As 2018 comes to a (thankful) end, we’re gathering up as much beauty intel as possible to take with us into the New Year. So we asked beauty (hair!) expert Kattia Solano to share her staples, And here’s our takeaway: Celery juice might actually be a real thing. Keep reading to find out why.
I always say, beauty runs in my lineage. I come from a long line of Costa Rican stylists who’ve instilled in me an appreciation for natural remedies and beauty enhancement. I’ve never doubted that I was going to grow to create my own space in which I could share my culture and give the gift of beauty. So, I am extremely grateful that Butterfly Studio Salon (149 5th Avenue, NYC; +1 212 253 2100) has been thriving for 17 years. I strongly believe this is due to a strong team I’ve curated of passionate beauty experts who mirror my appreciation for both natural beauty as well as modern high driven technology. I am excited to share my seven staples of beauty that I value both personally and for my clients!
— Kattia Solano
1. Rahua Hydration Shampoo + Conditioner
I love these products because I can trust them for myself and my whole family. This shampoo and conditioner set is sulfate free, silicone free and paraben free. It’s super moisturizing without weighing hair down. Not to mention, they have the most amazing scent. The hydrating shampoo and conditioner are also a favorite of mine because of the plant-based complex, crafted with rare Amazonian oils and natural protein-bonding sugars. Natural compounds are always very important to me as I want to use the best on my clients.
2. Joanna Vargas Rejuvenating Serum
This is my go to skincare product. I may stray and experiment with trendy serums, but I always come back to old faithful. Unlike a lot of other serums I’ve tried, the Joanna Vargas Rejuvenating Serum is always light and never leaves a greasy residue on my skin. I notice a huge difference with my fine lines and the overall texture of my skin. Skincare is by far the most vital aspect of beauty for me.
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I can’t say that I’m particularly fond of supplements such as taking a daily vitamin or probiotic. I like to consider myself more of a juicer. Particularly, I stand behind celery juice. The benefits of juicing celery are endless but my favorite is for its anti-inflammatory action. I try to add any ingredients with anti-inflammatory benefits, such as turmeric, ginger or lemon to all of my teas and juices. Inflammation of the face or general hormonal bloating is always uncomfortable and never appealing. I strongly believe that if you can control your inflammation, you’ll feel light, energetic and youthful. Hydration is key! So, I’m always drinking juices, teas and water all day long!
My business and my home are in the heart of one of the busiest cities. New York is a huge part of my life, and like most people, so is social media. But between the busy city and the business happening in our phones, I can begin to feel overwhelmed. When that occurs, one of the most important things for me to do is to completely disconnect. My favorite place to unplug is my native land, Costa Rica. Costa Ricans are raised with a fresh agricultural lifestyle. It’s the perfect place to spend days doing physical activities like hiking with my family, bird watching or doing a puzzle! (Unheard of in NYC) I definitely come back refreshed and inspired.
5. Skin Care Comes First
I believe that the most important aspect of beauty is glowy, healthy skin. My skincare routine is therapeutic and vital to my overall beauty regimen. I find importance in gentle exfoliation of the entire body, and always being mindful of the skin on my face. I use cleansers that contain vitamin C. In addition, moisturizing my skin is not an option. I switch periodically between moisturizers but I always come back to simple, organic coconut oil from head to toe.
6. Hydrated Hair. I’ve spent the last couple decades dedicating my life to hair. And while there are so many tips and tricks I’ve picked up over the years, I believe the most important part of beautiful hair is protecting the hair’s moisture! One of my favorite moisturizing tips is to apply conditioner from the midshaft to the ends of the hair before shampooing. We’ve all heard how shampoo can often strip hair of its natural shine, so this technique is perfect for getting the scalp clean without unnecessarily damaging rest of the hair. I do this on myself and my four-year-old daughter. Moisture is also extremely important for color serviced clients. I’m constantly getting asked how to keep shine and gloss in hair that is constantly being colored. Many technicians would suggest getting glosses (which is great), but I stand behind high quality, in-salon treatments for a natural, health-restoring shine. Invest in your take home treatments and again, coconut oil is your best friend!
7. High Quality Tools!
I only use the best for my clients, and my own hair. I love a high quality, sleek-looking hair styling tool. Some of my favorites include the hot tools Marcel ceramic curling iron and the Dyson Supersonic. These two are hands down my favorites because they’re sleek, quiet and light. I believe having beautiful tools adds value to my services and my art.
With over 25 years of experience, Butterfly Studio Salon founder Kattia Solano is a female industry pioneer who embodies a strong and fearless entrepreneurial spirit. Beauty runs in my lineage. A native of Costa Rica and third generation stylist, it’s always been important for me to embody my culture and embed it into my life's work. I truly believe that the culture of Butterfly Studio comes from the heart of Costa Rica, the essence of who I am. I love a personal approach to hair by exploring textures, visions, and individual hair goals to create a customized style for each client. I love working with hair to make it look beautiful. Hair can have its own personality at times. It can be sassy, calm, wild, lovable, sexy and even moody which makes styling so exciting. I feel extremely grateful that I can use my art to help transform people's lives by focusing on inner beauty, confidence, empowerment and self-esteem. Throughout my career in the salon, as an editorial stylist, and educator, my ultimate goal has always been for hair to represent the person's true essence.