The Hair Lounge helps women find their inner and outer beauty by offering much more than a hairstyle.

“I am so proud to call these strong, professional, independent women my coworkers,” says Dawn Bittorf, who works at The Hair Lounge.

“Wendy (Bates, owner) has been open for 11 years and the longest employee has been with her for 10 years with the others being there nearly as long. That just goes to show the support and great work environment we have here at The Hair Lounge.”

Bates says it is a goal of hers to help women become ‘strong, independent and successful’ both as her employees and her clients.

She also gives back to the community in a big way by hosting events such as $10 Hair Cut Day that has raised more than $40,000 for the Snack Attack program, while providing affordable haircuts for kids as they go back to school.

The Hair Lounge has also been involved in initiatives that have raised $20,000 for Airdrie Food Bank and the health foundation.

Bates has been a Rotarian for 10 years, sits on the Boys and Girls Club board and was a member of the food bank board for four years.

“Our motto at The Hair Lounge is to ‘support a community, that supports us,’” says Bates.

“Supporting our community has always been a big part of our culture.”