“I’m happy to share that we are opening our first spa and salon in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, slated to open this winter. The newest location will be located in The Shops at Clearfork and will feature 14 treatment rooms, eight salon chairs, and four mani-pedi stations.
Over the years, we’ve been lucky enough to have thousands of Dallas/Fort Worth clients join us in Austin and Houston, so when the opportunity to expand into The Shops at Clearfork was presented to us, we knew it would be a great fit.
We’ll keep you updated as we near our opening date in Fort Worth. In the meantime, you can follow us at @milkandhoneyspa for sneak peeks along the way.
Thank you for your continued support!”
Alissa Bayer, founder + owner
It’s that time of year again. Pool parties and beach vacays can often mean one thing: waxing bikini lines and beyond. Though many favor rocking body hair these days, (you’ve gotta do you!) we’re sharing some pro-tips to make the most of your next waxing appointment. We caught up with the ever-glowy (and incredibly kind) milk + honey esthetician, Jessica H., for her hair-removal best practices.
Grow it out
Jessica says the hair length should be at least a quarter of an inch long. “This means grown out approximately two weeks after shaving and three to four weeks after waxing. The hair needs to be long enough for the wax to grab the hair and pull it out by its root.”
Don’t forget to hydrate
“Hydrated healthy skin is very important,” says Jessica. “This eliminates hair breakage and skin lifting. Hydrated skin also helps eliminate ingrown hairs from forming between waxing services.”
Jessica also encourages exfoliation to make waxing easier and prevent ingrown hairs. “Layers of dead skin can interfere with the quality of the service,” she says. “Exfoliating the skin will ensure a more comfortable service and thorough removal of the hair.”
Know your wax
“If your skin is prone to ingrown hairs — especially on the bikini line — request that hard wax is used in your service,” Jessica advises.
Use product post-wax
“Using a post-wax serum that promotes skin cell turnover, an anti-bacterial environment, and hydrates the skin in one multi-action formula is a must,” Jessica insists. “At milk + honey, we carry Flawless and Cosmedix Pure Enzymes — both are really popular retail items that are used by our clients.”
Hold off on breaking a sweat
Jessica recommends waiting 24 hours after waxing to engage in extreme perspiration (i.e. hot yoga, running, biking, etc.) This includes direct sunlight for excessive periods of time, steam showers and baths as well as chlorinated pools and hot tubs. “Try to keep the waxed area clean and hydrated,” she says.” “Keeping the body cool and hydrated will inhibit any skin reactions and irritations.”
If you’re a KEVIN.MURPHY fan, SALON by milk + honey has your back this month. Until the end of July 2018, you’ll receive two minis when you purchase one full size Fresh.Hair, Doo.Over, or Bedroom.Hair at any of our locations. KEVIN.MURPHY minis are TSA-friendly and key for summer travels. (Not to mention, they’re adorable.) Stop by milk + honey to stock up on your favorites this month.
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Everyone knows your skincare regimen needs a little TLC during the sunny, summer months, but have you ever considered your hair routine? Personally, I find myself stepping up my hair hydration game between May and Octoberish. (That’s summer when you live in Austin.) I prefer to let my hair air dry, but Texan summer heat + my natural waves = an often frizzy, not super chill look on my part. I’ve tried Lee From America’s famous #cocobun, of course, but I needed insider info. During a blowout at milk + honey, I found the answers c/o Kate Allen, a very knowledgeable stylist.
You asked, we listened. Our cult-favorite Cream Deodorant is now available in stick format. Created and tested in sunny Austin, Texas, our clean and cruelty-free deodorant will keep you feeling (and smelling) fresh all day long. The stick format isn’t the only exciting update from milk + honey HQ, though. Here’s what’s new.
We’re officially expanding our Arboretum Market location in order to offer the full, exceptional milk + honey spa experience and highest quality products to even more people in Austin.
We’re moving only a few doors down from our original salon into a 10,275 square foot space — making it our largest spa and salon yet. Designed by Baldridge Architects and slated for completion this winter, the location will feature 14 treatment rooms, eight salon chairs, and four manicure-and-pedicure stations. In addition to haircut and styling services, that means massage, body treatments, facials, waxing, peels, and natural nail therapy for our current Arboretum Market clients and the greater Northwest Austin area.
The current salon will be fully operational throughout the expansion process so it will not cause disruptions in the interim. We’re very excited to reveal the new space to you and will certainly keep you in the loop as we near the grand opening.
Whether it’s protecting against the harsher heat or showing off that new swimsuit, there are many reasons to bid adieu to dry skin and uncover your greatest glow this summer. We encourage creating a plan for healthy, hydrated skin with these three preliminary skincare tips.
This month, we launched #WhyWeSayYesTo / #WhyWeSayNoTo: an online conversation highlighting ingredients we’ll never use and what we choose instead. Here’s a wrap-up of our first few suggestions to clean up your beauty routine — one product at a time.
Swap your ordinary hand sanitizer for milk + honey’s Hand Purifier. The handbag-friendly essential is made with natural alcohol — distilled from denatured lavender oil. while other hand sanitizers strip + dry your skin, our cleaner ingredients are designed to refresh and soothe.
Acting as the base in our Lip Butters and Lip Polishes, organic virgin coconut oil deeply moisturizes and nourishes dry lips. Most lip balms in your bag are likely made of petrolatum (or petroleum jelly), which creates a barrier over your lips and skin — preventing any moisture from being absorbed. Instead, we stick to the clean ingredients found in nature — the ones that actually work.
There’s a reason everyone’s switching to natural deodorant. Antiperspirants use harmful ingredients like aluminum to clog your pores, which disrupts your natural detox process. that’s why we say yes to effective natural ingredients like baking soda + essential oils in our Cream Deodorant. our effective formulation will keep you smelling fresh while allowing your body the detox it needs.
When you see “fragrance” on an ingredient list, it can mean any number of chemicals are hidden in the product. many “fragrances” are synthetic and contain hidden pthalates, which are known endocrine disruptors. In short — you don’t know exactly what you’re signing up for. We believe in transparency, which is #WhyWeSayNoTo artificial fragrances. instead, we choose to use pure essential oils — aka no hidden phthalates, preservatives, or parabens.
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If you’ve used social media at all recently, you’re surely aware Mercury is in retrograde. Every once in a while, the planet becomes our “scapegoat” for the miscommunications and misfortunes we experience. Why is that? milk + honey reached out to our Energy Catalyst, Stacy Davenport, for tips on how to stay positive during the homestretch of this unpredictable time. Today, we’re sharing her advice for keeping it together for the last week of Mercury-in-retrograde.
At the Office
- Wipe down the surface of your desk and organize the items on the surface. You want to create visual quietness.
- Put files away into file cabinets.
- Bring fresh flowers and place them near your computer screen to absorb the energetic negativity.
- Sweep your entry area daily with the intention to clear away any energy that may be blocking your path in life.
- Dust all surfaces in your home, and while doing so, thank the space for providing you support for your life.
- Sweep the floors and vacuum the carpets, and while doing so, visualize that any dirt and dust be removed from your home; therefore, unblocking your path to fulfillment.
- Wash your bedding and towels with a ½ cup of sea salt. This clears any psychic and energetic debris that you’ve released while you’ve slept.
- Clear your car of unnecessary stuff and take it for a thorough cleaning at the car wash. Cars represent our emotional body.
- Have a beautiful bouquet of flowers in your home and place them where you can see them as you move about your home.
“The end of this Mercury retrograde is a powerful time to complete the incompletes in your life so the new energy of Spring can fully activate and flow blessings into your life.”
– Stacy Davenport
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Springtime represents rebirth and renewal — in our surroundings and in ourselves. So, we’re embracing this notion of a season-in-bloom to focus on our love for the earth, practice everyday sustainability, clear out the literal and metaphorical clutter, and to grow our foundational product ingredient knowledge so we can make smart, educated decisions about the daily impact we make on others and on the environment.
Food • for • Thought
What is one thing you can do every day to minimize your environmental footprint?
How can you clean up your beauty routine — one product at a time?
In your home: where do you feel most calm? Where do you feel most chaotic? Why?
What is one small kindness you can do for another person daily? Weekly? Monthly?