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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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.

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Alumni Profile: Samantha Borenheim

Phagans School of Hair Design is like a big family and we think of our students as family members. It’s our students that make what we do so rewarding and fulfilling! We love helping them build the career of their dreams and watching them become rockstars in the beauty industry.

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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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