Tarpon Springs hair stylist perseveres despite health woes, car crashing into salon

After having a car crash through the wall of her salon, a Tarpon Springs woman has been able to keep her business afloat.

In July 2009, two teenagers were evading police after refusing a routine traffic stop, authorities said.

After they sped off, the car slid and crashed through the walls of CK & Company Hair Designs, authorities said.

The teens then fled the scene but were apprehended by police at 2 that morning, authorities said.

Catherine Koursiotis, a stylist for over 30, had to deal with a 10-foot hole in the wall of her salon in the wake of a cardiac catheterization gone wrong earlier that year.

“It was an interesting year, but I’m a survivor. I just keep plugging on, baby,” Koursiotis said.

She improvised, walled up the hole with plywood and was ready to cut hair the next morning.

Koursiotis continues to cut hair and plans to open an advanced beauty education center to teach the next generation of stylists and to help them with their careers.

“(Koursiotis is) not a teacher, (she is) a mentor,” said Pedro Rodriguez, a barber working in her salon. “(She is) someone who’s going to help you and guide you through whatever you’re going through and teach you about ups and downs.”