Considering she has been in the industry for only about six months, Oamaru hair stylist Kimbra Moore’s achievements are nothing short of remarkable.
A stylist at Blondini’s, she claimed four awards at the New Zealand Association of Registered Hairdressers hair stylist of the year regional competition (South Canterbury) in Timaru last Sunday.
Competing in the next generation section against stylists from a dozen other salons, Miss Moore was named top regional next generation stylist and also finished top in the cut presentation, day style and live cut sections.
She said the live cut was by far the most nerve-racking, as it involved her cutting while judges watched on intently.
Miss Moore was delighted with her effort.
“I was quite shocked, really. When it came to the presentation, they announced fourth, third and second, then all of a sudden my name was called and it didn’t really click.
“It was quite incredible, I thought, but I was pretty proud of myself – especially being a first-year apprentice.”
Interestingly, she has not “learned how to cut yet” and practised on mannequins before Blondini’s owner Megan Mitchell let Miss Moore loose on her hair.
“She said I was fine, so I started cutting her hair.”
She said she wanted to follow in the footsteps of her aunt and become a hairdresser.
“I remember I would be at my aunty’s house and she would always do perms on my mum. I’d always watch her cut hair and I always played with hair when I was growing up.”
Mrs Mitchell said she was very proud of what Miss Moore had achieved in such a short time.
“ It was really, really good.”
Miss Moore now qualifies for the national competition.
The overall winner will be announced in September and wins a trip for two to New York.