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It’s no lie that the “way we've done things” has been upended in ways unimaginable even four months ago. The expressions have flown around in a myriad of sayings: “the new normal,” “unprecedented times,” “try my quarantinis,” and so on...
The truth of it all is, times are weird. And this has been especially evident within the wellness industry, with salons and spas closing their doors for extended periods of time. We made due during shelter-in-place ordinances, putting the products we bought from our favorite locations to the ultimate use during expert #homebeauty tutorials. But the time has come to put our show of support for our beloved stylists and practitioners into hyper-overdrive.
60% of you told us the first beauty treatment you’re going to book when you can visit your stylists again is a hair color or cut. Can’t say we blame you (our Zoom calls are mostly hats right now). As we all begin to venture back out into the real world and visit our studios for some much-needed maintenance, you’ve no doubt heard of the regulations and guidelines salons are following to ensure your safety. But what about those on the front lines? Your stylists? The magicians turning your mane into the beautiful Bouffants and wavy wonderlands? How are they feeling about your next appointment and having you visit their chair?
We talked to a few on your behalf, and got some real-time feedback. So before you book, pay attention to these tips, and do your part to keep your stylist safe, as well as yourself.
Stylists, like their clients, want to feel safe. They are people too and are often at the whim of their salon owner. They are doing what they can to understand and follow the CDC and State board guidelines and will communicate those to clients.
If you are one of the stylists' first few customers, be patient. Some stylists are still skeptical. It may take observing others putting new protocols into action or trying them out themselves on a few clients to put the stylists at ease and can how thorough and effective they are.
While COVID-19 does add a layer of stress to everything, being on time is so important. We've talked about “the death of the walk-in,” but no-shows and late clients seriously impact the business. Some salons are working staggered shifts, so clients being on-time is very important. Since salons are practicing social distancing, the flow of traffic is extra important. And if a client shows up late, they can really throw the whole salon off schedule—AKA wreak havoc.
For the most part, stylists are no longer double booking and need to serve clients efficiently. That said, although stylists typically appreciate last-minute add-on requests, they may not be able to perform them right now. So again, you need to be patient.
Knowing time is of the essence, and a good deal of you want to get your color done, show up with clean hair. While it doesn’t sound intuitive given you’re visiting a salon, it’s a fact that color reacts better with clean hair, and some salons are not pre-shampooing or even shampooing at all. Don’t hedge your bets, and shampoo before your visit, please.
From owners following all measures to keep their staff safe to stylists doing what they can to make sure you feel comfortable, salons and spas are doing their part to keep you safe as everything starts to reopen across the country/world.
These lessons will help better prepare you for your next hair appointment. But that’s only one side of the coin. What are you doing to make sure your stylist feels safe, too?
If you’ve ever taken a hot yoga class, you know it’s always going to be one thing—outrageously hot. Not the “let’s hang by the pool and get that sun-kissed glow” kind of hot either. I’m talking that “I can't believe I have this much sweat in my body” and “I may or may not pass out” kind of hot. It’s nothing to mess around with, and after a year or so of not being able to go, it’s easy to forget just how serious that heat can be.
To get the maximum enjoyment and benefits out of your heated yoga classes, you need to prepare yourself before and take care of yourself afterward. Luckily, I’ve been taking some classes (sweating enough for the both of us) and I’ve listed my five favorite must-dos to help you readjust to your heated classes and get back to the hot yoga summer that we all want.
Heated classes are difficult in nature. The normal difficulty of regular poses is mixed in with the added challenges of sweating and dealing with the humidity and the heat (at times, I’ve seen the thermostat climb to 108 degrees—yikes!). Depending on what type of yoga class you’re taking (sculpt, Bikram, power vinyasa), the difficulty level and temperature are going to vary. It’s also important to remember that each person in the room is going to practice in a way that’s unique to them. Hours slept, hydration levels, food intake, and different lifestyles are all contributing factors that make our practices different. What you practice on your mat is your own––trust your body and only do what feels right to you. And remember, it’s okay to take breaks!
The rise in temperature mixed in with the humidity that we all know and love creates the perfect recipe for sweating—like A LOT. You go into a heated class dry and come out feeling like you just took a dip in the pool. Before heated classes, I had no idea it was physically possible to sweat that much. If you’re going to a heated class, especially after a long break, it’s easy to forget just how much you might sweat. Is it possible to lose that much water if you haven’t consumed it first? Trust me, going into your heated class super hydrated is going to make a world of difference and help you feel good throughout your practice. And don’t forget to take some sips of H2O while you’re practicing!
Heated classes are challenging, but I can’t stop going. Nothing quite compares to overcoming the challenge— and experiencing the cleanse my body feels after I’m done. It’s the perfect blend of hard and rewarding, but I couldn’t do it if my body wasn’t properly nourished. On the days I know I have a heated class booked; I like to make sure I am eating right. I make sure to take my vitamins and fuel my body with fruits, vegetables, and my favorite superfood shake. I hold off on food about an hour before my practice, so I feel comfortable. After the class, I like to replenish with a big protein shake (boosted with collagen to aid with muscle recovery and skin elasticity). There is no one-way path for properly nourishing your body but making sure you’re fueled for the challenge of a heated class is essential for getting the most out of your practice and feeling good on and off your mat.
Increasing and maintaining your water intake on the days you take a heated class is important, but sometimes you need something a little extra. If you’re sweating that much, you’re basically an athlete (at least in my book) and if you’re performing like a rockstar yogi, you need to hydrate like one as well. That means replenishing those lost electrolytes. Reward yourself and your body for the hard work and treat yourself to your favorite drink. I switch off between electrolyte-boosting drinks and coconut water depending on what I’m in the mood for that day. Adding these to my post-practice self-care routine has helped me feel more hydrated after and ready to take on the world again after especially sweaty classes.
Usually, a yoga mat is all you need for your practice––but heated classes are a different ballgame. I’ve gone with just a mat, and I’ve slipped all over the place. Let me tell you, there’s nothing worse than having sweat drip all over the place while you’re trying to hold a pose that makes you grip your mat for dear life (never again). Make sure you bring a towel to place over your mat, this will help with support and grip. Bringing a smaller towel is also a good idea. You can use the smaller towel to dry yourself off during water breaks or whenever you’re feeling just a bit too sweaty. This is a small step that makes a world of difference during those super-hot classes.
So, there you have it. Five of my favorite tips (more like lifesavers) that have helped me readjust to those heated classes I love so much. Getting back into it is a challenge for us all, so know you’re not alone. No matter where you’re at in your practice, remember to be kind and gentle to yourself––celebrating your health and your body’s ability to do what you love. We’re all just getting back out there, together.
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