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Do You Know So Much About Hair You Could Be a Stylist?
By: Isadora Teich
6 Min Quiz
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About This Quiz
It's no secret that we all love our hair. Changing your hairstyle can change your whole look and be a massive confidence boost. While some of us love our hair short and spiky and others of us love it long, luxurious, and flowing, we all want to take the best care of our hair that we can. However, there is a lot of information out there about what and what not to do to help your hair be its best. Do you know enough about hair to pick out the wacky hair hacks from the genuinely good information? Do you know what will fry your locks and what will make them gleam with good health?
Even more, do you know what suits different types of hair? After all, thin and thick hair has different needs. And what makes straight hair gleam might make a mess of wavy, curly, or kinky hair. It can be complicated to figure out exactly what works best on everyone's individual hair type. Something as simple as shampoo or conditioner can make a huge difference. How you cut hair and style it can also change your hair tons.
See if you have the knowledge to be a hair stylist or are a beauty school dropout with this hair-raising quiz!
If you want to choose a hair color that flatters you, what should you consider first?
People love to say that only one kind of person can pull of red, blonde, dark, or even unnatural colored hair, but that is far from the full story. Anyone can be a beautiful redhead, for example, if they choose a red that suits their skin tone, undertones, and eye color.
Which of these is a type of hair?
Your hair type will be determined by the size and shape of your follicles, which comes down to your genetics. Hair can be fine, medium, or thick. Some people will even have a mixture of hair types on their head.
What hair colors can help brown eyes really stand out?
Brown eyes are very warm, ranging from a light honey color to so dark they are almost black. A hair color with cool undertones can provide contrast and make them pop.
What do bangs do for the face?
Bangs can widen the face, which can be a good or bad thing depending on your face shape, taste, lifestyle and overall hair goals. Someone with a longer face who wants to balance it out might opt for bangs, for example.
If a product has "fragrance" listed in its ingredients, what is actually chemically present in it?
Due to a tricky legal loophole, companies can put almost anything in products and list it solely as "fragrance" so that no one can steal their proprietary formulas. If you see fragrance on an ingredient label, that means that you can't actually know what it's in the product.
Which of these haircuts will flatter almost everyone?
Easy soft layers are incredibly versatile. They will complement most hair textures, types, and lengths, as well as most face shapes. They also look effortless and are low-maintenance.
If you have naturally curly or wavy hair and want to show off its texture, which style will suit you best?
Many people with naturally curly and wavy hair choose to let their natural texture shine, which means that they need certain hair products and cuts to keep things healthy and frizz-free. Long layers can keep your hair light enough to have some bounce, but not so light that the layers don't blend.
If you have an oval face shape, which haircut do some experts say you should avoid?
Oval faces are balanced, which means that the most classically flattering hairstyles for them are ones that show off their features without adding or subtracting length or width. Updos and slicked back hairstyles are great, while thick heavy bangs can hide their natural symmetry.
Why don't you want to use shampoo with sulfates?
Sulfates are super strong detergents that strip all of the natural oils from your hair. These can lead to damage, brittleness, and frizz over time. If you have more vulnerable curly hair or sensitive skin, you especially want to opt for sulfate-free shampoos.
What are the different hair textures?
The hair textures are straight, curly, wavy, and kinky. Curly, wavy, and kinky hair can look different on different people. In fact, some people might even have a mixture of hair types on their head.
People with olive and deep skin tones are often told that blonde won't ever look good on them: is that true?
Blonde hair can actually look incredibly striking on those with olive and deeper skin tones. It all comes down to undertone. Those with cool skin undertones will look best with warm honey blonde hair, for example.
How should you decide what hair products you should use?
Everyone has a unique hair type and texture. Some people even have different combinations of each on their head, with some strands being wavier or straighter than others. You should pick products formulated for your hair type.
Long faces are complemented best by which of these hairstyles?
Long faces are longer than they are wide, meaning that they can often benefit from hairstyles that add the look of width to the face. Big curls and luxurious waves can be great for balancing out those proportions.
Can wearing your hair pulled back too tight lead to baldness?
While wearing your hair up occasionally or loosely is no problem at all, if you always wear your hair pulled back super tightly you could be negatively affecting it. Over time, this can lead to hair loss.
What hair colors really make blue or grey eyes pop?
Blue and grey eyes can sometimes even appear icy, and are truly cool-toned. This means that the contrast provided by warm hair colors such as vibrant reds or chocolate browns can make them really pop!
What is a great cut for volumizing straight hair?
If you have straight hair and want to pump up the volume without all of the time and heat-damage involved in heat styling, opt for a cut that is longer in the front and shorter in the back. This is chic, modern, and instantly adds volume in the back.
Hair is made out of the same kind of protein that you would find where else in nature?
Human hair is made up of the protein keratin. This same protein can be found in the horns, hooves, claws, feathers, and beaks of animals. All hair is dead, except for the hair that is still in your follicles.
Heart-shaped faces have broad foreheads and narrow, pointed chins. Which of these hairstyles is recommended for them?
Some with unique heart shaped faces choose to accentuate them, while others try to balance them out by adding volume to their hair around the chin and shoulders. High top knots and other hairstyles which add volume and height up top can really help this face shape shine.
What is the most common natural hair color on earth?
Black hair is the most common hair color on earth, followed by brown hair. Blonde hair is fairly rare, with only about 2% of the world's population being blonde. Red hair is the rarest, occurring naturally in about 1% of people.
Does getting your hair cut regularly really make it grow faster?
This is a common myth. The fact of the matter is that all of your hair is dead except for what is in the follicle at your roots. Since the ends are dead, the root has no idea that those ends have been cut.
What unnatural hair color looks best on those with cool toned skin?
Regardless of whether your skin tone is fair or deep, if you have natural cool undertones a shade of blue hair would compliment you very well. Whether you opt for an icy pastel or deep denim, these cool colors will compliment your cool undertones.
If you want to neutralize red undertones in your skin, which hair colors can help do this?
People of all skin tones can have red undertones, but they can look especially pink in those who are very pale. If you want to neutralize the pink undertones in your skin, cool-toned blonde hair can be especially effective.
Should you blow dry your hair every day?
Excessive heat styling and blow drying can damage and dry out your hair. This can lead to frizz and breakage. If you have coarse or curly hair especially, your hair is more porous and prone to damage and you shouldn't heat style it every day.
Square-shaped faces are known for their strong jawlines. Which hairstyle shows them off?
Some with this face shape choose to enhance their natural angles, while others opt to soften them with hairstyles. Blunt short bangs or slicked back hairstyles will really sharpen those features and let them shine. If you would rather soften your features, soft wispy bangs and long loose layers can be great.
Is it a good thing if your hair products have salt in them?
Sodium chloride, or salt, is a common ingredient in many shampoos and conditioners to thicken them. However, if you have a sensitive scalp, it can irritate and dry it out even more.
Hazel eyes can work with which hair colors?
Hazel eyes have both warm brown and cool green tones, meaning that they can work with a wide variety of hair colors. For hazel-eyed beauties, your skin tone and undertones will mostly determine what hair colors look best on you.
If you have pale warm-toned skin, which of these hair colors will suit you best?
For pale people with warm undertones, golden blonde hair can complement their skin tones and give them a natural glow. Many very pale people also have blue eyes, which this color complements as well.
Round faces are often described as youthful baby-faces, but which hairstyle should they usually avoid?
A common mistake is trying to use lots of long and big hair to disguise a round face. This face shape actually shines best when it is highlighted by short pixie cuts with volume and length on top. This adds length and balance to the face.
Is it true that the more you brush your hair, the shinier it will get?
Over-brushing your hair can actually be rough on your cuticles and hair shaft. Some people with curly or kinky hair may even find that brushing their hair pulls out their curls and makes their hair frizzy.
Diamond-shaped faces are narrow and balanced, but widest at the cheekbones. What hairstyle is often recommended for them?
Diamond-shaped faces are so symmetrical and balanced that most people with this face-shape can pull off most hair styles. However, since they are already balanced, they should opt for hair cuts and styles which show off their features rather than add any sharpness, softness, length, or width.
Who does cool-toned red hair look best on?
While red is one of the hardest colors to maintain, cool red hair can look good on almost anyone regardless of their skin tone or undertones. The warm color and cool undertones of reds in this color family can make most skin tones look beautiful.
Which cut is often unflattering for very long hair?
While layers can add volume to hair, too many layers in very long hair can leave you with awkwardly thin and wispy layers that you can't do too much with. Your longest layer in the back can end up almost looking like a tail.
Do you want to use hair products with Sodium Lauryl Sulfate in them?
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate is a harsh detergent that can be found in cleaning products. While it creates the lather that many people associate with being clean, it is also very harsh on the skin and hair.
How does being wet affect hair?
Hair is prone to damage when it's wet because it is full of water, which lessens its tensile strength and lowers its defenses. This is why rubbing your wet hair with a towel to dry it can damage it.
Will platinum blonde hair flatter all people with pale skin tones?
If you have cool-toned pale skin and naturally light hair, platinum blonde hair can be a stellar look for you. On warmer skin tones it can highlight your pinkness, and in many cases this color hair can wash you out. However, platinum blonde hair looks great with all eye colors.
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