Take our Tress Test

Have a good head on your shoulders? Brush up on your hair-care expertise with these questions. For answers, scroll below the scissors.

1. What’s the best strategy for applying a hair product?

(a) Start at the ends of the hair and work your way upward to the crown.
(b) Start at the crown and work your way down to the ends.
(c) Apply to the roots, then comb through.

2. What’s the key to achieving a frizz-free blowout?
(a) Using a boar-bristle brush
(b) Setting with hair spray afterward
(c) Drying the hair until there’s no moisture left

3. Which oil is a natural remedy for dandruff?
(a) Lavender
(b) Tea-tree
(c) Peppermint

Ready for the answers?


1. (a) Start at the ends of the hair and work your way upward to the crown. Low is the way to go—start too high on your head, and you’ll weigh your hair down. Not sure how much to apply? Try these guidelines for hair, face, and body products.

2. (c) Drying the hair until there’s no moisture left. For better or for worse, patience is the key to a low-lasting blowout. When you’re ready to start styling, follow these easy steps to a great at-home blow-dry.

3. (B) Tea-tree. A recent study showed that people who used a shampoo with 5 percent tea-tree oil reported a 41 percent reduction in flakes. Add 1 drop to a dollop of your own shampoo before sudsing up. Learn more about multitasking essential oils here.


  1. Gloria

    I’m a hair stylist, and the right answer to the number 1 question, is from root down.

    June 17, 2014 at 11:05 pm
  2. Amy Thiars

    Except if it an oil product then you go ends to root.

    June 18, 2014 at 7:02 pm
  3. Terri

    I’m also a hairdresser- ends are the oldest/driest part of the hair, start at the ends and work up. I have oily hair so sometimes I only put conditioner on the ends.

    June 19, 2014 at 8:23 am
  4. Jenn

    The answer to #1 obviously depends on what type of product you are using! Conditioner and oils, serums, etc from ends to roots, products designed to cleanse or give lift or styling control go from roots to ends.

    June 20, 2014 at 9:55 pm
  5. TL

    Now I’m really confused! I have very fine hair and have trouble with volume; I’ve always been told start at roots and go down; what’s the right answer for my type of hair.

    June 22, 2014 at 9:06 am
  6. Anonymous

    TL, I have super fine hair, too. For styling products go root to ends. The key for us is to use as little as possible so as not to weigh hair down. Start sparingly and add more if needed. It’s easier to add than remove! Also be sure you’re using the lightest weight product possible for your styling needs.

    June 23, 2014 at 1:44 am
  7. Lynn Grillo

    Clearly, there are a lot of varying opinions …maybe some more research from EXPERTS should have been entertained prior to print

    June 24, 2014 at 10:52 pm

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