Known for its diversity, its thriving arts scene, and its long and fascinating history, Oakland, California is one of the most exciting cities on the West Coast. While some people still confuse it for a suburb of San Francisco, the warmer, sunnier city-across-the-Bay is a culinary and cultural powerhouse in its own right. According to the Practical Wanderlust blog, you can travel from the ocean to downtown to a Redwood forest in just twenty minutes and stay within the city limits of Oakland the entire time. Take a stroll around beautiful Lake Merritt, check out the free First Fridays event at the Oakland Museum of California, or eat delicious food from every corner of the globe on Telegraph Avenue. And for visitors and locals alike, we compiled a list of some of the beauty highlights of the East Bay. These businesses consistently provide top-notch beauty, health, and wellness services to their community, and that quality is reflected in their local reputation as well as the reviews they receive on Booksy.
Undeniable Perfection is a hair salon that specializes in lace frontal installations, sew-in extensions, coloring, and ponytails. Clients praise Da’Ron, the stylist, for his “great service, amazing talent, and funny and sweet” personality. Others write that he’s a “perfectionist who takes his time,” and that he’s “really funny and polite.” Undeniable Perfection is accessible by public transportation, located in the Jack London neighborhood of Oakland near the Lake Merritt BART station.
5400 Bancroft Ave, Oakland, 94601
Renelle is a salon in the Fairfax Business district of Oakland named after its stylist, Renelle. She specializes in extensions, braids, hair trims, silk presses, sew-ins, and hair maintenance. Her clients praise Renelle’s neat braiding, her “fast, super-efficient” work, and the welcoming atmosphere of her salon. One client who’s been visiting Renelle for over five years wrote that she’s “never been disappointed,” and that even if Renelle is busy or she has to wait for a booking, it’s always “worth the wait!”
807 Washington St, Oakland, CA 94607
Christina Ocasio is a West Oakland-based hairstylist whose salon is located in the Lower Bottoms neighborhood right by the San Francisco Bay. She offers haircuts and coloring, as well as deep conditioning treatments, keratin treatments, hair relaxing services, braids, extension removal, and makeup services. One client who’s been visiting Christina for seven years wrote that in addition to her skill with hair, she’s also a “friend, therapist, and confidant.” Other clients have noted that she, “cares about the condition of your hair,” “always does an excellent job,” and that she’s especially talented with color.
807 Washington St, Oakland, CA 94607
Dinah Oubkeo provides cut and coloring services, lash services, blowouts, and hair therapy treatments to her clients in the Lower Bottoms neighborhood of West Oakland. Her reviews acknowledge the “effort and care” she puts into her work, with one customer writing that she “always leaves the salon feeling special.” Another client praised the atmosphere of her salon, noting that the environment is “modern, clean, and fresh.”
8701 international Blvd, Oakland, 94621
A Touch of Paris salon is located on Highway 185 near the Oakland Coliseum. Paris, the stylist, offers a variety of hair care services, including cornrows, butterfly braids, extensions, and straightening services. Her clients praise her “neat and precise styles,” as well as the fact that she “takes her time and does it right.” Paris works with children as well as adults, offering box braids for kids. One client who sees Paris for her own hair as well as her family’s wrote, “She’s been our family braider for years, and there’s a reason for that. She knows what she’s doing—achieving your desired look without compromising the health of your hair!”
2132 Central Florida Pkwy, Suite C4, Orlando, FL 32837
Famous One’s Barbershop is located in the Lower Dimond area of Oakland. Robeson, the barber, has been in the industry for over 30 years, and his loyal customers call him the Taper King. He’s committed to “creating clean lines and blessing people with freshness.” He offers a straightforward haircut, shave, and beard trim, as well as hair graphics and services for weddings or corporate parties. His clients praise his professionalism, his talent as a barber, and his friendly demeanor. One customer mentioned that he’s a “great conversationalist,” while another wrote that Robeson has been “cutting [his] hair for over fifteen years, and he has only gotten better and better over the years.”
4418 Curryford Rd., Orlando, 32812
Michael of Magic Mike barbershop earned his nickname by creating fresh fades and tapers for the duration of his career. Clients praise his “experience, attention to detail and communication,” with one customer writing that he’s “talented and knowledgeable.” Multiple people wrote that he was the right person to contact when they needed to fix a problem with their hair, with one client noting, “He fixed a bad haircut … brought me back, and now he’s my guy.”
8121 Vineland Ave, Orlando, 32821
Jay Rich’s barber shop is just a twelve-minute walk from the Fruitvale BART station. Jay introduces himself as Mr. Rich and claims to “proudly [create] the cleanest, meanest fades in the Bay Area.” Clients appreciate that he “listens to what you want and goes for it,” and one customer wrote that he’s “clean and quick with the fade.”
2606 MacArthur Blvd, Oakland, 94602
His Imperial Majesty Barbershop is located on 46th and MLK in the Temescal neighborhood of Oakland. The shop is known in the community for its relaxing atmosphere, cleanliness, and “good vibe.” Clients praise the excellent service and attention to detail of the barbers, with one customer praising the “great service, hot music, and dope books!,” and another writing, “He has blessed hands, his skills are amazing, and he takes his time to make sure you are satisfied before leaving his chair.”
1462 High St, B, Oakland, 94612
The East Oakland-based barbershop Monsbarbershope offers haircuts, beard trims, and bald head shaves to its clients. Customers love it for the “great atmosphere and wonderful conversations.”
Ampco System Parking, 525 14th St, Oakland, CA 94612
Located smack-dab in the middle of downtown Oakland, Nailsxbella offers a variety of nail services, from gel manicures to acrylics, glitter, crystals, and marble and chrome designs. Clients describe Bella as “nice and friendly,” with customers praising her talent with their nails.
3rd St, 248, 476, Oakland, 94607
Conveniently located in the Jack London neighborhood of Oakland, the Nail Circus offers a range of services, from basic nail care to “crazy art.” They provide a standard mani-pedi, as well as gel manicures, acrylic nails, lash extensions, and waxing services, so it’s a perfect one-stop shop for a variety of beauty needs.
2126 62nd Ave, Oakland, 94621
Estrella Color & Arte offers nail care services that include both gel manicures and acrylics. Located in the Seminar district of Oakland near the Coliseum, the salon also offers mini facials to clients. Their photos advertise long, glittery, iridescent nail art that’s sure to turn heads.
Moods Beauty Bar, 404 14th St, Oakland, 94612
Shalita’s Nails is a salon in downtown Oakland that offers classic and gel mani-pedis, along with sea salt pedicures, massage options, and a Polish change service. Clients praise the technician’s “extra attention to detail,” writing, “She is quite crafty and made the experience very relaxing. I left feeling very pampered.”
24293 Mission Blvd, Hayward, 94544
This Hayward-based nail salon offers classic manicure and pedicure services, along with add-ons that include acrylics, shellac, and French tips, to name a few. In addition to their nail care services, customers can also stop by for waxing, eyelash extensions, and facials. One client wrote that the technicians “always take their time so there’s no imperfections.” Other reviews noted the friendly atmosphere of the salon and the technicians’ consistent good work.
Health & Wellness
7th St, Berkeley, 94710
Located in Berkeley, Beautiful As I Am is a spa that offers facials, lash extensions, and waxing services. Regular customers appreciate the spa’s warm, welcoming, and relaxing atmosphere, with one customer praising the “gorgeous work” of the employees and the relaxing experience they provided. Another wrote, “Not only is Neff beautiful, but she makes you feel beautiful as well. She inspires you to look and feel your best while providing excellent service.”
Solano Ave, 1702, Berkeley, 94707
Moi is a Berkeley-based medical spa that offers hydrodermabrasion, eyelash extensions, microblading, permanent makeup, scalp micropigmentation, and eyebrow maintenance services. One customer wrote, “I left Moi feeling recharged and re-energized,” and another praised the “fantastic vibe” as well as the “professional, knowledgeable, welcoming, warm, caring” staff.
2121 Ygnacio Valley Rd, Suite E-201, Walnut Creek, 94518
Chirology Group is a local wellness group based in Walnut Creek. Board-certified physician Dr. Clinton F. Cabero provides chiropractic therapy in addition to overseeing cold laser therapy, cupping, and corporate ergonomic evaluations. The program aims to assist patients in improving their overall health so they can live fuller, happier lives.
Brockhurst St, 694, Oakland, 94609
This home-based studio in the Hoover-Foster neighborhood of West Oakland offers lash extensions and refills as well as lash removal and lash bath services. One customer wrote that she “made me feel comfortable,” and praised her technician’s friendliness and sense of humor, adding that two and a half hours “felt like thirty minutes.”
3862 Piedmont Ave, Oakland, 94611
Hena Rainge Massage Therapy is a studio in the Piedmont neighborhood of Oakland that offers a variety of massages, as well as acupressure and acutonics services. For those unfamiliar, acupressure is similar to acupuncture, but instead of using needles, technicians apply finger pressure to stimulate the meridians and acu-points of a patient’s body. Clients praised Hena Rainge, writing, “Sitting in gratitude for having this experience! A reminder of the sacredness of touch.” Another customer simply wrote, “Her work is magical.”