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Published Monday Feb 03, 2020 by Erica Arvanitis

8 Dating Apps To Try Other Than Tinder

Personal Growth

With an endless stream of matches, messages, and GIFs (the best part, let’s be honest), it’s easy to get overwhelmed on dating apps. Not only that, but the anxiety presents itself in which dating app to download in the first place. Bumble? Tinder? Hinge? How do you pick what works best for you?  

Whether you’re looking for something casual, someone to grow old with, or a hot yoga buddy (pun intended), here are the best dating apps to help you find love, connection, or whatever else you want. 

Bumble

Perfect if: You want to make the first move.  

While society may teach women to wait for the first move, Bumble is all about putting the power in your pocket. Founded to challenge the old school rules of dating, Bumble empowers female users to shoot the first shot. Not only do they inspire authenticity by incorporating real users into their advertising (check out the #FindThemOnBumble campaign), but the CEO—Whitney Wolfe Herd—takes steps to make the app a safe and welcoming place. For example, after the stream of mass shootings in 2018, she officially banned any photos of guns on the app.

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Bumble

Perfect if: You want to make the first move.  

While society may teach women to wait for the first move, Bumble is all about putting the power in your pocket. Founded to challenge the old school rules of dating, Bumble empowers female users to shoot the first shot. Not only do they inspire authenticity by incorporating real users into their advertising (check out the #FindThemOnBumble campaign), but the CEO—Whitney Wolfe Herd—takes steps to make the app a safe and welcoming place. For example, after the stream of mass shootings in 2018, she officially banned any photos of guns on the app.

Hinge

Perfect if: You want a real connection.  

“Designed to be deleted,” Hinge finds you matches based on a questionnaire that pairs you with people who share common interests. Not only that, but you’ll interact with much more of a user’s profile on Hinge than you would on Bumble or Tinder. Whether it’s a funny quote they post, their favorite TV show, or a hilarious photo of them holding a puppy like a baby, you can engage with it all and even leave a comment to strike up a conversation. A thoughtful mix of Tinder’s swiping and Match’s relationship focus, Hinge is perfect if you’re ready to start thinking about dinner plans with someone new.  
 

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Hinge

Perfect if: You want a real connection.  

“Designed to be deleted,” Hinge finds you matches based on a questionnaire that pairs you with people who share common interests. Not only that, but you’ll interact with much more of a user’s profile on Hinge than you would on Bumble or Tinder. Whether it’s a funny quote they post, their favorite TV show, or a hilarious photo of them holding a puppy like a baby, you can engage with it all and even leave a comment to strike up a conversation. A thoughtful mix of Tinder’s swiping and Match’s relationship focus, Hinge is perfect if you’re ready to start thinking about dinner plans with someone new.  
 

Her

Perfect if: You’re queer and over heteronormative apps.  

An app “for queer womxn, by queer womxn,” Her is a safe space to find connections with bisexual, lesbian, queer, or gender non-conforming partners. More than just a dating app, Her is big on community, hosting events and parties in over fifteen cities across the country. Whether you want to expand your group of friends or match with someone new, use Her to help you find your person, whoever that may be. 

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Her

Perfect if: You’re queer and over heteronormative apps.  

An app “for queer womxn, by queer womxn,” Her is a safe space to find connections with bisexual, lesbian, queer, or gender non-conforming partners. More than just a dating app, Her is big on community, hosting events and parties in over fifteen cities across the country. Whether you want to expand your group of friends or match with someone new, use Her to help you find your person, whoever that may be. 

Sweatt

Perfect if: You’re looking for a swole-mate.  

If fitness is a part of your everyday life, it’s only natural you would want a partner who’s also active. Enter Sweatt. What makes this dating app different is the questions they ask, and how it’s set up. Users input their favorite workouts (bootcamp, cycling, yoga, dance, whatever), when and how often they work out, and nutrition preferences. With all that info, you’ll be well on your way to matching with your next running buddy, yoga partner, or whatever you’re looking for. Plus, there’s nothing like a good group fitness date. Download the Mindbody app to find a class near you (sweat together, stay together). 

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Sweatt

Perfect if: You’re looking for a swole-mate.  

If fitness is a part of your everyday life, it’s only natural you would want a partner who’s also active. Enter Sweatt. What makes this dating app different is the questions they ask, and how it’s set up. Users input their favorite workouts (bootcamp, cycling, yoga, dance, whatever), when and how often they work out, and nutrition preferences. With all that info, you’ll be well on your way to matching with your next running buddy, yoga partner, or whatever you’re looking for. Plus, there’s nothing like a good group fitness date. Download the Mindbody app to find a class near you (sweat together, stay together). 

Ship

Perfect if: You really trust your friend's judgment.  

On a mission to make dating fun again, the babes from Betches created Ship, an app that lets your friends swipe for you, which might not be the worst idea. Think about it: when you’re making a game-time decision of whether to swipe right or message someone, don’t you send a screenshot into the group chat anyway? Your friends know you, let them take over—and give your thumb a rest from all that swiping.  

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Ship

Perfect if: You really trust your friend's judgment.  

On a mission to make dating fun again, the babes from Betches created Ship, an app that lets your friends swipe for you, which might not be the worst idea. Think about it: when you’re making a game-time decision of whether to swipe right or message someone, don’t you send a screenshot into the group chat anyway? Your friends know you, let them take over—and give your thumb a rest from all that swiping.  

MeetMindful

Perfect if: You’re looking for a Zen partner.  

The conscious dating app, MeetMindful, is all about finding a deep, meaningful connection. On your profile, you can include the standard facts about yourself, while answering more in-depth questions as well, like your mantra, how your friends describe you, how you like to live mindfully through fitness, meditation, etc. MeetMindful’s founder, Amy Baglan, suggest that it’s actually super beneficial to do a quick meditation before heading out on a first date:  

“Before a first date, your mind can start running wild...Try sitting and meditating for 10 minutes. It can do wonders to calm that restless energy and get you back to a balanced state so you can show up as your authentic, amazing self.” If you don’t know which app to download, check out our list of self-care apps to add to your wellness routine!  

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MeetMindful

Perfect if: You’re looking for a Zen partner.  

The conscious dating app, MeetMindful, is all about finding a deep, meaningful connection. On your profile, you can include the standard facts about yourself, while answering more in-depth questions as well, like your mantra, how your friends describe you, how you like to live mindfully through fitness, meditation, etc. MeetMindful’s founder, Amy Baglan, suggest that it’s actually super beneficial to do a quick meditation before heading out on a first date:  

“Before a first date, your mind can start running wild...Try sitting and meditating for 10 minutes. It can do wonders to calm that restless energy and get you back to a balanced state so you can show up as your authentic, amazing self.” If you don’t know which app to download, check out our list of self-care apps to add to your wellness routine!  

Loosid

Perfect if: You’re livin’ a sober lifestyle.  

Not into “grabbing a drink” as your first date option? Check out Loosid, a supportive app for sober people either in recovery after battling addiction, or just looking to explore the alcohol-free scene. You can interact with the community, connect with like-minded people, find booze-free events, and there’s even an option to get help with a hotline if you’re struggling.  
 

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Loosid

Perfect if: You’re livin’ a sober lifestyle.  

Not into “grabbing a drink” as your first date option? Check out Loosid, a supportive app for sober people either in recovery after battling addiction, or just looking to explore the alcohol-free scene. You can interact with the community, connect with like-minded people, find booze-free events, and there’s even an option to get help with a hotline if you’re struggling.  
 

Meetup

Perfect if: You’re tired of boring coffee dates.  

While it’s not a dating app per se, Meetup does have some meetups specifically for singles. Whether you’re looking for a group that worships their Frenchies or you need a new trivia night, Meetup helps you find events in your area sorted into different categories like dance, health, business, or wellness. Even if you don’t find someone special, you can meet people in your neighborhood, build your network, or do something fun!  

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Meetup

Perfect if: You’re tired of boring coffee dates.  

While it’s not a dating app per se, Meetup does have some meetups specifically for singles. Whether you’re looking for a group that worships their Frenchies or you need a new trivia night, Meetup helps you find events in your area sorted into different categories like dance, health, business, or wellness. Even if you don’t find someone special, you can meet people in your neighborhood, build your network, or do something fun!  

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 Wednesday Sep 09, 2020 by Sara Lesher

What Do We Expect from Beauty Salons Reopening Now?

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Salon
COVID-19

Things are weird. Times are changing. It seems like just when we’re starting to get a grip, there’s another surprise. When it comes to beauty, we've had to adapt on our own due to salon closures, keep an eye on preparations and protocol changes during those closures, try to know what we’re doing before booking an appointment once they reopened, and maybe even brave the journey back to the salon. Whether you live in a place where salons are open, you’ve experienced a second shutdown, or you straight up haven’t had a haircut since March, we can all probably agree that we’re expecting some differences in the salon and spa world thanks to COVID. 
We wanted to gauge how everyone is thinking and feeling about all this, so we put out a poll on our Instagram, asking you all what you expect from beauty salons right now.  

Here’s what you had to say... 


1.    You’re about 50/50 when it comes to heading back 
 


53% of you have returned to the hair salon by now, while 47% of you have not. This makes sense, because every area of the country is different when it comes to cases, closures, and mandates, and every person is different when it comes to risk and safety.  

2.    But if you are going back, you want the "normal" experience

While many hair salons have begun operating outdoors due to government regulations, 58% of you said you’re fine with getting your haircut indoors, while the other 42% are more comfortable keeping it outside.

3.    You aren’t quite comfortable with others in your home 


58% of you said you’d rather go to your hair salon than have your stylist come to you. I get it, home is a safe space, probably shouldn’t let any outsiders in.

4.    You really appreciate your stylists

69% of you said you’re “totally!” going to tip more for services once you start receiving them again. During this time without our stylists and aestheticians, I think we all realized how much we need them and appreciate them, and many of us are willing to show them a little extra gratitude to make up for the time we spent apart.

5.    Some of you are willing to take risks... 


But, most of you aren’t. 56% of you said you have not cut or colored your own or a friend’s hair, because it was too risky, while the other 44% just “had to!”  


6.    Nail salons are a lot less trafficked 


Only 29% of you have returned to nail salons, while the rest are sticking to at-home manicures. Maybe we’re all just getting really good at it? But probably, it’s because a lot of them are still closed down, or because it’s a little more difficult to get a pedicure outdoors (we need our massage chairs!).  


7.   We’ve all noticed (and embraced) the changes

Our last poll question asked about what differences you’ve all noticed when heading back to the salon, and you all had a lot to say...


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It’s a beautiful thing to see how the salon and spa community has come together, taken precautions, and adjustments, all so they can continue to help us look and feel our best. If you haven’t spoken to your stylist lately (or even if you have), don’t forget to shoot them a thank you and let them know you appreciate them. 

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).