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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
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.
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.