Austin Fit Magazine Best of 2016

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Best Spa Experience 

1. Milk + Honey - WINNER

For an unforgettable pampering experience, check into Austin’s born and bred Milk + Honey. All four locations extensively cater to your utmost relaxation and healing needs.

2. Viva

3. Lake Austin 

Chase Alexander—Lead Stylist at Milk + Honey

What should you consider when finding the right stylist?

A few things. Personality fit—for me, consultations are really important. The first time I meet someone I always want 15 minutes prior to their scheduled appointment so that we can talk and I can understand their lifestyle, because I need to give them a look that will match that. Connecting with someone that understands what you want is important. I also suggest finding someone that believes in the products that they have. I love our color and product line, and you need good stuff at home that will give you whatever hair you want. Everyone here at Milk + Honey is really talented so it’s not a concern of whether you’re going to find someone who is going to be able to give you a great haircut. The difference comes down to tiny details of personality, preference of product and stuff like that.

What are the best practices to keep your hair healthy?

It starts with shampoo and conditioner. You have to have something that has quality ingredients. I also do glossing treatments for my clients a lot, almost every time they come in and especially during seasonal changes. They are semi-permanent colors with or without pigment and they just give your hair that extra shine and silk. Plus, they last 6–8 weeks.

What’s in your bag?

Kevin Murphy Anti-Gravity Styling Liquid 

Everyone in Texas wants volume. This is a heat protectant and volumizer—it gives the hair a lot of bounce and movement without being too heavy. 

Davines Love Hair Smoother

It’s a hair crème, pre-blow dry lotion since we all have frizz because we live in Texas. I chose that because it gives silky soft beautiful blow outs. 

Kevin Murphy Night Rider for Men

It’s a matte finishing paste that gives you texture. You can run your hands through your hair throughout the day and you won’t have a hand of goop—that’s something I don’t like in my products. 

Kevin Murphy Doo Over

It’s a dry texturizing spray, because everyone wants texture. It’s the “thing” to work with what you have; letting your hair dry naturally, putting in a few loose waves, nothing overly styled. The spray is a dry shampoo mixed with a hairspray, so you have more movement, but it still looks like you. 

Kevin Murphy Young Again Oil 

This is a great finishing oil for little pieces that need a some extra love. It’s perfect for frizz—one drop is all you need. You can use it on wet or dry hair, and I use it a lot on women that want a silky soft blow out. It finishes the look and makes it look extra expensive and polished. 

BaByliss Volare V1 Hair Dryer

The engine in my hair dryer was designed by Ferrari, so it’s incredibly powerful. Even after using it everyday for two years, it’s never failed me.

Milk + Honey’s Hand Purifier No. 08 

It’s a lavender-eucalyptus scented hand sanitizer, that I always have with me. Most hand sanitizers freaks me out, it makes me feel like I’m at the doctor. This one smells lovely, it softens your hands—everyone in my family gets one as a stocking stuffer.

Favorite Store for Fitness Apparel and Gear

1. Lululemon

High-quality athletic apparel and athleisure wear meets functionality and comfort at Lululemon. Whether you’re aiming to get sweaty or get stylish (or both!), the options for workout staples are abundant.

2. Academy


Favorite Hotel

1. W Austin Hotel

Located in the heart of downtown Austin, The W boasts chic and stylish rooms with impressive in-house amenities like a full spa, swimming pool and sun deck. Not a guest? You can still check out their creative happy hour menu Monday through Friday 5-7 p.m at The Living Room Bars, Trace Austin, and the WET Deck.

2. Hotel San Jose

3. JW Marriott

Best Veterinary Clinic

1. Corner Vet

With a passionate staff and a steadfast mission to unite the city through a love of animals, Corner Vet not only cares for your animal—they care for you.

2. Westlake Animal Hospital

3. Firehouse Animal Health Center

Best Bike Shop

1. Bicycle Sports Shop

Serving Austin’s cycling community since 1983, Bicycle Sport Shop has had ample time to stake its claim as the leader in bike retail and service. The store is run by passionate folks who have a love for cycling that is contagious.

2. Mellow Johnny’s

3. Bicycle World Austin

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