Beauty salon

This black-owned beauty salon doubles as a self-care oasis for women of color

Godbody is the newest black-owned beauty salon in Oakland, California.

What makes Godbody unique is that it’s not just your usual salon where you go to get your hair done and then dive.

No, it’s a comprehensive hair and beauty destination specializing in healthy, holistic hair care and wellness from within.

It’s true – it’s too a self-care oasis for women of color.

And if that alone wasn’t impressive, Godbody founder Brittany Barnes opened the salon in October 2020 during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic.

In an interview last year, Barnes explained how she overcame the odds to open a now successful beauty salon that caters to textured hair:

“2020 has been a tough year, but seeing GoodBody thrive in spite of that has really highlighted the real need for a space that gives our customers a place to relax, be seen and heard, and treated like individuals,” says Barnes.

“So many women with textured hair have to visit multiple destinations to get their desired style — they get blowouts and haircuts at one salon, braids at another.

At GoodBody, we provide full-service hair care in a singular destination with services that showcase the diversity and beauty of textured hair.

She goes on to say that great aesthetics are just as important as great service: “It was important to make this space special from a design perspective.

There are not enough beautiful spaces created for black women.

While Godbody is a beauty salon that prides itself on catering to women’s needs, the oasis — which is adorned with tall 25-foot arches, bold and luxurious colors and showy mirrors — has served nearly 2,000 women and men since they opened their doors.

Check out some photos from inside Brittany Barnes’ gorgeous beauty salon and self-care oasis, Godbody, below.

Godbody Beauty Salon Oakland CA