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Category: Alumni

February 16, 2018

Phagans All-Star: Dinah Ritchey

We can’t think of anything better than when a Phagans graduate follows their dreams and has a successful career. It was an obvious choice to have Dinah Ritchey as our first choice to be our Phagans All-Star! Dinah is a wonderful example of chasing your dreams and never giving up on yourself. Dinah graduated from Phagans in 2003 with a full cosmetology license, and right after dove into her career that led to her owning her successful salon, Urban Colorz. It was awesome to be able to take some time out of the our day and chat with Dinah about how she turned her passion into a successful career.

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April 9, 2015

Alumni Profile: Samantha Borenheim

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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. … I really feel like I finally found my home when I started with Phagans.

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May 10, 2013

Fashion Shoot Provides Hands-on Experience for Students

A few months ago we decided that we wanted to update all our marketing materials with new women and new looks. We loved the previous images from our last fashion shoot, but it was time to give a new batch of students some hands-on experience with styling models for the camera. Portland photographer Lavenda Memory and award-winning make-up artist and Phagans alum M’chel Bauxal led a team of students during two days of photography and videography for the April shoot, titled ETHOS.

These are the kinds of experiences we try to give our students every year and it makes us proud that they are so willing to step up and show their talents. Here’s a sneak peek at a …

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February 19, 2013

Alumni Spotlight: 2009 Graduate Brian Pham

Phagans graduate Brian Pham is a hairdresser and district trainer for Regis.

When did you attend Phagans?
I graduated in 2009 and was a full-course student. I chose Phagans after looking at several other schools and decided Phagans was the best out of all of them and also had financial aid available, which helped me get through school, because I didn’t have much money.

Why did you choose the beauty industry?
I changed because I was bored with my job, which was electrical engineer. I’d been doing it for about 2-1/2 years and I realized that I was more of a people-person. A few people in my family did do nails and that’s why I came to school, but then I fell in love with hair.

What …

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February 28, 2012

Phagans Success Story – Former Student Opens Her First Portland Salon

When Heidi Aldana worked as a Certified Nursing Assistant one of her favorite parts of the job was working on patients’ hair and makeup.

Phagans graduate Heidi Aldana's first salon, Studio 90.

So when the native Guatemalan found herself unemployed she decided to follow a dream that began in her native country and enrolled at Phagans School of Hair Design in Portland. Now, less than 2 years after graduating, Aldana has her own salon.

Phagans was a name that rose to the top during her search for a school, Aldana said. The 30-year-old mother of 4 decided to enroll in the full course after she made an appointment with admissions and visited the school. Since English is her second language she was at first …

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