If you’re a reality show devotee, it probably won’t surprise you that the people who aspire to be featured on most of them can be, well, difficult to work with. We admit we’ve never wasted precious moments of our lives watching any of the Real Housewives productions. Driving rusty tent stakes into our eyes seems much less painful and a whole lot more productive. But it seems safe to assume that dealing with the pneumatically enhanced narcissists for whom being selected to participate in The Real Housewives of Wichita is the pinnacle of their existence would require some serious people-handling skills. Unfortunately, even having that kind of experience under his belt wasn’t enough to help Derek J deal with a rival local hairdresser . . .
In case you aren’t aware, Derek J is evidently a “celebrity stylist” and does his magic on the nasty creatures who act out for the cameras on The Real Housewives of Atlanta. And earlier this week, as abcnews.go.com reports, he was called on to perform some emergency wig repairs at his salon, the J Spot.
But on Wednesday, things at the salon got, well, a little harried, when Neffe, sister of R&B singer Keyshia Cole, came in for major hair repair, asking them to fix the wig work of rival stylist Corwin Pledger.
“Her (hair was) messed up to the point we didn’t know what to do. So I was just like, reach out to the stylist and say ‘hey, what did you use, what did you do?” said Derek J.
Unfortunately, Mr. Pledger didn’t take kindly to having his hair handling skills questioned and visited Derek’s salon looking for some satisfaction. And just to make sure his point was clear, he drew a gun when he got there.
J. Spot Salon co-owner Lisa McCall told ABC News that when she asked him to leave, he waved his gun in her face, threatening her.
“He said, don’t think I won’t, don’t think I won’t,” McCall said.
Then she says, he fired into the floor – pointing to a large bullet hole in the shop’s hardwood floor as proof of his rage. McCall says as he left, Pledger took his time, walking slowly outside, pointing at customers and stylists through the window as he walked away.
Who knew color jobs and perms can ignite such passion? The Atlanta police are currently looking for Mr. Pledger and we feel sure they’ll get their man soon. In the mean time, given the heated nature of the hair-do biz in The City too Busy to Hate, Derek might want to consider getting a concealed carry license to protect himself, his employees and his clientele. We know just the people who can help him out.