Tabatha Coffey

Tabatha gives you the dirty details about one of the filthiest salons she's ever been to!

on Nov 3, 20090

The moment I met Eddie I could tell he was a proud man and it was hard for him to open up about the issues in his salon, and he knew there were many. I liked Eddie because I could see that he wanted a better salon but he was totally stuck. He had owned Orbit for a long time and the wear and tear showed on both the salon and the owner. My challenge was to find a way to shake Eddie out of his rut, to wake him up in order to save his business. And I needed to make sure the staff took some responsibility, as well. So I tried one of the most radical interventions I’ve ever done—I made Eddie and his staff pack up all his personal sh*t in the basement, load it on a truck, and take it to Eddie’s condo. He needed to really understand the mess he’d made of his business. He needed to live with it. And it worked. I really saw Eddie and his staff transform. They found their passion and they could finally find their products in a cleaner, more organized basement! Bobby and Andrea really transformed their attitudes and their work. Everyone pulled together and supported Eddie, everyone except Lindsay, that is. I could see that Lindsay’s inability to change really bothered Eddie; he broke down. Firing her was clearly a difficult decision for him but he did what he believed was best for his business. And I have high hopes for Eddie and for his whole team now that they have a fresh start.

63 comments
TamaraCMD
TamaraCMD

Hi Tabatha,

I love your show, it really makes me laugh and brings a smile to my face. Gosh, you are so HOT !!! Your girlfriend is one lucky lady...All the best sexxy...Tamara

P.S. If you are in need of a lesbian physician in NYC, look me up...:)

Ducky4u7
Ducky4u7

Hi Tabitha: first off, I really hope you consider this and secondly, I love your show. My aunt works at her sisters hair salon "Diane's Place" in Port Washington NY (Long Island). It's been around for 17 years and has done very well up until a few years ago. I would love nothing more than for DIane to meet with you and be reminded of why she loves this job and started in the first place. I know you can bring DIane's Place back to life and the workers inside as well. Diane's Place has been in desperate need of make over as the furniture and appliances have been there since it's opened. The owner, although very nice and generous, has a big problem with change and taking a more authoritative approach in her salon. She's very passive which has caused the staff to take advantage of the business, clients to "pay for the service when they get a chance", the "lost and found" has items like glasses and hair ties that have been there longer than some of the staff, hundreds of magazines stacked two feet high on the coffee table and through out the salon. There is no theme to the salon and it has attracted a much older clientele that unfortunately is dying off little by little with no flow of younger clientele coming in. Unfortunately because of the clientele dying off, Diane's Place has been suffering financially where she's had to lay off the role of the receptionist and shampoo girl causing the hair stylists to make up for those roles. She has not been able to afford new inventory and rather than letting her clients down, she's put them on a "waiting list" for when she is able to afford the products. She has not been able to buy hair color and so the staff has been combining already existing tubes to make the desired color. My aunt has actually worked on 3 clients at a time just to make sure no client gets turned down. To date, the salon is standing on half a leg and so is my aunts and DIane's career. There is no question that the quality in this salon is exceptional, it's just unfortunate that because of the owners inability to accept change and improvement "Diane's Place" may fail. Please say you'll help us!!!

-Lucy

Danna Isaacs
Danna Isaacs

I work at a salon for men in Cincinnati, Ohio. I was wondering how we would go about getting Tabatha to come to Cincinnati and TAKE OVER OUR SALON! Let me know if there is some sort of application process! Thank you!

Viewer!
Viewer!

You absolutely need to look at New Image Salon in Menifee, CA. It is a mess! strippers and porn stars everywhere getting th eir extensions. staff running wild. They need help!

sbmarchant
sbmarchant

Tabitha, I am in need of your help. I had gastric bypass a year a go and almost died from it. I had waited a long time to do something with my hair to complete my 'transformation.' My hair was about 18 inches long, when I went to the salon I said "please tell me you are one of those stylist who can look at someone and know what's going to look good on them for their face shape and hair type.' She said i can do that. She pulled my hair back in a pony tail fashion and chopped it! colored it and supposedly highlighted it. When I left all I could do was cry, one side of my hair was an inch longer than the other, I had blunt layers and scissor lines it was awful. I called the salon and she said to come back and she would fix it. I also complained that I could still see my greys, so a third appointment was made to 'fix' the highlights. She put a YELLOW huge stripe in my hair!! and you can see horizontal dark lines on where color was missed and I looked as if I had a month grow out right off the bat. She told me to come back again so she could 'fix' it. RIGHT I'm not going back a fourth time so she can mess me up some more. It is so upsetting to wait so long to complete a transformation like that and then to have someone butcher you. I used to hide because I was fat, now I hide because my hair is so awful. please help me. sbmarchant@wyoming.com hiding and crying in Wyoming.

kbear0813
kbear0813

tabatha, your show is amazing...I am a licensed Esthetician, and have been one for over ten years. I take such a pride in my work, that i have turned down jobs bc of the environment. the last spa i worked in, i worked for almost 6 years, and over time the spa went downhill. It became filthy,there were bugs, and mice, the owner became paranoid, she believed everyone stole from her and would never order supllies for us. She would order enough supplies for a week at a time, and if we had a busy week, we would have to run to the drug store like chickens with no heads. she had very unethical policies for the clients, she wouldnt honor gift certificates, she would charge clients for the most expensive services just to see if they would notice, then play oopsies if they did...she eventually was stealing gratuity from us, by including the gratuity in the gc price and not pating it out as they were redeemed...there was client/spa owner drama every day(and the client was always wrong)...i would come to work early to sanitize and clean my room spotless, bc other staff members would destroy it when i had off(think what kind of mess a wax pot can make with a unskilled unlicensed worker)...she started to have nail techs do massages it was unreal...i hope she watches this show i say all the time, you have no idea how dirty the spa industry can be...you should go look at the spas...dirty sheets, sirty beds, dirty towels etc...

Tim Frazier
Tim Frazier

Tabatha, I really enjoy watching you take over and turn the salons around...I have been a stylist for 30 years now... And I go back to work talking about your show..Trying to get my boss to watch your show in hopes of getting her to update the salon from Old Florida Pink rollers 1965 to 2010.. And to take charge of her salon and run it more organized and professional and get the employees to work together as a team ..I am afraid if things dont get better soon ,I am not sure how much longer we will be in business Any Idea's on how to attract a younger cliental to a outdated salon? I keep telling her they dont want to go to salon were grandma gets her roller sets..I keep telling her I am going to contact you to take over the salon and she just laughs at me any advice would be helpful thanks Tim

Robin from Texas
Robin from Texas

Tabatha, I am currently re-enrolled in Cosemtology School since I did not keep up with my license information the first time 15 years ago. I attend a school that seriously needs your help! The school I attended the first time was clean and well organized. I am not being so fortunate the second time around. There are doors that need to be repaired, paint to be touched up, MAJOR cleaning to be done, and management issues that are overwhelming. THere is screaming and yelling non stop in front of clients. This school has all the potential to be fabulous, but is not being handled in the proper way. HELP US!!!

Bob B
Bob B

Love your show, I also love your style of dress. There is something powerful but sexy about a beautiful women wearing georgous boots when there at work.

brittany simmons and cosmetology class of hcc in g
brittany simmons and cosmetology class of hcc in g

we need help !! we are in school and its hard to get inspired in a depressing place our teacher tries to help but our salon is a wreck! i don't know where to write you or your show so im leaving this message in hope that you might can help!! we are from ms and all students are trying to inspire oursevles but it hard when you look at a falling apart different colored salon!! or at least please give us some tips!! i would send you pics if i could but like i said i dont know how!! the girls in this class have all been through alot it seems and we are all fighters trying to succeeed but the school does not fund us like we need to improve our area its kinda last on the list!! we have a wonderful teacher who also needs to be inspired lord knows most everyone in here has had a rough last couple of years please get bak to me!!!! thank you holmes community college in goodman ms

Gabi
Gabi

Hey Tabatha....I think you are fantastic....can't wait for season 2....from one Aussie chic to another, you go girl....

Dedicated watcher
Dedicated watcher

Tabatha, I love your show its awesome! ever been to minot, north dakota? ever wanted to come? haha our small town salon could use big city makeover!

Joey Quick
Joey Quick

Tabatha i think you kick ***. i think your sexy and are so funny.... Anyway i wish you could cut my hair for me. Im trying to let it grow out and i want a new do...I want to spike it but well noone over her ever gets it right, will you do it for me...anyway love ya and keep kickin ***

Nancy A McDonald
Nancy A McDonald

Dear Tabitha, I have applied to your show and gotten no response. But we need your help in the salon. I have asked my clients to email you and the sheer mention of your name sends some of the stylist running. I am not the owner but a long time employee who is wanting to kick our salon in the bum. Its time for Tabitha to take over and shake it up. If you are up for it I am sure my Boss would love to hear from you. Looking forward to your arrival.

Dawn W
Dawn W

Hey Tabatha. I just wanted to start by saying thank you. I have always loved doing my own hair colors and those of my friends. I never really actively looked into cosmetology school becuase I assumed I would not be able to afford it until I started watching your show. You absolutely inspiried me and watching your passion for transforming people's apperance was just what I needed to actually enroll in school. I am proud to say that at the age of 35 I am enrolled in Tricoci University and start classes in April 2010. Thank you for helping me to figure out my own passion in life. The show is great and I am a loyal fan. Keep up the good work.

Mellow Yellow
Mellow Yellow

Tabatha, I was down with a bug this weekend and watched every episode of your first season. OMG, you rock. I totally relate to your management style and yes, you can come across harshly, but if folks want to improve their businesses, they'll have to deal with some truths along the way. As the saying goes, reality can be funnier than comedy, which is the case with your show. Your facial expressions are priceless.--my

First Time Blogger/Businessowner
First Time Blogger/Businessowner

I watched Tabatha's Salon Takeover for the first time when the Season Premiere aired last Sunday. I was quite impressed with the way she put the owner and staff through a dramatic, week-long intervention program at Orbit Salon.

I really want to play that episode for my office staff. I checked Bravo's schedule for future airdates of the same episode, then realized I'd be recording it at home on my Dish DVR, but couldn't re-play anything at work.

Is there any way I can have that Orbit Salon episode emailed to me so that I can download it and show it on my laptop during an office meeting? It would be a great training tool.

Much appreciated, HH

mmc
mmc

Hi Tabatha, I loved how you helped Orbit salon. Eddie seems like such a nice man i hope things really work out for him and his staff.I saw you on Watch What Happens Live and when Andy asked you about Kims wigs you didn't say much.She's a pretty woman and with all the money she spends on wigs for some reason it doesn't look right. Actually I liked the other wigs better than this new one. What advice can you give her?Glad your shows back on....

mrsdiva
mrsdiva

I would love for you to come and visit some of the nasty salons in Oak Ridge, TN. i have to do my own hair because i do not feel compfortable going into a salon where one is on their cellphone or not knowing how to do certainb styles and when i go to my appointment I'm seen for instance my appt is 4pm i might get my hair washed at 4:45 or 5pm and i do not have patience for that. i'm an african american so please somebody come and give these so called stylist some training.

Holly in M.D.
Holly in M.D.

Bye, Bye Jessica. Tantrums and cussing in the work place is very unprofessional. However, I would LOVE to know who made that outfit she was wearing when she was let go.

Cheers,

Chris R
Chris R

Love your show and how you try and help with your no nonsense wisdom. Take care....

sakinah
sakinah

hey tabatha,

just wanted to know if you teach classes or if u have any recommendations on any good beauty school im very interested in this field i live in nj but will b willing to relocate if need be i see you and how u tell it like it is don't want to graduate from a school spend lots of money and when i graduate it's like i need to go back. if you have any sugguestions please email me back, thanks

shelagh
shelagh

Tabatha,

As a Chef who has had several "fireman jobs", that is straightening the joint out and implenting systems for quality, consistency etc. Boy howdy are you ever an inspiration. Your honesty, intelligence and commitment to quality are a blessing to these dumbell owners and staff. Were that I had the vehicle that you have to bring order from chaos in struggling kitchens.............. Can't wait for the next episode!

Millie
Millie

Tabatha,

I love your show; I watched your show for the very first time this past Sunday and said to myself WOW, she tells it like it is. I especially liked the show with the husband who quit his job to be the manager of his wife's shop.

The shop was located in the suburbs of NY and it was obvious the owners of this business just wanted a paint job and a shop makeover. That shop was a waste of time. I loved the short hair blond girl who had a melt down at the beginning of the show, and when she travled to NY to the upscale salon she realize there is a time and place for meltdowns.

When Tabatha went back to that shop, you seen cigarette butts on the gound outside the salon, it was tacky very tacky. The blond, and the two girls that had great skills should leave the salon, this shop is holding them back.

Tabatha, you go lady, honesty is the best policy.

wellmax25
wellmax25

I love this show. I really love everything about it. Personally though if I was having my hair colored and it was pointed out to my stylist that the were not using the chemicals correctly, I probably would not continue to sit in the chair.

process pro
process pro

Tabitha, like you, I do process improvement in my industry. I love your show as I see many situations I have been faced with on the job. I want to ask you if there is a chance you might consider using less cursing in working with the salon teams. You made your expertise known on "Shear Genius" and Bravo made the smart choice in not having you win and moving forward with you on a show of your own. You know what you're doing and have demonstrated your ability to improve any team you work with. I curse like a sailor myself but have come to understand it can easily give the teams I work with something else to focus on rather than the message I want to deliver if I use it too often. What are your thoughts on it? Would you consider toning it down? I'm concerned that you might be seen, as time goes on, as the "foul-mouthed monster" rather than the pro you are.

Best wishes on your show. I'm hooked and watching.

Britta
Britta

Tabatha, I hope someday I look as gorgeous and rocking as you do. I adore you and the show. I was so happy to hear that you have a girlfriend, too, as I am always looking for GLBT role models and see so few that speak to me. Rock on, sex goddess. Rock on.

sarah from mich
sarah from mich

Tabatha i love the show!!! i think your attitude is refreshing and to the point and i totally respect you for that. I just wanted to let you know how awesome i thought it was how you stood up to lindsay. I actually went to highschool with her and she was soooo rotten to everyone. Especially me. i was always too shy to stick up for myself until i went off to college and found myself. Lindsay was rude, crude, and embarrassed herself back then and obviously is still doing the same now. Your show totally put a smile on my face when i saw that somethings never change. Thanks and keep up the great work!!!

Salon owner in CT
Salon owner in CT

Tabatha,

Love the show but a little dissapointed with the opening season show with the salon in Chicago. Okay, I agree with you on the salon being a dump but what about the numbers. Here the owner had over $100K in retail, so what is his retail to services percentage??? What were his numbers? Need to touch basis on average rate per client, client retention, rebooking ratio, etc. Salon owners need to know and understand what their numbers mean. Yes, cleanliness is very important but the owners and staff need to understand the bottom line.

cathy from NJ
cathy from NJ

Great show Tab---not that i had any doubts that it would be! You're the BEST!!! See you soon.

Nett
Nett

SO Glad your show is back it's my favorite! Wish I knew how to get an appointment with you for my hair!

NANCY STYLIST
NANCY STYLIST

TABATHA...UR SUCH AN INSPIRATION...I LOVE UR ABILITY TO GET TROUGH PEOPLE...IM A HUGE FAN OF THE SHOW..AND I LOVED WATCHING U IN SHEAR GENIUS...THESE PEOPLE U HELP ARE EXTREMELY LUCKY TO HAVE U...I COULD ONLY DREAM OF LEARNING FROM U...I WOULD LOVE TO MEET YOU SOMEDAY!!!

Cuchita
Cuchita

Tab, You're the best!!! It's impossible for me to imagine giving up working my own business to get someone else's business in the best shape...talk about motivational!!! FYI - "Bitch" is a five-letter word used in place of "persistant, motivational, dignified, setting high standards and encouraging others to meet them". When someone cannot articulate , they use 'bitch'....it's really a compliment!!! you go girl!!

christina delgado
christina delgado

Tabatha, Let me begin by saying I think you are the definition of a strong business women. who also has impeccable taste! That being said, I've been a stylist for almost 5 yrs. I love what I do and the salon I work in but we need major help! and our owners unfortunately don't get it! WE NEED YOU!! Everyone gets it but them, if clients! its become embarrassing! Please consider my plea!!! much respect! keep up the good work, and help teach our owner how to be a respected owner!

Phyllis F.
Phyllis F.

Hi Tabitha,

I love love love your show. Never knew about your show til one late evening last year i had A flick fest on my tv and came across your show. Since then i've been a religous fan of you and your show i've even got my whole family stuck on watching your show as well. We love how up front don't take crap from anyone...Keep up the good work!!

Shawnad
Shawnad

Rumor has it that Orbit salon went ahead and rehired Lindsay. What a mistake! Tabitha....your intuition is right on the money. There is no excuses for her attitude and talking smack about you (basically her boss) to the client. And the cleanliness issue...the whole salon is now saying it was never THAT dirty and Bravo made them trash the place beforehand. And that it wasn't upgraded all that much. And the biggest trash talker has been...you guessed it. Lindsay. I didn't think this show was called salon extreme makeover. And most of these salons need a makeover from the stylist angle and management angle. Not from an extreme overhaul. Whatever Tabitha does...keep doing. Whatever Lindsay or Orbit is saying....don't listen. Tabitha is extremely talented and has been in the business for a long time. These salons are calling her! She isn't pushing herself on salons that don't ask for it. You go Tabitha

Alexander
Alexander

Love you Tabatha! I watched all of season one and I'm loving season two. I have been going to Tony & Guy for the last 7yrs and since watching you show I tend to see how the salon looks and how the hair stylist act at the palce I go to. I would love to have you cut my hair sometime! my sister said her's too! hehe! Bye!

Stephanie R
Stephanie R

Tabatha You rock...Your show rocks...You give me the greatest hair cuts and color, and that makes me rock.. love the show, I am glued to the tv!!!!! See you soon....xo

Carolyn L
Carolyn L

Hi Tabatha enjoyed the premiere your badder than ever, I love it. Eddie and the staff definitely needed a wake up call. And firing Lynsey was a smart decision and had the nerve to tell to **** off. was unacceptable it goes to show "one bad apple spoils the whole bunch" It would be cool if you go outside of your hair industry, and go to other business there are lot of "Lynseys" out there. just a thought. Looking forward to next week's episode.

Megan from MD
Megan from MD

Tabatha,

I just wanted to say that I absolutely love your show and what you bring to the hair industry because I will be the first to admit, it needs it. I work in a salon in the Washington, D.C. area. I wanted to know how I could "nominate" my salon so that you could possibly help us. We are in desperate need of a transformation starting with reception all the way up to management and I feel that you could really help to get this once prestigious salon back on the map and into the mainstream where it belongs. Please, please let me know what I can do to get nominated. I would greatly appreciate it! I can't wait to watch the rest of the season! Keep up the amazing work! Kind Regards, Megan

Dan in Houston
Dan in Houston

Love the show. Season 2 appears to be a big winner too. For you sociologists out there - the effect of one Salon Takeover episode is to seek a way to communicate praise and admiration to Tabatha. I think I've written before about how remarkable the show's support staff must be to make it so right. It's a great show. How many seasons will folks gather to watch Tabatha kick rump? We shall see. Hey, I'm a video production specialist. I'm in Houston TX if you need somebody.

Steven Hall
Steven Hall

Tabatha,

Yes, it is true on the season premier, you ROCKED! Just like we talked about in Chicago.

Thanks for the new season. Keep up the great work.

Tom G
Tom G

Love the show and last night's season opener. I loves the Tabatha!

marianna
marianna

hi

I love your show... i love that you are such a B....I was hoping maybe you can help me..I live in San Diego CALI..i AM IN DESPERATE NEED OF LOCATING A REAL SALON..I have the worst horror stories... I have had the worst hairdressers here and when i lived in miami fl..since i left ny...no luck..How do i find someone that knows how to color and how to truly recommend the best color for someone and I deperatly need someon that know what LONG LAYERS are.. i have had my hair chopped off with the tackie chop look..My hair has grown now.. and i need a layered llok plus color..I am UNFOURNATELY doing it at home only because the last few times i went to different salaons i found that htere work was terrible...I have very stubborn greys in the roots only...CAAN SOMEONE PLEASE PLEASE HELP...Thank you

Kris Brisco
Kris Brisco

Tabatha, Oh my god please help us!!! Our salon is in dyer need of something or someone and we think you might just be the one to help us. We are desperate. We all want to keep our jobs especially in these times, but our salon doesn't seem to be heading in the best direction to say the least. Please contact us ASAP! Thank you so much.

Iggy 31
Iggy 31

Hi Tabatha! Last 12 moths I am trying to contact You. Even had sended an e-mail to Bravo TV production, but no answer. Few moths ago I saw Your amazing show! I am from Europe, Croatia. I love my job and would love to share my expirience with You. Please contact me, thru my mail address. Best regards, Iggy

Viki
Viki

Love the show! Welcome back!

Viki-NYC

Another Pam
Another Pam

So glad the new season has started!!! You have quite a way with people, in the most un-obvious way haha. Seriously it reminds me very much of a drill seargent, breaking the troops down during basic in order to build them up to where they need to be. Great job last night and I'm looking forward to the rest of the season!

JoJen
JoJen

My friend and I love your show! You seem to be a very smart businesswoman.

I wonder if you will re-visit any of the salons from last season to see how they are really doing now?