Marinello Schools of Beauty

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Marinello Schools of Beauty
Marinello logo.png
Type For-profit
Established 1905
Academic staff
260 as of May 2015

Marinello Schools of Beauty was a private, for-profit cosmetology school owned by B&H Education, Inc. with as many as 56 locations throughout California, Connecticut, Kansas, Massachusetts, Nevada, and Utah. The school was accredited by the National Accrediting Commission of Career Arts. It closed on February 5, 2016, following the U.S. Department of Education's decision to disallow the school's access to federal financial aid.[1]

Marinello provided students education and training in cosmetology, skin care, manicuring, barbering, hair design, massage therapy, advanced facial and body treatments, and master esthetics with laser certification, in addition to teacher training and short programs and workshops. The school was recognized by the Small Business Administration for its 80 percent graduate placement rate.[2]


Marinello Schools of Beauty was established in 1905 by Ruth Maurer. She started the schools to develop trained beauticians after she had developed a face cream in her kitchen that was distributed throughout Mexico, Canada, the United States, South America, England, Russia, South Africa, Australia, China and Japan. The schools were named after Giovanni Marinello, the founder of Modern Cosmetology.[3]

Marinello’s headquarters moved to New York in 1925, and then again to Los Angeles when the company was purchased by Scope Industries in 1963. Since March 2004, Marinello Schools of Beauty has been under the ownership of B&H Education, Inc., located in Beverly Hills, California. B&H Education, Inc. partnered with investment firms to purchase the company’s remaining 13 campuses and acquire additional schools.[2] Under their leadership, Marinello has grown into a nationwide chain of beauty schools with 57 campuses in California, Connecticut, Kansas, Massachusetts, Nevada, and Utah.[4]

In February 2016, Marinello announced the closure of all 56 of its U.S. campuses.[5]


Marinello provided the education and training necessary for students to pass the state licensing examination administered by their state board in order to obtain their license. In addition to the fundamental cosmetology skills taught, each program included a section on Health & Safety as well as Career Development.

Marinello was a private institution accredited by the National Accrediting Commission of Career Arts & Sciences (NACCAS). The NACCAS is listed by the U.S. Department of Education as a nationally recognized accrediting agency.[6] Marinello also offers a $2,000 military scholarship to families of veterans at all campuses.[7]


The first Marinello Beauty School was opened by Ruth Maurer in 1905. The company headquarters moved to New York in 1925, but was relocated to Los Angeles in 1963 when Scope Industries purchased the school.[3] As its closure, Marinello operated 56 facilities in California, Connecticut, Kansas, Massachusetts, Nevada and Utah.

Charitable Work[edit]

In 2011, the Marinello Schools of Beauty campus in Redding, California began participating in the Mannequin Head Recycling Project. Upon graduation, students donated mannequin heads, part of the 2,000 heads donated during the first year. All heads were re-manufactured as novelty figures, with proceeds going toward scholarship opportunities for students.[8]

Marinello Schools of Beauty held an annual national competition to award talented high school seniors. The company announced winners for the Raw Talent Scholarship competition and gave away scholarships worth $10,000 and $5,000, and one-day professional beauty workshop sessions worth more than $1,000. Scholarships were awarded in Southern and Northern California, Utah, Nevada, Kansas and New England regions to winners who applied by writing an essay and participated in hands-on hairstyling or makeup application.[9]

Students from Marinello Schools of Beauty in Paramount, California participated in a haircutting and makeup program for elderly residents across Southern California. On September 30, 2014, students cut hair, trimmed fingernails and gave makeovers on behalf of Volunteer Action for Aging.[10]

Volunteers from the Marinello School of Beauty in Napa Valley, California volunteered to give haircuts and makeovers to the homeless in December 2014. Students cut hair for three hours at the Salvation Army Assistance Center.[11]

The school participated in other charities as well, including makeovers for stressed college students at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona in Southern California.[12] The school also participated in a Foster Care Youth Conference in Richmond, Virginia. The conference, put on by police, featured workshops to help foster kids think about the future.[13]


  1. ^ Courtney Kueppers (February 4, 2016). "Chain of For-Profit Beauty Schools Will Close After U.S. Cuts Off Funds". Chronicle of Higher Education. Retrieved February 4, 2016. 
  2. ^ a b "SBA 100: Marinello School of Beauty". Retrieved 21 September 2015. 
  3. ^ a b "A HISTORY OF BEAUTY AND INNOVATION: THE MARINELLO SCHOOLS OF BEAUTY STORY". Archived from the original on 3 March 2012. Retrieved 21 September 2015. 
  4. ^ Hillenmayer, Jill (18 September 2012). "Marinello Schools of Beauty Announce Acquisitions". Modern Salon. Retrieved 21 September 2015. 
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  6. ^ "National Accrediting Commission of Career Arts and Sciences (NACCAS)". National Accrediting Commission of Career Arts and Sciences. Retrieved 21 September 2015. 
  7. ^ Salapatek, Lauren (16 September 2013). "Marinello Schools of Beauty Launches Military Scholarship Program". Modern Salon. Retrieved 21 September 2015. 
  8. ^ Araya, Kibkabe (3 July 2011). "Marinello students join mannequin head recycling effort". Record Searchlight. Retrieved 21 September 2015. 
  9. ^ Moratto, Anne (18 April 2014). "Marinello and Wella Award Raw Talent, Support Students". Modern Salon. Retrieved 21 September 2015. 
  10. ^ Woolsey, Brittany (1 October 2014). "Cosmetology Students Volunteer to Style Senior Citizens". Long Beach Post. Retrieved 21 September 2015. 
  11. ^ Yune, Howard (9 December 2014). "A new look is Napa hair stylists' holiday gift". Napa Valley Register. Retrieved 21 September 2015. 
  12. ^ Contreras, Jennifer (10 March 2014). "Makeover Mayhem pampers stress away". The Poly Post. Retrieved 21 September 2015. 
  13. ^ "Richmond police partner with community to help foster care youth". The Richmond Standard. 24 March 2015. Retrieved 8 October 2015.