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

Ellen Webb - Senior Lash Specialist. A love of art since a child, Ellen has always had an eye for beauty. Beginning her career ten years ago as a makeup artist and skincare consultant, Ellen received her esthetician license in 2006, thriving in a lash and brow boutique in North Carolina. Realizing her passion for brow design and lash application, Ellen decided to move to NYC to pursue a degree at Atelier Esthétique, a top esthetic school, where she completed the International Technical Electrical program. After graduation, she continued on to work at two of the most well renowned spas in NYC. Ellen is no stranger to VIP clientele and the media. She has worked with everyone from celebrities, athletes and successful professional and has appeared on WPIX 11 and Kelly Ripa's "Dirty Soap." With an advanced certification for Eye Lash extensions, Ellen apprenticed under Courtney Akai, and can be found creating beautiful brow shapes and lashes at the Soho boutique. Ellen is available for lash extensions and lashdip on request.

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.

Vivian Howard – Advanced Lash Specialist. A lover of skincare, beauty and overall health, Vivian has been a NYS licensed Medical Aesthetician since 2010, with training from the Lia Schorr Institute. Having worked at Laser Cosmetica almost immediately after getting her license, Vivian became skilled in laser hair removal, Photo Facials (IPL), Corrective Facials, Micro-Dermabrasion and medical grade chemical peels. With her amazing eye, attention to detail and perfectionist qualities, it wasn't long before Vivian quickly took to becoming certified in lash extensions through the well-known company Lavish Lash. She has had a long term interest in extensions and after having had a dedicated apprenticeship under Courtney Akai, is now available for lash extension application on 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.

Barbara Perez - With more than 20 years of experience in the beauty arena, Barbara Perez is a welcome and wonderful addition to Courtney Akai Lash Boutique. Her expertise: permanent makeup, in which she is board certified and licensed. Barbara's career began by working with top cosmetic surgeons as a post-surgical paramedical aesthetician. Later, she transitioned into the cosmetic industry as a makeup artist and color expert; today, she is noted as one of NYC's best permanent makeup professionals.

The Courtney Akai Lash Boutique is located at 594 Broadway, Suite 610, NY 10012, (212) 226-2166, www.courtneyakai.com.

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