In the Season 1 finale, a troubled Star deals with the aftermath of Hunter's actions, while Derek and Alex struggle over an important decision about their future. Meanwhile, the girls fine-tune their routine for the Atlanta NextFest; Carlotta hopes to mend broken relationships; and Jahil hopes to get back into the girls' good graces.
Star and Hunter's relationship intensifies, while Rose shows up to help Alex and Derek in the aftermath of their traumatic experience. Carlotta reveals why she kept a secret for all these years; Cotton does the unthinkable to a most-trusted person; the girls do a publicity photo shoot with a social-media guru; and a suspect is charged in Otis' murder.
As the young ladies ready for Atlanta Next Fest, a shocking development jeopardizes them and their dreams. Meanwhile, Carlotta and Cotton remain at odds, but a revealed secret changes things forever and the girls get some shocking news.
The Otis murder wreaks havoc on the beauty salon and threatens to destroy the family; additional information about Carlotta's troubled past is uncovered; Jahil faces an ultimatum; and Cotton moves out.
At a neighborhood block party, Hunter surprises Star by inviting a superstar recording artist/producer to the event; Alexandra is forced to reexamine her dreams of stardom when her mother makes an irresistible proposal. Meanwhile, Jahil looks into a new opportunity; and Cotton meets with Pastor Harris in hopes of fixng the relationship with her mother.
Derek organizes a rally in response to the loss of a friend, but it spins out of control. Later, Star misses an important rehearsal, forcing Alex and Simone to get a substitute; and Eva reveals her intentions.
The trio catch a glimpse of the local competition and decide to step up their game and revamp their style; Simone finds her mother's old tapes, of which Carlotta wants no part. Meanwhile, Star jeopardizes her new relationship, and Jahil winds up in a sticky situation.
Carlotta continues to dig into Simone and Star's past, while a familiar face seeks help from Jahil. Meanwhile, Miss Bruce prepares the salon for an upcoming hair show; and Gladys Knight is recruited to introduce the girls' showcase.
When someone close to her is in jeopardy, Carlotta shifts into protector mode, while Jahil's efforts to raise money for a recording session land him in trouble. Simone's past returns to haunt her; and Star does her utmost to be sure her sister stays safe.
A producer's revealing secret threatens the trio's opportunity for a chance to perform at a music festival, forcing Star to undertake extreme measures and a career-ending risk to put things right. Carlotta and Jahil square off in efforts to keep their secrets buried as a life hangs in the balance.