Photos by Brad Osmond and Kristin Charboneau
Article by Jeremy Benson

HippieChic's salon is now open to anyone desiring an updated look: fashionistas and walking faux pas alike.

Though owners Troy and Kristin DeBeau opened the hair studio's doors in early September, the Grand Opening bash on January 31, 2010 officially kicked operations into full swing. Kristin, who has 15 years of hairstyling experience and specializes in color, designed the salon to be unlike any other. "If you want to get up and dance, go for it." The salon, decked out in black and hot pink, keeps the beats blasting for any improv dancers, and for clients to hold a private conversation with their stylist — or the on-staff certified barber — without other clients eavesdropping. She expects their clientele will be primarily the young-at-heart, but Kristin and her team welcome all types of hair, no matter the age.

"We're thinking outside the box: loud and proud, the latest-and-greatest," says Troy, looking relatively dapper for a former mobile oil change mechanic, as he relaxes in a leopard print chair. "HippieChic's is not the kind of place you have to get dressed up to come to and get your hair done." Troy plans on incorporating special theme nights, like an amateur open mic night, where anyone looking for an audience can entertain guests.

HippieChic's invites group appointments for wedding and prom parties, and has staff knowledgeable in just about any beautification process: they do extensions, manicures and pedicures, make-up, even eyebrow maintenance. They are one of two salons in the region that offer threading, an ancient hair removal technique, which is performed privately by manicurist Farah Shahid.

Troy likes to think of HippieChic's as a "bar for your hair," a place to relax, to groove, to refresh yourself, and your hair.

HippieChic's is located at 3215 Titttabawassee Road. Appointments can be made by phone at (989) 799-0761. You can visit their website at http://www.hippiechics.com/.

© Jeremy Benson, 2010