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  • Use the proper shaving technique to avoid common skin issues. Tips and tricks for avoiding common shaving issues

    When it comes to shaving properly, the process is a little more in-depth than just swiping a razor over your face and neck. In fact, making a few updates to your shaving routine may help you avoid razor burn, bumps, irritation and some other common issues men often experience when they shave. If you struggle with any of these mishaps, here are some tips and tricks for upgrading your shaving regimen to avoid them:

    Start and end with skin care
    What some men don't realize is that the skin care you perform before and after shaving is just as important as the steps you take during the actual process. Prepare the skin by exfoliating first to remove any dead or dry skin cells. This will provide a much cleaner shave and help you avoid irritation and razor burn.

    Also, make sure you're using a quality shaving cream or oil that's made specifically for men. A quality cream will lubricate the hairs and skin, making it easier to glide the razor across your face without applying too much pressure. This will help you avoid ingrown hairs and bumps. Finally, end with an alcohol-free aftershave and a good moisturizer to avoid irritation and promote healing.

    Be picky about your razor
    The quality of your razor has a great deal to do with the quality of your shave. A dull, old or otherwise poor-quality razor will likely leave you with a multitude of skin problems. Invest in a nice razor, make sure you maintain it well, and replace the blades frequently if you're using a cartridge razor (at least once a week if you shave daily). 

    If your skin continues to be irritated or bumpy after shaving, you may want to consider trying a different style of razor altogether. Oftentimes, opting for razors with just one or two blades can make a huge difference in the state of your skin after shaving.

    Shave with the grain
    Many men find that shaving against the grain of their hair (in the opposite direction of hair growth) gives them a closer shave. However, it's also one of the most common reasons men get razor burn, rashes and irritation. Shave in the direction of hair growth to avoid these problems.

    Slow down 
    Avoiding nicks and cuts starts with using the proper skin care, razor and technique. However, one of the most important ways to avoid nicking your skin is simply to slow down. Give yourself enough time to shave slowly and carefully. Rushing through the process makes getting a cut much more likely. 

    Know your water temperatures
    Use hot water before and during your shave to help the hair soften and the follicles loosen up, which will prevent razor burn and irritation. Finish the job by rinsing with cold water to seal the pores. 

    Becoming a barber requires having a good understanding of the professional techniques and procedures for styling and cutting men's hair and shaving men's facial hair. If you're interested in learning more about Marinello's barbering school, contact us for more information.

  • A simple side braid is elegant and good for multiple occasions. 5 great hair ideas for busy days

    If you decide to enroll in cosmetology classes, you'll likely have some busy days ahead of you. But in a program where you're learning professional hairstyling and techniques, you may still want to put a little effort in every day – even if you don't have much time or energy. To get you through your busy days, take a look at these simple hairstyles you can style in just a few minutes:

    1. Use dry shampoo
    Many women don't wash their hair every single day, but instead use dry shampoo to create their normal style between washes. The product is one of the best ways to give you volume and texture, while diminishing the appearance of grease. If you typically put dry shampoo on in the morning, consider applying it the night before. Spray it over your roots, and lightly work it in. It'll really blend into your strands overnight, and your hair will be voluminous and dry in the morning. 

    2. Instant waves
    For instant beach waves that take less than five minutes to achieve, use the flat-iron trick. Braid your dry hair into sections that are as big or small as you want (the smaller the section, the tighter and more crimped the waves will be). Then run your flat iron down each braid and let them cool off completely so the waves can set. Take the braids out, run your fingers lightly through them and you're ready to go!

    3. Ponytail curls
    If you'd rather go a little more curly than wavy, use this easy idea for getting curls quickly: Bend over, pull all of your hanging hair onto the very top of your head, and tie it with a hair band. Once the hair is in a ponytail, separate it into three or four sections, depending on how thick your hair is. Curl each section with a curling iron or wand, then remove the hair band and separate the curls with your fingers. 

    4. The Gibson tuck
    This simple hairstyle is much easier than it looks – perfect for days when you want to look like you've put a lot of effort in. Part your hair and pull it into a low to mid-height ponytail. Part the hair above the hair band, leaving a gap just above the ponytail. Twist the ponytail, then tuck it over and into the gap left by the part. Continue tucking the hair in until the hair band is hidden, and pretty twists form on either side of the tucked hair. Then, secure it in place with bobby pins, and comb the hair at the crown of the head to smooth it out.

    5. Side braid
    If nothing else, a side braid is simple, elegant and perfect for a number of occasions. Part your hair, pull it all to one side of your head, then separate it into three sections and braid them together. Use a thin hair band at the end of the braid, and secure any loose strands with bobby pins. 

    Do you want to enroll in a Marinello cosmetology program? Click here.

  • Here's when you should get rid of some common beauty products. What’s the shelf life of my beauty products?

    Though it's not common to see an expiration date on your tube of mascara or jar of foundation, most beauty products do go bad. Not only will they be less effective after they've gone bad, but they can and do pick up bacteria that cause irritation and breakouts on your skin. Not to mention, being stored in a warm, humid environment like a bathroom can promote even more bacteria growth along with a potential for mold and yeast. So how long is too long to keep each type of makeup around? Take a look at the shelf life of some of the most common beauty products:

    Foundation and concealer
    If you use a liquid foundation, it's a good idea to toss it after about six to 12 months. During this time frame, the formula will likely start to separate, and you may see a slight change in color or feel like it looks streaky when applied. Powder foundations typically last much longer, but you should make sure to do some research. While most last for around two years, powders with botanical extracts (like aloe, bamboo or jojoba) have some water in them which could potentially cause them to grow bacteria. Liquid and powder concealer will follow the same rules as foundation, and stick concealer should be tossed after about two years. 

    Blush and bronzer
    Powder blush and bronzer can be safely used for up to two years, but it's best to get rid of cream products after just one. If the products come into contact with moisture or oils (say, from your fresh foundation that you're applying blush over), they may be more likely to grow bacteria and will need to be tossed sooner. 

    Compared to other products, mascara has a relatively short shelf life of about three months. That's because it collects a lot of bacteria during use which can be really harmful to the eye. Plus the dark, cool and humid tube of makeup is the perfect place for bacteria to thrive. Things like pink eye, sties, redness and irritation can be a byproduct of too-old mascara, so it's best to be pretty cognizant of tossing it when needed. You should also get rid of mascara when it becomes dry, clumpy or begins to smell.

    Eyeliner and eye shadow
    Like with mascara, liquid eyeliner should be replaced often – every three months – to avoid bacteria coming into contact with your eyes. Pencil eyeliner and powder eye shadow can be used for one to two years. To extend the life of your pencil eye liner, be sure to sharpen it often to get rid of bacteria lurking on the tip. 

    It's best to replace your lipstick and lip gloss after one year, since they are exposed to your mouth, which hosts a lot of bacteria. Like eyeliner, lip liner can be used for up to two years safely. 

    If you love learning about cosmetics, a cosmetology career may be a great fit for you. Do you want to enroll in a Marinello cosmetology program? Click here.

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