Tabatha Coffey

Tabatha tells us how she made the Phun sisters's salon a fun place to work for everyone.

on Dec 6, 2010

When I sat down and showed Cindy and Marjorie the undercover footage, I felt for Cindy. She truly was stressed about her business and her sisters, because she had a strong sense of family obligation from her upbringing. Marjorie was the "good sister" and peacemaker -- basically she had no balls! Cindy felt overwhelmed and that she had no support, and in many ways she didn't. Marjorie swayed whatever way the wind blew. And to make matters worse, her two younger sisters, Janet and Karen, had no respect for Cindy or the salon and all the other staff followed suit.

The Phun sisters were bringing the family drama into the salon, and it was ruining their business. The staff had a "Who cares?" attitude because they felt that Janet and Karen got away with anything they wanted. And the staff felt they were not respected by Cindy; she spoke down to them and didn't give constructive feedback or education, just orders. There was no education, no rules, and no pride. When I walked into Mia Bella salon, I literally wanted to walk out. It was FILTHY!

As soon as I figured out the problems, it was time to put the staff to work, including Femi (even if it was her birthday!) and get the salon clean before my models and special guests arrived. Mia Bella was a struggling family business, so I asked my Friend Anthony Mascolo and his brother Bruno, two of the founding brothers of the very successful Toni and Guy hair care company, to come and give Cindy and Marjorie advice. I hoped it would help the girls understand that business is business, and that there had to be rules, boundaries, and expectations even when family is involved.