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If you’re a busy millennial like me, sometimes you forget to take time to practice self-care. I am a full-time public servant, a part-time masters student at Boston University, a full-time lifestyle blogger...and many times I’m assisting my family with the care of my newborn nieces. With all that going on, it's imperative that I take at least one day to address my self-care needs. That whole “sleep when you’re dead” mentality is probably one of the most problematic lifestyles to lead. Proper self-care has many benefits for your physical, spiritual, and emotional needs. And if you truly practice self-care regularly, you ultimately become a better person for those around you.
With that said, I take Self-Care Saturdays very seriously. My ideal Self-Care Saturday starts off with waking up at 10:00 am to drop off laundry. Then, once I’ve gotten the heavy lifting out of the way, I start addressing my body’s physical needs. One activity I recently picked up was boxing! If you’re in the Boston area and you have the MINDBODY app, you should check out Peter Welch’s Gym. Boxing is a full-body workout, and it allows you to take out all of your stress on a punching bag or in the ring. The first time I used MINDBODY to book a class, my first session was free! Now, boxing has been a permanent part of my Self-Care Saturday routine.
The next step in my Self-Care Saturday is going to the spa to get a facial and massage. Let’s face it, between sweating at the gym, dealing with everyday emotions, and the all-nighters that us grad students have to pull off, our bodies need lots of hydration and tension release. I never skip a Saturday at the spa because my facials have been vital to keeping my skin clear, and my massages release knots in my back. I am not a princess by any means; however, you don’t realize how important it is to get rid of tension in your back and your face until you start aging.
Now that I am fully relaxed, it doesn’t hurt to head to a salon to get my hair and nails done. Honestly, if I wake up slightly under the weather, a great pick-me-up is investing in my outside appearance. A little polishing here and there goes a long way. By looking through the MINDBODY app, I identified three new salons that do natural hair. This is pretty exciting for me, because I was having a hard time finding one near me.
Lastly, before the ladies call me to paint the town red; I have to make sure I curl up with a good book that has nothing to do with work or school. Reading has always provided me solace in the craziest of times. When my emotions are high, reading my favorite fashion book or even Harry Potter book gives me great vibes. Sometimes I read for hours then take a nap on some fresh new sheets to conclude the day.
My Saturdays often feel revolutionary because my week is so all over the place. For this reason alone, I am such a big proponent for taking time to rest, recoup, and rejuvenate!
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!