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Megan Brennan

By the age of fifteen I knew I wanted to be a hairdresser. My first job was at a local salon in Cushing Square, Belmont, and I knew I was exactly where I belonged. I worked there through high school shampooing, answering the phone, and occasionally mixing a color or blow-drying a client. I loved everything about working in a salon, especially seeing clients walking out, looking and feeling great. I enrolled in hair school as soon as I graduated from high school and continued working at the salon on evenings and Saturdays. In 1999, a stylist I worked with opened Essentials and I followed her there without a second thought. It was so exciting to be involved in opening a new salon and I was hooked! A few years later, in the summer of 2008, she approached me to purchase Essentials. Again, without a second thought, I jumped at the chance.  I had known for years I wanted my own salon. I bought Essentials in September of 2008 and immediately began planning when I would move back to Cushing Square and own the salon of my dreams. Finally, in October of 2011, my vision came to fruition. I moved Essentials back to Cushing Square. 

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Deidre Allegro

Started her career in 2006. Her love for the beauty industry is driven by a deep passion to make her clients look and feel their best. Deidre believes it is the client’s individuality that dictates the personal style of their end look. Not only does she get to create behind the chair but has also traveled the country as an Artistic Educator for Joico International.
Her passion for color led her to specialize in Balayage and Free Hand Painting techniques earning her certification by the L’Oreal Institute in NYC. She can also be spotted working alongside some of the most talented stylists in the industry. As she has been repeatedly requested to style hair for New York Fashion Week, most recently under Vivienne Mackinder. Although her passion is color, Deidre focuses on precision cutting and has a love for special occasion styling. With continued education, a thirst for always learning new techniques and an unparalleled ability to listen to her clients makes Deidre a valuable asset to the Essentials family.

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Lauren Gore

There is no wonder Lauren Gore has the ability to turn heads by creating timeless styles for her clients. With 20 years experience behind the chair and vast knowledge of various color lines, she’s been able to perfect formulas that reflect her clients individual personalities. 


Her passion started at a young age being enthralled in the excitement of clients through her mother’s salon. It all started there! And whether it be Balayage Technique, Foiling, One Process color or a mix she’s got the vision and experience to create timeless looking hair!

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Donna Campbell

With over 20 years of experience within the beauty world, starting her craft at a young age.  Being that the majority of her career has been in the Belmont area, Donna has become a staple within the local industry.  She feels that going to work isn’t “work”, she enjoys listening to her client’s hair concerns and offering helpful advice.  She strives to give her clients looks that they are able to manage at home and recreate her vision with ease.


Donna continues to attend education classes year-round to keep up with the latest trends.  She feels that the beauty industry is constantly evolving and it’s important to stay current.  Her secret to maintaining such a strong clientele over all of these years?  “Listen to your clients, value their opinions and never be afraid to suggest change.”

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Jessica Hilaire

Upon receiving her Bachelor's degree in Developmental and Neurological Psychology at Framingham State University, Jessica Hilaire quickly discovered that she also had a passion for the beauty industry. After graduating, she attended beauty school and has been actively passionate and committed to the industry ever since. 
Jessica is an education driven artist who thrives on trying new techniques. Some of the beautiful trends that she has created developed from being trained by and working with innovative companies such as Bumble & Bumble, Oribe/Luxury Brand Partners, and L'Oreal Professionnel. Jessica is currently a Balayage Certified Artist & Color Educator for L'Oreal Professionnel, and she plans to join their National Artistic Team for Balayage, learning from the Industry's best: Nancy Braun. 
Behind the chair, Jessica loves the art of Balayage, as well as corrective color! You'll also see her taking every day hair and transforming them into beautifully whimsical sculptures for a Prom or Wedding. In her free time, she works with CNBC as their freelance New England Artist.

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Liz Driscoll
Upon graduating with a Fashion degree in 2007, Elizabeth knew she wanted to further dive into the beauty industry.  Graduating Blaine Beauty School a year later, Elizabeth has been working in the Belmont area her whole career, becoming a household name.  Being in a competitive industry, Elizabeth strongly believes in continuing education to further her knowledge in cutting-edge styles and the latest color trends.  She strives to stay at the forefront of her field with knowledge of new products and services in order to provide dedicated service to her clientele. Elizabeth’s passion for the Hair Industry is shown through her work, certified in Joico & L’Oreal Professionnel color to help her specialize in her vast color knowledge .  Along with an eye for beautiful grey coverage, Elizabeth creates seamless dimension whether it be Foiling or Freehand Balayage.  She also has a strong love for textured cutting, long hairstyles, and special occasion hairstyling, including on-site wedding hair services.  Her distinguished consultations will help her execute hairstyle perfection, as well as referring products to maintain your look at home.

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Kristen Kulahlian

Kristen has had the opportunity to master her craft in Medical Esthetics and Make-Up Artistry by graduating Catherine Hinds Institute of Esthetics in 2004. Her love and passion of the beauty industry has pushed her to further her knowledge through continuing education not only through CHI but at the International Dermal Institute and the Institute de Epidermie as well. Her certified specialties include Customized Facials, Microdermabrasion, Chemical Peels, Lash Lifting, Tinting and Dermaplaning. She believes that education is the key to staying on top of this growing and ever changing industry.
Kristen is well known and sought after for her Brow expertise, for  shaping as well as "rehabbing" the brows. Her mantra is " Brows are the face". In 2013, she was acknowledged by Boston A-List for "Best Brow Shaping". Her creative ability has shown throughout the beauty industry and is not only limited to Esthetics, but also in special occasion makeup; focusing mainly on bridal. She takes pride in making her brides look and feel beautiful on their special day. Her work is inspired though advanced courses with M.A.C., Aveda, David Nicholas International, The Glam School and attended The Master Class with Mario Dedivanovic (modeling Kim Kardashian). Her bridal artistry was recently featured in 2018 Boston Voyager Magazine.

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