Cast Blog: #TABATHA

Three Spreadsheets to the Wind

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

Beauty School Dropout

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

Three Spreadsheets to the Wind

Episode 7:'s Associate Editor counts down the top three "Really?!" moments.

Just when I thought this season would have a 100% success rate, along came Brian and H Design. Wow. Just wow. I think this may go down in Tabatha history as the saddest takeover ever. That staff wanted to be there and wanted the salon to succeed. Brian unfortunately made that impossible between not supplying the salon with products and his hands-off yet controlling approach. The episode was in fact one giant "Really?!" moment, but I've still selected a few of my faves.

Really?! Moment No. 3 - Product Displacement

Brian does not trust his staff. Not even slightly. It was to the point where he made them pay for hair products and dyes out of pocket. And not only that, he sold product to them himself at an inflated cost. Huh? Wouldn't you want to give your own employees a discount? So that, I don't know, they can afford to be well stocked and provide quality service? Guess not...

But besides that, half the stylists were in serious need of some education. But when it's that hard to get some more hair dye, I don't think any tuition reimbursement is going to be doled out, well, ever.Really?! Moment No. 2 - Tabatha Time Warp

Of course, as we've come to see over four seasons, Tabatha is not easily shaken. It takes something pretty outrageous to crack that steely exterior or put her in a situation where she doesn't have a biting remark. But Brian managed to break her in a way that I have not yet seen before. He kept glossing over what she was telling him, listening without hearing to the point where Tabatha finally just took her head in her hands and said in a dreamy voice, "Far out." What? Did Tabatha fall down a worm hole into the '60s? I can't say I blame her, the insanity at H Design would probably would have left me addled as well.

Really?! Moment No. 1 - The Return

Well a relapse salon had to happen eventually, and this was it. A quarter of the salon walked out since Tabatha left. I mean, you have to recognize that you're doing something wrong after that, right? Wrong. When Tabatha confronted him about it, he was full of excuses. Again. I think the best part of the episode was Tabatha telling him off at the end and walking out before he could say anything. Bam! Spreadsheets can't save you from the wrath of Tabatha Coffey, Brian. Nor can they save your business.

Next week Tabatha takes over a beauty school on the verge of flunking out (of business).

A Serious Lack of "Synergy"

Tabatha couldn't believe how clueless the owner of House of Synergy was about his business.

Synergy is about multiple things working together to produce an effect greater than the sum of their individual efforts. Well news flash of the day: this was not happening at the salon. But the amazing thing was Reg the owner was totally clueless as to why.

I have never seen a salon that offered “teeth whitening” in the middle of the salon floor. It was absolutely disgusting, and I haven’t even gotten started on the vagazzling or the terrible behavior and unprofessionalism of the staff.  House of Synergy was a mess.

I found Reg incredibly frustrating; he truly had no idea what was going on in his business. He knew nothing about the industry, let his staff walk all over him, had no standards, wasn’t practicing or trying to build his clientele, and his management style was to whine. That wasn’t helping his business or his staff, and it drove me crazy.
The salon is a booth rental salon, which means each stylist rents their space and is responsible for it. The issue is that most clients don’t know the difference between a commission and a rental salon, and frankly, they don’t care. All the stylists in this salon had the mentality that they didn’t need to help out or do anything to improve their business. But what they didn’t realize was it was their business, so acting unprofessionally by not cleaning or taking responsibility didn’t just affect Reg, it affected them all.

I was glad to see them all communicating and discussing the issues of the salon, and I was glad to see Reg finally stand up and take charge. I was also pleased to see the stylists taking responsibility for themselves and the salon by committing to work together as a team to improve the business.