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Beauty
Published Monday Feb 03, 2020 by Sara Lesher

Get Your Glam On: 8 Treatments to Make You Feel Beautiful

Beauty
Massage
Expert Advice

With the rise of boutique beauty, there are so many different options to choose from. Whether you want a quick beauty fix before an outing, a more long-term treatment, or something to make you feel beautiful from the inside out, you can find just about anything on Mindbody.io! We’ve put together a list of some of our *fave* salons and spas in a few major metro areas.

Lash extensions

From the Mindbody Wellness Index, we found that 45% of women and 24% of men want to try lash extensions. Lucky for them, there are plenty of wonderful salons to choose from. Save yourself a little time in the morning, ditch the expensive mascara, and head out of your house knowing you *actually* woke up like this. Or, if you want to keep your natural lashes but throw out the curler, try a lash lift for 6-8 weeks of curly goodness. 

New York: New York Lash Spa 
Boston: Wink Lash Boutique and Spa  
San Francisco Bay Area: Artisan Eyelashes 
Austin: The Lash Lounge

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Lash extensions

From the Mindbody Wellness Index, we found that 45% of women and 24% of men want to try lash extensions. Lucky for them, there are plenty of wonderful salons to choose from. Save yourself a little time in the morning, ditch the expensive mascara, and head out of your house knowing you *actually* woke up like this. Or, if you want to keep your natural lashes but throw out the curler, try a lash lift for 6-8 weeks of curly goodness. 

New York: New York Lash Spa 
Boston: Wink Lash Boutique and Spa  
San Francisco Bay Area: Artisan Eyelashes 
Austin: The Lash Lounge

Blowout/hairstyling

The ever-popular blowout is still trending this year, because let’s face it—we just can’t do our own hair as beautifully as the stylists do it. If you want to save time before work, need to look your best for an event, or just feel like treating yourself, check out these salons that offer blowouts and hairstyling! And if you want a little extra something special, add a Power Shot to your blowout at Mane & Mani for a custom deep conditioning treatment. 

New York: Green Room 
Boston: Mane & Mani 
San Francisco Bay Area: STYLEDASH Beauty Lounge 
Austin: Wheelhouse Salon

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Blowout/hairstyling

The ever-popular blowout is still trending this year, because let’s face it—we just can’t do our own hair as beautifully as the stylists do it. If you want to save time before work, need to look your best for an event, or just feel like treating yourself, check out these salons that offer blowouts and hairstyling! And if you want a little extra something special, add a Power Shot to your blowout at Mane & Mani for a custom deep conditioning treatment. 

New York: Green Room 
Boston: Mane & Mani 
San Francisco Bay Area: STYLEDASH Beauty Lounge 
Austin: Wheelhouse Salon

Massage

There’s nothing like a good massage to relieve some built-up tension. We often carry our stress not just in our minds, but in our bodies as well. Treating ourselves to a massage every now and then can help us rejuvenate and get aligned. There are all sorts of different massage types, so be sure to check the menu at each place and talk to your massage therapist to find out which one is right for you! One of our favorites is the Arvigo Abdominal Massage at Myo in Austin to help with cramps, digestive issues, IBS, and more. 

New York: Mpower Bodywork  
Boston: Saltwater Massage Studio  
San Francisco Bay Area: Bodywise Massage Inc. 
Austin: Myo Massage, Acupuncture, and Movement

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Massage

There’s nothing like a good massage to relieve some built-up tension. We often carry our stress not just in our minds, but in our bodies as well. Treating ourselves to a massage every now and then can help us rejuvenate and get aligned. There are all sorts of different massage types, so be sure to check the menu at each place and talk to your massage therapist to find out which one is right for you! One of our favorites is the Arvigo Abdominal Massage at Myo in Austin to help with cramps, digestive issues, IBS, and more. 

New York: Mpower Bodywork  
Boston: Saltwater Massage Studio  
San Francisco Bay Area: Bodywise Massage Inc. 
Austin: Myo Massage, Acupuncture, and Movement

Facial

A good facial can reset your skin and leave you absolutely glowing. Put your best face forward by booking a treatment that will clear out the bad stuff, keep you balanced, and moisturize your skin. Like massages, there are many kinds of facials, and the skincare experts at these spas will help you determine the best for your skin type. If you want to balance more than just your skin, try the Sacred Beauty Facial at Lisa Eddy Skincare, which includes Reiki, stone healing, and chakra balancing. 

New York: Perfect57 MedSpa 
Boston: MZ Skincare
San Francisco Bay Area: Lisa Eddy Skincare 
Austin: Hiatus Spa + Retreat

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Facial

A good facial can reset your skin and leave you absolutely glowing. Put your best face forward by booking a treatment that will clear out the bad stuff, keep you balanced, and moisturize your skin. Like massages, there are many kinds of facials, and the skincare experts at these spas will help you determine the best for your skin type. If you want to balance more than just your skin, try the Sacred Beauty Facial at Lisa Eddy Skincare, which includes Reiki, stone healing, and chakra balancing. 

New York: Perfect57 MedSpa 
Boston: MZ Skincare
San Francisco Bay Area: Lisa Eddy Skincare 
Austin: Hiatus Spa + Retreat

IV hydration/Wellness injections

You may not have thought about vitamin injections and IVs as a standard part of your beauty routine, but with more and more places offering these treatments, you might want to start. Now, you can get IV therapy to rehydrate after a night out, Cryotherapy to recover from a tough workout, vitamin injections to boost your immune system, and more. You can even get an M3FS Brain Floss at The Fuel Stop for the ultimate mind boost. 

New York: The Fuel Stop 
Boston: Cryomed  
San Francisco Bay Area: Monarch Aesthetica 
Austin: Alive + Well

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IV hydration/Wellness injections

You may not have thought about vitamin injections and IVs as a standard part of your beauty routine, but with more and more places offering these treatments, you might want to start. Now, you can get IV therapy to rehydrate after a night out, Cryotherapy to recover from a tough workout, vitamin injections to boost your immune system, and more. You can even get an M3FS Brain Floss at The Fuel Stop for the ultimate mind boost. 

New York: The Fuel Stop 
Boston: Cryomed  
San Francisco Bay Area: Monarch Aesthetica 
Austin: Alive + Well

Spray tan

Feeling pale during the winter months? Looking for that just-got-back-from-somewhere-tropical glow? There are tons of different reasons to try a spray tan, and there are so many places to get one. Decided last minute? Try the BlushTan Super Express—you can shower just two hours after! 

New York: Brazil Bronze  
Boston: BlushTan 
San Francisco Bay Area: Apres Soleil Tans and Boutique 
Austin: Organic Bronze

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Spray tan

Feeling pale during the winter months? Looking for that just-got-back-from-somewhere-tropical glow? There are tons of different reasons to try a spray tan, and there are so many places to get one. Decided last minute? Try the BlushTan Super Express—you can shower just two hours after! 

New York: Brazil Bronze  
Boston: BlushTan 
San Francisco Bay Area: Apres Soleil Tans and Boutique 
Austin: Organic Bronze

Hair removal

Whether you want to say goodbye to armpit hair forever or just need a quick and dirty wax to cut down on shaving time, you can find hair removal services wherever you go. Electrolysis, laser, waxing, and sugaring are all here to make you feel smooth and sexy.  

New York: LaserTouch Aesthetics 
Boston: Christine’s Day Spa and Electrolysis 
San Francisco Bay Area: Bare Beauty Lounge 
Austin: Wax That

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Hair removal

Whether you want to say goodbye to armpit hair forever or just need a quick and dirty wax to cut down on shaving time, you can find hair removal services wherever you go. Electrolysis, laser, waxing, and sugaring are all here to make you feel smooth and sexy.  

New York: LaserTouch Aesthetics 
Boston: Christine’s Day Spa and Electrolysis 
San Francisco Bay Area: Bare Beauty Lounge 
Austin: Wax That

Mani-pedi

Looking for a tried-and-true way to feel put-together and pampered? The classic mani-pedi will do the trick. Whether you like Billie Eilish’s Gucci Grammy nails, the ever-faithful gel manicure, some spunky red toes, or a simple foot massage, you’ll leave the nail salon feeling fresher than ever. If you want to take your beauty and wellness to the next level, try the CBD mani-pedi at Vibrant Salon for relaxation to the max. 

New York: Kay Beauty Spa Lounge & Nail Bar 
Boston: Vibrant Salon 
San Francisco Bay Area: Nels Beauty Club 
Austin: Plum Natural Nail & Skin Spa

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Mani-pedi

Looking for a tried-and-true way to feel put-together and pampered? The classic mani-pedi will do the trick. Whether you like Billie Eilish’s Gucci Grammy nails, the ever-faithful gel manicure, some spunky red toes, or a simple foot massage, you’ll leave the nail salon feeling fresher than ever. If you want to take your beauty and wellness to the next level, try the CBD mani-pedi at Vibrant Salon for relaxation to the max. 

New York: Kay Beauty Spa Lounge & Nail Bar 
Boston: Vibrant Salon 
San Francisco Bay Area: Nels Beauty Club 
Austin: Plum Natural Nail & Skin Spa

Sara Lesher
Written by
Sara Lesher
Lifecycle Program Manager
About the author
Spoiled by the San Diego sunshine, Sara’s hobbies include beaching, hiking, concert-going, and brewery-hopping. A former English major, 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).
what is wellness
Wellness
Published Wednesday Oct 06, 2021 by Denise Prichard

What is Wellness?

Expert Advice
Wellness

To say the last year and a half was tough would be an understatement. In fact, it will probably go down as one of the most difficult times for our modern generation. In one of the many social polls we conducted during the pandemic, some of you described this time as a sheer “dumpster fire” or “like stepping on a Lego.” And to be honest, I couldn’t agree more.

Luckily, we’ve been able to get back to some form of normalcy in our lives and wellness routines over the last several months. As vaccines became available to the public, wellness businesses welcomed fitness fanatics, haircut seekers, and massage lovers back to in-person wellness experiences. And thank goodness for that—my roots and horrible posture from working from my bed were both getting wildly out of control. This girl needed a good massage and cupping session stat.

If there’s one thing we learned from the pandemic, it’s that our wellness routines are as personal as they are important. During shelter-at-home, those routines looked a bit different. For many, it meant taking a new approach to the “typical” wellness services we count on—I’m looking at you DIY haircuts, at-home waxing sessions (ouch!), and virtual swerking classes.

Now that we can leave our humble abodes to take advantage of in-person experiences again, the word “wellness” has seemingly taken on a new meaning.

Recently, we conducted another one of our famous social polls to see what wellness means to you, our Mindbody community, now that we're slowly but surely getting back to our regularly scheduled programming. We also tapped some of our most influential Mindbody business owners about the ever-evolving wellness landscape.

Here’s what you all had to say.

Wellness is more important to you than ever

According to our annual Mindbody Wellness Index, 60% of Americans say they’re more focused on their health and wellness since COVID. Consumers are now realizing they need to take greater care of themselves to optimize and preserve their health. When we asked you on Instagram how important wellness is, a whopping 98% said it was more important than ever. When it comes to how you’re practicing wellness, though, the answers were all over the board. Many of you pointed to journaling, practicing breathwork, and daily workout routines (cycling and yoga topped the list) as being the activities that help you keep your chill throughout the week.

I’m also happy to report that over 50% said you tend to feel more blessed than stressed on a daily basis—which is more than likely a big improvement. Let’s be honest, a year ago I would’ve bet a billion dollars that 99.9% of us knew no other feeling than anxiety—am I right? But even with the stress in our lives dwindling, many of you are still experiencing burnout at the end of a long work week (guilty!). But instead of succumbing to a bottle of wine for relief (please, that was so 2020), you’re unwinding by going to your favorite workout classes—with hot yoga, barre, and Pilates as your faves.

What wellness means to the pros

Let’s be honest, we should credit the business owners in this space for helping us reignite our spark when it comes to our wellness routines, right? Thanks to them, we’ve been inspired to prioritize the activities that help us feel our best. In turn, we thought it’d be interesting to learn what wellness means to them—and how that definition has changed over the past eighteen months.

Here’s what they had to say.

“Wellness is living in balance—mind, body, spirit. Highs and lows. It all ebbs and flows and we can navigate it a bit better when we take time to move, breath and remember who we are, and how we are connected to this big, beautiful world.” - Jess Pierno, Founder, Owner, and Chief Inspiration Officer of Yoga Heights

“Wellness is a true balancing of the mental, physical, and spiritual. It has definitely evolved over the years for me—from something that I just thought was about exercising and eating a healthy diet—to also incorporating balancing and healing internally and spiritually.” - Stefanie Patterson, Owner, Indianapolis Salt Cave and Halotherapy Center

“My sense of wellness has evolved from staying healthy and motivated, mind/body/spirit... to being more gentle with myself, less demanding. Accepting my limitations, taking time for resting, and gaining real clarity about what's important. I care less about what people think of me—difficult as a performer and as a business owner with so many demands on me—and more about getting quiet and tapping into the divine source inside of me that helps me discern my next move. In this way, I know my motives are as pure as possible and I'm not getting distracted—not that I don't make mistakes! Those are necessary, that's how we learn!” - Johanna Krynytzky, Owner, Hip Expressions Belly Dance Studio

“My studio name reminds us that we are constantly evolving. The past 18 months have certainly shown us that! Wellness to me means doing your best on any given day to make sure that you are taking care of yourself as best you can. It leads to resilience. Diet, exercise, sleep, a sense of community, and some form of faith. It all matters. Setbacks happen all the time, and every day is a chance to start again. We strive to be 'cheerleaders' for our clients when we sense that things are coming out of balance in their lives. So many have been with us for 18 years and are friends—they are our community and we all watch out for each other.” - Mo Wolfe, Owner and Founder, Evolution Pilates

Putting wellness into action

I think we can all agree that there isn’t one true definition of wellness anymore. To some of us, it means getting that hot yoga sesh in daily, and to others, it means carving out time to treat ourselves to a massage or manicure. As long as you’re actively pursuing wellness—whatever that means to you—you're on the right track.

Our MO has always been about connecting the world to wellness—a term that's seen a lot of change lately. Whether you’re fully embracing the in-person experience or still delighted by the convenience of practicing at-home wellness, the Mindbody app makes it easy for you to book experiences that help you feel like YOU again.

denise prichard
Written by
Denise Prichard
Senior Marketing Content Specialist
About the author
Denise Prichard is a certified yoga instructor (RYT-200) and an experienced content marketing professional with a penchant for writing compelling copy within the health, wellness and beauty industries. When she isn't writing or editing, you can find her teaching yoga classes, at a spin class or hanging out with her rescue pups.