"By Lash Artists for Lash Artists"
The Lash & Brow Academy, Inc. (LABA) has been a premier provider of eyelash extension products and training since 2008 and has certified thousands of licensed cosmetologists and estheticians in lash & brow artistry over the last 13 years. Located in Encino, California on Ventura Blvd., the LABA Academy is conveniently located close to the Ventura Fwy and San Diego Fwy interchange. Hollywood Burbank Airport is a short 12 mile drive, while Los Angeles International Airport is only 20 miles from the academy.
Melanie Thomas Kopeikin
Founder & Head Coach
Beauty industry strategist and business development specialist, Melanie Thomas Kopeikin, is the founder of LABA. She started her beauty career as a makeup artist behind the counter and in the salon while working on her Master's Degree in Special Education. You may know her best by her role at Wella and Proctor and Gamble as the Senior Director of Business Development, or maybe as President of Pivot Point International. She has also worked as a consultant and strategist for many companies including Goldwell, KMS, and Schwarzkopf. Melanie is a beauty podcaster and producer of Pro Beauty Talks and
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Director of Education and Head Trainer
LABA's educational program is led by the talented Justine Ivaldi. Justine is the Director of Education and Head Trainer for LABA. She also runs her own very successful business in Fresno, California, and is a certified lash artist, trainer, and coach. She leads the current team of LABA trainers and coaches. They are all business owners, certified master lash artists, trainers,
LABA Head Brow Trainer
The brow division of LABA is led by Head Brow Trainer, the talented Stacy Moore. Stacy is a very experienced lash & brow artist and owns her salon in Auburn, California. She is also a certified master lash artist, trainer, and coach.
The LABA Academy is led by Kelli Modica who has been with the organization for over 10 years. As the Senior Director, she is a great resource for licensed professionals seeking more information about the LABA range of products and tools, as well as the extensive educational experiences available. She is also available to provide information about various programs and opportunities to get involved with the LABA Tribe.
LABA has worked with the best in the industry to deliver an educational program that is flexible by design so that it most closely matches the student's lifestyle and learning style. Our team of LABA Trainers and Coaches have been involved in the design and the content. Our mantra is "by lash artists, for lash artists". Our mission is to give you everything you need, and nothing you don't!
Our LABA Eyelash Extension products have been carefully curated and tested by our team of LABA Trainers, Affiliates, Advocates, and Influencers. Our hope is to support professional lash artists throughout the country by providing the best possible training and products to help them be as successful as possible in their careers as lash and brow artists. The LABA philosophy is to meet you where you are in your lash journey and design a pathway of learning and support that is aligned with your personal and professional goals.
We welcome you to the LABA Tribe!