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By Carol Potvin

5 12 months ago

They have it all.

I started coming to Tappa after my hairdresser retired. I was nervous because I hadn’t been to anyone new in many years. My fears were unfounded. Tanya was welcoming, helpful and very professional...and she made me feel relaxed. I loved my hair and have been coming to her ever since. She runs her salon efficiently and makes it look effortless, with her positive vibes and pleasant personality. With the pandemic on, the salon has been outfitted with safety measures that go the extra mile. A great place!!! — Carol P.

With close to 30 years’ experience as a hair stylist and salon owner, Tanya Hill has accomplished a great deal. Known for her determination and strong relationship-building skills, she has played an active role in the growth of the beauty industry -- in Ottawa and beyond.

Passionate about professional development, for herself and others, Tanya has made education a key priority throughout her career. In addition to participating in countless programs, workshops, associations and trade shows, she went so far as to purchase a struggling hairdressing school and revive it in under one year, ultimately selling it for 3X the initial investment. And as a fervent supporter of the Red Seal program and the trade of hairstyling, she has worked on numerous sub-committees, including; chair of MTCU Provincial Advisory Committee for Hairstyling, past chair for MTCU Hairstylist Trade Board as well as current chair of the Algonquin College Industry Advisory committee and played a vital part in the continuous evolution and optimization of these programs and committees.

Tanya is also a strong believer in giving back to the community. Among the many causes close to her and her team’s heart are the Canadian Cancer Society, Heart and Stroke Foundation, Ronald McDonald House and CHEO (Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario).

In August, 2020, Tanya aligned her salon with Beauty For Good -- an online social enterprise and e-commerce initiative designed to challenge and reimagine women’s beauty standards, as well as support the retail component of the beauty industry.

One might think that with such deep involvement in the industry, Tanya may not have time for the chair, but her loyal clients and love for the craft keep her there. And she’s quick to credit them for her personal and professional growth -- “My chair is my university. It’s amazing what my clients teach me every day!”