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Published Monday Feb 03, 2020 by Erica Arvanitis

8 Dating Apps To Try Other Than Tinder

Personal Growth

With an endless stream of matches, messages, and GIFs (the best part, let’s be honest), it’s easy to get overwhelmed on dating apps. Not only that, but the anxiety presents itself in which dating app to download in the first place. Bumble? Tinder? Hinge? How do you pick what works best for you?  

Whether you’re looking for something casual, someone to grow old with, or a hot yoga buddy (pun intended), here are the best dating apps to help you find love, connection, or whatever else you want. 

Bumble

Perfect if: You want to make the first move.  

While society may teach women to wait for the first move, Bumble is all about putting the power in your pocket. Founded to challenge the old school rules of dating, Bumble empowers female users to shoot the first shot. Not only do they inspire authenticity by incorporating real users into their advertising (check out the #FindThemOnBumble campaign), but the CEO—Whitney Wolfe Herd—takes steps to make the app a safe and welcoming place. For example, after the stream of mass shootings in 2018, she officially banned any photos of guns on the app.

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Bumble

Perfect if: You want to make the first move.  

While society may teach women to wait for the first move, Bumble is all about putting the power in your pocket. Founded to challenge the old school rules of dating, Bumble empowers female users to shoot the first shot. Not only do they inspire authenticity by incorporating real users into their advertising (check out the #FindThemOnBumble campaign), but the CEO—Whitney Wolfe Herd—takes steps to make the app a safe and welcoming place. For example, after the stream of mass shootings in 2018, she officially banned any photos of guns on the app.

Hinge

Perfect if: You want a real connection.  

“Designed to be deleted,” Hinge finds you matches based on a questionnaire that pairs you with people who share common interests. Not only that, but you’ll interact with much more of a user’s profile on Hinge than you would on Bumble or Tinder. Whether it’s a funny quote they post, their favorite TV show, or a hilarious photo of them holding a puppy like a baby, you can engage with it all and even leave a comment to strike up a conversation. A thoughtful mix of Tinder’s swiping and Match’s relationship focus, Hinge is perfect if you’re ready to start thinking about dinner plans with someone new.  
 

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Hinge

Perfect if: You want a real connection.  

“Designed to be deleted,” Hinge finds you matches based on a questionnaire that pairs you with people who share common interests. Not only that, but you’ll interact with much more of a user’s profile on Hinge than you would on Bumble or Tinder. Whether it’s a funny quote they post, their favorite TV show, or a hilarious photo of them holding a puppy like a baby, you can engage with it all and even leave a comment to strike up a conversation. A thoughtful mix of Tinder’s swiping and Match’s relationship focus, Hinge is perfect if you’re ready to start thinking about dinner plans with someone new.  
 

Her

Perfect if: You’re queer and over heteronormative apps.  

An app “for queer womxn, by queer womxn,” Her is a safe space to find connections with bisexual, lesbian, queer, or gender non-conforming partners. More than just a dating app, Her is big on community, hosting events and parties in over fifteen cities across the country. Whether you want to expand your group of friends or match with someone new, use Her to help you find your person, whoever that may be. 

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Her

Perfect if: You’re queer and over heteronormative apps.  

An app “for queer womxn, by queer womxn,” Her is a safe space to find connections with bisexual, lesbian, queer, or gender non-conforming partners. More than just a dating app, Her is big on community, hosting events and parties in over fifteen cities across the country. Whether you want to expand your group of friends or match with someone new, use Her to help you find your person, whoever that may be. 

Sweatt

Perfect if: You’re looking for a swole-mate.  

If fitness is a part of your everyday life, it’s only natural you would want a partner who’s also active. Enter Sweatt. What makes this dating app different is the questions they ask, and how it’s set up. Users input their favorite workouts (bootcamp, cycling, yoga, dance, whatever), when and how often they work out, and nutrition preferences. With all that info, you’ll be well on your way to matching with your next running buddy, yoga partner, or whatever you’re looking for. Plus, there’s nothing like a good group fitness date. Download the Mindbody app to find a class near you (sweat together, stay together). 

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Sweatt

Perfect if: You’re looking for a swole-mate.  

If fitness is a part of your everyday life, it’s only natural you would want a partner who’s also active. Enter Sweatt. What makes this dating app different is the questions they ask, and how it’s set up. Users input their favorite workouts (bootcamp, cycling, yoga, dance, whatever), when and how often they work out, and nutrition preferences. With all that info, you’ll be well on your way to matching with your next running buddy, yoga partner, or whatever you’re looking for. Plus, there’s nothing like a good group fitness date. Download the Mindbody app to find a class near you (sweat together, stay together). 

Ship

Perfect if: You really trust your friend's judgment.  

On a mission to make dating fun again, the babes from Betches created Ship, an app that lets your friends swipe for you, which might not be the worst idea. Think about it: when you’re making a game-time decision of whether to swipe right or message someone, don’t you send a screenshot into the group chat anyway? Your friends know you, let them take over—and give your thumb a rest from all that swiping.  

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Ship

Perfect if: You really trust your friend's judgment.  

On a mission to make dating fun again, the babes from Betches created Ship, an app that lets your friends swipe for you, which might not be the worst idea. Think about it: when you’re making a game-time decision of whether to swipe right or message someone, don’t you send a screenshot into the group chat anyway? Your friends know you, let them take over—and give your thumb a rest from all that swiping.  

MeetMindful

Perfect if: You’re looking for a Zen partner.  

The conscious dating app, MeetMindful, is all about finding a deep, meaningful connection. On your profile, you can include the standard facts about yourself, while answering more in-depth questions as well, like your mantra, how your friends describe you, how you like to live mindfully through fitness, meditation, etc. MeetMindful’s founder, Amy Baglan, suggest that it’s actually super beneficial to do a quick meditation before heading out on a first date:  

“Before a first date, your mind can start running wild...Try sitting and meditating for 10 minutes. It can do wonders to calm that restless energy and get you back to a balanced state so you can show up as your authentic, amazing self.” If you don’t know which app to download, check out our list of self-care apps to add to your wellness routine!  

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MeetMindful

Perfect if: You’re looking for a Zen partner.  

The conscious dating app, MeetMindful, is all about finding a deep, meaningful connection. On your profile, you can include the standard facts about yourself, while answering more in-depth questions as well, like your mantra, how your friends describe you, how you like to live mindfully through fitness, meditation, etc. MeetMindful’s founder, Amy Baglan, suggest that it’s actually super beneficial to do a quick meditation before heading out on a first date:  

“Before a first date, your mind can start running wild...Try sitting and meditating for 10 minutes. It can do wonders to calm that restless energy and get you back to a balanced state so you can show up as your authentic, amazing self.” If you don’t know which app to download, check out our list of self-care apps to add to your wellness routine!  

Loosid

Perfect if: You’re livin’ a sober lifestyle.  

Not into “grabbing a drink” as your first date option? Check out Loosid, a supportive app for sober people either in recovery after battling addiction, or just looking to explore the alcohol-free scene. You can interact with the community, connect with like-minded people, find booze-free events, and there’s even an option to get help with a hotline if you’re struggling.  
 

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Loosid

Perfect if: You’re livin’ a sober lifestyle.  

Not into “grabbing a drink” as your first date option? Check out Loosid, a supportive app for sober people either in recovery after battling addiction, or just looking to explore the alcohol-free scene. You can interact with the community, connect with like-minded people, find booze-free events, and there’s even an option to get help with a hotline if you’re struggling.  
 

Meetup

Perfect if: You’re tired of boring coffee dates.  

While it’s not a dating app per se, Meetup does have some meetups specifically for singles. Whether you’re looking for a group that worships their Frenchies or you need a new trivia night, Meetup helps you find events in your area sorted into different categories like dance, health, business, or wellness. Even if you don’t find someone special, you can meet people in your neighborhood, build your network, or do something fun!  

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Meetup

Perfect if: You’re tired of boring coffee dates.  

While it’s not a dating app per se, Meetup does have some meetups specifically for singles. Whether you’re looking for a group that worships their Frenchies or you need a new trivia night, Meetup helps you find events in your area sorted into different categories like dance, health, business, or wellness. Even if you don’t find someone special, you can meet people in your neighborhood, build your network, or do something fun!  

Erica Arvanitis MINDBODY
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Erica Arvanitis
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About the author
A copywriter by day, Erica spends her free time mastering the art of puzzles while forcing her 10-year-old Chow mix to wear sweaters. With experience in PR, social media, marketing, and copywriting, Erica lives and breathes the written word. Warning: don’t test her on Friends trivia - she will win every time.
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Beauty
Published Sunday Jan 30, 2022 by Denise Prichard

Black-owned Beauty and Wellness Businesses to Know

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. 

1. Beauty Bin 

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.  
 

2. KIKA Stretch Studio  

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.

3. Kimberly Coleman Salon 

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. 

4. Pressed Roots 

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.  

5. SW3AT  

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. 

6. The TEN Nail Bar 

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. 

7. Bettye O Day Spa 

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! 

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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.