About…The Boutique

Courtney Akai Lash Boutique is the newest, chicest, up-and-coming haven for all things beauty. And, it is the quickly-acclaimed and established best boutique to produce eyelash extensions in Manhattan. At Courtney Akai Lash Boutique, clients come first, needs and desires are always met, and the end result is entirely fabulous, every time. From lash extensions to hair extensions, permanent makeup application to bridal, the boutique specializes in offering unique, premium, personalized services. Staffed with crafted, distinguished experts, Courtney Akai Lash Boutique is a growing mecca for talent. Most recently, Courtney Akai Lash Boutique was honored as Salon of the Month by NovaLash, the premier lash extension company in the country.

About…Courtney Akai: owner, founder, eyelash extension artisan

Lash expert and Courtney Akai Lash Boutique founder Courtney Akai’s lash legacy dates back to 2004. The primping pioneer is well versed in the latest lash trends, and most recently trained to execute the volume technique. Akai opened her 5th Avenue lash boutique location in 2009, has since relocated to an expansive salon location in SoHo, and boasts an extensive celebrity clientele. Akai’s artistry and dedication to the craft is consistently featured in top publications, such as The New York Times, Allure, ELLE, Cosmopolitan, Marie Claire, Elle.com, 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.

Akai’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. Soon, she learned new techniques as a makeup artist for Clinique and Lancome, where she joined the makeup team at Lancome Studio 59, the only Bloomingdale’s-supported, free-standing makeup store. Mentored by famed national makeup artist and Oprah Winfrey’s go-to makeup man, Courtney quickly became the top makeup artist at Lancome Studio 59.

Courtney then enrolled in the Joe Blasco Makeup Academy; next stop was working with Bobbi Brown and notable modeling agencies, including Click, Wilhemina and Elite, where her expertise became widely recognized. Courtney worked on several high-profile fashion shows, as well as broadcast outlets such as Business Week’s weekly broadcast, ABC and FOX networks, Discovery Channel and Spike

Always on the cutting edge of beauty trends, Courtney entered the lash extension arena earning her advanced certification with NovaLash, the industry leader 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.

About…The Experts

Tamara Caless - Senior Lash Specialist. Pursuing her passion for beauty, licensed esthetician Tamara Caless has worked at various high-end, technologically advanced spas including medspas and laser clinics. At highly regarded dermatology clinic Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C., Tamara worked as the on-staff medical esthetician four years. She relocated to New York City to train under NovaLash and celebrity lash extension specialist Courtney Akai and became a certified lash extension artist and is experienced in applying mink lashes, as well. Catering to each client's needs and incorporating a dedicated and detail-oriented approach, Tamara's guests enjoy the best possible lash results.Tamara is available for lash extensions on request.

Kate Walsh - Senior Lash Specialist. A licensed medical esthetician since 2004, Kate started her career in Boston, Ma, honing her medical training at a Cosmetic & Laser Clinic before moving on to renowned Boston spa, Grettacole, where she started her journey in eyelash extensions with a certification from Xtreme Lashes. Her career in NY began 4 years ago, working for Robert DeNiro's 5 star Shibui Spa at The Greenwich Hotel in Tribeca where she not only gained experience working with celebrity clientele, but also notoriety, being featured in Vogue, Allure, Instyle & Style.com. Kate's love for eyelash extensions brought her to seek out lash pioneer Courtney Akai, where she is currently available for lash extension application upon request.

Holly Veronica Graham - Junior Lash Specialist. Born in Denver, Colorado and a graduate of the College of International Esthetics under Arlene Malay, Holly has 10yrs of experience in the beauty industry specializing in skincare, laser rejuvenation, body and waxing treatments. She studied under Dr. Andre Reed MD for 4yrs at BioAesthetics Skin Enhancement and Rejuvenation in Lonetree, Colorado were she was certified by Cutera Laser. Based on Holly's past experience working with dermatological and medical spas, she has a scientific and analytic approach to skincare. She has worked with Cynosure Elite MPX, Cynosure Affirm Multiplex, Medlite Q Switch, Zerona, Microdermabrasion and Silk Peels. She is also well versed in many Cosmetic Fillers. Holly's love for skincare and drive to progress in the Esthetics world has brought her to the Courtney Akai Lash Boutique. She is a certified lash specialist, and continued her apprenticeship under Courtney Akai in advance training. Holly is available for lash extensions and waxing on request. The Courtney Akai Lash Boutique is located at 594 Broadway, Suite 610, NY 10012, (212) 226-2166, www.courtneyakai.com.

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