As the name suggests, Tabatha Takes Over is literally a takeover. But with just one little twist. She takes over for just a single week with promises to turn the salon back to profit. From its inception, the reality series has expanded beyond the idea of salons and is also looking at small businesses. The series heavily relies on its female lead and Tabatha Coffey certainly delivers. From taking executive decisions to correcting employees when they go wrong, Tabatha leaves no stone unturned when it comes to business. This can be one of the reasons why the series is so popular around the world. In this article, we take a deeper look at the daily life of Tabatha Coffey.
Tabatha Coffey was born on the 17th of May 1969, in Brisbane, Queensland. A native Australian, Tabatha was heavily influenced by her mother growing up. By the time Tabatha grew up, both her mother and her brother were heavily involved in the industry. She got into styling from 14 years of age and started working at the Surfers Paradise, Queensland. Her family also owned and operated a club in Adelaide.
As young Tabatha began exploring the industry, it soon became evident that she needed a mentor. After a year of working in Australia, Tabatha opted for an apprenticeship before moving to London. The apprenticeship lasted for three years and Tabatha moved to London.
She later journeyed to the US and opened a new salon by the name of Industrie Hair Gurus in New Jersey. During her time at the salo, Tabatha began collaborating with several other stylists who worked in Hollywood. News of a new stylist in town slowly spread around in Hollywood and Tabatha was bombarded with loads of work.
Her transformative way of styling was said to be unique as she often created new styles for each client. She later expanded the business by adding a new company by the name of Joico International.
A career in reality TV:
As Tabatha’s popularity grew so did her work. She was approached by several stylists for classes and collaborating work. Even though she was well established in the industry, Tabatha decided to join a TV series entitled, Shear Genius. And while Tabatha didn’t win the contest, she was one of the fan favorites. This netted her USD 10,000 overall.
Her rising fame brought home several producers who wanted to work on a new show with her. This gave birth to a new reality TV series by the name of Tabatha’s Salon Takeover which was later renamed to Tabatha Takes Over. The series aired its fifth season in 2013.
Tabatha has been forward about her social orientation and identifies herself as a lesbian. She is neither married nor single. She is in a long-term relationship with her partner since 1997. The couple is currently living in Ridgewood, New Jersey.
Tabatha is a woman in demand. From large Hollywood projects to charities, she is often traveling from one stage to the other. She has been featured in several high profile magazines and is also the author of two books, Own It and It’s not really about the hair: The Honest Truth about Life, Love, and the Business of Beauty. As of 2020, Tabatha’s net worth is estimated to be around USD 6 million.