The Hair Loss Shampoo Quiz

By: Naomi Mannino

Hair Loss Prevention Means Being a Friend to Your Hair

If you are losing hair, learn to prevent hair loss and protect your hair in the shower!

Does incorrect shampooing techniques lead to hair loss? Should you use hot or cold water when shampooing? What is the best way to dry your hair to avoid damaging it? Take this hair loss shampoo quiz to separate the facts from the myths of shampooing hair and hair loss. Good luck!

1. True or false? I should brush my hair 100 times a day with a natural bristle brush, just like my grandma always said.

2. The right water temperature for shampooing and conditioning my hair should be...

a. Hot
b. Warm
c. Cold

3. True or false? A cool water rinse is a great way to end my shower, especially for my hair.

4. The best way to shampoo my hair is to...

a. Pile all my hair on top of my head and rub until it's very sudsy.
b. Use my fingertips to massage shampoo gently on my scalp.
c. Rub the shampoo all over my scalp and hair, making sure the lather gets down to the ends.

5. True or false? Squeaky-clean hair is the healthiest hair.

6. True or False? Don't brush your hair at all if it's stiff or sticky from styling products.

7. The best way to dry my wet hair is...

a. Twisted in a turban.
b. By rubbing a towel back and forth.
c. Pressing a towel over hair starting from the top.

8. True or false? The more lather on my head the better the shampoo is working.

9. What's the best tool for detangling wet hair?

a. A natural bristle brush
b. A wide-toothed comb.
c. A cushioned paddle brush

10. True or False? Sodium Lauryl Sulfate is an ingredient in shampoo that's necessary.

SCORING: Give yourself 10 points for each correct answer and 5 points for each wrong answer.
100 points: "Your doing everything you can to protect your hair in the shower!"

80-100 points: "Heads up! Change the way you shampoo and your hair will thank you!"

60-80 points: "You could be causing hair breakage and thinning just by the way you are treating your hair in the shower! Learn proper shampoo techniques to protect your hair, especially if you are having thinning or hair loss issues.

Under 60 points: "You are your hair's worse enemy. Forgive yourself for not learning the proper way to treat your hair (We can't learn everything!) but stop abusing your hair and treat it with kindness.

Nick Arrojo, TV makeover hairstylist star of TLC's "What Not to Wear" gives us the straight talk on how to shampoo the right way.

1. False. Too much brushing causes breakage and split ends.

2. B. Hot water dries out your scalp and hair and cold water does not dissolve dirt as well.

3. True. A cool water rinse closes the cuticle (the outer most layer of each hair shaft) to keep hair smooth and shiny.

4. B. Shampoo belongs on the scalp to dissolve oil and dirt there. Hair length gets clean just by rinsing the shampoo out. Use a dime-sized dollop and rub the product in your hands first, then massage gently over scalp. Don't pile hair up or rub shampoo down through hair ends because both cause damage. A gentle finger-tip massage cleans scalp best without hair damage. Never use fingernails because they scratch and can cause infections!

5. False. 'Squeaky clean' means natural oils that keep hair shiny and healthy are stripped from your hair.

6. True. Brushing stiff, sticky hair will cause breakage. Try to switch from sticky styling products that contain alcohol to crème-based styling products, to protect brittle or thin hair.

7. C. Press a towel over your head and hair starting at the top and working your way down to absorb the moisture, letting gravity work. Twisting or rubbing a towel on wet hair inflicts major damage.

8. False. Lather is just soap which dries hair out. Just a dime-sized dollop will get your scalp clean, and you never need to lather twice, no matter what shampoo bottles say!

9. B. Always keep a wide-toothed comb in your shower to comb conditioner throughout hair and detangle hair afterwards.

10. False. Sodium Lauryl Sulfate is a very harsh detergent that causes thin hair to become even drier and more brittle. Look for shampoo formulations without this damaging ingredient.

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Naomi Mannino is a freelance writer who writes about health, beauty, and fashion. She is a contributing writer for HairLossDotCom and writes about hair loss treatments and hair loss prevention such as hairloss.

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