What would you do, if Tabatha Coffey host of Bravo series, “Tabatha’s Salon Takeover” showed up in your salon, demanded your keys, and a total take over of your staff and struggling business for a week? The smartest thing would be to hand over the bloody keys, because it will only get better.
If you are a struggling salon owner, hand over the keys and take lessons from the pro. Tabatha Coffey, Bravo’s no-nonsense stylist and salon owner, knows a thing or two when it comes to running a successful and upscale salon. She has devoted her life to advance education in hair design with an extensive background and experience in the field.
This season, no task is too big for Tabatha. Whether it’s moving into a salon owner’s house for the night to stage a family intervention, tackling five slacking owners in one salon, turning around a downtrodden children’s salon with stylists who don’t like kids or even doing hair, renovating a gay salon with questionable taste, or trekking a salon’s staff to the middle of the Mohave Desert to learn to survive as a team – Tabatha gives these struggling salons the major push they need to get back on track.
But a successful salon takeover is never without surprises, oppositions and a few twists. In a conversation with Tabatha, she talked about her craziest salon takeover where clients were encouraged to dance for dollars, and offered some advice to first time salon owners.
Daedrian McNaughton: In the upcoming season what was your craziest moment? Or who was the craziest salon owner you had to deal with?
Tabatha Coffey: They’re all a little crazy in their own way but I think my craziest salon this season was definitely when we went to Provincetown. It had a lot of challenges and I have never in my life seen a stripper pole in the middle of a salon. So that was definitely my – my crazy moment of Season 3 was walking into a salon that was 450 square feet so it was incredibly small. And smack in the middle was a stripper pole where client were encouraged to dance for dollars that they would get. For every minute they spent on the pole they’d get a dollar off their haircut.
Daedrian McNaughton: They did? Was it working?
Tabatha Coffey: Some clients – it didn’t work as well as the owner anticipated strangely enough. No. I actually saw clients fleeing out of the salon when they were offered to get on the stripper pole and dance to get money off their product sales or their haircuts. So it wasn’t a great marketing tactic at all.
Daedrian McNaughton: I just have a follow up question. As an experienced stylist, what is the most important piece of advice you could – you would give to someone or a stylist who is opening a salon for the very first time?
Tabatha Coffey: I think if a stylist is opening a business for the first time it’s really preparation. Sometimes – I think anyone who opens a business thinks I’m great at what I do and that’s enough to carry me through. But it’s really making sure that you have a great, solid business plan, that you have your finances in place, that you have a company statement, that you’ve thought about the location, you’ve thought about the demographic of your clients. So that’s my biggest key advice to anyone that opens a business. It’s great to have a great skill and a passion for what you do but you need to make sure that you’ve really laid it out on paper and have a true vision of what you want your business to be and what you want it to become so that you can sustain yourself all the way through.
Coffey has a new memoir coming out from Harper Collins titled “It’s Not Really About the Hair: The Honest Truth About Life, Love, and the Business of Beauty.”
Info on the show:
TABATHA COFFEY RETURNS TO BRAVO FOR THE THIRD SEASON OF “TABATHA’S SALON TAKEOVER,” PREMIERING MONDAY, DECEMBER 6th AT 10 PM ET/PT
Bravo Rounds Out Five Nights Of Original Programming With “Tabatha’s Salon Takeover” Anchoring Monday Nights This Winter
As part of Bravo’s previously announced five nights of original programming line-up, “Tabatha’s Salon Takeover” returns with a brand new season on Monday, December 6 at 10PM ET/PT with the no-nonsense and smartly styled Tabatha Coffey, as she transforms the lives and businesses of salon owners across the country. In season three, Coffey hits the road and visits struggling salons in California, Massachusetts and Texas. For one week, she confiscates the keys to the establishments and takes over as boss, bringing her unapologetic, brutally honest approach to the salon owners and stylists who are in dire need of her skilled business direction. For more information, visit www.BravoTV.com.
The return of “Tabatha’s Salon Takeover” rounds out Bravo’s five nights of original programming, which includes: “The Real Housewives of Atlanta” and “Watch What Happens: Live” (Sundays), “Tabatha Salon Takeover” (Mondays), “Millionaire Matchmaker” (Tuesdays), “Top Chef Just Desserts” (Wednesdays), and “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” and “Watch What Happens: Live” (Thursdays).
This season, no task is too big for Tabatha. Whether it’s moving into a salon owner’s house for the night to stage a family intervention, tackling five slacking owners in one salon, turning around a downtrodden children’s salon with stylists who don’t like kids or even doing hair, renovating a gay salon with questionable taste, or trekking a salon’s staff to the middle of the Mohave Desert to learn to survive as a team – Tabatha gives these struggling salons the major push they need to get back on track. http://www.bravotv.com/tabathas-salon-takeover/season-3/videos/tabatha-coffey-is-back.
The salons Coffey will makeover in the California, Massachusetts and Texas areas include:
· Mia Bella – San Bruno, CA
· Christopher Hill – Brentwood, CA
· Vendome – Houston, TX
· West End – Provincetown, MA
· Avanti – Boston, MA
· Touch of Elegance – Tewkesbury, MA
· Bqute – Palmdale, CA
· A Star Is Born – Mission Viejo, CA
· Concerto – Valencia, CA
“Tabatha’s Salon Takeover” is produced by Reveille LLC for Bravo. Howard Owens, Mark Koops and Heather Schuster serve as executive producers.