We think you’ll agree with us that the salon owners in Monday’s (Dec. 13) episode of “Tabatha’s Salon Takeover” were all kinds of nuts. And by nuts, we mean this has to be a reality show. You can’t write this kind of crazy.
So, when we had lunch with Tabatha Coffey, we had to get her take on the strangest moments from the episode.
“Honestly, if it hadn’t have been for the stylists, I wouldn’t have stayed,” Coffey tells Zap2it. “I wouldn’t have been able to get through the week. If it had been those owners and everyone in the salon had the same attitude, I wouldn’t have been able to deal with it.”
Here are our top 5 crazy moments from the takeover of Christopher Hill Salon and what Tabatha had to say about them:
1.) The $3,000 massage chairs: Let’s face it, there were 3,000 other things in the salon Tim and Alexis could have used those dollars on. The awning that still said the old salon’s name, maybe?
“$3,000 massage chairs? Hello. Who cares?” Tabatha says. “It’s great, but that’s not going to bring people in. It was truly extraordinary.”
2.) Alexis’ smarter than thou attitude: If there’s one thing we’ve learned in our time in Hollywood, it’s that higher education degrees don’t automatically make you the master of the universe or any smarter than anyone else. We have friends with Harvard degrees that couldn’t reason their way out of a paper bag (and they know it).
“They thought they were so much better than the people that worked for them,” says Tabatha. “They needed those people to make their business successful, but they couldn’t get their heads out of their own a**es to realize that just because you’re a hairdresser doesn’t mean you’re dumb. That was their mentality. Even with me, that’s how they treated me.”
3.) Refrigerator-gate: Wow. What utter entitlement this women showed through out the episode, yet when she told Tabatha that she expected she’d buy them a new fridge? We have no words. Tabatha?
“When she turned around after the renovation and said, ‘I thought you were going to buy us a new refrigerator.’ I was like, are you f***ing kidding me?” she says. “Oh, I was shaking, I was so angry.”
4.) Tim’s ludicrous story about the Salon’s name: It’s one thing to lie, but Tim took it to a whole new level with the involved tale of “Christopher Hill,” the salon’s namesake, world renowned hairstylist and extreme adventurer.
“We couldn’t air the whole story,” Tabatha says. “It was so long – all the things that Christopher Hill did. It was truly astounding. He grew up with The Beatles, knew Jacques Cousteau, he lived in Monte Carlo. And people would call to make appointments with Christopher Hill and Tim would say he was in London doing celebrities’ hair.”
The worst part is that the truth was really a much better story. “The real story was so nice,” she says. “His mum and brother passed away relatively close to each other and the salon’s name was an homage to them. To me that was touching and it meant something. To make up this crazy, fictitious hairdresser? It’s cuckoo-ville.”
5.) After all that, they didn’t learn a thing: So, with all the crazy that Tabatha experienced at the Christopher Hill Salon, we can’t imagine she felt positive that they would get their act together and it doesn’t look like they did.
“I’m always cautiously optimistic,” Tabatha says. “I usually walk out knowing they’ve had an epiphany and want to change. With salons like [the Christopher Hill Salon], you walk out and think, ‘hm, not so much.’ They didn’t listen to me. They don’t want to change. They want to do it their way.”
Did we hit your most “cuckoo-ville” moments at the Christopher Hill Salon?