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Tabatha changes salons' looks

Australian native Tabatha Coffey (who appeared on Shear Genius) stars in this spin-off on Bravo called 'Tabatha's Salon Takeover'.
Australian native Tabatha Coffey (who appeared on Shear Genius) stars in this spin-off on Bravo called 'Tabatha's Salon Takeover'. Contributed

HAIRDRESSERS might be experts at turning your dry, split-ended locks into a perfectly coifed masterpiece on your head, but sometimes they aren't the smartest business people.

Enter Tabatha Coffey, star of Shear Genius, who goes to hairdressers around America and turns them from drab, dirty disasters into stunningly stylish salons, with remarkable results.

Take Chicago's Orbit Salon, the star of the first episode this season.

Salon owner Eddie has let his flagship premises go from fabulous to foul. There is dirt and hair everywhere, the staff have no respect and treat their customers like they have visited a sausage factory rather than an upmarket styling studio.

Eddie is US$700,000 in debt and if Tabatha doesn't act quickly he stands to lose everything.

Taking on challenges like this might not be everyone's cup of tea, but for Tabatha, who began her training at a Surfers Paradise salon when she was just 14, it is right up her alley.

“I have been hairdressing for 28 years now and I am a salon owner. I have a really successful salon,” she said.

“The business side of hairdressing is something I believe in and I work really hard at. I am now doing it on TV, but I have been doing it in one capacity or another for a lengthy period of time.”

Famous for her straight-talking, no-holds-barred approach, salon owners give Tabatha the chance to save them from disaster.

And while some might see her as a bit of a demon, Tabatha insists her heart is in the right place.

“It's an incredibly fulfilling feeling to me,” she said.

“I take it all very seriously because it is serious to me.

“When I know how hard they have tried to work and when I can see the stress it is causing them I really do want to help them and get them back on track.”

When Tabatha's Salon Takeover premieres its second season on Arena on Monday night, viewers would be forgiven for thinking that nothing could be worse than Eddie's Orbit Salon, but Tabatha assures us that there is much worse to come.

“You will see worse; you will see much worse,” she said.

“They are all challenging, but they are all challenging for really different reasons.”

While watching someone go in and turn around a hairdressing salon may not sound like the most exciting television to watch, the reality is that Tabatha's Salon Takeover provides compelling viewing.

Check it out for yourself on Arena from Monday night at 8.30


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