Sure, it sounds outlandish, but salons are fantastic for your health for a handful of reasons. But let’s start with the most obvious:

Salons connect you to your community. And connection makes you happy.

Harvard Medical School has been conducting an 80 years-long study of what makes us happy. And they’ve concluded that our relationships and how happy we are in our relationships in the complex fabric of our neighbors, family and friends have a big effect in our overall health.

To have a sense of belonging in our world, within our community, that equals happiness. As active members of our community we are relevant. We have a role, We have a sense of belonging. Hosting a salon really ups that feeling of one’s role in a community.

 “Our study has shown that the people who fared the best were the people who leaned into relationships, with family, with friends, with community,”

 Robert Waldinger, psychiatrist at HMS, said in his TED Talk.

Robert Waldinger, psychiatrist at Harvard Medical School, has said the first lesson you can take is that “social connections are really good for us and that loneliness kills.” Did you read that? Loneliness kills. “It turns out that people who are more socially connected to family, to friends, to community are happier, they’re physically healthier and they live longer than people who are less well connected,” he said.

Replace screen time with people time. Gather your tribe imperfectly but generously. Invite them over and have a conversation. Host a salon, here’s everything you need to know to pull it off.