Join Our Team

Apply Now


At this time Derik and Ayla are currently only accepting new guest based on referrals.
Check out below to see our amazing and talented stylists’ bios to find that perfect fit for you!




After a fruitful career as a chef in Seattle’s culinary scene, Derik Eggert pursued his lifelong dream of becoming a hairdresser, graduating from Seattle’s Aveda Institute in 2008. Even as he honed his own cutting and coloring skills, his thirst for knowledge quickly brought him back into the classroom, graduating once again as an Educator in 2011. From there, he has guided hundreds of students toward their dreams, as well as directing the training of fellow instructors as Lead Educator. Simultaneously, he built his career in one of Seattle’s top Aveda salons, and is deeply grateful for the incredible connections and unmatched mentoring that he embraced there over the course of nine years He is proud to bring his expertise, as well as his spirit of community and learning to Salon Tagua!


Throughout his career, Derik has traveled far and wide seeking a deeper understanding of Aveda’s cutting and coloring techniques. His haircuts are mindful and inspired by the world’s top stylists, including precise and stylish men’s cuts. As a colorist, he is a blonding specialist, executes brilliant reds, and loves to reveal the beautiful spectrum that brunette hair has to offer. He is fully trained and certified in the art of Balayage and the Brazilian Blowout, maximizing the finest details of your styling. His experiences styling for fashion shows and on a bridal team have been enriching, teaching him how to develop incredible styles that range from elegant to whimsical, all using Aveda’s naturally derived products. Most important to him is developing a rapport with each guest to suit their every need and concern about maintaining beautiful, expressive hair.


With Salon Tagua, Derik looks forward to continuing his dedication to Aveda’s message of global outreach and sustainability practices. Locally, his preservation efforts have raised over $50,000 for the Puget Soundkeepers Alliance throughout his career. Globally, he has cherished the opportunity to travel to India with the Aveda Earth Month team for mentoring and participation in their philanthropic efforts within the land and community that inspires the company’s ethics and product line. He feels blessed that his career with Aveda has allowed him to combine his passion for travel and his pursuit of higher education – be it guiding his students across the globe for advanced training from the UK’s top stylists, styling for Mercedes Benz at New York’s Fashion Week, or attending hair shows and trainings across the country. At the end of each day, his Midwest upbringing keeps him grounded and humble to the individual needs of each client – be it for their hair or soul! Through precision cutting, impeccable coloring, luxurious massage, customized aromatherapy, and holistic advising – Derik will make you shine, inside and out.




Ayla Nicole, born and raised in Canada, began her hairstyling career in the year 2000.

Soon after starting her apprenticeship program at an Aveda Salon, Ayla Nicole became very appreciative and passionate of the Aveda’s mission and saw the many opportunities that were available to her.

With a great deal of personal dedication, experience and ongoing education, Ayla Nicole realized that she truly could attain her dream of someday becoming a top hairstylist, day maker, educator and business owner. Her vision was to create an amazing environment and maximizing a great guest experience!

Ayla Nicole left home and moved to Vancouver, B.C. to pursue her goal of being the best she could be. In 2006, she graduated with honors from the one of highest recognized Aveda Academy in Canada.

Ayla Nicole excelled in hairstyling. A true believer in ongoing education, she became a Certified Educator/leader and an Aveda cutting Purefessional.

She began learning more about the Aveda Corporation and what it has to offer.

While instructing at the Gary Manuel Aveda Institute in Seattle, Ayla Nicole taught and led the editorial team which involved a great deal of organizational skills and multi-tasking in a fast paced environment!

She continued to mentor many students and other educators while learning the true value and benefits of teamwork .

Ayla Nicole continues to gain experience and understanding of the in-depth beauty industry and the business portion of Aveda. She attends management, business courses, seminars and conferences whenever possible. Networking with many other Aveda salon owners has proven to be very beneficial.

As their salon continues to grow, Ayla Nicole continuously takes every opportunity to educate and encourage her staff by communicating, setting new goals, mastering new skills and staying up to date on the latest trends such as hair colors, styles, cuts, hair extensions…


Ayla Nicole’s driving force is to create and allow guests to look and feel beautiful inside and out. She compares hair to a fingerprint…everyone is different and unique and deserves to be treated as such!

She loves texture, dimensional color, balayage, fashion colors and transformations!

Ayla Nicole takes the time to listen to your needs and wants, offers the Aveda relaxation rituals and enjoys introducing changes with the latest trends.

Ayla Nicole aims to please you with her magical skills!


Ayla Nicole’s mission as a stylist, educator and salon owner is to inspire every guest and staff with acts of kindness….Described as a day maker.

Ayla Nicole prides herself in maintaining the Aveda Mission as she thrives to continue building a strong team of highly qualified and dedicated stylists and staff. She continues pushing herself to maximize her potentials; as well as the team.

As their salon continues to grow, Salon Tagua continues to be involved within the community, promoting fundraising for the Aveda world events, and being part of the Green Circle program (recycling of hair, environment friendly environment ensuring less waste in the landfills).

Most importantly, Ayla’s greatest reward is when her guests enter their salon sensing the professional, relaxed, and personalized experience and depart with a feeling of beauty inside and out!

PASSION, BEAUTY, LOVE is what it’s all about at Salon Tagua!





Tori was born in Chehalis, Washington where she has lived all her life. She attended the Gary Manuel Aveda Institute in Seattle where she graduated in June of 2017. While at the Aveda Institute, Tori worked side by side with Derek and Ayla where they encouraged her to approach her career with strong education an emphasis on continually being the best version of herself while inspiring others to do the same. Tori strives to follow the various mission statements Aveda has set out by incorporating them into her day to day life as well as in her career. It is Tori’s mission to advance her knowledge in the industry while serving others to create the best possible version of themselves. One of her most desirable qualities is her ability to connect and empathize with everyone she encounters.


Tori’s mission is to bring her passion into her work everyday. Like Aveda, Tori will work on reducing her carbon foot print in the workplace and in her life outside the salon. Tori is eager to provide services to the community that simultaneously coincides with the goals of her and her team. She will strive to grow as a stylist and looks forward to continuing her education at Salon Tagua.




Born and raised in Washington, Nicole grew up in Lynnwood with her Mom, Dad and little sister. After high school Nicole worked in the restaurant business waitressing where she realized she enjoyed taking care of people but wanted something more one on one and creative. Her Mom suggested Cosmetology and she started her hair journey at Toni & Guy Hairdressing Academy. She graduated 2012 then found her love for Aveda after discovering their organic products, customizable color line and advanced education opportunities. Nicole found Tagua and knew she wanted to be apart of the team! She loves connecting with whoever is in her chair and giving them a cut and color they love! Whether it’s blended natural colors, bleach blondes or fun bright tones Nicole loves doing it all!


Mission: What Nicole loves about hair is how good it can make you feel! When your hair looks great you feel great. Nicole loves being able to give that to her clients. The technical approach and creativity is what Nicole’s passionate about! She strives to have every guest feel pampered while in the salon and feel beautiful leaving. She loves creating natural looks with highlighting, color glossing and balayage. She enjoys the challenge of a color correction and is also trained in hair extension application.

” This job is perfect for me, I never work a day!”



With 14 years of experience, since 2005, Ashley has known since a young age she wanted to get into the beauty industry. At 17 she simultaneously finished beauty school and highschool graduating with honors in both. At 18 she started a rigorous advance training program in at one of Seattle’s top Aveda salons. She then learned advances techniques in cutting, coloring, men’s cuts, balayage, extensions, Brazilian blow outs, and event styling. As Part of the bridal team, she participated in fashion shows, photoshoots, and onsite weddings. Ashley has taken classes with some of the top Aveda educators in the world, and continues to strive to bring new techniques to her guests. She holds several Aveda certifications and has spent 9 years helping educate and mentor newer stylists. She hopes to bring her experience to her guests at salon Tagua.


Ashley strives to be a very well rounded stylist, and loves to get her hands in every kind of hair. Easy to style well growing out styles are her favorite. She has certifications in Mens cutting and has always had a large mens clientele.
She also specializes in extensions and Brazilian blow outs where guests can improve the look of their natural hair and help in reaching their hair goals. Ashley is very personable and relatable and loves building a trusting relationship with all her guests. Building trust it is her favorite part of the job, being able to tailor your hair to your personality and life style. Book with Ashley for a style that will look good, and bring out all the best things about you.


Ashley wants you to feel comfortable in the chair, trust that you will leave feeling your very best inside and out. She loves creating solutions for all your hair struggles and making you routine and lifestyle easy and fun. She believes in making the world a better place with treating everyone with kindness, fairness and equality. Keeping our planet as clean as possible, if we all do our part to be sustainable we can create a better world for all of our futures.


I’m Sheridan, 23, plant mom and lover of individuality. I am an Aveda native from Minnesota. I love blondes, balayage, foils, fashion colors, fades and fun funky cuts. I love how I can change someone’s whole mood and outlook just by doing their hair and creating that space for them. Hair is one of the purest form of expression and I love bringing out the little things in everyone that makes them special and feel like their best selves.


gmai, Gary Manuel, grooming collective certification, NYFW stylist



Saddle up partner, because Caprica has the heart of a cowboy. Always “headed west” in search of room to spread their wings and manifest their dreams, that constant desire for continued growth, education, and refinement of their craft has led them to find their forever home at Salon Tagua – the best of Aveda that the Evergreen State has to offer.

It was quite the epic journey leading up to this point – Caprica always knew that if they were to choose ONE career, it had to be one where they could directly help other people. After graduating from high school in Snoqualmie, WA, Caprica moved to Seattle to study criminal justice with the goal of entering the FBI academy and “catching serial killers” (too many nights spent watching “X Files” perhaps). After two years of disillusionment, their classmates staged an intervention and demanded that Caprica follow their true passion – helping people feel at home in their own reflection by understanding them as people and tailoring their hair to compliment their truest selves!

To grow from custom cuts in the dorms, to precision shaping and tinting at a premier Aveda salon, Cap graduated from the Gary Manuel Aveda Institute in 2016, and further advanced their knowledge and career through Gary Manuel Salon’s internship program. Another few years were spent growing their business and establishing themself as Seattle Capitol Hill’s favorite multicolored “Hair Dad” at Salon Kismet! During this time they found their business was flourishing, but their cowboy heart told them to look again for a place where it wouldn’t simply be their business that was growing, but their career story as well – leading Cap to Salon Tagua as an obvious choice.


Rather than specializing in one look or another, Caprica’s talents lie in analysis and customization to create hyper-organic looks. They will take into account not only your hair dreams, but your hair texture, homecare and styling routine (Cap counts air drying as styling too), lifestyle, face shape, eye color and skin tone, to take your goals and suit them holistically to YOU!

Love geeking out as well? As an Aveda nerd for nearly a decade, Cap knows all there is to know about your favorite (or NEXT favorite) Aveda product – they will always consider your hair care and styling needs and recommend based off of what will help YOU achieve YOUR hair goals, things to make your morning routine easier – not harder. Caprica loves to give a good TED Talk, so sit back and enjoy the show, and leave knowing exactly how to care for your new style.

On Capitol Hill, they were known largely for their talent in sculpting customized craft shags, mullets, piecey French bobs and other unconventional rock and roll hairstyles. Their deepest love is for layering texture – from the lightest wave to the tightest curl – as the layers help to set your curls FREE! More volume, more bounce, more definition of curl and wave . . . the ritual of helping someone embrace their natural texture pattern is one of Caprica’s favorite practices.

Caprica built their Instagram following around hair color, and every tone they use is (as unnatural as it may be on human hair) inspired by nature in some way. When formulating their color combinations, Cap takes direction from different species of fine wood (mahogany, maple, birch…), animals (cheetahs, foxes, wolves, horses, your dog’s perfect chocolate-brown coat…), and stones or minerals (obsidian, garnet, tiger’s eye).

When working with Vivid fashion tones (colors that do not naturally appear in hair), Caprica continues to take cues from our planet’s original artist – Mama Nature. From precious gemstones to eye-catching flowers, butterflies to tropical birds and fish, sunsets and stormy skies, Caprica lives their life with eyes wide open to inspiration and beauty. Spend some time with Cap and you might just start going on hikes with your camera phone to look for hair inspiration rather than going on Pinterest!

Whether sculpture (cutting) or paint (color), Caprica is an artist with a vision of the future. They have a thriving imagination and will visualise/conceptualize your customized look – and with deft execution form vision into reality.

“Every block of stone has a statue inside it and
it is the task of the sculptor to discover it. . .
I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free.”

-Michelangelo Buonarroti, painter/sculptor


Caprica hasn’t met you yet, but they already love you! Our founder of Aveda, Horst Rechelbacher, said that “Love lights up the cells” and Caprica lives by this observation. Cap’s mission is always to “romance” your hair, listen to what it NEEDS, and teach your hair to THRIVE in its own innate beauty through artful use of blade and paint. Every change is a collaboration, a beautiful puzzle which you and Cap assemble together and with full consent. Hybridizing your goals with their own knowledge of shape, color, physics, chemistry, and light; Caprica strives to deliver hair that speaks in your own words, whether that speech is whispering, talking, talking loudly, or outright yelling, it is your own voice and your own strength and aesthetic that carries it.


Your Hair: Runway Ready. Like no-one else’s, your locks are customized to you exclusively, and you feel more “like yourself” than you ever have before. Your hair is no longer “wearing” you, YOU are wearing your hair; it suits you and elevates your own self-image. It feels soft to the touch, and healthy.

Your Head: filled with new knowledge you are empowered to care for your hair at home, keeping it looking and feeling salon-fresh until your next visit. Clear, and refreshed, you feel rejuvenated and ready to take on anything!

Your Heart: brimming with self-love, confidence, and the lingering grin after a laugh that won’t quit . . . we had fun together today and you can’t wait to schedule your next hair party with me. Your chest thumps as you look in the mirror as you think how comfortable in your own skin you feel, and how lucky you are to be YOU, and not anyone else in the world. And maybe, you even feel like you made a new friend today.

These are my goals for your time with me – I can’t wait to meet you!




Jasmine has travelled the United States most of her life. Now residing the North End of Washington, she wants to set an example that will help impact the planet we live in. Anything we can do helps because the rate we are going we will not have enough for the future generation. When she is not busy assisting others, you will find her playing her instruments. She enjoys playing guitar and the ukulele.

It is Jasmine’s mission to make your trip to the salon more than just another appointment, but a truly enjoyable experience. Jasmine is excited to grow and learn with Salon Tagua and cannot wait to help brighten your day!

Apprenticeships Starting Soon…

Please email us at for more details!