PEABODY — Local hairstylist Stephanie Agneta will be working on some very special clients very soon: models at New York Fashion Week.
The 26-year-old Peabody resident is co-owner of Salon CC and has styled independent films, small TV shows and local residents throughout her career. Now she’ll be working on her biggest project yet.
“I love doing my hair and the people you meet,” Agneta said. “I’m so grateful for the internet because that’s how I got the opportunity to be at New York Fashion Week.”
The New York Fashion Week hair and makeup director messaged Agneta after spotting her work on Instagram. Following an interview, she asked Agneta to join a team of 30 other hairstylists who will be working on fashion shows in the Big Apple from September 9-14.
Agneta will primarily do ponytails, beach waves, and other looks that fit the summer aesthetic of designer clothes. Often they will be very simple to better show the fashion.
She hopes to be invited back to the next New York Fashion Week in February.
“This week is more of an edgy style,” Agneta said. “It’s more that dramatic and artistic look, which I like, especially the sculpting.”
Agneta began her career in the cosmetology program at Peabody Veterans Memorial High School. After graduating in 2014, she and her mother, Rochelle Agneta, opened Salon CC.
Rochelle Agneta is not a hairdresser herself. She originally owned an oil company which she started from scratch, but always dreamed of owning a spa. When her daughter finished her cosmetology program at Peabody High, she went back to school to learn how to do her nails.
Eight years later, the salon and spa moved to a larger location at Mills 58 on Pulaski Street and now employs 18 stylists. In addition to doing hair and nails, Salon CC offers skin care, massage therapy, and spray tanning.
“It’s like a big family,” Rochelle Agneta said. “I really love what I do and I love having something to add.”
Her daughter has built a large following, she says, and if she has to leave home for bigger opportunities, so be it.
“I hate to see her venture out to the point of leaving me and moving to California, but if that’s what it is, it will be,” she said. “But I’m very excited. And I’m so proud of her. She’s done more in eight years than I’ve seen some of our girls in 30 years.
Stephanie Agneta’s experience includes apprenticeship as a hairstylist on the television series “The Old Man,” which stars Jeff Bridges and was released this summer. She also works as a hairstylist for a film that Endicott College graduate students filmed before the pandemic began.
“There are so many other paths that hairdressers can take, and I think when people come in they just think about getting their license and getting behind the chair and taking clients 12 hours a day, six days per week,” she said.
“You’re still on the grind,” she continued. “So when you have the opportunity to work on stage or behind the scenes or for small indie films and TV shows doing hair and makeup, it’s really cool to be a part of it and see the whole situation at the end.”