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While shelter-in-place has become a large part of the “new normal,” and as select cities across the globe begin reopening, we’ve all had to find potential new avenues to explore our personal wellness, from virtual fitness routines to honing in on our ability to cut our own hair. While shifting your yoga class from the studio to the living room was easily doable thanks to the advent of virtual classes of nearly any type, when it comes to beauty routines, times have proved a little trickier.
With so many salons and spas closed, as well as pretty much every other business out there, it's been the perfect time for our hair to get wild, our nails to go unpainted, our two eyebrows to become one, our standard beauty treatments to go by the wayside, and proper facials and masks taking a backseat to an extra hour of sleep.
It’s also been the ideal time to try out new DIY beauty routines, especially those you may have been a little too, shall we say, embarrassed to try prior...? (Look, it’s perfectly normal to slather mayo all over my hair before bed, throw on a shower cap, and “see what happens” in the morning, Karen. Gosh.). From skin scrubs made from ingredients you found in the cupboard or an actual mud mask, to new beauty uses for standard glitter and an apple cider vinegar facial treatment, the ingenuity of the human spirit cannot be contained, especially as it pertains to at-home beauty.
So in between your next skin treatment, before you give your S/O a haircut, “trying” DIY bangs despite what everyone told you on a Zoom happy hour, creating a personal spa day, tweezing, scrubs, a face mask that isn't really a face mask, and testing out new ingredients for a skin peel, get your phone out and share it with us!
You guys are creative. That’s for sure. And to showcase all of this creativity, as well as connect you with expert stylists to help with any potential "oops” moments, we’ve introduced the world to #HomeBeauty by Mindbody.
It’s easy to join in on the fun:
Simply tag your photos and videos on Instagram using #homebeauty (be sure to tag @mindbody as well). We’re keeping an eye out for all submissions and will be featuring many of them across our social outlets.
What we’re looking for...
You tagging, following, and posting images of:
• How much you miss your salons and spas
• How you are maintaining any sort of beauty routine during quarantine (good
• Ordering products (if you’re doing that)
• Doing at-home hair/beauty tutorials
We’re then taking your submissions and tagging in our expert stylists and practitioners to give you a few practical tips & tricks to not only keep your routine intact but potentially improve on it.
Through our IGTV, we’ll get your questions answered with “custom” videos and personalized shout-outs.
That’s it! You’re most likely already showing the world what you got, and this is just a bonus of being able to connect, in real-time with stylists and practitioners.
We’re all in this together. And while we’ve helped say thank you to our instructors in a number of different ways, our salons and spas also need to feel the love. Wherever you are in the world, let’s come together and connect with them.
Follow @mindbody on Instagram, tag #Homebeauty, and get your custom expert advice today!
If you’re a commitment-phobe like me, you probably understand the stress of searching for the perfect gym or studio membership. When offices were open and I commuted to and from work, I especially struggled. Do I find a studio near work or home? If it’s near my office, I can go after work, but what about weekends? I don’t want to do that commute when I don’t have to!
Then, add on the fitness type decision and try not to let your head explode. What if I get bored of cycling and want to try something else? What if I get super sore after HIIT and need a yoga class? Do I need to become a member at multiple locations?
Maybe this is just a me problem... but I don’t think it is. I mean, that’s why the Mindbody app exists in the first place—so you can try out different classes and studios, commitment-free. Although it’d be nice if one membership could cover multiple fitness types, at some point, picking your favorite and committing just makes sense.
So, how do you choose the perfect gym membership for you?
What are you looking for in a gym, studio, or health club? What do you care most about? Is it a smaller, intimate workout setting with instructors who know you by name? A larger studio with tons of fitness classes throughout the day, so you can always find one to fit your schedule? What about the staff? Are there certain qualities you’re looking for in your instructors? Do you prefer soft encouragement while you exercise, or instructors who aren’t afraid to push you harder during training? Think about your routine. Do you prefer morning classes or evening? Are you looking for 30-minute, high-intensity classes you can squeeze in on your lunch break? Or longer, slower-paced classes to wind down after work? There are so many different factors that can affect your choice in studio, and with so many options, you can get pretty specific.
What do you want from a studio that you just aren’t quite satisfied with at home? Think about your fitness goals. Maybe you get your cardio in the form of running outside, and you need some help with strength training. Maybe you invested in a fully decked out weight room in your garage when COVID-19 hit, but now you’re looking for a yoga studio to help with recovery.
With all those options out there, it can be hard to even know where to start. So, asking yourself questions like these is a good first step.
When it comes to picking a monthly membership, of course, budget is important. Sit down with your spreadsheet, or app, or whatever the hell you use to budget your monthly spending and see what you can afford to shuffle around. Wellness is an investment, not just a one-time purchase, and weaving it into your monthly budget will help you prioritize it.
Once you’ve determined how much you’re willing to spend per month, decide if you want any of that to be left over for the occasional drop-in class. You may want to spend most of it on a membership but keep a little extra for those days you’re feeling adventurous and want to try a new workout. Or maybe you’re a creature of habit, and you’re fine with just sticking to your favorite. That’s fine too! Just be sure to make those decisions early and factor them in while budgeting.
Lots of studios on Mindbody provide Intro Offers, or special deals for new clients only that allow you to try out some classes at a lower rate. For example, some studios (like VibeFlow yoga in San Diego) offer your first class free, and others give discounted rates for your first 2 weeks or a month. When I was looking for a yoga studio to join, I tried just about every Intro Offer in my area. It’s a great way to save money and try out local studios before committing. Plus, it got me out of my comfort zone! I got to try so many different types of yoga before deciding which I liked best. Every instructor, studio, and class is so unique and different—it’s fun to get a feel for all the different mini fitness communities within your own larger one.
For those that don’t have any new client deals, you can check to see if they have Last-Minute Offers. These are drop-in deals for one-time classes, that fluctuate in price depending on timing, number of spots left, etc. So basically, if there’s a class in your area that starts in an hour and still has several spots left, odds are, you’ll be able to join that class for a lower drop-in rate!
And if you’re not quite ready to head back into the studio—or if those in your area have not yet reopened—another great way to try before you buy is virtual classes. Many studios offer live stream and on demand workout classes on Mindbody, so you can get a feel for the classes and instructors from the comfort (and safety) of your home.
I know I told you to identify your needs in step one. Find out exactly what you’re looking for a studio to provide. But, when it comes to picking a membership, it’s important to be flexible (and I’m not just talking about your yoga class). While identifying your needs is a great first step to narrowing down your options, you may find that while trying out different studios, those needs totally change.
In my case, I thought I really wanted a membership to a hot yoga studio, but when I branched out and tried one that didn’t offer heated classes, I found a different kind of yoga environment I really enjoyed (and, of course, this made it really difficult to choose). On top of that, I was new to yoga and a little nervous about how I looked in class. I wanted a larger studio where I could hang in the back and try not to be noticed. But then, during my second or third week of class using an Intro Offer at a smaller studio, the man at the front desk greeted me by name, and my perspective totally changed. I went into class and laid out my mat in the front row, ready for the instructor to give me tips for improvement—and I’m better for it.
All of this to say, you never know what you’re going to find when it comes to trying new things. Have your list of wants and priorities, but don’t be afraid to tear it up and start over—and enjoy learning about yourself along the way.
So, if you’re ready to face your fear of commitment and settle down with your soulmate studio, now you have somewhere to start. Whether you’re trying to be more cost-effective, craving a community, or just need a good old-fashioned routine your life, a membership is a great way to consistently prioritize your wellness. Not only that, but you get the awesome benefit of joining a fitness community where you’ll see faces you recognize, meet some workout buddies, and be encouraged by instructors to keep improving in your practice. So where do I sign up?
Book classes on Mindbody to get started.