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.
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.
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!
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.”