10 April 2019

Amanda Linehan from Hot Trends in Gillingham, Kent was crowned winner of the 2019 Step Up & SHINE scholarship at the Fellowship’s President’s Night on 8 April 2019. The industry competition, which is jointly run by the NHF/NBF and the Fellowship for British Hairdressing will see Amanda embark on a bespoke education programme and be mentored by renowned hairdressing educator, Debbie G.

Amanda was presented with the highly regarded industry award at the Landmark London by NHF/NBF President Agnes Leonard and World Hair Director, Edward Hemmings.

Amanda commented:

Entering is the best decision I’ve ever made! The scholarship is going to give me the boost I need to learn the new skills that I have been craving

“Winning Step Up & SHINE is a dream come true! It took a lot for me to enter the competition because I have been lacking confidence for some time now, even though I have been a stylist for the past 16 years. But entering is the best decision I’ve ever made! The scholarship is going to give me the boost I need to learn the new skills that I have been craving. I can’t wait to get started and take my knowledge back to the salon with me.”

Step Up & SHINE is in its sixth year, and was launched in honour of industry legend, Christofer Mann to nurture one passionate stylist so they can enhance and develop in their career.

Entrants had to submit a 60 second video to Instagram and explain why they would be the perfect candidate to win the incredible scholarship before being interviewed by a World Hair Director.