Kendra Vanden Dungen – Chatters Southpointe Common Red Deer

How long have you been a stylist at Chatters?
I’ve been here for 6 months.

How does  working at Chatters compare to your last job?
Being busy all the time is really awesome. If it’s not with clients, I spend time educating myself  and collaborating with other stylists. The support and encouragement shown from managers in salon and leaders  in the organization (Katie and Jesse), is something you can’t compare to other salons.

Why should someone come see you for a salon service?
There are 2 favorite parts of my job. One is connecting, meeting and getting to know clients. The other is working with hair. I love what I do and love who I do it with. Working at Chatters is not just a job for me, it’s my favorite thing to do.

Tell us a couple of  your favorite products or product lines?
I truly love Redken and  AG Hair products.

Do you have any hidden talents?
It’s not really a hidden talent but I am pretty good at making fun of myself. I don’t take myself too seriously.

Has anyone been like a mentor to you in your career?
Katie at our salon is someone I look up to and I also really fine Celene Dupuis to be amazing. She’s right up my alley.

What made you want to come work at Chatters?
I’ve always been drawn to how Chatters held a high reputation in the community and across Canada. I wanted to be part of something big and knew for me that would be as a part of Chatters.

Do you have a personal philosophy?
I honestly believe that everything happens for a reason. And its part of why I ended up here at Chatters. I think this applies for the hair industry and life itself too. Trust the process and when you do, beautiful things will happen.

Describe one of your favorite styles to create.
I am the balayage obsessed lady. I could do every day, all day.

What do you like to do on a day off?
I live to spend time with my family, my friends and my dog. I also like shopping.

What’s on your bucket list:
 I would like to go to the Redken Academy in NY. Learning from the incredible Redken stylists there would be a dream come true!!

What’s the best part of your job?
That’s easy. When I see people walking out of the salon feeling amazing, that feels good. Same with when they get up and say “that’s perfect”.  Some guests come in and are feeling down on themselves, but when they leave they have a different glow. The personal service awakens something inside of them and for me it’s very rewarding.

What are you passionate about as a creative professional?
I’d say the freedom and being able to celebrate the diversity of everyone. In the salon we often see that there are so many different ways to get to the same point, same end results. That is one of the greatest things about this industry – nobody is the same and that’s how it should be.

What would you say to someone asking for advice about becoming a salon professional?
I’d say do it. It’s hard work but its rewarding and you can take a lot away from it. Being in this role gives you a glass half full perspective. You have to be the kind of person that is ready to go and take life by the horns. If that is you, this industry is for you.

We often hear stylists say coming to work is fun and it feels comfortable, like a family. What do you think of that?
It is a family because we all have each other’s back. I have grown to appreciate that about the salon. We are always asking advice from and learning from each other. Having a diverse team means you are surrounded by diverse strengths. We are all good about sharing that and we all want each other to succeed. We are very aware of each others strengths and embrace each others differences. I have never worked at a place like this. It’s so great to be excited to go to work every day.

How do you get pumped up to go to work every day?
I’m always on Instagram looking at hair celebrities and all the big names. I also know, before the day starts that I am going to see my loyal customers or I am going to meet someone new. There is no monotony.