Eden Smith from our Loughborough hair salon has been announced as a finalist in a national competition to win a year of top quality bespoke education and mentoring by high profile hairdressing names.


The Step Up & Shine Scholarship has been launched in partnership with the National Hairdressers Federation and The Fellowship for British Hairdressing in honour of industry legend Christopher Mann. It exists to seek out and nurture enthusiastic stylists from around the UK that show raw talent and potential. The winning recipient will enjoy a year of bespoke education and mentoring and the opportunity to learn from the best in the hair industry.

Photo-28-10-2013-05-47-57-pmAs a lucky finalist – one of only eight from around the country – Eden will now be visited at Bliss by a National Hairdressers Federation (NHF) rep who will interview her on site as part of the next stage of the selection process. The final judging will take place on 31 March and the winner will be invited to take part in a mentoring session with industry training expert Debbie G who will help them plan their education year.

The past 12 months have been very busy for Eden – in a packed year she was also recently crowned ‘UK Advanced Apprentice of the Year’ at the Saks academy in London & was a part of a team from Bliss to climb the iconic BT Tower for charity which she completed in record time!


Eden said: “I am so excited to be through to the next stage. When I sent in my video entry I had no idea I’d be spotted and now I’ve got the chance to go all the way and win an amazing year of education and mentoring.”

The winner of the Christofer Mann Step Up & Shine Scholarship will be announced at the beginning of April.


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