Nora's Hair Salon

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Nora's Hair Salon
Nora's Hair Salon Film Poster
Directed by Jerry LaMothe
Produced by Jean-Claude La Marre
Tim Swain
Tamala Jones
Written by Chanel Capra
Jean-Claude La Marre
Starring Jenifer Lewis
Tamala Jones
Tatyana Ali
Distributed by DEJ Productions
Release date
May 25, 2004
Running time
84 minutes
Language English
Budget $5,000,000 (estimate)

Nora's Hair Salon is a 2004 independent comedy-drama film, written by Chanel Capra and Jean-Claude La Marre, and directed by Jerry LaMothe. This film stars Jenifer Lewis, Tamala Jones, and Tatyana Ali.


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 is also in an abusive relationship with her wants-more-than friend, 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. Devin (Jean-Claude LaMarre) is a bisexual man who is uncertain about his relationship with Delicious (Donn Swaby). Later in the film, Nora has a heart attack. Her friends from the salon hope for her recovery but she dies shortly before the end of the film. In the end the salon remains open, selling Nora's hairstyling products.



A Direct-to-video sequel putting Lilleana as the main character was released entitled Nora's Hair Salon 2: A Cut Above, starring Tatyana Ali, Stacy Dash, Donn Swaby, Bobby Brown and Mekhi Phifer. The film is lighter in tone and content as it is rated PG-13. Series creator and co-star Jean Claude-Lamarre cameos as Devin, who has become a minister and is now straight, much to the anger of his ex Delicious.

A second sequel was released in 2011 entitled Nora's Hair Salon 3: The Cutting Edge. However, none of the original cast stars in it. This time around, Delicious is the main character and new owner of the salon.

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