Passion. Innovation. Leadership.
For Darlene Crnkovic, these principles are not business aspirations; they are simply a way of life.
As owner and master stylist at the multi award-winning Calgary salon dk envy, Crnkovic leads a team of industry trendsetters with more than 16 years worth of satisfied and wowed clientele.
Daughter of a 30-year stylist veteran, Dar—as she is fondly called by clients— graduated from Delmar Hair College at 20. An apprenticeship at Mirada Salon gave way to a career rise at Eveline Charles, where loyal regulars prompted the opening of her first home-based salon in 2004.
But the dream was bigger…
Reaching capacity quickly encouraged Crnkovic to open her first 1000 sq. ft. retail salon: dk envy was unleashed upon the un-coiffed masses! Loyal clients’ word of mouth gave way to new clients, with Dar’s fresh take and innovative techniques driving the business even further—almost sidelining her in the process. A collapsed wrist meant surgery, with a prognosis against ever doing hair professionally again. Lucky for YYC, Crnkovic recovered, and the rest, as they say, is shear history.
An ever-growing clientele base saw the need for an even bigger space to accommodate demand. The second and current incarnation of dk envy opened it’s doors in 2008, with more than 1900 square feet of chic urban-inspired digs, always awash in buzz and excitement. Now mentoring a new generation of talents in the process, Dar prides herself on continuously keeping abreast of trends and techniques, with industry education the crux of staying atop her craft.
Success has also given rise to dk envy’s desire to give back. Participation in the community within which it serves has seen the support of local charities such as The Mother’s Day Run & Walk, Locks of Love, and countless community sports teams and organizations.
More than 15 years of industry training. Nearly 20 years of experience. Local, national and international recognition. An explosive force to be envy’d.
Training / Achievements / Awards
- Delmar College of Hair Design 1999
- Master Stylist
- Session Stylist
- Certified EasiHairPro Extension Specialist
- Jane Iredale Certified MUA
- Inspiring Champions Business Graduate 15/16
- Sam McKnight Hair Mastered Graduate 2016
- Certified Environ Skin Care Expert
- Calgary’s Choice Best Salon 2012/13/14
- Calgary’s Choice 3rd Best Employer 2012/13
- Top Choice Award -Voted Top Choice Hair Salon in Calgary 2020, 2019
- Behind The Chair “ONESHOT” Finalist Updo 2015 -Mens Cut 2017-Curls 2017-Ombre 2017-Braids 2017 -Bobs/Lobs 2018 Shag 2019
- Trendsetter- L’Oréal Professionnel
- L’Oréal Color Trophy 07/08 & 16/17 1st in Alberta -Top 3 In Canada
- L’oréal Artistic Training “IT” Looks every Fall/Winter-Spring/Summer
- New York Fashion Week
- Top Hair Salon 2020/19