Throwing Out the Hygiene with the Bathwater

Episode 1: Bravotv.com's Associate Editor counts down the top three "Really?!" moments.

Hello, Tabatha lovers! There's no better way to start the New Year than with a little Takeover action. If only Tabatha could take over my life for a month and makes sure I stick to my resolutions... But I digress. 

Each week I'll be breaking down Tabatha's top "Really?!" moments. For those of you not in the know, that is Tabatha's signature response to anything that is utterly ridiculous. And there are plenty of those to choose from on this show. 

Really?! Moment No. 3 - Salon/Apartment?

Everyone knows workaholics who practically live at the office. Key word being practically. Jungle Red owner Suzanne takes that to the next level by actually living in her salon. Now I've seen Tabatha shocked before, but she was pretty much speechless when she stumbled upon all of Suzanne's clothing, including a giant see-through bin full of bras. Needless to say this was one of the biggest issues Tabatha has ever faced.

Really?! Moment No. 2 - Throwing Out the Hygiene with the Bathwater

I still get chills thinking of that foot bath situation. First off there was that strange, rustic-looking tub they used, which didn't exactly scream "come rest your feet in here". Then when the stylist went to empty it in the hair-washing sink, I almost lost it. You could see her heading over there, and it was like a slow motion moment. You knew what she was going to do, but you didn't want it to be true. You didn't want to watch, but you couldn't look away. 

Really?! Moment No. 1 - Shot Down

When that stylist ate it after doing shots in the back with the rest of the employees, you knew things were bad. Really, really bad. Do you want this woman coming at you with scissors? The rampant drunkeness was basically a recipe for a lawsuit. I was rooting for her a la the drunk woman in 9 to 5 in the hopes that she'd turn her life around, but alas that didn't quite happen. But hey, at least the salon as a whole flourished in the end!

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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!