Q&A with Jerry Kallioinen, Phagans’ Director of Education

Q: What beauty school did you go to?
A: Montavilla College of Hair Design in Portland, Oregon.

Jerry KallioinenQ: How did you get involved in the beauty industry?
A: I got my Art Degree from college and was inspired to become a high school art teacher, but the market was flooded. My roommate was in beauty school at the time and he encouraged me to go because he thought that I would like it … and I did!

Q: What was school like?
A: It was kind of a culture shock and became very social, but I realized that I had a knack for hair design.

Q: How long have you been teaching?
A: Long enough to know how to do finger waves in my sleep.

Q: What inspires you?
A: The students and the process of learning.

Q: What do you like about your job?
A: The high degree of variety and I enjoy visiting other beauty schools around the country as an Academic Evaluator with NACCAS.

Q: What advice would you give to prospective students?
A: Be willing to make a lifestyle change and don’t get discouraged by the challenges.

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