Changing the way hair is done.

About Us

The Stag House Story.

A passion for barbering and a knack for people. It was less than three years before they started to encounter full books, daily. They spent their spare time together, marketing themselves, mixing and mingling with locals within Bergen County, NJ and in turn, acquired a strong, loyal following of men that supported their every move.

They decided to bring their book, and purchased Salon Salon Rocks in Glen Rock, NJ. With this space, they split it down the middle to accommodate the loyal clients the previous salon was experiencing, as well as their own.

Stag and its counterpart, Doe.Tique, immersed themselves in local flavor, carrying products from New Jersey and New York, as well as hosting events after hours. Through the support of their staff and clients, Stag is already on its way to becoming a Bergen County cornerstone.

Rachel

Rachel Israel

Owner

While going to college to become a dental hygienist, the beauty industry was in the back of my mind. I knew I had a passion for it because of the many hours I’d spend playing with both doll hair and friends’ hair, so I left college and enrolled in Cosmetology School. While learning the rope and taking classes, the barbershop side sparked my interest. This is where I met Christine. Together, we attended seminars, classes, barber battles, and began to mix and mingle with Bergen County locals. Co-owning Stag has given me a chance to not only pass on my knowledge, but to continue learning as well.

Fun Fact: Rachel, although born in America, was raised in the Netherlands. She is fluent in Dutch.

Christine

Christine Modica

Owner

I began beauty school in 2004 right out of high school. I was at a full-service salon for six years, during which I went into salon management before I was 21. I attended a hair convention in Italy, and felt as though I needed something new afterwards. I began Barbering. The last few years of my career have been dedicated to the art of barbering. I managed Chateau Gentlemen’s Quarters for a few years, and met Rachel there. Ownership was the logical next step for us. I love managing, and developing barbers. Stag has become my biggest obstacle, accomplishment and reward all together.

Fun Fact: Christine originally went to Cosmetology School intending to put herself through school for journalism. She now writes for Talk of the Town Magazine!

Gwen

Gwen Roos

After High school, I enrolled in Johnson & Wales University to learn the culinary arts. While styling a good friends’ hair after class, I announced that if I weren’t going to become a chef, a hairstylist would be my second best choice. Little did I know that a year later, I’d decide that becoming a cosmetologist WAS the best choice! I enrolled in Parisian in 2011 and began my career at a salon for the next four years. I decided I needed something a bit more well-rounded and joined the team at Stag House, and I’m so happy to have made that life change. Things came full circle, as they do, and that same college friend was my first client behind the chair here. I’m excited to broaden my knowledge in this industry. I couldn’t be happier to be at such a wonderful place!

Fun Fact: Gwen is a passionate traveler and has seen parts of America, Europe, Southeast Asia, and much more to come!

Kevin

Kevin Modica

I began my journey in this industry after watching my sister acquire a sustainable and happy career in the field. I enrolled in Capri Institute in Paramus in 2010, and wanted to learn absolutely everything. Influenced by her, I detoured from full cosmetology to strictly barbering, and although Chris and I worked together briefly in Montclair, we professionally parted ways to hone our individual skills, only to rejoin one another at Stag House. I’ll never forget, when I was younger, my mother gave me money to go get a haircut, and being young and broke I decided to pocket it and allowed my friend to cut my hair. It was atrocious and so embarrassing it was then that I vowed to become the best barber possible, because nobody should have to walk around looking that appalling. I started with a small shop in my basement while I was still in school. My friends would come and get cleanups, haircuts and play Xbox. I had a pretty good thing going, but I wanted more. With the help of my mentors, educators, friends, and now clients, I found my place. Partnering up with Stag House is the best thing I could have done. Barbering is a true passion of mine, and applying it to the right place is exactly what I needed to excel, especially being able to grow with my sister and the whole Stag House crew.

Meghan Carroll

My career in cosmetology began in 2008, but my passion for it started way sooner. I was deeply inspired by my own stylist when I was in High School. The creativity in our industry drove me to get my license to do just that. Since then, I've focused my career on specializing in color, keratin, treatments, up do's, styling, specialty color services, restorative conditioning treatments, adn now, barbering. I have almost ten certifications and countless hours of classes to further my education and perfect my craft. Working in a salon was my childhood dream. I even would turn my bedroom into a salon as a kid and I can't say my mother loves being my client back then. Fast forward to more recent, I was desperate to find a salon to cell home. Stag House allows me to highlight my uniqueness, express my creativity, and continue to grow in my industry. I feel as though i am the best version of my professional self. I feel confident here and make it a point to reflect this onto my clients.

Fun fact: Meghan began college for photography and graphic design at Antonelli Institute before finally becoming a cosmetologist.

Briana Johnson

I began cosmetology school at Capri in 2010, because I knew college just wasn’t in the cards for me. The beauty industry sparked my interest. I enrolled right after High School, and after enduring less than quality haircuts from my mom at home for most of my life, I was determined to learn as much as I possibly could. I took a variety of jobs at both barbershops and salons before landing at Stag House in 2018, and I’m so glad I did. The first few jobs I accepted after school made me feel like I had to choose only one route. At Stag, I’m able to offer both salon and barbering services, and I’m relieved that I didn’t have to choose just one type of atmosphere to spend my work days. I now proudly offer all services and really enjoy doing anything behind the chair, though I’m partial to men’s cuts and women’s color, but I especially love doing on-location special occasion events like wedding, where I can service either the bride for some updo’s, or the groom for a clean shave before he hits the isle. I find that my career has become both fun as well as productive and structured, and I truly enjoy coming to work each day. I also like the products we offer here, as they’re cruelty free, paraben and sulfate free, but our own Stag House line has my heart.

Fun Fact: Briana has a very adaptable sense of humor, and can make just about anyone laugh.

Kelly McDonough

I remember sitting on the back of our couch when I was a toddler, playing with my mother’s hair, so naturally, I enrolled in Cosmetology School in 2018. This awesome industry has always had a strong hold on me. Once I moved on from our living room hair salon, I taught myself how to braid hair while in Elementary School. I remember the transition from simply braiding my friends’ hair, to being consciously aware of the importance of the structure of the braid. My work became cleaner, neater and tighter. It was a monumental lesson, since I knew no matter what I tried, I will always have the potential to grow and become better and better. By the time we were all supposed to be choosing our path for college while we were Juniors in High School, with the help guidance and support of my parents, I decided to head to Capri in Paramus, I was so thrilled to learn that I could create a career doing what I already absolutely loved. I dove into the beauty culture and grew even more interested in learning every bit of it. Although my passion remained for braiding and styling, I became interested in perfecting my craft in barbering as well. My favorite part of what I do is allowing my guests to feel. Whether it’s happy, relaxed, beautiful or refreshed, giving someone the gift of confidence is what drives me to be outstanding. Facials for men are especially gratifying for me because it allows my male guest to melt right into the barber chair, and turn off. Even if it's just for a short time. I’m glad I found Stag House to call home. I can offer all of my favorite services while growing and learning amongst like-minded, quirky, unique people who appreciate the industry like I do. I enjoy the personal relationships that are promoted at my job, and I very much enjoy building them!

Fun Fact: Kelly learned how to ride a motorcycle at age 18 and now owns a 1450cc Harley!

Courtney Alvarez

Courtney works part time at Stag House’s front desk, as she also owns and runs her own Counseling and Mental Health Center in Ho-Ho-Kus, New Jersey. When Courtney isn’t helping others at Wise Owl Therapy, she is helping us at Stag House stay organized and offers her positive energy to our guests as they check in and out. Courtney visited Stag House as a color guest, since she loved vibrant colors and we are the place to be for all things colorful! She loved our energy and creativity so much that when we opened our desk position, she excitedly applied and joined our team. She loves to allow us to play with her hair, and she’s been quite a few different colors since she joined us! (thanks, Courtney!) Ironically, her absolute favorite products include Evo’sTherapist shampoo and conditioner duo to keep her hair soft and shiny. She’s also taken a liking to Evo’s Water Killer Dry Shampoo, which we think is an asset to any woman working two jobs!

Fun fact: Courtney is also a licensed Clinical Social Worker, a Clinical Hypnotherapist and gained her Master’s Degree in Social Work.

Shawna Suter

Shawna has been doing hair since she completed high school, it seemingly was always in her spirit to make people smile and create works of art using color and the skill she’s mastered throughout the years. Ever since the day she got suspended from pre-school for cutting another kids hair under their desk, she dreamed of pursuing her passion of doing hair for a living. While she was working at a salon in New York City, she decided to become a Redken certified colorist, to further solidify her passion while spreading her knowledge of color to other eager colorists. Once Shawna felt as though her old salon was no longer the best fit for her, the unified energy and boho-chic allure of Stag House drew her in, and she’s been in our Stag family ever since. Shawna’s happy personality and self-assured professionalism in her specialties keep her guests happily returning time and time again. Shawna specializes in hair color, and has a knack for color corrections, as applying her knowledge of the color theory she’s learned along the way drives her creativity. Since beginning at Stag, Shawna has had an opportunity to fall in love with the art of barbering all over again.

Fun fact: Shawna is a competitive body-builder, and in her spare time, she just tries to keep up with her energetic dogs! ( although we are convinced those dogs are probably trying to keep up with her)

Krystal Affinito

Krystal graduated from Parisian Beauty Academy back in 2016 and she has been interested in Cosmetology arts and the versatile paths it offers since she was a little girl. Enrolling into Cosmetology School immediately following High School was a natural move for Krystal, since she is fluent in visual creativity and appreciates it in itself. She loves to create with fashion colors, and has a good eye for art. Krystal brings her edgy energy to Stag House, and enjoys being able to carry self-expression at our dynamic shop. Krystal has been cutting hair for a few years prior to joining us at Stag House, where she set the goal for herself to become more well-rounded in every facet of our fun and creative industry, and is excited to continue on her career path in her most perfect place! She is very outgoing and attentive to her guest's needs, and empathizes with many different types of people. In her free time she likes to express her creativity and dedicates time to fashion and poetry. Krystal loves Vintage and obscure aspects of art and fashion and that interest translates so well at Stag House. Krystal loves to cut hair, but also very much enjoys to perform color services for her guests.

Jess Cianci

Jess started Cosmetology school in 2017 at Parisian Beauty Academy in Hackensack. It came to her in middle school, where she easily and naturally became that friend who colored every one of her friends hair. Although she now specializes in barbering services, straight shaves being her favorite to perform, she also keeps to her roots and does some unique and original vivid and fantasy colors. (And everything in between) Expectedly, Jess enjoys reading and creating art, which attributes to her ability to carry a really good conversation. Once she decided to move to a different, new salon, she had one specific goal: to find a home offering the array of services she specializes in. Stag House became her home easily. Hybrid barber/salons are exactly where Jess needed to be so she could offer all of the services she loves to do. In her quest to perfect her skills, she went on to become a regional educator for Itely Hair Fashion with Useful Salon Solutions, and continues to seek education and grow.

Fun Fact: Sadly for Jess, she can’t enjoy our Holiday chocolates, she’s allergic!