Tabatha Coffey, internationally renowned hairstylist and star of Bravo’s hit reality show Tabatha Takes Over holds the hairstyling business in high regard and takes anyone to task when they diminish the profession.
In Tabatha Takes Over, the Australian born hairstylist dressed in black travels across the United States transforming struggling salons. After observing the salon on hidden video surveillance, Tabatha Coffey meets with the salon owner, critiques what she has seen and absconds with the keys. After a staff meeting listening to revelations in the form of complaints against the owner and salon, Tabatha informs the staff that for the following week clientele has been cancelled and she is the boss. Coffey assesses the work area, cleanliness of the salon, and most importantly the output of the hairstylists and assistants on staff. She then offers recommendations, provides assistance where needed, and often times renovates the salon. The salon reopens with a renewed sense of glory; however, Tabatha makes a surprise visit approximately six weeks later to investigate whether or not the salon has been “behaving” according to her suggestions.
During every episode of Tabatha Takes Over, Coffey demands that the salons, their owners and stylists adhere to proper regimen. It becomes evident with each show the owner is the major culprit; sometimes not being strict enough, sometimes browbeating the staff publicly or poor handling of the books. Tabatha never tolerates:
- Sloppiness and uncleanliness
- Shtick and coupons
- Insulting the stylist and berating their work on the salon floor
- Eating at stations
- Yelling, fighting, cussing in front of clientele
Coffey stresses the importance of education and continually instructing the staff and owner as well on a weekly basis at least. Long Island salon owners looking to add some type of styling curriculum have many valuable resources at hand, whether it is in the salon or taking classes elsewhere. Royal Beauty Supply on Atlantic Avenue in Lynbrook offers a wealth of information for many hands on events teaching color, styling, cutting and techniques in their store or others at affordable rates. Licensed professionals may also stop in the nearest CosmoProf Beauty Supply for a guide to classes, events and in-store education across Long Island in hair cutting, hair coloring and hairstyling from industry leaders such as American Crew, TIGI, Goldwell, Wella and Paul Mitchell.
Unfortunately on Long Island, there are many salons that could use a Tabatha Take Over, but for now the owners (and you know who you are) should settle for purchasing Tabatha Coffey’s best selling book It’s Not Really About the Hair available at Barnes and Noble in the Country Glen Center, 91 Old Country Road, Carle Place or Lake Success Shopping Center, 1424 Union Turnpike, New Hyde Park. Tabatha Takes Over airs every Tuesday evening 10/9c on Bravo.
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