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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.

About the Author

Tabatha Coffey is best known as the star of Bravo's Tabatha Takes Over. She is also an author and entrepreneur. She draws on her own life experiences to offer straightforward advice and the empowering message of inner beauty and strength. Her television show, speaking appearances, and books inspire men and women around the world to take charge of their lives, their businesses, and their futures.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: It Books; First Edition edition (January 25, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062023101
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062023100
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (138 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #574,773 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I love Tabatha Coffey. Her show, including reruns are a staple on my DVR. She is one of the few people on TV, I really care about.
Of course I bought her book to read, and what is in it, is fascinating, and highly entertaining. The advice is great too! I love how she has taken ownership if the word BITCH. She is in every respect a fine example of how to be Brave, Intelligent, Tenacious, Creative and Honest. Her stories allow a small glimpse into what has made her who she is today.

The book is not not stellar though, and while I would still buy it again, after I read it, I was slightly disappointed.

The book is not meaty enough, and it certainly is not a "deeply personal" or terribly revealing in any way. I read it in 4 hours, and I am not a fast reader by any means.

While Tabatha does talk about some personal times in her life, I was left wanting quite a bit more. As memoirs go, this one leaves something to be desired. I don't expect her to reveal every personal detail about her live since she was born, but some of the more important points of her life are barely mentioned and glossed over, particularly that she's gay and has a partner of 10 years, which is QUITE LITERALLY all she says about the subject: "I have a partner of 10 years." and that's that. We are told nothing more of her relationship with this partner and it is not discussed further. Again, I don't expect all the sordid details, but I am curious to know how they met, how she knew that her partner was "the one" and what about her partner changed her mind about settling down.
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"It's Not Really About the Hair" is a nice little glimpse at the real woman behind Tabatha Coffey, the "celebrity": an honest, hard-working and uncompromisingly ethical lady who could be the poster child for the American success story (despite being Australian by birth). Filled with stories--sometimes funny, sometimes poignant--from her childhood in Australia to the present day, you get a sense of how the circumstances of her life have shaped Tabatha to be the woman she is.

After reading her book, I suspect Tabatha has largely gained her reputation for being a "b*tch" because she sets high standards for herself and others in a society where it has become more the norm to only do the minimum required and to take the easy way out whenever possible. A hairdresser by trade myself, I identified with every single point she made about how to be a true success in our business: set high standards for yourself, develop a good moral blueprint (she calls it a moral "compass"), become unswerving in your beliefs no matter who tries to convince you otherwise, and work like the devil. (A recipe for success for any career, actually, not just the beauty industry.)

If you are looking for a how-to book on how to open your own salon and become one of the top salons in the business, this isn't it. If, however, you are interested in the solid foundation of skills and character you need to develop in order to become a "rock star" in your chosen profession (hairdresser or other) and are willing to put in the work needed to get there, then you'd be hard pressed to find a better road map.
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I love Tabatha and her show, I bought the book thinking that she was going to discuss topics that were related to her business, the book was more about her life experience. Very easy to read, I still love Tabatha, her book not so much
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This is a great book, Tabitha doesn't hold back on the details of her life, telling us in her straight to the point manner about her unusual childhood & how that helped shape her to grow into the strong, honest, successful women she is today. I have been a fan since first seeing her on "Shear Genius" , when she told off that crazy women who wanted to continue to use garden hedge trimmers to cut hair, exactly how insulting and wrong it was, to those of us in this profession who care about professionalism. I have enjoyed every part of this book, learning her history, how dedicated she is and how hard she worked to be where she is today, and the awesome background she has, who she trained with. All that gives her the passion she has for this creative business, & the right to be a "bitch" ( by her definition) when she needs to, and I hope the people she helps on her TV show realize how lucky they are that she shares her wisdom on how to be successful with them...this is a great book, interesting, good reading, & made me even a bigger fan, which I didn't think was possible.
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I never saw Shear Genius, but I became a Tabatha Coffey fan after watching "Tabatha's Salon Takeover." I was drawn to her because she looks great and is a no-nonsense businesswoman. This book covers Tabatha's transformation from a chubby kid in Australia strongly influenced by transgender women in strip clubs into a reality tv star who owns a successful hair salon in New Jersey.

Even though Tabatha has a reputation for being abrasive, her book is quite inspiring. She discusses challenges she faced both professionally and personally and how she learned the importance of staying true to who she is. She's direct, honest, and not afraid to admit her own mistakes. If you like Tabatha on t.v. then you will probably like reading this book as much as I did.
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