Marshall’s Chair interview with supermodel Olesya Senchenko, the founder and designer of swimwear line Skaya.

Model- Olesya Senchenko/ Hair by Marshall Lin
Do you remember how you met Marshall? Tell me about it. 
O– I met Marshall a few years ago. I was looking for a hair stylist who I can trust not only with my hair but also with my life secrets. As everybody knows, a hair stylist is not only the person who does your hair but also your therapist. Upon our first meeting, I knew that he was right for me! His professionalism and his kind personality rise above any doubt!
Since you’ve been seeing Marshall, what have you noticed about your hair?
O– My hair became healthier from the roots to the ends! It became shinier and softer! It’s even growing much more quickly! Also it’s easy for me to maintain the same perfect hair style even when I don’t have time to see my Angel Marshall! 
Oleysa wear Skaya Swimwear 
Tell me a little about your modeling career. How did you start? What have you worked on?
)-I started modeling when I was 16 years old. I won second place at the Beauty contest in Russia and that led me to sign a contract with my mother agency in Moscow. Then I went to Japan and Singapore, where I got great experience and the honor of appearing on covers of big magazines like Harper’s Bazaar, Marie Claire, and Elle.
Then it was New York, Milan and Paris, where I got chance to work with famous designers including Prada, Ralph Lauren and Vera Wang.
As a young model in New York by yourself, what has been the most challenging? 
O-The most challenging was to be away from my parents and to live in a country where I can hardly speak the same language! It’s hard to be without family support at such a young age! It’s hard to make big decisions and organize your life. You become mature very quickly because you understand it’s not time to be a baby and complain about things!
How did you come up with your line Skaya? How do you describe Skaya swimwear?
O-After modeling for 10 years, I chose to use my passion for fashion design by creating my own unique, velvet swimwear line, specifically designed to complement women of all body shapes and style preferences.
 Skaya swim line is inspired by my travels all around the world. From cheeky Brazil to classy and sophisticated France, Skaya swim has a design for fashionistas everywhere. A lot of brands are afraid to try new fabrics and designs, I tried to do something special with mine.
Why cover your best parts when you could wear a suit that will define them? Best of all, while Skaya swimwear is durable enough to be worn around the pool or even in the ocean, their glamorous designs make them ideal for festivals and clubbing as well.
What does beauty mean to you? 
O-I think that we all notice that some women don’t have a classic beauty type, but something in them is attractive. Something in their walk, their smile or in their eyes…this beauty doesn’t change with age. This is called charisma! It’s all about your personality and the way you treat yourself!
If you could offer any advice to young aspiring models, what would it be?

O– I think the best advice that I can give to a young model is to believe in yourself! It’s a very competitive business! Also, don’t take it as a joke, be professional, and work on yourself! And remember you are unique, there’s not another girl in the world like you.

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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. 

Kasho International Educator Ryan Cromer for Marshall’s Chair


In the early 90’s, while most teenagers were dreaming about having their own Rolex watches, Gucci suits, and Bally shoes, I had one more item on my list; the Kasho shears. Kasho shears were, and continue to be, the premier brand of salon quality scissors.
Looking back at my days as an assistant, I remember observing all the hairstylists who looked sharp, dressed to the nines, exuded charm behind their chairs, and wielded their magical scissors. The majority of these hairstylists were using the legendary Kasho shears. Back in the day, scissors alone cost a whopping $600-$700 per pair. Fast forward from the 90’s, when I can now afford my own magical scissors; and my first choice is always Kasho. Just holding a pair of Kasho shears in my hand makes me feel like a superstar. The high quality and unparallel performance are almost just an added bonus.
From the ancient craft of samurai sword making to the highest quality of steel, Kasho International Educator Ryan Cromer, talked to me about the history of Kasho shears and how such top quality scissors are a driving force behind an impeccable haircut.



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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Marshall’s Chair: Giorgos Tsetis, co-founder of hair supplement brand NUTRAFOL

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 (, 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.



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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