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Bringing the outdoors inside is trending. From fresh farmers market bouquets to succulents galore, Pinterest-worthy plants are all the rage. But, it’s not just about beautifying your space– there are some unbe-leaf-able benefits for your well-being when you go green. Fresher air. Fewer toxins. Good vibes—it’s a win-win.
If you’re looking to create a mini-urban jungle but are afraid your busy schedule, non-existent green thumb, or notorious plant killing history has you doomed, don’t fret! We’ve got four low maintenance, indoor plants + care tips to spruce up your place. Earth Day will be every day in your home with this effortless greenery (no prior plant experience required).
There are more than 650 types of air plants (Tillandsia). Yep, you read that right. 650 varieties that can grow (and successfully live) without soil—perfect for all of us who are can’t keep plants alive (*raises hand*). With air plants coming in all shapes and sizes, it’s easy to find one in-store or online to fit your color scheme and personality! And with hundreds of fresh ways to decorate with air plants, it’s easier than ever to spruce up even the smallest space. Consider air plants your little fun (and funky!) friend.
Care Tips: No perfect lighting needed. Air plants don’t ask for much, which works for even the busiest schedule. Besides gently misting your air plant with water every few days, it is essential your Tillandsia gets a “bath” every two weeks. That means submerging your air plant(s) in water and letting the plant sit there for about 1 to 3 hours, depending on how dry your air is. Too much dampness can kill an air plant, so after soaking shake off the access water and let the air plant dry in a bright spot for at least 4 hours.
Prickly, resilient and perfect for the most inexperienced green thumb, cacti are an easy and efficient way to add plant life to your home. Not to be mistaken with succulents, cacti are your healthiest relationship! Not only will they tolerate you, but they will also stay alive by your side for years to come. Consider your cacti a make-your-home-better investment.
Care Tips: No surprise here—cacti need direct sunlight and sandy-type soil that drains well. While watering routines depend on the type of cacti you choose, a little (occasional) water goes a long way. Think desert. Personal favorite cacti? Gymnocalycium. Not only does it have a deep green color with quintessential spines (yep, for this New York girl, cacti must have spikes), you get a bright flower bloom!
A relative to the sturdy cacti, succulents are the perfect first plant. Easy to maintain in most home environments, succulents come in all fun shapes and are totally hip thanks to social media. They also make a great desk ornament at work. With funky pots (animal head planters, anyone?), succulents will step up your decorating game and thrive if you give them a little love—just not too much light because they can get sunburned.
Care Tips: If planting at home, you’ll get a leg up on the competition by using succulent potting soil. On the hunt for a hanging basket succulent? String of Pearls is the way to go. This succer is a stunner and will grow fast. Another favorite? Zebra Haworthia. Great for any tabletop (or desk) and non-toxic to dog and cats, this little green wonder has such a cool texture.
There’s a good chance you remember this plant from your mom or grandma’s house. With an impossible-to-kill reputation, spider plants are back with a vengeance—as long as you don’t overwater them. A flowering perennial, spider plants will make any space feel like a jungle oasis. Oh, and they propagate like crazy and are perfect for that macrame hanging planter you’ve been eyeing at Urban Outfitters.
Care Tips: Spider plants thrive in indirect sunlight. They also love humidity. If your spider plant ends start to brown, that might mean they need more water (or a little fertilizer). Also, once a spider plant flowers, it will produce “babies” (called “spiderettes”). If you’ve got a friend eyeing your spider plant, clip off a spiderette and have them place it in water. Once roots grow, they will have a spider plant of their own!
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.