Stylepoints: Tabatha takes over Twin Cities

  • Article by: SARA GLASSMAN , Star Tribune
  • Updated: January 6, 2012 - 3:36 PM

There are so many salons in the Twin Cities that you might call it a jungle. Well, Tabatha Coffey, TV's tell-it-like-it-is salon interventionist, took her know-how to help Jungle Red, a Minneapolis salon.

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On "Tabatha Takes Over," Tabatha Coffey watches Suzanne Erickson (center), owner of Jungle Red in Minneapolis, at work.

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There are so many salons in the Twin Cities that you might call it a jungle. Well, Tabatha Coffey, TV's tell-it-like-it-is salon interventionist, took her know-how to help Jungle Red, a Minneapolis salon.

The show's listing describes the season premiere of "Tabatha Takes Over" (9 p.m., Tuesday, Bravo) as follows: "Tabatha teaches the immature owner of Jungle Red salon to grow up and stop relying on her daughter."

Sounds like a wake-up call for owner Suzanne Erickson, who named the salon after the 1939 film "The Women," which "takes place mostly in a salon, where they have their fingernails painted the color Jungle Red," she said.

While she volunteered for the show, it was a reality check to have Coffey's input.

"Before Tabatha could fix the salon, she had to fix me," Erickson said.

Here's what Tabatha had to say about the experience.

Q What was your first impression of Jungle Red?

A Wow, the building was interesting, but the behavior of the staff and Suzanne, the owner, were definitely out of control.

Q What was your priority in overhauling the salon?

A My first priority was to get Suzanne to take responsibility for her business and stop passing the responsibility on to her daughter. I wanted Suzanne to realize that it was her business, and she needed to tell her staff what was expected of them and stop being "one of the girls."

My other priority was to help Suzanne find a permanent place to live. She had poured everything she had into her business and had even given up her home to keep her salon, and I wanted her to have a quality of life again as well as a successful business. The physical makeover of Jungle Red made it cleaner, modern and a more functional and inviting environment.

Q Would you now recommend Jungle Red to locals?

A All businesses need to keep working on things to keep them evolving, and Jungle Red is doing just that. Jungle Red is committed to education, customer service, making their clients welcome and happy, and to the local community. Suzanne and her team have been very involved in the Twin Cities community and give back by donating their services and raising money for homeless youth and other local charities. The team has been working on their own signature "haircut," which I got a preview of when I went back to revisit, and I know clients will love it.

Q There's so much hair business here because of Aveda and Regis. Any thoughts on the salon scene in the Twin Cities?

A The Twin Cities is a hub of creativeness, especially when it comes to how many successful companies started there. I was very excited to visit and be able to spend time there, meet hairdressers and actually enjoy the area.

 

TRENDS FOR 2012

What might you want to wear in 2012? Here's a glimpse at where fashion is going for the next year.

1920s revisited

Designers offered up their romantic sides in an homage to the 1920s. With a new "Great Gatsby" movie in the works, Daisy Buchanan was the obvious muse for designers, including Ralph Lauren. There will be plenty of sweet, light-as-air chiffons in flowing, draping silhouettes and drop-waists and art deco details. Roar all you want.

Tangerine Tango

Pantone declared Tangerine Tango, a hue that "emanates heat and energy," as color of the year. This orange-red will liven up your wardrobe (and your home) with a burst of vibrant energy. It works as an accent color with neutrals, and you can color block it with other super-saturated colors. Also, Sephora will offer an exclusive makeup collaboration in March.

Everlasting eco

Younger designers are making eco-friendly design part of their missions. Twin Cities designer Kathryn Sterner of Kathryn V. has been using all sustainable fabrics such as organic cottons and low-impact dyes for three years. She also integrates a nondisposable philosophy into her designs. "I try to design classic pieces and things people want to keep around," she said. This tie-dress is made from a silk and hemp blend (available at Cliché, 2403 Lyndale Av. S., Mpls., and www.ustrendy.com).

Graphic art

The bold patterns of 2012 stand out for being swirling, vibrant and all over. They include oversized florals, abstract tribal influences, loud animal prints and symmetrical futuristic patterns that go from head to toe, as seen in Mara Hoffman's spring collection.

Dressed-up nails

Even if you're not buying clothes, odds are that you're buying nail polish. According to the NPD Group, sales of nail products rose 59 percent in the first 10 months of 2011. There's a lot of new technology in the category, thanks to polishes that give a shattered effect or can be applied in sheets (no brushes required). For 2012, OPI is offering plenty of trend-right minimalist neutrals, feminine pinks and extreme looks in a line from Nicki Minaj, all for $8.50 a bottle.

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