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Since age 12, Alina knew she wanted to be a stylist, a creator, and most of all, an artist. She started her career as a hairstylist at Jean Madeline Aveda Institute in Philadelphia in 2012. One year later, Alina had her first job at a barber shop. Soon after, she realized as challenging as men's cuts can be that she needed a bigger challenge to satisfy her desires as an artist. A year later, she started in a private salon. As an assistant she learned advanced cut & color techniques, as well as top services/treatments in the industry. Such services include extensions, Keratin treatments, Makeup artistry and much more. Alina even had the honor of doing the makeup for the Philly Phasion Phest fashion show. Now after several years in the industry and all the education she has received, Alina is able to go above and beyond for her clients. She loves everything this industry has to offer. From bold fashion colors to transformation haircuts, every client she sees will have an amazing experience as well as an excellent service. She thanks you for letting her make you fabulous!



Essentials Salon at Valley Square



Essentials Salon at Valley Square



Essentials Salon at Valley Square

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Essentials Salon at Valley Square



Emilie has been a part of our hair team at Essentials Salon and Day Spa since 2008. She discovered her passion for the industry and graduated from the Jean Madeline Aveda Institute in Philadelphia. She has an extensive list of qualifications and continues to take classes to foster a current and creative flair which guarantees her clients a personalized and uniquely rewarding experience. Emilie has developed a keen sense of passion and commitment to a completely satisfying experience for any client in her care.



Essentials Salon at Valley Square



Essentials Salon at Valley Square



Guy is a staple at Essentials Salon and Day Spa. He attended the first Aveda Congress in 1985, after which he returned and advised the whole salon on what he learned. In doing so, he prompted everyone to attend the following year. He loves attending advanced education all over the world and sharing this knowledge while inspiring others. He is very passionate about designing based on each guest’s individuals needs and life style. His guests love his passion and personality, as he always ensures a great experience.



Jessie has officially retired from doing hair.



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Kathy has been a hair stylist at Essentials Salon and Day Spa since 2003. She has attended classes presented by both the Aveda Academy and the Goldwell Academy. She continues to keep current in all phases of hair artistry. She also obtained her cosmetology teaching license and is certified in massage therapy. Kathy’s love for cutting and coloring hair started when she was nine years old. She is highly talented in her beautifully executed formal hair stylings. She enjoys working with a diversified clientele with whom she has in depth conversations all while sharing each other’s happiness.



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Kristen has always been passionate about the beauty industry since a young age. She earned her cosmetology license in 2019 at Western Montgomery Career and Technology Center. The things that she finds so rewarding in the hair industry are making people look and feel good. Kristen joined the team at Essentials in 2020 and offers all forms of color, highlights and precision cuts. To keep current she attends weekly training classes as well as participates in advanced classes outside the salon.



Lillian knew at a young age that she wanted to work in the beauty industry. She attended the cosmetology program at Western Montgomery Career and Technology Center in 2016. She graduated the program in 2018 and got her Cosmetology license. Lillian joined the Essentials Salon and Day Spa team in 2020. She specializes in all types of hair color and has a strong passion for it. Overall she really enjoys everything she offers to her clients. She is always ready to further her education. She attends numerous continuing-Ed classes each year so she can be knowledgeable of the best and healthiest technique to use. Lillian strives to make every client feel their best when they leave her chair.

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Nicky has been with the Essentials Salon and Day Spa team since 2019. She started out her career as a stylist in Georgia, where she worked with a team for formal styling and makeup in The Walk Fashion Show. Nicky has attended Advanced Aveda Education for hair color and precision cutting. She strives to always be committed to furthering her education and expertise by keeping up with the latest trends, including balayage and blonding techniques. She truly believes that while she cannot change someone's life circumstances, she knows that she can change the way that they feel when they are in her chair. Whether it's a transformation to a new style, makeup to enhance who they are, or an experience to enrich their lives. She knows that she became a stylist to make an impact.



Essentials Salon at Valley Square



Essentials Salon at Valley Square

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Sue has been a staple with the Essentials Salon and Day Spa family since its beginning. She continues to take classes provided by Aveda Advanced education to further her knowledge and master her craft even more. She specializes in highlighting and short hair cutting techniques. She is passionate about her clientele and strives to provide the best possible experience. Sue has a creative eye and takes great pride in her work.

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Tila started in the beauty industry in 2008 after receiving her education from beauty school in Florence Italy. She has been with the Essentials team since 2014. She has remained current in the latest hair styling trends and loves to attend advanced education classes with Aveda. She specializes in fancy blow outs, curly hair, coloring, up-do’s, and make-up applications. She loves bringing out the inner beauty in all her guests and loves to make them feel special on a day to day basis.



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