Headmasters: Mary Brunetti

Twenty-four hours in the life of the celebrity hairstylist, salon owner and director of education at Sally Hershberger salon

6 a.m. I start off my day with a protein shake filled with antioxidants, berries and greens. 6:15 a.m. I answer my emails and organize what the day has in store before heading off to the stables. 7 a.m. Shortly after arriving, I get Pride, my dressage horse, ready for an hour-long ride. I try to do this every day to prepare for horseshow season—sure beats the gym! 9 a.m. Time for a daily phone call with the manager of my Westhampton, NY salon, Brunetti Hair & Beauty. Although I only see clients and train the staff one day a week, I have a great crew that treats the salon and guests as if both were their own—how blessed am I? 9:15 a.m. I take a quick shower so I can transition from my equestrienne garb and look more like a hairstylist. 11 a.m. I arrive at Q Management in SoHo for a model casting for my spring 2014 collection, then arrange a storyboard with selected models’ headshots. 1 p.m. I quickly run to Sally Hershberger Downtown to teach my weekly class. Normally this occurs at night, but I adjusted my schedule to accommodate a limited-engagement Broadway show I’m working on with Bette Midler. That means for the next three months, I won’t have any days off, because Thursday—the day when the theater is closed—also happens to be when I’m slated to work in my Westhampton salon. It’s a good thing I love what I do! 4 p.m. I take a late lunch at my favorite New York City restaurant in the West Village, Pizzetteria Brunetti, which also happens to be my husband’s Neapolitan pizza and wine bar. Yum! 5:30 p.m. I grab a cab and arrive at the Booth Theatre to start Bette’s wigs for I’ll Eat You Last, a play in which she portrays Hollywood’s first super-agent, Sue Mengers. 7 p.m. I wrap Bette’s hair and pin on a wig. While she’s performing, I get a game plan together for the hair I’m creating for her new album, It’s The Girls. 9:45 p.m. After removing Bette’s wig, I prep for the next day’s performance. 10:30 p.m. I head back home, rest my brain and snuggle with my hubby—he’s the most patient man in the world!
✂ As told to Kelley Donahue

Photography: Courtesy of Mary Brunetti

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