Walk into Shagg Salon in downtown Flat Rock Michigan and you will be greeted with a 1920s decor, leopard prints, and a friendly hello from the receptionist at the desk. It is the place Gina Dandy always dreamed of owning.
“I’ve been a stylist for more than forty years , my whole adult life – and working with my daughter Dayna is something I always wanted to do,” said Gina, “Shagg Salon is truly a dream come true!”
That dream materialized back in 2007 when Gina and her daughter Dayna Ritter purchased a beautiful 1924 historic home. For years, Gina had her eye on the unique home, knowing in her heart that the ornate design, location, and overall curb appeal would make it the perfect place for her salon. When the building went up for sale, the mother-daughter duo scooped it up. With family by their sides, Gina and Dayna began the process of remodeling the space. In June of 2009, Shagg Salon officially opened for business!
“It was overwhelming to see the place we put so much love, time, and money into creating finally open. It brought me to tears,” said Dayna, “Shagg Salon has been my mom’s dream for as long as I can remember; to help bring it to fruition was simply amazing!”
Shagg Salon grew into a staple within the Flat Rock community with a steadily growing clientele and very talented staff, but on April 15, 2018, their dream literally went up in flames as a devastating fire that ripped through the historic home. While distraught by what happened, the family of stylists were also humbled with an outpouring of community support. Flat Rock began showing support through fundraisers and other offerings to help to the Shagg crew. Aubrey’s Beauty Salon in Riverview even offered up space so the girls could continue in their crafts. For two years, Gina, Dayna, and their staff continued to service all their clients during the day while using their non-salon hours to pour everything they had, for a second time, into rebuilding their salon.
In June 2020, Shagg Salon finally reopened for business.
“The fire, the devastation, the work two times over – I would not wish that on anyone,” Gina shared, following with, “Yet we survived, and we were able to rebuild and come back. That’s no small feat.”
The new Shagg is even stronger than before with a united team of stylists, confident in their mission to be a family through hard work and love. From the beginning, Gina and Dayna’s motto has been a simple “I love you”. They are one big family: staff, clients, and the Flat Rock community. Their goal is for everyone to feel welcomed and loved when they are in their salon. To quote one of their longtime clients, “they serve kindness.” This is the vibe and energy you feel from the moment you walk in until the moment you walk out the door.
Shagg is a full-service salon offering a plethora of head-to-toe services to accommodate all your beauty wishes! Whether you are looking for a new hairstyle, extending your lashes, lessons on how to apply makeup, or a special occasion updo, Shagg Salon is here to make you feel beautiful and loved.
Shagg’s team consists of nine stylists, three assistants, a nail tech, and an extremely friendly receptionist. The Shagg team strives to be humbly talented in their crafts and pass along their knowledge to local schools of cosmetology in the area. Standing as members of their community, is very important to the Shagg family always give back to a town that has given them so much.
If you are looking for that one-of-a-kind experience that will not only have you looking amazing when you leave but also feeling loved, come visit Shagg! They offer gift certificates, monthly specials, and client referral incentives.
Shagg Salon is located at 26317 Gibraltar Rd, Flat Rock, MI 48134
Feature story written by Shayla Viterllo-Hopper, Flat Rock Our Hometown