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Local Creative Highlight - Melayne Odel, Hair and Makeup Artist

Alpena, MI - November 2022

For November's local creative highlight we approached Melayne Manes - an outstanding hair and makeup artist operating right here locally in the Alpena area.

Melayne began her journey in 2018 and expanded her love for makeup into a career beginning in 2020. You can find Melayne (as well as her wonderful hair and makeup skills) working alongside Hair By Ellie in Downtown Alpena!


Hey, I’m Melayne Odell! I am a 22-year-old Hair and Makeup Artist, and I am the face behind @melaynemanes on Instagram! I am located in Alpena Mi, though I was born and raised in Mikado, Mi!

I am a stylist at Hair By Ellie & Company in Downtown Alpena. I strive to make your time with me relaxing, and you leave feeling uplifted and brand new!

I began my journey in the beauty industry in 2018 and officially started my career in 2020. I started with the love of makeup, where I would sit at my vanity for countless hours practicing different techniques. Later I went to cosmetology school at Douglas J Aveda and soon fell in love with doing hair.

I have always had a creative drive in me, and I am at my happiest when I can let it thrive. Behind the chair, I am my most confident, and comfortable self. Being able to make amazing connections, and make my guests feel their best, will always be why I love what I do.

The creative world is such a beautiful place when you have the drive and passion for it. At times it can break you down, but you will only ever come back out stronger! Having a positive outlook and keeping a great support system has helped me get to where I am now.

If you are interested in this path or want to know more about it, please reach out to me. I would love to help you reach your goals!

The Sunset Project seeks to elevate every creative in the community regardless of subject or outlet. The ideologies and beliefs found within creative pieces are those of the artists, not necessarily The Sunset Project as an organization.

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