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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Product Review: JOICO Color Endure Shampoo

ce-shampoo1Every year, women spend thousands of dollars in their quest for the perfect hair color. All too often, though, these same women are chagrined to watch their color – and their money – go down the drain. Artificial color doesn’t mean your gorgeous hue has to fade with each wash and Joico’s Color Endure shampoo endeavors to prove it.

What Is It
Joico’s Color Endure shampoo is part of the color-friendly Color Endure line, which includes two shampoo and two conditioner varieties. The Care shampoo is designed to protect your color, while the Violet shampoo aims to prevent blond hues from turning brassy. Both varieties of the line contain Joico’s trademarked Multi-Spectrum Defense Complex, which combines green tea, antioxidants, and UV protectants designed to prevent your hair from fading.

For those concerned about the effects of sulfates, Joico is a breath of fresh air. The entire line is sulfate-free.

How It Works
Devotees of luscious locks are used to hearing inflated claims about life-changing hair products. Joico has never been much for dramatic ads or hyperbolic ad copy, though. Instead, the Color Endure brand has allowed users to do the talking. And talk they do. The entire web is aflutter with users raving about the product’s effectiveness. The violet line is particularly popular among once-brassy blonds.

Joico brags that, even after 18 washes, color remains intact with Color Endure. What about redheads, whose hue is notoriously tough to maintain? Joico explains that redheads can expect their hue to remain 88 percent unfaded. Manes of all colors and styles can expect their color to last 33 percent longer than it would with any other product on the market. These promises are nothing to sneer at, but Joico, as always, delivers.

For best results, use Color Endure shampoo with Color Endure conditioner.

Pick up a bottle for 25% off during the month of October at Phagans School of Hair Design.

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Student Spotlight: Sharde-Marie Clark


Sharde-Marie Clark

Why did you enroll in beauty school?

At 19 I watched “Chicago” the musical for the first time on stage, and decided that was what I wanted to do, work on Broadway. The idea of my work being shown on stage for the world to see was my ideal choice of career. I’m a “jack of all trades”, have my degree in English and journalism, as I thought at one point I wanted to be a history teacher! I have done hair and makeup for drag queens and community outreach programs like Nightscare Productions where we raise money and have food drives for the local community.

Why did you choose Phagans?

It was the nicest school and they actually answered my inquiry! I moved here from Spokane to go to school and I love it. I love everything, the students, teachers and the clients, especially my return clients.

In which community event you will be involved with next?

My next community outreach adventure is for the Victory Outreach Church of Portland. I will be donating my time and knowledge to help the youth of the church with hair cuts and after-school tutoring. If I can help someone with a snip of my shears that’s cool! I was one of those kids and that’s why I am so passionate about helping.

What are you planning to do once you graduate?

I graduate in 2015 and plan to be ahead of the game and be established with a theatre company, helping my community in anyway I can. Making actors shine on stage and screen is my dream and goal.

Thanks Sharde, it was a pleasure talking with you, and we wish you every success for the future.

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Product Spotlight: Catwalk by TIGI Your Highness Shampoo

yourhighness-shampooSince Phagans is not owned by a particular product brand we can experiment with a variety of different styling products and find the ones appropriate for our stylists and their customers. One of our salon favorites is the Catwalk by TIGI brand, and specifically Your Highness Shampoo.

Catwalk designed this shampoo to be color safe while enhancing body and preventing static and flyways. Its scent comes from sweet almond oil and it creates a lot of thick lather. It’s especially good if you have fine, thin hair as it will provide volume and prevent dryness. Blow it out as is or pair it with Your Highness Conditioner for even more volume.

TIGI describes Catwalk as a professional hair care brand designed by hairdressers for hairdressers. With Products such as Your Highness we’re starting to think TIGI is vying to become the ruler of easy-to-find, high-end salon products.

Pick up a bottle for 25% off during the month of September at Phagans School of Hair Design.

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Hot Colors for Fall 2014, PDX style

When we think of fall in the Pacific Northwest we don’t really think about color. Maybe that’s because every color goes with our gray skies. And who would notice anyway as most people have their heads buried in a phone or a cup of coffee. But at Phagans we want you to step outside your hoodie comfort zone and think about what the Fall world would be like with a little more zing.

According to the color gurus as Pantone, the fall colors will not be typical of the season, highlighted by deep reds, purples, and blues, with just a touch of yellow. In New York, these color choices can be seen on runways in a variety of styles. We’ve picked out a few that are appropriate for our lifestyles:


Hey, we see it all in Portland so we could say you can’t go wrong with just about any color on your locks. But if you’re eager to stay on trend, then reds, honey golds and platinums are the way to go. You can also try a sobre’, which is a technique similar to ombre but not as drastic. It’s especially effective on brunettes, where golden or honey highlights placed around the face will highlight and flatter your features and give your hair a lot more depth. And it will give you that summer-giving-way-to-winter look.


Take a look at the Pantone colors above and pick one for a colorful eye shadow. Coordinate with lips that are deep red or dark blackberry and nails that are cocoa, aluminum, or bordeaux. Consult with an aspiring makeup artist at Phagans to zero in on what will work for you.


Plaids are coming back with a verve and you don’t have to look like a old golfer to pull it off (If it’s not Scottish it’s crap!). Consider a adding plaid coat or sweater to your look and feel free to go colorful – or stick with predictable red and black or grey and black. Head-to-toe knit sweaters also are all the rage on the runways and you can cover them with a stylish coat – robe coats are in right now – while you’re outside so you don’t have to wring them out.

This fall think of color instead of drab and come into Phagans. During the month of September, all colors and weaves are $5 off at both Phagans locations.

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