By Michelle Caceras

What makes two men with backgrounds in piloting airplanes and law enforcement decide to open a hair salon? When one of them is master stylist David Combs, who has been making the Brandon area beautiful for more than 28 years.

Located at 13442 Boyette Rd. in River Springs Plaza, David Andrew Hair Salon specializes in services for families, including precision cutting, color, highlights, deep conditioning treatments and perms, hair extensions, professional makeup and Botox treatments. Facial specialist Amy Finch has also joined the staff, offering skin treatments to pamper, indulge and spoil her customers.

Pricing is very competitive: women’s haircuts start at $30, men’s haircuts start at $18 and children’s haircuts start at $10.

When River Hills resident Janet Costin visited the salon, she left in tears….the good kind.

“I walked in the salon looking like a disaster but walked out with a cut and color that enhanced my features,” she said. “It was like having an artist work on my hair.”

Combs identified which cuts would work best with the shape of her face. She ended up with a very attractive pixie cut. “What I love about hair is that without plastic surgery you can take a woman and make her feel good,” he said. “You can change their entire look.”

Costin also enjoyed the inviting yet relaxed atmosphere of the salon. Soft music played in the background and the staff was quick to offer her a bottle of water or a glass of wine.

David Andrew Hair Salon is open Monday by appointment, Tuesday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-9 p.m.; Friday, 9 a.m.-7 p.m. and Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Walk-ins are welcome.

A special grand opening celebration will be held on Saturday, November 3, and will host a silent auction, feature local artists on display and Blake High School’s jazz band will perform.  Proceeds from the event will benefit A Kid’s Place.

For more information about David Andrew Hair Salon, visit, check out their Facebook page or call 684-5111.


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Kelly Legg has been writing for the Osprey Observer as a freelance writer for three years, and has recently taken on the role of managing editor for the Christian Voice newspaper. She graduated in 1989 from Florida Southern College with a B.S. in Communications. She currently resides in Riverview with her husband and three children.