Y-Chrome opened in the fall of 2009 as the sister barbershop to Portland's high-end men's salon Hair M. Celeste Trapp, Hair M's founder, envisioned a barbershop that would provide the same friendly service as Hair M, but with scaled-down services. Where Hair M specialized in pampering men's services offering a full menu of hair, color, shave and spa services, Y-Chrome offered only hair and shaving services on either a walk-in basis or by appointment and without all of the pampering that Hair M was known for...but still the same high quality of service.
After a decade of operating as a successful downtown Portland barbershop, Trapp decided to change direction and offer a more inclusive environment for cuts, color and shave services for all of Portland. More of a style shop than a barbershop. Nothing taken away, only more love and style added. And with that, the Y of Y-Chrome was no more.