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Halloween is right around the corner and we all know what that means: sweets. Although treats might be tempting, this season doesn’t have to be all about inducing yourself into a sugar coma. Here’s some handy advice on how to have a healthy Halloween and fit in some fun with your workout, too!
Beware of *terrifying* workouts, as some of your favourite studios put a spooky spin on their regular classes. At FORM in Chelsea, you can expect Halloween specials, such as Haunted HIIT, Monster METcore, Trick or Treat TRX and Pumpkin & PURE, all the while listening to some skin-crawling classics. At Ebb&Flow in Farnham, sign up for Glow in the Dark, part of the studio’s Friday night series, to enjoy a pumpkin-lit vinyasa class to themed music. You’ll be illuminated by UV lights and, to make things extra spectacular, there will be a DIY neon face paint station for people who want to literally flow in the dark.
Ever tried jumping lunges dressed as a superhero or burpees in a catsuit? Didn’t think so! Add some fun to your fitness by dressing the part and encouraging your classmates to do the same. The unfamiliar kit might even change your mindset, as you take on the strengths of a fictional character—think Thor’s hammer throw and Cat Woman’s flexibility. Be on the lookout for studios and classes on the MINDBODY app that are embracing the Halloween theme, such as The Foundry’s ‘Scary Strongman’ (as if CrossFit® wasn’t scary enough!).
Sync up your MINDBODY app to Strava and enjoy a run in the dark! Map a route that will take you down a popular street for trick or treating to keep it interesting, but don’t forget to wear reflective gear so you stay visible (we love lululemon’s tight stuff tights with discreet reflective details). If running isn’t your thing, get in the saddle at CYC:D where you’ll be treated to a high-energy evening spin class to the beat of some spine-tingling tunes (and if you’re lucky, a pumpkin protein shake afterwards to refuel!)
If you’re squeezing in a solo sweat session, then add these classics to your playlist to get you in the mood:
1. Monster Mash – Bobby ‘Boris’ Pickett
2. Ghostbusters – Ray Parker Jr.
3. Superstition – Stevie Wonder
4. Beautiful Monster - NEYO
5. Thriller – Michael Jackson
6. I Put A Spell on You (from Hocus Pocus) – Freak on a Leash
7. Black Cat – Janet Jackson
8. Disturbia – Rihanna
9. Déjà vu – Beyonce
10. Evil Woman – Mike Posner
If you fancy catching a scary film while working up a sweat, then check out Pedal Powered horror at Courage Yard Cinema in Bermondsey. Viewers are encouraged to hop on one of 12 bikes and use their pedalling to power the cinema throughout the screening!
Times are strange right now, as you all know. We’ve all heard the phrase “new normal” about a million times already, and all the while, things are still changing every day. If you asked me a few months ago what I’d be writing about right now, I would never have guessed I’d be interviewing someone about what it’s like to get a haircut.
Nonetheless, we’re all doing our best to band together and help each other out right now. You may have noticed salons and spas offering messages of support, video tutorials for DIY beauty, and now, waitlists and announcements of reopening their doors. But as we all know, this isn’t the “old normal” anymore, and there will be changes.
Here’s what you can expect to be different when you finally head back into the salon or spa:
As salons and spas begin to reopen, they’ll likely have to make changes due to new social distancing requirements. When you enter the space, you’ll probably see a complete rearrangement. Stations will be separated by at least six feet, and some might even be removed to allow for more space. Salons that don’t have that much space to spare are putting in temporary walls or partitions.
On top of that, there may be fewer appointments scheduled at the same time (and definitely no walk-ins) to limit the number of people in the building. Say goodbye to waiting rooms and lobbies—you’ll likely be asked to wait outside or in your car until the exact start time of your appointment to prevent too many people crowding the front.
In addition to their increase in space, salons and spas will likely up their cleaning standards and procedures. We surveyed active consumers on the Mindbody app and learned that among the many changes beauty and wellness businesses can make upon reopening, following rigorous sanitization guidelines is the most important. You’ll probably see social posts or confirmation emails that outline new cleaning protocols, and you may notice some signage hanging around the building to reassure that the areas have been disinfected. Employees, and even guests, will be wearing masks and/or gloves, and you may even get a spritz of hand sanitizer at the door. According to Salon 124 Group, getting these supplies is turning out to be one of the largest obstacles for reopening.
In between each appointment, they’ll thoroughly disinfect the area before the next client arrives. Not only that, but each time you move to a new station (like from shampoo to haircut), they may also wipe down the station as soon as you get up to make sure it’s clean for the next guest.
After a good haircut, we all want to check ourselves out. And now that we’re all more cautious of germs and bacteria, we also want to literally check ourselves out at the end of our appointments. Out of the various fitness, beauty, and wellness businesses on our platform, consumers feel most comfortable returning to hair salons, and 62.7% said hair cutting, coloring, styling, barbering, or blow-drying would be the first beauty service they book once restrictions are lifted. An extra, important layer of comfort can be added in the form of contactless payments.
Many salons and spas will likely be incorporating some sort of contactless checkout process to limit touch points. They may end up taking your payment information at check-in via text and removing the front desk, so you don’t have to interact with another person face-to-face.
All-in-all, you can expect changes—and lots of them. Whether it’s increased retail offerings, curbside pickups, virtual consultations, at-home appointments, or video tutorials, many salons and spas are getting creative with how they offer support to their clients. Above all, they want to help us feel beautiful, confident, and somewhat normal during this time—and for that, we’re so thankful.
Want to hear about a real salon experience firsthand? One of our own got her hair done at a reopened salon in Georgia—here’s how it went.
Are you a salon owner yourself? Check out the Reboot Kit for Salons, Spas, & Wellness Businesses for extensive info and advice on how to prepare for reopening.