This artist styles hair, too

Joan Cotter has been styling hair for 35 years. After learning her trade in Ireland, she moved to Long Island, New York and opened her first salon in 1987. Thirteen years later, she moved to Florida and opened her second salon, The Jagged Edge, in Lutz.

Joan Cotter of Hair Today

Joan Cotter of Hair Today

In March of 2012 she opened Hair Today in the Connerton Plaza in Land O’ Lakes. “We’re very convenient to residents in the new town of Connerton,” says Joan. Hair Today is located in the Publix shopping center at the corner of U.S. 41 and Pleasant Plains Parkway.

Joan has four full-time stylists employed at Hair Today. Gail Strickland, formerly of Super Cuts in Land O’ Lakes, and Meagan Whehle, formerly of J. Joseph Salon in Land O’ Lakes, are her newest employees. Meagan is especially experienced with Keratin treatments and coloring.

“We have a great staff here,” says Joan. “Everyone gets along with each other very well and shows a real willingness to help each other out when customers have questions or ask for opinions. This is a very friendly and welcoming environment for customers and the staff.”

Her team is experienced with caucasian and ethnic hair care. In addition to hair care, they offer microdermabrasion and mini-facials, roller sets, updos, relaxers and perms. Her primary products are Eufora, GK, Mizani and Paul Mitchell. She recently added a manicure and pedicure station.

The atmosphere of the salon is relaxed and personable. She started painting as a hobby a little over two years ago. “It’s very relaxing,” says Joan. “I paint mostly 19th century ladies and landscapes. I’ve always felt a closeness with things of that era, so it was only natural for me to focus my painting there.”

You can find a number of her paintings displayed on the walls at Hair Today. Viewing her paintings while getting your hair styled enhances the experience and adds a personal touch not found in a typical salon.

Women’s cuts start at $25. Children’s cuts are $12. Men’s cuts start at $15, and she offers beard and mustache trimming for an additional $5. Consultations are free. Stop on in if you have questions or want to explore a change in style. Walk-ins are always welcome.

It’s located at 7818 Land O’ Lakes Blvd.

– Mike Matthew

This story is a feature of the advertising department.

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