14 February 2019

The NHBF and the Fellowship for British Hairdressing’s Step Up & SHINE competition received entries from stylists of all levels who wanted to be in with a chance of winning the year-long £2,500 bespoke education and mentoring programme. The list of finalists selected by an expert panel have been announced today:

The finalists are:

  • Amanda Linehan, Hot Trend, Gillingham   
  • Kim Nicole, The Salon Owen & Torr, Anglesey      
  • Lewis Wilson, Wilson's Hairdressing, Macclesfield
  • Bianca Jones, Oracle Hairdressing, Chippenham   
  • Bethany Somerset, Material, Bath  
  • Evelina Janukenaite, Rory James Hair, Horsforth

Entrants were required to complete an application form detailing their hairdressing background and ambitions and record a 60 second video on Instagram explaining why they would be the perfect person to win this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

The next stage of the prestigious competition will see the successful finalists interviewed at their salon by a Step Up & SHINE representative. The final judging takes place in March with the winner of the scholarship announced in April 2019.

We’re looking for a passionate and enthusiastic stylist who will flourish from this invaluable mentoring 

NHBF President Agnes Leonard said: “Congratulations to all of our 2019 finalists! The Step Up and SHINE scholarship is a career-changing opportunity, so we’re looking for a passionate and enthusiastic stylist who will flourish from this invaluable mentoring. We wish all the finalists good luck and look forward to the next round of judging!” 


Step Up & SHINE was launched in association with the NHBF and the Fellowship, in honour of industry legend, Christofer Mann, to nurture passionate stylists from the UK who may not have access to quality training. Renowned industry expert, Debbie G will mentor the winner of this incredible scholarship to provide constant support and create a programme of courses designed to enhance the stylist’s career.