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  • Here are some of the most amazing Academy Awards fashions of all time. Top 8 most iconic Oscars looks of all time

    The Academy Awards are known as one of the biggest fashion events of the year, with stars from all over the world dressing to the nines for the Oscars red carpet. In fact, Oscars fashion has been a huge deal for decades. Take a look back at some of the most stylish and iconic male and female Academy Awards looks of all time:

    1. Hugh Jackman – 2009
    Hugh Jackman hosted the 2009 Oscars, and stole the show from the very beginning with a dramatic musical number. While he looked dashing the whole time, it was the tuxedo he wore during the opening number that stood out. Complete with coattails, a top hat and a red boutonniere, Jackman looked dapper and fit for his role as host.

    2. Nicole Kidman – 1997
    Nicole Kidman's date for the 1997 Oscars was her then-husband Tom Cruise, but it was her amazing Dior by John Galliano dress that everyone remembered by the end of the event. The Asian-inspired yellow number was made even more stunning by her swept-up hair and bright red lips.

    3. Jared Leto – 2014
    The best supporting actor winner for the film "Dallas Buyers Club" looked amazing in black pants and a white tuxedo jacket from Saint Laurent. And his red satin bow tie and long hair made the look iconic and memorable.

    4. Audrey Hepburn – 1954
    Audrey Hepburn was known for being fashionable, and she certainly proved it when she accepted the award for best actress ("Roman Holiday") in a 1954 Oscars gown by Givenchy. The detailed cream-colored floral gown was so beautiful that Hepburn later became Givenchy's muse.

    5. Julia Roberts – 2001
    Julia Roberts' best Academy Awards look of all time is the black and white vintage Valentino gown she wore in 2001 when she accepted the best actress Oscar for "Erin Brockovich." The choice to go with a vintage dress was so memorable that Valentino called it one of his career highlights.

    6. Gwyneth Paltrow - 2012
    Gwyneth Paltrow is an Academy Awards veteran, but her white Tom Ford gown from 2012 was by far her best look. The caped gown was perfectly tailored and paired well with her sleek ponytail and smoky eyes. 

    7. Grace Kelly – 1955
    Like Hepburn, Grace Kelly was known for being elegant, and she proved it with her light green Edith Head Oscars gown in 1955. The best actress winner completed the look with gloves and a bow in her blonde updo.

    8. Hilary Swank – 2005
    Hilary Swank's blue long-sleeved, backless Guy Laroche gown goes down in Oscars fashion history as one of the most beautiful gowns of all time. The actress's sleek updo and sophisticated dress looked amazing onstage during her best actress speech for "Million Dollar Baby." 

    If you love keeping track of changing trends in beauty and style for men and women, barbering school or cosmetology training may be right for you. Learn more about how Marinello can help you start a career in cosmetology by visiting us online.

  • Here's how you can trim your own bangs between haircuts. How to trim your own bangs

    Getting bangs is a great way to change up your hairstyle, but since they're supposed to be at a pretty exact length, they sometimes require some maintenance between haircuts. Remember that while trimming your own bangs is possible, if you have any doubts, you may want to see a professional hair stylist to ensure you get the best results. If you think you want to give it a try, here's a guide for trimming your own bangs: 

    Get started
    When trimming your bangs, it's a good idea to invest in some hair-styling shears. These are what professionals use and are more likely to give you the results you want than regular scissors. To get started, separate your bangs from the rest of your hair. Use a comb to section your bangs into a triangle shape from the sides of your forehead to the top of your head. Pull the rest of your hair back, leaving your bangs loose. Style your bangs as you normally would, so you know you're cutting them correctly. Remember that you never want to trim wet bangs, since they're longer and lay differently than they do when they're dry and styled.

    Start at the center
    Using your middle and pointer fingers, pull your bangs away from your face until there's about half an inch of the ends showing. You can also use a comb, slipping it underneath your bangs and combing from the inside. Use your shears to cut into your bangs vertically – it's very important that you don't attempt to cut straight across. Start at the center of your forehead and make tiny snips, working your way to each side. 

    Trim the sides
    If you have straight-across bangs, the sides should get gradually longer in order to blend in with the rest of your hair. To trim the sides, comb your bangs from underneath, start at one side and work your way outward again, this time holding your shears at a slight angle to help keep the gradual slope. Repeat on the opposite side. 

    Finish up
    Try not to take too much off without performing checks. When you're done with your initial trim, take the rest of your hair down, and brush your bangs into place. This will help you take a step back to look at the big picture and will give you a better idea of how they look than seeing them on their own. If you still need to trim more, section out your bangs again, and repeat the process. If they're mostly the way you want them, use your shears to make minor adjustments or to snip off longer pieces that you may have missed. 

    If you love learning how to style hair, you may want to consider cosmetology training. Cosmetology courses can teach you the professional techniques you need to know to become a licensed cosmetologist. Learn more about how Marinello can help you start a career in cosmetology by visiting us online.

  • Here are some of the different shaving methods barbers use. A guide to different shaving techniques

    Anyone who's considering becoming a barber should have a strong understanding of the differences between basic shaving techniques and how effective they are. This is important because licensed barbers will use various shaving methods during their career, and they'll also advise clients about which methods are right for them. Here's a guide to some of the different razors and techniques men use to shave:

    Common types of razors
    There are four razor styles commonly used these days. They all have different benefits and drawbacks, and to some degree, the type of razor any man uses is simply a matter of personal preference. Take a look at the four common razor styles:

    1. Straight razor: A straight razor is the most traditional style, and typically gives the most professional-looking results – as long as it's done correctly. Straight razors consist of a single blade that folds out of a handle. To shave with a straight razor, the face must be prepped using a shaving brush and cream, and the person who's shaving should hold the razor in a specific grip. Straight razors give a very close shave, and allow the men who are shaving to decide which angles and strokes work best for them. 
    2. Safety razor: Safety razors also use a single blade, but it's almost completely covered by a metal guard so men can avoid accidentally getting deep cuts. Safety razors also provide a close shave, and they are a bit easier to use, since they're built more like a cartridge razor. 
    3. Cartridge razor: Cartridge razors typically have between three and five razor blades that are part of a disposable cartridge that should be replaced regularly. These are very commonly used by both men and women for shaving, and are considered one of the most convenient options. However, because cartridges cost so much to replace, this style of razor may cost much more over the long run than other styles.
    4. Electric shaver: An electric shaver doesn't provide as close a shave as the other options, but is much more convenient because it's so quick and easy to use each day. Electric shavers cost a lot of money up front, but will last a while and can also be used to trim and groom beards.

    Wet shaving vs. dry shaving
    Wet shaving, or shaving with a straight, safety or cartridge razor, is generally seen as the better option. Wet shaving provides a closer shave than dry shaving and typically results in fewer ingrown hairs and less skin irritation. Dry shaving without using a shaving brush and cream is very convenient, but is best for those who don't want a close shave or who need to trim a full beard. 

    With the grain vs. against the grain
    Though many men shave against the grain of hair growth, licensed barbers recommend at least starting the process by shaving with the grain. It's less abrasive on your skin, and less likely to cause ingrown hairs, razor burn and nicks. Shave against or across the grain gently and carefully only after you've first shaved in the direction of hair growth.

    If you're interested in learning more about Marinello's barbering school, contact us for more information.

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