Fans know Tabatha Coffey as the celebrity hairstylist who's tough, talented, and always ready to take over.
But while promoting her new book, "Own It: Be the Boss of Your Life — at Home and in the Workplace," the 44-year-old star of Bravo’s “Tabatha Takes Over” shed some light on how her unconventional childhood drove her to become the strong, successful businesswoman she is today.
Raised mostly by her single mother, Coffey spent much of her free time at her family's strip club where she quickly learned the power of hair and beauty. "I was at the club all the time,” she told Yahoo. "I would sit back and take a good look at how [the models] got their makeup, costumes, and wigs on and they put me to work. Even as a little kid, I just saw the transformation it did to them."
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Coffey's struggle with her weight also helped her become the stylish woman she is today.
After accepting the fact that she wasn't the "pretty girl" at school, Coffey turned to fashion to give the mean kids something to actually talk about. "People were looking at me anyways, so let me wear something unusual and really give them something to look at," she said.
Coffey's life experiences chronicled in her book ultimately helped her become one of Hollywood’s most sought after hairstylists. With more than 20 years experience in the industry, we decided to ask the outspoken reality star about the biggest celebrity hair trends in Hollywood right now. Whether it's dying your hair purple or chopping it all off, Coffey had plenty of good advice for any female looking to try something new.
Although young girls may first be learning about the style from stars like Demi Lovato and Avril Lavigne, Coffey insists the trend has been around for a long time. "I like these kind of things because as an individual, when you do something like that, it shows different sides of your personality," she noted. Whether hanging out at work, at home, or with friends, the style allows flexibility. "I think it's a great way of being able to do something fun," she added.
What does Coffey think of the colorful trend seen on stars like Nicole Richie, Katy Perry, and Kelly Osbourne? She's actually a huge fan! "I think for the people that are doing it, it works really well for them," she said. "When you're young, that's the time to have fun with your hair and do a lot of experimentation. It's really only hair so you can change it."
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Since Coffey sports short hair herself, it's no suprise that she's got plenty of love for the pixie trend. But the real reason she's obsessed is because it gives women the freedom to truly transform their hair. "When you see someone like Jennifer Lawrence, Kristin Chenoweth, or Pamela Anderson look incredible, it gives women permission to cut their hair," Coffey explained. "They can change it and still feel attractive, pretty, and not masculine."
"Own It: Be the Boss of Your Life — at Home and in the Workplace" is available in stores now.