MEET OUR TRAINERS – MELISSA RAFFONE
Melissa always dreamed of finding her true passion. A profession she fit perfectly. After changing her major twice, Melissa graduated Southern Connecticut State University with a BS in Corporate Communication.
Following graduation from college, Melissa was having a hard time finding a career she was passionate about. In her pursuit of happiness Melissa came across an adult education class which focused on makeup and color matching. This class sparked her interest in the beauty industry, specifically skincare treatments. She was twenty-four when she started esthetic school at New England School of Hairdressing. Melissa had an unbelievable instructor. She was so knowledgeable and inspiring. Miss Grace encouraged Melissa to take advanced classes and encouraged her to apply to Catherine Hinds School of Esthetics in Massachusetts. Moving to Massachusetts was not easy for Melissa but the best move she ever made! Melissa’s passion only grew from there and she has never looked back.
Melissa has worked in the spa industry since 2003. She has worked in spas and med spas, specializing in acne and anti-aging treatments which included, chemical peels, microdermabrasion, micro needling, dermaplaning and other specialty treatments. Being an esthetic instructor at Brio Academy and Paul Mitchell School in Connecticut was a huge highlight in her career. Melissa loves sharing her knowledge and experiences with students hungry to learn all about skincare. Melissa is passionate about continuing her education and learning new techniques. She loves hands on learning, reading professional magazines and books, taking classes, and going to trade shows where she can explore new product lines and the latest equipment.
In 2011, after having children and taking a small break, she was missing that part of her life immensely. Missing it so much she found a way to start back slowly and established her own business custom blending makeup for women and pursued breaking into the wedding industry. She traveled to different salons and spas meeting new faces and having beauty events.
The beauty industry is truly amazing, and the possibilities are endless! In 2015, while managing her business and working at a med spa, Melissa was always searching for new treatments, techniques, and products to learn and train with. A couple years later, Melissa came across the new world of lashes and lash lifts. This is when she fell in love with Elleebana! Melissa was certified in March of 2017 and later that year became a lash lift trainer and influencer for Elleebana. This amazing opportunity helped Melissa grow as a person and in her business. After leaving the med spa Melissa immersed herself in her skincare business and lash lift classes. She became a certified Acne Specialist with a company called Face Reality and a certified Henna trainer for Elleebana!! Her professional career is one of the best parts of her life!!
Being able to help women feel beautiful and confident brings Melissa so much joy. Seeing the look on her clients faces when they see how effective skincare treatments and a little bit of great makeup can help their skin look younger and smoother is so satisfying for her soul.
Official Elleebana Trainer Number #TR16283
Elleebana Certified Trainer in:
Lash Lift | Brow Henna