One of our own shares her experience with a post-shutdown haircut.
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It’s no lie that the “way we've done things” has been upended in ways unimaginable even four months ago. The expressions have flown around in a myriad of sayings: “the new normal,” “unprecedented times,” “try my quarantinis,” and so on...
The truth of it all is, times are weird. And this has been especially evident within the wellness industry, with salons and spas closing their doors for extended periods of time. We made due during shelter-in-place ordinances, putting the products we bought from our favorite locations to the ultimate use during expert #homebeauty tutorials. But the time has come to put our show of support for our beloved stylists and practitioners into hyper-overdrive.
60% of you told us the first beauty treatment you’re going to book when you can visit your stylists again is a hair color or cut. Can’t say we blame you (our Zoom calls are mostly hats right now). As we all begin to venture back out into the real world and visit our studios for some much-needed maintenance, you’ve no doubt heard of the regulations and guidelines salons are following to ensure your safety. But what about those on the front lines? Your stylists? The magicians turning your mane into the beautiful Bouffants and wavy wonderlands? How are they feeling about your next appointment and having you visit their chair?
We talked to a few on your behalf, and got some real-time feedback. So before you book, pay attention to these tips, and do your part to keep your stylist safe, as well as yourself.
Stylists, like their clients, want to feel safe. They are people too and are often at the whim of their salon owner. They are doing what they can to understand and follow the CDC and State board guidelines and will communicate those to clients.
If you are one of the stylists' first few customers, be patient. Some stylists are still skeptical. It may take observing others putting new protocols into action or trying them out themselves on a few clients to put the stylists at ease and can how thorough and effective they are.
While COVID-19 does add a layer of stress to everything, being on time is so important. We've talked about “the death of the walk-in,” but no-shows and late clients seriously impact the business. Some salons are working staggered shifts, so clients being on-time is very important. Since salons are practicing social distancing, the flow of traffic is extra important. And if a client shows up late, they can really throw the whole salon off schedule—AKA wreak havoc.
For the most part, stylists are no longer double booking and need to serve clients efficiently. That said, although stylists typically appreciate last-minute add-on requests, they may not be able to perform them right now. So again, you need to be patient.
Knowing time is of the essence, and a good deal of you want to get your color done, show up with clean hair. While it doesn’t sound intuitive given you’re visiting a salon, it’s a fact that color reacts better with clean hair, and some salons are not pre-shampooing or even shampooing at all. Don’t hedge your bets, and shampoo before your visit, please.
From owners following all measures to keep their staff safe to stylists doing what they can to make sure you feel comfortable, salons and spas are doing their part to keep you safe as everything starts to reopen across the country/world.
These lessons will help better prepare you for your next hair appointment. But that’s only one side of the coin. What are you doing to make sure your stylist feels safe, too?
The last few months have posed quite the challenge for fitness junkies all over the world. What used to be as simple as waking up early to go to your favorite sunrise yoga class or hitting the gym after work to maintain physical fitness has unfortunately come to an abrupt halt. For most of us, our fitness routines have been put to the test as we learn to embrace this “new normal” of WOFH (working out from home).
Even though COVID-19 has forced us to change up how we get a sweat sesh in, we’ve also been presented with a great opportunity to redefine the way we commit to our wellness routines. Luckily, the simplicity modern technology affords us these days gives us a ton of options to stay fit and healthy right in the comfort of our own homes.
Here’s how you can use the Mindbody app to freshen up your workouts:
While you may be missing out on the in-studio experience (trust me, I get it!), the Mindbody app enables you to take a class from any studio, no matter the distance. Whether you’re fixing to keep it local and check out places within your area or interested in a virtual workout 500 miles away, your options are endless. With 91% of group fitness studios making their classes available through live stream or video-on-demand, you can work out at any studio of your choosing.
Finding a virtual class in your area or in another city is simple with the Mindbody app. Simply log into the app and access virtual classes directly from the home screen.
Whether you’re fixing to keep it local or interested in a virtual workout 500 miles away, your options are endless.
With virtual classes dominating the workout scene right now, you have more access to different types of fitness classes than ever before. Maybe you live in a town where certain workouts aren’t available quite yet—or maybe you tend to be “set in your old ways” when it comes to your fitness choices and you never can get around to trying something new. I’ll be the first to admit there are certain classes I may have avoided in the past (I'm looking at you, HIIT) because I’m more of a yoga fan and enjoy being able to go at my own pace and take breaks when I need to.
We all get in our own head when we’re experiencing something for the first time—especially when it comes to a workout class. However, being in the privacy of your own home, you have the luxury of setting your own pace and taking rest/water breaks when you need to. Plus, tons of studios have Intro Offers for new clients, so you can try out new studios and classes for less.
You know what they say—variety is the spice of life. Well, the same can be said about your workout routine. If you’re looking for another way to mix up your fitness journey, try taking a class from a different studio or teacher than you normally would. Not sure if you’ll vibe with a certain studio or teacher? No problem. You can learn about a studio and get to know their teachers all within the Mindbody app.
Here’s a fun tip: Are your virtual game nights or weekly House Party check-ins with friends getting stale? A fun way I’ve been staying connected with friends during quarantine is by jumping into classes my friends have on their weekly rotation—whether they live in another state or just down the street.
Even though the in-studio experience feels like an activity of the distant past, the Mindbody app makes it easy to stick to your fitness goals, stay sane, and support your favorite studios, too. With the ability to browse and book virtual classes anywhere, anytime, you can find the right workout for you whenever you need it. And let’s be honest, a good sweat is something we all REALLY need right now.
Ready for some yoga at home or see why virtual HIIT is a hit? Click here to book a virtual workout.