This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to use electrolysis to remove unwanted hair from the face and body.  It requires the ability to establish priorities with clients, synthesise knowledge of skin and hair biology and electric currents, and to design and provide effective hair removal treatments. Treatment outcomes are usually achieved over a program that involves multiple individual treatments.

This unit applies to beauty therapists who work in beauty and hair removal salons. In this environment they exercise judgement in planning and providing an appropriate treatment; demonstrate maturity and confidentiality in their client interactions; and apply knowledge of a range of hair removal methods.

Unit details

Study level:
Vocational and further education (TAFE)
Unit code:


SHBBINF001 - Maintain infection control standards


Assessment tasks will be designed to reinforce and extend knowledge and skill competence within set and controlled parameters in accordance with each unit's learning outcomes and performance criteria requirements, including the setting of work based practical application tasks designed to provide evidence of competence outcomes, within periodic and scheduled timelines. Students will be expected to demonstrate the following required skills: - communicate, follow and adjust treatment plans to provide four hair reduction treatments with electrical current causing minimal skin reactions for clients; - provide consecutive electrical epilation treatments for two of the clients as required to achieve treatment objectives; - treat the following hair types: terminal; vellus; blonde, gray and dark hair colours; - design, record and maintain treatment plans and records for each of these clients; - demonstrate correct use of the following equipment in hair reduction treatments; - demonstrate the following probe insertion techniques for different follicle types; - present self, according to organisational policy; - apply health, hygiene and skin penetration regulations and requirements, and; - clean, prepare and maintain service area according to organisational policy.Students will also be expected to demonstrate the following knowledge: - state or territory and local health, hygiene and skin penetration regulations and requirements relevant to providing hair reduction treatments using electrical currents; - infectious disease transmission routes and prevention of infection transmission; - infection control procedures and application of standard precautions; - definitions and methods of cleaning, disinfection and sterilisation; - organisational policies and procedures relevant to the provision of hair reduction treatments using electrical currents; - legal and insurance liabilities and responsibilities regarding treatments; - scope of practice; - factors that affect treatment planning and client suitability for treatment; - effects, benefits, risks and indications for thermolysis, galvanic and blend methods; - pilosebaceous unit; - hair structure and growth and its relationship to hair removal treatments; - interdependence of body systems and their relationship to a healthy body and skin; - cross section of skin; - structure, function and distribution of skin glands; - production, composition, functions and control of skin gland secretions; - appearance and characteristics of skin types; - normal skin responses to irritation and trauma; - phases of skin growth, cell renewal, wound healing and factors affecting epidermal mitosis; - origin and evolution of hypertrophic, keloid scars and abnormal scar tissue; - genetics of skin disorders; - physical appearance of the following and their relationship to hair removal using electrical equipment; - typical medical treatments, medications and side effects relevant to hair reduction treatments using electrical current; - principles and properties of electrical currents and the technology used in hair reduction; - principles and processes of direct and alternating currents, and; - safe practices and management when using electrical currents.

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