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To celebrate International Women’s Day, we surveyed women across the U.K. to discover what occasions and behaviours make them feel the most empowered in 2019. From acts of courage to compliments and beauty treatments, we found* the top ten things that are lighting the ladies up:
1. A productive day (54%)
2. Saying ‘no’ to things they don’t want to do (45%)
3. Keeping up with their healthy habits (28%)
4. Doing something that scares them (27%)
5. When their friends root for them, helping to build confidence (22%)
6. Making time to focus on themselves (21%)
7. A beauty treatment (20%)
8. Compliments from another woman (18%)
9. Compliments from the opposite sex (18%)
10. Cooking a nutritious meal (17%)
So what really empowers the fierce females we know? We caught up with some of our resident women warriors to find out what makes them stronger, wherever life takes them.
"First and foremost, I find empowerment every day in other people's motivation and strength. Seeing our clients achieve their goals and change their lives for the better gives me and our entire team at CYC:D a deep-rooted sense of satisfaction—supporting others is key and together we can achieve so much more!,” says Faye Walton, Founder of MINDBODY studio CYC:D. “For me, empowerment is also about taking control. Facing my fears, setting and achieving my goals and finding time within my hectic work/life schedule for my own self-care are all at the cornerstone of my own personal empowerment. We all have different values we live by but here are few of mine which lend them self quite nicely to the subject of empowerment. Be kind, always, learn to love yourself, take risks and never pass up an opportunity as you never know where it may lead."
“Finding the space in a day to breathe and move is what makes me feel empowered. Allowing ourselves to take time out can often feel indulgent but recognising the after effects and benefits of yoga or exercise reminds me that we can achieve anything when we put our minds to it,” says Zoe Bertali, founder The Refinery. “We can be strong when we are able to let go of what we are holding on to, be it physical or emotional tension. Creating space in the mind and the body is like a daily declutter which has such a powerful effect on our well-being. Make sure to take the time every day to be good to ourselves”.
"As a mother and business owner I wear multiple hats each day and feel such a sense of achievement knowing my body and mind is so strong and powerful,” says Catie Miller, founder of Xtend Barre. “I wake up with happiness and pride knowing I am exactly where I need to be— alive and moving! No day is the same, and this is what excites me for 2019!"
“I am beyond privileged to do what I love and I am beyond grateful and inspired by my clients on the daily," says Ashley Verma, founder of Define London. "Creating a business in a new country as a women takes courage and a massive support network, especially in a male dominating sector. I'm a firm believer that you surround yourself with people that will motivate and lift you up and you will be unstoppable... I take great pride in knowing I have an incredible Define London team that does exactly that."
“Empowerment is about women giving themselves the permission to remove 'should' from their vocabulary. So much is based on what we 'should do' and what we 'should have done' or that we 'should be thinner,' says Ali Moore, Life and Business Coach. “When really, we 'need' to embrace who we are and what we want to achieve and feel confident to do this in order to get reconnected to what is actually important to us. The liberation of letting go of the word 'should' in life allows us to focus on the ‘can’… if we choose.”
Remember: You do you! It's clear from our research—and the female powerhouses that we have interviewed—that empowerment comes from within, and in so many different forms. So, it’s time we stop putting so much pressure on ourselves to ‘keep up,’ complete tasks quickly or push ourselves to our limits.
Whether it’s trying a new fitness class on MINDBODY, smashing a health goal or even saying the occasional ‘no’ and enjoying the benefits, discover what makes you feel empowered and happy!
*Research from a survey based on 1,001 female respondents on January 1, 2019, by 4media.
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!