14 February 2019

The NHF/NBF 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 

NHF/NBF 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 NHF/NBF 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.