Model- Jessica Lebleis. Next Model Agency
Photographer- Kevin Drelon
Hair- Marshall Lin
Model- Jessica Lebleis. Next Model Agency
Photographer- Kevin Drelon
Hair- Marshall Lin
Article by WENDY ROSE GOULD
Shea Moisture Coconut & Hibiscus Curl Enhancing Smoothie, $13.50 Lin says he discovered this product while doing an outdoor summer photoshoot in ridiculously high humidity. Talk about a make it work moment.
“I walked into a drugstore to see what kind of options they had, and I found a few. This worked the best. It smells amazing and has great frizz control,” he says. “I highly suggest mixing with just a touch of warm water and then apply from the bottom of your hair, moving upwards. Never apply directly from the top. You’ll find this product to be very sticky, but it gets the job done!”
Murray’s Original Pomade, $2.25“I discovered this product while working on a photoshoot. We were trying product to create an 18th century updo and we needed something extremely strong and frizz-fighting,” says Marshall Lin, a celebrity hair stylist who’s worked with Kate Bosworth, Olivia Palmero, and Christina Aguilera. “I love it because it creates a look that will never come undone.”
Proliss Mini Silk Tourmaline Ionic Straightener, $26.30 This product was recommended to Lin by one of his longtime clients (ahem, that’d be supermodel Selita Ebanks, NBD). “She’s always had a problem with a frizzy hairline and told me, ‘Marshall, you’re good, but try this.’ So I did, and said ‘Yup! You’re right!’ after I used it.”
Before using, Lin says to make sure your hair is almost 100 percent dry and to apply a heat protectant. Then, use the tiny iron to finish your frizzy baby hair around your hairline and work to blend it in with the remaining hair afterwards.
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Interview for Pai-Shau
P-Pai-Shau M-Marshall Lin
M-What’s the Pai-Shau story? What’s the concept behind the brand?
P-In a way, our story began more than 5000 years ago. Teas have long played an important role in many cultures because of their powerful health benefits. Today, they’re the second most consumed beverage in the world, but in the beginning, they were used primarily for medicinal purposes. Over the last 50 years, topical use has become popular thanks to their ability to reduce inflammation, stimulate, detoxify, exfoliate and protect the skin.
When you think about healthy hair, it all begins with the scalp, so it made perfect sense to explore this ingredient for use in hair care products. We began by creating a really potent blend of steeped teas that we now refer to as our Signature Tea Complex. It contains five different varieties of tea that each contain multiple benefits you see immediately and over time. We’ve quickly become known as the first really comprehensive tea-infused hair care brand.
M-As a professional, I see hydration as the most important aspect of haircare. Why is hydration so important, and how does Pai-Shau promote the highest level of hydration for hair?
P-Hydration is a huge part of what gives hair its’ shine and movement. Without it, your hair just won’t look healthy. Hydration also plays a serious role in your hairs’ ability to resist breakage, resulting in fewer split ends, greater density and strength.
Pai-Shau works to promote hydration in two main ways:
First- the teas contain powerful antioxidant, vitamins, minerals and polyphenols that are able to penetrate and help your hair hold onto its’ moisture by neutralizing the damage caused by oxidation from daily life and chemicals we often use in hair services.
Secondly- the teas help detox and remove build-up so that the hair can absorb better.
M-There have over 1000 hair brands worldwide. Consumers have way too many options to choose from. What should people look for when choosing the right products for themselves?
P-These days, consumers are looking for clean products that are multi-use. They also want simple but won’t sacrifice performance. Product expectations are higher than ever. In addition to the “actives” in a product (typically the featured ingredients), it’s just as important to know what itdoesn’t contain.
Many people know to ask for Paraben Free and Sulfate free. Now the standard has been set even higher. They are looking for Vegan, Cruelty Free, Gluten Free, Phosphate Free and whether or not the packaging materials are recyclable. In other words, it’s not just the products, but the way they are made and what they are made with. I say get to know the symbols on the back of the packaging. They’ll tell you a lot about the brand.
M-In a multi cultural city such as New York, so many different textures of hair are present. How does Pai-Shau cater to and benefit all of the different textures and types of hair?
P-The number one comment from our professional stylist network is always in reference to this. They can’t believe a brand with only 12 products performs equally well in such a huge variety of textures. The centerpiece of our brand, BiPhasic Infusion, uses an oil-free technology that doesn’t build up or weigh down the hair, making it ideal for every texture. Those with fine hair can’t believe they can achieve volume and moisture. In the past, you had to choose one or the other. Those with thick or course hair would often get heavy build-up from multiple days of adding product on top of product trying to rehydrate & defrizz in between shampoos. With no weight and no build up, you don’t get either of those problems, so anyone can use it.
M-How do you differentiate salon hair care products versus Home hair care products? Is there an actual difference or do these two overlap?
P-The hair care landscape is different than it was even a decade ago. There are so many brands that there is no black and white answer. In general, the sentiment I often hear from the professional side it that the ingredients are superior and formulas are more concentrated. Gentler cleansing agents, less water to cleansing ratio, sodium chloride free, lighter silicones that don’t build up as heavily….
Since I am not a chemist and there are hundreds of brands, it would be irresponsible for me to make a definitive, sweeping statement. If someone asked me what one area would I personally always splurge, it would be cleansers, conditioners and masks. Once you find the right cleanser and conditioner, styling becomes much easier.
To brush or not to brush: that is the question.
Hair brushing almost seems like a trend from the good old days. The old practice of brushing 100 strokes every evening before bed conjures up the image of Marsha Brady or any other 70’s or 80’s beauty icon sitting in front of a mirror stroking away. Yet, with so many brushes on the market that promise fuller, thicker, sexier, hotter, healthier, and the best hair ever; we may wonder if we actually need this tool.
Marshall believes in the foolproof combination of brushing AND combing your hair to achieve the best effect. “Combing separates the hair, while brushing puts it back together,” he says. Both combing and brushing, ultimately, contribute to a beautiful cascade of smooth hair. There are, however, different occasions when we should choose one over the other. As you go throughout your day combing and brushing your hair will fit into different aspects of your beauty routine.
Before you shower: Brush your dry hair to stimulate your scalp and evenly distribute the natural oils throughout your hair. This will make shampooing a smoother experience and help you to avoid knots while sudsing up and rinsing.
In the shower: A comb should be used in the shower to spread out conditioner. As it separates each strand of hair, the comb will aid in the absorption of the conditioner as well.
Before you blow dry: A comb is vital for achieving a beautiful blowout. It creates the foundation by removing knots in wet hair and laying the initial shape; so always comb out your hair before blow-drying.
During your blow dry: Only on DRY hair will the brush create the tension to promote shine and smooth out the shape. A natural bristle brush works the best. Marshall’s primer on choosinga brush can be found in this link ‘ OLIVIA GARDEN’, ‘ YS PARK PROFESSIONAL ‘ ‘ Raincry Hairbrush‘
Daily brush out: Again, remember to brush dry hair only. Brush as needed whenever hair needs to be refreshed, smoothed, and shaped.
Always comb and brush your hair starting from the ends, and working towards the top. Knots are generally concentrated at the ends of your hair so starting from the bottom will createa smoother path. Follow this rule of thumb for both combing and brushing. A gorgeous head of hair is only a comb and a brush away.
Model- Claire Dubois, Morgan Sipp, Caroline
Photographer- Scott Brasher
Makeup- Anya Frankenberg
Hair and Shoot director- Marshall Lin