The Coolest, Least Cheesy Way to Wear Flash Tattoos Now


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.

This Backstage Beauty Spritz Is A Must-Have For Heat-Styled Hair

Photo by Ben Hider

Article from by Nikki Brown


And it smells delicious!

Whenever women ask me for makeup advice, the first thing I tell them is to always prime. It’s important to coat your skin in protection you can actually feel and of course, it should always include SPF. This week, I’ve been reminded that this beauty rule also applies to hair.

Although butters and oils are considered protective humectants for textured tresses, they aren’t always ideal when using heat tools. So, what’s a beauty junkie supposed to do when he/she wants bone straight locks without the added weight of heavy ingredients?

I found the cure while perusing Pamella Roland’s backstage area at NYFW.

This season, the designer tasked Fekkai with making sure everyone’s hair was on point and I was able to witness firsthand how each product meshes with natural hair. Long story short: it works! Lead stylist Marshall Lin told me that the Blowout Primer is specifically amazing (and highly recommended) because of its versatility.

“We use the primer a lot because you can comb it through the hair, make it workable, but when it’s dry, it still feels clean,” he dished while working with a model’s mane.

You also don’t need to worry about it adding texture to whatever you’ve already worked into each strand. What makes the primer so magical is that it’s crazy lightweight, despite being infused with castor oil, which is perfect for maintaining scalp health and regrowing your hair. It also smells delicious!

I’d highly suggest picking up a can of this smell-good elixir before you grab the flat iron. Purchase it here and stay tuned for more NYFW updates!

Gabrielle Bernstein for Marshall’s Chair

Cover hair by Marshall Lin / Photo by  Chloe Crespi


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, ‘Judgment Detox’

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.)


Photography by Alison Wedewer// hair by Marshall Lin// hair color by David Michaud// make-up by Yelena K Beauty

Eight things to know about Marshall Lin



Marshall Lin talks about his childhood, approach to hair, and dreams.

As a child, friends wanted him to style their hair

“I was about eight when I started fiddling around with my hair, and it must have looked really good because all my guy friends started asking me to style their hair (grunge was in and we all had our hair kinda long and styled messy). Physical appearances are very important to me, it’s something that I got from my grandfather, who always looked impeccable even when he was just going to the grocery store.”

Call him a beauty creator

“I’d rather be known as a beauty creator than just a hairstylist. It’s a term that motivates me. For all of us in the beauty industry, we strive to help people maximize their beauty.”



A good haircut starts from observing the bone structure

“Before starting a haircut, I’ll always look at the client’s bone structure first. It helps me determine the best length and angles for that person. Then I’ll move on to looking at the shadows that each haircut would potentially create. That’s not all. When you’re in my chair, be prepared for a lot of questions about your lifestyle. It’s not that I want to pry, but knowing things like, whether you get your eyebrows done professionally, if you usually wear make-up, or if you wear glasses, helps me decide what styles would suit you.

Punk will never die

“Edgy style defines me. I spent the earlier years of my life in Hong Kong, which was heavily influenced by British culture – punk was a big part of it. I was born way after the wave, but punk never dies.”



Even the way people talk inspires him

I can find inspiration in just about anything – the color of the sky, architecture, books, news, and even in the way people’s hair move when they talk excitedly.

Everyone should get a luxury haircut

“People always ask why my haircuts are so expensive. They’ll ask: ‘How good can it be?’. What you’re paying for are the little details – perfect angles, flattering shadows that your hair will create on your face, and I’ll know what hair concerns you have even before you’ve realized it. But I’m not just providing a haircut,  I’m also giving you impeccable service – I’ll remember how you like your coffee, the magazines that you like to read, and provide a listening ear. You’ll feel completely relaxed when you’re in the salon with me. I understand not everyone can afford my service that easily, but it will be worth it.”

2000 people get their hair cut by him every year

“It’s like falling in love with 2,000 people every year – each encounter is a beautiful and sweet experience. I believe that to be successful in this job you need to get to know the people who go to you in a deep and genuine way, only then can you bring out their best.”


He’ll never be satisfied with his work

“To me, success is measured by the number of people I can impact, and there will always be so many more people out there for me to work my magic on.”

Interview with Beauty Gazette

Original article from Singapore-based beauty website Beauty Gazette


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Marshall Lin’s story is the kind of story that makes you believe dreams do come true in the Big Apple.

Like so many others, he moved to NYC from Hong Kong with his family when he was 14.

At 15, he found himself apprenticing in a salon. He lied that he was 16 – afterall, age is just a number to be manipulated – just so that he would seem old enough.

“I was young, wild, active, creative; I love to meet girls. All the right elements to be a good hairstylist,” he says.

And meet girls he did.

Today, Lin has a long waiting list; and has groomed and styled A-listers such as Kate Bosworth, Olivia Palmero, Christina Aguilera and Coco Rocha.

With more than two decades of experience backstage and on editorial shoots, Lin is now known for his signature effortless #wokeuplikethis #coolgirl cuts.

Lin talks all things hair with The Beauty Gazette.

What, in your opinion, does a good hairstyle look like?

A good haircut should show off and frame your bone structure, this includes the bone around the eye socket, the cheek bones, jaw line and collar bones. The angle of the cut should highlight and flatter the contours of your face. A good cut can also strategically soften the features you like less. For instance, the shadow of a mid-length fringe can hide a razor-sharp cheek bone, while a bob that ends at the jaw line can make a round face look more defined.

A good hairstyle and a good haircut are two different things. A good hairstyle makes you feel confident with the way your hair looks so you’re not afraid to show it off.





Which is better? Sticking to a signature hairstyle that defines you? Or experiment all the time?

Always try to have fun with your hair.

As a professional hairstylist, I always keep two things in mind – beauty and trends.

I always consider what looks good on the person sitting in my chair because not all trends are suitable for everyone. With that said, trendy elements can be important to help one look fresh and fun.

Any tips on how one can get a good hair day, everyday, but without too much fuss?

Many people apply tons of haircare products, but still complain that they don’t see any results. One reason is the condition of their hair cuticles. Think about the pores on your face, and how you would apply an astringent toner to tighten them after you’ve washed it.

Similarly, after you’ve washed your hair in the shower, rinse your locks with cold water to seal the cuticles, so that your hair will retain whatever conditioning products that you’ve used. I guarantee that you’ll notice silkier hair.

Also, find a styling product that works for you. If you hair needs more texture, find some good light wax for that extra touch. If you want more volume, look for a good dry shampoo or light hairspray for more lift.

That said, less is more. If you have a good haircut, you don’t have to fuss too much over your hair. So be loyal to a good hairstylist. And love the natural texture of your hair.

As Diane von Furstenberg once said: “What makes you attractive is being yourself, being natural, being unaware.”



Who are some of your best celebrity clients? And why do you think they have stuck with you when there are so many good hairstylists in NYC?

This is a tough question because I love all my clients. But I’ve developed a really deep relationship with model Selita Ebanks. I’ve been cutting her hair for many years, and she never lets anyone else near her hair.

A good hairstylist has mad skills, including people skills. Each time you see them, you’ve got to make it seem like it’s the first time you are meeting them. Keep them informed about what you’re doing with their hair. Also, listen and remember everything that they’ve told you about themselves. It’s all about the connection and trust. I would even go so far as to say that one’s relationship with a good hairstylist is as important as their own marriage. Because they can ensure that you will never have another bad hair day.



Which are some of your favorite hair care and hairstyling products?

I love my products to feel clean and fresh, never heavy; products that create a lot of movement and texture without too much build-up.

Frederic Fekkai – Blowout Hair Refresher Dry Shampoo, and Full Volume Mousse.
Oribe – Dry Texturizing Spray, and Rough Luxury Soft Molding Paste.
L’Oreal – Elnett Satin Hairspray