Find out why hydration is so important for hair. The secret ingredient is in Pai-Shau

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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.

Pai- Shau Biphasic Infusion 


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.

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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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