A Love Story

Most Pluma clients know her as Samantha. Her official name is Ibtisam Nisan. She was born in Iraq forty-two years ago. At the age of nine, along with her mother and four siblings, they escaped from Iraq and the warfare of Saddam Hussein. 

 Along with hundreds of others, Samantha’s family walked for several days until they reached Turkey. While the people walked, many carrying their children and whatever belongings they could hold, American planes dropped food and water to keep them alive. She remembers little about this walk, except they were frightened, cold and wet from rain and they were exhausted, and their mother kept them moving forward. 

In Turkey, they became refugees living in tents for the next four years until the United Nations led by the United States and its coalitions placed them in safe countries. During their time living in tents, there was no education for the children, minimal medical provision, and limited food supplies.  She remembers her mother cooking on a twelve-inch, close to the ground small stove fueled by a propane tank.  

Eventually Samantha’s family was sent to Canada. Their neighbors from Iraq had immigrated to the United States. Eventually, Samantha and one of the neighbor’s sons, Mike (Shleimun), reconnected and married and she moved to Phoenix where they live with their beautiful children, Jacob fifteen, Jonathan eleven and their daughter Elaina, who will be two February 23. 

As a hairstylist and assistant at Pluma for over five years, Samantha is noticeably talented with hair, especially cutting and blow-drying longer styles, including highlights, and accent lights. She also manages the salon books, product inventory, oversees the vendors and she is thoughtful, efficient and has a great sense of humor. Samantha has an unforgettable memory and keeps the schedule moving along in the salon. Thank goodness for her young mind!

When I asked Samantha what she values most in her life, without much hesitation she answered, Family, Freedom, and Education. 

Although her parents and siblings still live in Canada, they are closely connected. Her husband’s extensive family live close to them in Phoenix and they are a close-knit family, sharing their daily lives, Christian faith, and moral standards. Family matters profoundly to her. 

As far as freedom, she explained that in Iraq women hand no rights. They could not drive or work. If they did, they were branded as bad women. “Here in this country women are equal to men in independence, and they can speak their mind and can practice the religion they choose. These freedoms most of us in this country take for granted.” Of course, freedom matters to her. 

As for education, when you meet Samantha, she appears shy and quiet, but after spending time with her, you know she is intelligent, well informed, observant, has a strong opinion, and educated. Samantha appreciates the opportunities we have in this country for education. Her sons are thriving in school and she and her husband make sure of it.  The opportunity of equal education for both men and women matter greatly to her. 

Samantha is a woman of her word; she places her family first along with her faith in God. She does not take for granted the freedoms she has come to appreciate living in this country. She will always remember the support from America that kept them alive during their escape from Iraq and the four years living in tents. And she will continue to make sure she and her husband provide the best education they can for their children. 

Samantha’s story is a love story.  It reminds us to love our families, our precious freedoms, and abundant education and to treasure our country for all the good it has to offer and cherish the good lives we are living. 

I feel fortunate to have Samantha with us at Pluma. She is responsible, loyal, and hard-working. Attributes that in today’s workforce are extremely valued.

Thank you Samantha, for sharing your story with us. And a very happy birthday to baby, Elaina. Now that is yet another story! 

With love,


Watch a Video Demonstrating Samantha's Beautiful Color Application


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Begin the New Year Better Informed About Your Heath

Hair Loss-Causes, Diagnosis, and Repair Presentation-The effects of EMF on the body—with Julie Clarke, Nutritionist

Monday, February 12, 2024 @ 5:15 to 6:30  

NHL Med Aesthetics, 7000 East Shea Blvd. Suite 110

RSVP to Hilda @ 602 7415703;

If you missed the presentation on October 23, here it is again. Back by popular demand. Ladies, bring the men. They need this information as well. 

Most of us understand the important impact that nutrition, exercise, sleep, and proper lifestyle choices have on our overall health and longevity. We devote a great deal of effort to ensure we do our best to eat well and support these other areas of need and yet we sometimes feel less than optimal. Why is that? Could it be that there are other factors that may be inhibiting our bodies’ look, feel and ability to perform at their best level? The answer is yes!

Environmental issues such as toxic chemicals, metals, radiation, and EMF’s (Electromagnetic Frequencies which emanate from cell phones, power lines, household appliances and more) are having an ever-increasing effect on our health. And, quite unfortunately, these environmental exposures often don’t come with symptoms – they simply work in the background of our body wreaking havoc on our health.

Join us for an evening of information in which we will outline many of these hidden risks and then provide solutions for how you can minimize the impact of these environmental issues for you and those you love. – Julie Clarke, Nutritionist NHL Association

Watch the video below of our last presentation at National Hair Loss

Quote of the Month

“The first step towards getting somewhere is to decide you’re not going to stay where you are.”       -J.P. Morgan 


Tip Bit: How to Eat Less Plastic – Consumer Reports, February 2024 - There are unhealthy chemicals in many of our favorite foods. Here’s what you can do right now to stay safer.

“By the time you open a container of yogurt, the food has taken a long journey to reach your spoon. You may have some idea of that journey: From cow to processing to packaging to store shelves. But at each step, there is a chance for a little something extra to sneak in, a stowaway of sorts that shouldn’t be there. That unexpected ingredient is something called a plasticizer: a chemical used to make plastic more flexible and durable. Today, plasticizers—the most common of which are called phthalates—show up inside almost all of us, right along with other chemicals found in plastic, such as bisphenols like BPA. These have been linked to a long list of health concerns. Even at very low levels. Consumer Reports has investigated bisphenols and phthalates in food and food packaging a few times over the past 25 years. In our new tests, we checked a wider variety of foods to see how much of the chemicals Americans actually consume.” 


I encourage you to go online to Consumer Reports, February 2024 and read the entire article, "How to Eat Less Plastic", including what containers and foods to avoid, it’s an eye-opener. Simply more education for better choices.

Yes, We Wax!

Are your eyebrows a little out of control? A nicely shaped eyebrow adds lift to your face and makes the eye appear larger and more youthful. Contact us for an appointment.


Pluma Movie Club

Wish Man – Amazon Prime Movie - Based on the true story of the genesis of the Make-A Wish Foundation. An Arizona motorcycle cop with a troubled past survives a near-fatal accident during a high-speed pursuit. During his rehabilitation, his police chief asks him to spend time with a terminally ill boy, whose dying wish is to be a Highway Patrol motorcycle officer. 


Culinary Creations by Connie

Recipe of the Month


Consider a romantic Valentine's Dinner of Lemon Sole accompanied by grain free Lime Cilantro Cauliflower Rice.

Click Here for lemon sole recipe.

And Click Here for rice recipe.

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