A Hollywood Moment with Celebrity Hairstylist Tabatha Coffey

By  May 08, 2013

No fuss, no hassle, no nonsense. That philosophy not only describes celebrity hairstylist Tabatha Coffey’s approach to business, but it also reflects her approach to enviable hair. We’re right in middle of the fifth season of Bravo’s Tabatha Takes Over, where the stern fairy godmother and business-savvy blonde takes on the challenge of bettering the world, one small enterprise at a time. This round, she’s expanding her approach to revitalize failing restaurants, nightclubs, bars, and mani-pedi havens, venturing into untapped territories from seasons past. Though her nationwide travels keep the artful Aussie busy, she managed to squeeze in some time to talk with GLAM about her first barbershop project, her biggest goals this season, and her big bang theory.

Q: The season, you’re taking over four salons in central Tennessee and it’s your first time in the area. What was that like?
A: On the premier episode you’ll actually see a business that I took over in East Nashville, which is an up-and-coming area. It’s definitely changed from when the business owner first opened her business there. The area is growing around her quickly. And she obviously wants to help save her business and grow with the times and really keep up to date with the area is changing. One of her business problems was how she could do that and diversify her business more. I [also] go to a great barbershop outside of Nashville that was, you know, really exciting for me. It was the first barbershop I took over.
Q: How was that?
A: Barbershops are really hot at the moment; you see a lot of them popping up all over the place. Guys want to pamper themselves as well, and one of the biggest differences between a barbershop and a hairdressing salon obviously is the role… of that business. Barbershops are typically in and out, no appointments necessary … within 15 – 20 minutes. It’s a high volume turnover. A lot of barbers don’t realize that they can put additional services in there. They can take time with the haircut. And that’s really what guys today want to do as well. So they were a stubborn group. They were very hard to get through to. There was a lot of testosterone in the room.
Q: From reality TV to real life, are there any hair trends that you’re anticipating in the coming season?
A: You know, I do fashion critiques and things for awards season, and I thought that a lot more people got it right this season than in past seasons so that’s really good news. I will say that I’m glad that ombré is on the way out. I think that we’re all tired of the ombré color effect. You know, obviously it’s spring so we’re going to see people going lighter. Red is really hot at the moment; different shades of red depending on what your skin tone can wear and how bright you actually want to take it. That’s always fun. And I’m really actually enjoying the fact that fringes are really in at the moment as well.
Q: So, we take it you like Michelle Obama’s bangs?
A: Are you kidding? I love them! They’re fabulous. I think it’s fantastic that she did it and she looks amazing and good for her.
Q: What about women whose coifs don’t look as great? What’s the biggest hair problem you see women dealing with on their own and how can they fix it?
A: I think the biggest problem is having unrealistic expectations. It’s wanting your hair to do something that it’s not going to do, maybe because you don’t have that kind of hair texture, you don’t have that density, thickness, volume, whatever it is, and [are] constantly struggling to try and make it into something else. [The solution] is really knowing what the limitations of your hair are, getting a really great haircut that can get you as close as it can to your wish list in making it really easy.
Q: This last question is a little touchy. We’ve seen you bump heads with a lot of business owners on the air and situations can get pretty tense. How many times would you say one has called you the B-word?
A: I wish I had a nickel for every time, because I could go and lay on the beach somewhere, and have a little vacation, and a Mai Tai. A lot. As most people know, I took back and reclaimed the word bitch because I got sick of people using it in the negative connotation and I came up with my own acronym, which is brave, intelligent, tenacious, creative and honest. It’s a word that I think I use; it’s a word that’s used for women when a woman is strong, and forthright, and honest, and people don’t know what else to say except the B word. And it’s said a lot.

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