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  • Here's a guide to some of the most common nail shapes. How to shape your nails

    If you're considering nail technician training, it's important to know how to shape nails properly, since this is one of the most basic aspects of giving a manicure to yourself or someone else. And while you may have heard of some of the most common nail shapes, like round and square, there are a few less common shapes that go in and out of style every few years. Here's a basic guide for how to shape nails and some of the typical nail shapes women ask for:

    What tools to use
    As with any nail or beauty procedure, it's important to begin with the right tools. To shape nails, most women use nail clippers and some sort of file. There are several types of nail files, including emery boards, metal files and glass files. Metal and glass files typically last longer than emery boards, and glass files are known for being able to provide very detailed shaping.

    Round and oval
    Round and oval nails are two of the most common shapes, and while most people use the terms interchangeably, they're actually slightly different. Oval nails are typically longer than round nails, extending well past the fingertip. To shape oval nails, file each side into a straight line, then round out the tip – make sure the round angles are even on each side to get a perfectly oval look. For more conservative round nails, clip the nails to your desired length first, then simply file the top into a round shape. 

    Square nails are the most popular nail shape and are considered very fashionable. They're great for women with longer nails and fingers, and are known for being one of the most durable shapes you can choose. To shape a square nail, hold your file completely perpendicular to the nail and flatten out the top. For a true square shape, leave the corners at a sharp 90-degree angle.

    Squoval is a popular term used for nails that are a mix between square and oval. The squoval shape is desirable for women who want the sturdiness of the square shape, but prefer a slightly softer shape. Use your file as you would to create a square shape and flatten out the top of each nail. Then, round out each corner to soften the look. 

    Stiletto pointed
    Stiletto nails have recently become very trendy, although they're known for being easy to break. If you love the pointed look, consider using gel or acrylic nails to make them a little sturdier. For stiletto nails, you can first lightly mark the center of each tip of your nail. Then, file each side at a slight angle, narrowing each nail as it reaches the mark you made.

    When you have the desired shape, you can either keep it pointed or round out the top. Round pointed nails are commonly called an almond shape. They make a trendy statement like stiletto nails, while retaining a little bit of the elegance of oval nails.

    Interested a career in nail technology? Contact us for information on a campus near you.

  • 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. 

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