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Holiday season hair prep
Beauty
Published Wednesday Dec 19, 2018 by Lydia Cardona

How to Prep Your Hair For Holiday Parties

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Whether you’re headed to an ugly sweater shindig or dressing up for a fancy night, it’s time to start thinking about how you’re achieving that coveted party-ready hair. 
Here are three top tips on how to prep your hair for the glamour and the glitz of the season!

 


Gorgeous hair starts from within
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It’s not always obvious, but our diet and lifestyle can have an impact on the shine, gloss, and length of our hair. We know that getting in your five a day and an early night isn’t exactly top priority during party season, but if you can maintain some of your healthy habits, your hair will thank you for it! 

For example, don’t skip your usual morning workout, as it can actually help your hair to grow! When you sweat from your scalp, it can unclog hair follicles—giving enough space for the new hair to come through. If you need a bit of *extra* motivation to workout whilst it’s hectic, download the MINDBODY app and filter workouts by time and location to make it more convenient for you. 

 
Mix up your hair regime.


Just like your fitness, sometimes you need to mix up your hair routine to get maximum results. Take stock of what products you are using on a regular basis—like shampoo and styling products—and ask yourself if you’re getting the results you want. You might be using a product for blonde hair when you’re actually more of a brunette or your conditioner might be leaving your hair feeling more dewy than nourished.



 
Create impactful volume.


Volume is a must for impressive party hair, so invest in products that can help take your hair to new heights! Firstly, choose a volumizing shampoo. Some formulas can weigh your hair down, so use one that is specifically designed to lift. Also, when you condition your hair, only apply it to the ends to prevent any residue at the roots. 

If you don’t have time to wash your hair, then products like dry shampoo and volumizing sprays are great for a quick fix (especially if you’re on the go and transitioning from the office to a party). You can also create some much-needed volume with just a brush! 

Top Tip - As you dry your hair, hold a rounded brush under your hair and push it upwards to lift your roots and give them the most volume. You can also use a nozzle attachment on your hairdryer, making it easier to focus the air on the brush.




From updos to braids and buns, utilize these three easy tips to make your holiday season all about being merry—and not fussing with your hair. 
 

Lydia Cardona
Written by
Lydia Cardona
PR and Content Specialist, EMEA Marketing
About the author
A self-confessed exercise and sports junkie, Lydia made the transition from fashion to wellness, handling media relations in the U.K. In her spare time, you'll most likely find her hitting up a MINDBODY studio, shopping for houseplants, or walking the family Pomchi.
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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).