Lu Ross Academy Inc

★★★☆☆
  • 470 E Thompson Blvd

    Ventura, CA 93001

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  • 805-643-5690

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Tue 10am-6:30pm, Fri 10am-6:30pm, Wed-Thu 10am-7:30pm, Sat 9am-3pm

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Since no one has reviewed this school since 2011! and it's 2016! I'll add a few thoughts
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I'll be graduating soon at Lu Ross . and some of what was written by," a REAL STUDENT" in 2011 sounds about right in 2016, especially regarding the aesthetics of the place. After all this school is teaching beauty. and it's in dire need of a HUGE MAKEOVER from the inside out.

The condition of the school in 2016 still looks pretty rundown to me. Especially for a school that's always packed with students, and a very busy clinic. The clinic could use some help too. The photos on the website look a million times better than in person.

The gravel parking lot is dangerous, and awful. what about people who are handicapped ? it's uneven and perilous walking on all that uneven gravel. The inside is in dire need of a paint job and design overhaul.
The student chairs are a throwback to something from the 70's. many are falling apart. They look and feel like something a 5th grader would sit in, not an adult, or even 20 something.

The interior looks like an old soda shop, it's original decor, black and white checker board theme. This could be made to look hip retro like I've seen in some LA shops and places, but not here. It looks more like the twilight zone.

The placed a few fairly recent fashion product shots around the place which helps update into the 21 century a bit, but this place is so run down that effort really feels like a cheep bandaid approach.
The owner needs to actually pay someone who knows what they are doing.

The education has been good although I feel they could add more current courses in some tracks. One girl I knew in the anesthetists course said that she'll need to go somewhere else and get the outside training she wants once she passes her boards , in laser and micro current skin and a few other areas I don't recall. Also she mentioned air brushing is not taught here

Air brushing is the thing for Hollywood events in the entertainment industry in the world of makeup, so I'm not sure why it's not taught here. Air brushing has been around for a long time. Also, MAC has beautiful products but they're like drinking a toxic waste dump of ingredients,if that bothers you,It does me. They do use Wella products which is more botanical. thank goodness.

there's no other beauty school competition n Ventura which is probably why the owner doesn't feel the pressure to spend some of that cash $$$$ he's making off his very busy school and give LU ROSS ACADEMY a real beauty makeover! After all, that's what this school is all about BEAUTY, looking and feeling good from the inside out!

Everyone is nice. I'm glad I went here, even though the aesthetics of the place are sad, very sad indeed.

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★★★☆☆

Since no one has reviewed this school since 2011! and it's 2016! I'll add a few thoughts
.
I'll be graduating soon at Lu Ross . and some of what was written by," a REAL STUDENT" in 2011 sounds about right in 2016, especially regarding the aesthetics of the place. After all this school is teaching beauty. and it's in dire need of a HUGE MAKEOVER from the inside out.

The condition of the school in 2016 still looks pretty rundown to me. Especially for a school that's always packed with students, and a very busy clinic. The clinic could use some help too. The photos on the website look a million times better than in person.

The gravel parking lot is dangerous, and awful. what about people who are handicapped ? it's uneven and perilous walking on all that uneven gravel. The inside is in dire need of a paint job and design overhaul.
The student chairs are a throwback to something from the 70's. many are falling apart. They look and feel like something a 5th grader would sit in, not an adult, or even 20 something.

The interior looks like an old soda shop, it's original decor, black and white checker board theme. This could be made to look hip retro like I've seen in some LA shops and places, but not here. It looks more like the twilight zone.

The placed a few fairly recent fashion product shots around the place which helps update into the 21 century a bit, but this place is so run down that effort really feels like a cheep bandaid approach.
The owner needs to actually pay someone who knows what they are doing.

The education has been good although I feel they could add more current courses in some tracks. One girl I knew in the anesthetists course said that she'll need to go somewhere else and get the outside training she wants once she passes her boards , in laser and micro current skin and a few other areas I don't recall. Also she mentioned air brushing is not taught here

Air brushing is the thing for Hollywood events in the entertainment industry in the world of makeup, so I'm not sure why it's not taught here. Air brushing has been around for a long time. Also, MAC has beautiful products but they're like drinking a toxic waste dump of ingredients,if that bothers you,It does me. They do use Wella products which is more botanical. thank goodness.

there's no other beauty school competition n Ventura which is probably why the owner doesn't feel the pressure to spend some of that cash $$$$ he's making off his very busy school and give LU ROSS ACADEMY a real beauty makeover! After all, that's what this school is all about BEAUTY, looking and feeling good from the inside out!

Everyone is nice. I'm glad I went here, even though the aesthetics of the place are sad, very sad indeed.

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I took my family here to get their hair cut. The total came out to $34 and they charged me $68. They are not returning the amount they over charged to me even though I have a receipt showing the $34. The business office manager I spoke to was rude, insensitive, and did not return my calls as promised. I will not return nor will I support a business with such poor practices.

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I took my family here to get their hair cut. The total came out to $34 and they charged me $68. They are not returning the amount they over charged to me even though I have a receipt showing the $34. The business office manager I spoke to was rude, insensitive, and did not return my calls as promised. I will not return nor will I support a business with such poor practices.

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I graduated Lu Ross in October and took my state board testing dec 1,2010 and passed. I currently have a liscense and although yes I did the footwork, my schooling at Lu Ross gets most the credit for me passing. My experience at Lu Ross,from the criteria to the instructors, was positive all the way around. If you are choosing which beauty school to attend by who has the coolest equipment or what's in style right now rock on, but if you want to pass state board and get a liscense to pursue your career Lu Ross is where you should attend. Not only is their passing rate of state board one of the highest around their priority is getting you the knowledge you need. The curriculum is very organized and structured but at the same time very enjoyable and fun. The instructors are amazing,each and every one of them. They all have something to teach you if you're willing to learn and offer you so many diffferent styles of hairdressing you get to find out what style will work for you from the very begginning. Lu Ross gives you the basics of what you need to get your liscense and allows you to grow as a stylist into what you're own identity will be. It was an amazing time in my life and I would do it all over again. I reccomend Lu Ross to anyone who wants to get their liscense and succeed in this industry. Nichole Wheeler,graduate of Lu Ross 2010

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I graduated Lu Ross in October and took my state board testing dec 1,2010 and passed. I currently have a liscense and although yes I did the footwork, my schooling at Lu Ross gets most the credit for me passing. My experience at Lu Ross,from the criteria to the instructors, was positive all the way around. If you are choosing which beauty school to attend by who has the coolest equipment or what's in style right now rock on, but if you want to pass state board and get a liscense to pursue your career Lu Ross is where you should attend. Not only is their passing rate of state board one of the highest around their priority is getting you the knowledge you need. The curriculum is very organized and structured but at the same time very enjoyable and fun. The instructors are amazing,each and every one of them. They all have something to teach you if you're willing to learn and offer you so many diffferent styles of hairdressing you get to find out what style will work for you from the very begginning. Lu Ross gives you the basics of what you need to get your liscense and allows you to grow as a stylist into what you're own identity will be. It was an amazing time in my life and I would do it all over again. I reccomend Lu Ross to anyone who wants to get their liscense and succeed in this industry. Nichole Wheeler,graduate of Lu Ross 2010

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I am a graduate of the makeup artist class at Lu Ross Academy. My teacher was Holly Hughes and I was one of approximately 20 students in the class. The class consisted of lessons in theory, practical application, presentation and

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I am a graduate of the makeup artist class at Lu Ross Academy. My teacher was Holly Hughes and I was one of approximately 20 students in the class. The class consisted of lessons in theory, practical application, presentation and

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Please do your research before enrolling here. I sadly saw the bad reviews and still hoped they were wrong reviews. I wish I would have paid attention to them...To late now. After spending close to $3000 dollars, yes no typo, that's how much I spend overall for the makeup class. The instructor is full of it, her saying: "Fake it til you make it" is what will inspire you. There is no teaching, she will teach you a basic makeup, smokey eye and how to apply false eyelashes. They give you a book from the 80's and will have you do essays as if you were in college. There will be photo shoots and the concepts for the makeup, you guessed it...You come up with this. I didn't know it was going to be a self taught class. Fot that there is youtube and you save that money for better tools and you actually learn something.
They have a policy for full refund, after the first 7 business days you get all the money back, of course you only attend 2 days out of those 7 and the instructor makes sure you believe all the lies she tells you about how much she will teach. The trips to the MAC store is just a scam to make you buy products so the school gets recognition for bringing all this customers (students) to shop for more. Sadly there is people that drop out and don't get their money or a certificate of completion.
Seriously don't waste your money on this, is not worth it.

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Please do your research before enrolling here. I sadly saw the bad reviews and still hoped they were wrong reviews. I wish I would have paid attention to them...To late now. After spending close to $3000 dollars, yes no typo, that's how much I spend overall for the makeup class. The instructor is full of it, her saying: "Fake it til you make it" is what will inspire you. There is no teaching, she will teach you a basic makeup, smokey eye and how to apply false eyelashes. They give you a book from the 80's and will have you do essays as if you were in college. There will be photo shoots and the concepts for the makeup, you guessed it...You come up with this. I didn't know it was going to be a self taught class. Fot that there is youtube and you save that money for better tools and you actually learn something.
They have a policy for full refund, after the first 7 business days you get all the money back, of course you only attend 2 days out of those 7 and the instructor makes sure you believe all the lies she tells you about how much she will teach. The trips to the MAC store is just a scam to make you buy products so the school gets recognition for bringing all this customers (students) to shop for more. Sadly there is people that drop out and don't get their money or a certificate of completion.
Seriously don't waste your money on this, is not worth it.

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We give the Certificate of Completion to graduates only. It is unfortunate that "Real student s." was so unhappy with the program. Perhaps if this student would have remained in the program for the entire time, she would be able to give a more accurate assessment of the course. The professional makeup artist course is a career based program. It is geared toward individuals who are driven, motivated and hard working...all quailities required to become successful in this competitive industry. They learn all aspects of the makeup industry; business and technical. Students are taken to industry events where they are introduced to other professionals. They build their personal portfolios and resumes working closely with models, photographers, stylists and promoters. Unlike this student, students who DO receive their certificate go on to work for photographers, agencies, cosmetic companies, music videos, and other various makeup careers. Personally, I feel the course is well worth the tuition. I invite anyone interested in this course to come and sit in for an evening's class to see for themself. Holly Hughes, Director of Makeup Artistry
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I attended Lu Ross for the make-up training I wouln't recemend it at all, I am very dissapointed of all the time and money that I invested in it. The whole 10 weeks when to the trash can because they don't show you much, the only things the teacher taugh us, is to put false eye lashes a simple smokey eye, they have you write essays like if you are in high school.They have you do photoshoots and all the make-up applications you have to figure it out by your self, the only good thing is the tehy teach you with MAC products and that you get certified as a Make-up artist. Over all if you are going to spend 3,000 dollars get informed really good before you get into a school.

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I attended Lu Ross for the make-up training I wouln't recemend it at all, I am very dissapointed of all the time and money that I invested in it. The whole 10 weeks when to the trash can because they don't show you much, the only things the teacher taugh us, is to put false eye lashes a simple smokey eye, they have you write essays like if you are in high school.They have you do photoshoots and all the make-up applications you have to figure it out by your self, the only good thing is the tehy teach you with MAC products and that you get certified as a Make-up artist. Over all if you are going to spend 3,000 dollars get informed really good before you get into a school.

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I attended the Esthetician program at Lu Ross Academy in 2009. THE POSITIVES: The first 8 weeks of the Esthetician program students are considered freshman. Our kit included one set of Murad facial products and a set of Dermalogica products as well as an eyelash kit, makeup brushes, tweezer, and scissors. You are also provided a text and workbook and a carrying bag. In my opinion the kit contents were very nice. Right away you will be trained to do waxing and very soon after be able to wax clients. You will get plenty of opportunity for hands on training. The freshman instructor, Christina is very nice and will help you in any way she can. The makeup that they have in the school for the students to practice with IS old and no one uses it except for practicing on paper makeup faces. We all brought our own makeup to practice on each other.When you move to the senior class, your instructor will be Liz. She is very nice and knowledgeable. You must be proactive and make sure you to stay on track with your studies, state board practice, and getting all of your requirements done because all of a sudden it will be time to graduate and you will not have everything done if you don't. I saw this happen to alot to students. Once you are a senior you will be doing a lot of facials which is great because you will get alot of hands on training. This also underscores the need to keep up with your homework because once you are a senior you will not have time to do it in class if the clinic is busy. In the clinic, you will be using Dermalogica and Murad products and you will get a good foundation of knowledge of these two product lines. The clients are very nice for the most part with a sprinkling of not so nice. The best part is you get to keep your tips. Also, you will have the opportunity to visit the International Dermal Institute with your class. There are also quite a few demos with guest speakers.
THE NEGATIVES: There can be quite a few students who should never have been admitted or kicked out. These students are the ones that act like they are still in high school and screw around or act intimidating. It adds to feeling that that you are in kindergarten. The staff makes up all kinds of ridiculous rules to try to deal with this and this makes most of the students miserable including the good ones. I would say that this kind of atmosphere is the number one complaint of students you will hear. The facilities are outdated and many areas are in desperate need of remodeling. On the positive note, the new owner seems to be tackling this issue and there have been improvements that are ongoing. BTW, parking is terrible. Get there early and you will be ok.

Overall, would I pick Lu Ross again? Yes. Until there is something better, I think it is still the best school in the area. It is expensive, but they will help you with financial aid. My advice is to keep a low profile . Stay away from the drama. Put your time in and try to get as much out of it as possible. Good Luck.

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★★★☆☆

I attended the Esthetician program at Lu Ross Academy in 2009. THE POSITIVES: The first 8 weeks of the Esthetician program students are considered freshman. Our kit included one set of Murad facial products and a set of Dermalogica products as well as an eyelash kit, makeup brushes, tweezer, and scissors. You are also provided a text and workbook and a carrying bag. In my opinion the kit contents were very nice. Right away you will be trained to do waxing and very soon after be able to wax clients. You will get plenty of opportunity for hands on training. The freshman instructor, Christina is very nice and will help you in any way she can. The makeup that they have in the school for the students to practice with IS old and no one uses it except for practicing on paper makeup faces. We all brought our own makeup to practice on each other.When you move to the senior class, your instructor will be Liz. She is very nice and knowledgeable. You must be proactive and make sure you to stay on track with your studies, state board practice, and getting all of your requirements done because all of a sudden it will be time to graduate and you will not have everything done if you don't. I saw this happen to alot to students. Once you are a senior you will be doing a lot of facials which is great because you will get alot of hands on training. This also underscores the need to keep up with your homework because once you are a senior you will not have time to do it in class if the clinic is busy. In the clinic, you will be using Dermalogica and Murad products and you will get a good foundation of knowledge of these two product lines. The clients are very nice for the most part with a sprinkling of not so nice. The best part is you get to keep your tips. Also, you will have the opportunity to visit the International Dermal Institute with your class. There are also quite a few demos with guest speakers.
THE NEGATIVES: There can be quite a few students who should never have been admitted or kicked out. These students are the ones that act like they are still in high school and screw around or act intimidating. It adds to feeling that that you are in kindergarten. The staff makes up all kinds of ridiculous rules to try to deal with this and this makes most of the students miserable including the good ones. I would say that this kind of atmosphere is the number one complaint of students you will hear. The facilities are outdated and many areas are in desperate need of remodeling. On the positive note, the new owner seems to be tackling this issue and there have been improvements that are ongoing. BTW, parking is terrible. Get there early and you will be ok.

Overall, would I pick Lu Ross again? Yes. Until there is something better, I think it is still the best school in the area. It is expensive, but they will help you with financial aid. My advice is to keep a low profile . Stay away from the drama. Put your time in and try to get as much out of it as possible. Good Luck.

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At the beginning of classes at Lu Ross Academy, I felt nervous and afraid of the unknown, yet I always wanted to have the opportunity to study cosmetology. Once I was in school I got to know the instructors and I realized that they were there to feed us knowledge and provide a safe learning environment for all of us. They are really there for you anytime you need them. I remember one time when I needed more help with state board exam and they acted fast to help me understand better. They also provided numerous guest speakers from professional salons to give us an opportunity to learn from somebody else and possibly network for the future. The majority of the students were extremely friendly and they made it fun. The administrators are also really friendly and professional and they listen to you. Another wonderful experience that I had was when I was given the opportunity to be an instructor aid. This was a memorable time for me. Overall I am really glad that I attended Lu Ross Academy. Everyone here made me feel like I can achieve anything.

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At the beginning of classes at Lu Ross Academy, I felt nervous and afraid of the unknown, yet I always wanted to have the opportunity to study cosmetology. Once I was in school I got to know the instructors and I realized that they were there to feed us knowledge and provide a safe learning environment for all of us. They are really there for you anytime you need them. I remember one time when I needed more help with state board exam and they acted fast to help me understand better. They also provided numerous guest speakers from professional salons to give us an opportunity to learn from somebody else and possibly network for the future. The majority of the students were extremely friendly and they made it fun. The administrators are also really friendly and professional and they listen to you. Another wonderful experience that I had was when I was given the opportunity to be an instructor aid. This was a memorable time for me. Overall I am really glad that I attended Lu Ross Academy. Everyone here made me feel like I can achieve anything.

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Being enrolled as a student of Cosmetology at Lu Ross Academy was a very positive experience. The curriculum, aside from being interesting, was well organized and the staff was extremely efficient and competent. As a result, it promoted an environment that was conducive to learning for all students. Everything from preparing for the State Board to ultimately finding a job could be attributed to their excellent instruction. The Cosmetology program at Lu Ross did a fine job in preparing me for a career in hair design... Annie T, Cosmetology Graduate, 2005

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Being enrolled as a student of Cosmetology at Lu Ross Academy was a very positive experience. The curriculum, aside from being interesting, was well organized and the staff was extremely efficient and competent. As a result, it promoted an environment that was conducive to learning for all students. Everything from preparing for the State Board to ultimately finding a job could be attributed to their excellent instruction. The Cosmetology program at Lu Ross did a fine job in preparing me for a career in hair design... Annie T, Cosmetology Graduate, 2005

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I love Lu Ross because I can get my legs waxed for $15 dollars. This is a super deal. However, you have to be willing to be worked on by students. And since they are students sometimes the appointment takes a little longer. But for the most part all the students I've had work on me have been really nice and sometimes they do a better job than at a salon.

PROS: Cheap
CONS: trusting beauty school students

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I love Lu Ross because I can get my legs waxed for $15 dollars. This is a super deal. However, you have to be willing to be worked on by students. And since they are students sometimes the appointment takes a little longer. But for the most part all the students I've had work on me have been really nice and sometimes they do a better job than at a salon.

PROS: Cheap
CONS: trusting beauty school students

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Providing Cosmetology, Aesthetician and Makeup Artist training. The school was founded in 1954 and is still the Premier Beauty School in Ventura County.Lu Ross Academy has trained generations of Ventura County residents over the years, even a Grandmother, Mother and Daughter. The school has students from all over Ventura, Santa Barbara and Los Angeles Counties, serving cities like Simi Valley, Ojai, Malibu, Camarillo and Thousand oaks.

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Lu Ross Academy is an educational instutution and the training comes first. Lu Ross Academy was voted the Favorite Trade School of Ventura County by the readers of the Ventura County Star. The school was voted Best Haircut under $20 by the readers of the

 

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