Mumsy's the Word
Episode 4: Bravotv.com's Associate Editor counts down the top three "Really?!" moments.
The old time-y spelling of Pat's Hair Shoppe was certainly well deserved. As Tabatha noted, they were doing some seriously old school services in there. (What was going on with that hair dresser poking holes in that plastic wrap on her client's head?) And that's not particularly a bad thing, but there were a host of other issues which plagued this place.
Really?! Moment No. 3 - Color Me Surprised
While the staff may have a deep knowledge of older techniques, their knowledge of hair dressing as a whole was spotty at best. When Tabatha asked about a common hair coloring practice, she had to ask four different stylists just to get the correct answer. Yikes! A patron might get quite the surprise if they ask for a certain technique to be done and their stylist does something completely different. Personally I don't like to make those sorts of gambles when it comes to my hair.
Updating the color in the salon was a great idea. However painting swatches on the wall and never committing to one was not. You can't just leave the place looking like a work in progress. That's certainly not going to help customers forget that fact that you had to close down half of the shop because of the walkout. You can at least just paint over it in white for the time being or something.
Really?! Moment No. 1 - Mumsy's the Word
I'm kind of obsessed with Tabatha's word of the week, "mumsy." Evidently it means that your salon looks like grandmother's attic, which Pat's Hair Shoppe certainly did pre-takeover. The thing that bothered me most decor-wise though were those old dressers they were using as stylists stations. The drawers didn't roll out, which drives me up a wall. If I were a stylist there and had to constantly pull out those squeaky drawers each time, I would probably go crazy. "Just hold on while I try and shimmy out this drawer!" Not exactly an ideal setup.
Also, a grandmotherly salon setting just screams, "You're getting a perm whether you like it or not!" A horrifying prospect indeed.