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If you haven’t been able to tell by the chocolate rose, red hearts, and sappy (sometimes sassy) greeting cards, Valentine’s Day is fast approaching. The “season of love” can often trigger feelings of stress and loneliness, and Cupid’s arrow can hit where it really hurts – your wallet. This month try trading out the emotion (and financial) pressure of Valentine’s Day for Palentine’s Day – a modern alternative to the traditional couple-centered holiday.
Taking place on February 13, this gender-inclusive, identity-friendly celebration of love encourages us to celebrate those most meaningful in our lives, from our #besties, to our co-workers, to our chosen families... and even our four-legged friends (because let’s face it, life can be ruff).
Palentine’s Day is about every form of love, so there is no right or wrong way to enjoy the festivities! If you’re not sure where to start your Palentine’s Day festivities, here are a few of our favorite ideas:
Traditionally, this means lots of junk food and a movie marathon, but why not kick it up a notch? Think: self-care. Before you Netflix and chill with a bowl full of goodies, try engaging in a fun wellness activity. And yes, you can keep your stretchy pants on.
Work it out in a group fitness class – the friends who sweat together, stay together... especially in these sweat-worthy classes!
Take time to #treatyoself – nothing says “I <3 you” like a tandem spa service (maybe one to compliment your zodiac signs?).
Explore the great outdoors – connect with nature... and each other.
Does February have you thinking about chocolate, chocolate, and more chocolate? Move away from the rich, heavy food of the recent holidays and make some memories by showering your pals with healthy, savory and satisfying snacks. PS: Don’t worry if it doesn’t turn out perfect – it’s the thought that counts!
Whip up some delicious Inside-Out Almond Butter Cups.
These three-ingredient truffles will please any palette.
Cozy up with homemade vegan hot cocoa.
Many of us remember those cheesy little cards we delivered to friends in elementary school. They always made you smile, right? We are in a creative revolution (coloring never felt so good!) and this is the perfect excuse to unleash your inner Bob Ross. Plus, Pinterest has a ton of ideas for any level of talent.
Cards and love notes – Pencils, paper, stamps – use whatever supplies you have on hand to surprise your pals.
Snail mail – There’s some magical about getting a surprise piece of mail. Take the time to send a note to a faraway friend.
Eco-friendly option – Want to go zero-waste and want your message to be received right away? Send a digital greeting! Paperless Post has plenty of clever and cute options.
At MINDBODY HQ, our MBPride affinity group is sponsoring a make-your-own-card station so employees can deliver fun homemade cards and notes to friends and co-workers. MBPride supports Palentine’s Day because we all deserve a day to celebrate the love in our life, romantic or not.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!”
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!).
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...
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.