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While some may say “beauty is pain,” it shouldn’t be for Mother Earth. Something as small as buying stainless-steel razors instead of the plastic disposable ones can make a huge difference for your skin, and our precious planet.
Here’s our easy, go-to guide on looking fabulous while switching to a sustainable beauty routine. Your body and the environment—will thank you!
Whether it’s ditching the disposable razors for a long-lasting stainless-steel safety razor, wearing a more natural fragrance made of essential oils instead of perfume, or using a washcloth instead of swabs, small habits can play a much bigger role in a sustainable routine. Plus, you’ll save some money and reduce your impact!
It’s time to trade in your old school, animal-hair makeup brushes. Opt for an eco-friendly alternative when it comes to makeup application. Brushes crafted from sustainable materials—like bamboo—are not only cruelty-free, but synthetic bristles are less expensive and easier to wash.
Switching your everyday self-care items to ones that serve multiple purposes equals less waste for the environment and extra money in your pocket. Did you know a shampoo bar from Lush can last up to 80 washes? That’s around two to three bottles of its liquid counterpart! There are other brands that have bars for both your hair and body, so you only need one product in your shower. It’s eco- and travel-friendly!
In an average home, a normal shower lasts around 8 minutes and uses up over 17 gallons of water. Yikes! Want to conserve? Wash your face with a biodegradable, rinse-free facial wipe to gently exfoliate and remove buildup while using less water. If you’re seriously committed, shave two to three minutes off your shower time by setting a timer on your phone to hold yourself accountable.
What kind of polish you put on your nails matters. From bright corals to natural nudes, there are plenty of brands committed to creating non-toxic polish free of chemicals and additives. Try one of Base Coat’s plant-based 105 custom colors that are safe for your skin—and the Earth. Or shop the adorable Ella + Mila hues at Target for just $10 (every shade is chemical-free!).
What products are you using? Start making an impact through small, manageable lifestyle changes to your beauty routine that are cost-effective and help the planet!
February is Black History Month—a celebration of the achievements and contributions of African Americans in society. As the beauty and wellness industry becomes a more welcoming and inclusive space for all, we are taking this opportunity to continue to shine a light on the gap of inclusivity and diversity in our industry, and take action to promote, empower, and honor the Black community that shapes and grows wellness.
While the beauty industry is making improvements—it's important to showcase and support Black businesses and the creatives in this space every day. To honor them, we're shouting out some of our favorite Black-owned beauty and wellness businesses to support.
Beauty Bin is a full-service day spa and dry bar located in Asheville, NC. With a focus on inclusivity for people of all backgrounds, genders, and races, their MO is to match the outer beauty of every client to their inner beauty. From eyelash extensions and hydrafacials to waxing and massage, Beauty Bin is a one-stop-shop for all the spa services.
The KIKA Method® is a gentle assisted stretching process that loosens up tight muscles freeing your body from pain and stress. By practicing this method, clients can experience decreased muscle tension, increased energy, enhanced flexibility, a substantial reduction in stress, improved posture and relaxation, and increased mental clarity. While its headquarters is located in Las Vegas, NV, they have multiple locations sprinkled throughout the US, including Atlanta, New York City, and Dallas—just to name a few.
At Kimberly Coleman Salon, their philosophy begins with promoting healthy tresses, elegant sets, unique accouterments, perfect pampering of hands and feet, and precision cuts. Known for working with models and celebrities, they fully appreciate and celebrate the diversity of their clientele which also includes super moms and warrior dads.
Pressed Roots was developed with the simple concept in mind—that everyone deserves access to easy, and quality hair care. What started as a single pop-up shop in Boston, grew to a multi-city pop-up tour, and is now slated to be the largest national hair salon franchise specializing in the care and styling of highly textured hair, they launched their first flagship location in Dallas, TX.
Jersey City resident, Alyza Brevard-Rodriguez started SW3AT. The company began as a fitness apparel line in 2015 but evolved into a sanctuary catered to health and wellness now known as SW3AT Sauna Studio—the first infrared sauna studio in Jersey City. The healing power of infrared heat therapy is a phenomenal option for holistic health proven to strengthen the immune system and provide relief from joint stiffness and muscle pain. It is also supportive of any fitness program as it aids in weight loss (you can torch up to 900 calories in a 45-minute session) while also detoxifying your body from some of the most harmful toxins.
Kelli Coleman and Anika Jackson opened The TEN Nail Bar in Detroit to address a void in their city. They saw a need for a quality, modern nail bar that could also serve as a fun social space for Detroit’s residents and professionals. They designed the TEN to provide their clients with a #Perfect10 experience—where you can relax, enjoy music, a drink, your friends, a clean and precise manicure, and a much-needed break from all your hectic days.
Located in the beautiful downtown Hyde Park Chicago area, Bettye O Day Spa specializes in first-class treatments. They aim to nurture and relax each of their clients with individualized and innovative therapeutic techniques. From body wraps and massages to facials and hydrotherapy, this day spa promises to be a safe place for healing to occur.
Looking for more businesses to support? ClassPass has also created a list of Black-owned business to check out all year-round. While both of these lists are a great start to get you familiar with many of the Black-owned businesses either in your neighborhood or around the globe, we have only scratched the surface. We'd love to keep these lists growing.If you have any businesses you'd like to see on this list, click here to submit a Black-owned business we should be highlighting as well!