Can You Name All These Hair Care and Styling Products?

By: Jane Andrews
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One hundred years ago, hair care was pretty simple: You just scrubbed your scalp and cleaned your strands with the same soap you used for your body. In fact, liquid shampoo as we know it today didn't become popular in the U.S. until the early 1930s, when the first non-stripping, soap-free formulas were introduced to the masses. 

Since then, the hair-care industry has exploded. It's nearly impossible to count the number of products that are made specifically for your mane, from shampoos and conditioners to hairsprays, mousses and gels. There are special formulas for every hair type and issue (dry, oily, thick, thin, damaged and color-treated, to name just a few), plus hundreds of products to nourish and style, such as deep-treatment masks, dry shampoos, straightening sprays and curling serums.

How big of a hair-product junkie are you? Are you on top of the latest trends when it comes to hair care? Do you research the latest and greatest brands and eagerly await the release of new and innovative formulas? If so, this is a quiz you have to take. It's filled with hair care and styling products, and we want to know if you can you name them all. Whether you're a professional stylist or an at-home hair guru, test your hair-care know-how by answering all of the questions below!

Hairspray shields your strands from wind, humidity and other external elements that might mess up your style. For best results, choose a hairspray designed for the kind of hold you're looking for — light (if you still want your hair to move naturally), medium (allows a little flexibility while keeping your hair in place) and strong (you don't want anything to budge).

Purple shampoo helps keep blonde hair from turning dull and brassy. Because purple is the opposite of yellow on the color wheel, the violet pigments in the shampoo cancel out any yellow, brassy tones and restore its original bright, cool color.

While dry shampoo is thought to have been around since at least the 15th century, the first commercially produced version, called "Minipoo," didn't hit shelves in the U.S. until the 1940s.

Not only do most straightening sprays help cut down blow-drying time significantly, they also protect your hair from heat damage while minimizing frizz, preventing static and adding shine.

Temporary root concealers come in a wide range of shades and are especially handy for covering up grays. Most formulas wash out after one shampoo and come easy to apply as a spray, a pen or a blendable powder.

This creamy foam styler originated in France and was brought to the U.S. by L'Oreal in the early 1980s. Along with other products designed to add volume, it was widely used in the '80s due to the decade's ubiquitous "big hair" trend.

Most hair serums are loaded with vitamins and minerals to moisturize your strands, so a little bit can go a long way. If you want to add extra shine, rub one or two drops between your palms and apply it to soaking-wet (versus towel-dried) hair.

Though Head & Shoulders is one of the most popular brands of dandruff shampoo, there are plenty of other effective formulas to choose from, including Selsun Blue, Neutrogena T-Sal and Redken Scalp Relief.

These semi-permanent treatments typically last four to six weeks and are designed to improve shine by coating and sealing your hair's cuticles. They can also be specially formulated to correct unwanted color tones, such as brassiness and redness.

Castor oil is a natural a humectant, which makes it highly effective at sealing in moisture and improving hair health. It also has anti-fungal properties that are believed to clear clogged hair follicles and encourage new hair growth.

Sea salt spray gives your hair that messy, beachy-wave look. To make it at home, combine 1 tablespoon of sea salt, 1 tablespoon of melted organic coconut oil, 1 tablespoon of leave-in hair conditioner and a 1 cup of warm water in a clean spray bottle. Shake well, then spritz!

Hair-lightening sprays have come a long way since Sun In ruled the drugstore shelves. Most formulas now incorporate natural ingredients such as chamomile and honey, and many steer clear of hydrogen peroxide and other bleaching agents, which can lead to unwanted brassiness or red tones.

Also found in many skin care products, charcoal is great for detoxification. It helps keep your scalp clean by lifting impurities such as dirt and oil. It's also exfoliating and can help clear clogged-up hair follicles.

While hair gel can be used to style a variety of different 'dos, it's known for its ability to create shiny, sleek looks. When applying gel, use it sparingly — alcohol is often an ingredient in this potent styler, which can damage and dry out your locks.

Hair wax is very thick and ideal for short hair and spiky styles. It works best when applied to dry hair and is a good alternative to gel if you're hair tends to get damaged and/or dry out easily.

Hot-oil treatments are great for reversing damage caused by heat styling and overexposure to sun. They also help fight frizz, reduce breakage and seal split ends. Hot-oil treatments provide the best results when used weekly .

Ethanol, Isopropyl and propyl are three of the most drying types of alcohol commonly found in hair care products. Cetearyl, behenyl and lauryl — which are known as fatty alcohols — are less problematic and can actually smooth the hair shaft. Nevertheless, if your hair is dry and damaged, alcohol-free hair-care products might be the best for you.

Like BB and CC creams for the skin, these products are designed to address multiple issues as once. Typically, they can be used on wet or dry hair, offer moisturizing, softening and texturizing properties and can protect against dryness and sun damage.

Volumizers add temporary body to naturally thin hair. They come in a variety of forms, including mousses, sprays and creams. You can also help boost body by using a volumizing shampoo and conditioner, which are formulated with light ingredients that won't weight hair down.

Sulfates are the cleansing agents that create a shampoo's thick, frothy lather. While they are great at removing build-up, they are harsh and can strip hair of its moisturizing oils. They also tend to fade color-treated strands and can irritate scalps that are dry and dandruff-prone.

Beard oils are specially formulated to soften and tame facial hair while also conditioning the skin underneath it. Many also contain ingredients designed to promote hair growth and thickness.

First introduced to the hair-care market back in 1928, this multipurpose cream is still sold today. It's great for adding shine, conditioning strands and creating slick, sleek styles.

Unlike cotton, silk does not absorb moisture, so it won't dry out your hair and cause frizz while you sleep. Silk also gives your hair a smooth, frictionless surface to slide across while you toss and turn, leaving it more manageable when you wake up in the morning.

Minoxidil is a vasodilator, which is a type of medication that opens and widens blood vessels. When applied topically to the scalp, monoxidil is thought to promote hair growth by increasing blood flow to the hair follicles.

Mayonnaise contains a number of natural softening and strengthening agents, including lemon juice, soybean oil, egg and vinegar. The best way to use is as a hair mask is to apply it evenly all over wet hair, just as you would apply a conditioner. Let it sit for 15 to 20 minutes, then rinse.

All three of these oils are high in amino acids, essential fatty acids, antioxidants and anti-inflammatory agents that are beneficial to both the hair and skin. When used on the hair, they help restore shine, boost elasticity, protect against UV damage and sooth irritated, dry scalps.

In addition to protecting your hair from damage, heat-protectant sprays also replenish moisture, add shine and keep color from fading or becoming brassy. There are also some formulas designed to help extend the life of your blow out.

While typically marketed to men, pomades can be used by anyone looking for a hairstyle that's sleek, shiny and flexible. While oil-based pomades offer more hold than water-based formulas, they are harder to wash out of your hair, so choose your formula wisely.

Texturing paste is an excellent multi-purpose styler. It can be used on hair that's wet or dry, long or short and adds body, definition and separation while leaving hair soft and flexible.

Rather than contain powders and starches to sop up oil and dirt around the scale, dry conditioners are designed to hydrate dry hair, as well as add texture, volume and shine, without getting it wet. Dry conditioners are also great for sealing split ends.

Curly hair is particularly delicate when it’s wet, and cotton and terrycloth towels are coarse and abrasive. They can snag at your strands, causing breakage, frizz and split ends. A microfiber towel, on the other hand, is soft, smooth and lightweight — it absorbs water quickly and easily without any rubbing — so friction is kept to a minimum.

Avocado is rich in omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin E, which are both mega-moisturizing nutrients that add shine while they hydrate. Making an avocado mask as home is easy! Simply rub half a mashed avocado (or whole, if your hair is very long) onto damp hair from the roots to ends. Cover with a shower cap for 30 minutes, then rinse.

Scalp shampoo brushes feel amazing, but they also offer big benefits: They help get rid of dandruff, sooth itchy scalp and prevent product buildup both on your scalp and in your hair.

Just a few spritzes of root-lifting spray can give your entire look an instant body boost. It's also a good option for people with fine hair, who may find other common volumizers like mousse to be too heavy and weight hair down.

Tea tree oil is a plant extract with anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial and anti-fungal properties. It's also gentle and non-drying, which makes it an excellent treatment for dry scalp and dandruff.

The Wet Brush is designed with innovative IntelliFlex bristles that effortlessly run through the hair, brushing out tangles in wet or dry hair without pulling, tugging or snagging.

Typically formulated as sprays or cremes, hair primers work much like foundation primers do: They ensure your hair is perfectly prepped for styling. They also fight frizz, shield against humidity and provide UV protection.

Most elastics do not have your hair's best interests in mind. They will snag, tangle and tug, which can cause damage over time. Avoid this by looking for snag-free elastics the next time you're at the drugstore. They're made of unique elastic fibers that glide through the hair without getting stuck.

When attached to a blowdryer, a diffuser circulates hot air AROUND the curl, rather than on top of it. This not only helps minimize frizz, it also adds body by boosting curls rather than flattening them.

If you can't get your hands on professional hair-perfecting sheets (only a few brands currently make them), stuff a few sheets of fabric softener in your purse. Their static-fighting properties give them the power to tame frizz and flyaways with just a quick swipe.

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