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Essensuals London is a new innovative salon concept from the highly acclaimed TONI&GUY London, providing the ultimate hairdressing experience. Our state of the art salon is located amongst Cherry Hill Mall’s high-end designer boutiques and offers the latest in quality hairdressing, inspired by fashions leading British designers. We will be bring the best of British hair design and education to Cherry Hill Mall.

Amy McHugh
Owner & Creative Director

Amy started off her career with the company Toni & Guy UK at 17 years old as an assistant, where she completed a two year apprenticeship. From there she went on to finish her training in one of Toni & Guy’s prestigious academies in London. After being a stylist for two years, Amy & Darren went on to own their own Toni & Guy salon. In that time Amy was involved in education and also reached the finals of Wella Trend Vision. As salon owners, they won the Franchisee of the Year Award, which was a huge achievement in their first year. From there they came stateside to open Essensuals London which is still very much a part of the Toni & Guy UK brand. As well as being involved in the education of the staff, Amy became an ambassador for their product line Label m.

“The reason I have been with this company for 12 years, is that I strongly believe in the education we offer, we have been going strong as a company for 50 years now.”

“My love and my strength is definitely classic shapes. To me, there is nothing more satisfying than seeing something that is simple but beautifully executed. My other strength and love is women’s short hair; Looking at the shape of someone’s face and giving them a style that enhances their best features and brings their face to life.”

“Whenever I have a client in my chair, new or existing, their consultation is about their lifestyle, their daily routine at home, facial shape, hair texture and being realistic about what we can achieve. You will always be sent away with a style that looks as fabulous when you do it at home, and not just on the day you walk out of the salon. I love not only educating my staff, but also educating my clients with my expertise.”

Nilda Ramos
Manager & Educator

Discovering her passion at a young age enabled Nilda to become the seasoned, talented stylist she is today. Before joining the Essensuals London team, she was mentored by Milan Frusone, whom she owes a great deal of her technical awareness and professionalism to. Her work speaks for itself and has been rewarded with the prestigious recognition she constantly receives from the community. Nilda has always made it a priority to continuously grow in her career and that has led her to become Creative Director at Essensuals London.

Education is very important to her and keeps her up to date with today’s styles and trends. Nilda has been educated by the industry’s most talented, Label. M International Art Directors. Her training includes Toni and Guys hair cutting, educated on Label M. product knowledge, along with a Creative Cutting class taught up close and personal by the International Art Directing team. She was chosen to work with the Label.m Session team at New York Fashion Week for Mara Hoffman. Where the session team was named among the top 10. Nilda recently has had the opportunity to travel to Chicago for a Label.m product knowledge and styling class. Where she learned about new products as well as new cutting and styling techniques. She specializes in exquisite bridal hair and make-up. Nilda genuinely aspires to make each and every one of her clients feel glamorous and radiant.

HOLLY WILCOX
Master Colorist & Technical Educator, Color

Holly has been apart of our team since the beginning. She was retrained in the TONI&GUY Future Classics by Amy and Darren McHugh who continuously educate her along with the other team members. In addition to working with Goldwell for 10+ years she is also Certified in Perfectress hair extensions, Goldwell Kerasilk smoothing treatment, and Keratin Complex. She has received her Goldwell Master Colorist Certification by attended NY, Santa Monica and Baltimore Goldwell Academies.

Holly is constantly challenging herself to stay up to date with the newest up and coming trends by educating her self and participating in New York Fashion week, working along side Label.m Artistic Directors and the Label.m Session team for Designers such as: Daniel Silverstain, Chris Galinas and Mara Hoffman. In 2015 with the Label.m Session Team Holly had the pleasure of meeting and working with Toni Mascolo.

Terry Ellis
Style Director

Terry Ellis joins the team at Essensuals London, Cherry Hill as a Style Director. An expert in both styling and hair color, Terry is able to provide clients with a complete experience from start to finish. Though he specializes in ethnic hair, Terry provides clients of all hair types with his trademark wit and wisdom, which he gleaned during a childhood split between Southern New Jersey, New York and Germany. Terry studied at both Rizzieri Aveda Beauty School and Johnson & Wales University, where he earned a degree in Fashion Marketing & Merchandising. This allows him to pursue a holistic approach with his clients, taking into account the client’s fashion persona when suggesting hair styles and solutions.

Lauren Cuff
Style Director

Casey Alessandro
Color Technician