Ryan Cromer- Kasho National Educator
What is the story behind the founding of Kasho?
The history of Kasho lies in the city of Seki Japan. This city has been the central hub for Japanese Samurai Sword making for the last 700 years and have been the finest craftsmen of Japanese steel since then. That history and spirit of the craftsman has been passed down in a direct line to Kasho through Kai, Kasho’s parent company. Kai is one of the finest steel makers in the world, with such prestigious companies like Kershaw Hunting Knives, Shun Cutlery, as well as Kasho Shears.
Marshall Lin’s Scissor- Limited edition Black millennium series
–How do Kasho shear relate to hairstylist?
Kasho shears relate directly to hairstylists through the steel and craftsmanship that go into every single shear. For instance, a cheaper shear is made with very poor materials and steel which will only stay sharp for a hairstylists maybe 2-4 months. Kasho shears are made with a very high end steel, VG-10, which will stay incredibly sharp for up to a year if properly maintained, and even longer for some of the higher end models, like the Kasho Millennium. This saves time and money in the long run, and provides an incredible shear to work with throughout the lifetime of the shear.
–There are so many scissor brands on the market, what is so special about Kasho?
The biggest difference lies in the high quality of our steel, which keeps a sharp edge longer than many scissors on the market. This is a huge advantage to a stylist because they can cut more accurately much, much longer and saves about $30 a quarter on sharpening. If properly oiled and tensioned regularly, they will keep their edge for up to a year. We use 100% Japanese steel that is hand crafted in Japan with an edge that is much sharper than most on the market.
–What is your advice to new hairstylist when it comes to choosing a good pair of scissors?
Do your research! Find out from the companies not only what kind of steel they use, but where they are made. Japanese steel is regarded to be some of the best steel in the world, but there also different grades of steel, just like there are different grades of meat. Make sure you get something that will last you a lifetime, because form and functionality will serve you more than a scissor with jewels in it. But more than anything, buy nice things. It might take time for a new stylist, but it will serve you greatly in the long run.
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If taking charge of your hair health is part of your new year’s resolution, you’ll want to learn more about hair supplement brand NUTRAFOL (www.nutrafol.com), which takes a multi-dimensional approach to solving hair loss.
Here, co-founder Giorgos Tsetis, talks about how his personal struggle with hair loss led to his dream of granting people the gift of beautiful hair.
co-founder of Nutrafol- Giorgos Tsetis
What is the back story behind NUTRAFOL?
I’ve always been pretty concerned with my hair. I’m genetically predisposed to hair loss. When you look at me now, you may not believe me. My father and grandfathers started balding in their early 20s and my mother always had very fine hair as well. I was a fashion model and was getting my degree in Engineering in my early 20s – overall, I was feeling very stressed and as a result experiencing a lot of hair shedding. It really worried me, and so, I went to a dermatologist in Holland where I am from. The doctor did several tests and he basically said, ‘by the time you’re 30, you’re going to have a bald spot on the back of your head’. Obviously, that freaked me out and I decided to take a proactive approach to hair loss. I took a drug called finasteride that severely affected my health due to its side effects. A lot of men always wait too long without taking any action and often it’s too late to reverse some of the damage. You have to lose 50% of your hair before you even realize it has thinned out, that’s a scary fact! The bottom line is identifying the issue sooner rather than later. Taking a preventative approach is incredibly important. Just in the United States alone, there are 50 million men and 50 million women who suffer from hair loss and there are no real solutions that are effective and harmless to the body. The supplement industry is not properly regulated. There are too many products on the market with claims that cannot be substantiated. Too many reviews are fake and customers feel lost and misled. Our mission as a science company is to provide consumers with a formulation that is as effective as it is healthy for you. Our team of doctors and researchers have reversed engineered a breakthrough formulation that consists of nutraceutical bio-actives that are clinically proven to combat the multiple causes that lead to hair loss and thinning hair in men and women.
You mentioned stress. Could you explain why stress is always closely linked to hair loss?
When we are under any sort of pressure your body is releasing the Cortisol hormone to kick in the evolution based “fight or flight” response. But the build-up of Cortisol levels can be damaging to hair follicles and to the body. Together with the production of free radicals it can lead to micro-inflammation in the scalp area. Inflammation is very bad for hair. As a result, your hair growth’s cycle is disrupted. When it is disrupted, you start losing your hair and your hair gets thinner. If this process continues, you could eventually find yourself balding. This is often overlooked in western medicine. Once we understood on a molecular level how stress played a role in all forms of hair loss we were able to identify key phytochemicals that we incorporated into our formulation.
How does NUTRAFOL help with hair loss?
There are many factors that lead to hair loss. It’s not just your genes or aging. A multi-targeted approach is vital. Mono-targeting (achieved by vitamins, minerals and nutritional supplements alone) is insufficient as only one phase of hair growth is addressed. Nutrafol leverages on the multi-dimensional properties of therapeutic botanicals and biotechnology – using nutraceuticals that target the multiple causes of poor hair health in 4 phases. It rebalances harmful levels of stress hormones to reduce follicle damage; it repairs damaged follicles; it improves circulation to improve follicle function; and when all that is done, it helps with regrowth.
Can I take NUTRAFOL if I’m not experiencing any hair loss at the moment?
Absolutely! This formulation is incredibly healthy for you. It serves as an excellent preventative and anti-aging approach. It combats free radical damage, stress and inflammation which is at the root of all evil within the body.
You’re a mechanical engineer, so how did you learn so much about hair?
A combination of passion, curiosity and surrounding myself with experts in the field that I can learn from. By sharing your passion, you can attract people who believe in what you believe. I feel blessed with our team of renowned doctors and researchers that have helped us with our success to date.
What does beauty mean to you?
Beauty to me is about nourishing your entire body from within. However, I do value a good stylist and hair products.
Learn more please visit – NUTRAFOL
Marshall’s Chair: Stephanie Rad
Marshall Lin heads down to Stephanie Rad’s studio just a day after her big
Borne out of a love for pants, Rad offers seven different pant styles within her collection of separates and suiting for the modern woman.
Here, Rad talks more about her label and the friendly wave that brought her into Marshall’s chair.
How did you meet Marshall?
My sister had been seeing another stylist at Frederic Fekkai, and one day, I kinda met Marshall, gave him a little wave, and watched him do someone’s hair. So very naturally, for my next appointment, I booked one with Marshall. I have a lot of hair and I don’t like to do too much to it. He understands how my hair moves and all my concerns; he really knows how to make women comfortable in their hair. I consider myself a modern woman, who runs around a lot and goes from day to night, so I don’t like having to worry too much about my hair.
How did you know he was the hairstylist for you?
I don’t know if I knew for sure, but I was just amazed at his technique as I was watching him style that woman’s hair.
When it came to creating your first lookbook, you obviously turned to Marshall to do the model’s (Ruby Aldridge) hair as well, how important is hair for the look and feel of your brand?
I would like to say that my brand is very collectable. There’s a blazer that you can buy now and wear over the next five years. My clothes are classic pieces, but they are also interpretive, and this is important because so many women have completely different aesthetics and I love that they can make my pieces their own. I think the hair, beauty and accessories brings the whole look together. When it comes to the hair itself, I like that someone with a shaved head, or really long hair can wear my clothes however way they style them.
How did you finally decide on the hairstyle for your lookbook?
I like to surround myself with people who are much smarter than me. Marshall’s vision for hair was something tousled, more relaxed, really texturized – something that was a little rock and roll, but also easy to wear to work. I relayed his opinion to the rest of my team and they jumped on board right away.
How did you get into fashion design?
I have a really fun background in fashion. I worked in retail when I was younger, I worked at Rock & Republic, which is a denim company, in sales and customer service when they were launching. Then I worked at Michael Kors in merchandising, my boss at that time was the fashion director at the company and it was all about making the brand consistent, so I got to see every aspect of the brand and got an amazing education there. I moved on to real estate and really learnt the ins and outs of running a business. Then I worked at the fashion agency SWW Creative with Stephanie Winston Wolkoff – she is an amazing mentor to me. All these experiences led me to my label. I always wanted to make sure that I was prepared to run my own label, I’m sure I’ll make mistakes just like everyone else, but I wanted to get a good education in running my own business prior to starting
Who is the Stephanie Rad Girl?
That is so hard for me. At the end of the day, she’s the woman who has too much on her plate and she travels quite a bit – whether for work, pleasure, or with her family. She’s the woman whose purse is always a little too big because she’s constantly running around. I think she’s someone who wants to be comfortable; she’s chic and comfortable with who she is. Because she’s comfortable with who she is, she’s sexy, and she can make my clothes what she wants them to be.
Pants are at the center of your label, why is that?
I love the look of a real trouser, and I had difficulty finding something comfortable and had enough stretch to hold everything where it’s supposed to be. And I didn’t just want a basic pair of pants, I wanted ones with an elevated design.
I have seven different pairs of pants in my collection and I think there’s something for everybody. It’s funny that my mom picked out the same pair of pants as my 18-year-old cousin. I like for things to fit everybody.
There is an extra 2 or 3 inches in each pair of pants that allows you to make alterations if you’re a little taller because I know it’s a little harder for taller women to find great pants.
Everything fits everybody. I wanted to create a great staple.
In a few words, what does beauty mean to you?
I think we can all agree that beauty is from the inside. If your content, you will glow, but I love the beauty industry for giving us a helping hand. We may sometimes lean on our make-up a little too much, but it allows us to fix that one thing that may not be quite right and I love that.
. As told to Stacey Chia
Credit: Alison Wedewer
The relationship between a hairstylist and his clients goes beyond the superficial. Longtime clients, who have become also become dear friends, get in Marshall’s chair to talk hair, life, careers and about what beauty ultimately means to them.
In the first Marshall’s Chair column, motivational speaker, author and TV personality Gabrielle Bernstein talks about why she entrusts Marshall with her hair and her brand new book, The Universe Has Your Back: Transform Fear to Faith, which in this past week reached Number 1 on The New York Times best-seller list.
Do you remember how you met Marshall?
I was desperately looking for someone to cut my hair, and so I asked my friend Andrea Lavinthal, who is the style and beauty director at PEOPLE Magazine , and she said that the only person you can see is Marshall. This was about seven years ago. Now I see him every three months for a cut and he’s done four out of five of my book covers.
So apart from just a recommendation, what made you trust him with your hair?
From the first day that he cut my hair, I knew he was my guy. It’s his confidence and certainty in what he’s doing that makes me feel very safe, and more importantly, he listens to me. I’ve been to other people before and I don’t feel that same sense of certainty.
Why is having a great hairstylist so important to you?
I don’t like to wear a lot of make-up and I dress pretty casually, so I think that my hair can do a lot for me. Having a good cut and color can really make your whole look.
What’s your daily hair routine like?
I try not to blow dry it too much on my own. If I’m going out, I’ll just run a curling iron through it. I try and do deep conditioning at least twice a week. I only wash my hair every other day and let it air dry. My routine is all about being natural.
What does a good haircut do for you?
It makes me feel more confident and sexy. Even if I don’t have the right outfit on, I can still feel complete.
Your long blonde hair has become your signature look, do you think you’ll ever change it?
I think I will eventually, but I’m going to try and keep it as long as I can for now.
You coined this term “spirit junkie” several years ago, but what does it really mean?
It’s someone who chooses to see their life through the lens of happiness, so they can have a better experience. To relate this to beauty, beauty begins from within, the happier you are, the more confident, secure and beautiful you are.
What are your goals for your “spirit junkie”?
I don’t focus too much on goals. I just try and enjoy what’s happening in front of me and allow it to get better.
Tell us a bit more about your new book, The Universe Has Your Back: Transform Fear to Faith.
It’s about changing your perceptions, so that you can feel more confident and comfortable in your life. (Editor’s note: You can shop the book here.)
- As told to Stacey Chia