Hair Mistakes that Age You
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Hair Mistakes that Age You

Gray hair. Split ends. Dryness. Think you know the hair tricks to turn back the strands of time? Test your hair-care IQ.

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Hair Mistakes that Age You
Hair Mistakes that Age You
Question 1 of 20 Correct

Women with what kind of hair tend to look younger as they age?

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The correct answer is: Curly hair wins! That's because curly hair tends to keep its volume more than straight hair, so the natural thinning that comes with age is less noticeable.

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Question 2 of 20 Correct

Which of these hairstyles can take years off your age?

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The correct answer is: Looking for a young, fresh look? Keep it loose. Tight updos, blunt bangs and asymmetrical bobs end up looking rigid and severe. Try a low chignon and tease your roots or leave a few loose strands around your face, keeping the look strategically messy.

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Question 3 of 20 Correct

How often should you change up your hairstyle to keep it looking fresh?

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The correct answer is: Leave the trendy cuts to the teens and change up your style every 8 to 10 cuts. You can keep the same basic style if it's become your signature look, but don't be afraid to make occasional tweaks -- try going a little shorter or longer, adding a few layers or updating your bangs. Hey, if Michelle Obama can do it, you can, too!

Hair Mistakes that Age You
Question 4 of 20 Correct

Let's face it: Men aren't the only ones with thinning hair. What's the best trick for getting a fuller look?

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The correct answer is: Your best defense against thinning hair is simply to change your part and lighten your locks. The hair product Propecia is commonly used to treat hair loss in men, but it is not FDA-approved for women. And stay far, far away from extensions -- they'll only damage your hair and cause even more thinning and loss from aggressive rubbing and pulling. Age-onset thinning is difficult to diagnose in women, so talk to your doctor if you're experiencing any hair loss.

Hair Mistakes that Age You
Question 5 of 20 Correct

Which of these factors can cause the most hair loss?

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The correct answer is: While all of the above can lead to thinning hair, one study found that widows and divorcees experienced greater amounts of hair loss than married women. Heavy smoking and drinking can also contribute to hair loss.

Hair Mistakes that Age You
Question 6 of 20 Correct

You're headed out, and your hair is flat as a pancake. What's a quick way to pump up the volume in limp, thinning hair?

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The correct answer is: Need an extra boost? Tilt your head upside down, spray hairspray from the base of your neck all over your hair, then flip your head upright. As the hair settles, use your fingers to massage your scalp and lightly tousle roots to give them lift.

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Question 7 of 20 Correct

It's a fact: Hair gets frizzier with age. How can you keep your locks smooth and frizz-free?

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The correct answer is: After your shower, gently blot hair dry with a microfiber hair towel. Invest in humidity-resistant hair care, and look for words such as "smoothing" and "sleek" when shopping for a shampoo and conditioner.

Hair Mistakes that Age You
Question 8 of 20 Correct

How often should you get your hair trimmed to prevent frizz?

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The correct answer is: Schedule regular trims every six weeks. Broken, fuzzy, frayed ends make your hair look older, and the only way to get rid of them is to cut them off.

Hair Mistakes that Age You
Question 9 of 20 Correct

Which of these styling tools is the best choice to prevent split ends?

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The correct answer is: Stop those split ends! Wet hair strands are more prone to breakage, so use a wide-tooth comb and gently work out the tangles from the ends up.

Hair Mistakes that Age You
Question 10 of 20 Correct

What fruit can be used in a home spa treatment for dry, frizzy hair?

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The correct answer is: Try this recipe for a hydrating hair mask that will tame the frizzies and strengthen your strands: Blend 1/2 a banana with 2 ounces of water, 1/4 cup of mayonnaise, 1 tablespoon each of coconut, olive and jojoba oils and 2 tablespoons of honey. Strain the mixture in a strainer if necessary before applying it to your hair from roots to ends. Wait 15 minutes, then shampoo as usual.

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Question 11 of 20 Correct

Dyes, heated tools and teasing all add up to overworked, overprocessed hair. Which of these foods can help restore a youthful shine?

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The correct answer is: Natural hair treatment guru Samira Asemanfar calls eggs "nature's miracle" for damaged hair. Try her recipe for healthy, shiny hair: Whisk together 1 egg, 1 tablespoon each of coconut oil, olive oil and honey, 2 ounces of water and 1/2 mashed banana. Stir until smooth. Apply the mask to hair strands. Wait 15 minutes, then shampoo as usual.

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Question 12 of 20 Correct

If you regularly dye your hair, you know it takes a lot of upkeep. What's the biggest factor in color fading?

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The correct answer is: According to celebrity colorist Nancy Braun, "Heat is the biggest factor in color fading." Flat irons, blow dryers and other tools all scorch hair and open the cuticle, allowing dyes to fade. Too much sun doesn't help, either: Studies show that using hair care products with UV filters can reduce color fading by as much as 40%.

Hair Mistakes that Age You
Question 13 of 20 Correct

Which type of dye can keep your hair color vibrant with the least damage?

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The correct answer is: Semi-permanent hair color is gentler than permanent dye, so it allows you to replenish your color more often without causing much damage.

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Question 14 of 20 Correct

Which of these hair dyes is the most drying?

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The correct answer is: Going darker can be conditioning for the hair, but lighter shades and highlights can be quite drying.

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Question 15 of 20 Correct

Once you hit 40, which of these hair habits can add years to your looks?

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The correct answer is: Don't attempt to return to your roots. The exact hair color you had in grade school may not be flattering against more mature skin. Try going two shades lighter than your natural hair and opt for some highlights around the face.

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Question 16 of 20 Correct

When choosing a brush, what kind of bristles should you avoid?

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The correct answer is: Metal brushes can actually tear the hair. Instead, stick with brushes that have smooth plastic or natural bristles, both of which are gentler on the hair cuticles.

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Question 17 of 20 Correct

Which of these foods can help hair grow?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. Asparagus is rich in protein, vitamins A and C and folic acid. Asparagus stimulates hair production and is also a good source of silicon for healthy hair. Honeydew contain folic acid, which can help prevent hair loss. And collard greens are an excellent source of vitamin C, fiber, iron, copper and calcium, which give your body the extra boost it needs and improves the chances of growing hair.

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Question 18 of 20 Correct

What should you consider when choosing hair color?

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The correct answer is: The key to coloring hair as you age is finding the right balance between your hair color and skintone -- otherwise, you can look too harsh or too tired. In general, stick with warmer hair colors if you have yellow skintones, and cooler hair colors if your complexion is more red.

Hair Mistakes that Age You
Question 19 of 20 Correct

Which natural hair color takes the longest to turn gray?

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The correct answer is: Red hair tends to go gray slowly, and in the meantime can look faded or washed out. Consider brightening your locks with a glaze, using a color-enhancing shampoo to bring out the natural pigment or adding a few highlights.

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Question 20 of 20 Correct

Which of these is a popular trend for many women who are going gray?

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The correct answer is: Sure, color is always an option, but more and more women are embracing their silvery strands (think Jamie Lee Curtis, Meryl Streep in "The Devil Wears Prada" and Helen Mirren).

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