By Marni James
Fifth Avenue in Gramercy may be known for great shopping, but amid the boutiques lays luxury salon and spa Butterfly Studio. It’s the brainchild of founder Kattia Solano, who wanted a salon where clients could get a total experience for the mind, body and soul. Kattia has been in the industry for more than 15 years and was recently named one of the top four hairstylists (and the only female), in NYC by Allure magazine. That’s big! Kattia has trained with the best, including Frederic Fekkai and John Barrett, and she brings this expertise and talent to the young, hip, Butterfly.
Feel the positive, calming energy the moment you walk into the chic lounge, with its earthy accents, plants and Koi pond. Kattia has hired the best knowledgeable staff and they truly personalize each client’s experience. No cookie cutters here! Stylists know the trends and help interpret them for your hair type. Kerastase and Shu Uemura treatments are offered, as well as haircolor, makeup application, waxing, manis, pedis and lash extensions services. The boutique is stocked with the latest and greatest products including Malin&Goetz and Paula Dorf makeup.
My experience at Butterfly included a haircut with the fabulous stylist Stacy, who made my waited-too-long-to-get-a-haircut hair look amazing. The “LOB,” as she coined it, is a longer, one-length bob, perfect for keeping the length AND getting rid of dry ends. Tracy explained how to best work with my hair’s semi-wavy texture, the right products to use and how to use the curling iron to achieve those desired beachy waves. I valued how quickly she seemed to understand my hair and my needs, and trusted her instantly. The result was exactly what I wanted, a uniform length cut with body and super low-maintenance. I left on such a high note, already wanting to plan my next appointment.
Also, not to be missed, the staff regularly hosts educational “Social Butterfly” events after hours, on topics ranging from nutrition to makeup. Needless to say, I can’t wait to go back.
Plan your metamorphosis soon!
Butterfly Studio Salon
149 5th Avenue, 2nd floor
New York, NY 10010