WELLNESS & BEAUTY
Alkaloid Coworking Offers Up Free Virtual Programs to Manage Anxiety, Share Good News, and More
As the world scrambled to acclimate to the challenges of quarantine and social distancing due to COVID-19, so did Alkaloid founder and operator Katharine Chestnut. By mid-March, Chestnut had rolled out a new all-digital coworking model designed to keep members productive and connected while safe at home. She even took it a step further, creating free virtual offerings open to the public with an emphasis on health and wellness.
Key virtual offerings include Weekly Mastermind sessions led by local small businesses (topics ranging from tips to manage anxiety from therapist and owner of Blue House Wellness, to website improvement with Inspry Web Design, and maintaining brand visibility and connection from EllePR). To focus on the positive she also established a Slack channel called #BrightSide where members can share the little things that are making them feel better while isolated at home.
Chestnut is active in a variety of global coworking founder associations and found support from her peers who were also navigating the pandemic. Alkaloid is now proceeding with caution to return to serving members in person, officially welcoming them back into the space starting as of May 11 with strict safety measures. For additional details on Alkaloid you can catch up with on Instagram @alkaloidnetworks.
Iconic Image—Providing Atlanta’s best cosmetic tattoo services, including Microblading and Scalp Micropigmentation!
Coaching and Counseling
Judy Cantwell—Video coaching and counseling is available through a secure video platform for adults, individually, couples & groups.
Maple Drive Dentistry—The health and safety of their patients and team is the number one priority. Infection control has always been a top priority using hospital-grade disinfectants and infection control recommendations made by the CDC, OSHA, & ADA to ensure a safe and clean environment. To adhere to the agency’s recommendations, you may see some changes when you come in to see the team. Call the office at 404.237.0497 for more information.
Starting Up Spa Care with Institut’ DERMed Spa
Institut’ DERMed Spa is once again opening its doors to clients for spa services in a soft reopening. They are following all of the safety protocols and procedures set forth by the Georgia State Board of Cosmetology Safety Guidelines for salons and spas. If you’re looking forward to getting back into your self-care routine, here are some of the safety measures you can expect to see on your visit:
- Limiting the number of appointments in order to social distance outside of the treatment rooms.
- Touchless temperature checks for all clients and staff.
Answering these questions when scheduling your appointment or entering the spa:
- Have you had a cough?
- Have you had a fever?
- Have you been around anyone exhibiting these symptoms within the past 14 days?
- Are you living with anyone who is sick or quarantined?
- You must use the hand sanitation station upon entering the spa.
- Spa furniture and treatment room chairs will be covered in plastic in order to be sterilized.
- Staff will be wearing protective gear and changing their smocks after each client session.
- All spa common areas, workstations, reception area and door handles will be disinfected after each client visit.
This is a soft reopening, so not all services will be available at this time. Here are something to know before your appointment:
- Steam will not be used during your treatment until the spa is allowed to do so.
- Massage is limited to the face and back of the neck only for now.
- Allow our staff to pull your products with their gloved hands.
At this time they are only taking appointments by phone, please call at (404) 261-5199. Online appointment scheduling will be made available May 31st.
Online product purchasing is still available on their online store and free shipping is available to those unable to travel to the spa using the code SHIP20.
Bath & Body Care
jD Bath Co—The Bomb AF Bath Company. jD Bath Co. specializes in handmade, small-batch, non-toxic, organic, vegan, Non-GMO, paraben-free, alcohol-free skincare products. This Mother’s Day snag your mom, the special woman in your life, or you The Bomb AF Travel Set. This luxury set allows the busy mom to relax anytime, anywhere! jD Bath Co.’s signature product, the Bomb AF Bath Bomb, was developed with an experienced doula to create a bath experience specifically designed to be gentle on skin and vagina friendly.
3 At-Home Hair How-To’s from Blo Blow Dry Bar
Getting to the stylist hasn’t been in the cards for the past few months and may have left your hair feeling less than happy. The stylists from Blo Blow Dry Bar have these neat tricks and products to help tame those tresses:
For a picture-perfect ponytail, separate your hair into 3 sections, with one on either side each side of your face in front of the ear and the third in the back. Tie the back section into a low pony. Then take the side sections and pin them into the ponytail. For a little extra volume, try giving soft waves with a 1” curling iron.
Get a second-day wear out of your hair by applying a nickel-sized amount of Unite Second Day Finishing Cream to dry hair. Work it through root to tip until the desired texture is achieved. It will help to add grip to clean hair, tame flyaways and provide texture for updo’s.
Restore shine and moisturize dry over-processed hair with the Unite 7Seconds Masque. Just like with your skincare routine, incorporate a mask every now and then to moisturize, restore elasticity and adds long-lasting shine, softness and manageability.
Blo Blow Dry Bar has several locations throughout Atlanta so you can get fabulous hair from Buckhead to East Cobb. Blo Buckhead and Blo Ponce will reopen Friday, May 1 and will offer $35 blowouts every day for a limited time! Other locations are slowly opening up for appointments and you can read about their precautionary steps to keep you safe or buy a gift card to use later. For a limited time, when you purchase a gift card of $50+ from a participating Blo location, they will donate a blow out to a local healthcare worker.
Atlanta Face and Body—Dr. Elizabeth and the whole team are excited to be reopening May 1st. As always, safety is their primary concern. Their AAAHC accredited office-based surgery center has always practiced standard safety and sterility. They are incorporating new screening policies and providing customers with PPE for the safety of their visit. They are also available for virtual consultations and visits. Please visit online or call 678-888-3223 to learn more.
Gardner Dermatology & Med Spa—Offering office and telemedicine appointments.
Health & Beauty Boutique—Reopening May 1st for appointments and services with added precautions for customer and staff safety
Robinson Facial Plastic Surgery—Help support healthcare workers at North Fulton and Northside Forsyth hospitals and treat yourself too. When you buy one HydraFacial treatment, Robinson Facial Plastic Surgery will give one to a frontline health worker. Offer ends 5/31.
Blank Canvas Massage—Offering remote sessions that will guide clients on self-massage techniques and stretches that meet their individual needs. Sessions are initially 10% off with additional discounts for economic hardship.
Dress Up—Shop the newest arrivals online at Dress Up! Plus, get free shipping on orders over $19 with code SPRINGSHIP at checkout.
Select Shades—Free shipping on all online orders at Select Shades. Purchase an e-gift card on the website, proceed to check-out and make a note on the shipping details page that it’s a ‘CARE PACKAGE’ and Select Shades will increase the value by $25 for free!
TurningPoint Breast Cancer Rehabilitation—Offering online resources to support survivors of breast cancer including exercises, counseling, and more.
3 Dermatologist Recommended Products For A Healthy Home Glow
We all have our product go-to’s, but with more time spent at home, and most-likely extra stress, it’s time for a skincare refresh. Rather than scavenging Amazon for something new, we consulted with the experts at Dermatology Consultants for their dermatologist-recommended products to keep your skin clean, hydrated, and firm!
- Revision Skincare Black Mask – An intensive, purifying facial treatment that deep cleans the skin by removing impurities, excess sebum and other toxins. Leaves skin feeling clean, soft and polished. Two types of clay, Kaolin & Bentonite, unclog pores and absorb oil and impurities. Anti-inflammatory agents soothe and heal the skin. Naturally scented with cool and invigorating peppermint. Use as needed.
- Skin Better AlphaRet Exfoliating Peel Pads – This patented, triple-acid (glycolic, lactic and salicylic) formulation, enhanced with our patented retinoid, AlphaRet, exfoliates skin, leaving it smooth and bright. Use this 2-3 nights per week.
- BEST Face Firming Mask -This product, developed by our very own Dermatologist, restores hydration to the skin, with added benefits of firming the skin texture.
Looking for more advice? Dermatology Consultants is offering virtual consultations and top of the line skin products through their online store. Plus, visit their Instagram for Morning Coffee Chats LIVE! With Dr. Anna Paré for skin tips, special guests and more.
Mental Health, Meditation & Life Coaching
Atlanta Natural Health Clinic, LLC—Free Lunch and Learn Zoom sessions (Meeting ID: 459 008 929) each Wednesday at 12:30pm to better equip people with perspectives and tools they can implement immediately to increase their health and well-being.
Growth and Wellness Therapy Center—Mental Health Awareness is more critical now than ever before. Past Over 40 & Fabulous! participant Tammy von Nordheim will be launching a new Mental Health Talk Show on YouTube and will be interviewing notables and addressing the current state of mental health during CoVid-19 as well as offering mental health tips for coping and managing anxiety and depression during this time.
OptiMOM Coaching—Free Group Health Coaching sessions via Zoom (Meeting ID: 882 892 104 ) each Friday at 12:30 PM. Initially valuable insights, perspectives, and encouragement along with tools to self-coach and then opening the participation from the audience for some live laser-coaching. Details can be found on the OptiMOM Coaching Facebook Event page here.
Rise Into Wellness “Mind Body & Soulful Connections”—Tia Greene, the mind behind the lifestyle channel, Savour TV, has started a new web series called Rise Into Wellness “Mind Body & Soulful Connections”. Tia gets together with experts in skincare, fitness, and more to tackle topics on maintaining health and wellness during these difficult times.
Therapy Services, Haircare, and Jewelry
Blank Canvas Massage—Stay tuned for self-care video content which includes stress, sciatica & low back pain relief, and headache relief. Continuing education classes for massage therapists are also in the works.
Kid’s Creek Therapy—Kid’s Creek is an experienced source for speech, occupational and physical therapy services through teletherapy. They are supporting parents through video conferencing evaluations and therapy services and are also happy to provide FREE consultation services. Need homeschooling support? Their therapists are able to incorporate many school assignments into therapy activities! Call 770-888-5221 for more information!
Misayo House Jewelry—Founded by wife, mom & philanthropist, Idunnu Tomori, the jewelry rivals precious metals & stones, giving you the perfect way to get a high fashion look that is stunning…all while supporting a good cause! 20% of all sales go to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta to assist patients affected by Pediatric Cancers & Blood Disorders.
Monarch Safe Beauty—Helping women look and feel confident, healthy and beautiful through holistic beauty products. Offering makeup and blow-dry lessons through zoom. Follow on Instagram for tips and advice.
The Wig Dr—Wigs are an essential business. The Wig Dr is here to service customers who are going through chemotherapy or experiencing hair loss or alopecia by doing in-person or virtual consultations for high-quality wigs and hairpieces.
Center for Allergy and Asthma of Georgia—Offering same-day appointments with telemedicine to keep patients well during allergy season. In-office appointments available for select patients.
Ellemes Medical Spa—Keep your skin looking its best under quarantine with complimentary virtual skincare consultations.
Support Groups & Elderly Care
Advantage Private Home Care—Offering licensed homecare for the eldery and other “at-risk” groups and peace of mind to concerned family members.
Georgia Pregnancy Support Group—A Facebook group created by local baby consultant, Lauren Hise, to offer expectant moms advice and support for navigating pregnancy during these difficult times through daily Facebook Live check-ins.
How to Get Better Sleep During the COVID-19 Crisis
Sleep is key to maintaining your health and a strong immune system. But in these stressful times, with the loss of a daily routine, homeschooling the kids and worrying about the health of our loved ones, rest may be hard to come by.
Dr. Marianna Kovitch of Atlanta Smiles is an expert in Dental Sleep Medicine and offers these four tips to sleep better during quarantine:
Don’t bring the news to bed. Give yourself an hour long buffer between putting the screens away and putting your head on the pillow.
Keep your daily sleep schedule. Go to bed and wake up at the same times you would if you were commuting to the office. Resist the urge to sleep in and use the extra time in the morning for yoga, meditation, or a family breakfast instead.
Exercise to exhaust your body. Daily exercise, whatever you can get in your schedule will help reduce stress and physically exhaust your body to help you fall asleep easier.
Evaluate your sleep environment. The ideal temperature should be 60-67 degrees Fahrenheit with no lights on and minimal noise.
Bob Steele Salon—Is your hair looking a little strung out? Check out (@Bobsteelesalon) on Instagram and Facebook for tons of DIY projects including how to make your own hair mask at home! Enter to win a year’s supply of shampoo and conditioner by using the tag #bobsteelsalon and tag them in a post of you being creative for a chance to win.
Laura Goddard Style—Skip the trip to the big-box store and support local business by buying your much-needed hair products locally! All online retail sales are available for next day delivery or curbside pickup. Try a Quarantine Coverage Kit for everything you need from supplies to video demonstrations to help you touch up those roots until you can reunite behind the chair.
Busy Girl BathBakery—Find a cure for dry hands or wash the stress of the day away with these hypoallergenic custom-crafted soaps. All soap orders delivered free to your doorstep within Atlanta city limits.
O’Reilly Comprehensive Dermatology—Available for consults via phone or visual media (FaceTime), there is no excuse to let your skincare fall to the wayside. To schedule a phone or online visual consultation please call the office number (404-330-8445) or request an appointment by emailing [email protected]
Opulence Spray Tan Club—Get glowing ready-for-summertime skin with top-of-the-line products shipped to you. Try the Keep Glowing Self Tan Mousse, this Mediterranean inspired lightweight mousse develops into a gradual deep authentic, streak-free golden glow.
True Glow Atlanta—Don’t let shelter-in-place orders keep you from getting that desired summer glow! True Glow sunless tanning is currently offering a special discounted price on its bronzing face mist that is shipped right to your door!
Nails, Lashes, and Makeup
Nyssa Green, The Green Room Agency—Emmy award-winning makeup artist Nyssa Green brings you fresh looks on her Instagram and plenty of tips in our Nyssa’s Nods section for making the most of your beauty routine.
Cancer Support Groups
My Style Matters, Inc.—My Style Matters is dedicated to supporting, empowering, advocating and educating cancer survivors, caregivers and the community at large about cancer and cancer prevention. If you would like to learn more about educational workshops or want to connect with the group email, [email protected] or join the My Breast Years Ahead group on Facebook. Anyone in the Greater Atlanta Area that has been impacted by cancer (in any form) is invited to join the sisterhood support community, with over 500 members.
Komen Atlanta—Komen’s guidance is for healthy women of average risk to delay their routine breast cancer screening until later this year. If people are displaying warning signs for breast cancer, they should contact their health provider to determine their need for diagnostic imaging. This recommendation reflects the Centers for Disease Prevention and Control’s (CDC) guidelines to minimize exposure to and potential spreading of COVID-19 and to help support the health care system’s need to focus scarce health care capacity and resources on managing the pandemic. Komen Atlanta will be able to help patients in need with referrals to free or low-cost diagnostic testing, as necessary.
The Atlanta Center for Cosmetic Dentistry—We’re fully committed to creating beautiful and healthy smiles. Our doctor’s are now offering COMPLIMENTARY virtual smile consults. All you have to do is upload your photos and tell us a little bit about your goals. Our doctors will send you a personalized video with recommendations on how you can feel more confident about your smile!