Beauty Pros

Bonnie Sullivan, Calgary Creekside

What salon do you work and and what is your role? How long have you been there?
I work at Calgary Creekside, I’m a master stylist so I spend my days doing clients hair, cut, colours and updos. I have been at Chatters for about 5 ½ years.

How did you learn about Chatters?
I worked for a US hair salon chain for about 5 years. When I moved to Calgary, a friend of mine who works at a Chatters salon in Red Deer recommended it to me. I applied, got hired and I have loved it ever since.

How did you choose your entry for the Dare to Hair competition?
My model travels a lot and loves the hot weather, so I wanted to give her something short and manageable for when she’s in the heat. I always pictured her with blonde hair, since she had natural hair when we started working together. I wanted to go for a colour that would be easy for her to maintain  and look amazing!

Would you recommend others enter salon competitions and if so, why?
Yes I would recommend  a competition like the Dare to Hair to other stylists. If you’re like me and have been doing hair for a while, you start to get into a routine. Dare to Hair offers a chance to challenge yourself and be creative with your work. Plus it’s always fun to see other people’s transformations.

When/how did you know you wanted to become a stylist?
After I finished high school, I didn’t know what I wanted to do but was always interested in hair. A co-​worker of mine at the time was in hair school and would tell me all about it. I knew it would be a good fit because it allows me to be creative and suits my hands-on learning style.

If you could give your younger self advice what would you say?
I would tell myself that hard work pays off. You don’t always have to worry about being fully booked because if you put in the work and try your best, clients will come.. so don’t stress about it.

Favorite couple of products?
I really like the Redken Extreme line for blondes or damaged hair it’s amazing. I also like the AG texture spray and dry shampoo.

Favorite style trend?
Right now i’m really liking the braided boho updos with waves. I do lots of vintage waves on my clients. I also like the shorter bangs that are coming back into style.

One of the best things about your job?
The people, my coworkers and clients, they make it a fun working environment.