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Beauty
Published Friday Jan 22, 2021 by Denise Prichard

Trend Report: How Salons and Spas Are Adapting to Keep You Safe in 2021

Who else is calling 2020, “The year that forced me to show the world that I’m not actually a natural blonde?” Good. So it’s not just me. 

I think I speak for us all when I say that we're hoping beyond hope that 2021 will be the year that we tap back into some form of normalcy when it comes to our beauty and wellness routines. Personally, I won’t let my bangs blind me anymore, and I’ll nix these gray hairs that I didn’t even know I had. Seriously, you guys—WTF?! Being in your thirties is kind of humbling when you don’t have your colorist to lean on every 8 to 12 weeks. 

In the age of COVID-19, we donned hats to hide our questionable hairdos and even started seeing a perk to the mask mandate since it helped hide our lady mustaches on our weekly grocery store runs. (It’s a real thing, guys. Sorry not sorry.)  

Wellness and beauty businesses continue to adapt to the new normal, providing us with services that not only beautify and relax us—but keep us healthy and safe. So, let’s welcome 2021 with open arms and vow to get back to our beauty routines.   

These are the beauty, salon, and spa trends we can all get excited about in 2021.

touchless spa treatments
Say goodbye to stress with touchless spa services. 

Are you one of the 46% of Americans feeling stressed or extremely stressed right now? Same. Where’s my massage and cupping session to turn a nightmare day into a blissful dream? Before COVID hit, 42% of Americans said they had made time to get a massage. Then came 2020, when 60% of Americans put high-touch services on the back burner in an attempt to keep themselves healthy.  

But don’t fret—when folks shunned high-touch services, a door opened for touchless spa treatments. Cryotherapy, compression therapy, salt caves, infrared saunas, IV drips, hyperbaric chambers, and float tanks became effective ways to banish stress from our lives, requiring almost-zero contact with others.  

(Note: if you haven’t tried a float spa, book one ASAP. Floating in body-temperature water while listening to your fave music is heaven on earth.)  

above-the-mask beauty treatments
Above-the-mask beauty treatments are still vital. 

If getting Kardashian claws was put on hold for the time being (the percentage of Americans getting manicures and pedicures dropped a whopping 55% during the COVID-19 pandemic), I’m happy to report that above-the-mask beauty and grooming services are back. Lash extensions, permanent makeup (including eyebrow tinting and microblading), BOTOX®, fillers, and similar treatments have all become go-to services—which isn’t surprising since our eyes and foreheads are truly having a moment right now.  

And the rush to stay on top of our beauty routines isn’t expected to die down anytime soon. With 52% of Americans saying they feel more confident when they get regular beauty and grooming treatments and 41% saying beauty services like facials are a necessity, these numbers are only expected to climb.  

And since we’ve been forced to shelter-in-place for an ungodly amount of time, the bright side is it also encouraged a lot of us (20% of Americans to be precise) to focus more on our self-care routines. Is it just me or have any of you been spending A LOT more time on your at-home skincare routine lately? My usual 4-step routine has blossomed into a 7-step routine, AND I sometimes rock a detoxifying mask during Zoom meetings a couple of times a week (camera off, of course... don’t tell my boss. Or do. I’m just doing me). Any excuse I can find to take care of myself just feels good and offers a bit of normalcy in my life amid this chaos.  

So, what do these trends mean for you? 2021 is shaping up to be the year we all get back to our regularly scheduled programming of our favorite beauty and wellness services. If you feel ready to get finally get that trim and balayage, then book that appointment. Or if you’re feeling up to trying something new is the spa space, then book that touchless spa treatment.  

Browse Mindbody to find an appointment that fits your schedule!     

Want an even more in-depth look into the beauty and wellness trends you can expect to see in 2021? Check out this blog

denise prichard
Written by
Denise Prichard
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.
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Wellness
Published Tuesday Feb 23, 2021 by Denise Prichard

Unlocking Your Mindbody: How Not to Sabotage Your Wellness in 2021

Fitness
Personal Growth
Mental health
Wellness
Self-care

Well, here we are—a couple of months into 2021. A year that we all (still) hope will be much better than the last. This past year was nothing short of a dumpster fire—between the pandemic, ongoing racial injustice, and the most dramatic election ever, 2020 was riddled with anxiety, grief, anger, and was just downright exhausting.  

Heck—if somebody even dared to ask me how I was doing last year, I couldn’t help but roll my eyes and say, “Omg I can’t even.”  I mean, what other year can you think of that became its own expression? When something would go horribly awry, we would literally blame it on the year by saying, “2020, am I right?” complete with a sheepish chuckle —and eventually some tears when you realized just how many times you’ve said those words. Seriously, I lost count a long time ago. It was not healthy. 

Sorry, tangent—where was I? Ah yes, 2021. The good news is there’s still hope that this year won’t make us want to roll into a tiny little ball on the floor and cry. Well, at least not as much as its predecessor—I’m not a miracle worker, you guys. However, I do have some wellness tips to help you stay just a little bit cooler, calmer, and collected-er this year. 

1. Lean into wellness.  

If there’s one thing we learned last year, it’s that wellness is always here for us. Maybe at this time last year, your goal of going to Pilates five days a week came to a screeching halt as fitness studios were required to shut down to protect the community. For a time, we were all frazzled because our usual workouts and wellness routines were turned upside practically overnight. I think I speak for us all when I say that our favorite fitness class, and the community that comes with it, plays a huge role in our overall happiness. The good news is the wellness industry has come a long way in just under a year.   

While it is true that some areas still aren’t allowing the in-studio experience for their workout classes due to the pandemic, we have more options to practice wellness safely than ever before. Right now, some studios are allowed to operate with in-person, socially distanced classes—and pretty much every studio broke into the virtual space to provide fitness classes you could participate in from the comfort of your own home. Not to mention, at-home virtual options are typically cheaper and allow you to try our studios from all over the country. With online gym memberships like Mindbody Flex, you can have access to thousands of live stream classes at your fingertips for less than $5 per class.

2. Focus on the positive.  

Look, 2020 was scary. After a year like that, it’s can be hard to tap into a positive mindset. But it’s more important now than ever before to let go of assumptions and focus on the good that 2021 can bring. This shift to acceptance will ultimately help you put your best foot forward in any situation that arises.  

Take a step back and try to focus on the things we can be grateful for in this moment. Like what? Well, for starters more and more people are receiving the COVID-19 vaccination, which means things are slowly, but surely, getting back to normal. I, for one, am grateful that my at-risk family members have already received their first rounds of vaccinations and are on the path of staying healthy since they are protected from the coronavirus.   
  

3. Practice self-care. 

The best thing we can do right now for our mental health is to learn to give ourselves some grace through practicing self-care. And this can look different for everyone. Maybe your version of self-care comes in the form of daily journaling, getting a workout session in, curling up with a good book, or having that glass of wine while taking a bubble bath. Whatever makes YOU feel good—keep doing it.  

To keep my mental health in check, something that I’ve started incorporating into my daily self-care routine is practicing mindfulness. Some days that means I focus on my breathwork practice—other days I may scroll through the Mindbody app to find a virtual meditation class or Yoga Nidra class. I’ve also embraced the motto there’s an app for that. Right now, I’m really loving the Headway app because it helps me set daily intentions from the moment I wake up with a morning survey and then checks in with me at the end of the day with an evening survey. Having the ability to write down my goals and hold myself accountable for them has really taken my self-care routine to the next level. 

4. Focus on what you can control.  

Some days we fall a little short of our goals—and guess what? THAT’S OKAY. Honestly, I think we should all just focus on being okay for the rest of the year. The past year caused us to be tough on ourselves and I encourage you to make this year kinder. Any new goals you set that involve changing habits or overhauling your lifestyle will likely have some setbacks. So, when that happens, remember to be compassionate with yourself.  

If there’s anything I want you to take away from this blog post is to let go of the illusion that perfection is always the end goal. When in doubt I always remind myself of something my favorite spin instructor (hey Steph!) says: “If you look for perfection, you'll never be content. Just focus on your growth.” Allow that to sink in and make it a goal to remind yourself of this every single day.

And remember: You don’t have to—and really shouldn’t—give up hope that things will get better this year, even if you feel overwhelmed now. Having a positive mindset is never a silly thing. In fact, it is actually quite admirable; you’re an admirable badass. 

denise prichard
Written by
Denise Prichard
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.