Our Story

With a beautiful space, newly renovated, Essentials Salon provides a tranquil environment for genius creativity to emerge.

Our philosophy is to create a memorable experience for each guest through exceptional service and technical excellence.

Our talented and dedicated staff strive to provide the highest level of professionalism to each and every client, thereby building a long-lasting relationship of trust and commitment.


Talent: “Who We Are” 



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 couldn’t wait to get behind the chair!

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. Essentials Salon is a boutique salon that offers cutting edge styles in an elegant, comfortable setting.  Our stylists have the most up to date training and products to create the perfect style for every client.  Through continuing education and never settling for anything but the best, my team and I get to do what we love every day… Great Hair!




Deidre Dupont is a passionate hair designer with great skill and dedication to both her work and her clients.  Motivated by her love of the beauty industry and commitment to her loyal clients, Deidre continues to improve her craft through continuing education. Aside from styling beautiful hair for over 8 years, she works as a Joico/ISO and Beth Minardi Signature color educator.  While traveling from salon to salon, she spreads her passion and knowledge of the art of color to other stylists in and around the Northeast.

Having trained with the likes of Beth Minardi, George Papanikolas, Damien Carney and Sue Pemberton, Deidre learned the secret of providing clients with VIP treatment.  In short, you won't just look like a star, you'll feel like one too.  She specializes in Balayage and Ombré highlighting, the Brazilian Blowout treatment, and Platinum Seamless hair extensions.  Deidre also has a love for special occasion and bridal hair.  She believes it is the happiest day of a bride’s life and it makes all the difference in their special day by creating a fun environment and making you and your bridal party look and feel beautiful.




Approaching her Bachelor’s Degree in Developmental Psychology at Framingham State University, Jessica Feeley quickly discovered she had a passion for hair design.  After graduating she attended Blaine Beauty School and has been actively involved with the hair industry ever since.

Jessica is an education driven artist who thrives on trying new techniques and creating beautiful trend setting styles. After working with L'Oréal Professionnel as an Artistic Technical Team member, she acquired the specialty art of coloring and lightening hair by using Balayage and Ombré techniques.  Jessica has since worked with Bumble and Bumble as a Network Educator and acquired the skill of flawless Up-Hair styling. After working with Oribe Hair products in 2013, Jessica is actively pursuing a career on the Oribe Education and Styling Team.  In her free time she enjoys editorial and fashion work with models and photographers.

In 2008, Jessica participated in the 20th North American Hairstyling Awards, "This experience has inspired me as an artist by letting me transform every day hair into beautifully whimsical sculptures."




Upon graduating with a Fashion degree at Middlesex Community College in 2007, Elizabeth knew she wanted to further dive into the beauty industry.  Graduating Blaine Beauty School as a Licensed Hairstylist in 2008, Elizabeth has been working in the Belmont area her whole career.  Being in a competitive field, 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 excellent service to her clientele.

Elizabeth’s passion for the Hair Industry is shown through her work, by using Joico & L’Oreal Professionnel color to help her specialize in Ombre techniques, Foil Highlighting & low-lighting techniques, color correction, and grey coverage. She also has a strong passion 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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