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You’ve probably heard the buzz–Instagram is removing the visible number of likes from our photos (cue gasp). Some people are trying to boycott the app, furious about the new change. But despite the mixed reviews, we’re excited about the update’s potential to improve our overall wellness while using the app! Here’s a breakdown of how it will positively affect us.
While we can still see our own like-counts, none of our followers will be able to. When we scroll through Instagram, we’ll see posts that say liked by one user we follow “and others.” When clicked, we can see a short list with some of the post’s likers, but not all of them.
The update doesn’t remove likes altogether, only the public visibility of them. So, if you still want to evaluate your selfie, you totally can (this just takes the pressure off a little).
Studies have shown that social media usage is linked to depression, and likes are associated with peer influence in adolescents. Essentially, many people use social media as a platform for quantifying their self-worth and interests based on the approval of others. As much as we might hate to admit it, likes matter. We use them as a means of comparing ourselves, determining what’s cool or trendy, and understanding who is considered the most popular and likable.
"As a brand, we want to be less interested in how many likes a post gets and more focused on connecting with our followers and being a healthy place to spend time online."
- Devin Dilday, MINDBODY Social Media Team Lead
In 2017, Instagram was ranked as the social media app that most negatively affects our mental health. Removing likes from photos puts us one step closer to decreasing social media’s power over our happiness. Although it won’t solve our FOMO, it might help us worry a little less about what we share. Let’s face it: many of us have deleted a post we were initially excited about, just because it didn’t get enough love. Why should we let these numbers limit how we express our uniqueness, self-confidence, and creativity?
Instagram’s removal of likes could change how we use the platform altogether. Rather than trying to quantify people, objects, and activities, we will be able to focus on the actual content. On their Twitter profile, Instagram explained, “We want your followers to focus more on what you share, not on how many likes your post gets.” This shift will bring us back to Instagram’s mission, “bringing you closer to the people and things you love.”
"It's a positive update for everyone!," says Devin Dilday, MINDBODY Social Media Team Lead. "As a brand, we want to be less interested in how many likes a post gets and more focused on connecting with our followers and being a healthy place to spend time online."
Without likes to distract us, we can use Instagram to discover methods for personal wellness, connecting with inspiring/relatable people, and sharing successes (and failures) in a healthy, productive way. As a wellness brand, @mindbody seeks to inspire others to lead healthier, happier lifestyles, prioritizing their wellness in whatever way works best for them—and we are all for this new update and what it could mean for our mental health.
Looking to add some positivity to your feed? Follow @mindbody for a daily dose of all things wellness!
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.