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Step Up and Shine Winner Has First Mentor Day

Monday, 13 May 2019 13:31

Each year, the Fellowship for British Hairdressing and the NHF/NBF partner to present The Christofer Mann Step Up & SHINE Scholarship to one lucky hairdresser.

This winner receives a budget, to spend on their choice of education courses – mentored by industry expert, Debbie G.

The scholarship is open to any hairdresser, of any age, in any location – and this year’s winner is Amanda Linehan from Hot Trends in Gillingham, Kent. Amanda recently spent her first session with Debbie, deciding which courses she would be embarking on over the next 12 months in order to achieve her professional goals.

We caught up with Amanda to find out more about her meeting with Debbie and her plans for the year ahead.

How did it feel to be named as the winner?
I was completely gobsmacked. I didn’t really think I had a chance of winning, so it took me a few seconds to register when I heard my name called. I was over the moon.

How did your first session with Debbie go?
My day with Debbie was so invigorating. I was really nervous at first, but she made me feel totally at ease as she’s down to earth and relaxed. By the time I left, I felt like I'd known Debbie and her whole team for years.

What are your plans for the scholarship after your session?
Debbie sat with me and asked about my story – how long I've been hairdressing, and what I wanted to do with my bursary. I told her that I had a love of colour, but wasn’t sure what to do with it next. Debbie suggested that I mix a bit of creative colouring with some classic training to really gain more confidence. She also told me she had lots of contacts that she would connect me with – some of whom I’d never heard of, so that was really helpful!

What will you be doing first?
I'm seeing Debbie again in June for a day of training, covering some cutting basics and helping me get up to speed ahead of a cutting course that I'm hoping to go on later in the year.

How do you feel about the year ahead now?
I'm really excited! I can’t wait to learn, meet new people and connect with people that I admire. I’m determined to use the year to its full potential and push myself as hard as I can to learn new skills that I can back to the salon and use to better myself.

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