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!
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!
Butterfly founder and professional hair guru Kattia Solano sat down with go-to beauty source HOOKED (via Hey Hey Gorgeous!), to talk about the benefits of deep conditioning and how to keep our hair in amazing shape during winter.
1. How often should your hair be deep conditioned? Does it need to be conditioned more frequently in the winter?
If you have damaged or dry hair, a deep conditioning treatment or hair mask should be done two to three times week. If you wash your hair only once to twice a week, you should be using a hair mask each time instead of a conditioner— which is normally too light for thicker, long hair types. In the winter, it’s always recommended to bump up moisture in your hair regimen because the air is more dry. To avoid any dryness or static, do this more frequently. When recommended by your stylist, making in-salon treatments a habit during your visit is important to jump start addressing any hair issues. The high concentration in the formulas and concern-specific technology transform hair immediately, with results that last for weeks after to help maintain hair. Kerastase FusioDose is our go-to because each vial is completely customized – with the option of taking home a treatment set (Homelab) for upkeep, prescribed by the expert and tailor-made for your current hair state.
2. What is the main ingredient to look for in a deep conditioner?
There are many great ingredients out there that work according to hair type. Start by asking yourself what you like least about your hair and go from there.
If your main concern is weakened, brittle, and damaged hair, you want to look for strengthening and repair-centric ingredients over anything else. Revitalizing the hair is number one. Color treated hair might want ingredients that help with shine and smoothing the hair. For normal to thick hair experiencing dryness, you want to look for ultra nourishing ingredients—like an oil based treatment using argan or camellia oil with a combination of any vitamins, antioxidants, and ceramides that will benefit hair.
3. Is it possible to over condition your hair and cause breakage?
No, but sometimes hair can become oversensitive when compromised by bleach or chemical relaxers—which can turn treating hair with too much protein into overuse. Your hair will start to feel stiff or hard. The solution is to balance with a more moisturizing conditioner.
4. For the different hair types, what are the best conditioning treatments for thin hair, coarse hair, and curly hair?
Approach it with the goal of achieving your best hair health, because helping your strands get as healthy as possible will make maintaining your hair type easy. Fine and thin hair needs light-weight conditioning with vitamins for strengthening and rebuilding the hair. I’m obsessed with Shu Uemura’s new “Ultimate Remedy” line all around—it’s amazing! Coarse, curly, wavy, or thick hair responds better when it is amply moisturized. Moisture rich, oil-based, and hydrating, creamy formulas are the way to go.
5. If I’m low on cash what are some products from my kitchen cabinet that can be used to deep condition?
Dry or thick hair can make their own DIY treatment blend of almond, olive, and coconut oil and fresh avocado. Fine hair is more delicate so a mix of egg whites with a little oil is great.
6. For someone who has a dry itchy scalp, what conditioner should be used?
This is a common problem, especially around the winter time. You should address this differently, and not by using a hair mask. You have to treat this situation as a skin issue. At Butterfly, we’ve developed an effective scalp treatment that starts by cleansing the scalp with a tonic that contains oils and apple cider vinegar. We follow it up by a honey and oil treatment applied to the scalp with a nourishing mask thru the ends only. Finally, you finish off under a steamer for 15 minutes to allow saturation deep down and rinse.
7. How long does it take for the vitamins in the conditioner to take to your hair? At what point do the vitamins start to over saturate?
Vitamins work, but you have to be constant with use and consistent to the single type for a few months to see the best results, internal or external. If you are going for treating a specific concern or seeing an inside-out effect, don’t switch around until the bottle is done. Treating hair long term starts with the shampoo, which is very important. Change up your deep-conditioning regimen by switching up your haircare after it’s finished, to prevent your hair from getting used to a specific line. I’ve never seen vitamins over saturate. You can always consult with an expert for their recommendation on your best at-home cleansing plan.
8. Is it better to condition using your body heat and a plastic cap, or sitting under a dryer?
If you have access to a dryer—great! This helps with even heat distribution and usually saves time. If not, at home my favorite is to put a plastic cap on and wrap a hot towel that has been heated in the microwave for 10 minutes.
9. Deep conditioning treatments available at Butterfly (in-salon)?
We have options from brands like Kerastase, Oribe, Milbon, and Shu Uemura—even an all natural one from Rahua— that have all the latest technology for all hair types and textures. Kerastase FusioDose treatments have become a salon staple and client ritual because they are highly concentrated and customized to our client’s needs every time. Our experts choose from added boosters containing moisture, protein, and even collagen. If you’re looking to instantly diminish that frizzy, fuzz halo and decrease unwanted volume, our Milbon smoothing treatment is a key player (plus it smells fantastic).
You can add-on an express treatment on top of any haircare service allowing a few extra minutes or indulge in a one hour “Butterfly Ritual,” including a stimulating massage of the head, neck, and scalp, for a spa-like experience in the calming sanctuary of our treatment room. Another popular option is a hair mask treatment at the salon, going under a special micro-steamer (different from under a heater) after application for 5-15 minutes. The steam created opens up the hair cuticle, allowing the product to travel deep down and then seals it, for better moisture results and maximum concentration. I’m in love with the new Shu Ultimate Remedy conditioning mask! The combination of our scalp elixir (question #6) and hair mask treatment of choice has been a huge hit.
10. The final word on great hair.
Application is key when treating hair. The biggest tip I can give someone (for most) is that you simply have to apply the mask on the ends and not the root area. This will avoid your hair getting too heavy or oily quickly. Most of the time, except for those with chemical damage, the roots are healthy. My tip is to make a ponytail and apply treatment only on the hair that sticks out. Another important rule is to make sure you have removed excess water from the hair by ringing out the hair and using a towel to soak off the ends. If your hair is too wet, the treatment won’t absorb and will basically slide right off. Have no time? Try applying your treatment on dry hair overnight or before you hit the shower. Saturate hair generously, pull back, then hit the gym, make breakfast, etc. then rinse out and shampoo.
Earlier this year, Kérastase launched their Couture Styling collection, introducing a luxurious new way to style our hair. Well, the fun and creativity isn’t over just yet because they’ve topped off the line by adding two final products to the mix. Here’s the scoop on new Short Mania and Gloss Appeal for you to continue playing with and obsessing over these high fashion, high quality products that we can’t get enough of, either!
( SHORT MANIA )
This strong and flexible sculpting paste – ideal for short haircuts and men’s hair – spreads easily to give a clean, semi-matte structured style with finish. To define a look on short styles, use a chestnut sized amount of product and warm up with your hands before applying throughout the hair and focusing on tips. For longer pixie hair inspired by Jennifer Lawrence or Miley Cyrus, pair with a blow dry that is lifted at the root and style upward with your fingers. We love that Short Mania allows re-workable shaping and offers UV, heat, anti-frizz and humidity protection.
( GLOSS APPEAL )
Giving amazing shine instantly to smooth looks, this topcoat spray delivers for all hair types! The ultra-fine mist technology lightly adds that glossy appearance and radiance to hair while controlling frizz, and leaves no oily residue. Its UV filters make it a great product to use before flat ironing to protect and perfect mirror-like straight strands. It will even help keep humidity at bay. Spray all over dry hair as a finisher anytime to give locks a glossy top coat and even luster with a lightweight, couture finish. It doesn’t get easier than this!
No two heads of hair are ever created equal. That’s why knowing what works best for your specific hair type is everything when it comes to being happy with your everyday style after a salon visit. Regarded for her talent at being a wiz with all hair textures, Butterfly Studio founder and master stylist Kattia Solano weighed in with her expert tips and tricks for fine, wavy, curly, and thick hair. Click through for the advice Kattia gave to LifestyleMirror when making a haircut decision and learn the helpful styling and product recommendations she follows for managing each unique hair texture . . .
Keith Bocklet, one of our salon’s beloved top colorists, gave a personal stylist (and Butterfly regular) a hair transformation, motivating us not to fear changing it up every once in a while through their makeover experience – no matter how fashionable we already are!
THE CLIENT “ Being the CEO of My Image Expert – an image and fashion consulting firm with offices in most US cities – I am constantly helping people change and upgrade their personal and professional image. Every week, I probably average about 3 makeovers which includes a change of hair color and style. It was time for me to orchestrate my own personal makeover and Butterfly helped me achieve my look! After being a blonde for seven years, I noticed that the texture of my hair was becoming very dry and brittle. Maintaining the roots every 3 months was not an issue but I started to wonder what my natural hair color actually looked like. When I arrived at Butterfly to see Keith, I brought a photo to show him exactly what I wanted to do with my color. It was a drastic change that I was more than ready to embrace. Keith has been my colorist for the past 3 years so when I showed him the photo, he was a bit shocked. He explained a few things and after some deliberation, he came up with a plan of attack. Several hours later, I was a brunette/honey blonde. Keith did such an amazing job implementing my look and took his time to focus on all the details. It was such a big change for me and I was a little nervous but I could not have been any happier with the results. “
- Erika Chloe, Personal Stylist / My Image Expert CEO
” Erika was determined about a dramatic change. At first, I was reluctant and wanted to just add lowlights to bring more dimension and depth to her blonde hue. I was concerned for the integrity of her hair, so I explained the commitment this change would require as far as “living with it,” if she didn’t love the new look. If Erika ended up unhappy, we would have to gradually work back to her blonde. However, the disappointed gaze staring back at me after I shared the safe idea motivated me to rethink my course of action. Undeterred, off we went… I kept it simple. I used LUO color by L’Oreal Professional in shade numbers 5 and 5.3 with 15 volume on her roots. After, I added added LUO 6.3 with 10 volume to the remaining root formula and painted dimension through her ends. After shampooing with Kérastase Bain Chroma Captive – a sulfate-free protective shampoo for color-treated hair – we dried the hair and added a few balayage highlights to the front. Erika felt we nailed it and her excited reaction to the new look made me so glad we went for it after all! Creating a natural-looking, deeper blonde color proved change a good thing – and that’s exactly what this image consultant orders! ”
Our team had the pleasure of learning from Oribe haircare’s master stylists Leonardo Manetti and Marco Santini during the salon’s last styling education class. For a piece of the pro hair tips we absorbed during the session, Butterfly’s Jason Dougherty lets us in on how he created these romantic, off the face styles. To craft the first look, it took putting the hair in five clean, tight ponytails on top of the head. He applied Superfine hairspray all over – a must for hold and shine. Starting from the bottom ponytail, he then made a fishtail braid, and connected the ponytails into the braid. Jason finished the fresh look with Dry texture spray (one of his most favorite products) to mess up the braid and create texture.
For the second high fashion updo, Foundation Mist and Grandiose Mousse was used to curl and set hair. On each section of hair, Superfine hairspray was applied before strands got rolled hair up with a curling iron. Once the entire head was set, Jason took each curl out – backcombing and teasing – then repinned. Next came the hard part…the hairstyle was literally constructed by being sewn in with a needle and thread to hold in place. Disclaimer: this advanced technique is not an easy one, even for the experts! To add in more texture, Dry spray was spritzed onto curls. For a special touch of festive glamour, 24k Gold pomade was painted onto the hair for dimension and hold.
It’s not quite bedhead or beach waves… If your style leaves room for pondering how much time (if any) you spent getting ready, then you’re headed in the right direction! We like to call this trending texture “done-undone” – and it’s a new brand of sexy hair. The trick in styling the look is being random and imprecise because it gets more gorgeous from the imperfections – leaving room for embracing any mistakes! To create the right kind of unfussy waves, we love using a few of our product faves from Kérastase’s Couture line.
( HOW TO )
Prep damp hair with a product that protects from heat and helps support your style, like Forme Fatale blow dry gel. Using your hands, scrunch hair as you blow dry to create a rough foundation with structure and hold. Or, start on next day dry hair.
Take 2-4 inch sections of hair and mist with Spray a Porter – a product that mimics beachy hair texture and helps to enhance waves. Twist each section and knot into a pretzel-like shape, making a loop in the middle of the hair strand and pulling the ends through. Spray again. Use a flat iron and press flatly on knot. Pinch motion with iron down the rest of the hair shaft. Move on to next section and repeat throughout head, allowing knotted strands to cool before breaking up the hair.
Release each knot. Spray hair generously with a texture spray/dry shampoo (we really love the gentle and soft results from Powder Bluff) and break up the wave. Texturize by taking hair sections between hands – rubbing and rouging lengths with your fingers from the bottom up to create a roughness to your style. Spray again and repeat until you’ve reached desired tousle. Finish with hairspray. For those of you that like to do your hair the night before, you can forgo the flat iron after you’ve created knots and sleep on a loose side ponytail or tie hair back overnight then break up the hair in the AM.
Start with next day hair. Spray from roots to ends with a dry shampoo spray like Oribe’s Dry to create a grip in the hair and absorb oils. If you prefer to start with clean hair, apply a volume-enhancing product at the root area like Lift Vertige and a styling product that helps with keeping structure like Forme Fatale (both by Kérastase) from lengths to ends and blow dry damp hair using a round brush.
Divide the hair into two sections. First is a triangular, “Mohawk” section on top of the head. For your second section, create a tight ponytail in the middle back of the head as your second. Take your mohawk and set crown area with a large curling iron or pin curl set, spraying each section with hairspray for hold. Once set is ready, tease each section with a comb from roots to ends, thinking “high and wild” for body. But don’t worry – next you brush the top softly to smooth and create your shape, choosing your desired height and fullness here. Or, play with twisting the hair away from the face and back towards ponytail base.
You can use more dry shampoo spray as you’re working for a tactile texture. Lightly brush back and pull the top teased section over to one side. Spray with hairspray for secure hold. Drag the second half over to the opposite side and spray. Take the two sections and go under your ponytail, wrapping around the ponytail until you’re left with just the ends of the hair. An easy way to secure these ends is to tie with a clear plastic band under your ponytail. Finish off the sides of your head – or anywhere you’d like more smoothness – with a serum like Kérastase Touch Finale for extra shine.
WHAT IT IS
Based on the pro-artist beauty essential and Kevyn Aucoin hero product, The Celestial Powder – Candlelight is now available in an innovative liquid. This unique illuminating emulsion multi-tasks as a wear-alone product, skin treatment primer and foundation developer.
WHY IT’S UNIQUE
• Paraben-free & Silicone-free
• The formula is a hybrid between a gel and a creamy weightless fluid that glides on the skin effortlessly.
• Innovative technology promises wear up to 12 hours!
• Exclusive Raspberry Stem Cell Extract and Bearberry Complex act as potent age defense agents, which protect skin from damage due to
• Ultra-fine pearl combined with micronized spheres creates the look of healthy and candlelit skin.
• Never looks shimmery, glittery or greasy, gives skin the “glow from within” look.
• The lustrous formula offers a boost of shaping light.
HOW TO USE IT
• Use over moisturized skin. Adds radiance and a delicate highlight wherever it is placed. The highlights created are never harsh; the look is as if you are glowing from within!
• As a highlighter: Lightly apply to cheeks, brow bone, and décolleté and blend with fingertips.
• As a developer: Mix in with your favorite Kevyn Aucoin foundation to add a subtle hint of shimmer to the skin.
1. Age Premium Mousse Substantif – its Collagen-infused formula adds weightless definition and flexibility for long lasting style.
2. Elixir Ultime – versatile nourishing oil for a shiny, soft finish.
3. Laque Dentelle – micro-fine hairspray with buildable hold and anti-frizz protection.
GET THE LOOK
Backstage at NY Bridal Fashion Week at Canoe Studios, Butterfly stylist Dana Tizzio helped create a neat and off the face wedding style for Marchesa’s 2014 Spring/Summer Bridal collection. To get the couture, feminine look, we asked our wedding hair and updo specialist Dana for the tips it took to get her model’s ethereal style just right for the 50’s inspired line.
Surprisingly, no hot tools were necessary for constructing this simple style! Dana says it took a specific technique for getting this fitted twist, wet look down for the NYC show. Prep dry hair by soaking it with mousse first – using a generous amount to make strands look wet. The mousse provides a foundation for the hair with enough hold for easy support. With hair tight at the nape, secure a ponytail at the back. Split ponytail ends in two sections and twist each part, making two twists. Create your desired style by twisting each twist into a figure 8 shape and pin. It should only take about 3-5 pins, depending on hair type.
You can choose to forego the twists and keep an elegant ponytail by making two ponytails on top of each other (top and bottom sections) and combine, leaving some hair out to twist around the base and cover hair ties. Spray with hairspray as you work for both styles and then again to finish your look. For extra shine, apply an oil serum – especially to smooth hair at the base and for creating a sleek side part. For an undone ridge at the front of your part (as pictured), hold sections of hair between a comb and your finger to cause separation and spray. Add a soft smoky eye with bronze or metallic shadow, doll pink cheeks, glossy lips and you’re ready to walk down the isle (even if only at a special event)!
Dynamic Butterfly colorist Patricia Ribeiro helped News 12 Long Island reporter Antoinette Biordi with a softer look for the camera! A black or deep brunette shade can sometimes translate as being too dark on TV, so adding in more color dimension – especially for those with thick hair – is an industry beauty secret for making hair look extra gorgeous under studio lights. With lots and lots of hair to work with, Patricia helped this newscaster transition from black roots and faded auburn ends to a shiny brown with slight rich red accents. For extra color radiance, Patricia treated the hair with a moisturizing mask (try Kérastase Elixir Ultime or Masquintense for fine hair) to help revive very dry, porous lengths and bring back reflective, mirror-like shine. To better rock the newfound movement created by color and highlights, stylist Taylor Brock perfected the look with new layers to remove weight and give hair a lighter, flowing feel. Patricia says Antoinette’s color look is still a work in progress, as she is slowly working towards lifting the hair into an even lighter brown, being conscious of preserving maximum hair health. For follow-up, the next visit is recommended in 6 weeks!
Consider the Photo Finish a solution for safely amping up your hair color – without a huge commitment!
For the client who likes to play with their color and change it often, or simply keep hair color rich and up-to-date…to all women concerned with the quality and condition of her hair, always looking for picture perfect luminous shine – Butterfly Studio’s PHOTO FINISH service offers something unique for everyone.
Who doesn’t want healthy, shiny hair? In as little as 2-20 minutes, tresses of all kinds can be transformed from dull to shiny, from sensitized to strong, to allow overall smoother hair results. This ammonia-free hair color uses acid technology, only depositing tone onto hair to wake up your hue and add shine without altering natural color. Catatonic polymers have a smoothing effect on the hair cuticle, leaving strands with a treatment like finish – that’s right, with hair color! Myth busted! To optimize your PF service – and your silkiest, strongest hair potential – try adding on a customized blend of Kerastase FusioDose, a unique conditioning elixir prescribed to you and designed to fit hair’s specific needs.
Starting at $52, you can boost your natural radiance or try a brilliant new shade with this better-than-a-hair-gloss service. First time color clients need not worry, Photo Finish is gentle and handles virgin hair with great care. Whether you’re looking for an all over application for hair maintenance, or a little extra something to complement your single process or highlight service, clients can embrace a sleek, multi-reflective change in about 10 extra minutes. Another huge plus that you’ll love is the fade is super discreet! We don’t wear the same outfit everyday, right? So why not accessorize your hair, too? Try on a Photo Finish – and change it as often as you want!
To our valued clients, friends, family, and talented Team Butterfly:
Thanks to the generosity of all who make up our Butterfly family, we are pleased to announce that together we’ve raised yet another incredible donation total for breast cancer (going to charity organizations Breast Treatment Task Force & SHARE) :
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We celebrated our third effort in giving back to breast cancer this year with a better than ever Give Back Brunch! The salon was upbeat all day and as you looked around, it brought an overwhelming sense of joy to see everyone smiling and happy. For us, that alone defines a successful event! Clients enjoyed their pampering Butterfly service rituals, expressing how appreciative they were of our team for devoting their time and effort to such a great cause. We loved playing host – just about as much as Kattia’s hubby Mr. Sabatino relished bartending and treating us to the most deliciously designed cocktails all day! Sharing drinks aside, our other favorite part of the event were the kids! We had so much fun connecting with them – giving their tad-bit-overgrown cute shags a little trim, braiding their hair, and getting creative with art and sparkly nails. The children were extra fond of our color assistant Joshua, who they proclaimed master face painter. Anything that would make their day, made ours! Add in complimentary hair treatments and products by Kérastase, cheesing it up in the photobooth, and snacking on Bill’s Bar & Burger…we’d call opening our doors on the last Sunday of October a huge success! Thank you to everyone who spent this special day with us to help Butterfly reach our donation mark. Your support is simply priceless and we hope you had the best time!
We find it incredible that Butterfly’s charity efforts for breast cancer are supported by NY’s amazing community each year. It’s a gift to be in a position where we’re able to bring people together in light of such an important cause, reminding us of the unexpected ways that it can hit home between our client connections and of the positivity it can create, too. For us, our favorite part is meeting new people in the process who touch our hearts with their generosity – and even their courage. This past October, there were two stories in particular which came out of our Give Back Brunch and left a lasting impression on us.
The event was no doubt a family affair… One of our clients came in alongside all of the women in her family, each participating in giving back with a service of their own. It was so beautiful to see this group of moms, daughters, aunts, and nieces – consisting of multiple generations – contributing in such a thoughtful way together. Such beauty through and through! In another stand out moment, we said goodbye to 8 inches of hair. One of our dearest clients was personally inspired by how important breast cancer month is to her and found the strength and bravery on that special Sunday to donate her hair. Butterfly stylist Nicole Descoteaux helped in the effort – measuring the hair, cutting off the perfect pony length, and then cutting into her locks to reveal a gorgeous, short new look! It was truly so powerful to see someone just go for it, when many of us are naturally so afraid of losing any of our long hair, ever. These ladies all showed so much love and highlighted the true spirit and importance of the day. We thank you for giving back so greatly!
This metallic sparkle smokey eye look is the perfect blend of dramatic and fun for a sexy night out. It’s a classic look for any black tie event or dressy occasion, and definitely a go-to look for me when I’m wearing all black or rocking a red or wine colored dress. To get this smoldering hot look, you’ll want your eyes to stand out and your lips on the subdued side. While a professional makeup artist will definitely nail this look for you, there are ways to achieve this sexy feel at home!
PRODUCT MUST HAVES
1. Black liner – I love Revlon’s ColorStay eyeliner, it literally stays all night.
5. Eye shadow – The essential shadows are a dark metallic grey/slate, a sparkly white, and a matte highlighter in an off white shade. To add a pop, use a matte grey/plum color. I love any of these shade hues by MAC or Nars – they’re super intense and highly pigmented.
1. First start by applying the metallic grey on the bottom lid and under the eye with a brush. Shade and blend. Then on the eye crease, apply the matte grey/plum color for contouring, keeping in mind a cat eye shape. Next, highlight the area under the brow by applying the matte white shadow. Blend everything with a brush.
2. Apply your eye liner, starting with the inside of your eye, as well as on the top and bottom lid. Blend and smudge gently to soften up the lines, using a small liner brush, your finger, or cotton swab. Some liners even come with a foam applicator on one end for this reason.
3. The last shadow to put on is your sparkly white shade, right in the corner of the eye, which opens up the eye. Make sure you don’t skip this step, it makes a huge difference!
4. Apply your mascara heavily – about two coats. Then apply a few individuals lashes from the middle of the eye to the outside corners. Think cat eyes a la Audrey Hepburn!
5. Finally, brush and shape your brows, giving them more definition than you would during the day. With a heavy eye, you can have a bit more defined brow. I love Kevyn Aucoin’s firm pencil with a brush on the end. It tones down your shading for a softer look with a natural finish.
6. Most importantly, anytime you’re going for a smokey eye, apply your eye make up prior to the rest of your face to avoid a mess. After finishing the eye area, take a wet foam sponge or makeup wipe to remove any flaky eye shadow bits, which may have fallen on unwanted areas of the skin. Then apply your base foundation and under eye concealer before finishing up the rest of your makeup as desired.
If you’re hitting that Great Gatsby themed party, inspired by the style seen on Downton Abbey, or have always wanted to try a flapper girl look for your next date or event… Butterfly educator and senior stylist Nicole Descoteaux gives her DIY tips for achieving a simple 1920′s hairdo at home, to help you get all dolled up in no time!
Decide which side you prefer to section and separate hair to create a strong part. Starting horizontally, curl your hair – curling the hair under. To create more of that classic twenties finger wave look, make sure all of the curls are on a horizontal line. Pay close attention to your technique, seeing that it follows a curl direction that’s going under. You’ll need to clip each section immediately after it is curled to set the hair. For perfect waves, it’s best to use as small of a curling iron as possible and work with smaller hair sections sized accordingly to fit your iron choice.
After the entire head is curled, take your setting clips out and softly brush through your hair. This breaks up your curls, creates volume, and blends the hair into that ideal wave style throughout. If you want bigger hair, you can always lift hair sections and tease after brushing out. Then you’re ready to start styling your playful updo, which can take the shape of a faux bob.
Separate hair into three sections. Make a “V” section – section out the sides, leaving the center part of the “V” out. Start rolling the sides back and pin. Continue this from front to back then do the other side. Drop the center part of the “V” out. Roll and pin to create a style you like and finish with a hair accessory. There’s so much creative wiggle room with rolling and pinning, so it’s such a great, easy way to do your own hair anytime you have a special occasion to get dressed up for!
Whenever there’s a change in the weather, we always recommend considering a change up in your beauty regimen. As huge treatment enthusiasts already, we’re feeling uber excited about this all natural hair treatment option by Rahua! It doesn’t fall short on delivering those high quality, noticeable results needed for our thirsty hair – and we’re impressed! Grown and sourced directly from the heart of the Amazon rainforest, the key ingredient to thank is Ungurahua oil. For anyone looking to rebuild their hair but stay away from chemicals, this in-salon treatment duo offers immediate restorative results that turns damage and dryness into shiny hair that’s silky to the touch. We’re loving it for anyone with highlighted hair, or for coarse textures seeking a softening effect. Frizzy, kinky, or damaged hair can find lasting results thanks to the benefits of the amount of omega-9 rich oil found in this two step process. The combination of creamy hair mask and concentrated oil elixir weightlessly nourishes, while promoting protection and strengthening… so you really cannot go wrong with trying it, even just once! However, keep up with it (per your expert technician’s recommendation), and you’ll see hair regeneration from scalp to roots to ends!
Are there any particular styles that clients have been requesting recently? If so, what are they and why do you think they are popular?
Long hair clients have been ready for a change and everyone is going shorter and sleeker overall. Flowy locks are being replaced with with long layers and shorter lengths landing below yet near the collar bone – that’s if they’re not quite ready to hit bobland (which many are). The wavy lob is definitely having a moment! The big thing going on right now is pairing your cropped cut with a statement making fringe – meaning it’s more blunt and less blended or angled into the hair. Everyone is feeling that they want to go edgier or at least bolder with their look, and because skirts are getting longer, the hair gets shorter to achieve a more polished, striking look after the beachy, boho hair season. Clients want to start fresh with hair that feels revived so this is a great time to lose length guilt-free.
Our salon founder/ master stylist Kattia Solano was due for a cut of her own recently, just to trim the ends and keep long hair at its healthiest. Prior to her appointment, she went back in forth on the decision between considering a huge change for fall – especially since she’s been loving recreating all of the shorter lengths being requested in her own chair. Up to the moment her hair was being shampooed, the daunting question still loomed: “Should I or shouldn’t I?” And as many of us do – she chickened out. She had decided to refresh her layers instead – and with that came beautiful textured waves, and a huge sigh of relief! Then, a week later, something changed…
Now that we’re moving away from dewy summer looks, many of us prefer that our skin becomes a little more matte and gets a bit more coverage this time of year. Our new favorite skin-perfecter… Kevyn Aucoin’s velvety Sensual Skin Powder Foundation. It’s the best transition from a liquid with its oil-free powder formula, consisting of light reflecting properties to give skin a young and fresh look that’s luxurious to the touch. Designed not to settle into lines and pores, you get the option of versatile coverage along with its unbelievably light texture to deliver a silky skin glow no matter what your skin type (but if you’re oily, this is extra amazing). From a sheer dusting all over the face to your midday shiny area touchup, it’s got uneven patches and redness covered! Butterfly makeup artist Francesca Roman loves to use a foam applicator for long wear because you get more control in your initial application. A dry sponge provides matte coverage, while a damp sponge offers lightweight, ultra-sheer coverage. Dry skin will especially appreciate the sponge – which avoids a flaky look. However, she recommends using a brush to hit the under eye area for a lighter, natural application. Post sponge, she says to go for it with an all over powder brush to apply the foundation and perfect that lustrous, radiant skin finish. You’ll love your silky-smooth natural look!
We were one of the first to experience new Volumifique, which has just launched this October, and we LOVE! Kérastase’s newest regimen is the first range of products designed to create mass and volume for hair while allowing for shapely style. Hair can be difficult to manage when it is fine and lacking thickness. For this reason, this line was made to provide in-depth volume while remaining light to the touch through an Ampliflex System made from Cellulose, which envelops each fiber for added volume. What you get is instant, root-heightening, redefining volume with a long-lasting, light hold. Do you dream of voluptuous strands? Read on for the expert tips and consider this the end of your search – and the beginning of thicker, more voluminous hair days!
Top: Ad for CÉLINE Bottom: Karen O & Dorothy Hamill
While women have been requesting the “Michelle Williams” or “Nicole Kidman” makeover left and right, the “Pageboy” is currently another one of our favorite shapes to try for fall. This is a change that’s gorgeous for any rich shade of hair color.
The English inspired haircut is very editorial – a perfectly fashion forward fit with all the leather looks and edgy, 90′s grunge trends we’re seeing in store fronts. It’s a fun alternative to a long bob for anyone looking to make a powerful statement – one that can also translate to soft and feminine with the right outfit coordinating (Hello, do you see those boots?!). Be ready to get noticed because when the cut is done right, it really allows for your facial features to shine! Complimenting pretty eyes, perfect cheeks, and killer jaw lines alike, this hairstyle is for all the women out there who both adored and wanted to be Dorothy Hamill (wasn’t she just the coolest?). Or for those of you hoping to channel the sexy, fiery energy of modern day rocker Karen O of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs – a fashion risk taker who has made the hairdo iconic over the years through slightly different varieties and bold personal style with which she’s sported the look. Take a hint from the glossy pages we’re seeing for CÉLINE’s new line and pair accordingly with a soft but powerful ensemble to never fear uttering the words “bowl haircut” again!
Kattia Solano, Butterfly founder and master stylist, on being most surprised by this fall trend:
In such a good way, it’s so unexpected to see beautiful bouquets of rosy pinks on the runway, in magazines, and now sprouting through crowds all over New York City. I find it so refreshing to see this beautiful blush tone brightening up our fall wardrobes! We’re always ready to embrace those grays and deep jewel tones during the fall and winter months, and now we get to add the seasonal addition of a pretty pink hue to soften things up. Just picture the foliage of beautiful fall day and you are wearing a wonderful tone of rose – how chic! Or a dull, winter day and under your coat you have on a dusty, petal pink dress – so very fashionable! The contrast is fabulous and I’m loving the overall more feminine and sophisticated style of the season this year. I like to compliment the shade with hair that is very clean and polished. A sleek ponytail or a smooth blow dry with lot’s of shine should do just the trick!
Every time I turn around lately, there’s another bold woman cutting her locks off – mimicking that “in” haircut that we’re seeing on everyone in the limelight. My favorite is on actress Nicole Kidman, who we’ve seen in the latest Jimmy Choo ad, sporting a sharp new textured bob with a slight fringe. For a stylist, this is one of the most exciting seasons because we kind of live for those big changes – that is, when our clients are ready to make them! Nicole Kidman’s sexy cut inspired a decision I made with our own senior colorist Min Kim to chop away at her hair and create a similar look. We wanted to do something just a little bit different to suit her, as she’s always one to be stylish yet unique. Min’s hair is thick but versatile to style so I used a razor along with a pair of scissors to both remove weight and create playful, bold lines that angle her face. Now our trendsetting colorist can either go polished with a smoother, straight look or wave it up with lots of texture. The great thing about bobs is that they really can be customized to compliment texture and face shape – so there IS a bob or lob out there for you! You can always count on products to help change the appearance of the style, and they can especially be a godsend when you’re looking for more movement and texture. For example, on Min we used the Shu Uemura Volume Maker. It’s a dry shampoo formula in a special powder stick, designed like a bronzer brush, that helps strand by strand application on both roots and ends to create body. It doesn’t flake, or leave any white residue on the hair, and the best part is it easily fits in any purse for a perfect texturizer on-the-go! The change even inspired me to bravely cut a new pair of bangs into my own long locks…and I’m currently obsessed!
When I’m on vacation, or I find myself away long enough to have to pack a part of my hair regimen, choosing hair products and tools that are multifunctional are a must. I make sure to bring items that are versatile in their benefits and the way they can be used (even the functionality of when they are used should be considered), making sure they go along with the conditions of where I’m going and how exactly I’m getting there. Recently I took a road trip along California’s Pacific Coast Highway and found the following picks to be most handy, and among my very favorite essentials for traveling…
Getting right down to Spring’s must-have styles for your hair next year, Butterfly founder and master stylist Kattia Solano helps explain the trends we’ve seen during NYFW in this great 2014 Fashion Show Guide by Oribe Haircare! Find out what products to use for the modern kind of wet look, how to embrace the natural wave in your hair, and how to best incorporate accessories for next year’s sunny season.
Butterfly Studio senior stylist, Vanessa Fernandez:
With great pleasure and so much excitement, I had the opportunity to chop SIX inches of hair off off one of my most favorite clients – fashion designer Rebecca Minkoff! Rebecca had worn her strands long and maintained the look a good amount of time, so we both decided she needed a fresh, fashion forward length that would take her to new territories for the fall and fit right in at NYFW. The long bob that I created for Rebecca suited her effortless, boho chic look and complimented her always awesome style. She is a sexy woman who can rock anything, and she instantly carried her new lob just the same. For Rebecca’s somewhat wavy texture, a cut is best with minimal layers and weight removal using scissors. No razor allowed for her hair type!! A cut like Rebecca’s can be worn styled straight with a flat-iron (as she often prefers) or smooth with a stretched out wave. We all know she likes to keep things clean, simple, and beautiful (just like her designs), and so the same goes with hair products. I only apply one or two, such as Shu Uemura’s Essence Absolue oil for conditioning and extra shine or a light finishing spray like the Oribe’s fine hair spray for any unwanted frizz or flyaways. She, like many other NYC women, embraces change… So get inspired, be daring, and chop chop – say “goodbye, long hair” and “HELLO sexy!”
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WHY IT’S UNIQUE
•The rich cream formula contains microspheres of Black Cellulo Beads that enhance the depth of the black pigment for the blackest black to achieve the perfectly defined eye.
•This innovative formula contains ultra-soft flexible fibers that are sensually smooth, lightweight and melt into every lash. The custom crescent shaped mascara brush applies the formula generously without touching the lid or clumping the lashes.
•The curved shape allows a precise application, lifting the lash from the base, and makes curling an instinctive reaction.
Must-have! We didn’t think Kevyn Aucoin mascara could get any better but this wand is perfection! For those of you opting for more of the false, fluttery lash look – each and every lash is coated, plumped, and defined for eyes that will not go unnoticed!
One of the Spring 2014 runways we were most excited for was that of Rebecca Minkoff – and it did not disappoint! But before we even mention the style and hair, we’ve just got to say how much we loved Janelle Monae’s performance. She rocked it out! Her playful sound and retro-infused signature look made for a perfect partnership with Minkoff’s stylish and fresh collection – inspired by the energy of colorful icon Frida Kahlo this year. Only Minkoff can combine mesh and florals and have it translate as modern, classic, and clean. The manes of the catwalk were decorated by halos of braids – a trend that doesn’t seem to stop lately – bringing more of that youthful, flirty feel to the clothes. We’re completely behind the look! Braids were done just right with a nice softness to the shape and the right amount of texture. They were angelic without an age limit and had the versatility to be worn dressed up or down, making them really wearable. Our tip is to embrace a little bit of imperfection with the look, wearing your braided style a bit undone and welcoming a few flyways throughout to enhance texture. Adjust this with your fingers once you’ve finished your braid, or use the skinny end of a comb to pull out some height around the root area. Not a braid expert? It’s easier than you may think… Master the look with an appointment for a Butterfly tutorial, add any one of the awesome RM dresses we saw at show’s end, and suddenly you’re runway ready! PS – Don’t forget the handbag!!
Hairdo-with-a-view for KEEP.COM (the new Pinterest for style savvy shoppers)… Floors high in the sky above the city, we had the most fun creating braids, twists, and ponytails which even translated to gorgeous updo looks that the beauties gracing our event chair could wear all day, transition into their fashion week party later that night, and even sleep in for the wedding they were going to the next morning! The location for this fashion week exclusive event had breathtaking views of central park and uptown skyscrapers to truly inspire our creativity. Thanks to the lovely Team Keep and all of the stunning ladies in attendance for an amazing experience!
Butterfly stylist Taylor Brock’s braided ‘do that gave a casual kind of elegance.
Celia from sickathanaverage.com gets treated to an intricately beautiful and unique series of twists by Amanda Colihan.
Butterfly’s braid (and speed) queen – plus bridal hair expert – stylist Dana Tizzio masters anything from fishtails to milkmade braids on any texture in a flash!
Put together, feminine braids that dress up any look (and fit perfectly with a blazer) by Amanda Colihan.
A topic we’ve all thought about and have our individual preferences for. Read on for Kattia’s official article quote, plus details on how fragrance plays a role in her chair and customizing a salon service . . .
“Both men and women are very aware of scent. Before I apply a new product, I feel and smell it first, so I always encourage others in doing so. It’s an extremely personal experience when you have a client smell the fragrance in their hair products.It helps with interacting, connecting, and personalizing…all very important parts of your salon visit. Most clients prefer a bit of fragrance. I think it’s because we love the feeling of clean hair – it looks fresh and smells great. Luckily, keeping this lasting for days is now possible with the right products! Some of my favorites include Oribe’s “Dry” and “Apres Beach” sprays which add texture to your style and also have UV protection. During the day, I like to apply an oil like Shu Uemura’s Essence Absolue or any of Elixir Ultime oils by Kerastase to refresh my ends – in addition to your hair smelling sexy, you get benefits like moisture, shine, frizz control, etc. That really comes in handy since I don’t wash my hair daily. Personally, I love it when my husband tells me that he loves how my hair always smells so good. Products are my secret!” -Kattia Solano, master stylist
Article via New York Times >>
Some beauty companies today are taking that idea to new extremes, with shampoos, conditioners and other hair products edging into fine-perfume territory. Woodsy musks and spiced-up vanillas are trumping fruity-fragranced lathers, and the bottles have prices to match.
It was around a year ago, said Michael Carby, a perfumer at Givaudan, a major fragrance producer, that he began noticing more requests from corporate clients for sophisticated hair-care scents. Before, the fragrances were typically “a single note, an apple particularly, like in Herbal Essences,” said Mr. Carby, a 20-year industry veteran. “It gives a fresh and clean effect.” But not, apparently, a distinctive one. The last few years, “every shampoo or conditioner fragrance started with an apple or a pear,” Mr. Carby said. “Even a cucumber fragrance had an apple in there in some way, shape or form.”
But now a growing niche of luxury hair-care brands, some founded by famous stylists like Oribe and Serge Normant and sold in salons or upscale department stores, use complex aroma to stand out from the mass-market stuff in drugstores. And for customers, this is yet another potential status marker. “You wouldn’t want to leave the salon smelling like Pert,” Mr. Carby said. While some women these days are avoiding added fragrance in cosmetics applied to the skin (common in their grandmothers’ time but frowned upon by organizations like the Environmental Working Group), they seem more carefree about spritzing chemicals on their hair.
Indeed, Yann Marois, executive director of global marketing at Ojon, which is known for its fragrant conditioners, said that there’s perhaps an unglamorous reason for the stronger scents: the need to mask natural odors. Women today are getting “more and more chemical treatments,” Mr. Marois said. “Because they have damaged hair, they wash their hair less. And to expand time between washes, they want scents that will last.”
He pointed to the popularity of hair oils (like Kérastase’s Elixir Ultime, $42 for 250 milliliters), intended for women with damaged hair, which tend to have the strongest scents, he said.
“The Ojon oil itself has a smell and the product is created over fire, so the scent is smoky, a little bit like coffee,” said Mr. Marois, speaking of the Restorative Hair Treatment ($33 for 3.1 ounces). “Some people loved the scent, but it was also polarizing. To be honest, some people hated it.” Ojon kept the original treatment on the shelves, while working on a milder scent of soft vanilla, which was released a couple of years ago, and sales of the two versions are now about equal, Mr. Marois said. Vanilla is also a component of Thierry Mugler Angel, a best-selling and long-lasting Oriental perfume that has inspired many of the new hair formulas, Mr. Carby said. In fact, Mugler was ahead of the curve, introducing its hair mist, which retails for $39 for 1 fluid ounce, in the early 1990s after a loyal customer of the perfume requested it, said Amber Mitilineos, director of marketing at the company.
More currently, Mr. Carby spent months concocting an intense, decadent-smelling fragrance for Show Beauty, a collection of styling products (including a perfume to be sprayed on hair) to be sold at Bergdorf Goodman starting in late September.Based on English rose and on what he called “a playful crème brûlée,” it is backed by Tamara Ecclestone, the British socialite. The scent was meant to be “powerful and enveloping,” said Ms. Ecclestone’s business partner, Scott Harvey-Nicholls, the chief executive of Show Beauty, but “not completely domineering.” But the heady fumes lingered well into the next day after a reporter tried the treatment oil ($55 for a hefty flacon).
Oribe strove to avoid such an olfactory wallop, said Daniel Kaner, president and a founder of the company. “Most people, the first thing they do with shampoo is they unscrew the cap and smell it,” Mr. Kaner said. “And once the consumer smells it, it then has to pass the first test, which is ‘Does it offend me?’ ”Mr. Kaner and his colleagues settled on a perfume-quality blend featuring yuzu zest (“citrus notes are crowd pleasers,” he said) and butterfly jasmine, the Cuban national flower (Oribe, the Miami-based hairdresser, is Cuban-American).
Founded in 2008, the company this April released a “hair refresher” that works like a sort of deluxe Febreze for the mane. The purse-size spray ($22 for 1.6 ounces) contains cetrimonium chloride, a conditioning agent, and supposedly absorbs odors while leaving the Oribe scent (after a recent dinner out, it did a decent job of dulling eau de Korean barbecue). In May, Kathie Lee Gifford heralded the product on “Today” as one of her favorite things.
Kattia Solano, founder of Butterfly Studio in the Flatiron district, which recently began stocking Oribe, said that “there are people that love fragrance and some that don’t, so I always have my clients smell the product before applying it on them.”
Still, a dedicated fragrance for hair is now in the pipeline, Mr. Kaner said. And it will have competition.
Serge Normant Avah perfume for hair and skin ($60 for 1.7 fluid ounces), which arrived in stores in June 2012, is a concentrated version of the line’s signature musk, jasmine and ylang-ylang scent. It has won over his celebrity clients like Julia Roberts, said Mr. Normant, adding that perfumes are a particular passion of his. “I grew up with Opium and the old Guerlain perfumes,” he said. “They were scents with a point of view.” Several perfume brands, like Marchesa, Narciso Rodriguez, Clean and even Justin Bieber, have also come out with hair mists — perhaps at the peril of passers-by with sensitive noses.
“You want just a hint of something personal,” Mr. Normant said. “The last thing you would want is to give people a headache.”
1. Apply Eye Shadow Single all over eyelid from lash to brow
2. Blend Loose Shimmer Shadow in crease
3. Apply Sculpting Powder with Small Eye Shadow Brush or Small Eye Shadow Flat Tip in your deep crease stop at corner of eye
4. Apply Celestial Powder/Candelight on brow bone and the ball of eye lid with Soft Round Tip Brush
5. Glide Precision Liquid Liner to top of lash line to create an upturned eye that adds instant drama
*Butterfly’s makeup artists can teach you how to create the perfect line for your eye shape…ask us!
6. Curl lashes with the award winning Kevyn Aucoin Eye Lash Curler – named “Best of Beauty” by Allure in 2012, 2011, 2005, 2004, 2003 & 2002
7. Apply two coats of mascara to top and bottom lashes for volume, length & definition
Always on the cutting edge, Kérastase has done it again with their new Couture product collection – going beyond a new dimension of luxury styling. We were lucky enough to team up with Team K for an exclusive editors-only event to launch the sumptuous signature line with the help of our very own in house talent! Butterfly founder and master stylist Kattia Solano even took it up a notch from her own editorial inspiration and created two fall preview styes – a stunning, voluptuous ponytail and unfussy texture with a loose, wrap-around braid – specifically for the event. After a touch of glamour from our makeup artist Cristina Marroquin, the models looked simply iconic! Our stylists mingled with beauty’s top VIPs, sharing their favorite tips on how to work with these innovative stylers and make couture hair easy to achieve at home. We’re saying, “It’s runway in a bottle!”
We’re not surprised that faux ponytails have become so popular. A fake pony has always been a beauty secret of the pros, and we believe every woman should consider embracing one! They come to the rescue on bad hair days and give you more options for bringing out that fab individual style of yours. Besides, who doesn’t like the feeling of longer, thicker hair – even for just a few hours!? Use it as a fashion accessory, a lengthy extention for short haircuts, adding thickness for finer hair types, and even for extra support to keep an updo lasting… They can be just the thing your hair needs to achieve that look you’ve had your eyes on. With Butterfly’s selection of synthetic ponytails, we first match your hair color from a wide range of shades and then customize your pony’s length and texture with an expert cut! Hot tools on low heat can be applied to set the fake strands, creating a sleek pony or bouncy lengths with a curl/wave. Our high quality styles can support going back and forth between both and can last for months with proper care. With so many ways to adjust and play, the attaching piece can feel and look tailor-made for you on any occasion. It’s just another way to help make styling at home very simple – and can be applied in just a few easy steps.
1 After matching your color (we recommend a consultation with an expert stylist or colorist to start) create a tight pony on your own hair, making sure to collect the hair well and apply with a band.
2 Secure the comb attached to your faux ponytail right on top of your real ponytail.
3 Wrap the velcro tightly (this is important) around the base of the pony.
4 Continue to wrap around base until you are left with just the ends and secure with a bobby pin.
5 You’re ready to wear your beautiful, full, long length pony! You can also play with your lengths by braiding, separating into knot sections with small elastics, or using a curling iron on the ends to create more texture or party waves (safe to use with low heat irons, both round and flat). Use the thickness of your extention to your advantage and create full buns/knots, twists, fishtails, etc. The extra hair works as a foundation for hold, keeping the style in tact while giving that picture perfect result. Go ahead and try an online hair tutorial, because now you’ve got the hair for it!
6 (optional) For something different, really transform your look by adding in a faux bang or incorporate a ponytail accessory (like a fun headscarf or chic hair cuff) for the full effect!
To celebrate our newest product partnership, we made a day out of welcoming the luxury brand to the salon…with a party! Our technicians have been so inspired by the line, and we wanted the opportunity to share the excitement with our clients. In true Butterfly fashion, we threw a big party to offer a fun experience for previewing some of our favorite hair styling miracles! Our stylists created braids, ponytails, and perfect waves on our party-goers all night long while our colorists played with hair chalking in combos of beautiful colors. And to really show the power of the products, Butterfly founder and master stylist Kattia Solano hosted a very special hair demo inspired by high fashion looks, right off the runway. She was joined by the amazing Adam Livermore – one of Oribe’s top creative ateliers – to execute show-stopping styles for attendees. After entertaining us with teasing, spraying, brushing, and even hair SEWING styling magic – makeup artist Francesca Roman put the “finishing touches” on our four lovely models, transforming them into editorial bombshells.
Butterfly Studio stylist Dana Tizzio had the priviledge of getting Broadway Legend Patti LuPone’s hair effortlessly perfect for this year’s Tonys! Dana says Patti “just wanted to be herself,” so a sleek blow out with a bit of movement was in order to keep her hair looking easy and not too done. Going with something simple and more “you” can sometimes be the best thing to compliment an outfit overall. You’ll always look the best in something you’re most comfortable in. We fully agree with the hair down decision – her cut is the ideal length to pull off the fresh feeling of the style, especially with the fun fringe! To get straight locks with a bit of bend like Patti’s just right, Dana recommends applying a roller set to prevent any chance of a flat hair moment later on. Setting the hair offers the right amount of body and foundation to keep the style lasting all night. The star product used to achieve the look was Shu Uemura’s Volume Maker, an invisible texturizing powder stick. Dana dusted Volume Maker mainly on the roots to create the right amount of height and help her hair’s texture keep the overall structure of the style in place. “It’s like magic,” she says!
Our Bang Bar gets a remix this Spring/Summer with more styling options and accessories. . .
After its recent success, we wanted to give our award-winning Bang Bar a little makeover! That’s why we’ve added dry styling, faux ponytails, and headscarfs to our menu – giving you a one stop shop to get fashionable and functional. We’re offering tutorials on how to wrap, weave, band, bow or “turban-up” your hairstyle with one of our Butterfly’s one kind collection of handmade headscarves & bands – accessories that we’ve made ourselves, every step of the way. Plus, they are absolutely time appropriate for the warm weather ahead. Head scarves protect hair (and scalp) from exposure and prevent color fade. It’s also a great way to tame bangs from bubbling or control frizz (especially around the hairline)! For hair that’s more fashion forward, we love the idea of weaving the ends of a scarf into your own strands. This adds fullness to a knot or a braid, length to a pony, or simply creates a beautiful twist or ‘do with a little element of print, color, or pattern.
Ponytails are always popular around this time of your for a low maintenance, pulled together look that can be dressed up or down. You already love the idea of wearing a noncommittal clip-in bang so we thought we’d offer the option to add a faux ponytail as an accessory for the night, too! Faux ponytails are an easy way to achieve that perfect fishtail or ponytail you have your eyes set on but don’t necessarily have the length or texture for. We customize ponytails with an expert cut and a style (wavy or straight), and highly recommend adding them in for an updo to keep structure in the hair and get the most out of any look. For a full transformation in one appointment, try a dry styling session and get that braid, ponytail, knot, or twist you’ve had your eye on. Amp it up by adding a matching bang, more lengths, a headscarf, or a mix of it all for a whole new you in minutes!
DRY STYLE (no shampoo pony/twist/braid/knot) – 15min $50+
PONYTAILS (w/ blow dry) – 45 mins $120+
TUTORIALS (headscarf wrapping/styling) – 15 mins $50+
*bring in your favorite scarf or purchase one of ours
FAUX PONYTAIL ADD-ON $130
FAUX BANG CLIP-IN $30-$80
BLOW OUT (shampoo service) 30-45 mins $68-$100Comment
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Long hair is blooming this season. Whether your hair lacks proper nutrition, has suffered from damage or hormonal changes, is in the process of growing out after a bad haircut, or simply could be longer, thicker, or in better shape…then you’ll love this system we’ve designed for getting to your dream hair! It’s simple, really. We supply you with the products that we’ve found to truly work and the knowledge and tips for working towards your best hair ever – and then it’s in your hands to follow the routine at home and see real results in just two months. If you’re serious about committing to growing your hair out long and turning your texture around, watch the video below to see salon founder Kattia Solano explain our expert plan on how to get lush, shiny, strong beautiful lengths like hers via Butterfly’s favorite haircare regimen turned DIY CHALLENGE!
HAIR: Senior Stylist, Nicole Descoteaux MAKEUP ARTIST: Francesca Roman
We always love a good rendition of a fabulous 20′s hairstyle for an event or wedding! For the look, you’ll need to curl your entire head (no particular sections) just to get a good amount of curl in there as your base.
Section out the entire top of your hair – temple to temple and back to the crown. Starting on the sides – in front of the ear – take a small ponytail section and twist the curls around and pin it. The next ponytail is right behind the ear, again bunch up the curls and pin it. The third ponytail goes at the nape, bunch up the curls and pin it. Now create the same 3 ponytails on the other side of the head. This should look like a very short curly bob when all the ponytails are in and pinned.
Take down your top section and put on your choice of headband. If you can’t find the right accessory, you can even use an old belt, necklace, or bracelet! Beginning on the sides, start to roll the hair around the band and pin. This will incorporate the bottom and the top of the up style together. Take a hint from the amazing Francis (Butterfly’s makeup expert) and add some defining blush, a strong black eyeliner, faux lashes, and bright bold red lips to look and feel like the bee’s knees!
Going with a more fashion forward, edgy look doesn’t mean that you have to sacrifice being glamorous or feminine. Take a hint from Butterfly master stylist (and salon founder) Kattia Solano who created an amazing 80′s rocker inspired fauxhawk ponytail braid on the fabulous Allison Sarofim for 2013′s punk themed Met Gala Ball. Best hair-of-the-night award, anyone? We think so! Here are Kattia’s how-to hair tips for rocking a similar look!
Start at the top of your head – take a “V” shaped section of hair and set with a small curling iron. On the sides, braid hair moving toward the back of the head. Start with less hair in smaller, finer sections at the root area while gradually taking more hair between your fingers as you braid your way through to hair’s ends. The narrow to wide effect is more flattering around the sides of the head and gives a more polished, elegant look. Secure each braid in the back and spray. The most important thing to consider is to make sure the braid is tight!
Go back to your top section, take out your set, and TEASE! Softly brush teased section of hair back, adjusting the amount of height to your personal preference. Tuck the middle section into where your braids are secured, connecting the two. Add additional pins and spray as desired. For more drama – that means length, volume, fullness, and even color – use extensions or add in a single piece attachment like a faux pony or braid (now available at the Butterfly Bang Bar turned STYLE BAR). For a pop of color without any extra accessories, try a hair chalking technique on a few strands, let dry and style.
Bang Bar Transformation: Good Morning America host Linsey Davis!
“Linsey has great features and a very pretty face so the faux bangs only bring out her beautiful eyes. The sexy look gives her style a playfulness. We went for bangs that were longer and a bit side swept for a softer shape and a better angle for her haircut’s length and her hair texture. Bangs over to one side really compliment a face shape like Linsey’s and soften a higher forehead. I wouldn’t recommend a blunt bang because the trendy look would be too specific…Linsey would need a bang with versatility if she were to go for it with an actual bang trim. Real bangs require daily maintanance so I would only cut them if she was ready to commit to styling them every day. For the bangs to look best on her texture, she would wash just her bangs (not all of her hair) every morning so they always look fresh and blow dry them with a round brush for shine.” - Master Stylist, Kattia Solano
We are all about the art of transformation here at Butterfly and can always appreciate a big, bold change! We love keeping our clients current, making sure we are always on top of beauty’s ever-changing trends ourselves. When Seventeen Magazine asked for our help in giving one of their readers a new look for Spring, two of Butterfly’s savviest technicians collaborated on an idea for a fashion-forward, flirtatious look. Here’s what our pros had to say about the big makeover – from the why of decision-making to the fabulously chic results…
Faye Goodwin, Color Expert “ I was aiming to create a color that was young and fun – yet captured a degree of sophistication for Emily, as she’s graduating from college this Spring and entering the next stage of her career. Emily has rich hazel eyes so I wanted to incorporate warm tones that would brighten her skin and make her eyes pop. We achieved a bronzing effect by applying a subtle ombré method, only creating the illusion of the trend with the use of just a single process and low-lites. I wanted her hair color to be unique, look fresh, and feel flirty while still maintaining a level of subtlety to capture her poise and vibrant personality! ”
Nicole Descoteaux, Senior Stylist “ I wanted to take advantage of Emily’s fine and almost “frizzy” texture and turn a negative into a positive with a super stylish look that’s perfect for her hair type. No one with fine hair likes frizz but with the proper advice, products, and the right cutting technique, it actually CAN work to your advantage. This haircut really works because she was willing to embrace going shorter, which is always best when making the most out of fine hair. We applied a light smoothing cream and allowed the hair to dry naturally for body and bounce. When it was almost dry, we applied the brush at random spots for a little smoothing and shine, keeping the look a little ‘undone.’ You can choose to use the brush or skip it – this kind of cut will look great and work with similar texture even if you just put your head upside down for a minute, with some heat from a dryer to perk it up. ”
We’re incredibly excited to have been named “Bang Experts” and awarded “Best of NY 2013” by New York Magazine! Butterfly Studio founder and creative force Kattia Solano says she credits it all to the time our stylists have spent training in the art of bangs – things such as hair movement, framing the cut according to face shape, and mastering the skill of faking it with a faux fringe. The fact is bangs have become a trend with staying power – the main reason being that you can do so much with them, so they are always in style!
We created the Butterfly Bang Bar because we truly believe there is a bang out there for everyone – and it has since proved to be a huge success! We say that bangs should be thought of as the ultimate accessory…the easiest way to do something different while achieving an ever-changing, new look! To bang or not to bang? Read on for a list of our expert bang tips before making your decision . . .
If a lengthy mane that cascades down your back has topped your list of must-haves ever since you first saw Marcia Brady doing one hundred strokes at her vanity, you’re in luck. ELLE.com has tapped Butterfly Studio’s Kattia Solano (herself boasting a mega-mane of Marcia proportions) for her best tips to becoming a regular Rapunzel. From synchronizing trims with the moon phases (really!) to whether the supplement Viviscal really works, to faking it with extensions, the Costa Rican native shares all her secrets and fills you in on how to let down thine hair.
ELLE: What are some simple things we can do to help us in our quest for lengthy locks?Kattia Solano: More salon visits! Haircut appointments should become more frequent. Schedule a trim every six to eight weeks. Then every four weeks, pair it with an in-salon deep-conditioning treatment because the longer your hair is, the fewer natural nutrients it gets–especially the length and ends. Follow up with a hydrating treatment mask, once to twice a week at home, to add moisture. A quirky tip is to get haircuts according to the moon phases–trimming regularly three days after a new moon or three days before a full moon. Some of my clients swear by it!
ELLE: Supplements can be a slippery slope. Have you found any that work without unsavory side effects? Kattia Solano: I recommend a prenatal supplement, as well as Viviscal! The latter is a hair vitamin that decreases hair loss and stimulates hair growth in both men and women. We have just recently started to carry it at Butterfly, and our clients have already seen a huge difference.
ELLE: Which products and heat tools should we use to encourage less breakage?Kattia Solano: I like leave-in conditioning treatments, whether you style your hair or not. My favorites are the Kerastase Thermiques–there is one for every hair type, which have an added bonus of thermal and UV protection. Shu Uemura makes a versatile leave-in oil (Essence Absolue), containing camellia oil to repair and protect long hair. It doubles as an overnight or pre-shampoo treatment, as well. Be gentle when using hot hair tools–nothing too hot. When blow-drying, don’t hold the dryer directly onto your hair and refrain from using metal brushes; they can cause damage to your ends. A must if you are ever using a curling or flat iron: Kerastase Fiber Architect! It’s a dual, non-oily serum that protects from heat, mends split ends, and helps your style stay longer.
ELLE: How about deep conditioning masks?Kattia Solano: Apply your mask or treatment on just the ends, avoiding the root and scalp. Put your hair in a ponytail and apply the product only to the tail. A little goes a long way–about a nickel to a quarter-sized amount. This helps in preventing greasy or limp hair. If you wash once or twice a week, apply a mask every time. Those with thick or coarse texture should always use a mask because conditioners may fall short in adding the right amount of moisture for their hair. For fine and medium hair or those shampooing daily or every other day, one to three times weekly works.
ELLE: Which products are you using to care for your own mega mane? Kattia Solano: My go-to hair care line is Rahua, made with organic and natural ingredients like Rahua Nut oil and palo santo, which is strengthening. I switch between that and Shu Uemura’s Shusu Sleek. The black cumin oil controls my unruly hair and gives it a silky, fluid-like touch. I apply the Kerastase Fusio-Dose Homelab treatments every couple weeks for color protection. Right now I adore the Milbon Nigelle HY treatment. It’s a three-step in-salon treatment to immediately smooth and reduce frizz. It also comes with a four-week follow-up conditioner to use once a week at home. It takes away ALL of my frizz and makes my hair a lot more manageable. At home, I stick to my Shu Uemura masks for smoothness like Prime Plenish, which has a restorative effect on hair.
ELLE: What are some ways you’ve discovered to switch up your look without busting out the scissors?Kattia Solano: I’ve played with different variations of long haircuts: bangs, no bangs, very layered, long layers, etc. Currently, I have long layers and a long side-swept fringe. I have some strategically placed balayage highlights to give my hair the illusion of movement. The easiest way to make the most out of long hair is to create different styles (playing with your part, for instance) or changing the fringe area and/or color. If you ever want that updo, bun, or pony to complete a look for evening, use extensions as an accessory. We recently used that mindset when we created our Butterfly Bangs Bar. Fake hair is the new faux lash!
ELLE: How about DIY treatments that help when growing out hair?Kattia Solano: If you have thick hair, condition with a blend of oils by applying it straight onto your hair. I love making an all-oil treatment to condition where I blend any natural or organic oils I have in my kitchen, like almond with coconut. Add a capsule of vitamin E into the mix for easy hair nourishment. Half an avocado is great too: The protein helps to strengthen hair and makes the treatment’s consistency rich and creamy. Leave on for 15-30 minutes. For fine to medium hair, add in that extra pump of almond or coconut oil into your existing mask treatment once a week.
ELLE: How about tips for dealing with awkward lengths during the grow-out phase?Kattia Solano: Be patient! Give yourself a little height at the crown, which helps elongate your hairstyle. Add a headband or scarf to bring the attention to the accessory and away from your length (or lack thereof). I have a favorite haircut that I give to clients at an awkward length stage I call the “waterfall haircut,” because it gives the illusion of long, flowing hair. The angles around the face start from the cheek and reach toward the lengths without taking the corner off. Then you over-direct all the layers towards the front. Clients always react the same way, with a big smile saying, “Wow, my hair seems longer!”
Charlize Theron says, “Every woman should do it!” Does this show-stopping cut seen at this year’s Academy Awards spark you with the want to make a bold change?
At the 2013 Oscars, Charlize Theron looked absolutely UNREAL…and we’re not talking about the gorgeous peplum Dior gown she wore. Simple yet stunning, we are absolutely obsessed with her cut! We are all about her hair right now – it brought out the actress’s most feminine, chiseled angles in the way the cut opened up her face, neck, and overall figure. She looked like the perfect modern goddess! Almost falling short of being a pixie, we feel this look is better described as a soft, “boyish” crop. Special attention with scissor work helped to create a fun texture that followed around the shape of her head and face, as fitted as a glove. On the carpet, Charlize talked about her short hair, mentioning “It’s the most feeing thing, I highly recommend it.” She said that tossing two garbage bags full of products truly gave her a sense of freedom…no wonder she wore the look with such confidence and grace! Inspired by the effortless, low-maintenance beauty of Charlize’s hair, Butterfly founder and master stylist Kattia Solano recently went for a very similar ‘do at her NYC salon chair. Kattia felt that a boy-like chop and a brilliant new shade of deep brunette with playful notes of highlights was more suited for her client’s pretty facial features, amazing eyes, and cool personal style…an unbelievable transformation to rival Charlize Theron’s!
The perfect dress doesn’t always have to be what makes an amazing Valentine’s Day ensemble. A sexy date look is all about finding a new way to play up your best features with personal style. Whether it’s your eyes, lashes, lips, or cheekbones – make the focus of the night your natural beauty by bringing out your face with a romantic makeup look. Our essential tips for enhancing, highlighting, and showing your playful, flirty side are sure to keep eyes on you all night!
Jessica. Jodie. Jennifer. Our opinion is that these “Three Js” got it right from head to toe! Representing different ages and styles of women, we go into why we loved their looks – plus on demand makeup tips and product recommendations by Butterfly makeup artist extraordinaire, Francesca Roman!
Our Favorite TOP 3! Jennifer Lawrence
Our vote for best overall look is in for the lovely Jennifer Lawrence as we are rooting for the underdog! We feel she nailed the fine line between classic elegance and on-trend modern. From afar, the look is all about simplicity – a traditionally draped Dior gown in a red-pink hue, hair away from the face, a clean face of makeup – but after taking a closer look, we noticed little surprises like the thoughtfully corseted details at the top of her dress that really charmed us! Because all memorable looks should have an element of surprise, the addition of a reflective metallic belt brought major cool factor to her look. We LOVED the choice of a messy updo – turning “undone” and “not too polished” into an appearance with youthful, flirty sex appeal!
Her standout makeup feature was definitely her fresh face. When we turned to our Francis for tips, she couldn’t stop talking about Kevyn Aucoin’s Liquid Airbrush Foundation. She says its mattifying power, semi-satin finish, and perfect level of coverage is why she is absolutely OBSESSED! Jennifer’s skintone would fall between a level 05 and 07 shade, FYI. So how do we we get our faces flawless? “It’s as much about the little details as the lining of her dress,” she says. “The trick is to go over with pressed powder using a large powder brush,” to cover every pore for a lasting, even complexion. Softness is harder to achieve with a pencil, so make sure to lightly fill in your eyebrows using dark shadow or powder. Add a bronze or metallic evening eye, and done!
Jodie’s look for us was ALL about the hair! It takes a strong woman to wear this kind of haircut, and between the smoldering eye makeup and sparkle of her navy gown, she just looked super current and on target. Overall, so age appropriate yet edgy. Onto the haircut….can we say, perfect length? So perfect. It wouldn’t surprise us if she refreshed her strands just before the show because the cut falls in exactly the right spot on her jawline, defining and shaping her face in the most flattering way! Normally, we wouldn’t recommend that blue-eyed gals go for blue shadow, but the smoky, deep hue was customized in just the right way to make the color of her eyes stand out even more. To achieve this, try blending two cool palettes in similar tones – choosing a basic matte shadow and a metallic/sparkling shade. Francesca recommends using Kevyn Aucoin’s #206 “blackened blue & taupe” shimmer shadow with matte duo “fog/cool smoke” in #203 for recreating Jodie’s chic eye makeup.
Jessica AlbaDoes this always-ultra-glamorous Mom ever get it wrong? From her soft waves to her color choices, Jessica Alba’s ensemble was delightfully well put together. She looked effortlessly stunning and just simply feminine and pretty. Turns out Jennifer Lopez (yet another J!) sported a similar hair style that night, but we think Jessica’s more romantic curls offered a touchable kind of beauty. With a minimal sweep of peach blush to match her dress, the importance of makeup here is all “lips & eyes.” Where Jennifer and Jodie wore natural toned pink, beigy lips…we loved that Jessica really went for it with a striking, juicy tangerine. We all know that bold color requires some wearing maintenance, that’s why Francis offers the essential move of layering lip liner. For Jessica’s orange lip, pucker up with a layer of deep yet bright “Red” liner by Kevyn Aucoin all over the lip, a layer of “Timeless” coral matte lip color, and a final touch of “Red” on top as the final step. As for the eyes…lashes, lashes, lashes! Go for voluminous falsies that flare out like fireworks and specifically, a curling mascara. Choose a black shade, but avoid jet black to keep the makeup look soft.
When people ask us what the secret is for having perfect hair, we say it all boils down to one thing – and one thing only. Getting hair HEALTHY! At Butterfly Studio, we swear by deep conditioning treatments like Fusio-Dose by Kérastase. From keeping color radiant and shine brilliant to strengthening sensitized ends and repairing damaged lengths – or hydrating dry, thirsty hair with rejuvenating nourishment, even adding body and density to fine, limp, or gray hair – these tailor-made miracle viles are simple weapons for giving hair LIFE, instantly!
With HomeLab, you get to take transformation to the next level with an at-home regimen, custom prescribed by your colorist or stylist. To get the most out of the treatments in your Kérastase Fusio-Dose Homelab, consider the following Butterfly Tips:
(1) TOWEL DRY BEFORE TREATING.
That goes for ANY conditioner/masque/treatment. It’s so important to take out excess water from the hair after you shampoo as to not waste your product investment. Otherwise, the product will literally roll off! The ingredients cannot penetrate and deposit their benefits onto the hair when it’s already saturated.
To ensure even distribution, you must work in sections. Part hair straight down the middle, splitting in two equal parts to start. From each side, take approximately one-inch sections of hair, creating one by one sections as you apply the spray treatment throughout your head.
(3) THE WAY TO SPRAY.
It’s best to begin spraying about 3 inches down from the top of your root/scalp – unless there’s a specific problem area (breakage, frizzy spots, etc) on which you may spray directly. Depending on your hair length, spray each section 2-3 times, working your way down. Longer hair will need the extra spray!
To get the best results, take your time to use the scissoring technique. After spraying, work each section in between two fingers, using a scissor-motion down to the hair ends. The natural heat of your fingers literally activates your treatment!
(5) KEEP TRACK.
Follow with spray-and-scissor motion and flip each hair section over to the opposite side when done. This helps with pacing so you won’t get lost within sections or have hair falling all over the place. It makes maneuvering through hair from one side of the head to the other a lot easier.
(6) FINISHING TOUCHES.
Once you’ve worked your way down to an empty treatment bottle, you can use a wide-tooth comb to brush out your hair. If you have any treatment liquid remaining, you can unscrew and apply the concentrate directly onto your ends. Use a cool water rinse (it’s worth the chill!) to seal in the hair cuticle for instantly soft and shiny results!
The Butterfly Bang Bar is all about inspiration! Take your fresh bang do’ and try mixing in some fun with hair accessories to change up your daily style…
Think Creatively. Your new favorite headband might already be right in your jewelry case. Find a wrap-around bracelet long enough like this black leather studded one pictured and – voila! No arts and crafts project required. We recommend pairing this with a side or low ponytail with volume at the the crown and wrapping any extra bracelet length around the base of the ponytail. If the buckle fit is not quite right in the back, try tucking in a few hidden pins or clips underneath. We love playful over-sized bows and velvet fabrics that say “holiday” – and jewels and gems with an antique metallic finish throughout the fall and winter season. If you’re skipping the appointment for a flawless hair-up style, we recommend going with not-so-perfect curls or waves, sticking to a more natural look to avoid appearing childlike. Think voluminously with Brigitte Bardot inspired height (far right photo) for the right kind of flirty! Shu Uemura’s “Volume Maker” texturizing powder stick is one of our best secrets to help get the right bump and texture.