It's Not Really about the Hair: The Honest Truth about Life, Love, and the Business of Beauty

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Fans of the hit Bravo show Tabatha's Salon Takeover tune in for the straight-shooting, unvarnished commentary of its ballsy, stylish, and savvy star. Though millions admire Tabatha Coffey's unflinching honesty and never-say-die attitude, some do not and have even taken to name-calling. Refusing to let others define her, she has reclaimed the word "bitch," transforming it to fit the person she is: Brave, Intelligent, Tenacious, Creative, and Honest.

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Fans of the hit Bravo show Tabatha's Salon Takeover tune in for the straight-shooting, unvarnished commentary of its ballsy, stylish, and savvy star. Though millions admire Tabatha Coffey's unflinching honesty and never-say-die attitude, some do not and have even taken to name-calling. Refusing to let others define her, she has reclaimed the word "bitch," transforming it to fit the person she is: Brave, Intelligent, Tenacious, Creative, and Honest.

In It's Not Really About the Hair, this deeply private woman shares the experiences of her own life to encourage you to get in touch with your own inner bitch. Tabatha reveals how she used her strength and openness to help define her signature look, personal relationships, life choices, and tenacious work ethic—one that in her own words likens her to "a pit bull with a bone." Here are the people and the circumstances that have led her to a place of honesty, self-assurance, satisfaction, and success—from her tough-minded mum to her famous mentors, her peers, and clients.

Part memoir, part business manual, and part coaching guide on achieving self-acceptance and love, It's Not Really About the Hair teaches you that it's all right to be who you are, stand up for what you believe in, and do what makes you happy without being defined by others.

Tabatha Coffey's raw, funny, shocking, and always inspirational story will encourage you to celebrate the long-lasting and most important beauty of all—the true beauty that is you.

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Outspoken reality-show hairstylist (there really is such a job) Coffey's parents ran a transgender strip club in her native Adelaide, Australia. The lessons she learned there-tolerance, transformation, determination, and self-acceptance-have served her well in the cutthroat commercial beauty industry. Coffey offers blunt advice about succeeding in any arena along with examples of butt kickings she served up to deserving people.What I Am Telling My Friends I have about as much in common with Coffey, the star of Tabatha's Salon Takeover, as chalk and cheese, but I could not help liking her in-your-face tone and the idea that she really doesn't care if you like her or not as long as you are doing the right thing. I wonder what she would tell me to do with my hair? . —"Memoir Short Takes", Booksmack!, 12/16/10.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062023100
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/25/2011
  • Pages: 212
  • Sales rank: 297,718
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Tabatha Coffey

Tabatha Coffey is the star of Bravo’s Tabatha’s Salon Takeover, which combines her hairdressing and business expertise with her edgy style. Coffey has also appeared on Make Me a Supermodel, The Tyra Banks Show (as a part of Banks’s “Glam Squad ”), and The Biggest Loser (where, along wit h Tim Gunn, she provided makeovers to the show’s contestants). Tabatha lives with her partner in Ridgewood, New Jersey, where she al so works at her salon, Industrie Hair Gurus.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: The Inner Bitch 1

1 The Naked Truth 7

2 Fitting the Fat Peg into the Skinny Hole 23

3 The Mob and My Moral Compass 37

4 I Will Survive 51

5 Fuck Flying a Flag 71

6 Idol Dreams 89

7 My Very First Salon Takeover 113

8 The Boob Job from Hell 127

9 It's Not Really about the Hair 145

10 Going with your Gut 161

11 "Shut the Fuck Up" and Other Things that are Okay to Say 191

So Why Did I Write This Book, Anyway? 207

Acknowledgments 211

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  • Posted June 4, 2011

    Better Than I Expected

    I started reading this book and then could not put it down. I watched Tabatha's show regularly on tv, so it was fun to learn about her family and personal life. The profanity startled me at first, but once I got past that, I came to see Ms. Coffey as a conscientious, hardworking professional who genuinely cares about the people she works with.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 10, 2011

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    If you are a Tabatha fan, it's a must read!

    I love Tabatha on Tabatha's Salon Takeover, so I bought this book as soon as I could. Tabatha is open and honest about herself and her life. I enjoyed the pictures and stories about her childhood. Tabatha's determination and work ethic were evident throughout this book. She offers advice in "Tabatha style" and I enjoyed reading and thinking about her opinions. The only negative for me, I felt she repeated herself quite a bit. Overall though, great read and I'm proud to add it to my collection.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 14, 2011

    Refreshing

    I have recently became a fan of Tabatha's. This book is quite refreshing. She is opinionated and bold. But what I love most is her honesty and her positive attitude about life. If you enjoy Tabatha's Salon Takeover then you will enjoy this book. It's a quick read but worth the purchase.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 29, 2011

    Unique

    I enjoyed her cut to the chase attitude and panache for getting things done and believing in yourself!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 16, 2011

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    Nice book

    Nice book

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 30, 2011

    A.May

    it was great start to finish and got me thinking about what i sm doing love her straight forward thinking

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 4, 2011

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    How to Make the Most of Being Different

    I was very surprised to learn how unusual Tabatha's childhood was. She thrived in a world made up of alternative lifestyles and gender exploration. She is a great example of good work ethics and proof that hard work is necessary for success. Tabatha's Salon Takeover [TV show] is a must for anyone wanting to prosper in the hair industry. Any fan of the show or high standards for personal excellence will appreciate the candor and insight of this quick easy read. As a gay person and former hairstylist, I found myself admiring this role model even more than I already had. She wants the best for herself and everyone that she tries to help, but tolerates no nonsense. I like that.
    Michael Travis Jasper, Author of the Novel "To Be Chosen"

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2013

    I think that this was one of the best books

    This book was really good book i also love the show vvery good and highly recomended

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 21, 2013

    I love this book

    I love this book and the show

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  • Posted November 29, 2012

    Back in October one of the Goodreads groups I'm in You'll love


    Back in October one of the Goodreads groups I'm in You'll love this one...!! A book club & more had a week long non-fiction read-a-thon and this was one of my reads for the challenge. I've long been a fan of Tabatha Coffey and I actually watch her show every week. I love her attitude and her work ethic. Plus when she goes off on the stupidity of some people well she's a girl after my own heart.

    When I found out that Tabatha had a book I was kind of surprised and a little nervous. I really wanted to read it but I was a little nervous as to how it would turn out because Celebrity biographies, autobiographies and memoirs can be very hit or miss. So, when I finally did start this book I went into it with low expectations and ended up completely surprised.

    In It's Not Really About the Hair: An Outspoken Stylist's Smart Guide to Life Tabatha gives us a glimpse into her early life in Surfers Paradise, Queensland, Australia with her mother and father. Her parents owned a strip club when she was very young and she writes how she often spent much of her time there helping out the transsexual strippers that they employed.

    Tabatha's upbringing and life experiences have clearly shaped her into the strong, intelligent, independent woman that she is but even this self reliant woman admits that she could not have turned out the way she is without the love and acceptance of her mother which I can totally relate to because my mother (and father) are the most important people in my life.

    Though Tabatha did have some hard knocks in life she was ultimately able to rise above everything and pull her life together to the extent that she was able to open her own salon and employ other stylists to work for her.

    The book was a quick read, and to my surprise it wasn't dry as some autobiographies are. Instead while I read the book I felt as though Tabatha were reading it to me. I was impressed with it and the personal details that she shared since she is clearly a rather private person I thought it was a real treat to learn about her and her struggle to get where she is now. I think she's an awesome stylist and a passionate person about everything she does which I truly admired about her.

    Overall I really enjoyed the book. It was a quick and easy read but still enjoyable. I would recommend this book to everyone who loves her shows Tabatha's Salon Takeover and Tabatha Takes Over. It's a quick read that will keep you entertained and may even surprise you too.

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  • Posted September 2, 2012

    Waste of money

    If you watch her show you already know everything there is to know about Tabatha. Very short book; read it in two sittings. I was disappointed.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 8, 2012

    Great

    Great stories, funny, and good advice! I am new to the world of hair only been doing it for 2 years and she is very inspiring!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 2, 2012

    Recommend!

    Being a hairstylist, I agree with everything Tabatha advises about hairstyling, professionalism, having respect for the craft and the business and customer service. I love her show, and if you do, too, you'll enjoy this easy read. She shares personal stories in her humorous tell-it-like-it-is way, and her common sense approach to success in any business.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 1, 2012

    Really Interesting

    Always a fan of Tabatha I found her life growing up interesting and I have a better understanding of where she is coming from.

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