Mary Brunetti was NAHA’s Hairstylist of the Year in 1991 and is currently Director of Education for Sally Hershberger in New York City, and owner of Brunetti Hair Beauty in Westhampton Beach, New York.
MODERN SALON: Do you feel entering competitions is important to the growth of hairdressers?
Mary Brunetti: Competition, when viewed at the right perspective, can surge an enormous growth spurt in your career. It gets you to think totally out of the box and to go beyond yourself!
MS: Has your NAHA win inspired you to do more?
MB: It inspired me to pay it forward. One year after winning NAHA I wrote The Inside Track To NAHA, which for many years was the industry guidebook to putting together a winning entry. That was followed by the DVD How to Do a Successful Photo Shoot AND Win a NAHA. Helping stylists achieve their goals has become one of my passions.
MS: How do you assemble your team for photo shoots?
MB: I choose them according to their strengths. If I’m shooting a story that has a real edge to it, I look for edgy photographers and make-up artists and clothing stylists who aren’t afraid to take chances. If I’m shooting a story that is soft and romantic, I look for a crew who gets it.
MS: Which was your favorite entry?
MB: I loved my 1991 entry because it introduced something fresh to the hair industry, an editorial look at hair. Before that, hair shots were very “headshot” looking. Coming from my background as a freelance stylist for fashion magazines, I was able to marry that sensibility and help get a new trend started.
MS: What are you planning for the 2009 competition?
MB: I will be judging, as I have for the past 16 years! I never get tired of it.
For more NAHA, check out this article: 20 Years of NAHA.