Nora Harper(Jenifer Lewis) is an African-American businesswoman who owns a hair salon in Los Angeles, California. She keeps watch over her employees, friends, relatives, and regular customers. Lilleana (Tatyana Ali) is a new employee from the Dominican Republic, and she's also in an abusive relationship with her friend-who-wants-more Bennie (Bobby Brown). Chloe (Tamala Jones) is a hair stylist who has aspirations of a career in show business. Ming (Lucille Soong) does manicures and has problems with her temper, and loves offering her opinions. And Devin (Jean-Claude LaMarre) is a gay man who is uncertain about his relationship with Delicious (Donn Swaby). Later in the film Nora becomes sick and has a heart-attack. Her friends from the salon hope for her recovery but she passes away shortly before the end of the film. In the end the salon remains open and hairstyling products that were created by Nora are now marketed and sold in the salon.