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Published Friday Nov 15, 2019 by Erica Arvanitis

ICYMI: A Recap on Boston’s Best of Wellness Event

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If you’re an L.A. local, you remember our first Best of Wellness event at the AllBright West Hollywood. We loved it so much we decided to bring it to Boston! 

On a cold Boston night, Erin Foster and 200 attendees warmed up at the Artists For Humanity Art Gallery for an evening of all things wellness! After Eliza Shirazi kicked off the event with a sweat-worthy workout, attendees recovered with services by BDY SQD, organic skincare treatments from Balans Organic Spa, and reiki, tarot readings, and group meditation care from UNION

In case you missed it, here’s what we’re (still) talking about from the event – and our favorite moments! 
 

Workout + headphones = way too much fun. 

We leveled up our group fitness class with host Eliza Shirazi, creator and founder of the award-winning kickboxing and music-driven fitness brand, Kick It By Eliza®. During her fun, dance-inspired workout, we threw on some Sound Off headphones for an immersive experience. Adding this mega-cool tech to any fitness creates the desire to dance (and sweat) like no one is watching. 

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Workout + headphones = way too much fun. 

We leveled up our group fitness class with host Eliza Shirazi, creator and founder of the award-winning kickboxing and music-driven fitness brand, Kick It By Eliza®. During her fun, dance-inspired workout, we threw on some Sound Off headphones for an immersive experience. Adding this mega-cool tech to any fitness creates the desire to dance (and sweat) like no one is watching. 

It’s possible to reset on the regular. 

After an intense (yet fun) fitness class, healing is crucial. Thankfully, we had BDY SQD on hand as our official recovery zone. With assisted stretching and NormaTec boots to help with increased flexibility and relief from sore muscles, we got a lesson in this efficient experience. Designed detoxification and an overall reset in just 30 minutes, this personalized wellness service will have you up and ready for that next workout in no time. 

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It’s possible to reset on the regular. 

After an intense (yet fun) fitness class, healing is crucial. Thankfully, we had BDY SQD on hand as our official recovery zone. With assisted stretching and NormaTec boots to help with increased flexibility and relief from sore muscles, we got a lesson in this efficient experience. Designed detoxification and an overall reset in just 30 minutes, this personalized wellness service will have you up and ready for that next workout in no time. 

Yes, you can get an organic hand treatment. 

Balans Organic Spa stole the show with their powerful skincare products! A Swedish, woman-owned wellness studio, Balans Organic Spa is all about a lifestyle of luxury. Specializing in organic custom facials, body treatments, and massages, Balans even gave Erin Foster a special skin treatment on her hand, so her ring finger will look *extra* radiant on her wedding day!

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Yes, you can get an organic hand treatment. 

Balans Organic Spa stole the show with their powerful skincare products! A Swedish, woman-owned wellness studio, Balans Organic Spa is all about a lifestyle of luxury. Specializing in organic custom facials, body treatments, and massages, Balans even gave Erin Foster a special skin treatment on her hand, so her ring finger will look *extra* radiant on her wedding day!

We took things to a higher level. 

For the people who are struggling through this Mercury retrograde (let’s face it, that means all of us), UNION sat down to do a little one-on-one inner work. With wellness workers specializing in tarot readings, the healing power of reiki, and group meditation, it’s safe to say this space was sending out some zen vibes by the end of the night. 

What city should we go to next? Stay in the loop on all of our local events on our events page! 

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We took things to a higher level. 

For the people who are struggling through this Mercury retrograde (let’s face it, that means all of us), UNION sat down to do a little one-on-one inner work. With wellness workers specializing in tarot readings, the healing power of reiki, and group meditation, it’s safe to say this space was sending out some zen vibes by the end of the night. 

What city should we go to next? Stay in the loop on all of our local events on our events page! 

Erica Arvanitis MINDBODY
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Erica Arvanitis
Copywriter
About the author
A copywriter by day, Erica spends her free time mastering the art of puzzles while forcing her 10-year-old Chow mix to wear sweaters. With experience in PR, social media, marketing, and copywriting, Erica lives and breathes the written word. Warning: don’t test her on Friends trivia - she will win every time.
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Beauty
Published Thursday Oct 08, 2020 by Sara Lesher

Gratuity Guide: How to Tip a Hair Stylist (and Show You Care)

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Tipping. While it can be a taboo topic that no one really wants to talk about publicly, the fact is, it’s a very important one that shouldn’t (and can’t) be avoided. This is all too true, especially now, when it comes to beauty services. Even before, “all of this” happened, there appeared to be some ambiguity about exactly how much to tip, when, what’s a respectable amount, and why. Now that we’ve tried our best at #homebeauty, it’s time to head back to the salons, spas, and other boutique beauty businesses (if you haven’t already). We’re here to guide you through gratuity in the new normal and why tipping a little extra to show your stylists and service providers you care during this tough time is the right thing to do.  

To make sure we get you all the right answers, we asked around about it (so you don’t have to). Turns out, our Instagram followers had a lot to say about how to tip your stylists and show them some extra love right now. 

Here’s what you think: 


You’ve already been tipping more 

79% of you said you’ve been tipping more for beauty services recently. We’re all so grateful for our stylists—with split ends, grown-out roots, out-of-control brows, and terrible home-cut bangs to prove it. And now that many of us can return to our salons and spas, we’re appreciating the ones who help us feel beautiful even more right now. 


But, how much more? 

We got a range of responses to this question. Some said they tip 5% more than they previously did, and many said 25%-35% total! Not only are these stylists actual artists, but they’re providing services we just can’t do ourselves. On top of that, many had to close their doors for several months, many were displaced as their salons shut down for good, and all of them are trying their best to get back to a sense of normalcy and do what they do best—help us look and feel beautiful. So, take this as a guide. Tip what you can but remember how much these wonderful people do for us.

New services are not top priority (yet) 

When it comes to trying new services, 69% of you gave it a big fat NO, while 31% remain intrigued. It makes sense that many would stick to their go-tos right now, as salons are just starting to reopen in some areas or may not be open yet at all.  

Depending on where you live and your overall health, you might be sticking with the bare minimum for now. But if your city has put in place safe reopening guidelines and measures, and you feel ready to head back out there, you can do so safely at a Mindbody salon. And you may be interested in trying out some new services right now as a way to show your local salons some extra support. If that’s you, browse beauty on the Mindbody app—and filter your categories to find out what’s out there.

Why retail therapy is important

Another way you can support your stylists right now? Shopping. It’s the safest way to show them some love without actually going in for a treatment. Many salons offer pre-payment on the Mindbody app and curbside pickup or a plethora of shipping methods, so you can keep contact to a minimum as much as possible. Plus, they have some pretty great stuff. If you need to invest in a good shampoo—especially because you haven’t gotten your hair done in months—so why not buy it from your stylist?  According to our poll, it’s a pretty even split. 55% of you haven’t bought any products yet, while the other 45% have been shopping away. If you’re part of that 55, consider checking out your salon’s product offerings (you might see something you like)

Anything else? 

Finally, we asked you all open-endedly how else you’re supporting your stylists right now. We got a lot of great answers. There was a lot of overlap, but we thought you might like to see some of the ones that stood out. So, if we didn’t cover it all so far, we’re about to—because you all are awesome and you did it for us. Here are some of the great ideas you had: 
    •    “Paying in advance!” 

    •    “Being more diligent about scheduling appointments versus letting my hair grow out” 

    •    “Referring friends!” 

    •    “Being flexible” (this is a good one—check out the 5 things your stylist wants you to know before you book) 

    •    “Scheduling my next cut before I leave!” 

    •    “Sharing their photos on Instagram and telling friends!” 

 

So, if you’re a stylist reading this, thank you. We all want to continue showing you support during this time and beyond. And if you’re a regular person like me who really needs her highlights done, just schedule the damn appointment already (if you feel comfortable) or buy some purple shampoo from your favorite salon.

Sara Lesher
Written by
Sara Lesher
Marketing Content Associate
About the author
Spoiled by the San Diego sunshine, Sara’s hobbies include beaching, hiking, concert-going, and brewery-hopping. As Mindbody’s marketing content associate, she naturally loves reading and writing… so if you have any book recommendations, let her know. And just between us: she’s committed to health and wellness but loves a good taco (shoutout TJ Tacos in Escondido).