• Publication date: March 31, 2011

Expert Advice for Novice Stylists Tabatha's Salon Takeover: Resistance is Futile

Tabatha's Salon Takeover : In the same vein as Kitchen Nightmares where Chef Gordon Ramsay attempts to salvage fledging restaurants, Australian born Tabatha Coffey does the same for struggling hair salons. Each week Coffey travels to a different American city where a dying salon is in dire need of resuscitation. After a preliminary evaluation of the establishment Tabatha provides a plan for revitalization, using her years of experience in the industry as a guide. Like in Gordon Ramsay�s program, the business� proprietors tend to either gleefully accept Coffey�s recommendations or dismiss them outright. Generally, owners who are resistant to change are doomed to continued failure, as evidenced in follow-up visits.

Tabatha's Salon Takeover : In the same vein as Kitchen Nightmares where Chef Gordon Ramsay attempts to salvage fledging restaurants, Australian born Tabatha Coffey does the same for struggling hair salons. Each week Coffey travels to a different American city where a dying salon is in dire need of resuscitation. After a preliminary evaluation of the establishment Tabatha provides a plan for revitalization, using her years of experience in the industry as a guide. Like in Gordon Ramsay�s program, the business� proprietors tend to either gleefully accept Coffey�s recommendations or dismiss them outright. Generally, owners who are resistant to change are doomed to continued failure, as evidenced in follow-up visits.

Tabatha began her career as a hair stylist at the tender age of 14, later venturing to London where she spent eight years honing her craft. For the past nineteen years she has resided in the United States, building her flagship salon, Industrie Hair Gurus in Ridgewood, New Jersey. The Aussie stylist first gained public attention after her appearance on Bravo�s Shear Genius, where her blunt, yet sincere criticism raised eyebrows. Soon she became a fan favorite, stealing the show from other contestants despite only placing second in the competition. Coffey�s proven track record and insight has enabled her to travel the world as a representative of Joico International, a hair care product manufacture.

The season opener travels to Long Beach, CA where Tabatha spends a week at Ten Salon. Some of her initial observations include an incredibly disorganized workspace, an overly pretentious stylist, and a 30-page rulebook employees are forced to memorize and implement. Coffey hastily shreds the book, dismaying the owners while freeing the employees from their draconian laws. The book fundamentally contradicts Tabatha�s styling philosophy, namely by stifling creativity in a profession that thrives on artistry. Rather than merely match an already established hairstyle to a customer, Coffey insists that stylists must assist patrons in discovering a look of their own. That, in a nutshell, is what separates run-of-the-mill stylists from the pros.

While the owners are schooled in proper management techniques, employees receive complementary makeovers from Tabatha�s team. Oftentimes, however, making over the salon itself takes greater priority. That is certainly the case in the pilot episode, where Coffey dumps the owner�s previous layout in favor of her own. Considering the purpose of the show that is not unusual, but nevertheless devastating for its owner who invested $750,000 in the original design.

Year: 2008-present

Duration: 60 minutes

Genre: Reality TV

Starring:

Tabatha Coffey

Created By: Reveille Productions

Rating: NR