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Do you spend hours attempting to straighten your hair, only to have it curl right back up the second you hit a hot yoga class? I remember years of No More Tangles, trying out tons of brush styles, and horrible haircuts.
Having curly hair can be a challenge, but if you have a little bit of patience and stick through that awkward, everyone-is-straightening-their-hair phase, it can become part of your identity.
If you want a cute hairstyle, but you’re short on time, check out these easy tips on rocking your curls with minimal effort!
Your hair doesn’t always need product. Let it be free! Own what your hair looks like, and own who you are. Give your natural hair permission to stand out rather than weighing it down with mousse, gel, and spray. After conditioning your hair in the shower, leave a little on the ends, squeeze out the excess water and just let your hair dry naturally. I’ve fallen in love with using a camp towel (instead of a regular bath towel) to dry my hair. See what happens. It might surprise you.
To be honest, some of my best curls happen after sleeping with wet hair. I don’t know the science behind it, but the combination of a hot shower before bed plus a towel on your pillow, and catching some serious Zzzz’s creates some beautiful, bouncy curl magic.
It’s been my experience that you never know what type of curl you might get. You think it’s going to be a normal day, then suddenly it’s humid, your hair frizzes out, and three strands are straight. Stop pulling your hair, and figure out your go-to remedy.
For me, it’s Cantu’s Coconut Curling Cream. I use it on wet hair, or when my hair is dry and needs a pick-me-up. I love that it doesn’t make it feel stiff, sticky, crunchy, or like it’s glued to my head. If you are on vacation with curly-haired friends, try out some of their goop. You don’t have spend major money to get good curls.
We’ve all learned it’s healthy not to wash your hair every day. For those extra sweaty workouts (hot yoga, cycling, or a summer run) there is no getting out of showering. My trick is simple—I put my hair in a bun and avoid the shower head. I still wash the base of my neckline and put a dab of conditioner through the ends of my hair. It’s a quick refresh, cleans the sweat and also makes your locks smell fresh!
At a restaurant in my neighborhood, a waitress stopped and told me my hair looked great. It was not what I saw when I looked in the mirror that morning. My hair hadn’t been washed in days (which included a yoga class). It reminded me that we are our own worst critics. Having a “curly hair” conversation with her made me realize we are all looking for ways to fight and conquer our curls, but a bad hair day doesn’t always mean it has to be a bad day. Be kind to yourself, and your curls. Own them, cherish them, embrace them.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.