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Category: Students and Alumni

April 24, 2018

Phagans Loves Lashes! See What Our Students Are Mastering!


It’s been a great month at Phagans School of Hair Design!

With every class that begins their training with us, we strive to help create opportunities for our students to grow and expand. Personal growth is a huge part of our culture, as well as mastering the skills for your program.

Beyond that, we want our students to grow in the skills that are in demand, and help them create a portfolio that could help keep their client books full!

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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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February 14, 2015

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.

How 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 …

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December 5, 2014

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, …

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September 23, 2014

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 …

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January 3, 2014

2013 in Review: Students Take the Spotlight

February: We hold a Facebook contest where people could log on to the Phagans Facebook page and vote for their favorite student updo.

March-April: Students work through much of March and April to help produce a fashion photo shoot, title “ETHOS”, with Portland fashion photographer Lavenda Memory. Images from the shoot are used to update all of Phagans’ marketing materials.

May: Students add color streaks in people’s hair to help raise awareness for Streaks for Stroke.
Also in May, celebrity makeup artist and Style Network Jerseylicious cast member Olivia Sharpe holds a series of workshops on how to create a flawless smokey eye. Each of the four workshops features both Olivia and fellow …

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January 1, 2014

2013 in Review at Phagans

In many ways 2013 for Phagans was a year that allowed us to catch our breath. We have settled in to our new location at Clackamas Town Center, did a little remodeling of our Lloyd Center location, became even more engaged with our community, and spent the year growing the rolls of our alumni.

This year also was the 65th Anniversary of Phagans, so we spent the year honoring founder Wilma Lee Phagans Harrington with a number of events, prizes, and goody bags for customers.

Among our schools’ biggest accomplishments this year was both locations passed their 6-year accreditations “without limitations”, which in our world means with flying colors! I’m very grateful and proud of our staff for helping us achieve this high honor and carry on …

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July 25, 2013

Student Spotlight: Felicia Jenkins

What made you decide to go to beauty school?
Hair is my passion. I’ve been doing hair since I was a little girl and decided it was time to go to school and do it for real.

Why did you choose Phagans and the night program?
I heard good things about Phagans and the location was perfect for me. I chose the night course, as I work during the day and have a child and so it was a good fit for my schedule.

What do you like about going to school?
I really enjoy the clients and making them happy. I’ve made some good friends here and I love the instructors, too.

What advice would you give to someone thinking about going to beauty school?
Go …

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July 18, 2013

Student Spotlight: Brandon Eska

Why did you decide to go to beauty school?

I didn’t know what I wanted to do in high school. I had no idea that I would end up going to beauty school, but I knew that I was really passionate about beauty and the ability to change your appearance.

How did you end up at Phagans?

I was always on the web and looking at beautiful people. This made me realize that so many of them were hairdressers. I remember the exact moment at the gym and I was looking on the web and realized this was what I was passionate about. When I was young, I loved being in my mom’s makeup and doing her hair and it took me a while to connect all …

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May 3, 2013

Phagans Selected to Style Rose Festival Princess for Third Year

We are very proud and honored to announce that Phagans School of Hair Design has been invited to do the hair and make-up for the Rose Festival Princesses, for the coronation of the Queen, on Saturday June 8, 2013. This is the third year our students have been styling the Rose Festival Court.

The 2013 Rose Festival Court (below) made their first public appearance in April at Royal Rosarians Blessing of the Festival at Grace Memorial Church in Notheast Portland. The annual Blessing is both a memorial service and a preview of the upcoming Rose Festival.

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