Local Love: SALON by milk + honey

Entrance to milk + honey on Guadalupe at corner of Cesar Chavez

milk + honey has been a spa staple in downtown Austin for nearly seven years. On more than one occasion, I’ve been the lucky recipient of gift certificates to the spa where I’ve indulged in a massage, facial and mani-pedi, all exceptional. Formerly, the spa and salon were housed in separate locations in the 2nd Street District, but no longer! Just last week, milk + honey opened their beautiful, new, spacious location at the corner of Cesar Chavez and Guadalupe. I was kindly invited to partake in a service at the SALON by milk + honey to write about and share with all you Beautypendents.

View of SALON by milk + honey, Austin, hair colorist, best salon

The first thing I noticed walking in to the new and improved milk + honey was how much larger the reception area is. Before, take one extra side step and you could accidentally encroach on another client’s pedicure. Once I checked in, I was shown to the salon, which faces Cesar Chavez, with a lovely view of Lady Bird Lake and the Long Center. Kenneth was assigned to be my “hair therapist” for the day to do my partial highlights. We discussed what I wanted to have done, letting him know that it had been at least three years since I’ve had highlights, although I regularly color my hair at home. Long gone are my days of wild hair color, and I shared that I wanted natural-looking brown shades, with placement underneath so the growth won’t be so obvious. Thankfully, he offered to also cover up my grays at the same time.

SALON by milk + honey, highlights, Austin hair colorist

Kenneth carefully placed my foils in a halo formation around my head, to lift my black hair color. At the same time, he used a demi-permanent black to cover my non-foiled gray hairs. I then sat under lamps (not a dryer) for 20-30 minutes to help open the hair cuticle in preparation for my new color. In the meantime, I enjoyed a magazine and a mimosa. Next was a rinse, and then he deposited a toner (my new brown color) on my freshly bleached strands. Another 10 minutes and a rinse, and voila, I had my new highlights! He brought me back to the chair for a chic blowout, and you can see the results below.

Jenn with new highlights from SALON by milk + honey, Austin, hair colorist

Although I’m very happy with my natural hair color, I do enjoy the dimension added by highlights. If you work downtown, then SALON by milk + honey is a great option for getting your hair services done while on your lunch break. With beautiful, spacious facilities and convenient, validated parking in City Hall, milk + honey is worth the visit. Might I add that the Austin Young Chamber FAVE Awards just named milk + honey as their “Fave Way to Treat Yourself”. What other endorsement do you need?

Images: view of salon – pulled from milk + honey Facebook page, all other images – author’s own

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