I Hate Jill Zarin Tabatha’s Salon Takeover / Housewives News
Wow I’m glad Valentines Day is over and I don’t have to type that I “love” that certain New York Housewife…it was painful.
Today Tabatha’s Salon Takeover recap from our very own Quincy IL…
Tabatha had her hands full in this episode, with a wimp for an owner and a mean bully stylist taking over the salon, this was a challenge.
Tabatha’s Salon Takeover Week Nine by: Quincy
Tabatha has returned to California. She is in front of “Concerto Salon” in Valencia. She calls Nick, the Iranian owner of the salon and he is very pleased that she has come to help him. Nick has owned the salon for 18 months. He is $100,000 in debt. The debt is in the form of a loan from his second wife and credit cards. Nick’s oldest daughter from his first marriage, Natasha, works for him. Nick owned a small salon for a number of years. He purchased the larger salon and thought he could work less, which shocks Tabatha. Tabatha tells us that “Nick should be careful what you wish for.” Tabatha takes the keys.
The cameras have been in the salon and recording for days. The employees are drinking wine and not working. One employee raises her glass to say, “Cheers to Nick.” Sabina, a red-headed stylist, is abrasive. She has taken over the salon and insults Nick with degrading comments such as “pussy”, The stylists fight in front of the clients. We are shown a client in a chair following a fight between her stylist and Sabina telling Nick she has never been in a salon like this before. Nick listens, but he does nothing to rectify the situation.
Tabatha tells the staff that she has been recording their behavior. Dakota tells Tabatha that he is “stoaked” Tabatha tells Dakota that we will see if you are stoked in one week. Tabatha feels that the apprentice, Danielle, is being treated like a slave and she intends to emancipate Danielle. Tabatha does not like Danielle being called, “Sabina’s bitch.” In an interview, Tabatha calls Sabina, “a bossy cow.” Tabatha feels the problem in the salon is Sabina has taken over and the staff resents that. Nick is so passive that the salon has no owner so there is a mob mentality. Tabatha walks with the staff around the salon to find hair in the color wash bowls, dust everywhere (Nick says it comes from manicures and everyone laughs.) The salon has a cleaning lady for 2 hours a week. Tabatha would like to meet that cleaning lady.
In a staff meeting, the staff tells Tabatha that they would like to work for Nick and not Sabina. They resent Sabina and feel that Nick does not try to run the salon. Nick’s daughter, Natasha (4 months of experience,) is in tears as she listens. Tabatha understands her pain.
Models are brought into the salon and each has chosen the photo of a hairstyle that they would like. Many of the models want color and cuts. The stylists talk to the models and then give advice before starting their work. Nick does a good job, but Sabina does not.
When they begin their work on the models, Tabatha checks their color and cuts. Dakota, a male stylist, doesn’t use gloves or a work apron. He is a mess and he itches his head with a hand full of hair dye. Sabina in an interview is critical of Nick, of Tabatha, of Danielle and of the other members of the staff. Tabatha is critical of Sabina’s behavior and her ability to style the model’s hair. Tabatha agrees with Sabina’s client that her hair has a green tinge.
Tabatha goes over her findings with Nick who still cannot step up and show leadership. Nick does not want to fire Sabina as she pays him $1,000 a month rent. Tabatha tries to make Nick step up and he seems beaten down. We meet Nick’s second wife who wants Nick to sell the salon. Tabatha brings a business broker, Rick, to assess the value of the salon if it is to be sold. People pay for cash flow when they buy a service business. Nick’s net cash flow is zero. The business is only worth between $20,000 and $30,000. Nick’s wife says that he should try again because she does not wish to lose $70,000. They are going to down size their house in order to save money also.
The solution to Nick’s problems lies in self-esteem so Tabatha takes Nick to a self-defense lesson. Nick first learns to shout, “NO!” He has difficulty becoming aggressive, but with instruction and time he steps up and throws both the teacher and Tabatha on to the mats. Tabatha feels he is stepping up. Tabatha enjoyed being thrown on to the mat.
The staff also meets in the gym and Tabatha allows Danielle to hit Sabina with large foam clubs. Danielle wins. The staff roots for Danielle. Sabina in an interview still is critical of others and seems to be angry.
Nick tells the staff that there has to be change and he will now take charge. The staff is unsure, but hopeful
Nick hits the front desk with a sledge hammer for the renovation. When they return after days, the walls are lighter. There are new chairs and mats. The name of the salon has been placed all over the salon. It really doesn’t look that different. The drapes and reception furniture are the same. There is a new lower, front desk. There is a formal almost parlor feeling which does reflect the name of the salon, “Concerto.” Nick feels that he has changed.
Tabatha again brings in clients and Nick has begun to supervise. Danielle is to work for many stylists. The clients seem pleased. Tabatha has given a box of large size gloves to Dakota, the messy stylists, but he is still not up to her standards. Dakota is still “stoaked” though. He is from California.
Tabatha give Nick a month of self-defense lessons to help him develop the tools he needs to work with Sabina and his staff. Nick thinks he can step up. Tabatha says that Nick needs “strength and empowerment.” Nick tells the employees that they will have 3 warnings, but then they will have to leave. The camera focuses on Sabina’s face. Tabatha addresses Dakota and tells him that he has to improve. Danielle feels that she is going to learn now.
Six Week Check Up
Tabatha returns to find that Nick is running the salon and the employees have responded positively. Sabina got the memo and she is minding her own business. No one is verbally abusive to Nick. Nick tells Tabatha that business has improved. Danielle is learning and hopefully will get a chair for herself soon.
Finale Next Week
Tabatha is going to visit 4 salons that she had difficulties with next week. There seems to be shouting and unhappiness with Tabatha’s return.
Great Job Quincy! Thanks for that recap! Lynn~
I’m going to miss Tabs after next week, just one more episode coming. Tabatha talked about this upcoming final episode with me when I interviewed her on Reality Buzz, she said that she’d be going back to visit some of the salons that she had worked with in the past.
She spoke in particular about “Chicago Male” a men’s only salon in Chicago’s Bucktown neighborhood with an owner who was hell bent on keeping his business plan of men only and 15 minute haircuts. It wasn’t working and Tabatha made some much needed changes, let’s see if Mr. Stubborn continues to take Tabatha’s advice.
Tabatha’s ending, they’re drawing out The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills with one more “producer’s cut” of the dinner party from hell that will air tonight. The Real Housewives of Atlanta has just one more reunion show. No word yet on whether or not they’ve put together a lost footage for Atlanta but we can say goodbye to those ladies soon.
Bravo isn’t falling asleep at the wheel, they do have a number of new shows coming up. Bethenny’s Getting married will take the Monday night slot while The Real Housewives of Miami will take over Tuesday’s. Top Chef All Stars continues on Wednesday night’s and Million Dollar Listing on Thursday’s. Beginning March 6th, The Real Housewives of Orange County will take over Atlanta’s Sunday night spot.
With Miami and Orange County Housewives running at the same time on Bravo, I simply can’t see Bravo starting a third Housewives series all running at the same time, so my prediction is that The Real Housewives of New York will begin to run after the Miami series is completely finished. Typically a first Housewives season is just 6 or 7 weeks long, add a reunion show or two, that would put New York somewhere in late April or early May.
What do you think? Are there just too many Housewives shows out there now? Do we need another new Housewives Series? Will you be watching The Real Housewives of Miami?
If you haven’t seen Real City Housewive’s version of Beverly Hills Dinner Party From Hell, it is a must see!
Until Next Time…