Our Team


Chalyce Woods – Owner/Stylist/Barber

I’m Chalyce Woods owner and stylist at Embrace Salon and Menz Den 1 & 2. 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..






Jessica Laraway, stylist/esthetician

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.



Kristin Maidment, Esthetician

Kristin brings with her over 6 years experience.  She is born and raised in Jarvis, Ontario and always knew she wanted to make people feel pretty.  She is extremely passionate about what she does and has the utmost pride in her work.  She is highly trained in Dermalogica, which includes all your skin care and face mapping needs.


Hayleigh Gingras, Junior stylist

Hayleigh is 19 years old and was born and raised in Simcoe.  She has known since she was  a little girl, playing with her mom’s hair, that she wanted to be a stylist.  She is creative and always thinking of creative things to do.  It is defintely her passion to make others feel beautiful and confident in themselves.  She is beyond excited to have her career at Embrace/Menz Den.




Bethany Ayotte, Senior Stylist/Barber

Bethany is from the Simcoe area but worked in London for many years before returning.  She has always had a passion for making people feel good about themselves.  She is happy to give the gift of good hair.  She is mastering her barbering skills on a regular basis by taking top of the line education.



Jen Barnes, Senior Stylist/Barber

Jen was born and raised in Norfolk County.  She has been licensed since 2009 and started her career in Kitchener, and then moved to the Rocky Mountains to specialize in wedding hair and makeup.  Jen loves education and continues to take classes to build her career.  She loves a natural blended look and is always open to new clients and challenges.  She is constantly researching what’s new in style and upgrading her tools to achieve any look.  She has bee educating herself to deliver new age barbering techniques and offers a wide selection of styles and shaves.


Sierra Dierrick, Junior Stylist

Sierra recently graduated from Fanshawe College for Hairstyling.  Hair has been a passion of hers for many years.  I will continue to expand my skills with lots of education.  I am excited to be a part of the Embrace team and I can’t wait to meet all of the existing clientele and new clients that are coming into our beautiful salon.


Valiant, Barber

Valiant is American born, but proud to be newly Canadian.  The Valiant Barber brings modern barber training and philosophy to his craft.  Whether it’s classic cuts, contemporary fades, or cutting edge styles.  All his services come with advice and guidance that are individual to the client, including how to style, and use of product.  In his chair, everyone is welcome regardless of color, age, gender, or hair texture.