Marshall’s Chair: Brazilian Supermodel Thalita De Oliveira

Even though fashion model  Thalita De Oliveira gets her hair done as part of work, she tells us why still goes to get pampered by Marshall. 

 
 

How long have you known Marshall?

Since May 2008. That’s eight years now!

How did you meet him? 

 
We met at Frederic Fekkai. I asked my agency to make an appointment with Fekkai.
Even though I get my hair done for work all the time, I still wanted to get the proper experience where I could sit down and relax. I really don’t like it when I have to get my hair cut on sets. People always think it’s so great to get your hair done as part of your job, but you know, it’s really never what you want.
 If you have a hairdresser that cuts your hair the way you like, it’s absolutely affects your everyday mood. You’re going to feel so pretty.

What was that first experience you had with Marshall like? 

I can’t even describe the connection that I had with Marshall when I first met him. I was just so impressed with his vision and devotion to hair. He’s really a natural.
Before I met him, my hair was always shoulder length, but I wanted to keep it longer, so I went to him, and he told me very confidently, “I’m going to make your hair grow. I’m going to cut your hair in the most beautiful way, such that you don’t need to get any trims and you can just focus on letting it grow.” I really saw my hair grow out beautifully, so I kept my relationship with him. I only need to get my hair cut twice a year now. All my friends started going to Marshall too.
Model- Thalita De Oliveira

Now that you’ve been to Marshall so many times is the experience difference. 

Of course, it’s better, because now he’s my friend. My time with him is a magical time.

Why is your hair so important to you?

If my hair doesn’t look great, I won’t feel like walking out of the house – I won’t go to castings. It really dictates my mood.

What was the worst hair disaster you’ve experienced? 

When I first started modeling at 14, I had a horrible haircut that made me stop modeling for a year. It was long in the front and short at the back, and I couldn’t look at myself. I learnt a lesson: even though it’s part of work, never let anyone do something to your hair unless you know what they are going to do to it. I’ve been declined big jobs because I didn’t want my hair to be cut, but that’s life.

What would you tell your 18-year-old self? 

 
I don’t have much regrets.  I left home at 13 and by 18 I was already very independent. As a mother, one thing I would say is to see yourself as your own child because there’s no one that you would care for more than your own kid. 

MANE MASTER: MARSHALL LIN

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Mane Master Marshall Lin

I first met Marshall last season during fashion week backstage at the Alice and Olivia show. Creating gorgeous bombshell Bardot inspired waves, he had nailed the cool eccentric vibe of Alice and Olivia. His personality was infectious and you could see a real artistry in his work. With over 2o years of industry experience, it’s his work with Fekkai (which began in 2003) that really set him on the map. Working today as the key hair stylist behind major industry shows and campaigns, he’s also known to quoff the hair of major Victoria’s Secret models and celebs on the red carpet (think Kate Bosworth and Olivia Palermo to name a few). We had a chance to chat with the Mane Master about the makings of a coveted career.


Wavy windswept hair

How did you get your start in the industry?

I was just looking for summer work when I was about 15 years old (nearly twenty years ago) and a salon seemed like a cool place to work. I ended up falling in love with making people beautiful and creating a cool style. I’ll always remember one moment when was 16, I was drying someone’s hair and I was like, ‘I love this! I can do it for my whole life!’ It was like a calling from God.

What was one of your biggest career challenges and how did you overcome it?

When I joined my present company [Fekkai], I needed to start assistant again after 10 years experience. There were many frustrations about ego, race, and fairness, but when you choose to do something, finish it and finish it good! I learned to be patient, how to communicate with people better, and to learn the business side of this industry. Challenge is like breaking a wall. It’s hard and sometimes painful, but after you’ll have better and bigger views.

Chic Lob Bob

Who are some role models who have inspired you?

I’m a lucky person. I’ve learned so much by working with different talented people. One person is Anthony Mascolo. He has many salons, has created an education system to help a new generation of hairdressers, and he continues to work editorial. Everything he does is exactly what I dream to do it .                                                             Another is Kim Robinson from Hong Kong. I’ve never worked in a more competitive place. From the way I stand to the socks I wear, everything counts with her. It made me become not just a hair stylist, but an expensive, presentable hair stylist.

The next is Michel Aleman. He made my work and specially my eye become a microscope. All the details, every angle, even every shadow, are perfectly precise.

Textured Knot Ponytail

Do you have a signature look or style that you are known for?

As a hair designer, I just keep on reaching for my favorite signature look each day. I never feel 100% satisfied about my work and I always feel like I can do better. I think that’s called perfection. If I’d have to pick a favorite moment it would be the hair I did for Kate Bosworth at the CFDA awards about 7 or 8 years ago. It was an updo and the texture was fizzy and dry but in perfect proportion. Back then, we really didn’t see a lot of frizz on the red carpet, so it was a good statement.

What was your last major makeover that you’ve done?

I cut off Selita Ebanks hair. It’s wild to chop off a Victoria’s Secret Angel’s hair, but it came out awesome. She is my girl. She always gives me full trust. But I feel like every person who sits in my hair is major, not matter what kind of transformation that we do.

Textured Low Ponytail Fashion Week

Which hair products or tools are always in your kit?

The updo comb from Morrocanoil, Kasho shears, a Toni and Guy cutting comb, Oribe Dry Texture Spray, Oribe Strong Wax, and Fekkai Hair Refresher Dry Shampoo and Full Blown Volume Mousse.

What is your favorite Instagram account to follow?

@maneaddicts, @thefatjewish, @georgiykot, and @sportlaugher (I like to mix it up and I like funny Instagrams). 

Fashion Week Long Runway Ponytail

What advice would you give yourself 10 years ago?

Ten years ago I was pretty sure and confident about all I did, but I would tell myself to eat healthier and on time. I have a huge stomach problem now. Young stylists often skip meals and never feel it, but if you want to continue your career over a long period of time, you need to take care of yourself.

What is the best piece of advice you’ve received? What advice would you give to new stylists?

The best advice I’ve received and I will give is from the hairstylist who brought me in in this industry. His name is Frankie and he is an amazing hairstyle from Hong Kong. He said, ‘when you have choices, you can choose. But when you have no choices, don’t choose.’ This means you have to take whatever opportunity come to you for your work. Never say no. It’s not about only just saying yes, but grab what you can. When you are lucky enough to have many choices for work, then you have the freedom to choose. 

My advice for the new generation is to focus on what you can do, not on what you can be. We are in the industry where we can make things happen with hard work. No successful hairstylist sits back and waits for things to happen. Also, never stop learning or receiving new ideas. The day you stop learning is the day you’ve retired from this industry. 

Voluminous textured long hair with bangs

What is the next chapter for you?

Continuing to work harder and harder in every area. I want to create education, development for youth, new styles, making more and more people beautiful, and hopefully my work can inspire more people. 

Marshall Lin Hair


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Pamella Roland Resort 2018- Hair by: Marshall Lin for Frederic Fekkai

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Cher has been a style icon since she took the stage, and although she has had her ups and downs, her style was one thing that always triumphed. Being unapologetically herself, she takes risks and makes bold statements with her look. This year at the Pamella Roland Show, Frédéric Fekkai Lead Stylist Marshall Lin created “Cher Hair.” A straight blowout with her classic middle part, the look evoked a glimpse of the 70s set against the chic feel of the show. Read on to get the step-by-step to this fabulous look.

Step-by-Step:

1. Start off by applying Fekkai Blowout Primer to the hair.

2. Next, straighten hair perfectly so it’s silky and straight. Create a part at the center.

3. Section the hair to the point of the ear. Comb or brush the hair silky and tight to the nape of the neck.

4. Bring together both sides and form a low ponytail. Brush hair down over ponytail.

5. Finish off the look adding a touch of Fekkai Blowout Sealing Serum to the front for serious shine and Fekkai Sheer Hold Hairspray all around to hold in place.

 

– See more at: https://www.bangstyle.com/posts/fashion-week-pamella-roland-resort-frederic-fekkai-2087#sthash.KVj1r5uJ.dpuf

Does your Hairstyle Make the Cut All Year Round?”

Model by Kate Herrington/ Hair by Marshall Lin
 
When the temperatures soar during the hot summer months, we may feel inclined towards chopping off our hair in order to keep cool. Is the summertime the perfect time to try out that Pixie look you’ve been contemplating? Perhaps, come June, you should trade your long tresses for a modern lob. Marshall’s take on this subject is quite the opposite.
 
According to Marshall, a surefire method for choosing the length of your hairstyle is to base it on the fashion of the season. The same outlook can be applied to choosing the right hair color. (Read more about choosing your color here)
 
In the summer, our wardrobes lighten up in many ways. We wear thinner fabrics and show more skin. Bare arms, shorter hemlines, exposed shoulders, and glimpses of midriff exude an air of freedom. This leaves room for long flowing hair; a gorgeous mane to frame that gorgeous figure. Your hair could be your best accessory. A glimpse of Alessandra, Adriana, or Taylor on the Victoria’s Secret runway is proof that long hair is the perfect complement to minimal clothing.
 
In the winter, fashion is a bit heavier. We cover ourselves in turtlenecks, heavy knits, scarves, and warm outerwear. Piling on layers can camouflage your figure; and the benefit of shorter hair is that it brings focus to your face. Also, in a sea of darker winter hues lighter hair color can highlight the best features of your face.
 
Hair by Marshall Lin
From an evolutionary perspective, our hair provides protection and warmth to our bodies. But above all, Marshall’s standpoint is that we should all choose the hairstyles that make us look the most beautiful season after season.
Model Link- Kate Herrington

Shining A Light on Summertime Hair Color

Shining A Light on Summertime Hair Color

Hair by Marshall Lin 
The Desire for lighter hair color in the summertime is a strong one. While we strive for darker golden tans, we opt for lighter hues for our manes. But before you hit the salon to change up or just refresh your hair color for the summer, read on for Marshall’s guidelines because lighter is not always the way to go.
Summer is the season of sunshine. Under its rays, everything is bright and vivid; including your hair. The most important step in creating the perfect color is to create the best base so that your hair develops naturally under the sun.
In order to create the best base, consider the following two factors. “Hair naturally will look lighter in every angle under the sun,” says Marshall. Spending any time outside in the summer will lighten your hair, and at the beach the saltwater and heat will oxidize your color. In addition to the lightening effect, a stronger contrast will show up in your hair from the sun. Highlights will appear brighter while the stronger lighting will also reflect the different tones.
Color by Rogerio Cavalcante
Marshall has individualized advice based on your current color. If your hair is dark or black (a.k.a. naturally deep brown or black Asian hair), Marshall suggests some natural gently sun kissed highlights around your face. Ask your colorist for cooler tones, as warmer toned hues on dark hair tend to turn brassy in the sun.
 
If your hair is medium brown or dark blonde, you can just let it be. If you are happy with your color, stay with it because the sun will create naturally beautiful highlights.
” As for the summertime, the light outside is more intense and thus all colors look more diluted- Which is why a neon pink shirt doesn’t seems as intense during the summer as it does in winter. During summer, blonds should go for more of a golden, sandy, vanilla tone with more contrast from highlight. For brunettes, summer is the best time to go against their natural hair color- for instance a soft blond, honey or light caramel color ‘ David Michaud ,Color director from Frederic Fekkai
 
If your hair is light blonde, keep in mind that your hair will lighten at least one shade lighter from the sun. It is important to protect your color. Marshall suggests that you ask your colorist to tone your color one or a half level deeper or warmer. You can also add on color pigment to strengthen your hair and create a richer tone.
 
Hair color experts use the word tone to refer to warmer and cooler hues. Warmer tones include gold, chestnut, caramel, and strawberry blonde. Red, orange, and yellow are the foundation for these colors. Warmer tones can be universally flattering in the summertime. On the other hand, if you are aiming for more of a platinum blonde or ash brown, opt for a cooler tone which is based on gray, blue, or green. Again, if your hair is darker and veers towards the brassy side, a cool tone can combat the brassiness.
” For the summer you can go red nut it must be soft and warm. Especially for the very light skin complexion” Editorial Colorist Christophe Lamvenne from Fekkai Soho
Color by Christophe Lambenne 

‘ I do like the word “en-hance-ment”. This can make a great impact just making them feeling better in their own beauty ‘ Rogerio Cavalcante, Star colorist from Maria Bonita Salon NYC

If you are venturing towards Marshall’s “break the rules” colors such as pink, blue, or silver, go all out and follow your heart when picking the right shade.
 
So, remember to create the perfect base for your summer hair color. While you are basking in the sun and enjoying the glory days of summer, your highlights will also be in bloom.
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