Sherry's Okamura Farmacopia Named One of Portland Monthly's 8 Artisan Apothecaries Grown in Portland! March 16 2015, 0 Comments

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WARNING: Urbaca's Hair Apprenticeship is REALLY HARD September 10 2014, 0 Comments

Hairdressers are a wonderfully creative bunch but it takes a specific skill set to become one of the 5% truly successful cosmetologists.  Our benchmark of the top 5% would be a 6-figure stylist, as in you TAKE HOME 6 figures, not just do that dollar amount in services per year!  

It takes talent, certainly, to achieve that kind of success.  But as my old theater mentor Jon Jory used to say, "Talent and fifty cents will get you a cup of coffee."  That was how long ago I heard this, a cup of coffee was only 2 quarters.  Egad.

We've heard the word grit recently and there is a spirit of resiliency necessary to do this work.  Day in and day out, guests will bring you their problems and expect you to perform miracles.  See:  Talent.  Sometimes you will fail, and you will fail spectacularly--to learn from the experience and move forward takes grit. Not everyone has that.

I can tell you a group though, that inevitably has grit.  Anyone who has graduated Urbaca's New Talent Hair Apprentice program.  At Urbaca currently that is John, Jasmin, Chelsie, Laci, Gretchen, and Caitlyn.  Each of these stylists started at the bottom with talent and grit and worked their way up to become the successful stylists they are today.

Our apprentice program is hard, but human.  We expect you to show up not on time, but early.  To have common sense and learn efficiently.  To anticipate needs and multitask accordingly.  To participate as part of the solution.  

All you need to do then is add, time, talent and training and you'd be well on your way to your 6-figure income.

We are currently hiring for our next New Talent Apprentice Superstar.  We should do a reality show for this, what do you think?



First Thursday TONIGHT! 6-8 pm August 07 2014, 0 Comments

Urbaca's Customer Appreciation BBQ is tonight!  

Live music, new art work, food and drink by our good neighbors at World Foods, games, prizes + sales!

This is the biggest celebration we've done in a while!  Hope you can make it.  : )

120 NW 9th Avenue, Suite 101 Portland, OR 97209



Portland's Hair l Skin Experience May 29 2014, 0 Comments

*Urban Legend REVEALED* Urbaca's Apprenticeship May 26 2014, 0 Comments


16 years in the making, Urbaca's apprenticeship has spawned some of the finest stylists and salon owners in the Portland area, and beyond!

Apprenticeship is competency based, 40-50 hours per week, paid.  

Your duties include:  Sweeping, shampooing, blow drying, dishes, laundry, trash, recycling, salon ambassador + numerous other special projects.  

You take one hands-on cutting/coloring class per week (taught by Goldwell + Licensed State of Oregon Educators), in addition to Goldwell, KMS California and Bumble + bumble classes held in the salon.  You have access to health + vacation benefits.  

Once you graduate, you join Urbaca's cutting floor as a 36 hours/week salaried stylist.

It's a challenge, we have high expectations and only hire/nurture the best!  If you thrive in a creatively structured environment, you can build a very solid and successful career. : )

Hey, A New Website! May 08 2014, 0 Comments

Welcome to Urbaca's new website!  What's happening this week?

Caitlyn graduated the New Talent Associate program--CONGRATULATIONS Caitlyn!

We are accepting resumes for our next apprentice

The brides are coming!  The brides are coming!  

Our wedding hair + make up schedule is booking up quickly.  

We strongly recommend our regular guests book at least 2-3 appointments in advance to ensure their desired time slots, especially if you see Gretchen, Caitlyn, Laci, Chelsie or Sherry!


We have some exciting things in store for the days to come, so stay tuned!