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It’s February and you know what that means. Pink and red hues have taken over every store, and all your coworkers are discussing what to do for the big day. Valentine’s Day.
While we all might want someone to be ours this February 14th, don’t forget the most important person on your list—you. Join the ranks of Donna Meagle by treating yo’ self to a few gifts focused on health, wellness and relaxation!
Being in a relationship is great, but have you zenned out to a really relaxing bath recently? Get ready to soak all your stress away! Don’t forget a good read, glass of wine, the calming aroma of a candle, and some luxurious Lush products. Before you know it, your tub will be transformed into the ultimate oasis.
In a world filled with posts to like and stories to watch, it can be a challenge to unplug. Carve out some “me time” with journaling! Not only does writing it down boost your self-esteem, it can relieve stress, reduce anxiety, increase creativity and help you let go of those negative emotions.
You’ve heard of diffusers, but what’s the deal with a Himalayan salt lamp? More than just a radiant rock to light up your space, Himalayan salt lamps can clean the air, reduce allergies, improve blood flow, decrease stress, and even relieve insomnia. The relaxing light boosts serotonin levels, which helps you stay focused, energized and ready to take on any Monday that comes your way.
A solid pair of sneakers guarantees comfort and the ability to get up and moving when anxiety or stress strikes. Say yes to self-care and who knows, they might even motivate you to get outside with a hike or long walk on Valentine’s Day. Let’s be honest, you can only watch Pretty Woman so many times.
Give yourself the gift of relaxation for all your after-bath needs with a comfy robe. Unwind in a fuzzy favorite designed purely for comfort, or splurge on something silky and sexy just for you. No matter the occasion, make a statement and feel good in your own skin.
While some say that disconnecting from your device is essential, technology can also be a great tool for mental health. Take a break from Candy Crush and give your mind a daily vacation with the unlimited amount of meditation apps at your fingertips. From Simple Habit or Headspace, stretch your emotional muscles with tech that’s all about making each day a better one.
Sign up for the self love club and remember that focusing on you isn’t vanity, it’s sanity. Be your own valentine!
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!