Everything about you should be coming up roses

PUBLISHED : Friday, 09 September, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 09 September, 2011, 12:00am



Personal grooming is all about looking and smelling your best. This involves paying attention to personal hygiene and your appearance, such as the way you dress and how your hair looks. These send signals to others about what you are like as a person.

People may be put off by untidy clothes, greasy hair, dirty fingernails, bad breath and dirty shoes. Of course, appearances aren't everything. Everyone knows that looking nice doesn't necessarily mean that you are a better or nicer person. Yet people are biologically and culturally programmed to judge others based on their appearance.

In this new series, we will walk you through all the steps you need so as to look (and smell) your best. This week, you can find out how much you know about personal grooming.

Take this test to learn your grooming IQ.

1 What is halitosis?

a. a bacteria

b. name of a rock band

c. bad breath

d. smelly feet

e. name of a perfume

2 Which of the following is NOT a name of a hairstyle?

a. bob

b. bowl cut

c. dreadlocks

d. sting

e. beehive

3 If you have greasy hair, which of the following can you use as a quick fix?

a. plain flour

b. talcum power

c. anti-perspirant

d. shaving cream

e. paper bag

4 Which of the following can you use to get rid of the smell of stinky trainers?

a. bicarbonate of soda

b. lemon juice

c. moth balls

d. you can't get rid of the smell - buy new ones

e. dried rice

5 What does an anti-perspirant do?

a. covers up underarm smells

b. strips the hair underneath your arms

c. controls excessive sweating

d. allows chemicals to enter your body

e. prevents hay fever

6 What are comedones better known as?

a. people who make you laugh

b. black/whiteheads

c. name of a band

d. apps on an iPhone

e. antibiotics

7 Who invented toothpaste?

a. native Americans

b. Chinese

c. ancient Egyptians

d. ancient Greeks

e. Mr Colgate

8 What is a loofah used for?

a. combing your hair

b. getting rid of the 'fuzz' on jumpers

c. cleaning your body

d. to sit on

e. wearing on your neck

Answers: 1. c, 2. d, 3. b, 4. a, 5. c, 6. b, 7. c, 8. c

How did you do?

Fewer than 3 correct answers: Oh dear, you're not as well-groomed as you should be. Put some of the things you've learned from this quiz into practice.

4-6 correct answers: You've managed to get some answers right, so you must be practising basic hygiene and paying attention to your appearance some of the time. Keep it up!

6-8 correct answers: Just a little more tweaking and you could be that squeaky clean, well-groomed person that your parents want you to be.

8-10 correct answers: Well done! You know a lot about grooming and personal cleanliness. Keep up the good work!