Our Team

Chalyce Woods – Owner/Stylist

I’m Chalyce Woods owner and stylist at Embrace. I have been raised and continued to live in Waterford most of my life. I worked in both Simcoe and Brantford over my career as a stylist. When it was time for a family, I began to work out of my home in Waterford and raise my 2 children.  As my family & clientele grew I decided it was time to bring my dreams of opening a salon and spa in Waterford to fruition. Embrace Salon and Spa was a perfect fit for our town just as Waterford has been a perfect fit for my Family and I.

I have been a stylist since 1998. It has been all I wanted to do since I was a little girl.  I am very passionate about hair, I continue to learn new things every day and can’t wait to make people look beautiful for many years to come.

Embrace wants to bring a warm and friendly place with great service to our community.  We look forward to seeing you stop by..


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Alysha Sousa – Esthetician

Alysha is our full time esthetician.  She has been in the industry for 6 years and has always had a passion for beauty and skin care. She started as a shampoo girl for a co-op placement in a salon in Brantford and quickly realized this industry was for her. A year later she attended school for esthetics and got her certificate. Alysha then found her place here at Embrace.




Ashley Golding, Hairstylist

I grew up in the small village of Windham Center.  Hair has been my passion for as long as I can remember.  I began my career as a hairstylist’s assistant in a co-operative educational program.  I was also engaged in cosmetology courses.  From then on, I knew hairstyling was for me.  I enrolled in Voila Institue of Hair Design in Kitchener, ON.  I received my diploma in hairstyling as well as make up design.  Since then, I have taken many advanced courses to upgrade my talents.  I am a very creative, fun and outgoing person and continue to bring these traits into my profession every day.





Megan Manning

As long as I can remember I have wanted to become a hairstylist, it has always been a big passion of mine. I studied hairstyling at Voila Institute in Kitchener and received my diploma with honours. I have also extended my services into esthetics. I am a certified Esthetician performing manicures and pedicures for clients and certified with the Dermalogica Institute as a Dermalogica Technician. I am welcome new and existing clientele.




 Matt Wood

Growing up in the 80’s and 90’s when not a lot of men were cutting their hair short, Matt started going to barbershops getting cutting edge haircuts that left behind the mullets of the era to embark on the new styles of clipper cuts.  That is when his passion for hair started and he quickly took it upon himself to make his own alterations to his up and coming hair styles. After building quite the friendly clientele in high school, Matt went on to college to pursue different career paths but was eventually lead right back to his passion of hair.  Matt decided to finally pursue his dream and enrolled in Bruno’s School of Hair Design.  Now that he has graduated he is welcoming all new and existing clientele at Embrace!


Samantha Jollimore

Sam grew up in Waterford and currently resides in Brantford with her family. Sam studied hair and esthetics at Allanti School of Hairstyling in Brantford. She is inspired by latest trends  and  styles, while helping people feel the best they can. She is very career focused and challenges her self on a regular basis. Sam offers both men and women a variety of services including esthetic, hair, and hair removal. Sam is always looking to expand her clientele, whether you’re looking for a bold or classic style.



Jessica Laraway


Jessica and family reside in Port Dover and have always lived in Norfolk County.  Jessica has been doing hair and esthetics for many years.  She loves to stay up to date with the current trends and styles by continuing education on a regular basis.  She offers all aspects of hairstyling and shellac manicures and pedicures as well. She is welcoming all clientele.


Bethany Ayotte


Bethany has been working in London doing hair for the last 6 years.  She does all aspects of hairstyling and welcomes all clientele.  She currently resides in Norfolk County and enjoys visiting with her friends.