In nearly three decades of doing session hair and makeup for the entertainment industry, Melanie Shelley has built an impressive and exciting resume. With intensive New York training under her belt - alongside top editorial stylists Danilo, Kevin Mancuso, Losi and Oribe - Melanie’s independent work has been featured in countless major fashion and music magazines such as Vogue, Elle, Glamour, Harper’s Bazaar, Rolling Stone, GQ, Esquire, ElleMEN, Allure, People, NATIVE, Billboard, Vegas, Cosmopolitan, Interview and US Weekly.
Traveling between New York and Nashville, Melanie was featured in 2001 as one of VOGUE Magazine's young "rising star" stylists. Melanie continued to build notoriety for her forward-reaching editorial work with photographers Norman Jean Roy, Robert Ascroft, Annie Leibowitz and Frank Ockenfels, but her catapult into the public eye came from her creation of the now-famous "BINX" haircut - since copied by Rihanna, Miley Cyrus, Katy Perry and many others - which rocket-launched the young gender-bending beauty Leona "Binx" Walton to supermodel stardom. Binx now walks the runways of Yves St. Laurent, Chanel and Marc Jacobs, and is widely considered one of the world's top 20 supermodels.
"I didn't know one single person with
that haircut, so I decided it would be me." One short-back-and-sides-and-long-on-top later, a star was born. Walking every runway worth its salt at spring/summer shows, Binx's light started flashing.
"Just when I was thinking about going back to school and putting modeling on the back burner, my bookers called me in for a meeting. They told me it might be a good idea to cut my hair... So I went to Melanie Shelley and had it cut. I was on Models.com the next day, and shortly afterwards I was off to New York with an option for a Marc Jacobs exclusive!"
"Binx's Guide To Making It As A Supermodel"
Now, in 2020, Melanie is “first-call” session hairstylist for actress Nicole Kidman, actor Morgan Freeman, recording artists Keith Urban, Martina McBride, One Republic, Thomas Rhett, Jake Owen, Tyler Farr, RaeLynn, Rodney Crowell, Emmylou Harris, hot new girl duo TNT, breakout country artist Teddy Robb - as well as lead hair for Nordstrom Runway Division and Frye Boots campaigns. She is frequently a featured beauty writer and editor for NATIVE magazine and other publications, as well as a highly revered advanced haircut and style educator for the beauty industry.