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Sample Cosmetology Practice Test Questions

Wednesday, July 31st, 2013

Cosmetology Practice TestTrust us, we understand that it’s hard to stay focused when the end of summer is right around the corner and you want to enjoy every last second of it. On the down side, this means it’s impacting your studying for your state cosmetology exam. If you’re in a rut to study here are some quick tips and a cosmetology practice test to help kick start your brain into study mode.

Understanding Your State Cosmetology Exam

As we say time and time again, it’s imperative to understand the content outline of your state exam. This will help you understand how many cosmetology test questions are in each area and how you should allocate your time accordingly. Many state cosmetology exams contain around 40 questions on hair services and care, 30 questions on scientific concepts, 15 on skin care and services, and 15 on nail care and services. Check with your state cosmetology board to verify this information.

This means that even if your goal is to become a nail technician, there will be more cosmetology questions on hair and skin care than nail care. Chances are you haven’t allocated enough time studying those materials and procedures so you’ll need a cosmetology study guide that will help you study for all three (like Salon Prep).

If you are enrolled in Salon Prep, congratulations! You have taken the first step towards mastering all of the subjects that will be covered on your cosmetology exam. If you’re not enrolled in Salon Prep, check the cosmetology practice test below to see how Salon Prep can help you.

Sample Cosmetology Practice Test

1. What are the four basic haircuts?

  • Blunt, graduated, layered, and short-layered
  • Graduated, weighted, layered, and long-layered
  • Blunt, graduated, layered, and long-layered.
  • Graduated, layered, textured, and blunt.

2. How many degrees of decolorization are there?

  • 5
  • 10
  • 15
  • 20

3. The practitioner observes viable nits attached to the hair shaft. A nonprescription medication is recommended. What parasitic infection is described by these symptoms?

  • Tinea
  • Scabies
  • Pediculosis
  • Carbuncle

4. Approximately what percentage of extrinsic skin aging is caused by sun damage?

  • 50%
  • 80%
  • 90%
  • 100%

5. The body’s first line of defense against infection is

  • the lymphatic system
  • unbroken skin
  • the cardiovascular system
  • pus and scabs

6. What is the main ingredient found in an acid wave?

  • Ammonia
  • Sodium bromate
  • Glycerol monothioglycolate
  • Hydrogen peroxide

7. Acrylic powder contains which two of the three ingredients of the acrylic nail process?

  • monomer and catalyst
  • It only contains one ingredient
  • Monomer and Polymer
  • Polymer and catalyst

If you didn’t feel confident about even one of your answers to these cosmetology practice test questions, chances are you need a program like Salon Prep. Salon Prep will help you prepare for all subjects through individual courses and then through final cosmetology practice tests that mimic the state board exams.

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The Most Common Methods of Hair Removal

Friday, June 7th, 2013

Hair Removal MethodsOn most state cosmetology exams, 15% of your test will be about skin care alone. This means that hair removal methods are important subjects to study. Here are some basic information and descriptions about hair removal methods used to achieve desired results (in addition to information that should be reviewed for your state’s cosmetology test).

Body hair usually grows all over the human anatomy during and after adolescence. Historically, men tend to grow more hair than women. Both men and women are likely to have hair on their head, eyebrows, legs eyelashes, pubic area, and armpits. Some, more often men, also have hair also on their face, stomach, back and chest. Various methods of hair removal are practiced for cultural, sexual, medical and religious reasons. Overall, there are two basic hair removal procedures that are used with a variety of products that claim to remove hair in one or the two methods. For your cosmetology exam, the following procedures and hair removal methods used to achieve desired results should be noted.

Temporary Hair Removal Methods

Temporary hair removal processes such as shaving or trimming are effective for short-term care. Shaving is one of the most common methods of hair removal, but other procedures are used in other parts of the world. Chemical depilatories are another option that works by making the hair disintegrate. This breaks the disulfide bonds that link the protein chains that give hair its strength. This procedure is usually temporary and hair does return in hours or over several days. Here are some options of temporary hair removal:

Shaving or trimming- This is the most common method usually manually with razor or with electric clipping shears
Depilatories- Lotions, powders or creams that cause the hair to disintegrate or dissolve
Tweezing- Hairs are pulled out with tweezers or with fingers
Waxing- A hot or cold layer of wax is applied and then removed with porous strips
Sugaring– Similar to waxing, this utilizes a sticky paste in which hair is removed
Threading- A twisted thread is rolled across the skin and catches hairs

Permanent Hair Removal Methods

Permanent hair removal methods are generally not offered in standard salons, but Salon Prep students should know they exist. Permanent procedures remove the entire hair, and the hair follicle below the skin. The most commonly used are Electrolysis, Photoepilation, and laser hair removal. Electrolysis uses an electrical current to destroy the growth cells of the hair. Photoepilation uses intense light to do the same. Laser hair removal uses laser beams that are pulsed on the skin to impair hair growth.

Over the course of human history various cultures of human society have developed social norms relating to the presence or absence of body hair. Hair removal may often be related to a religious sect or geographic region. Although, many norms change or alter from time to time or even generation to generation, hair removal is an integral part of human society. More importantly, it’s another way as a licensed cosmetologist to increase your services options and revenue. With this in mind, remember the importance of client consultation in your salon. For more information, see the Skin Care study guide and practice tests in Salon Prep.

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What is Cosmetology?

Thursday, November 3rd, 2011

So many people looking for a new career may never have thought about the opportunities in the field of Cosmetology.  In fact some people might ask, “What is Cosmetology?” Cosmetology is defined as: The professional skill or practice of beautifying the face, hair, and skin.  Some examples of jobs in the Cosmetology industry are hairdresser, nail technician, and medical esthetician.

Today’s cosmetologists work in dermatology offices, exclusive day spas, and plastic surgery centers.  Some become professional make-up artists for celebrities or brides.  Some cosmetologists own their own salons or spas, while others rent our both space from another salon owner.

Many cosmetologists use their experience to teach others by opening their own cosmetology school or institute.  Most cosmetology schools use curriculum based on either or both the Milady Standard Cosmetology series or the Pivot Point International cosmetology books.  All 50 states in the US have mandates on what curriculum cosmetology schools must teach in their classrooms.  The focus on your studies will be public health.

In order to support to rigorous curriculum requirements, many schools supplement their text books, tests, and practical training with online cosmetology programs like SalonPrep.  SalonPrep is the premier online cosmetology test preparation program.  With over 1,000 test questions, dozens of practice and final exams, and narrated study guides, cosmetology schools depend on the comprehensive material presented in SalonPrep to prepare their students for their cosmetology exam.

Students are also able to sign up for SalonPrep on their own, even if their school does not yet use the program.  SalonPrep has competitive prices, was created by cosmetologists and testing professionals, and offers a money-back guarantee if you do not pass your cosmetology exam after completing the SalonPrep program.

For more information on how SalonPrep can help you and your school visit www.salonprep.com.

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Are You Taking the NIC Exam Soon?

Wednesday, October 12th, 2011

Are you taking the NIC exam soon?  You might be if you are trying to be cosmetologist and live in one of the 38 states (including Guam and Washington DC) that use any of the National-Interstate Council of State Boards of Cosmetology exams.  The NIC is a respected organization of State Boards of Cosmetology that create cosmetology, esthetics, nail technician, and hair design exams as well as many other titles.  These tests are created by professionals in the cosmetology industry to ensure that public safety is maintained in salons and spas across the United States.  Without the NIC, the regulation of the cosmetology industry might not be as streamlined and well-managed as it is today.

The NIC is also partly responsible for making the job of a cosmetologist a professional and respected career.  Although not every state uses an NIC-created exam, every state board of cosmetology has a relationship with the NIC.  These state boards create laws and policies regarding the regulation of cosmetology in each state.  They determine how many hours of schooling a cosmetologist is required to obtain as well as the exams they must pass in order to receive their license.  These boards also regulate the practices of salons and spas in each state, ensuring they all meet health and sanitation regulations.

The NIC cosmetology exam is a comprehensive assessment designed to test your knowledge of the proper procedures of hair care, nail care, skin care, and maintaining sanitation as well as scientific concepts of cosmetology.  In some states, additional questions regarding that state’s cosmetology-related laws will also appear on the test.  Some states use their own version of a cosmetology exam which is created in-house or by a professional testing company.

Passing the NIC exam or your state’s cosmetology test on the first try is crucial to a cosmetologist’s career.  Attending school will help prepare you to take both your theory and practical exam.  But some students feel like they may need some extra help.  If you have been out of cosmetology school for a while, are trying to pass your NIC exam or state cosmetology test so you can work in another state, or if you just need some extra help enrolling in an online cosmetology exam preparation program like Salon Prep can be extremely helpful.  Salon Prep was created by professional cosmetologists and test developers to help you pass the NIC or your state’s cosmetology exam.  They even offer a money-back guarantee if you fail your test after completing their program.

Salon Prep is currently designed to assist with your theory exam only.  Additionally, Salon Prep does not cover state law questions since those questions vary greatly from state to state and often change from year to year.  If you think you might need some extra help passing you NIC exam or your state’s cosmetology exam, contact Salon Prep at www.salonprep.com.

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New Cosmetology Exam Rolls Out July 1

Tuesday, June 28th, 2011

Cosmetology Test Prep

July 1, 2011 marks the roll out of the brand new cosmetology exam coming out in nearly every state.  Some of you may be thinking, “I just graduated and now there is a brand new cosmetology test?  Why did they change it?  Will I pass it?”
First let’s address why your state’s cosmetology test changes over time.  Testing companies that create the cosmetology exam you must pass in order to get your cosmetology license conduct surveys of experienced practitioners in the industry to understand exactly which cosmetology exam questions need to be included.  These surveys are part of a larger gathering of information called role delineation studies and they ensure the test you are taking adequately covers everything you need to know in order to obtain your cosmetology license.  Additionally, all cosmetology exam questions are written by real practitioners in the field of cosmetology.  Trends in styling and advancements in technology and public safety awareness are all factors that influence the cosmetology exam in your state.  In order for the test to keep up with the cutting edge industry of cosmetology, it has to change as well.

Next, let’s talk about you passing your cosmetology exam.  Your school should be aware of any changes to the cosmetology exam and should provide you with the tools and skills you need to pass your exam.  However, if you know you need extra help in passing your exam, using cosmetology test preparation programs like Salon Prep can be extremely beneficial.  Salon Prep is a cosmetology test preparation program that was created by professionals in the cosmetology industry.   Additionally, Salon Prep is as cutting edge as the cosmetology industry itself.  Always up to date on current events like the brand new content of the cosmetology exams rolling out on July 1.

Finally, here’s a brief description of some of the new content being tested on cosmetology exams starting July 1.  There will be more questions on OSHA guidelines, MSDSs, the EPA, the FDA, and universal precautions.  New questions about first aid will also appear.   Candidates will need to have a deeper understanding of organs like the heart, lungs, and skin as well as knowledge of the various muscles of the face and body.  Additionally, questions about artificial eyelashes and eyelash and eyebrow coloring.  Finally, more advanced questions about nail services will also appear on the new test.

These are just a few examples of the some of the new content on the cosmetology exam that you will have take starting July 1.  If you are not well versed in any of these topics, a cosmetology exam study guide like Salon Prep is your best bet to passing your exam.  The Salon Prep cosmetology exam study guide is fully narrated for auditory learners, provides feedback on every question of their practice exams, provides simulation exams, and is animated for visual learners.  They also offer a money back guarantee if you complete their course but still fail your exam.

Be prepared for your cosmetology exam.  Pass on your first attempt by studying with Salon Prep first: the industry leader in cosmetology test preparation.

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Braiding and Braid Extensions

Wednesday, February 16th, 2011
"Girl Braiding Her Hair" - Renoir

"Girl Braiding Her Hair" - Renoir

If you are reading this blog, chances are it is almost time to take your written cosmetology exam and be on your way to a fast-paced career in the world of cosmetology.  The following information will help you gain knowledge on hair braiding and braid extensions which might be helpful in your cosmetology test preparation.  Did you know that the art form of braiding began long ago in Africa?   Also, you can identify the marital or social status of an individual by how elaborate her braids are.  The more elaborate a braid, the higher the social standing according to traditional cultures.  It is an important tradition in many cultures and has been passed on for generations. 

A good place to start when consulting a client on hair braiding is identifying the hair texture.  There are three qualities that determine hair texture when you are considering braiding it.  They are the diameter (fine, medium or coarse hair), the feel of the hair, and the wave pattern of the hair.  Textured hair is extremely fragile when it is wet or dry and causes some styling challenges.  It should be blown-dry to make it more manageable and soft.  It is best to braid both straight and textured hair when it is dry to avoid recoiling and shrinking when it is wet.

People often want to be styled naturally.  Natural hairstyling used the hairs natural coil pattern or curl and does not use chemicals.  Another safe alternative is the use of hair extensions.  They are often make of a material known as kanekalon.  It has a texture similar to coiled or curly hair types. 

On the cosmetology exam and in Salon Prep, you might encounter questions on the different types of braids.   Free-hanging braids are created with an overhand and underhand technique.  These braids can also be called individual braids, box braids or single braids.  A visible braid has three strands and is made with the underhanded technique by weaving hair under the center strand.  An invisible braid or inverted braid is use by the overhand technique.  A rope braid is a two-strand twisted braid and is created on hair that is one length or long and layered.  A fishtail braid is picked up from the sides and added to the two strands as they are crossed over.  Single braids are created from rectangular, square or triangular parts and the parting determines how the braid is going to move.  There are also several tools used in cosmetology to create these braids but the main one you will use is a tail comb for sectioning and parting the hair.

Two other popular braid styles are the cornrow and the dreadlock.  Learning to create cornrows takes patience and practice to make consistent and even partings.  One method of creating cornrows is the feed-in method in which the braid is built up strand by strand by adding extensions.   The “Palm Roll” method is the gentlest on the hair for starting dreadlocks and is often used.  During the maturation stage of dreadlocks, the hair is tightly meshed into a ropelike cylinder and the end is completely closed, except where there is new growth at the base.  

This is just some of the important information that is sure to be on your cosmetology exam and I know you will ace your cosmetology test and be on your way to a great career.

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