Tommy Zee Kelley

About Tommy Zee Kelley

Tommy is the Author of The Game: Whole Hearted. She has a passion for writing and is inspired by those around her. Most of her short stories are either true or based on truth. Some are simply creative tales inspired by a photo or object. Please enjoy and share!

Shout Out to the MANI’s

When asked to “blog” for the LuRoss website, I was quite frankly a little intimidated. I am apparently a generation X’er, not a Millennial who has an obvious step up on the social media. For me, my first thought was, “What exactly is a blog?” With research I would describe a blog as an online journal for a particular website. The website and company I am representing is LuRoss Academy. I would like to introduce myself as the Manicuring Instructor; I am proud to say I have been part of the LuRoss team since 2015. I also graduated from LuRoss as a manicurist in 1993 and have had a great career in Ventura for 23 years. People in the area may not even know that we offer a “nails only” program. But be assured we are alive and well and growing. This particular program is fast, 18 weeks to be exact. Allowing you to start a career in a relatively short amount of time. It is a great opportunity for those right out of high school or even those looking for their second career. Nail Technicians are in demand as the industry continues to grow. If this is something that sounds interesting, I invite you to come visit my “newly” decorated classroom and see what we are all about. As a student you will work hands on with customers, practicing with top name brands. You will learn all the ends and outs about, manicures, pedicures, acrylics, gel polish, hard gel, acrylic dip system, e-file, nail art upon nail-art and most importantly passing your State Board exam and obtaining your license so you can become that great nail technician. Hope to bring you some updates soon. Wendy Robledo, Manicuring Instructor Lu […]
By |June 2nd, 2017|Manicuring|Comments Off on Shout Out to the MANI’s|

Lu Ross Academy Esthetician School Dermafile Skin Polishing

This week I had the privilege to sit down and learn about our newest esthetics service at Lu Ross Academy: The Dermafile Skin Polishing. Upon hearing about it I was quite curious. I had Patricia, one of our night aestheticians who was more than exited to tell me all about the procedure and scheduled me to watch her preform one. It compares to microdermabrasion but it a lot less harsh. Using a small tool that, that looks like a dentist mirror, they file off dead skin and oil. First they cleanse the skin making sure to remove all make-up and sunblock. Next they do a second, deeper cleansing with a lemongrass cleanser. Depending on whether the skin is considered oily or dry, an enzyme is applied. For dry skin, a pumpkin enzyme is used, and for oily skin a papaya enzyme is applied. They then use their filing tool, holding the skin taught and working in small circle sections filing the skin. The tool is made to polish the skin and help resurface. It is made with stainless steel and crushed diamonds. After the filing technique is finished, a thin layer of calming cream is applied followed by a calming mask. Then the mask is removed with a warm towel and skin is toned. Lastly an SPF is applied. I must say that watching this procedure was incredible! I myself can be a sceptic. There are so many new products introduced to the industry every day, all insisting to be the best and latest and greatest. While skin care is extremely important to me, it can be hard to choose which treatment will work best. Let me tell you I have done and seen a lot […]
By |October 17th, 2016|Aesthetician|Comments Off on Lu Ross Academy Esthetician School Dermafile Skin Polishing|

Fall Trends for 2016

We’re officially into the autumn season of pumpkin spice and pre-Halloween celebrations! But what about hair? In an industry that’s always changing, it hard to imagine what the latest greatest trend is. We sought out our idols in the hair industry to see what they are talking about for fall. We were pleased to see that a lot of these trends are things we commonly do at our Cosmetology School already! According to good housekeeping, the most popular trend this fall is “Grombre.” Heavily lightened ends toned ultra low to create those silver locks every girl feels is a must have! While the grey trend has been growing, here at Lu Ross Academy we aspire to a variety of pigments when it comes to this color. From silver platinum to gun metal grey, our Wella Professional pigments are formulated uniquely with attentiveness to creating the prefect look for every client! This is also a great way for our future professionals to practice using pure pigment to create the desired color. Cosmopolitan is saying that chestnut browns, with red and gold pigments is the newest trend for fall. Displaying a beautiful example of Kate Mara and her fall friendly hair. Whiney, healthy and warm. They are also coveting beige blondes, a cooler pigment of cancelled warm tones resulting in a cool blonde. Truthfully a beautiful example, again, of how our practice with color can achieve great things and outstanding hues. While scoping the Internet we are still seeing the lasting trend of “pop” colors, only for fall the pastels seem to have taken the show. Lots of light lavenders and soft rose colors, looking punky and pretty all at the same time. It’s safe to say the era […]
By |September 16th, 2016|Cosmetology|Comments Off on Fall Trends for 2016|

Beauty Blog Spotlight: Megan Burroughs

This week we got to interview a very special student, who is excelling with talent: Megan Burroughs. She is currently at about 1500 hours, which means she will soon complete our Cosmetology School day program. She invited us into her life, sharing that she has a one-year-old daughter. She told us that she is eager to learn and grow in this industry that she loves. She considers herself to be very hardworking, artistic, and easy going. She is always wanting to better herself in everything that she does. Before starting in the industry, she was a competitive cheerleader and also competed in California teen beauty pageants. When she completed high school, she became a mother. Her favorite subject here at Lu Ross Academy so far is Wella Color Theory. She says it was a bit tricky at first, but learning the fundamentals of mixing, enhancing or canceling different tones is something that peaks her interest. She loves that Lu Ross Academy is so diverse. All the students are different, but they all love and want the same things in different ways. Everyone has unique personalities, but are all interested in pursuing the same career path. She says that all the instructors and students have taught her so much. Everyone helps each other and gives constructive criticism. You can see some of Megan’s incredible work on her Instagram page @megs_buurr, she has explored in the balayage technique and really strives to advance in color. Megan says she gets most of her inspiration from Instagram and Pinterest. Social media is a big plus in the hair industry. She says she would love to meet @riawnacapri and @larisadoll (Riawna Capri Co-owner of All Things Beauty, […]

Beauty Blog Aesthetics Spotlight Bianca Van Valin

This week we had the privilege of getting to know one of Aestheticians who came with great reviews from her instructor. Bianca is a 27-year-old Capricorn living in Solvang. She enjoys going out to dinner, cocktails, movies, spending time with her niece, a good laugh and trips to Vegas with her best friend. Before her days here at Lu Ross, she was bartending on the weekend. She continues to work at a spa in San Yanez doing lashes. Bianca enjoys every aspect of school, and is always happy to be here and learn new things. She mentions that she especially likes waxing and really enjoyed the

Wella Hands on Day with Lizette Gonzalez

We had such a wonderful time with our very own Lizette from Wella last week! She came in to educate our students on the many wonderful variations of color that Wella offers. Lu Ross Academy is a Wella signature school, giving all of our students’ exclusive access to the wonderful world of Wella. Lizette went over the details of the entire line here from Color Touch, demi-permanent hair colors, to Innocence that is recommended for people who have sensitivity to color. Our Wella Innocence line offers an extreme advantage to our clients as it is permanent hair color without the worry. Innoscence is great for clients who develop an itchy scalp or color sensitivity. Because it is permanent it is great for clients who are looking for full or grey coverage without worrying about being uncomfortable while the color processes. She also talked a lot about the popular color trends like balayage and how to choose the correct lighter and or toners to achieve the perfect result! After some intense note taking with lots of important color theory for our up and coming colorists it was time to go down to the floor and put what our students had just learned into action! Lizette went to each student individually. Each had a specific color goal for their client, or doll head, and Lizette formulated with each student for amazing results. She had all of them trying every aspect of Wella from toners to our beautiful Instamatic color line. One of our students had a washed out yellow bleach he had done on himself. Lizette formulated a “quick lift”, followed by an application of Instamatic “Ocean Storm” giving him a frosty blue look! Another student had […]

Beauty Blog Student Spotlight Lanette Zagal @devinenailz_

This week we had the pleasure of catching up with our former manicuring student Lanette. She is currently working at Cibara Salon Spa & Boutique, here in Ventura. At 19 she started doing nails out of her house as a hobby and managed to turn it into a full time career. She says, hypothetically speaking, she has never had to work a day in her life! She loves what she does and wouldn’t have it any other way. She speaks of her humility and how her struggles in life got her to where she is today. This gives her a sense of overwhelming gratitude for all she has overcome and accomplished. Her enrollment at Lu Ross was a leap of faith. When she completed the program she left her weekly paying job to rent a booth at the salon she is currently working to do nails full time. She insists that anything is possible as long as you push through the bad to get to the good. Her favorite part about attending Lu Ross was the preparation for the State Board Exam. She learned so much from her instructor and the manicuring course which lead her to where she is now. She wanted to be in the industry because she liked the idea of being able to provide a service everyone would be happy about. The celebrity artists who inspire her the most are @malishka702_nails @nailsbyly @nailsbymztina @leximartone. She insists that Lu Ross is a great school! Having the time to get to know her through her Instagram page, it is clear she is exceptionally creative. All the nail art on her page has intense attention to detail and incredible color choice. Her work is neat […]
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    Mani Spotlight – Former Student: Krystal Cornelius @nails_by_kayy112

Mani Spotlight – Former Student: Krystal Cornelius @nails_by_kayy112

This week we had the pleasure of catching up with a former student! Krystal is a prime example of ambition, dedication and proof that hard work pays off. She is currently working at Rak Nail Bar in Thousand Oaks. She is also pre-school teach in Agoura. She told us that with the education provided by the academy, she felt well prepared to take the State Board exam and passed! She also has a bachelor’s degree in liberal studies, and gets to use that while being a teacher. Both are her passions and she is living the dream having the opportunity to excel in both fields. Krystal enjoyed her time here at Lu Ross and felt she got the one on one guidance she needed. He instructor showed her all of the ins and outs of the nail industry and did all they could to prepare her to work in the field. Although she spent the most time with her instructor she also learned from our Director of Education, Maragret, and our Supervisor Instructor Monique. She said she came in willing to learn and even learned from the receptionist Nalini! Krystal invited that if you go into any program with an open heart and are willing to learn, then you will get everything that program has to offer. She couldn’t be more right, and her positive attitude is inspirational. She is looks up to celebrity nail artists: Greg Salo, President of Nails Inc. and Sabella “Bella” Snyder, Celebrity nail tech and Young Nails Mentor. She joined the manicuring program hoping it would help pay for her teaching credentials. She says nails has always been a hobby, but is now truly a blessing in her […]

Cosmetology Spot Light: Vanessa Lowe @locks_by_ness

By Tommy Zee Kelley This weeks blog is especially special because I had the privilege of getting to know Vanessa in my Cosmetology class. Vanessa is diligent and shined from the moment she did her first haircut. She has passions and strives to be a pillar in the industry and it is VERY clear that nothing will stand in her way. During the day Vanessa is a substitute teacher at Briggs Elementary school. Vanessa enjoys every part of the Cosmetology curriculum here at Lu Ross Academy and says that because this is her passion she enjoys everything there is to learn about the industry. She loves that the program is hands on and that the students are knowledgeable and helpful. She feels that she learns from everyone and loves the ability to mix and match different techniques from all individuals. She is most inspired by the everyday hair stylists she follows on Instagram. They take all of their looks and adapt them to being everyday styles. After she graduates she says, “The sky is the limit!” She plans on working hard and conquering in every way. She plans on working with a friend who has a space for her. This stylist friend inspired her to attend school. She also is interested in working in Hollywood, like she said the sky is the limit! To the future students of Lu Ross Academy, she advises that this is an amazing opportunity to pursue your dream. Like anything, the results are a reflection of what you put into it. She has incredible potential and exceptional potential in this industry. Her work shines every day, and she has and amazing start as a Wella colorist. Vanessa has been extremely productive while […]

Why Cosmetology Is a Great Career

An Exciting Environment A career in cosmetology offers you the chance to immerse yourself in the world of beauty, art and fashion all at the same time. Many people find that a career in cosmetology is rewarding in many ways, and that it offers uncountable benefits. Whether you are looking for a lucrative yet flexible career, or you want to interact with others while doing the work you love the most, you will find that a career in cosmetology is a wonderful choice. Top 7 Reasons Why Cosmetology is a Great Career You have the opportunity to be your own boss when you are a cosmetologist. At many salons, you can set your own hours and even your own pay scale. You get to work in a social atmosphere on a daily basis. You interact with your clients while you work on their hair and also with other stylists who work by your side. You will be able to grow and develop within your career. You can advance by taking on more clients, moving to an upscale salon or becoming a salon manager or owner. You develop wonderful and lasting relationships with clients. Your clients will be more than just customers — they will become your friends. You have the chance to bring out a person’s inner beauty, style and confidence each time you start an appointment. This is the best part of being a cosmetologist — you will love the rewarding feeling of providing someone with that perfect new look. If you think that this sounds like the career for you, then you may want to consider kick-starting your life as a cosmetologist today. Getting Certified The first step is contacting a cosmetology school that will train you to be an expert in your craft, as […]