Tanya Layton

Owner, operator, make up artist
and lead stylist

Tanya Layton, owner, operator, make up artist and lead stylist at Wabi Sabi Hair Artistry.

Tanya moved to London from Newfoundland where she originally went to school for barbering and cosmetology. When she settled in London in 97′ she updated her skills at Marvel Beauty School and has continued to strengthen her craft through Advanced AVEDA Academy courses. Tanya is an honors graduate of Make up Artistry from London’s Elegance Esthetics. Tanya is also a certified eyelash technician and certified sugar hair removal technician.

Tanya has made magic with her scissors since 1996 and specializes in curly and wavy hair.

You’ll love her down to earth personality and feel right at home in her gorgeous upscale downtown AVEDA salon.
When Tanya is not working, (quite rarely) you’ll find her enjoying life with her Husband/ Business Partner, Chris, their five Children and three fur babies!


Andrea Mendes graduated from Marvel here in London, Ontario in 2004 and has been creating beautiful and unique hair ever since. She is creative and original with a natural born talent for hair artistry and has a wealth of experience with the vibrant colours from Aveda. Andrea first fell in love with Aveda early in her career and believes so strongly in their products that she has been committed to studying and mastering their full product line and has become a source of knowledge at our salon for Aveda colours. Ever since joining Wabi Sabi in 2009, she has stayed current with new fashion trends and products, attending numerous colour, cutting and syling classes through Aveda and other organizations, specializing in ladies cuts and colours.

From the small age of three, Andrea’s family knew that hair styling was her calling, even her childhood cat received a one of a kind cut. “I love hair, I find it the perfect avenue for my creativity and love helping women see how beautiful they truly are!” When away from the salon you will find Andrea enjoying time with her beautiful family; husband Lionel, son Rui and their dog and cat. Andrea’s artistic nature doesn’t stop at hair, you may also find her painting a beautiful canvas or making another custom cake. You will enjoy her happy, fun loving, contagious personality and immediately feel comfortable and confident in Andrea’s ability to make you feel and look great!



Melissa was the first stylist hired at Wabi Sabi in 2008!! After graduating with honours from Devog Hair Academy she finished her apprenticeship under Tanya’s guidance. As well as doing hair Melissa also offers ear piercing and is a licensed Makeup Artist, graduating with honours in Makeup Artistry from Elegance in 2009. Melissa has continued to update her skills with numerous Aveda color, cutting, and makeup classes to stay in touch with all the latest trends.

Melissa has a caring, gentle and calm personality that offers an escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. She has a passion for bringing out the true beauty inside each and every one of her clients. When Melissa is away from the salon she can be found at home with her husband, doing crafts and baking with her beautiful daughter and playing with their monstrous Great Dane.



Alynn has been a licensed Hairstylist since 2009, She enjoys all aspects of the hair industry. She specializes in both men and women’s styling and colouring, But it doesn’t end there Alynn Also performs manicures, pedicures, waxing, ear piercing and make-up services as well, She truly believes everyone is beautiful and enjoys making everyone feel beautiful! Her warm and easy going demeanour will make anyone feel at ease. Alynn has completed many Aveda cut, colour, styling and make-up seminars. When Alynn is not at the salon, She can be found spending time with her 2 children Olivia and Owen and their 2 dogs. Alynn also enjoys reading, cooking classes, dancing, photography and being outdoors.



Susanna is going on Maternity leave and we wish her all the best!

Susanna is a licensed Esthetician who is now the newest addition to the Wabi Sabi family! Originally from the Niagara region, she graduated in 2009 from Niagara College and has been pampering clients ever since.

Susanna has a calm, friendly personality and wide range of Esthetic Experience in skin care, mani/pedis, sugaring and body treatments. You will feel that you are in good hands! Her passion is to ensure that every client is in total state of relaxion during every treatment.

When Susanna is not at the Spa, she is usually at home – either cooking or baking unique dishes and desserts. She also enjoys spending time with her new husband Said. 

Learn more at www.sugarmamaspa.com



Brittney is our newest member of the Wabi Sabi team and has been doing hair since 2005, completing advanced training through Aveda, Vidal Sassoon and Revlon.

She is very well educated in hair colouring, creating colour patters and multi-dimensional looks. In addition to colour, Brittney loves short hair cutting, men’s cuts and specializes in installing Great Lengths hair extensions. Brittney is looking forward to welcoming her previous guests as well as new guests into her chair here at Wabi Sabi.

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Cara Lee is a true artist, with a love of multiple mediums, making hair
artistry a wonderful, creative outlet and career choice. Cara graduated with
1st Class Honours from DeVoG Academy of Hair in 2004, and is certified in
colour correction.

Cara's favourite aspect of hair artistry is the unique pairing of both,
colour and cut, in order to accentuate her clients skin tone, eye-colour and
facial structure. She loves to create styles by way of sculpting, working in
tandem with the head shape and hair-type. She believes adding the finishing
touches after styling, helps to ensure her clients will look their best
until their next appointment. Cara also loves the intimate client-stylist
relationship and feels honoured to provide a welcoming, relaxed and secure
environment for her clients in her chair.

Her goal is to give her clients more than what they expect, to listen to
their needs, and deliver amazing results. She makes sure her clients are
able to repeat their look at home, by offering tips and techniques for home
styling and colour maintenance.

When Cara is not working, she enjoys time exploring her hometown with her
husband and three girls, taking photos, and making memories. She and her
husband love to sing together, write songs, and produce music. They love
long, downtown walks and short, southern Ontario road trips.



Jessica is a licensed Esthetician who is now the newest addition to the Wabi Sabi team! Originally a Huron a country girl from Exeter she graduated in 2011 from Lambton College and has been providing esthetic and make up services pampering clients ever since. Most recently with a certification in eyelash extensions. 

Jessica has a calm, friendly, outgoing personality and wide range of Esthetic Experience in skin care, mani/pedis, lash extensions, make up applications, body treatments and massage. You can have confidence in Jessica knowing you will leave the spa relaxed, refreshed and revived. 

When Jessica is not at the Spa, she can found spending time with her husband Matt and family, exploring the outdoors with her chocolate lab Scout or keeping up to date with her education continuing to keep sharp on  latest in beauty and esthetic trends to provide her clients. Jessica enjoys spending summer days with at the beach or checking out music festivals. 


Sarah Cookson

The Wabi Sabi team are delighted to introduce our talented new member, Sarah. Sarah is such an asset to our family as she is trained in both aesthetics and hairstyling. Upon receiving her aesthetic diploma from Fanshawe College in 2013, she directly moved to Kingston to attend hairstyling at St. Lawrence College.

This gal can do just about any service in the beauty industry! She is available full time and is very flexible to accommodate most any clientele. She continues to train and expand her knowledge in the cosmetic field and her services will soon be in high demand. Her sweet demeanour, and willingness to please will make this Miss Congeniality a favourite of guests here at Wabi Sabi and Sugar Mama Spa!

Leah Francis

After living in Toronto studying and working in the Fashion industry for ten years, Leah realized her love and passion for the hair industry.  

As a recent Beauty Academy graduate, Leah has found the pleasure of styling hair for editorial, fashion shows and weddings.  In addition to styling, Leah's main focus is utilizing colour techniques to create looks for clients that will enhance and compliment their individual style.  

Leah is definitely passionate about all aspects of fashion and hair, and loves sharing ideas to captivate a unique look for her clients through colour, and that perfect cut.