Our Team


Co-founder And Master Stylist

River is Salon Tao’s Master Stylist, Colourist, and in-house AVEDA Ambassador with over 20 years of experience optimizing hair for clients across Ottawa. He holds the Red Seal national standard certification for Professional Stylists and spent several years teaching up-and-coming hair artists in Algonquin College.

Following an expansive career, he and co-founder, Jesse Pyne, developed Salon Tao, a boutique space designed for innovative service that helps evolve natural beauty with expert care using environmentally conscious products. Described as meticulous and an expert in foil and creative colouring, River hopes to create a luxurious and transformative environment where guests are free to explore their individual style in a supportive space. In addition to delivering expert service, River enjoys the art of photography, and he continues to curate all images across Salon Tao’s platforms.


Co-founder, Business Development and Administration

Jesse is Salon Tao’s head of Business Development and Administrative Services, and nurtures all behind-the-scenes functions of Salon Tao’s management, brand coordination, and community outreach. Jesse felt impassioned to help manifest an empowering space where clients are free to explore individuality and style, free from confounds of social norms. From these concepts, the Salon Tao brand was born.

Jesse utilizes his background in Interactive Multimedia Development and expertise in facilitation and coordination to create a technologically advanced and an eco-conscious space, while maintaining a
successful hub for clients and new patrons to evolve their natural beauty.



We are dedicated to offering eco-conscious products that deliver quality care to clients. Salon Tao is proud to use AVEDA’s cruelty-free, non-animal derived and people-tested lines that allow our Stylists to manifest incredible hair, the right way. AVEDA is committed to minimizing their carbon footprint by using packaging made from recycled materials, while providing ongoing support for the development of
renewable energy. And did we mention you will love your hair?

To learn more about AVEDA products, contact our team at Salon Tao or book an appointment today!


What They Say

Kareim El Attar

"Hands down one of the best places for an experienced stylists, great products, fun chat, and reasonable prices."

Maryse Lepage

"I am quite picky when it comes to my hair and I continue to be totally satisfied with the expert services and caring I get with River. He is a wizard with precision haircuts and fantastic with colouring"

Joël Xavier

"Great, friendly salon! River is a fantastic hairstylist that I have known for many years. Very attentive and takes the time to discuss preferences with clients."