Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Not So Wordless Wednesday - My day as a Hair Model at Butterfly Studio Salon!

Have you ever dreamed of being a Hair Model? Oddly enough it's the one New York experience that I have not had before.....Until Today!

I'm kinda of a lifer type, I'm super loyal. I was with my first hair-dresser since late childhood until right about senior year in High School. He actually did my hair for Prom! He had a heart attack and at the urging of his family got out of the industry. I missed him terribly and floundered for a number of years. I never felt I got a cut as good as his in my adulthood, until today!

Things had been so bad as of late, that my hair sadly went a full year uncut! (I know right?!! I can totally hear you gasping!) I knew I couldn't continue to leave my ends un-attended, they were literally starting to look fried. After attending the Hair 101 event at L'Oreal Paris, I asked team L'Oreal for a Salon Recommendation in NYC and the first salon that was recommended was Butterfly Studio Salon. (Why I hadn't heard of them before the glowing recommendation from L'Oreal I don't know). But I learned a long time ago to trust the butterfly, and follow it wherever it leads me.

Butterfly Studio Salon has Junior Stylists that are working toward their chair in the salon, and often need hair models so that the stylists can advance. Normally something like this would scare me, I've had my share of really scary haircuts, I mean really scary. But for some reason this year has been all about change for me, and I really, really wanted a major change. I was starting to feel like Sade, people were able to spot me at events by my super long pony tail! Well butterflies, no one will be able to spot me by my super long ponytail anymore, because it's GONE!!

The long hair down my mid back that I would actually snap my head back with sometimes is gone and I couldn't be happier. My hair is naturally wavy, thin and super frizz prone, and as most people with naturally wavy or curly hair know, the shorter you cut it, the more it curls, so I tend to lean on the conservative side with how much I'm willing to cut. (Which I'm sure normally wouldn't make things easy on the stylist.)

Maybe because I was so ready for a real change, I really put myself in my stylist's able hands and let her take the vision of what I wanted, coupled with her expertise and knowledge of what my hair really can and can't do, and let her transform it.

My stylist, Margaux Martinez, managed to take my un-manageable mane and truly transform it. I feel about 10 pounds lighter! In all my salon experiences, my blow outs usually entail a ton of painful tugging, followed by either a flat iron or a curling iron (depending on the desired style), this is literally the first time I couldn't feel my hair being tugged at all, she has great hands and a very light touch. Disproving the 'Dicho' (saying) 'El que quiere moños bonitos aguanta jalones' which loosely translated means 'If you want pretty hair you will deal with the yanking/pain.

This was the most 'pain free' (and I mean that in every sense of the word) salon experience I've ever had, and I can't recommend Margaux or the team at Butterfly Studio Salon higher!

The salon which moved from Mid-Town to the super trendy Flatiron district, transports you the moment you arrive, with a beautiful Koi pond in the waiting area, and because they are on the second floor you are already removed from the hustle and bustle and don't have to worry about people poking their faces in the window to see you with your wet hair! (Let's face it, we only want people to see the after!)

OK, I'm thinking you are ready for the un-veiling, I mean this was supposed to be a Wordless Wednesday and all....

Ascending Butterfly (Left), Margaux Martinez, Stylist (Center), my Mama Butterfly (Right) 

Oops, tucked the front behind my ears when I put my coat on!
If any of you have been hesitant to try out something like this, I couldn't recommend Butterfly Studio Salon more, and you will love Margaux! Ask for her, you won't regret it! The Hair Model program asks you to only pay for the price of the products used basically, so you will pay a $35 salon fee (gratuity is additional), and you will get a wash (shampoo + conditioner), cut (one that is tailored to work with your hair and it's natural texture, you never feel forced to do something that doesn't work for you), style and blow out. No charge for the Koi Pond and serenity! :)

And you know I love companies that give back, brands with a conscience, and Butterfly Studio Salon is giving back this holiday season, here's how you can do something wonderful for you, and give back at the same time. The salon has decided to act to put some cheer into the faces of disadvantaged children by donating new toys and participating in the Toys for Tots program. On your next visit if you bring a new unwrapped toy valued at $10 or more, you will receive 10% off on your next service. Something nice for you and a way to give back too, How cool is that?

I wouldn't be doing my job as a fab frugalista if I didn't mention that during the holiday season if you check in on Foursquare or Facebook you will receive a complimentary Kerastase travel sized product.

There are a few other Holiday Gift Package Promotions you should definitely check out, and they are also having a 'Social Butterfly Event' on November 17th, where you can meet Tata Harper and experience complimentary express facials and complimentary eyebrow shaping by Christina Marroquin! Don't you just love that they call their events 'Social Butterfly Events'? (Much like me, a social butterfly!)

You can keep up with all things Butterfly Studio Salon on your favorite social media channel like Twitter or Facebook! And if you would like to have your hair styled by Margaux, you can reach her directly via email at:

I found a new stylist and new favorite salon, today has been a fantastic hairday!

Happy Not So Wordless Wednesday Butterflies, Hope you are having a fantastic hairday, I know I am!

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FTC Disclosure: This is NOT a sponsored post. No compensation has been received by Ascending Butterfly for this post!


  1. This salon cannot be more you! :) I love your new look...simply gorgeous!

  2. ooh la la - looking HAWT! So silky and shiny, love the look!

  3. @Patty Agreed! Can't beleive it took me this long to find them! And Thanks! I feel like a whole new person! :)

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  4. @By Word - LOL! Thanks and it's 2 days later and my blow out still looks shiny and silky! :)

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  5. What fun! Your hair looks amazing.

    -:¦:- WW: Tree Seedpod -:¦:-

  6. @aquariann - Thanks! :)

    Off to check out your Tree Seedpod WW post!

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  7. Brave move and it paid off! Nice to put your trust in a new stylist.

  8. @momznite - Thanks! Definitely wasn't easy for me to do, I'm used to having longer hair, but I agree it did totally pay off! :)

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