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.

 

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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.”

 

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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.

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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

 

 

Back-to-school haircuts

Parents, it’s that time of the year again. To make your back-to-school duties a little easier, Marshall Lin shares his top looks for kids to look smart and stylish.

“The most important thing is to keep the haircuts simple because the hairline, scalp and hair of children are always changing, and so, strong layers and textures may not be the best for them. Here’s what you can try instead:

Girls
Play with length. Medium-length hairstyles are hot right now and they will show off their faces perfectly.

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Bobs and bangs can never go wrong. The girls will always look so cute and chic.

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But young girls will always love long hair. With long hair, keep the style simple and condition well.

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Boys
I love a natural look on boys. Just make sure the hair is kept clean and is evenly proportioned.

 

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For a simple and smart-looking cut, keep his hair longer on top and shorter on the sides. I guarantee that he’ll get plenty of compliments.”

 

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How to get perfect beach waves

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Summer is almost over, but you can make the best out of what’s left by trying these easy steps for sexy beach waves.

  • Find a good beach product, a sea salt infused styling spray, and spray a generous amount on your hair.
  • Make sure that your hair gets about 50% wet with product and then braid your hair. The braid will create a natural-looking pattern.
  • Sit outdoors and let the sun do its magic. Do not undo the braid until you feel that your hair is almost dry.
  • Undo the braid, spray more product, and scrunch your hair up.

If you’ve already got naturally wavy hair, you can get away with products that have a light texture, if not, choose something that is richer. But no matter what, remember not to spray the product directly on your scalp and pick products with UV protection.

Ta da, Instagram-worthy beach waves.

-Marshall Lin

Credits:  Marshall Lin (hair); Janet Liu (make-up); Kenneth Sim (photography); Magdalena Martynowizc (model)

Summer breeze makes me feel fine

As summer comes to an end, we reminisce about the exhilarating projects the season has brought. Here, the Sirin Bloom Electric Blooms collection campaign, which truly captures the essence of a cool, (not cruel), cool summer. Sexy beach waves we will miss you and your effortless spirit.

Hair: Marshall Lin

Model: Magdalena Martynowizc

Photography: Kenneth Sim

Make-up: Janet Liu

 

 

Marshall says: The best treatment for your hair is FREE

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People often ask me why their hair still looks and feels dry even after using the best hair treatment products. One of the reasons for that are open hair cuticles. When you wash your hair with hot water, the cuticles open up and the goodness from the products get absorbed in, but if you don’t seal the cuticles after, even the most expensive products will seem ineffective because your hair will not retain any of it.

Here is one of the most effective ways to seal those cuticles:

  1. Wet a towel that is big enough for your head with cold water from the tap. Avoid using ice-cold water because you don’t want to “shock” your scalp.            
  2. Place the towel on your scalp and hair with a little bit of pressure until the towel is no longer cold. Do this every time after conditioning your hair. The towel ensures that your scalp gets a longer and more direct contact with cold water than just simply rinsing it under cold water. It’s also going to be a lot more comfortable for you in the dead of winter.

It’s the cheapest treatment out there. You’ll notice a healthier scalp, and softer hair as your hair shaft can finally retain moisture.  Think of this like putting toner on your face. You hair will thank you for this.