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  • 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.


  • Here are some of the coolest hairstyles from men in romantic comedies. 7 great male hairstyles from romantic comedies

    If you're thinking of becoming a barber, you probably know how much popular culture affects the current trends. Why do you think James Dean sparked such a bad-boy style revolution? In fact, even a lead character's hairstyle in a really popular movie can make men everywhere rush to their barbers for the same cut. Since Valentine's Day is coming up, there's no better time to take a look back at some interesting hairstyles from romantic comedies that may or may not have prompted hair revolutions. Take a look at these seven cool and crazy 'dos from rom-com male leads:

    1. Cary Grant
    Cary Grant's hair in the classic romantic comedy "The Philadelphia Story," or any Cary Grant movie, really, was suave, polished and cool. The deep side part and slicked sides went perfectly with his dapper suits and charming personality. In fact, the only guy that looks as dapper with the cut as Grant is Don Draper in Mad Men.

    2. John Travolta
    The title of "Grease" had a couple of meanings, but it seemed to mainly reference the heaps of product John Travolta and the other "greasers" used in their hair. From the sideburns to the sky-high quiff, John Travolta's hairstyle in the movie was both iconic and downright cool.

    3. Jon Cryer
    Speaking of quiffs, Jon Cryer's Duckie in "Pretty in Pink" had one to be reckoned with. In fact, his whole hairstyle was pretty tall, making him look like the cute and totally hip dork he was. And while he didn't win Molly Ringwald's heart, every girl who watched the movie had a soft spot for his underdog character with awesome hair. 

    4. Robert Pattinson
    Though the comedy in ‚Äč"Twilight" was pretty unintentional, it can still somewhat be deemed a rom-com. And you have to admit, Robert Pattinson's hair in the chick flick made girls everywhere swoon. His long tousled hairdo looked like he just rolled out of bed and was on his way to becoming the next Jonas Brother. Who can beat that?

    5. Ryan Gosling
    Since "The Notebook" makes every rom-com list ever, it's worth mentioning that Ryan Gosling had some great hairstyles. His teenage hairdo was cute and charming, but it was when he grew his hair and beard into a shaggy and manly style that he looked like the leading man you couldn't help but love.

    6. Judd Nelson
    Judd Nelson played John "the criminal" Bender in the iconic 1980s classic "The Breakfast Club," and he had the prettiest hair of any criminal we've ever seen. In true '80s fashion, his long, layered hair made him look both undeniably cool and boyish, so it's no wonder he got the girl in the end.

    7. Cary Elwes
    Whether you knew him as Westley, Farm Boy, or the Dread Pirate Roberts, Cary Elwes' hair in "The Princess Bride" was dreamy. His blonde locks were just long enough to put into a ponytail … perhaps the beginning of the "man bun" trend? Either way, it made him look mysterious and romantic. 

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



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