THE roots

the woods hair salon's team/stylists were CAREFULLY CURATED by Owners/stylist tyler & Ashley smith. our goal was to create a strong rooted team that shares the same passion and values in the hair industry. A team that is CONSTANTLY striving to stay educated with the most up to date fashion styles and trends.

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Sarnia born Artist Tyler Smith has been working in the Hair Industry for 12 years. He started his career in Sarnia then moved to Waterloo, Ontario to step outside of his comfort zone; there he was trained by some amazing stylists, whom he worked alongside for the next 5 years. With Tyler living so close to Toronto he was able to attend many cutting and colouring seminars.  Tyler believes it is important to stay educated in this industry because it is always changing. Tyler enjoys all angles of his craft. Cutting, Colouring, Styling and Finishing. Opening The Woods has been a dream of his for many years. He is beyond excited that he gets to share his dream with his talented wife Ashley, the woods team and there clients. When Tyler is not in the Salon he is spending time with his wife and there two beautiful daughters Paris and Stella. Tyler also has been playing drums for 22 years. He plays for two local rock bands known as That Dirty Racket and The Faremones.




Ashley Smith has been a personal support worker for 9 years. Although her desire to help others has been her career she has many other passions. Her creative and artistic side has always given her the desire to be in the hair industry. She had dreams of opening her own salon, but life took her on another path, a path that lead her where she is. She is a wife to, owner, Tyler Smith and a mother to two amazing girls. Paris and Stella. Her life is her family. Her hobbies and passion is art. Taking one thing and making it another. She is ecstatic to work side by side with other artist providing an environment for them to grow in and for herself to learn from.




A professional hairstylist of 10 years, Tara is an artistic soul with an ever growing passion for the hair industry. With an aptitude for free hand colouring and up styling she loves to take on any creative challenge. Tara is committed to up to date education which she believes generates fresh inspiration. She has taken several advanced classes over the years which range from balayage and ombré to hair graffiti and straight razor shaves. She apprenticed in Toronto, Ontario and has worked for Aveda concept salons in Stratford, Ontario as well as in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Tara's love of hair and the salon life is apparent, you often hear her singing along with the radio or sharing a laugh with her clients! Her approachable nature, training and versatility allow her to easily connect with her clients and offer them a wide range of styles. Tara is excited and inspired by her friends on The Woods team who are as dedicated to their craft and forward thinking as she is. When not working, she is playing/listening to music, at the beach or spending time with her husband Jeff and two sons, Micah and Ari.



Cory has been in the industry for 2 years. His passion for creativity and artistry drove him from his former corporate career to find his true calling as a hairstylist. Cory's love of classic design and culture are ever present in his hairstyles that take a modern twist on timeless looks. He has invested much training and time into perfecting the art of barbering and men's styling, but is by no means a one dimensional stylist as his true passion lies in designing colour and style combinations for women with any hair type or length. Cory considers The Woods Hair Salon to be his home and his fellow stylists his family. Like all members of our team he prides himself on his commitment to continuing education and staying current on the industry's latest trends and styles. When not at the salon, Cory enjoys spending his time painting, creating music, getting tattooed and unwinding on his harley-davidson.


Meghan Kennedy


Meghan Kennedy has arrived into The Woods bringing her 18 plus years experience. Sharing education, always learning, always teaching clients how to maintain integrity, shape & style of their hair. Keeping them always looking & feeling fresh out of the salon. Being creative is deep rooted, when away from the salon Meghan shares her passion of creativity with her family through music, art & photography. Living a constant creative lifestyle fulfills her as a person & stylist. Meghan's experienced knowledge of hair & friendly nature always leaves an impression, a personnel experience where each client receives the full attention they deserve. Begin a relationship, have a tailor made consultation fit just for you.

abigail inkpen


Born and raised in Sarnia Ontario, Abigail is thrilled to be a part of the woods creative stylist team. From an early age, she had a strong passion for painting and visual arts. She explored hair a creative outlet and immediately felt at home. An inspiring career working with hair is the perfect compliment to her background in the fashion and beauty industry. Abigail has a passion for education and is always expanding upon her skills and searching for new inspiration. She loves the fast pace and busy environment at the Woods Hair Salon and is excited about a long career in the ever changing hair industry.


Julie lichty


Julie Lichty (the pink haired one) is excited to be starting her new career in the hair styling industry at the Woods. Having previous experience practicing colour & styling on herself, friends, & family… Julie is super excited to get her hands wet and finally start her journey in the hair industry.