves

    • C. 

      Lighteners are not effective in removing undesirable off-shades

    • D. 

      Lightening has no effect on hair's porosity

  • 9. 
    Which bonds are individually very weak?
    • A. 

      Hydrogen

    • B. 

      Salt

    • C. 

      Disulfide

    • D. 

      Both A and B

  • 10. 
    The relaxer cream is applied near the scalp last because processing is accelerated in this area by:
    • A. 

      Your speed in application

    • B. 

      The sebaceous glands

    • C. 

      Body heat

    • D. 

      Perspiration

  • 11. 
    The haircut with a constant elevation of 90 degrees will result in:
    • A. 

      A blunt cut with no layers

    • B. 

      Graduation with added fullness at the crown

    • C. 

      Layers that are all the same length

    • D. 

      Layers with shorter lengths at the crown

  • 12. 
    Nail polish should be applied:
    • A. 

      From the free edge to the base

    • B. 

      Using light, sweeping strokes

    • C. 

      On the sides first

    • D. 

      All of the above

  • 13. 
    • A. 

      Soft nails

    • B. 

      Diseased nails

    • C. 

      Brittle nails

    • D. 

      None of the above

  • 14. 
    • A. 

      Apply the neutralizer

    • B. 

      Blow dry the hair

    • C. 

      Set and style the hair

    • D. 

      Blot off excess water

  • 15. 
    • A. 

      Begin by explaining the prices of all your services

    • B. 

      Base your suggestions on the client's needs and lifestyle

    • C. 

      Carefully explain the underlying chemistry of hair coloring

    • D. 

      Show the client color photos of movie stars with the same color

  • 16. 
    • A. 

      180 degrees

    • B. 

      90 degrees

    • C. 

      45 degrees

    • D. 

      0 degrees

  • 17. 
    • A. 

      Forehead

    • B. 

      Groin

    • C. 

      Palms

    • D. 

      Scalp

  • 18. 
    • A. 

      Apply a protective cream to the entire scalp

    • B. 

      Apply a protective cream to the hairline and ears

    • C. 

      Make sure the hair is wet before beginning the procedure

    • D. 

      Part the hair into no more than three sections

  • 19. 
    • A. 

      Lice can be seen as small white eggs or nits

    • B. 

      Lice can be treated safely in the salon

    • C. 

      Lice can be treated with medicated shampoos

    • D. 

      Lice can be spread through contact with infested combs

  • 20. 
    • A. 

      Dermis

    • B. 

      Reticular layer

    • C. 

      Stratum germivatium layer

    • D. 

      Subcutaneous layer

  • 21. 
    • A. 

      3 to 5

    • B. 

      5 to 8

    • C. 

      8 to 12

    • D. 

      12 to 14

  • 22. 
    • A. 

      Density

    • B. 

      Elasticity

    • C. 

      Fragility

    • D. 

      Porosity

  • 23. 
    The pH scale is a unit of measurement that indicates whether a substance is:
    • A. 

      Acidic

    • B. 

      Alkaline

    • C. 

      Neutral

    • D. 

      All of the above

  • 24. 
    A towel or neck strip is placed under the cape when draping a client:
    • A. 

      To prevent itching

    • B. 

      To keep the client cool

    • C. 

      For sanitary reasons

    • D. 

      For beauty

  • 25. 
    When retouching a client's hair with a sodium hydroxide relaxer, you should:
    • A. 

      Relax the entire head again

    • B. 

      Relax only the curliest part of the hair

    • C. 

      Wait at least 6 months between treatments

    • D. 

      Relax the new growth only

  • 26. 
    Trichology is the study of:
    • A. 

      Skin

    • B. 

      Nails

    • C. 

      Hair

    • D. 

      Muscles

  • 27. 
    Which face shape looks good with almost any hairstyle?
    • A. 

      Round

    • B. 

      Square

    • C. 

      Oval

    • D. 

      Oblong

  • 28. 
    What is the cell reproducer of the nail?
    • A. 

      Lunula

    • B. 

      Matrix

    • C. 

      Nail bed

    • D. 

      Nerves

  • 29. 
    • A. 

      Heat is created causing the hair to soften and absorb color

    • B. 

      The cortex swells allowing pigment molecules to enter

    • C. 

      The H-bonds and S-bonds are broken, changing the hair's shape

    • D. 

      The disulfide bonds are rebonded in waving lines

  • 30. 
    In order the raise a client's head so you can shampoo the back of the head, you should:
    • A. 

      Ask the client to support his/her head

    • B. 

      Ask the client to turn around

    • C. 

      Support the client's head with your hand

    • D. 

      Ask another stylist to support the client's head

  • 31. 
    • A. 

      Asteatosis

    • B. 

      Anhydrosis

    • C. 

      Psoriasis

    • D. 

      Seborrhea

  • 32. 
    Which is the chemical symbol for hydrogen peroxide?
    • A. 

      H2O

    • B. 

      H2O2

    • C. 

      H2SO4

    • D. 

      NaOH

  • 33. 
    Another term for thermal waving is:
    • A. 

      Finger waving

    • B. 

      Roller setting

    • C. 

      Dry hairstyling

    • D. 

      Marcel waving

  • 34. 
    Warm-toned colors are made primarily of:
    • A. 

      Blues and greens

    • B. 

      Reds and yellows

    • C. 

      Black and white

    • D. 

      Shades of gray

  • 35. 
    Wet hair stretches what percent of its length?
    • A. 

      20 to 30

    • B. 

      40 to 50

    • C. 

      60 to 70

    • D. 

      10 to 15

  • 36. 
    • A. 

      Styling hair

    • B. 

      Blow-drying hair

    • C. 

      Combing hair

    • D. 

      Cutting hair

  • 37. 
    • A. 

      Mist with water

    • B. 

      Rinse excess thio

    • C. 

      Drape the client

    • D. 

      Replace saturated cotton

  • 38. 
    When giving a soft-curl perm, you should take a test curl frequently in order to ensure:
    • A. 

      The hair id not becoming too curly

    • B. 

      The hair is curling properly but not becoming damaged

    • C. 

      The client's skin is not becoming irritated

    • D. 

      The heat is not too great for the client to tolerate

  • 39. 
    The action of sodium hydroxide relaxer causes the hair to:
    • A. 

      Soften and swell

    • B. 

      Expand and harden

    • C. 

      Harden and set

    • D. 

      Shrink

  • 40. 
    • A. 

      Coarse, resistant hair

    • B. 

      Highlighted or tinted hair

    • C. 

      Normal hair

    • D. 

      Fine, resistant hair

  • 41. 
    • A. 

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

    • B. 

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

    • C. 

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

    • D. 

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

  • 42. 
    • A. 

      Thinning

    • B. 

      Cross-checking

    • C. 

      Sectioning

    • D. 

      Parting

  • 43. 
    The main active ingredient in an alkaline perm is:
    • A. 

      Hydrogen peroxide

    • B. 

      Ammonium thioglycolate

    • C. 

      Glycerol

    • D. 

      Potassium bromate

  • 44. 
    Relaxers with ammonium thioglycolate differ from relaxers with sodium hydroxide because this is:
    • A. 

      Milder

    • B. 

      Quicker

    • C. 

      More dangerous

    • D. 

      Hotter

  • 45. 
    Texturizing can:
    • A. 

      Reduce bulk and create support

    • B. 

      Create visual texture

    • C. 

      Create fullness and mobility

    • D. 

      All of the above

  • 46. 
    The technical name for the nail is:
    • A. 

      Onyx

    • B. 

      Cuticle

    • C. 

      Mantle

    • D. 

      Lunula

  • 47. 
    While shampooing, protect the client's face and ears from water spray with:
    • A. 

      Your hand

    • B. 

      The cape

    • C. 

      A neck strip

    • D. 

      An apron

  • 48. 
    The occipital bone forms the back and base of the:
    • A. 

      Neck

    • B. 

      Cranium

    • C. 

      Upper jaw

    • D. 

      Forehead

  • 49. 
    • A. 

      Onychophagy

    • B. 

      Agnails

    • C. 

      Leucoychia

    • D. 

      Pterygium

  • 50. 
    Which is the quickest way to lighten hair?
    • A. 

      Tint remover

    • B. 

      Oil bleach

    • C. 

      Powder or paste bleach

    • D. 

      Pre-softener

  • 51. 
    • A. 

      Disease

    • B. 

      Condition

    • C. 

      Disorder

    • D. 

      All of the above

  • 52. 
    A good haircut is:
    • A. 

      The foundation for all salon hair services

    • B. 

      The best way to judge a salon's services

    • C. 

      Not important to successful hairstyling

    • D. 

      A reason to charge more for all other services

  • 53. 
    • A. 

      Clients frequently ask for it

    • B. 

      It is useful training for other hairstyling techniques

    • C. 

      It is a very difficult skill and therefore is useful in landing a job

    • D. 

      It helps the salon retain old clients

  • 54. 
    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 the hair vigorously

    • D. 

      Put protective cream around the neckline

  • 55. 
    • A. 

      Maintain proper moisture in the ends

    • B. 

      Minimize hair breakage

    • C. 

      Provide better grip on the hair

    • D. 

      Smooth out split ends

  • 56. 
    The nail is mainly composed of:
    • A. 

      Melanin

    • B. 

      Soft keratin

    • C. 

      Hard keratin

    • D. 

      Blood

  • 57. 
    Manicuring implements must be disinfected or discarded:
    • A. 

      Once a day

    • B. 

      Once in the morning

    • C. 

      After every service

    • D. 

      On a weekly basis

  • 58. 
    The primary reason to know the laws of color is so you can:
    • A. 

      Match a client's original hair color

    • B. 

      Formulate the client's desired color

    • C. 

      Lighten a client's hair without removing highlights

    • D. 

      Enhance a client's natural eye and skin color

  • 59. 
    What is the percentage of curl removed by a soft press?
    • A. 

      30 to 40 percent

    • B. 

      50 to 60 percent

    • C. 

      40 to 50 percent

    • D. 

      60 to 70 percent

  • 60. 
    Which layer of the skin contains the nerve endings responsible for the sense of touch (heat, cold, pressure, and pain)? 
    • A. 

      Papillary

    • B. 

      Reticular

    • C. 

      Stratum corneum

    • D. 

      Stratum lucidum

  • 61. 
    The hair cuticle is the:
    • A. 

      Outside layer composed of overlapping sheets of transparent protective cells

    • B. 

      Middle pigmented layer composed of fibrous material

    • C. 

      Innermost layer

    • D. 

      Follicle from which the hair shaft emerges

  • 62. 
    The free edge of the nail is filed in what direction?
    • A. 

      Left to right

    • B. 

      Right to left

    • C. 

      Center to corner

    • D. 

      Corner to center

  • 63. 
    Where is the first cut made when low-elevation haircutting with shears?
    • A. 

      Above the eyebrows

    • B. 

      At the nape

    • C. 

      Under/by the client's left ear

    • D. 

      Under/by the client's right ear

  • 64. 
    Hair's ability to absorb moisture is called:
    • A. 

      Porosity

    • B. 

      Elasticity

    • C. 

      Viscosity

    • D. 

      Pigmentation

  • 65. 
    When thinning hair, what determines where you should start (distance from scalp)?
    • A. 

      Condition of the hair

    • B. 

      Density of the hair

    • C. 

      Length of the hair

    • D. 

      Texture of the hair

  • 66. 
    Which layer of the hair contains color pigment?
    • A. 

      Cortex

    • B. 

      Cuticle

    • C. 

      Medulla

    • D. 

      Melanin

  • 67. 
    Proper conduct in relationships with employers, coworkers, and clients is referred to as:
    • A. 

      Personal hygiene

    • B. 

      Public hygiene

    • C. 

      Public relations

    • D. 

      Professional ethics

  • 68. 
    • A. 

      No reason -- pre-lightening is not necessary

    • B. 

      To achieve the porosity needed to accept the toner or tint

    • C. 

      To remove any residual natural color

    • D. 

      To remove the yellowing common in gray hair

  • 69. 
    The moveable attachment of the muscle is called:
    • A. 

      Insertion of muscle

    • B. 

      Origin of muscle

    • C. 

      Body of muscle

    • D. 

      Aponeurosis

  • 70. 
    The pH of skin, hair, and scalp is in the range:
    • A. 

      4.5 to 5.5

    • B. 

      5.5 to 7.5

    • C. 

      7.5 to 10.5

    • D. 

      10.5 to 12

  • 71. 
    Backcombing is used to:
    • A. 

      Remove tangles from the hair

    • B. 

      Add volume to a hairstyle

    • C. 

      Hide the roots of tinted hair

    • D. 

      Smooth out curl patterns

  • 72. 
    What should you put on resistant hair before you apply permanent color?
    • A. 

      Pre-softener

    • B. 

      Cream bleach

    • C. 

      Oil bleach

    • D. 

      Water

  • 73. 
    The medical term for dandruff is:
    • A. 

      Pitiriasis

    • B. 

      Pediculosis

    • C. 

      Tinea

    • D. 

      Monilethrix

  • 74. 
    The study of the structure, functions, and diseases of the muscles is called:
    • A. 

      Striation

    • B. 

      Myology

    • C. 

      Mentalis

    • D. 

      Osteology

  • 75. 
    The exchange of thoughts, ideas, or feelings with someone is called:
    • A. 

      Public relations

    • B. 

      Personality

    • C. 

      Communication

    • D. 

      Language

  • 76. 
    • A. 

      The hair has been colored with aniline hair colors

    • B. 

      The hair has been colored with metallic dyes

    • C. 

      The has has been permed

    • D. 

      The hair is very fine

  • 77. 
    The outermost and thinnest layer of the skin is the:
    • A. 

      Dermis

    • B. 

      Epidermis

    • C. 

      Papillary layer

    • D. 

      Subcutaneous layer

  • 78. 
    Which finger(s) control the cutting movement of the thinning shears?
    • A. 

      All of them

    • B. 

      The thumb

    • C. 

      The thumb and index finger

    • D. 

      The thumb and little finger

  • 79. 
    Which of the following is NOT a function of the skin?
    • A. 

      Protection

    • B. 

      Sensation

    • C. 

      Excretion

    • D. 

      Digestion

  • 80. 
    What massage movement is also called the headache movement?
    • A. 

      Circular movement over the forehead

    • B. 

      Finger-tapping forehead and cheeks

    • C. 

      Linear movement on the forehead

    • D. 

      Stroking movement on the forehead

  • 81. 
    When blocking the hair, how big must the sections be?
    • A. 

      1/2 the diameter of the rod

    • B. 

      The diameter of the rod

    • C. 

      2 times the diameter of the rod

    • D. 

      None of the above

  • 82. 
    The main active ingredient in acid-balanced waving lotions is:
    • A. 

      Ammonium thioglycolate

    • B. 

      Hydrogen peroxide

    • C. 

      Hydrogen disulfide

    • D. 

      Glycerol monothioglycolate

  • 83. 
    • A. 

      Black-dark brown hair

    • B. 

      Light brown

    • C. 

      Red

    • D. 

      Warm brown

  • 84. 
    How do you determine which products to use for a facial?
    • A. 

      Analyze the client's skin

    • B. 

      Ask the client what he/she prefers

    • C. 

      Review the ingredients lists of the products supplied by your salon

    • D. 

      Review the client's treatment history

  • 85. 
    To be a good communicator, you also have to be:
    • A. 

      A good listener

    • B. 

      A good story teller

    • C. 

      Able to stretch the truth

    • D. 

      All of the above

  • 86. 
    The method of cleaning instruments that kills all microorganisms including bacterial spores is:
    • A. 

      Decontamination

    • B. 

      Sanitation

    • C. 

      Sterilization

    • D. 

      Washing

  • 87. 
    • A. 

      An arch the follows the curved shape of the eye socket

    • B. 

      An arch just below the curve of the eye socket

    • C. 

      A straight line that follows the top of the eye socket

    • D. 

      A straight line just below the top of the eye socket

  • 88. 
    The most stimulating massage movement is:
    • A. 

      Petrissage

    • B. 

      Friction

    • C. 

      Effleurage

    • D. 

      Percussion

  • 89. 
    • A. 

      Low

    • B. 

      Medium

    • C. 

      High

    • D. 

      Very high

  • 90. 
    Hair is primarily composed of:
    • A. 

      Keratin

    • B. 

      Trace minerals

    • C. 

      Protons

    • D. 

      Electrons

  • 91. 
    A kneading movement used in massage is:
    • A. 

      Petrissage

    • B. 

      Friction

    • C. 

      Effleurage

    • D. 

      Percussion

  • 92. 
    In a salon, the contagious disease may be spread through direct contact between people or through the use of:
    • A. 

      Very hot or very cold water

    • B. 

      Unsanitary tools and supplies

    • C. 

      Infection control procedures

    • D. 

      Nonpathogenic bacteria

  • 93. 
    When using _____ elevation, the hair is held straight out from the head while cutting.
    • A. 

      Low

    • B. 

      Medium

    • C. 

      High

    • D. 

      Very high

  • 94. 
    Processing for a waving lotion depends on the hair's:
    • A. 

      Porosity and texture

    • B. 

      Texture and elasticity

    • C. 

      Elasticity and density

    • D. 

      Density and length

  • 95. 
    • A. 

      Sit well back

    • B. 

      Sit forward

    • C. 

      Keep feet apart

    • D. 

      Keep knees apart

  • 96. 
    What action of the cosmetologist is required by Federal Law prior to a color treatment?
    • A. 

      Collection of sales tax

    • B. 

      Maintenance of client records

    • C. 

      Purchase of malpractice insurance

    • D. 

      Predisposition (patch) test

  • 97. 
    • A. 

      Why it is necessary to use disinfectants

    • B. 

      How to market the products to your clients

    • C. 

      Whether it is safe to use the product on your skin

    • D. 

      How to use and store the product

  • 98. 
    The purpose of universal sanitation is to:
    • A. 

      Create a safe environment

    • B. 

      Prevent the spread of AIDS

    • C. 

      Prevent lawsuits

    • D. 

      Create the impression that the salon is clean

  • 99. 
    • A. 

      Inserting the top of a fever thermometer into the container

    • B. 

      Spreading a small amount of wax on your arm

    • C. 

      Asking the client to put her hand into the container

    • D. 

      Putting your hand into the container

  • 100. 
    • A. 

      Take the place of foundation

    • B. 

      Conceal minor blemishes

    • C. 

      Make the skin smooth and soft

    • D. 

      Help set the makeup in place