It is our mission to help people feel great.

Meet our Ottawa hair stylists:

Alberto Hernandez, Stylist

Alberto Hernandez has been involved in the arts from a young age. His passion for design led him to train internationally as an architect, interior designer, photographer, and hair stylist. In Canada, Alberto pursued studies in interior design at Algonquin College and as a Hairstylist at Versailles Academy.


Alberto welcomes guests at Vespa Hair Design with a warm smile and big heart in both English and Spanish. He provides all cutting and colouring services.


In his spare time, he practices traditional Latin American dances, bringing joy to international and local cultural festivals.

Michael Vespa, Founder & Stylist

Michael is a master stylist and educator with more than 25 years of excellence in cutting and colouring. He grew up in the salon business and received his hairstyling diploma from the Bay of Quinte Academy of Hair Design in Belleville, Ontario. He is the third generation in this industry—both his great-uncle and father were barbers. 


After graduating, Michael spent eight years excelling as a top-performing stylist in several salons before opening Vespa Hair Design in 2003. He places a high value on the care of guests and staff and strives to instill that through standards and training. 


Michael studied under Martin Parsons, Vidal Sassoon Academy, Daniel Benoit, and has taken many other advanced cutting courses. He received   colour training from Davines Academy, Matrix Academy, L’Oreal Academy, Aveda Academy, Redken Academy, and Wella Academy. As an educator for Martin Parsons and later for Matrix, Michael spent twelve years training other stylists and demonstrated techniques and products at numerous national hair shows. 


Michael lives in Ottawa with his family.


Michael’s current clients may book with Michael online, by phone, or email. He is not currently accepting new clients.

Erika, Apprentice Stylist

Erika’s interest in hair developed at the age of 13 after she volunteered at a hair salon and fell in love with the industry. She received her hairstyling diploma from La Luna Academy in Guelph in July 2023. There, she received technical, leadership, and customer service training and practice.


Erika began working at Vespa Hair Design in February 2024 and is also pursuing a degree in Environmental Science at the University of Ottawa. Clients enjoy her bright and professional presence.


You can book Erika for treatments and styling services, as well as cuts and colour.

Maria, Salon Assistant

A long-time client and friend of Vespa Hair Design, Maria assists part-time at the salon. Her focus is on client service, scalp massage, and treatments.


As a communications professional and entrepreneur, she also manages the salon’s website, social media, and strives to improve and maintain efficient salon operations.


When she’s not consulting, editing books, or massaging heads, Maria enjoys partner dancing, creative pursuits, exercise, and Costa Rica.


Maria can be booked for treatments.


Join Our Expert Team

We seek and nurture team members who strive for continuous improvement in both care and quality. Our stylists are rewarded with a competitive salary, caring and supportive workplace environment, expert trainings, and ongoing coaching.