Kasho International Educator Ryan Cromer for Marshall’s Chair

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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.

 

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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.

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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.

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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.

learn More info about Kasho Scissor. Please visit http://www.kasho-usa.com/default.asp

MANE ADDICTS-WHAT’S IN THE BAG?! MARSHALL LIN

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I first met Marshall Lin backstage during New York Fashion Week where he was creating beautiful brushed waves for Alice and Olivia’s AW 2016 show. The way we saw him set and brush the model’s hair was just as enchanting as his warm and inviting personality. A stylist at Frederick Fekkai for nearly 10 years, Marshall has made a name for himself in the industry amongst the fashion elite, styling stars such as Kate Bosworth, Olivia Palmero, Christina Aguilera, Owen Wilson and Coco Rocha as well as working shows for Rachel Zoe, Oscar de la Renta, Valentino, Diane Von Faustenberg, Proenza Schouler, Vera Wang, Thakoon, Rag and Bone, and Rachel Roy. While he was using Fekkai products when we met him, we had to wonder what else the Mane Master swears by. Take a look inside Marshall Lin’s bag…

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  • All the products I use create that no-product-used effect, for hair that looks beautiful and seemingly free of any styling products.
  • Frederic Fekkai Full Blown Volume Lightweight Styling Whip “It gives hair a strong hold, but also a soft touch, allowing many textures to be created. Not sticky at all. It’s like a revolution for the mousse.”

Shazi Visram for B Magazine / Hair by Marshall Lin

Shazi Visram guides Happy Family Brands from its corporate offices in Lower Manhattan. Visram sold the company to Danone for a reported $250 million in 2013, and now Visram is “paying it forward” by investing in other impact entrepreneurs.
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Hair by Marshall Lin . Make up by Anya Sinclair Frankenberg

Shazi Visram guides Happy Family Brands from its corporate offices in Lower Manhattan. Visram sold the company to Danone for a reported $250 million in 2013, and now Visram is “paying it forward” by investing in other impact entrepreneurs.
Photo by John Montre

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Happy Family Brands CEO Shazi Visram is putting her experience as an impact entrepreneur, who successfully sold her company to Danone for a reported $250 million, to work as an impact investor looking to make the world a better place.…

FULL ARTICLE PLEASE CLICK http://www.bthechange.com/topics/people-topics/leadership-people-topics/staying-happy-shift-founder-funder/

4 BEAUTY OXYMORONS THAT WILL CHANGE YOUR LIFE

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BY: TERESA LO

How To Get Silky, Bouncy Locks… When Your Hair Is Dry, Brittle and Damaged

Hair dryers, the sun and chemicals from our dyes and perms tend to fry our precious manes, but that doesn’t mean we can’t get Gigi Hadid’s silky look. To first understand how to fix dry hair, we gotta know what causes it. Dry hair stems from dehydration and open cuticles. Think of cuticles as a protective fortress around the inner layers of the hair shaft. When cuticles are closed, they wrap around the hair, protecting the moisture inside, which gives the hair its shine. When cuticles are open, the moisture escapes, making hair go wild (in a frizzy and dry way). To close the cuticle, Frederic Fekkai hairstylist Marshall Lin suggests using a conditioner mask or Frederic Fekkai serum along with rinsing your hair in ice cold water. “Spend five minutes or more to really rinse your hair squeaky clean with cooler temperature water,” he urges us. “I guarantee your hair will look silky without spending a penny.”

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The Coolest, Least Cheesy Way to Wear Flash Tattoos Now

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We know what you’re thinking—Flash Tattoos are soooo two years ago. We would argue against that, and plus it’s festival season, which means it’s time to take some beauty risks you might not be able to pull off in your regular life (looking at you, rainbow highlighter). Instead of heading to your next festival with fake tats all over your body, this year up the cool factor by blinging out your hair. The process, courtesy of hairstylist Marshall Lin, couldn’t be easier.
First, the bad news: This look isn’t going to work with your undone beachy waves. The good news: Pretty much any other look that you can apply a flatiron to is fair game; think the pulled-back sides of a ponytail or topknot, a sleek sheet of straightened hair, or even the length of a cool braid. All it takes is a temporary tattoo (those leftover ones that have been hanging around the back of your makeup drawer since last summer will work perfectly) and a flatiron.

Start by straightening the section of hair where you want to apply the tattoo until it’s smooth (don’t forget the heat protectant!). Then carefully place the tattoo facedown, just like you would on your skin. But this next step differs from the technique you’d use for skin: Rather than using water, for your hair you’ll gently clamp the heated straightener down over the tattoo, ironing it on, just like those patches you totally needed on your jeans in seventh grade. After giving the tattoo a few seconds to cool down, peel away the backing, and ta-da! Literally the shiniest hair you’ve ever had, just in time for concert season.