Welcome to Truvy's beauty salon in Chinquapin, Louisiana. Anyone who's "anyone" come to Truvy's for their hair. With the help of her enthusiastic (but somewhat confused about her marital status) assistant, Anelle, Truvy offers free advice along with the shampoos and cuts. Her clientele include Ouiser ("I've been in a bad mood for 40 years), social maven M'Lynn and her daughter Shelby, a slightly crazy millionaire Miss Clairee. Witty repartee and some rather bitter verbal sparring bring up the issues of life, love, mortality, and how friends can be friends through good times and bad.