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Juneteenth Tenant Highlight – Kindale Godbee

Published June 16, 2023 by Salem Barcus

For our third Juneteenth Tenant Highlight, we are excited to share Kindale Godbee’s journey! Hailing from Detroit, The Heir Salon owner is bringing education to the haircare experience.

Kindale founded The Heir Salon over four years ago, but the journey to loving her tresses began long beforehand. What many know today as the transition to natural hair began in high school for Kindale when she did the “big chop,” a process that involves cutting off chemically straightened or processed hair as a way to begin caring for one’s natural hair. The change was met with bullying from some peers, but Kindale persisted with the journey, and eventually chose to attend cosmetology school.

For a short time afterward, Kindale worked in a small suite, then later joined a full-service salon. She says in Detroit, popular hairstyles included finger waves and glitter. North Carolina, on the other hand, primarily focused on all things natural hair. Today, Kindale brings healthy haircare to the forefront of each client’s salon experience. She understands the importance of caring for hair during sensitive times such as the transition phase or the big chop. The business owner is inspiring others to enjoy the journey in caring for their natural hair. She says, “It’s more important what your hair says to you than it does to other people.”

Since opening The Heir Salon, Kindale says having her own business has impacted her for the better. The owner-operator says she used to be guarded, but is now much more open and steadily growing both personally and professionally. Kindale’s motto “say yes now and figure out how later” has served her well. She prides herself on keeping the best interests of her clients and profession in mind with each opportunity.

In recognition of Juneteenth, Kindale says the holiday is not just a celebration, but a reminder to “highlight all that we’ve been through and carry it with us through the rest of the year and throughout our lives.” She says she will “take a second, breathe, and realize who I am in the community and how I can embrace others.”

The Heir Salon regularly donates 10% of its profits to a local church organization or toward making human hair wigs and units for women who have been diagnosed with diseases contributing to hair loss, such as cancer or alopecia. The salon is currently partnered with Virtue Labs, a bio-tech company dedicated to empowering others to change the health, quality, and appearance of their hair by using their proprietary healing protein products. Kindale is a proud ambassador of the brand and is committed to spreading knowledge about healthy curls everywhere she goes.

To learn more, visit The Heir Salon’s website.

York Properties is pleased to provide property management services at Shiloh Crossing in Morrisville, NC, where The Heir Salon is located.