Yearly Archives: 2014

Keep Skin Beautiful Year-Round With Natural Suncreen

Summer isn’t the only time to think about sunscreen. Whether it’s hot or cold out, protecting your skin is a daily practice, and should be as routine as it is for the sun to rise every day! Even on cloudy days, we are exposed to the aging effects of the sun’s rays, which is even more reason to get serious about SPF. First off, not all sunscreen is created equal. We recommend choosing a mineral-based sunscreen because it has less chemicals and is gentle on the skin. They don’t leave the skin with a chalky residue, and are great for those of us with sensitive skin types. They are even better for the environment, including being more safe for the oceans we swim in!

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One of the most surprising ways to find a better sunscreen option is to look in the baby supplies aisle. That’s where Butterfly founder and master stylist Kattia Solano discovered TrueBaby “Everyday Play” – an all-natural mineral sunscreen with SPF30+ strength. Kattia says, “I loved the way it smelled when I was using it on my baby girl, and it was so easy to apply. I also started using it myself because if it’s good for her, I know it’s good for me, too!” With organic ingredients like pomegranate juice and jojoba oil, the zinc oxide formula is perfect for year-round protection (without hurting the environment). Another important feature is that it offers “broad spectrum” protection. You always want to look for a product that will block both UVA and UVB rays.

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Most of us know to always apply sunscreen on the face, neck, and chest. “Brands like TrueBaby and La Roche-Posay – another favorite of mine – do not cause my skin to break out and they are light enough to apply makeup over,” says Kattia. Don’t forget to also apply on your hands and feet, especially during sandal season or when wearing open-toed shoes – or even when you’re running errands in a pair of flip-flops. We want to keep all of these areas protected from getting winkles and other blemishes. What you can see is not often all there is to see!

Watch this video to see what our skin (and using sunscreen) really looks like under the sun!

Three Life-changing Joanna Vargas Products for Skin

Butterfly is both proud and thrilled to carry JV skincare’s antioxidant rich brand of skin benefiting products created by top NYC facialist and celebrity esthetician Joanna Vargas. Just one run through of the regimen, and we were hooked on the results from this organic and natural line. Our instantly smooth, even skin and bright, glowy complexion spoke for itself – making clear the reasons for her loyal Hollywood following. Read on to discover the salon’s top three favorites for all skin types and why we now can’t live without them!

DAILY SERUM

Always on demand amongst A-list clients like Michelle Williams, this light gel serum is known as the “green juice for the skin!” We’re obsessed because it firms and tightens right away while bringing out a visible glow in your skin. Supplying high levels of vitamins without an oily texture, this revitalizing elixir will nourish the skin on a long-term basis and increase its ability to regenerate and stay youthful. Apply this refreshing chlorophyl-powered gel on irritated skin, and you’ll see inflammation disappear just as fast as you’ll feel the cooling effect. It’s your instant fix for brighter skin, smoother lines, and mega nourishment. Apply a thin layer on cleansed skin day and night before anything else. This stuff’s so good, you can even skip the eye cream!

Treatment Room Kérastase Rituals

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Express Deep-Conditioning:
Introduction to the Ultimate Experience
Custom prescribed Kerastase Fusio-Dose elixir treatment to instantly rejuvenate hair
$45-55 (add-on to any haircare service)

Spa Experience:
More Exploration to Optimize the Benefits & Integrity of the Hair
Customized hair therapy option to address hair and scalp concerns with neck & shoulder massage. Includes blow dry.
$105+

Chronologiste Treatment:
“The treatment of all hair treatments” for restructuring dry, damaged, weakened, and rebellious hair. Combining an all-in-one treatment complex to give you the ultimate feel of shiny, silky-smooth new hair. Blow dry included.
$150+

Two Awesome New Products for Dry Hair by Kérastase

With the relaunch of the new and improved Nutritive line by Kérastase, come two new products to stop the feeling of “2nd day hair.” Have you noticed the feeling of dryness reappear “too soon” after your beauty routine? Well, your hair deserves to shine for more than a few hours… Now there’s something you can use to make sure your strands stays hydrated – whether you’re getting a blow out at the salon or styling at home. We always like to say that the perfect blow dry is one that makes hair look even better the next day. Here’s why these just-launched products, using the “Iris Royal Complex,” can help you get there.

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TOUCHE PERFECTION – “The most addictive addition”

The first on-the-go nourishment for dry ends, that’s not meant to be left at home. Apply on wet hair to give hair nutrition from roots to ends before styling. As a finishing touch on dry hair, it shields the ends of the hair any time of the day, just like a lip balm. Its formula combines the “Iris Royal Complex” with a polymer to enhance manageability and keep ends under control. As a bonus, it contains UV-filters against sun exposure. (You always want to make sure your leave-in conditioner offers protection!)

Technique: Warm up a small amount between your fingers. Gently apply to ends, allowing the natural heat from your hands to soften and smooth hair whenever, wherever. Repeat anytime to wrap hair with nourishment and tame ends for instant strand-satisfaction.

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IMMERSION NUTRITIVE: “The most replenishing nutrition”

Extreme dryness now has a new enemy – a pre-shampoo treatment to replenish dry, parched hair. Pre-cleansing your hair before the shampoo is a new ritual to try in your regimen for fast, effective nourishing care. This product pre-treats the hair, preparing it to be more “receptive,” and therefore makes products that follow work better. We recommend choosing a moisturizing haircare line for best results.

Technique: Apply on dry or slightly damp hair only. Use your hands to gently apply the product onto the entire length of the hair and saturate. You will feel the infusion melt onto the fiber of your hair – as though hugging it, and giving it that much needed TLC! Rinse off and shampoo (apply a little conditioner on the ends, only if needed to help brush through). With its sorbet-like texture, your strands will feel relaxed, supple, and replenished.

Girl On-The-Go: “Weekend” Braid & Easy Updo Trick

 Hair – Jason J Dougherty // Makeup – Cristina Marroquin // Photography – Edwin Pabon

Wear this fun and relaxed braid out to brunch with friends, shopping, a day outdoors, or a weekend stroll. To make sure your look stays put together, stylist Jason J Dougherty suggests creating an inverted braid instead of just pulling your hair into a side pony. Then glam it up for those dinner plans with a quick pull, tuck, and pin to transition the style. Here’s how!

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“The Weekend Braid is my variation on the side ponytail or braid. Perfect for any summer weekend outing, it’s easy and undone in a functional way. I did an inverted braid from the left and worked it into the side-braid pony, then pinned up. With just three bobby pins you can completely transform this into a sophisticated evening style.” -Jason J Dougherty

 

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Trend 101 – Time To Get BRONDE!

Trend Report by master color specialist Min Kim
We may still be in the middle of summer (and in case you forgot, just step outside and feel all that wonderful humid air ruining that lovely blowout) but, alas, all good things must come to an end. That’s why it’s never too early to start thinking about your fall hair, which really means thinking about one thing… Balayage! It’s the hair color option that’s truly for everyone. There is no doubting balayage and all of the reasons why it’s the way to go now or next season. Choose from the placement of a few accent pieces, a softer overall result, or something more fun like…(drum roll please)…the BRONDE!
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For the ever-changing #butterflybabes out there (or the ladies who want to be), a BRONDE look is an easy way to try a completely different color while still keeping what you were born with. Or not! Because the lightest pieces are on the ends, you can push the limits with color while still maintaining the natural tones closest to your face. For most of us who are always at work, our hair color doesn’t even come close to looking any different than it did in February. (Even after that weekend in Fire Island.) Thankfully, we now have the BRONDE technique… It’s a great way to lighten up those ends and give your strands a FAKE-a-tion with that sun-kissed look you’ve longed for since you had summers off.

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Just take a look at Chrissy Teigen’s hair color evolution recently, or our gorgeous founder Kattia Solano… Total BRONDE Babe Alert! If you are more daring, then you can just as easily pull off the same look with an edge by adjusting your natural base to something darker or more red (such as a dark chocolate or mocha for brunettes), warmer or cooler (strawberry or sand for blondes) – and if you really like to play, try pastels or super vivid toned ends. Always remember that with this extension of the balayage trend, your options are truly endless. Have fun and happy BRONDEing!

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Balayage Highlights… The Hair Color Trend For Everyone! [Video]

Before haircuts & post-color styling: Vanessa Fernandez
Highlights and hair color: Min Kim
Makeup: Francesca Roman

Balayage is…
the art of hair color
unique to every hair type
a customized technique
movement
gentle
soft – or bold
for blondes, reds, & brunettes
beautiful
natural
sun-kissed
versatile
low-maintenance
long-lasting
playful and fun
like blush or bronzer for the hair
a way to try “Sombré”
a way to send your hair on a “FAKE-ation” with “Bronde”
a start to your fall style
HERE TO STAY!

Bold Summer Strokes – Going Platinum A Different Way

Everyone wants to go bolder and look brighter during the summer. So, why not get there with your hair color? In 2014, more people have embraced a platinum hue than in any other year – and now that we’re all finally getting a taste of the warm weather, the trend is only growing stronger. Even natural blondes are putting in requests to go lighter and asking for something new to make their locks sparkle! What many people find surprising about platinum is that the color isn’t just packaged as one universal shade of white blonde. You can choose anything from an ultra white to pale blonde, dusty gray to silver, beige to soft gold, etc. What’s even better is that you can also achieve this highly coveted look by having “a little bit of this and a bit of that.” And for the record, there’s no need to get scared off by the term “bleach out” because there are other, gentler ways of getting the effect!

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For those of you who prefer a little bit of contrast or if you’re interested in a less dramatic version of a hot platinum look, we have come up with a happy medium! We recommend using the balayage highlighting method to create more customized results by mixing together a combination of platinum and golden tones. It’s also a more delicate approach, which is a particularly great option for fine haired blondes. Butterfly’s salon founder and master stylist Kattia Solano says, “This color is about enhancing the right pieces to help create movement and add nice definition to a haircut. The punchy blonde pieces are brilliantly bold but still blend well around the face.”

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It might appear as though we’re taking out a chunky hair piece during color application but as we work through the technique, it’s more about covering a larger section with different strokes to blend the boldness through the length. It’s an amazing way to bring out longer styles. It even makes waves and braids look extra stunning! If you’ve been looking for a low-maintenance hair color that can easily get you through to the fall season without a touch-up, look no further. Ask for a light golden blonde with shiny hits of platinum to revamp your shade!

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Girl On-The-Go: “Date Night” Braid

 Hair – Jason J Dougherty // Makeup – Cristina Marroquin // Photography – Edwin Pabon

We all want to look great for our date. In the summer, the excitement of getting ready often gets replaced with concerns about controlling our hair frizz. Luckily, the solution is as simple as a braided ‘do. Braids offer a fun way to accessorize your features, your makeup, your earrings, or your outfit. The benefits of pulling up your hair into a braid are practical, too. A style such as Jason’s half crown braid, half loose side knot is fast to create and it wears well. It’s something you can feel comfortable in AND confident about all night!

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“I created a more versatile take on the crown braid by pairing a textured, sexy braid with a messy bun. It’s a less polished version, which is a lot more flirty and stylish without appearing overdone. What makes this pulled back braid a perfect choice for a night out is its added texture. This transforms the hairstyle into a much more effortless yet romantic look, and you will also find that it helps in making it easier to achieve. In short, we’re combining two braids, teasing, and then tucking the hair into a loose shape. To get the right kind of textured look, don’t forget to rub the braid with your hands for that undone finish.” -Jason J Dougherty

 

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Summer Makeup Trend: Bright, Blue-Green Eyeliner

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Make your eyes pop this season with a color liner underneath! It’s a safe way to street test that bright shade you’ve had your eye on – and with just a single line of color, this fun look is subtle enough to pull off anywhere. Try a hue with a bit of blue and a little green, such as a bright teal, aquamarine, or turquoise liner. Butterfly Studio founder Kattia Solano says loves her eyeliner pencils by Delux Beauty because they are creamy and stay on all day! A blueish-green shade is trending for summer because the fresh color will instantly open up the eye area. It also works well on most hair and skin tones. Kattia suggests pairing your eye makeup with a light lipstick in a natural or pale pink tone, and going with a lighter brow using a pencil like Kevin Aucoin’s Warm Blonde. “It’s a great way to glam up this summer without using too much makeup!”

Butterfly founder, master stylist Kattia Solano sports an accent of splashy turquoise.

Butterfly founder, master stylist Kattia Solano sports an accent of splashy turquoise.

When lining, the best technique is to draw from the inside out. For a more subdued hint of color, create a thinner line or apply liner with a gentle pressure and blend to soften the look. You can also use a colored eye shadow. Be sure to add a basic black or rich brown liner along the top lash line for depth – and don’t forget to open the eyes with a stroke of mascara for contrast! If you’re going bolder, draw a wider line and layer on the color for more pigment, or apply parallel to a black liquid liner. False lashes are another great way to make the look even more party or evening appropriate. For extra drama, use your blue-green to create a colored smoky eye and extend your line a bit farther out. A metallic liner, loose iridescent shimmer, or glitter can also help to enhance those blues and greens!

 

Short Hair Chic: Dry to Sleek Flipped Sidepart

Senior stylist Vanessa Fernandez gives easy how-to tips to help transform a grown out pixie, crop, or shoulder length haircut!

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1. Prep hair with a styling cream like Oribe’s Creme for Style. I love Creme because it holds and moisturizes the hair, creating an ideal base for the firmer gel product which will be applied later. This will allow some leeway in the structure to achieve that softer wet look we’re going for.

2. Blow hair back away from the face with low elevation. That means your aim is to maintain the brush closer to the scalp and not so far away from the head as you blow dry.

3. When dry, apply Rock Hard Gel by Oribe and choose your hair part. Don’t be afraid to go low and create a deep side part. It’s always a bit more fashion forward and will help your hairstyle look more sexy and feminine. Use a comb to help you distribute the product evenly until hair is moldable.

* If you’re trying this look on wet hair, it is better to start with a straight to slightly wavy hair texture. Apply an oil first and then saturate the hair with gel before finding a side part and combing it through. If you have curly hair, the wet look requires an extra step. Before going in with the products, you should help tame it down first. The best practice is to blow out your hair into a smoother look before beginning Step 1.

5. Last step is to apply a shiny finish to your mane’s surface by using hair spray. My pick is Shine Reflecting Spray by Oribe. It gives hair an excellent reflective effect and provides a protective veil to keep your style lasting.

*Make your look even more uniquely you by adding in a fun hair accessory. Criss-cross two wide bobby pins for a stylish and minimal way to accentuate your smooth side part. It will help hold the look, too!

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Platinum Fix – A Color Transformation

We are all about DIY beauty, but box hair color is one thing that we as professionals always stress to stay away from. A touch-up here and there or that emergency situation that requires at-home or away-from-home coloring is understandable… However, doing so consistently often only adds up to damage, uneven color depositing, and inconsistent results. The good news is there is always a way to iron out these issues and get hair into better shape. When someone walks through our doors feeling that enough is enough, we are excited for the opportunity to offer our guidance and turn disadvantages into shiny, swoon-worthy strands!

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All it takes is a consultation to better weigh out your options and get that honest analysis about your current hair state (which only a pro can give!). That’s exactly what happened when a bleached blonde NYC college student came by the salon seeking corrective help. She admitted to doing her hair herself, and as a result, was struggling with a lot of breakage on top, dull color, and overgrown roots in the back. Butterfly color expert Patricia Nigro knew exactly what was needed to even things out and make her blonde mane happy again!

“Overlapping color through at-home application is a common error which causes breakage. In my client’s case, she was also missing random pieces in the back! I recommended a Kérastase FusioDose reparative treatment to strengthen her fine hair and create a stronger seal for beautiful, lasting color. We gently bleached the roots along with some of the back lengths to even out the missing patches and bring her shade up to bright and pretty platinum.” – Patricia

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Summer Makeup Tips from Francesca Roman

“Who said red lipstick is just for nighttime? Adding in a daily pop of color can be as easy as trying on a new shade of bright crimson on your lips!” Butterfly’s master makeup artist Francesca Roman is always inspiring us with her beauty ideas – and now she’s doing it on her Instagram, too! Next time you’re feeling bored with your makeup routine, consider adding in any of the fun tips below to help guide you to a beautiful, summery look!

 


Summer style must-haves include bold lips, groomed eyebrows, and dewy-skin foundation application. An accent of a little color on bottom with defined brows on top enhance features to create an overall minimal makeup look focusing on the natural beauty of the face. “It’s a quick and easy touch up for my clients when on the run.” Francesca’s favorites include Kevyn Aucoin’s “Liquid Airbursh Foundation” with “Celestial Skin Liquid Lighting,” and “The Precision Brow Pencil.” Pro Tip – Brush out brows after applying product for a softer look.


The summer season demands a new kind of smoky eye. You can skip the charcoal black and still get that smoky eyed effect without using dark colors. “Try bronze shimmer shadows instead. Loose, pressed, or cream textures are a great way to keep the look sultry!” A bronze eye shadow is a sleek and smoldering choice… the right hue can give your eyelids a glossy, slightly wet appearance.


If eyelash extensions or false eyelash strips are not for you, try a different approach… Individual Eyelashes! “It’s every makeup artist’s secret for a more natural, full lash look.” They come in small, medium, and large sizes and are just as fun and flirty as they are subtle. “You can get your lashes sized up by a pro in just a few short minutes. The great thing about the service is we can customize the lashes to a level you’re completely comfortable with.” Plus, they stay on better!


The number one rule for a great eye makeup look is having a good brow to frame it. You’ll actually need less makeup if your brows are well defined! “Eyebrows come in all shapes and sizes… but it’s up to experts like me to keep them naturally pretty and well groomed. All brows should be shaped to look fuller and be tailored to you!”


The change of weather means it’s time to go shopping for a few new additions to your makeup bag – and the warmer climate means it’s time to take it up a notch! “It’s all about shimmer and bronzed, glossy skin right now. And don’t forget the bright and metallic liquid liners to add a little summer dazzle!” Francesca’s new purchases include goodies from NARS cosmetics and Urban Decay.


Are you a fan of trying on-trend colors like light golds and greens? Tip – Use loose shimmer powders (alone or layer on top) to create a luminescent and sheer veil across eyelids. My go-to for sparkling eyes are “Citrine” and “Jade” by Kevin Aucoin.

Makeup Tutorial: Glitter Smoky Eyes For Summer

(Photos & Content by Emely Tavaras)

Francesca Roman, master makeup artist of the New York based Butterfly Studio Salon, shares her fresh and lively “alternative to the smokey eye,” a look ready to be featured during long summer days and nights. This versatile look will bring new life to all outfits. Make your mark this summer by following these easy and simple steps! – – – via Hooked at Hey Hey Gorgeous

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Before getting started, prep face with Kevyn Aucoin Skin Perfecting Primer, Sensual Skin Enhancer, and Liquid Airbrush Foundation. Priming a face before applying makeup will make colors vibrant and last longer.

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Using the Kevyn Aucoin Single Powder in “Bronze,” brush on a base on both eyelids.

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Brush on a second layer of Kevyn Aucoin Loose Shimmer Pigment Eyeshadow in “Jade” and blend in.

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With steady hands, brush a thin line along the outer edge of each eyelid with Urban Decay Liquid Eyeliner in “El Dorado.” Repeat under the eye, this time from the tear duct to the corner, shaping the eyeshadow and creating a “cat eye” effect.

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Bring the volume to your lashes by applying Kevyn Aucoin Volume Mascara in “Pitch Black.”

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TIP: For a fuller look, use individual lashes to add in an extra flirtatious touch and volume across the eye but still give the appearance of a natural, fluttery look. Secure false lashes by lightly pressing down on the top and bottom lashes.

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Apply and contour Nars “Laguna” Bronzer and “Super Orgasm” Blush to cheeks to illuminate the eye area and bring out the shades of silver and gold.

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As a final touch, add your favorite light colored gloss to lips. This will brighten up the look and pull everything together!

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Daenerys DIY: Two Tiered Braids from Game of Thrones

Hair by Butterfly stylist Dana Tizzio  |  Photos by Caroline Voagen Nelson

(View original article at bellasugar.com)

“We’ve already shared our admiration for Daenerys’s plaited platinum locks, but this intricate weave is truly on a throne of its own! Just in time for the Game of Thrones finale, we asked hairstylist Dana Tizzio of Butterfly Studio Salon to break down all the steps ahead for getting this two-tiered inside-out french braid ourselves. Trust us — you’ll no longer want to hide away in exile with this style that demands to be seen (and respected).” – POPSUGAR

After blow-drying hair into soft waves, draw a middle part and spray Shu Uemura Sheer Lacquer ($41) to add shine and eliminate flyaways.

After blow-drying hair into soft waves, draw a middle part and spray Shu Uemura Sheer Lacquer ($41) to add shine and eliminate flyaways.

Next, section off the top one-fourth of hair, and tie away the rest with an elastic or clip.

Next, section off the top one-fourth of hair, and tie away the rest with an elastic or clip.

Work a dollop of Shu Uemura Shape Paste ($45) through your hands, and rub each section of hair into your palms as you grab them to add hold to the braid. Start out with three pieces of hair, just as you would a typical french braid.

Work a dollop of Shu Uemura Shape Paste ($45) through your hands, and rub each section of hair into your palms as you grab them to add hold to the braid. Start out with three pieces of hair, just as you would a typical french braid.

Create the inside-out french braid (aka dutch braid) by crossing each section under the center strand, instead of over. This will make the braid appear to be sitting on top of the head rather than embedded within the hair.

Create the inside-out french braid (aka dutch braid) by crossing each section under the center strand, instead of over. This will make the braid appear to be sitting on top of the head rather than embedded within the hair.

"Keep your hands as close to the scalp as possible to keep the braid tight," advised Tizzio. Also, make sure to weave so that the top sections stretch all the way to the edge of the braided zone, instead of allowing the braid to sit directly in the middle of it.

“Keep your hands as close to the scalp as possible to keep the braid tight,” advised Tizzio. Also, make sure to weave so that the top sections stretch all the way to the edge of the braided zone, instead of allowing the braid to sit directly in the middle of it.

Continue to dutch braid till you reach the back of the head; then form a short traditional braid at the end to hold everything in place, and clip it off.

Continue to dutch braid till you reach the back of the head; then form a short traditional braid at the end to hold everything in place, and clip it off.

Repeat this inside-out braid on the other side of the head.

Repeat this inside-out braid on the other side of the head.

Again, weave till you reach the back of the scalp, form a few rows of a traditional braid to hold your work in place and give yourself some extra length, then connect the two sides together with a clear elastic at the base of the head.

Again, weave till you reach the back of the scalp, form a few rows of a traditional braid to hold your work in place and give yourself some extra length, then connect the two sides together with a clear elastic at the base of the head.

Take a section from the bottom of the ponytail, spritz it with hair spray, and comb it through so it's smooth and the hair spray gets evenly distributed. Then, wrap it around the elastic.

Take a section from the bottom of the ponytail, spritz it with hair spray, and comb it through so it’s smooth and the hair spray gets evenly distributed. Then, wrap it around the elastic.

Instead of securing the wrap with a traditional pin, Tizzio created a "liquid bobby pin" by blasting the ends of the strand with hair spray and running over it with a curling iron to seal it in place!

Instead of securing the wrap with a traditional pin, Tizzio created a “liquid bobby pin” by blasting the ends of the strand with hair spray and running over it with a curling iron to seal it in place!

This is what the style should look like after the first braided tier is complete.

This is what the style should look like after the first braided tier is complete.

Next, create the second tier by grabbing a horizontal section of hair from the top of the ear. Clip the remaining hair away.

Next, create the second tier by grabbing a horizontal section of hair from the top of the ear. Clip the remaining hair away.

Repeat the dutch braid technique by weaving under instead of over. Again, be sure the top sections stretch all the way to the end of the braided zone so that the braid sits on top of the ear instead of at the temple in the middle.

Repeat the dutch braid technique by weaving under instead of over. Again, be sure the top sections stretch all the way to the end of the braided zone so that the braid sits on top of the ear instead of at the temple in the middle.

Dutch braid to the back of the head, form a traditional braid to hold it all in place and add some length, and tie it off with a clip or elastic.

Dutch braid to the back of the head, form a traditional braid to hold it all in place and add some length, and tie it off with a clip or elastic.

Repeat this inside-out braid again on the other side.

Repeat this inside-out braid again on the other side.

Once the weave hits the back of the head, start another short traditional braid, and tie it off.

Once the weave hits the back of the head, start another short traditional braid, and tie it off.

Gather the top section and both bottom braids together, and secure the entire bundle with an elastic about two or three inches down from the first ponytail.

Gather the top section and both bottom braids together, and secure the entire bundle with an elastic about two or three inches down from the first ponytail.

Take another small section of hair from underneath the ponytail, spritz on some hair spray, comb it through, and wrap it around the base.

Take another small section of hair from underneath the ponytail, spritz on some hair spray, comb it through, and wrap it around the base.

Create a second "liquid bobby pin" by dousing the ends of the strand in hair spray and running a curling iron over it to lock the wrap in place. If you need to further reinforce this thicker ponytail wrap, Tizzio said to feel free to use a traditional pin.

Create a second “liquid bobby pin” by dousing the ends of the strand in hair spray and running a curling iron over it to lock the wrap in place. If you need to further reinforce this thicker ponytail wrap, Tizzio said to feel free to use a traditional pin.

Finally, pull on the outer sides of each braided section to make the weave wider. "This gives the style a more modern look," Tizzio explained.

Finally, pull on the outer sides of each braided section to make the weave wider. “This gives the style a more modern look,” Tizzio explained.

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Game of Thrones DIY – Daenerys’ Braids & Waves

View original article by POPSUGAR at bellasugar.com
Hair by Butterfly stylist Dana Tizzio  |  Photos by Caroline Voagen Nelson

STEP 1 - First, blow-dry hair into soft waves, then run a pump or two of Shu Uemura Essence Absolue Nourishing Protective Oil ($69) through the lengths for smoothness and shine.

STEP 1 – First, blow-dry hair into soft waves, then run a pump or two of Shu Uemura Essence Absolue Nourishing Protective Oil ($69) through the lengths for smoothness and shine.

STEP 2 - Draw a side part, then scrape a dime-sized amount of Shu Uemura Touch of Gloss Brilliant Melt-In Balm ($38) through the top of the hair to add some grip to your silky blowout, which allows the braid to hold better. "It's more of a feminine pomade that has some glitter in it, smells good, and it looks like lip gloss," said Tizzio.

STEP 2 – Draw a side part, then scrape a dime-sized amount of Shu Uemura Touch of Gloss Brilliant Melt-In Balm ($38) through the top of the hair to add some grip to your silky blowout, which allows the braid to hold better. “It’s more of a feminine pomade that has some glitter in it, smells good, and it looks like lip gloss,” said Tizzio.

STEP 3 - Take three sections of hair at the front of the head, and start weaving a normal french braid on one side. "A french braid at the beginning gives the waterfall braid a more secure foundation," Tizzio explained.

STEP 3 – Take three sections of hair at the front of the head, and start weaving a normal french braid on one side. “A french braid at the beginning gives the waterfall braid a more secure foundation,” Tizzio explained.

STEP 4 - As you weave, make sure to grab long rectangular sections of hair on top to give the braid the cleanest and most uniform look.

STEP 4 – As you weave, make sure to grab long rectangular sections of hair on top to give the braid the cleanest and most uniform look.

STEP 5 - Once you've french braided a couple rows, begin the waterfall by crossing the top section over to the middle, then dropping that section down so it hangs.

STEP 5 – Once you’ve french braided a couple rows, begin the waterfall by crossing the top section over to the middle, then dropping that section down so it hangs.

STEP 6 - Next, replace the dropped section by grabbing a new chunk of hair right next to the hanging section from the bottom, and continue the french braid as usual by crossing that piece over into the middle.

STEP 6 – Next, replace the dropped section by grabbing a new chunk of hair right next to the hanging section from the bottom, and continue the french braid as usual by crossing that piece over into the middle.

STEP 7 - Continue this technique by persisting to add hair to the top section as you would a standard french braid, dropping that piece when you cross it over to the middle to create the waterfall. Again, pick up a replacement chunk next to that section, and repeat. Once you reach the back of the head, form a normal braid out of the three remaining pieces all the way to the ends.

STEP 7 – Continue this technique by persisting to add hair to the top section as you would a standard french braid, dropping that piece when you cross it over to the middle to create the waterfall. Again, pick up a replacement chunk next to that section, and repeat. Once you reach the back of the head, form a normal braid out of the three remaining pieces all the way to the ends.

STEP 8 - Tie off the braid with a clear elastic.

STEP 8 – Tie off the braid with a clear elastic.

STEP 9 - Repeat the waterfall braid on the other side of the head.

STEP 9 – Repeat the waterfall braid on the other side of the head.

STEP 10 - Continue waterfall braiding until you reach the back of the head, then standard braid all the way to the tips.

STEP 10 – Continue waterfall braiding until you reach the back of the head, then standard braid all the way to the tips.

STEP 11 - Again, secure this second braid with another clear elastic.

STEP 11 – Again, secure this second braid with another clear elastic.

STEP 12 - Twist both sections around each other, and secure it at the end with a third clear elastic.

STEP 12 – Twist both sections around each other, and secure it at the end with a third clear elastic.

STEP 13 - Pull out a few tendrils in front, and wrap them around the barrel of a curling iron, making sure to curl away from the face

STEP 13 – Pull out a few tendrils in front, and wrap them around the barrel of a curling iron, making sure to curl away from the face

Also curl each fallen section of hair in the waterfall braid to draw more attention to them. "This clip less curling iron with a barrel that goes from fat to small gives you beachier, more modern waves than a standard one," said Dana Tizzio.

Also curl each fallen section of hair in the waterfall braid to draw more attention to them. “This clip less curling iron with a barrel that goes from fat to small gives you beachier, more modern waves than a standard one,” said Dana Tizzio.

STEP 15 - Finish by spritzing on Shu Uemura Texture Wave Dry Workable Spray ($32) and raking your fingers through the lengths to break up and soften the coils.

STEP 15 – Finish by spritzing on Shu Uemura Texture Wave Dry Workable Spray ($32) and raking your fingers through the lengths to break up and soften the coils.

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