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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New Years, New Beauty: Beauty Resolutions for 2015

New Year’s resolutions can feel like little more than exercises in futility. Before you know it, you’ve broken your diet, quit saving money, or continued fighting with your obnoxious sibling. Beauty resolutions, though, don’t require you to give anything up. If you’re looking for an easy-to-keep resolution that will improve your appearance and make life just a bit easier this year, try one of these beauty resolutions.

LipStickTry Dark Lips

Two generations ago, putting on lipstick was a female rite of passage. Lipstick tubes came in glorious designs, with compacts to match. Today, though, many women eschew lipstick altogether. Lip color is quickly coming back into vogue, though, and you may be surprised to see how much a pop of color can add to your look. Resolve to try dark lips at least once a week until you find your perfect color.

Get a New Hairstyle

If you’ve been clinging to your old haircut – or even worse, sticking with a style that’s not really a style at all – for longer than you can remember, the new year is a perfect chance to change that. A good hairstyle completes your look, makes it easier to get ready in the morning, and can even make you look younger and thinner. Resolve to work with your stylist to find a cut you truly love. And consider donating your old strands to Locks of Love so that you can help cancer patients in the process.

Master a New Makeup Look

Trying new makeup can be scary, particularly when you’re rushing to fix a smoky eye-related catastrophe or trying to remedy the disastrous streaks your gel blush left on your face. This year, commit to learning how to do a new makeup look, whether it’s contouring or smoky eyes. You can get help at Phagans as our students are happy to share their newly learned techniques. Practice the look when you’re not going out. Then prepare to wow your admirers when it matters most!

Streamline Your Skincare Routine

If you’re like most women, your bathroom cabinet is filled with potions and creams you never use. It’s time to put all the money you’ve spent on skincare products to work, though. It’s time to begin a skincare routine that works for your skin and your schedule. At minimum, your weekly skincare regimen should include exfoliation, and your nightly skin care routine should include washing your face and treating your skin with a good moisturizer. Try products till you find something that works, then commit to a healthy skincare routine for the rest of the year.

Ditch the Worthless Products

Why are you still hanging onto the blush that’s older than you and the eye cream that gave you a horrible rash? Get rid of anything you haven’t used in six months. If it’s unused, consider donating it to your local domestic violence shelter, or having a product swap with your gal pals. When you clear out the old stuff, you create room for the new, not to mention an excuse to buy that gorgeous lipstick you’ve had your eye on.

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America’s Next Top Model Returns to Phagans for Open Casting Call

Top-ModelOn Saturday, Jan. 3, 2015, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Phagans Clackamas Town Center, the producers of America’s Next Top Model will hold an Open Casting Call for the next season of the show.

This time around, both guys and girls are invited. To participate, you must be 18-27 years old and be a United States citizen living in the United States.

We’re honored because this is the second time Phagans has hosted the event. If you have questions about the event, please contact Portland’s CW32.

You can also check out the commercial for this year’s casting call below.

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The Five Hottest Careers in Cosmetology

The field of cosmetology offers a variety of career paths that come with both good salaries and some unique rewards.

Cosmetologists blend a host of skills to give their careers special meaning. They help people feel better about their appearance, offer advice on how to look better, counsel clients on family and relationship problems, and convince clients that their body image issues are all in their head. The right cosmetologist can help her clients avoid unnecessary diets, dangerous products, and even low self-esteem. If you recognize the value of this important work and are prepared to get into the field, here are five hot careers in the industry.

If you are looking to make a change in your life and cosmetology looks like the field for you, please contact Phagans for a free tour of one of our schools and learn why we say “knowledge is beautiful.”

Makeup Artist


Phagans students hold competitions to see who can be the most creative with their styles, including make-up, hair and styling.

Makeup artists are the highest-paid members of the cosmetology trade, with median earnings in 2013 of $66,330*, according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics. There’s more than one way to be a makeup artist. You can work in television and movies, providing makeup consultations to stars. Other makeup artists specialize in more dramatic looks, turning normal people into zombies, monsters, or insects. Many makeup artists do wedding-day hair and makeup, and a few cross-occupational boundaries to offer makeup artistry in a variety of contexts. If you browse the Phagans Facebook page you’ll often see some dramatic makeup artistry on display.


Estheticians are skincare experts who serve a variety of roles, with median 2013 earnings of $32,990*. Most perform facials and other skincare procedures, and many offer advice about appropriate skincare rituals and good products. Some doctor’s offices, such as cosmetic surgeons, hire estheticians, with medical estheticians commanding higher-than-average wages.


For many women, a regular visit to a hairstylist is something of a religious ritual. Hairstylists cut and color hair, perform treatments such as perms, and ensure hair is in tip-top shape for big events such as weddings and proms. But their work doesn’t stop there. A hairstylist is part counselor, part best friend, and part consultant. As a hairstylist, you’ll be charged with helping your clients maximize their good hair days. Median wages are just above $26,000, but the most successful hairstylists can make much more.

Beauty Sales

Americans spend more than $33 billion on cosmetics each year. If you love beauty products, then it’s time to get in on the action! Beauty sales consultants work a variety of roles. Some work in retail settings, while others sell specific beauty lines out of their homes. A few serve as consultants, offering advice about several different brands. In most cases, you’ll be making retail wages, but the most successful beauty sales consultants can command earnings well over six figures. In fact at Phagans cosmetology schools, our students are often treated to talks by brand consultants, who visit the schools, educate students on their product lines and develop relationships with us that yield more retail sales for both us and for them.


More than half of women get regular manicures and it’s tough for nail salons to keep up with the demand. Manicurists are notoriously low paid, with median annual earnings of only about $21,000. Manicurists at the top of their game, though, as well as those who specialize in intricate nail art, can earn much more at the top salons. And if you’re really good at what you do, you may even be able to open your nail salon and charge premium rates for a first-rate mani-pedi.

*While the salary figures come from the federal government many in the industry under-report their tips.  

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Your Guide to Glam for the Holidays in 2014

If thoughts of the holiday season call to mind endless stressful shopping sprees and way too much time spent waiting in line, it’s time to revamp your attitude toward the holidays. The holiday season is about endless glamour, a pinch of romance, and a hefty dose of gorgeousness. This season’s key looks blend the dramatic femininity of a bygone era with the effortless, slightly undone fashions of today. Here’s what you need to know to leave passersby doing a double-take this holiday season.

Updo-smLuscious Locks
This fall, hair trends moved toward rich, deep colors, and far away from the pale, understated blonds of a few seasons ago. Auburn, rich red, and espresso were all huge on the runways. Want a hair color change without shaking up your current hue? Try a color gloss, which adds dimensional color to your hair in between salon visits. For even more oomph, consider slightly altering your shade. Blonds can add shades of gold, while redheads look stunning with rich rose gold shades. Blessed with a darker mane? Try adding some subtle highlights to spruce up your look.

Do Up the Updo
This season’s holiday hair is all about the updo. This look, though, has little in common with your mom’s updo. Instead, the goal should be a slightly undone, piecey look. Try wrapping your hair around a curling iron, but leaving the bottom inch undone. Alternatively, pull a few pieces out of your updo and curl them for a whispy, Cinderella-inspired look.

Sparkling Tips
Nail art continues to be big this holiday season, and there’s almost no style that’s too dramatic for the holiday season. Feel free to emblazon your favorite cartoon character, abstract art, or tiny details onto your nails. Even better, several nail companies now make shrink-wrap nail art, which means you don’t have to do it yourself or sit endlessly as a nail technician carefully coats each nail.

Want something a bit more glamorous? This season’s holiday look is all about dark, rich hues of burgundy, black, and purple. Orange is also making a splash, and the most fashion-forward gals are painting their nails burnt sienna or dark tangerine. To add a bit of extra oomph to the look, try a layer of glitter on top, or paint your ring finger a different – and complementary – color from the rest of your hand.

Festive Fashion
If you’re a child of the 1990s, you’ve probably never been alive at a time when velvet was in style. This season, though, velvet is making a big comeback, and this luscious fabric is perfect for holiday soirées. Try pairing a red velvet dress with thigh-high riding boots, or mixing a black velvet skirt with a satin camisole. Texture can take your outfit from casual to dressy lickety-split, so if you’ll be dashing from your office to holiday parties this season, velvet is your new best friend. Just throw on a blazer during the day, and when you’re ready to party, toss your jacket aside.

What if velvet’s not your thing? Sequins were all over the runways for winter, and there’s nothing more classic, not to mention festive, than a sequined little black dress. Pair it with strappy sandals for a glam look, or dress it down with ankle booties. The look is a standout even without accessories. To finish it off, though, channel the 1930s and try art deco earrings, layers of tiny pearls, or a rhinestone brooch.

Holiday fashion is all about adding a bit of glamour to the otherwise drab colors of winter. Don’t be afraid to experiment a bit, and if you don’t like a trend, ditch it; there are so many options this season that even the pickiest of fashionistas is sure to find something she adores.

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Save the Dates: Phagans Plans Student and Customer Appreciation Days

Thank-YouDuring early November, Phagans School of Hair Design is planning to celebrate our students and customers with two special days of discounts, blowouts on product, prizes, and some special events. So be sure to mark your calendars:

Tuesday, November 11: Student Appreciation Day

Wednesday, November 12: Customer Appreciation Day

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Neon Takes the Spotlight for Fall Fashion Hair Color in 2014

As the leaves begin to fall and crisp nights turn distinctly chilly and rainy, it’s easy to resign yourself to hibernation. Fall is the perfect time to try a new hair color, though, particularly since the sun is less likely to bleach your hair and undermine your fabulous new hue. Don’t give up on looking amazing just because it’s getting dreary! Check out these must-have autumn trends and shake up your everyday look!

Neon-2Go Neon (Yes, Neon!)

Neon hair was all the rage on Fall runways, and celebrities such as Katy Perry and Nicole Richie eagerly jumping on the bandwagon. Neon pink, blue, and green are must-haves for the truly daring. For a slightly more subdued look, some hair trend-setters are trying Easter egg hues instead.

How to master the look? This is definitely one you’re going to want help with. Most hues require bleaching your hair first; otherwise the color will quickly fade. If you need to keep your look understated, capitalize on the trend by adding a few neon chunks, or even coloring the underside of your hair for a pop of color when you wear it up. For the most dramatic look, though, try coloring your entire mane.

Still not sure about the look? Temporary chalk dyes let you test it out at home without the commitment. Try adding a few streaks for the weekend.

Add Some Dimension

Sick of boring lowlights and highlights? Over the ombre hair trend? Try dimensional color. This approach to hair color blends numerous colors into your mane, adding layers of dimension and ensuring your hair looks different depending on the lighting and angle. The roots are usually a bit darker, with lighter pieces at the ends and underneath. This style requires masterful color skills, so consult your Phagans colorist; don’t try it at home!

Choose the Right Red

Red never goes out of style, but this season, celebrities are going for a dramatic rose gold hue. With undertones of pink and gold, this shade of red is flattering on virtually every skin tone, and serves as a perfect complement to the rust-colored leaves of fall. To make your hair look fuller, try asking your colorist to add a few highlights and lowlights. Already got a mane full of thick hair? Go for monochromatic red for a sexy and dramatic look.

One-Dimensional Color

For decades, women have spent endless hours adding highlights and lowlights in an effort to leave their color looking natural. This season, though, the biggest names in fashion are giving up that fight and going monochromatic. To capitalize on this trend, try a rich platinum blond, a single-toned chocolate brown, or even auburn. This look is ideal for the fashionista on a budget, since it’s easy to get your hair to be all one color with a simple home dye job.

The change of seasons is all about experimentation. Spend a little time on your hair now, and as nights get darker and the weather turns dreary, you’ll have a ready-made source of joy atop your head.

During the month of October visit Phagans and get 25% off fashion hair colors.

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High School Guidance Counselors Invited to Luncheons

Phagans is inviting all Portland-area high school guidance counselors to complimentary luncheons at either the Lloyd District or Clackamas Town Center locations. Attendees will receive a light lunch, door prizes and gifts along with a short presentation about our schools. Please RSVP to attend. Here are the details for each location:

Clackamas Town Center: Wednesday, November 5, 2014, from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., call (503) 652-2668 to RSVP.

Lloyd District: Thursday, November 6, 2014, from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Call (503) 239-0838 to RSVP

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