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Save Your Style With The Hat Trick

The glamorous way to go from hat hair to party hair…

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1. Give your hair a good foundation and start with a voluminous blow dry. Pull hair up into a loose top knot, and secure with a small butterfly clip. We recommend a clamp clip to prevent any lines of demarcation in the hair.

2. Pull on a loose fitting hat to allow space for your top knot. Choosing a softer fabric such as cashmere, silk, or angora also helps to keep things smooth and frizz-free. Butterfly founder and master stylist Kattia Solano does not suggest wool because “it so rough and conflicts with the texture of curly and/or natural hair.”

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3. Pull out a few random face-framing pieces at the front to add a touch of cool to your on-the-go street style.

4. When you’re indoors, remove the hat and clip, gently shake your hair out and tease at the root with your hands to create volume. For anyone that regularly experiences static, an easy fix is to rub the inside of your hat with a light oil before putting it on.

It’s also beneficial to carry a purse-sized hairspray in your bag for extra hold or touch-ups, especially if you’re planning to make more than one stop or have a long journey to your final destination.

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“A Kinder, Smoother Hair Treatment” For Moms!

If you’ve ever thought about trying a keratin service to help manage your mommy mane, then you should consider the new formaldehyde-free option in town. Read why a beauty editor (and mom) at W Magazine finally went for a keratin treatment – and why she chose Butterfly’s Cezanne Perfect Finish to banish her frizz and uneven hair texture.

Foreward from featured stylist Nicole Descoteaux: “I find that many women get really kinky, curly hair after pregnancy. It’s very common for just the back of the head to be affected while the front stays straight. I see women develop this new texture, which is due to hormonal change, very often. Cezanne is a great way to even that out on every hair type while making hair much easier to style every day. I also recommend it to anyone who has suffered hair loss and notices that it’s growing in curly or frizzy.”

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Read the full story: W Magazine’s “Straight Talk”

Image Expert Erika Chloe Gets a Color Makeover by Keith Bocklet

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

THE EXPERT

” 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! ”

– Keith Bocklet, Butterfly Studio Senior Colorist

Butterfly Gives Back

We opened our doors on October 21st to donate to a cause very special for the Butterfly team, our clients, and our community. With you help, we made an amazing day out of it! You booked appointments to support our event in which we donated 100% of service proceeds to the women’s cancer support organization SHARE! Our gratitude goes out to everyone involved…thank you, thank you, THANK YOU!! It truly would not have been the same without every single one of you. We had delicious brunch food (thank you Benvenuto!) and yummy drinks, spent time playing with all of the adorable kids that came in for haircuts that day, painted faces, polished nails, created gorgeous hair (the famous Butterfly way), and had an absolute BLAST! We feel these photos show the spirit of the positive day and hope you have just as much fun viewing them as we did in these moments. Enjoy!

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The Pageboy – Fall 2013’s Edgy & Editorial Haircut

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!

Fall Fashion Statement: Rose Colored Clothes


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!

Stylist Vanessa Fernandez says Bobs, Lobs, & Bangs are Fall's New Go-To


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!

Stylist Vanessa Fernandez says Bobs, Lobs, & Bangs are Fall’s New Go-To


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!

Trend Report ft Kattia Solano: Oribe Talks Spring 2014 Runways


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.

(For more hair trends, nails, and makeup, read the full article at Oribe.com)

Hair Expert Vanessa Fernandez talks Rebecca Minkoff


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!”

NEW Kevyn Aucoin Mascara You Have To Try


Get iconic lashes with our fave new mascara - just launched September 15th!
Apply one coat starting at the base of the lash wiggling your way to the tips.
One application is perfect, two if you dare to be dramatic.


WHAT IT IS

The Essential Mascara delivers seductively glamorous lashes you’ve always wanted! This plush, multifunctional mascara delivers the look of two coats of mascara in one easy application. Defining, dramatically lengthening and curling.

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.

BUTTERFLY VERDICT

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!

NY Fashion Week: Rebecca Minkoff Braids, Spring 2014


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!!