Nicola Hamm from Escape Hair Lounge in Southsea, Portsmouth crowned winner of 2018's 'Step Up & SHINE'

The Christofer Mann Step Up & Shine Scholarship of £2,500 is awarded to one hairdresser every year, this hairdresser can be of any level experience, age or geographic location. The Scholarship winner will be mentored by industry legend Debbie G.

2018 winner Nicola Hamm - follow her journey

Nicola has now embarked on her bespoke education programme as part of winning the prestigious industry competition prize. Keep reading to find out more on what the Step Up & SHINE Scholarship has meant to Nicola and what great courses she has attended so far! Also watch her video here.

May 2018

Nicola was awarded with the scholarship at the Fellowship’s President’s Network

“Being announced as winner of the competition was phenomenal! Particularly because I'm only from a small salon in Portsmouth so I didn't expect to get very far. I've dreamt of reaching the top of my career as a stylist, so having access to this level of quality training will enable me to take the steps to get there. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity that I'm not going to waste.” Read more here.

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Nicola spent the day with mentor Debbie G

Nicola spent the day with mentor Debbie G at her salon Billi Currie to go through which bespoke training she would like to undertake during her Step Up & SHINE year scholarship.

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June 2018

After winning Step Up & SHINE in May this year, Nicola Hamm from Escape Hair Lounge in Southsea, Portsmouth has officially started her educational journey. Nicola’s prize for winning the prestigious industry competition, which is jointly run by the NHF and the Fellowship, was a year-long bespoke training programme which the stylist began by attending a one-on-one training day with expert barber, Joshua Stokes from Ruffians barbers.

Nicola commented: “I’ve only had basic barber training in the past so being able to learn new ways to cut hair at a Ruffians barbershop was great. I gained so many new skills during my day with Joshua and I feel so motivated to put everything I learned into practice. I can’t wait to see what the rest of the year will bring!” Read more here.

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July 2018

Nicola’s bespoke educational package has opened doors to a variety of training opportunities designed to enhance the talented stylist’s career, which has included her attendance on TONi&GUY’s prestigious Creative Cutting Course.

Nicola was able to challenge her creativity as she explored some of the latest hair fashion trends during the full day course at TONi&GUY’s London Training Academy. The International Artistic Team then led the way in teaching Nicola the innovative approaches and advanced cutting techniques used to achieve the latest looks, before the Step Up & SHINE winner was able to discover some of TONi&GUY’s trend predictions for the season ahead. Read more here.

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