I was so thrilled to go to Boston and excited by the challenge of taking over a Newbury Street salon. Newbury Street is eight blocks of high fashion boutiques and restaurants and has over 100 salons on it, so competition is fierce.
Avanti salon was in a prime location, not a bad looking salon, but it lacked leadership, rules, structure, teamwork, and accountability. Stylists were doing whatever they wanted, assistants were doing nothing, Janida was coming to work hungover and late wearing clothes from the day before, Priscilla was acting like a princess, and Alex the owner had totally given up. He wanted his business to run itself. When I saw the lunch room in the middle of the salon with stylists stuffing their faces while the clients right there were watching, I knew that had to be changed. When an assistant walked out while he had a client processing at the sink without even telling anyone he was leaving, and Alex's reaction was a shoulder shrug and telling me he was a nice guy who didn't like to yell at people, I realized it would be a long week.
When I talked to the staff several things became clear. Everyone thought Alex was a pushover and wished he would take more control. They all really liked him but wanted more rules and structure. Betty the manager was feeling all the financial responsibility of the salon, and the staff had no idea how bad things were financially. The staff also seemed to have issues with Priscilla and her attitude, since she was of the opinion that she was the most professional of the bunch, but the assistants felt she spoke down to them.
I wanted the staff of "Boston Magazine" to be the clients for the day, because I needed Alex and the team to realize that the competition was fierce. The salon needed to start acting professionally not only make the "Best of Boston" list but also to get and keep clients. I was impressed with the work of the stylists. They were very talented, but the one that blew me away was Janida. I got nothing but attitude from her at first. However seeing the great consultation she gave and her amazing work, I knew my challenge was simply getting her to realize that she needed to balance work and fun, since her behavior was affecting her business and Alex's.
I really felt like I was starting to break through to the staff, but I was having a problem with Alex. He just wasn't stepping up and being a leader. He was truly so passive it was doing my head in, and I needed to get through to him that he could still be a "nice guy" while being an effective leader. I hoped taking the staff to the Harvard boat house and having the honor of meting the coach and coxswain would get Alex and the staff to realize the importance of teamwork and leadership (and help Alex grow a pair). Everyone started to get it, but Alex truly struggled with leading the team and finding his voice, but with help he started to get there.
Tabatha I cannot wait for your shows to see you in action. On Facebook, I have perople that inspire me: My Mom, Judge Judie and Tabatha Coffey! I would assist you anytime.
Great Job!....Your show is needed everywhere.
I am a snowbird and only work during the summers at no-appointemts salons. I am still learnig from the younger stylists.
Thank you, Linda/Semi-Retired
Tabatha, I wait for your show each week. On Facebook my list of Pepole who inspire me are My Mom, Judge Judie and Tabatha Coffey.
Great Show needed everywhere.
Thank you, Linda Donat, Semi-Retired, Snowbird. Work during the summers in a no-appointment salon.
Take care and continue to uses your talent.
I currently work at a salon. We are in need of some serious help! I've been looking to try and nominate the salon but cannot seem to find a way. Is there anything I can fill out, or submit to try and enter? We're desperate!!!!
Tabatha, I think you had a "crush" on Janida or had some infatuation with her. The shopping spree was like some pretty woman scene, but you were the sugar mommy. She definitely had a thing for you. It was really obvious that she had a "teachers crush" with you. Now that is what I call a Takeover.
What a relief to see people actually take heed of your advice. Question: Do you have an opportunity to show the staff the videos you show the owner before they partake of their week-long retraining with you? Just wondering if it would help drive the need to change better for the few staff and owners from past shows who just couldn't change their ways. I know this is a reality show and clips are edited to make the aired show more to the point and dramatic, but regardless of the editing, the poor behavior happened and it is caught on tape, and if there is a lot of footage of this behaior happening in different scenarios, then how can it be blamed on the editors of the show? Just trying to share a possible way to help those few folks who just didn't get the full advantage of the help Tabatha was giving because they couldn't get out of the way of their own ego.
Lovelovelove your show!!! I turned my sister-in-law on to your show which she doesn't get in Memphis (basic cable, ugh) so we had a Tabatha Salon Takeover nite with the female family members during the holidays! We ate hors dourves and had cocktails...had a grand time! You're sharp, sophisticated, very cool, saavy and you don't take any s***t from anyone! You're my kind of ballbuster! Also love your wardrobe and most of all WE LOVE YOU!!! My sister, sister-in-law and myself all have your salon on our bucket list!!!
Tabatha, I really enjoyed watching Janida change right in front of my eyes. You really changed her life. I enjoy the show and am constantly surprised at the filth and the bad hairdressers at salons. Do all hairdressers want the world to have short hair so it is easier for them?
Great show! It's always fun to see the salons where the people actually listen to your advice and improve. I'm just sorry that the stylist James didn't get more camera time as he is one of the most handsome men I've ever seen.
I'm thinking maybe Tabathat was totally wowed when this young lady actually did a great cut at the beginning of the show and believed that the girl just needed incentive to clean up her partying ways to become more professional. Since she obviously loved Tabatha's style, who better to take her out clothes shopping? The girl had to really try hard to change bad behavior, I honestly think it was nice and a very positive reward for her.
I think that it was so fun to see Janida and Tabatha go shopping...Janida is not a "streetwalker" like pretty woman...Tabatha was more like a Svengli than a sugar mommy...Don't taint a great episode
I enjoy you so much and admire your work ethic. My husband thinks you are great also. He never misses a show. He just loves the way you rip some of those sorry asses who are to lazy to work. Keep up the good work.
Tabitha, Can't wait until the next show. I have even turned my husband on to you. He loves your hair. Keep up the good work and I wished everyone had the work ethic that you do. When you went to the all male salon and said they guys looked like gay deer in headlights. You are so funny and really know how to chew some ass out.
I love your show. I love the way you kick butt, don't sugar coat words and are not afraid to tell it like it is. I love when Bravo runs an all day marathon of Tabatha Takes Over.
What I found interesting is how Janida's transformation was almost immediate, and that the turning point was when you critiqued her work, stating you couldn't find anything wrong, and how rare that is for you. It really goes to show how the right encouragement works miracles. Yes, you are famous for your ''tough love'' techniques, but I love it when we get to see your softer, more nurturing side as well. I'm glad we are getting to see more of that this season. Don't get me wrong-- sometimes a bit of an arse-kicking is desperately needed, so I wouldn't want you to lose that edge. I just think that it's great to see other dimensions of your personality. Dimensions we did not get to see during your tenure as a contestant on Shear Genius. I also have to agree with Janida. You DO have a great style and you wear it so well. Keep up the fantastic work. Your show has a permanent place on my dvr.
Tabitha, You are amazing!! I wish you would come to Dutchess County NewYork --Poughkeepsie. I have been to so many salons and just leave disappointed time and time again. Is there anyway you can compile a list of great salons in different locations for people to look at for salon suggstions. I am in search of a great cut and color in my area.
Love you!!! Ava
Tabitha will you ever come to Poughkeepsie Newyork? I can not find a salon in my area that knows what they are doing.Maybe you can compile a list iof great salons in different areas????
Tabatha: Even though I am not in the fashion industry, nor in the styling industry, I adore you and your show. Yes, as some other writers here have indicated, you do, indeed, 'chew some ass out.' However, in so doing, you never leave the impression of doing this gratuitously, but with a wit that is tied to a demonstrably sincere effort to get failing or grossly-underperforming businesses and their staffs to unite in saving their establishments from either the bankruptcy court or the wrecking ball.
In fact, I truly believe that your principles are transferrable to so many other industries and businesses that I wish your program would expand to "Tabatha Means Business' (in which you help to bring in other teams to save other businesses in other industries).. or, perhaps, even some sort of no-nonsense form of cognitive therapy series that could be entitled "Tabatha's BadAss Life Makeover.".. in which you could set people on a no-bs route to getting their lives back on track.. so many people need it these days.. anyway, these are just some random thoughts, and i can wholeheartedly say that you have the best show that I have ever watched on the Bravo network,.. bar none..
Tabatha, I go to Hairmaster's Institute of Cosmetology. In bloomington, IL I think you should do a show at a Hair school. THe people here are acting unprofessional, like jr high kids. Im 18 and these people are way older than me. They need a serious attitude check. One of the students Corrects our teacher. Its really rude. People dont want to to help out around the school with sanitations. or listien to any of the intsructors. Do what they want when they want and i know the owner Julie wouldnt want it procieved that way.! I really want you to help us!
Thank you, Stephanie Russo.
Enjoy your show and learning more about the "business" of a salon. Always amazed at the lack of professionalism displayed by some of the stylists and owners. One thing that always surprises (and kinda disgusts) me is the filth you always point out. Aren't salons supposed to follow some sort of health regulations? I thought there were rules about sanitation and cleanliness, since there's always the possibility of infection, etc. Not to mention just the grossness of having a client see how filthy some of these places are--that would be an instant turn-off to me. So what's up with that? How do these places get away with being so dirty? And how can an owner expect to be successful if they can't even keep their salon reasonably clean and presentable?
Never in a million years did I think my "guilty pleasure" of Tabatha's Salon Takeover would meet up with my long-lost past as a coxswain for the Harvard Crew (although I was with the heavyweights and not Coach Charlie). What a wacky yet appropriate juxtaposition! Of course, I love that the cox was the focus and presented as such an important component.
Competitive rowing is a very intense precision sport with an interesting mix of individual talent and pinpointed teamwork. It's a very distinctive sport, and my short stint as a cox certainly taught ME a lot about leadership. But seeing Tabatha in those tanks at Newell was awesome. (Although, I could practically smell that tank water and sense the weird humidity while watching the segment.) Still glad I'm now in superficial L.A. and not in boat on the Charles with sheets of ice floating by in early March!
Tabatha, I love your show and the fact that you are someone to be respected. The people in your show respond to you because you demand respect and you reciprocate respect when its deserved.
Amanda Medford, OR
I am a new fan and LOVE your show! I wish BRAVO would have more episodes on demand so I can catch up with the past seasons!
I love your show!!!!!!! It is refreshing to see that you have the passion for excellence. I pride myself in attempting to follow you footsteps in the industry. Your no nonsense approach to what the true issue is at hand it classic. One day I hope to be able to assist Fort Worth, Texas salons and the stylist in being proud of the craft in which they have possessed. Thank you for the inspiration !!!!
Tabatha sees nothing but Gay I watched this show for a while, and came to like it, but one day I noticed something. Tabatha is not mean, smart mouth, or hard on shops with gay owners or mostly gay staff. She almost seems like a kid in a candy store when she goes into such shops. Once she even got really personal with an owner, asking him why he is not married to his mate. She has taken a gay owner and staff to lunch, and when she does not allow women models in a shop owned by gay men.
Dear Tabatha, I love your show & have learned a lot from watching it. My question is: I once gave a tip to a hairdresser not realizing he was the owner. He handed it back to me saying he was the owner & does not accept tips. I thought he was a mench. Therefore, I do not tip a owner. However, it appears that owners do take tips and I consider this very inappropriate. I will not bend. Please tell me what is correct. Thank you for your time. Marci
I am a new viewer of your show, and love it...It was brought to my attention by my cousin who has her own salon in Greenville, NY. She was in partners with a woman who really has a attitude problem and they no longer can work together. So she needs to redo and change her name of the shop and saw your Avanti Episode and loves the decor and the window treatments that are neon green. Can you please tell me where I can buy them? I am going to visit from Long Island New York the 15th of Feb so we can redo the shop. I also would like to know how To get in touch so maybe you can come and help give her tips show how to reestablish her salon. This girl has the nerve to reopen a new shop directly accross the street. She is taking the other stylist with her and now my cousin has to find a new stylist to help out. Its a very small town and everyone knows everyone lol.
Can you please help!!!!!!! There is so much more to say but I dont even know if you get this...... Please Tabatha she can really use your help. She has been watching your show every week and she LOVES you. Thank you so much and really looking foward to hear back from you. Donna From Long Island