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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An Early Look at Prom Trends for 2015

We’re right at the beginning of prom season. Now’s the time to begin contemplating this year’s prom look, and there’s good news for early birds: start planning your look now, and you may find yourself saving a pretty penny before stores increase prices on prom-related goods. This season’s prom trends are all about mega-glamour in a wearable package.

Your Best Prom Hair Ever


An updo with complex braided accents is a good way to go for a stylish prom look.

This season, two distinct looks compete to win the hearts – and tresses – of prom-goers. On the one hand, distinctly undone locks continue to be everyone’s favorite option for subtle glamour and romance. To get the look, spray your hair with a texturizing or sea salt spray. Then wrap one-inch sections of your hair around a medium-barreled curling iron. Leave the ends off the iron, then finger comb. For understated elegance, leave your hair as is, but for a dressier feel, try embellishing the look with a flower headband or rhinestone hair clip.

Want something a bit more glamorous. This season’s updos are all about edgy geometric looks and complex braids. For a modern take on the classic braid, a side-swept fishtail looks ravishing. Twists, braids, and delightfully undone buns also make this year’s cut. Need some stylistic inspiration? Check out these Pinterest boards for a gorgeous visual guide to this year’s best looks for prom.

Picture-Perfect Makeup

For about a decade, makeup looks have gotten more and more understated, with lipstick going virtually extinct. This year old-school Hollywood glamour makes a dramatically gorgeous comeback. Ditch the nude tones and lip balm in favor of bright, glamorous lips. There’s a red that can work with just about any skin tone. Fair-skinned gals look stunning in blue-reds, while those with olive skin look spectacular in orangey-reds. Darker-skinned women shine in reds with purple undertones, as well as rich grapes. If red’s not your thing, try a bright, rich pink for a youthful and elegant look.

But what about your peepers? Keep the focus on your lips with a simple eye look. Cat-eyed eyeliner looks amazing on everyone. Simply line your top lids with a black or gray pencil, then slightly wing the edges. Dust a light nude shade on your lids, then press a darker hue into your crease for instant eye drama that doesn’t go overboard. And don’t forget about those brows! This season’s brows are darker, fuller, and more noticeably arched, so don’t be afraid to go for a little brow drama.

The Perfect Color Palette

Marsala, a deep, brownish red, is Pantone’s color of the year, so plan on darker hues for this year’s prom wear. Burgundy, red, brown, taupe, and rich grape hues are all in vogue. Want something a bit lighter? Orchid, pastel blue, and deep sea-foam green look ravishing on just about anyone, and are always stylistically on-point.

The Right Outfit

When it comes to prom, you can never go wrong with a floor-sweeping, monochromatic gown. If you prefer a slightly more daring look, though, you’re in luck. This season it’s all about shorter lengths, with unusual cuts and pretty details. Try a short backless dress, or channel your inner glamour-lover with a floor-length, backless gown.

And, of course, you can’t forget about jewelry! Capitalize on this season’s glamour obsession by decking yourself out in pearls or rhinestones. And don’t forget the statement necklace, which is still on everyone’s must-have list for prom. Just make sure that your necklace hits at least an inch about your bustline and an inch and a half above the top of your dress.

No matter what you wear, it’s ow you wear it that matters most, so don’t be afraid to try something a bit different. You don’t have to capitalize on every trend, and trying something a bit different from what your friends do may even help you stand out in photos. Most importantly, though, remember to relax, eat something before the party begins, and have an amazing time!

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Alumni Profile: Sarah Pein

Meet Sarah Pein. We are very proud of her and her recent graduation from the Lloyd Campus. Our loss is a salon’s gain, as she looks to transition into being behind the chair. Congratulations Sarah on getting licensed and following your dream. You have worked hard and we will miss you, but we know you will be successful and always a big part of the Phagans family.

Sarah-PeinHow did you get involved with Phagans?

I was wanting to save up for Cosmetology School. My fiancé actually saw that Phagans was hiring. I thought it would be great to work at a cosmetology school to motivate me to save up. I was working at McDonalds at the time, so I was very excited to apply at Phagans.

How was your experience working and being a student?

It was hard work. I spent 64 hours a week at Phagans, but it was definitely worth it. It was great to have a job that worked around my school schedule and I didn’t have to drive somewhere else for work either. I was exhausted for a few months in the beginning. It was really hard to adjust, but your body gets used to new schedules.

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

I could probably write a book about how much I have learned since being at Phagans. I have learned so much about myself and grown from this experience. I was 21 when I first started working at Phagans and now I’m 24. There was a lot of growing up for me. The biggest thing I’ve learned is to be yourself no matter what and if someone doesn’t like you, it isn’t the end of the world.

What do you like doing most?

I really enjoy doing mens’ cuts. It’s like you’re sculpting the hair in to a finished product that the wearer is wanting. Also, I love hair design. I’m a big fan of the 40’s and 50’s, which means pincurls, victory rolls and classy, sophisticated updos! I love how creative updos can be.

What surprised you about beauty school?

You always hear that beauty school is like high school all over again. But it wasn’t like that at all for me. I had a blast and I made a ton of friends. Being an employee, I thought it would be hard for the other students to trust me, but even so, I have made quite a few friends I know will be life-long friendships. I had no drama and I got along with everyone.

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

I want to eventually be leasing my own station with a steady clientele, doing hair and makeup for weddings and also be a representative for a company like Joico. What’s great is that I can do all of those things. Right now I’m focused on finding the right salon to start out at. One step at a time!

Sum up in one sentence what it means to be in the world of cosmetology?

To be in the world of cosmetology, it feels empowering, inspiring and down right amazing.

Add anything else:

My advice to anyone who is in my position, working and going to school is to not give up. Don’t give up, keep going; it’ll be over before you know it and you will be so proud of yourself. It’ll be worth it.

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Five Easy and Hot Hairstyles for Date Night

If thoughts of date night conjure images of your hair baking in a straightener or spending an hour with curlers in your hair, think again, because you’re doing it wrong. Date night glam doesn’t have to take forever, and it certainly doesn’t have to lead to endless frustration. Take the guesswork out of your next sultry evening with these five super-easy hairstyles.

Hair-Beach-WavesBeach Waves

Beach waves are the style of the moment everywhere from fashion runways to local coffee shops. This romantic, alluring look is super-easy to pull off. Simply grab a one-inch curling iron and wrap one- to two-inch sections of hair around it, leaving the ends loose. Finger-comb, spray, and then go. For an even easier take on this gorgeous look, try wrapping your hair in two to three tight buns an hour or two before you leave. Blow with a drier for two minutes, unwind, finger comb, and then enjoy your glorious waves!

Loose Twist

For a modern take on the classic French twist, try this: Pull your hair into a sleek ponytail at the nape of your neck. Then flip your hair up and begin twisting till you reach the top of your head. Fold the loose part of your hair down into the twist and pin in place. Pull a few pieces loose for a romantic, undone look. For even more glamour, try curling the loose pieces or adding some hair jewelry to the twist.

Sleek Ponytail

If you have straight hair but don’t have time for a blowout or session with the curling iron, try pulling your hair into a ponytail just above the nape of your neck. Run shine serum through the ends, comb thoroughly, and them embellish with pearl hair pins or a floral hair band.


Add a little glamour to your hair by pulling half of it up and away from your face. Not only does this give you a chance to showcase a gorgeous barrette or hair pin; this look is also extremely versatile. Try braiding the pulled-up portion for boho chic. Or channel 1940s-style glam by pinning the half-up portion to the top of your head, then twisting each side for dance hall-inspired sophistication.

Glamorous Topknot

A topknot offers a gorgeous twist on the classic chignon. To master the look, pull your hair into a tight ponytail at the top of your head, using gel to secure any flyaways in place. Then begin twisting your hair at the top, twisting all the way to the ends. Wrap the twisted portion of your hair into a topknot, then pin in place. This look works great for a sophisticated evening out, but if you want to add a little romance or boho chic to the look, try pulling a few strands loose or throwing some tiny flowers in your hair.

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