Heather Bettles walked away with the award after excelling in this years' competition, which had a Rock Star theme. She was presented with a trophy, goody bag and a cheque for £500 by Softsheen Carson's very own Yemi Miles, Alan Richardson and Jackie Bailey.
Heather studied Level Two NVQ in Hairdressing at South Thames College as she was interested in learning the latest techniques in colouring and cutting Afro-Caribbean Hair. Since completing her course she has continued to work as hair and make-up stylist in the film industry. After picking up the award she said "I originally thought the competition would be too much for me as I was relatively inexperienced with Afro-Caribbean hair, but when I heard that only an eight of the final styles could be using attached hair in a three and a half hour time limit, I thought why not give it a go. It was a really fun experience and I'm so glad I decided to enter now."
Hairdressing legend Junior Green, who was one of the judges this year, said "I could see that a lot of work had gone into the creation of the look and the final outcome was stylish and not too busy. The outfit was simple and allowed the hair to do the talking"
It wasn't only Heather picking up the prize. Other students that entered the competition Embele Agatha, Tsegewoini Kahissay and Claude Bodo (semi-finalist) were all praised for some great work with goody bags from Softsheen Carson. South Thames Hairdressing Tutor Sheralyn Chambers also picked up an award for her part in mentoring the students that entered the competition.
Sheralyn commented on how honoured she was to have been able to work with so many South Thames students over the years. She added "every year the standard of work the students produce gets better and better. I was very surprised and appreciative of the award in recognition of all the hard work that the students have put in. I would also like to thank Yemi and Softsheen for all the support they have given us over the years".
South Thames College has been working with Softsheen Carson, a division of L'Oreal specialising in products for Afro-Caribbean hair, for over ten years and are very proud of the partnership they have developed.