One thing that I love on the show is that you go back and visit six weeks later to see if they stick with it. I am very proud to say she was able to stay with me the entire time.
But I was reading on your blog, you have revisited some of the businesses a year later. I keep in contact with a lot of the salon owners and the stylists. I obviously had hospice come in when the time was right, I needed them to come in because I needed the help. It's a gift to be able to give that to someone, especially a parent or a loved one — it's quite amazing.
I run into them at hair shows, a lot of them reach out and email me, and we talk and they tell me what's going on. But I'm really proud of the fact that I was able to keep her at home and take care of her and the nurse actually told me what excellent care she was given, which was really my goal. How long between when she was diagnosed with cancer until the time she passed away?
What's surprised you the most about doing the show? I think change is really hard for all of us and I think it's something that we resist. When we found out she already had stage 4 cancer and it had started to spread.
I guess I'm always surprised by the resistance because obviously things aren't working; by the time you call me in, it's not working, and to some people I am their last hope because they don't know what else to do and they need that fresh set of eyes. And again, I think by the time I'm called in, people really have lost control and they’ve fallen so out of control that they really don't know how to get it back — and that's scary within itself. So the doctor recommended doing chemo, if it would work, just to sort of shrink what they could shrink and give her a better quality of life.
So the resistance is always so surprising, because if someone can show you a better way to do things or a different way of doing things, and that's going to have benefits and positive changes, why wouldn't you do it? But unfortunately she didn't deal well; she was also 80, so she didn't deal well with the chemo.
in which the no-nonsense lesbian entrepreneur helped the owners and staff of failing salons make a turnaround in only a week.
After a grueling year in which she nursed her mother through cancer and then eventually lost her, Coffey is back with season 4 of her show, only now it’s retooled and renamed.
which premieres tonight at 10 on Bravo, finds the blunt but captivating business owner taking her brutal honesty and tough love rehab not just to salons but to a variety of struggling businesses around the country, from a B&B to a frozen yogurt joint.Two such ventures are sure-to-be-queer California businesses she makes over: Ripples, an LGBT dance club in Long Beach, and Barkingham Palace, a West Hollywood doggy day care.We caught up with Coffey on the anniversary of her mother’s death to talk about the new season, losing her hair, and the superwoman myth. Honestly, I just had great support from fans out there, and a lot of the people that watch the show are not hairdressers and don't have anything to do with the industry.and I'll be taking over not just salons, but other small businesses. People would stop me all the time — and I know they would tell the Bravo people as well— and they’d say, “I wish you took over this and I wish you took over that.” Bravo decided that it might be fun to start taking over other businesses, and I was open to the idea. You know, I'm a hairdresser, but part of what I really love about the show and really love about what I do is to help people, help them get their businesses back on track and help them look at things differently.So for me, I'm really excited about the challenge of going to other businesses. She had cancer, and I wanted to keep her at home and actually take care of her, which was a journey unto itself.I really do believe that business is business and the rules apply to a lot of different businesses out there. Was she able to stay with you the entire time during her illness?