Employee Spotlight

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Patty Drexler is a familiar face at our SE campus. She is a Financial Aid Administrator for Phagans SE, and is very much a part of our students academic life by helping them negotiate the task of funding their education. Patty is a champion for their success, and cares about each and every student past and present. Just a couple quick questions so you can learn a little more about Miss Drexler.

How long have you been at Phagans: I have been with Phagans for just over 16 years; 10 years with Phagans Tigard in October and 7 years with Phagans Clackamas in September.

What is your favorite thing about working at Phagans: I enjoy working with a great team that is dedicated to guide our students in their chosen profession.

What do you think makes a successful student at Phagans: Cosmetology is a combination of academics and hands on practical experience. Students who have the passion of the industry are the ones that will succeed. The Cosmetology industry is a fabulous way of life. There are so many opportunities available all over the world!

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Presidents Update with Barbara Climaldi

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We’ve decided to change up our newsletter to provide information in a way that coincides with our busy daily lives. Each month I will provide insight and keep you updated on what is new in our industry, the achievements of our students, and the successes of our graduates. We will also spotlight students, instructors and administrative staff at both locations as well as a few stories.

At Phagans, we are deep into the summer and preparing for a busy fall enrollment. You can feel the excitement on the clinic floor as many of our senior students are preparing for their final senior exams and completing their required lab operations and preparing to take their state board exams. This is an exciting time for our senior students, as they are on the cusp of becoming professionals in the beauty industry! We are so excited to send them off into the world to start their careers.

If you are a graduate or former student planning to return to school and need any help please feel free to contact us at Phagans. We always have something going on with regards to industry for our graduates, and can certainly help students that want to continue their education. We are here to help in your success any way we can!
For our customers, we will post monthly specials that can include both services and products to both the newsletter and the blog. We always want to hear feedback and comments for improvement, and if you have any suggestions, feel free to send me an email!

I hope this newsletter can create a conversation between students and clients with Phagan’s School of Hair Design.

Wishing you the best, Barbara

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Client service specials for August!

Our Client Service Specials for August at both Phagans location are as follows:

  • Deluxe Facial $10 – All Waxing 20% off – All Hair Cuts $5


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Save the Date: Diabetes Fundraiser to be Held July 23

ada-75th-anniversary-logo_247-horizOn Thursday, July 23, Phagans will hold a fundraiser for the American Diabetes Association at our NE location. We will provide haircuts and manicures for a minimum donation of $5 throughout the day with all proceeds to benefit the American Diabetes Association. The salon will open for extended hours –  5 a.m. to midnight. Please save the date on your calendar and plan to join us for this great cause!

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Who’s That Photo-Bombing Bombshell?


If you pay attention to the Phagans Facebook page, you will see one person, more than any other, end up in many of the photos. You can’t miss Miss Betty striking a pose with her hand on her hip and a leg pushed in front of her. But she’s  more than a pretty face and perpetual photo-bomber. Let’s get to know her:

Position and Number of Years at Phagans?

I have been with Phagans for 13 years and am a fully licensed instructor for both day and night classes. I mentor my students and let them job shadow me at JCPenny’s hair salon. I am the artistic team director at both campuses.

What’s your favorite thing about working at Phagans?

I love it when a student sets a goal, then I get to work with them to make it happen. I love watching them exceed their dreams!! Many of my past students are business owners. One is a celebrity makeup artist. Another is a hair stylist for the International Opera. Some are now educators themselves. I get to be a part of their journey and see their transformation, watching them grow their businesses! I take pride in that.

What do you think makes a successful Phagans student?

One word: PASSION!!!

Who’s your favorite stylist working in the Portland area?

I do not have ONE. I love all the stylists who take pride in themselves and the work they do. It’s all about making your clients feel beautiful!

How do you end up in so many of the photographs on Phagans’ Facebook page?

I spend a lot of my time volunteering at events such as the Rose Festival, Streaks for Strokes, Portland Fashion Show, America’s Next Top Model, and Mani’s for Grannies. I love giving back to the community and to the industry! This is not only my job and career it’s my passion and hobby!

Tell us about the pose you strike in the photos.

I am small in stature and am always photo ready. I stand tall with my head up and always stay positive!

What else would you like to add?

I am proud to be a hair stylist, mentor, instructor and a peer of all the successful stylists!

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Phagans Students Apply Streaks for Stroke Awareness

Streaks-For-StrokeOn Saturday, May 9, Phagans students set up at Clackamas Town Center for the Streaks for Stroke event, organized by Providence to highlight stroke awareness. For the third year in a row, students put colored streaks in people’s hair to help raise awareness for stroke prevention methods.

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Phagans Gives $14k in Scholarships to High School Seniors in Cosmetology

Phagans School of Hair Design gave $14,000 in scholarship funds to four students at the Sabin-Schellenberg Professional Technical Center in Clackamas on Monday, May 18.

Eligible students needed to be seniors with a 2015 graduation in the Sabin-Schellenberg cosmetology program.  To apply, students also needed to get a reference from a cosmetology instructor, then write a one page essay on, “Why I Want To Be A Cosmetologist.”

Phagans Owner, Barbara Climaldi, read each essay and picked the winners: Holly Richardson, $5,000; Shemika Claborne, $3,000; Diana Hernandez, $3,000; and Katelyn Kiker, $3,000. Phagans has been awarding scholarships with Sabin-Schellenberg students for 10 years.

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Anti-Aging Tips for Moms of Every Age

As Mother’s Day approaches, husbands, children, grandchildren, and well-wishers of all stripes are scurrying to find the perfect present for mom. For busy moms, Mother’s Day may be little more than a reminder of the steady march of time. If you’re anything like most moms, you’re probably sick of anti-aging tips that don’t work and products that fail. We’re ready to change all that, with your complete guide to Mother’s Day anti-aging by age. Whether you’re looking for a quick pick-me-up or a luxurious anti-aging treatment, we’ve got you covered.

Sylish-MomTwenties and Thirties

Many women in their twenties and thirties find themselves struggling with skin care’s two biggest evils: fine lines and acne. Unfortunately, the intense moisturization that can help prevent wrinkles often wreaks havoc on acne. The right daily routine, coupled with a few more intensive treatments here and there, can help you fight both—all while setting your skin up for a lifetime of glowing results.

Daily Routine

Wear sunscreen every day, even if you’re not going outside and even in the winter. To combat acne, try a mild salicylic acid solution, and make sure you take off your makeup every day. Be sure to moisturize every day with an oil-free face moisturizer. Need something a bit more dramatic? Ask your dermatologist about Tretinoin cream, which can combat both wrinkles and acne. For an intensive daily clean, consider using a sonic skin care brush like the one made by Clarisonic. You’ll get exfoliation and makeup removal with one simple tool, and many young women find that their skin responds beautifully to the change.

Extra Skin Pampering

There’s no substitute for a good facial, which will help keep your skin glowing and free of acne and wrinkles. If you find your skin is prone to irritation try an oatmeal-based mask or facial. And to keep your skin in tip-top shape, use a deep exfoliating treatment at least once a month.


During your forties, hormonal changes coupled with sun exposure and the wear and tear of everyday life start to leave your skin sapped for moisture. You may find that your skin is less resilient than it once did, and fine lines and wrinkles may slowly be overtaking your face.

Daily Routine

Use a moisturizer which contains hyaluronic acid. This important substance locks in moisture without adding oil, leaving your skin glowing—not looking like a grease slick. To ward off fine lines and wrinkles while combating the ones you have, select a wrinkle cream containing retinol. Retinol works wonders, but it also makes you more sensitive to sun exposure, so continue apply sunscreen every day.

Extra Skin Pampering

If you want to turn the clock back a few years and emerge with glowing skin, try a chemical peel or microdermabrasion. A home kit will get you decent results, but for the most dramatic effect, you’ll need to get a professional treatment.


The fifties are the time when the skin really starts to show its age. Not only can you expect more wrinkles; your skin will also be dry, especially if you’ve already gone through menopause.

Daily Routine

Keep your skin moisturized with a thick cream containing hyaluronic acid, and continue regular retinol treatments. Then up the ante by using an intensive night cream, in addition to your day cream. Notice dark spots? Skin brightening treatments really do work.

Extra Skin Pampering

A chemical peel removes the top layer of skin, leaving glowing flesh in its wake. For a more dramatic solution, though, now is the time to consider wrinkle fillers such as Botox.

Sixties and Beyond

In your sixties, your skin tells the story of how you’ve lived and how well you’ve cared for yourself. While dryness is a problem for almost all women, it still is possible to have beautiful skin well into your senior years.

Daily Routine

Rather than a traditional moisturizer, try a skin oil instead, and pair this daily treatment with a hefty dose of sunscreen. Continue to fight wrinkles with retinol, and stay out of the sun. The sun’s rays can quickly sap aging skin of its moisture.

Extra Skin Pampering

A deep moisturizing spa treatment rich in oatmeal and super-emollients can work wonders. But don’t forget about the way you live! Eating superfoods like pomegranate and avocado, drinking plenty of water, and getting at least eight hours of shuteye each night can mean the difference between dull skin and a glowing face.

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Q&A with Phagans Alumnae Samantha Borenheim

How did you get involved with Phagans?

Samantha-Borenheim3I got involved with Phagans back in May 2007 where I started in the admissions department in our Milwaukee campus, which later closed and turned into the Clackamas campus. I also worked at the Portland location for many years before attending school and for the full cosmetology program at the Clackamas location. I was with Phagans for many years and consider them family.

How do you think you have changed since being at Phagans?

In the almost decade I was with phagans, I have changed considerably. I had been through many personal life changes and phagans was always there along the way. … To help and encourage me. I was at Phagans for almost a third of my life.

What do you like doing most?

I love making people feel beautiful! I feel honored to change how someone views themself.
I also love doing runway & fashion shows. I like how the whole production is put together! I love making headpieces for runway shows and photoshoot, which is a new passion of mine. I love working with my clients at my day job at JCPenney. I love how JCPenney encourages their employees to be the best they can be. I love that they have training so I can continually grow.

What surprised you about beauty school?

I went from a very administrative position to starting beauty school and having to use my hand and eye coordination skills. Using a different part of my brain did not come easy. This cosmetology craft takes a lot of practice to develop! And you learn new things everyday.

What is your goal/dream now that you’ve graduated?

Now that I’ve graduated I create new goals every day and strive to be my best. I am so honored to be involved with Couve Couture and now Seattle Fashion Week. I am also the Director of Hair & Makeup for Desi Designs. And I just graduated in December 2014!!! But my journey has been many years in the making!! My dreams are coming true, but it wasn’t easy. You have to work for it every day and make it happen! It doesn’t come to you … you have to manifest it and make it happen!! I love what I do and wake up every day excited for what’s to come.

Sum up in one sentence what it means to be in the world of cosmetology.
Making people feel beautiful is my career … and I love what I do!!

Anything else?

I started off in the industry close to 20 years ago doing hair and makeup at Glamour Shot back in the 90’s and managed to salon in high school. Then I went in a very corporate direction, from Jenny Craig to the Better Business Bureau. I really feel like I finally found my home when I started with Phagans. It’s been an incredible experience!

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Primp for Prom: Do Up the Updos

As prom season gets into full swing, we wanted to give you look into what can help you stand out on your big day.

Updos Still In Vogue

UpdosWhether you like the messy look of a textured updo or the intricate geometry of a style full of braids, you’ll find an updo that can suit every taste. The students at Phagans practice updos constantly and can really come up with some cool styles. And we’re offering updos in our prom packages.

Nails That Won’t Fail

There are so many choices out there, it’s hard to go wrong provided your nail look matches your overall look. Phagans is offering a manicure with our prom packages this year so leave it to the experts to take care of you. Want some tips for your tips? Check out this Fashion Times article for some great ideas.

Dress to Thrill

You know what you like and in the Pacific Northwest almost anything goes, so go for it. Try a short backless dress, or channel your inner glamour-lover with a floor-length, backless gown. If you want some ideas, check this slideshow of 31 dresses.

What About the Guys?

We don’t want to alarm you, but you should know that the average guy on the West Coast is going to spend nearly $1,000 dollars on the big night. Transportation, dinner, flowers, clothes … the costs are going to add up so plan ahead.

Hair: Shameless plug here, but Phagans offers $8 haircuts every day. Tell your stylist you need something great for prom and he or she will set you up.

Clothes: Proms used to be about only tuxedos, but you know you can do almost anything these days provided you stay classy! One tip that might help is think about actually buying your black-tie outfit. A tailored jacket and pants will carry you far beyond the prom season and you can dress them up or down with changes in shirts, ties and accessories. The best part is you’ll be spending only a little more than a 24-hour tux rental and you’ll look fantastic. Remember, tailored!

Flowers: You don’t have to stick to the basic corsage. Start thinking about “The Great Gatsby” and find something different, something delicate, with orchids or spray roses and a touch of glamour such as wire accents. Find some inspiration on this Pinterest board, but remember that bigger isn’t always better.

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