For some people, finding an enjoyable and viable trade means a life of independence.
Janine Plunkett works as a beautician in Sebastiano Hair Studio in Southside Mall. She has been cutting, coloring and styling hair in New York for more than 20 years.
A native of Long Island, Plunkett received her license in cosmetology in high school.
“It was great,” Plunkett said. “I was cutting all of the football players’ hair. I loved it.”
After high school Plunkett set out to build a reputation as a hair stylist in Merrick. She worked hard and attained many of the status items her Long Island friends and neighbors had acquired.
And then Plunkett went through a difficult divorce.
“I moved up here in 2007,” Plunkett said. “I didn’t have much, but I had my license. I knew I would be okay.”
In the past six years, Plunkett has built a reputation as an honest, innovative and precise stylist. She manages Sebastiano Hair Studio and often has a full day of appointments booked.
Jessica Pidgeon is a faithful customer.
“She always does my hair,” Pidgeon said. “She always gives me the style I want, even if I don’t know exactly what I want when I come in. I am always changing my hair.”
For those who want to keep a fresh and modern look, Plunkett suggests changing hairstyles in the spring and in the fall.
“It is nice to lighten up for the summer, and then let the sun do the rest,” Plunkett said. “I like to do a darker touch up in the fall. It keeps it fresh.”
As a committed stylist, Plunkett said she continues to update her education with online classes, seminars and literature. There are often new products, colors and hair style trends that a savvy beautician needs to know.