As the premier eyelash extensions salon for over a decade, Courtney Akai Lash Boutique has beautified their clients with eyelash extensions and continues to be the leader in our industry.

At Courtney Akai Lash Boutique, clients come first, needs and desires are always met, and the end result is entirely fabulous, every time. Staffed with crafted, distinguished experts, Courtney Akai Lash Boutique is a growing mecca for talent.

Courtney Akai was most recently featured on the today show, click here to watch!


Andra Ciulei Marin

Artistic Director
Expert Lash Stylist

Meet Andra, our star beauty expert, who has been making waves in the glamorous world of eyelash styling for over 15 years. With a portfolio that’s as diverse as it is noteworthy, and a clientele that includes celebrities, Andra’s skills have earned her praise from renowned magazines like Cosmopolitan, Marie Claire and Allure. Her love for the beauty sector started when she began her journey as a makeup artist, leaving a touch of magic wherever she worked.

In 2008, her career took a significant turn when she became a top-certified eyelash extension technician with Xtreme Lashes in New York. This accomplishment sparked her passion for eyelash extensions and encouraged her to keep honing her skills. She later assumed the role of a trainer at a respected European firm, further perfecting her technique.

Nowadays, you can find Andra in the hustle and bustle of New York City, contributing to the success of the Courtney Akai Lash Boutique. She’s enthusiastic about sharing her knowledge, guiding new technicians, and motivating them to excel in the vibrant beauty industry. Experience Andra’s unwavering dedication and passion for beauty firsthand, and let her work her magic on you.


Alexandra "Alee" Stark

Senior Lash Stylist

Alee’s professional journey in the beauty industry took its roots in sunny California before flourishing in the vibrant streets of New York. Trading in her surfboard for a cosmetology license in 2013, she honed her craft at the esteemed Bellus Academy. Her tenure at the upscale Courtney Akai Lash salon in 2016 left an indelible mark on New York’s beauty scene.

By 2018, Alee delved into the world of lash extensions, learning from the renowned Master Stylist Andra Marin. Her commitment to excellence led her to acquire a prestigious certification from Bliss Beauty Academy, further cementing her expertise.

Presently, Alee is a valued regular at Courtney Akai Lash Boutique, utilizing her deep-seated skills and knowledge to augment her clients’ innate beauty, aiding in their individuality. Her standing as a respected professional in the beauty sector remains steadfast, as she persistently elevates the benchmark of beauty standards, one lash extension at a time.


Morgan Ott

Master Lash Stylist

Originally from Atlanta, Morgan moved to New York City in May of 2019. A few years ago, while working as an esthetician in Buffalo , she could no longer ignore her true calling to pursue a career in the lash industry. She enrolled in the prestigious Borboleta Beauty School where she obtained her excellent training in both the classic and the Volume technique of applying eyelash extensions.

Perfecting her skills and educating herself further on the latest and greatest in methods and brands, in NYC Morgan cultivated the career of her dreams – helping to transform, educate, and all-round *beautify* women, who deserve to look and feel their very best. Morgan is always in search of the most innovative products and methodologies, which is why she prides herself in offering her clients the best. She is available for appointments at our salon.


Marley Moskel

Master Lash Stylist

After attending school in Chicago for painting and drawing, and traveling to Los Angeles to take a course in beauty makeup artistry, Marley took her Xtreme Lash Certification class in January 2010. The precision and craft came very naturally to Marley, and she spent the next few years perfecting her technique before making a big move to NYC. Once there, she established herself by lashing amazing women and celebrities, and continued her education in March 2016 by taking the PhiBrows Microblading course, and later their Microblading Perfection course. She can be booked at our NYC location upon request.


Courtney Akai

founder and eyelash
extensions artisan

Founder of our lash boutique, lash expert, our mentor and friend, her lash legacy dates back to 2004. Courtney’s lash love began when she was a passionate teenager in cosmetology school, where she discovered she had an eye for aesthetics and a natural talent for application. Always on the cutting edge of beauty trends, Courtney entered the lash extension arena earning her advanced certification in lash extensions. One of the few early lash technicians practicing the craft in New York City, in 2006 she co-founded and opened Uptown Girl, a Manhattan salon specializing in lash extensions before creating the Courtney Akai Lash Boutique in 2009.

Her artistry and dedication to the craft has been consistently featured in top publications, such as The New York Times, Allure, ELLE, Cosmopolitan, Marie Claire,, People Style Watch, Self, InStyle, The Huffington Post, The New York Post, OK Magazine, Lucky, New York Magazine’s Wedding Issue, Salon News and Launch Pad. Akai was featured on The Learning Channel’s “10 Years Younger” as a premier lash extension specialist and was named New York magazine’s Best of the Best two years in a row. Courtney has retired from lashing in early 2019 and is not currently taking lash appointments.