Cast Blog: #TABATHA

Beauty School Dropout

Tabatha's Takeover Time Warp

Meoww's Unexpected Departure

A Serious Lack of "Synergy"

Jen and Tiffany's Unequal Partnership

Betrayal at the Barbershop

Bringing the "Old Chris" Back to Top Cuts

Tabatha Meets Her Twin

No More Naps at Salon Mogulz

Intruder Alert

Whatever Happened to Dianne Bennett?

Seeing the Future

Creepy Crawler Cooler

Blurry Vision

Who's the Boss

A Dog-Eat-Poop World

Dog Daze

A Secret Crush

Three Spreadsheets to the Wind

Family Matters

Farm Fresh

Chill Out

Brain Freeze

Mumsy's the Word

The Comeback

High End Hostility

Pop Goes the Scalp Protector

Batter Up!

Living in the Past

Throwing Out the Hygiene with the Bathwater

All Grown Up

Beauty School Dropout

Episode 8:'s Associate Editor counts down the top three "Really?!" moments.

I have to admit, when I learned Tabatha was taking over a beauty school, the lyrics to Beauty School Dropout kept playing in my head. (Apologies if it's stuck in your head. Now you understand what I've been dealing with all day.) In any event, I most certainly would have dropped out of pre-takeover Flavio Beauty College (despite the fact that the instructors all have amazing names like Mister P, Miss Kathy, and Sue). That place was in desperate need of some revitalization, and adorable little Dr. Flavio was no longer able to provide it at his age. Let the man retire!

Luckily Tabatha was able to turn around Flavio's school despite some serious "Really?!" moments. The fact that she was able to change Mister P's attitude alone was a small miracle!

Really?! Moment No. 3 - A Hole Lot of Garbage

Miss Kathy's classroom was on the verge of becoming a dumpster. Seriously, students were just dropping trash into every little nook and cranny. I didn't realize Miss Kathy was teaching grade school students here. But I suppose when you've given up on your school and your school has given up on you, why not stuff some paper towels down a hole? And as much as I love Miss Kathy, you can't not clean your room at all. Find a way to enforce the rules! Plastic wrap any open areas if you must, but don't let your room become a hoarder haven for trash.Really?! Moment No. 2 - P is for Problems

The P in Mister P evidently stood for problematic, because he really gave Tabatha a hard time. He couldn't ever seem to admit when he was wrong or made a mistake. And some of those dye jobs we saw him do were big mistakes. He actually made one of the students cry because she was so unhappy with the cut and color. You'd think someone who's been in the industry for 37 years would be able to execute a 'do that would at least keep his client from bursting into tears. Yikes. (I will admit I loved his line, "I'm not god, and there's no magic shop across the street.")

Really?! Moment No. 1 - Flavio of Love

The biggest shock of the entire episode was simply that fact that the staff and students didn't keep it together for the cutest little old man on the planet, Dr. Flavio. LOOK AT THIS GUY!


How could you possibly allow this man to possible become homeless? Hopefully business continues to boom post-takeover so Dr. Flavio can enjoy retirement and take a fabulous vacation. The man has definitely earned it.Next week's episode is for the dogs. Literally. I can't wait to see Tabatha interact with pets when she take over this struggling dog hotel. 

Meoww's Unexpected Departure

Tabatha was shocked to find the Meoww had sold the nail salon.

Meoww? I mean really, who picks that as a name? Maybe that was my first clue to a very long and arduous week.

I love getting my nails done, but that doesn’t mean I want to open a nail salon! Yet this was Meoww’s reasoning for opening the business. I am all for people following their passion, however it wasn’t a passion for her. She thought it would be a cash cow and that is not the reason to open a business.

I was gobsmacked at Meoww’s attitude toward her staff, clientele, and business especially when she was from an HR background. She was absolutely clueless.

I have seen a lot of interesting behavior, but I have never seen an owner crouched on the floor trying to get a technician’s attention or walk through the salon using a code word. Meoww had no rules, no standards, and no idea WTF she was doing or how things should have been done, and she didn’t seem interested in learning.

The staff was inexperienced and incredibly slow, I have never had a model leave the same as she walked in. I was shocked at the poor quality of work and even more shocked that Meoww thought her technicians were “fine.” She hadn’t bothered to do any quality control or provide any education, direction, or guidance. I realized very quickly that the staff needed serious education, and I asked Joey to come back and do an intensive day of training. The technicians really pushed themselves and wanted to do better; they asked questions worked hard and took the critiques from me and Joey very seriously, and at the end of the day it showed because there was improvement in their work.
I was skeptical about Meoww. She was so resistant even during the renovation she resisted by having a melt down because I removed the U bar! I saw a difference in Meoww on reopening day and I certainly saw a difference with the staff. I just hoped that they were all able to follow through and keep it up.

Sooo… When I went back for my check up, I can’t even tell you how surprised I was to walk up to the salon and see a new sign, name, and owner. I understood why the staff felt betrayed by Meoww, I felt the same way!