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Tabatha Coffey (born 17 May 1969 in Surfers Paradise, Queensland) is an Australian hairstylist, salon owner, and American television personality. Her participation as a contestant on the television show Shear Genius led to her own television show, Tabatha's Salon Takeover. Tabatha is openly gay and has been in a 10-year relationship.

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Career

Tabatha Coffey got her start in her hometown, where she started as an assistant in a local salon at age 14. Wanting to learn more, she eventually took a four-year apprenticeship program a year later, and then moved to London to continue her training for the next three years.

Coffey has since opened her own salon, Industrie Hair Gurus in Ridgewood, New Jersey. Her approach is transformative, creating a special look for each individual, unlike other stylists who specialize in a certain look. She also works as a platform artist for hair care product company Joico International. She tours different countries 6-12 times a year doing hair shows for the company, both to showcase her talent and to train other aspiring hairdressers. “My favorite thing is to do work with other professionals and teaching,” she said in an interview. “I love giving and getting back from other professionals.”

She has been in beauty publications also, as well as backstage in New York’s Mercedes Benz Fashion Week. She has been featured on several publications as well, including Seventeen, Marie Claire and Mademoiselle.

Television

Coffey was first introduced to American audiences when she became a contestant in the Bravo reality show Shear Genius, hosted by actress Jaclyn Smith. Trying out because of pure curiosity, she quickly earned a reputation for her outspokenness and intensity. She was a front-runner in the competition, winning most of the challenges during her stay, but she was eliminated in the sixth episode, along with her teammate for the day, Tyson. She hasn’t made secret her objections to Tyson’s methods, thinking his ego got in the way of his work. The judges eliminated them for their poor teamwork. Coffey later won $10,000 as the show's Fan Favorite.

In 2008, Coffey was approached by Bravo to star in the reality series Tabatha's Salon Takeover in which she uses her hairdressing and business expertise and edgy style to assist salons in danger of closing. Thus far, the show has run for two seasons. She has also appeared on Make Me a Supermodel Season 2, The Tyra Banks Show as a part of Banks' "Glam Squad", and The Biggest Loser along with Tim Gunn, giving make-overs to that show's contestants.

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