Who we are
MIKE CHACKO (HE/HIM)
Co-founder – My passion for hair was born more out of necessity than curiosity. When I was nine years old, a barber carelessly chopped off the sideburns I had been meticulously growing for months. From that point on, I took it upon myself and learned how to cut my own hair.
After finishing university and dabbling in the world of finance, an opportunity arose for me to learn to cut hair professionally, this time on other people. Now, years later, what started as a hobby has turned into a craft, and launching Freyja seemed like the natural next step.
When I’m not behind the chair, I’m busy sharing a moment with my wife, son, and my closest friends
EWELINA WNĘK (SHE/HER)
Co-founder - As a teenager in the 90’s, I was immersed in both grunge and rave culture. Inspired by these two worlds, my hair underwent a series of colour treatments and cuts.
During college, I experimented with many mediums while studying visual arts, but eventually gravitated towards hair. I was drawn in by the endless possibilities of playing with colour and texture, as well as the exciting pace of a busy salon. Well over a decade into my career as a stylist, I still love being creative and challenged by each head of hair.
Today, among many things, I am a mother who is primarily influenced by the philosophy of slow living. By co-founding Freyja, I am building an environment in which I can balance work and self-nourishment, with the goal of setting a new standard for our industry.
MATHIEU “SQUELETTE” RICHARD (HE/HIM)
By nature, I would consider myself to be a creative person. This creativity, coupled with my playful energy, made me well suited for hairdressing school 15 years ago. Since then, I have been cultivating my hair colouring prowess, and mastering various techniques, including creating natural looks, adding babylights, framing the face, balayage, and playing with beautiful tones of red and copper.
Beyond my professional career, I’m passionate about the finer things in life: food, DOGS, caffeine, YouTube, and Beyoncé . When I’m not working with hair, I feed my creative side through movies, art, 90’s culture, and music (I even played in a band for almost 10 years!). My overall life philosophy is to keep things fun and dynamic – an energy I try to bring to Freyja and my clients everyday.
HOLLIE FLASHMAN JARVIS (SHE/HER)
I have always gained satisfaction from caring for people, and it was this love, along with years of experimenting on my own hair as a teen, that sparked my interest in hairdressing 9 years ago. Combining these two along with my creativity couldn't be better.
I love to explore, both through my work and seeing the world. I spent the last year specializing in curls back home in the UK, and previously was in Melbourne where I discovered the shag/ mullet vibes! People energize me. I love listening, and creating beautiful, fun, individual hair.
Away from Freyja, I try to live a fun healthy life. I enjoy giving my time when I can, and living sustainably where possible. I express myself through my colourful wardrobe, and enjoy yoga, food, and a delicious IPA once in a while. I come from a mad English family, and they are the best!
LAURA KELLY (SHE/HER)
Old school glamour mixed with rock and roll grit.
I’ve always been a deeply tactile person. From a degree in glass blowing to years as a burlesque costume maker and now a hairstylist- my driving creative force has always been sculptural. I approach hair with the same creativity and joy in experimentation.
I want to create a space for my clients to explore their image of themselves and bring out their most authentic, brave and babely self. Modern takes on classic cuts, vivid colour, sun kissed natural looks and even modern bridal/ updos - I’m your girl.
I like to laugh. If you run into me on the sidewalk I’m probably tripping over myself while grinning at your dog, spilling the massive coffee in my hand. Oh, and I can’t wait to meet you!
JESSICA DALTERIO (SHE/HER)
I have been in the hairstyling industry for over 10 years. I have a passion for bobs: straight lines bring me joy. I also specialize in fine hair and short hair. And shags hold a special place in my heart.
I consider myself an artist. I love to create with my hands. And I have a good eye for details.
Looking forward to creating with you soon!
VALÉRIE PROULX (SHE/HER)
I'm clumsy, artsy and quite funny. There's no limit to what I'll drop : my comb, a majestic hair transfo or the next best dad joke !
I see myself as a geeky/creative person. I like doing hair, but I’m also into the science behind all of it. Seriously, I will make you nap by explaining how H202 affects the structure of your hair while lightening it.
I like to get to know my clients and share good conversations with them. I have a crazy (scary) good memory ! I will remember what you cooked for your brother in-law’s graduation party. But I can also provide silent services for those who would rather just enjoy a quiet time. You can mention it while booking.
I'm a vegan bass player, a clean freak Beatles’ fan, a bookworm plant lover (see what I did here ?) and a crazy caring dog lady (for real, you should see my Christmas cards).
I love everything about my job, but I really enjoy doing babylights, blondes, hair extensions and vivid and crazy hair transformations. I really thrive when I see my clients smile with confidence after their appointment.
Oh, most importantly, my fav shade of light brown is "oat milk latte".
SARAH LE MASSON (SHE/HER)
Hairstyling has a special place in my heart. I owe my grandfather, who was himself a hairdresser, 100% of this passion and this need to contribute to the well-being of the community.
When I was young, I often listened to him sharing his vision and cutting techniques. I also still remember the perm smell that invaded the basement walls. I used to walk downstairs holding my nose to find my grandpa totally happy to practice, even retired, after 40 years of career.
Growing up, I have been very observant of other people hair and style. I’m fascinated by natural beauty and to enhance the form and texture authenticity of the hair.
I also have a master’s degree in sustainable development. Naturally, I got curious about Freyja Salon. A perfect mix of these two precious interests.
I’m always up to talk about environmental issues or responsible practices from all around the world.
I want to make a difference by contributing to the ecological transition while keeping this “joie de vivre” and this essential human contact!
CLARA ORTIZ MARIER (SHE/HER)
Shop Lead Associate
In September 2018, I had the great opportunity to come work with Ewelina and Mike. I’ve been part of the team since day one and I love my Freyja family. I take great pleasure in making sure the salon offers the best experience possible to both clients and employees. When I’m not at Freyja, I spend most of my time working with leather. I love crafting beautiful bags, accessories and objects, and would love to have my own brand of handmade leather goods one day.