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Start Summer With Stronger Hair!

STRONG IS SEXY. Girls who’ve got it going on, keep their colored strands strong and healthy! Send breakage and lackluster hair packaging fast with these celebrity-loved strengthening treatments holding a seal of approval from our experts and the colorists-to-the-stars…


SMARTBOND is our new protective and strengthening service, and a must-have for reinforcing color-treated hair. We can add SMARTBOND’s unique bond strengthening system to every color service, from single process and double process color to balayage highlights. Experience shinier, stronger, and softer results on your next visit and protect hair while coloring it!


Olaplex is insurance for your hair and a staple for the best blondes in the business. Dramatically reduce breakage after highlights, balayage, or bleach outs and make your sure your color lasts longer and looks bright and beautiful as ever… Ask for Olaplex!

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Along with your choice of expert vouched in-salon hair repair, we’ll supply you with a complimentary Oribe Everlasting Color take-home kit to help you protect your investment! Available while supplies last.

Kit includes samples of Shampoo + Conditioner for Beautiful Color, Glaze, and Split End Seal by Oribe.

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(Livingly) Rock A ’90s Bob

Jenn adds: The bobs of the 90s (Think Dawson’s Creek, She’s All That, Overnight Delivery) are now back in a modern way and loved trend by celebrities like Lucy Hale, who’s rocked every current version.  Back then bobs were too over the top, being over layered and over styled. Now bobs are on trend by keeping everything more one length, with longer angles around the face, and low maintenance styling. The now-outdated bob used to blown out with a round brush putting too much volume at the root, making the style appear very round and unflattering all over. Today’s bobs are cut so they can be air dried and worn with natural texture making it one of the top picks for easy chic hair. Or when blow drying, use your hands instead of a brush and then use a curling iron to get beachy waves and achieve trending cool-girl texture.

The Bar Method NYC’s Exclusive June Offer

Our good friends at The Bar Method SoHo and The Bar Method Midtown are offering a special discount for a limited time only. Through June, Butterfly clients may purchase their introductory offer (“New Client 30-Day Unlimited”) for just $99. Regularly priced at $195, it’s an amazing deal that will keep you looking and feeling great!


The Bar Method is a boutique fitness studio that delivers a one-hour, total body workout. (It’s the Butterfly expert’s ultimate favorite for staying strong and trim!) Classes are fast-paced and incorporate a form of interval training that maximizes caloric burn during and after every class. Suitable for varying body types, ages and fitness levels, students will achieve slimmer, leaner bodies after just a few months of regular attendance.

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To take advantage of this offer, please visit: or Purchases can be made online by using the promo code “THANKUBUTTERFLY.”

Here’s how:
1) Click here to add the New Client 30 Day Unlimited to your shopping cart.
2) Login and go to your shopping cart.
3) Enter the promotion code “THANKUBUTTERFLY” and click the “Apply” button.
4) Once you see the $99 price confirmed, complete your purchase and schedule your class.

You may also call the studios directly to complete a purchase and book a class: 917-722-0866 (Midtown) or 212-431-5720 (SoHo). Please reference “Butterfly” to receive the special discount.


Image Credit: The Bar Method HQ

Introducing Cortney and Tamara…Our New Colorists!

Congratulations to our color mavens on their next career step as Butterfly hair color experts! To book an appointment for all over color, highlights, balayage, or color correction contact us at 212.253.2100.


Cortney Crace

Cortney Crace

(Click images to see each gorgeous makeover in full view)

Next Page — View Tamara’s Recent Work

New ‘Do: Above The Shoulders Crop Haircut

If you’re looking for a way out of mundane hair styling days, there’s just one simple (yet surprising) solution: Lose the length. From the long list of short hair debuts on celebrities to the many customized ways shorter styles are evolving recently, it’s hard not to opt for the crop!

Color expert Aneesa Dial before and during the chop!

Color expert Aneesa Dial before – and during – the chop!

“Short hair is really hot right now, complimenting women of all ages,” says master stylist Kattia Solano, “The short look of today is classic yet modern – and the style has a simplicity that I love!” Most people find themselves gravitating towards cleaner, shorter hairstyles than ever before – even if the length is somewhat out of their comfort zone. Kattia says, “Make no mistake about it, a short haircut is a very striking look that will turns heads. Women will notice it and wish they can have it, or just wish they would have the guts to do it!”


The lines of a short crop are simple but very powerful because it exposes your neck – a very sexy part of a woman! Cropped hair also opens up your face to show off your sexiest facial features, such as the jaw bone. Will you have your crop moment in early 2015? We say the cold season is by far the best for trying something on the shorter side… After all, short hair is a fabulous accessory for all those chunky sweaters and bulky scarfs we’re wearing now! The absence of humid, frizzy hair days that come with warmer weather is also a styling plus. A shorter length is easy to maintain and comes with a versatility that’s hard not to love.

Short Hair

“You can style it straight and sleek or a little messy and wavy. Wearing it straight is more classic. Wavy tells a whole different story…” Whether you choose just a little bit of bend in your styling, “cool” and relaxed waves, or defined party waves – the look can transform from fashion forward and feminine to playful and trendy. From “model” to “new mom,” this haircut will leave you bold babes out there beaming with confidence and major sex appeal! A short cropped look such as the one pictured here by Kattia, best compliments fine to medium thickness and textures ranging from straight to wavy hair types. For the best results, try Kattia’s pro trick: “I like to cut the back with a razor to create a very soft line that blends and gives the look of perfect movement. Then I finish the sides with my shears to give a more defined line.”

Winter Hair Update: Refresh Hair Color With Low Maintenance Balayage

“Whether you’re a professional girl or a party girl this is a service that works for everyone…”

Min Kim, master color specialist/L’Oreal Professionnel artist, shows us that there can never be a dull moment for your hair when you choose balayage. Through this customized painting service, Min takes summery gold strands to a more seasonally appropriate snow bunny blonde. Watch how she paints her way through her client’s last balayage service from SEVEN months ago to evolve the tone with newly added low lights and face-framing highlights that are perfect for enhancing anyone’s winter style or special holiday ‘do. With this refreshed and equally low-maintenance look, hair color can stay bright all season long and transition beautifully into 2015!

(Original story at According To Dawn)

Winter Balayage @ Butterfly Studio Salon via Kissi Media.

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Style With Edge: ‘Blood Moon Rising’ Red Hair

Color by Joanna Gonzalez. Styling & Quotes by Jason J Dougherty.

Fall in line with autumn’s naturally favorite shade. RED! Or maybe you should leave it to the stars to inspire you with fall’s big color? The total lunar eclipse turned the sky blood red in October, and we took note. When the moon passed completely through Earth’s dark shadow, the moon gradually got darker during this type of eclipse and then took on a rusty, or bloody red hue. This influenced color expert Joanna Gonzalez to partner with stylist Jason J Dougherty and take on a stellar new hairstyle idea straight from mother nature!

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Total Hair Eclipse

Get hot with red copper hair and glow in the moonlight with the “it” color and a rockin’ new cut!

WHY: Add sass to your everyday style with ravishing rouged lengths and ride the new wave with an undone texture or finish with a smooth and straight 60’s feel.

BEST FOR: The outspoken girl; when you want to “start fresh;” or the woman who just started landed her dream career. It’s also perfect for anyone looking to make a bold fashion statement.

FASHION INSPIRATION: Mod, rocker chic, femme fatale. She’s come undone but is completely put together!


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Color expert Joanna Gonzalez says…”For those who prefer their style a little edgy, this is the perfect way to spice up your hair and bring out your rock and roll personality for fall. Turn warm reds and deeper tones up a notch with a fiery crimson color and add balayage to break up the layers and bring out the movement of the cut. It’s a no-brainer to pair with your fall darks and all black wardrobe and to transform those with fair skin and light complexions. One thing is certain…it will bring out the color of the eyes! To keep your red color looking fresh, Oribe’s Beautiful Color line is a must!”

The winds also pick up this season, causing the leaves to just about come undone from the trees. Make styling in the mornings just as easy with stylist Jason J Dougherty’s simple “undone” hair trick. This combo braiding and flat-iron technique will have you singing Beyonce’s ‘I woke up like this!”
braid trick
1. Blowdry hair smooth with a little Gold Lust Oil from Oribe
2. Now divide hair into about 6 sections and do a 6 quick braids.
3. Spray with a light hairspray (Superfine from Oribe)
4. Take a flatiron and go over braid a few times.
5. Take out braid, Spray with Après Beach from Oribe, use hands and lightly scrunch, keep layering with Spray and using hands to separate.

Follow: @JasonJDougherty and @JoannaGonzalez_colorist

Makeup – Cristina Marroquin // Photography – Edwin Pabon

“Fall” In Love With This Bountiful, Beautiful Braid

Hair & Quotes by Jason J Dougherty | Butterfly Studio Stylist

Fall fashion is BIG on volume. It’s also a season to start rocking layered clothing. More is more, so why not add another layer to your hair with a braid that is right in line with abundance and flow? This perfect-for-fall hairstyle offers a delicate balance of both braided statement and swooping effect around the side of the face. The end result mixes flowing feminine hair with a bold braid and an ample supply of volume!

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Bountiful Harvest Braid

A half-up inverted braid with a twist that “harvests” both volume and style!

WHY: Rock this season’s “big” trend in a braid that adds big layers to compliment fall’s layered looks.

BEST FOR: The girl with a lot of hair, texture that is “Too thick for a braid,” and the girl who needs to add some volume to a classic look.

FASHION INSPIRATION: 60’s Folk, The Rocker, The Hippie, The Yogi. Or, make it your weekend look.

fall volume

This braid gives the girl with thick, hard-to-braid hair a break by slitting her hair between a braid and strands that elegantly flow off to the side to balance out the bounty of hair. It also functions for the girl who has less of a “hair-harvest” but wants a fuller hair effect. To get the best look, braid the hair on a side-angle, allowing the remaining hair to create a side swooping element. This adds the illusion of extra volume and an added “layer.”

Follow: @JasonJDougherty
Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest

Makeup – Cristina Marroquin // Photography – Edwin Pabon

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

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

Balayage is…
the art of hair color
unique to every hair type
a customized technique
soft – or bold
for blondes, reds, & brunettes
playful and fun
like blush or bronzer for the hair
a way to try “Sombré”
a way to send your hair on a “FAKE-ation” with “Bronde”
a start to your fall style

Makeup Tutorial: Glitter Smoky Eyes For Summer

(Photos & Content by Emely Tavaras)

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

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

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HAIRCHALK “No Worry” Hair Color Is Here!

L’Oreal’s hair chalk is awesome for people who want to try something new or fun without the commitment – and without the disappointment of immediate loss of vibrant color after the first time you shampoo. While porosity and number of shampoos will play a part in how the color lasts, I have jet black hair and even after a few washes with a foamy cleansing shampoo, it’s STILL visible in my hair! It’s slightly lighter but still totally noticeable…and my hair feels normal. That’s really amazing for a non-permanent, cosmetic color product.” – Hair Model/Stylist Amanda Colihan

hair chalk

By Master Color Specialist Min Kim

How many women wear the same pair of shoes or hair style every day? For those who like endless options and perhaps bore easily, L’Oreal Professionnel’s HAIRCHALK is the answer! With five fashion and three natural shades offered, think of it as makeup for your hair…

Did you want to add a pop of color into your ponytail, as seen on the runway for Herve Leger, or a bold streak to make an updo more unique? Maybe you’re feeling indecisive about trying an ombre service or you are completely new to color? Hair Chalk can be applied onto the ends to mimic that look and give you the ability to try it out without the commitment of chemicals. And best of all – it washes out after up to ten shampoos! On pre-lightened hair, the perk is that it can last even MORE than that.

hair color chalk

The options are endless with HAIRCHALK and it can be layered on to make the tones more vibrant. Don’t worry about sweating or an unexpected rain shower as there is zero transfer with this product. You can rest assured that clothing, skin, and bedding will not be harmed! Fashionistas on the go, curious color virgins and those who like to try new things will be amazed by this fast and easy service.

If you’re the type to make hair decisions last minute or when you’re in a rush, your splash of color can be added on in as little as 15 minutes. Another thing to love about it is you can go as natural or bold as you want. Clients love having a say in how many pieces they are comfortable with and we price the service out accordingly. So you can try it once without risk or a high budget, and if you love it, come back and change it up each time by adding more pigment to your fun color, mixing a few different tones, or trying a playful placement according to your new cut or how you plan on styling your hair. Looking for inspiration? We are in love with these amazing looks by James Alvin for L’Oreal UK!

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Fun Spring & Summer Hairstyle Trends To Try

Now that Spring has sprung, we’re all looking for a new way to shine in the sun! In comes Butterfly’s fashion-savvy stylist Vanessa Fernandez with her list of favorite hair statements to wear this season…


retro quaff
The Retro Quaff
Here’s a way to wear sexy pin up hair in a more modern way. Whether you dress it up or down is up to you. Start with clean, curly hair prepped with either a full blow out or by using your favorite hair-plumping product and styling with a curling iron. Structure a playful swoop with your hand and spray generously for hold. You can also use a pin in the back to secure – just remember to camouflage it. The last step is to break up those coiled curls and loosen them into soft, tousled waves for a nice balance.

Feminine Fly-away Braid
This style can be paired up with almost anything this spring. Start with natural hair or next day hair. Add some texture by using a dry shampoo or texturizing spray like Oribe “Dry” between hair sections to create more tousle. Make your braid (standard or fishtail) on the tighter side and after securing, loosen it up. Add a spritz of hairspray like Shu Uemura’s “Sheer Lacquer” for a matted look. Gently pull out some soft pieces from the front and sides of the face to make it a bit messier.

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Sexy, Slick Hair
My favorite this season is the sleek hair look because it exposes the beauty of the female face. If you plan on turning heads, rock this half-done style with a dressier outfit and accent your favorite face feature with bold makeup. Use a small amount of light gel and blow dry. The product is what will help keep the structure and add a shine finish. Push back your hair with your hand to direct your style. Spray in some Oribe Light Reflecting Spray to top it off for an extra shiny look.

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Smooth, Straight Ponytails
A simple staple for spring and summer that’s still super “in” right now. This year, it’s all about finding a way to glam it up by accessorizing your pony. To perfect the smoothness of the hair, use a combination of soft gels such as Oribe Gel serum with versatile styling oils for shine like Kerastase Elixir Ultime. Accessorize with ponytail cuffs, fabric wraps, or headbands. For basics and cool seasonal choices, check out the options by France Luxe/ L. Erickson (some of which we have on hand at Butterfly).

mermaid waves
Mermaid Waves
We are seeing a lot of full, free-flowing hair and American Hustle inspired bouncy, volume-loving looks on trend. The mermaid wave is an easy go-to. Long, lusty lengths can be achieved by twisting hair sections into two pieces, creating a rope-like look. Blow dry twisted sections and work through your entire head. Let hair cool completely before shaking out. If needed, emphasize random sections with a 1 1/4 ” clip-less iron.

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The Crop
This year’s most requested haircut finally has us in love with the idea of going short. From pixies, bobs, lobs, and choppy, boyish hair – a shorter cut is what’s hot this season. Women are looking for a liberating cropped style that makes them feel edgy yet feminine. Short hair is popular because it’s a bold statement made easy. More and more, we are realizing just how versatile a shorter length actually is by playing with different hair parts, and trying fun and textured styles vs sleek and strong looks. The wet hair look is a top trend right now and it’s one of the most fashionable ways to wear the crop this year.

What is Balayage? Min Kim Explains! [Video]

Butterfly master color specialist & L’Oreal Professionnel artist Min Kim (@minkimcolorist on social) says balayage is a popular hair color service that is “definitely for everybody,” allowing colorists such as herself to “step outside of the box” and “paint the town happy” with their technique! Dating back a few decades, balayage takes on an artistic approach to highlighting hair of all types and styles – creating “natural movement” and enhancing looks with a more modern, “less is more” effect. Watch Min talk about why balayage is not just a celebrity-powered, chic trend but a customized highlighting method that will NOT be going anywhere…

[UPDATE: Click here to fast forward to over six months later!]

Thank you to Kissi Media/According to Dawn for the great video story!

Cezanne Perfect Finish Service – What To Expect [Video]

One of the best things about the Cezanne Perfect Finish is that the treatment is safe to use the same day as coloring and/or cutting your hair – allowing you to book your services in one shot. You’ll leave the salon fully transformed, and feeling like a knockout!

On Trend This Winter – The Pixie Crop

If you’re calling it the Michelle Williams, the “J-Law,” Beyonce’s two minute hair moment – or have named it after any of the other countless celebrities rocking the pixie right now – then you know it’s absolutely THE haircut to kick off 2014 with! We saw shorter hair rule the fall with lobs and bobs, but hair trends have gone even more short and fearless this winter with the pixie crop. We’ve even seen the style transform some of our own! So, what does it take to manage the iconic look that was originally made popular by Twiggy? We talked to Butterfly stylist Dana Tizzio, who executed the sexy chop pictured here, about the things to consider before going for the pixie.

“If you feel like your hair never does anything you want it to, this is a great time to start thinking about a cut.” However, “The pixie isn’t the type of style that allows you to just wake up and go,” she says. Surpisingly, you’ll have to spend some time styling it each day – with tweaks throughout the day. “Using product is a must! To get that specific look, you’ll need to make sure you’re using the right kind – and understand how and when to apply it.”