Features 45 Tabatha
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Features 45 Tabatha

Tabatha’s Salon Takeover season 2 premiered on Tuesday, November 3rd at 10 pm and will be replayed again Friday, November 6th at 2 pm, Saturday, November 7th at 9 am and 5 pm, and many other times, so check your local listings. Then catch all new episodes every Tuesday at 10 pm on Bravo.

 

Tabatha Coffey has become one of the hottest commodities in the hair industry. Not only is she always perfectly coiffed, but her razor sharp, brutally honest tongue has found her legions of fans, from her first appearance on Bravo TV’s reality show “Shear Genius” to her …

Features 45 Tabatha

Tabatha’s Salon Takeover season 2 premiered on Tuesday, November 3rd at 10 pm and will be replayed again Friday, November 6th at 2 pm, Saturday, November 7th at 9 am and 5 pm, and many other times, so check your local listings. Then catch all new episodes every Tuesday at 10 pm on Bravo.

 

Tabatha Coffey has become one of the hottest commodities in the hair industry. Not only is she always perfectly coiffed, but her razor sharp, brutally honest tongue has found her legions of fans, from her first appearance on Bravo TV’s reality show “Shear Genius” to her runaway hit Tabatha’s Salon Takeover. After a fantastic first season, Tabatha tackles 10 more salons that are in trouble due to bad management and the economy.  This year she sets her sights on salons in LA, Chicago and 3 right here in Florida. I have to admit, Tabatha is one of my favorite TV personalities and I was honored to conduct an exclusive Hotspots interview with her.

 

You got excited about the hair industry at a young age. How did this come about?

It happened because of French Vogue. I was enamored with the models, their hair and the fashion and hair became my gravitation. In addition I am an old movie buff and I loved the glamour and the hair.

 

When did you open your salon in New Jersey and how did you come up with the name Industrie Hair Gurus?

I opened it 8 years ago. Industrie is an old French term that was given to artisans and it means to create something of beauty and artistry. I added the words “hair gurus” so people would know what kind of store it was.

 

You have the prestigious honor of representing Joico products globally since 1997. How did this come about and has it helped your career?

I started representing them because I loved the product. I started working with it in London when they launched the product. A little while later they were launching a line and I helped out and did the photo shoot for them and I have been with them ever since. I have gained a lot because I have traveled the world with them, even to places where I didn’t speak the language but I could communicate with them through teaching them hair.

 

How did you come to get cast on “Shear Genius” and how was that experience?

There was an open casting call that I decided to try out for just for the hell of it. It was a Sunday afternoon and I was going to brunch anyways. I promised myself I would only wait for an hour. It took 5 minutes before I was meeting the producers, and the rest is history. The experience was great.

From being on “Shear Genius” you have a huge gay following. How do you feel about this?

I love that I have a huge gay following. I love it!

When did the concept of “Tabatha’s Salon Takeover” come about and was it an easy decision to do the show?

It was a very easy decision to do the show. Bravo, who has always been so supportive of me and are so incredibly professional, approached me. It was a no brainer!

 

How do you decide what salons to take over?

It basically comes down to the ones that are in the most legitimate trouble and would be interesting to a viewer.

This upcoming season you take over 3 salons in South Florida. How did you like the Sunshine State and which salon was the most challenging?

Florida is beautiful. Before coming to Florida I taped in Chicago, which was freezing cold, so coming to the sun was nice. They were all very challenging salons, but for different reasons.

 

Name some on the most famous people you have styled?

I choose not to do a lot of celebrities and the ones I do I choose not to talk about. I prefer to be known as a good hairdresser because of my work and not because of a famous person I have worked on.

What made you decide to become bi-coastal and start seeing clients in West Hollywood’s Warren-Tricomi Salon?

It really was a natural progression. I love LA and clients were asking for my services. I am not ready to take the plunge and open a salon there, so it was the perfect balance for me.

 

Your work has been featured in many magazines. Which was your favorite and why?

 

I don’t have a favorite, but I love doing them. The ones I enjoy the most are the fashion forward ones where I can work organically and create. It’s nice to be able to go over the top!

 

How exciting is it to be working backstage at the Mercedes Benz fashion week?

Really exciting. It’s so busy that you don’t have time to enjoy it, but the pressure is fun and its an honor to be involved in those things.

 

Tell me something people don’t know about Tabatha?

I wanted to grow up and be a drag queen. My parents owned a nightclub when I was a kid and I thought drag queens were the most glamorous creatures on earth!

 

What’s ahead for Tabatha??

I hope a lot. I would love a season 3 of “Tabatha’s Salon Takeover.” I would also love to work on a product line. I have been interested in developing a line for a long time that can fill some of the holes. I would also like to teach more classes to educate other hairdressers. In addition, I would eventually like to open my own salon in WeHo, followed by one in Florida.

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