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 […]
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 PCA facial peels class. The PCA peels class is an extra provided by Lu Ross, it is an outside educator who comes in and all the students get a kit special from PCA and a certification when they complete the course.
When asked what her favorite quality about Lu Ross is, she told us: “I love that Lu Ross offers so many certifications. We are constantly learning something new and I love that! That is the main reason that I decided to come here. None of the other schools I looked at offered this much.” Our aesthetics program especially comes with a lot of added extras exclusive to Lu Ross. Including the PCA peel, Minky’s lash extensions, Dermalogica training and field trip, and South Seas Spray Tanning just to name a few. We do everything we can here at Lu Ross to keep our training fresh and modern. These are all extras that are a big part of the Aesthetics world and it is great for our students to have a chance […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
An Exciting EnvironmentA 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.
Getting CertifiedThe first step is contacting a cosmetology school that will train you to be an expert […]
A Rewarding CareerAside from the basic salon work, barbers can use their skills to prepare clients for fashion shows, weddings and portrait photos, and carry out a variety of other tasks associated with the profession. So is becoming a barber the right fit for you? Here’s a look at five reasons why you should consider this career path:
- Sociable: Are you a people person? Being a barber is a great way to interact with people on a daily basis. Unlike a conventional 9-5, where you sit at your desk and interact with a limited number of people each day, you’re always interacting with your clients in the barbershop. This is a great way to form friendships, build a clientele and – perhaps most importantly – have fun on the job.
- Potential: There’s a lot of room for growth as a barber. Aside from working in a salon – or owning your own – you can become talented enough to prep actors and actresses before movie scenes.
- Creativity: Being a barber is about more than just cutting hair. That’s because while some desire a haircut, others desire actual design work on their hair.
- Laid back: Being a barber doesn’t come with the same demands that a 9-5 does, allowing barbers to work in a more laid back atmosphere compared to the typical workplace.
- Job security: Everyone needs their hair cut at one time or another, so you’ll never run out of clients. In fact, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the profession is actually […]