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Well known SA Stylist Debbie Nebbeling Talks about her 40 Years in the Industry

Debbie Nebbeling is a respected and skilled professional celebrating 40 years of experience and time in the Hairdressing Industry.

I started my career as an apprentice in April 1982 at my sister's salon in Cyrildene. I qualified in 1985,and decided to join Lynne Nicolas at Profile as a Senior Stylist. In 1995 I became Lynne's partner. Lynne still works for me on a part-time basis and we have worked together for 37 happy years.

After a successful partnership of 10 years, I decided to branch out on my own and started Bodmin Hair in New Redruth Alberton. Thinking I would be a one-man band, the business actually grew from strength to strength, and I had to employ 10 staff members!

I felt I needed to grow, and I merged with Paul Fox, becoming his partner in his very successful brand: Paul James Hairdressing. Our partnership was strong, and we opened a salon at The Mall of New Market. Paul mentored me and made me the businesswoman I am today. On the 1st March 2019, I bought Paul out, and became the Sole owner.

Then Covid Struck! Honestly it has been the most challenging time in my career! But I am still here and empowering 12 women. I am a working owner and sit on the EOHCB Executive Committee board for many years.

I have been overseas twice to the Matrix Destination Convention in Rome and Spain, have met and been educated by International artists - you can never stop learning!

I have a passion for competition work, I have competed myself, winning and placing in numerous competitions. I’ve trained juniors and I am a qualified juror. I am currently on the competition committee for the EOHCB.

My Highlights have been so many!

  • Winning the Overall Winner Title at the EOHCB National Championships in 2006

  • Winning The Ace Quest Color expert in 2010.

  • Entering and winning the 2021 EOHCB Digital Ladies Cut and Blow Wave.

  • A proud member of the EOHCB Creative team.

  • Platform artist with GHD at Fashion Week.

  • Fully enjoyed co-ordinating, styling, training and mentoring at numerous hairshows, bridal expo's and photo shoots.

I am a past member of the Intercoiffure, being their Foundation Qualluame leader, mentoring the up and coming young stylists.

My Strongest Piece of Advice

My advice to all my fellow stylists is to involve yourselves in this wonderful industry and you will love what you do. Let's bring some Life Back to our Industry!

I still have passion and drive, love working with my Team! Without my Team, I would not be ME!


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