The Level 3 hairdressing student, who goes by her surname Kim, will be competing in the intermediate hairdressing category after impressing judges at the regional heats.
She said: “I was really impressed with the work of people I was up against so I was surprised when I found out I’d got through – especially as it’s the first time I’ve entered a competition. I’m feeling quite nervous so will be working hard to make sure I’m ready.”
The three-day competition will see Kim demonstrate a range of skills including colouring, cutting, restyling and dressing long hair.
Louisa Kesta, hairdressing tutor at South Thames College, commented: “We’re so proud of Kim for getting this far in the competition.Competing against the best student hairdressers in the country will really push her to fine tune the skills she’s learnt on her course. Kim is great at precision cuts and is always very methodical and focused so we have every confidence she’ll do fantastically well.”
In 2009 and 2012, South Thames College scooped gold medals in the Afro-Caribbean hairdressing category of WorldSkills UK.