This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge to consult with clients, analyse existing hair colour and condition and provide a range of hair colour and lightening treatments.

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Study level:
Vocational and further education (TAFE)
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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: - consult with at least nine (9) clients, each with different hair colour and lightening treatment needs, and complete the following treatments consistently to achieve outcomes to client satisfaction: demi-permanent colour for two different clients; semi-permanent colour for two different clients; permanent colour for two different clients; high lift tints for three different clients; - provide the following hair colour services cumulatively across the above suite of clients: whole head; re-growth; - for each client, complete a pre-treatment hair analysis covering the following characteristics to recommend appropriate colouring treatments: natural hair type, texture, porosity, density and elasticity; natural base colour; artificial base colour; hair colour tone; percentage of white hair; presence of lightening agents or artificial hair colour treatments on hair; existing chemical services; skin tone; length of hair; scalp condition, and; - record the following details of the colour service in the history for each client serviced: pre-service hair analysis; contraindications; reaction to skin tests or products; colour or lightening treatment products selected; brand and colour selection; application techniques, processing methods and times; colour and hair condition outcome; recommended home care products.Students will also be expected to demonstrate the following knowledge: - colour wheel and its use in colour selection to achieve warm and cool tones; - key characteristics and interrelationships of the elements and principles of hair design and use in achieving hair colouring and lightening effects; - hair biology, at an elementary level of understanding; - physical effects of chemical products and treatments on the skin; - main structure, functions and role of the skin and glands; - relationship between hair porosity, texture, condition and the success of colour and lightening treatments; - basic concepts of cosmetic chemistry applicable to effective and safe use of colour and lightening products; - elementary level of understanding of the chemical and physical effects on hair structure, texture and colour; - contraindications to using hair colour and lightening products; - organisation's hair colour and lightening products range; - reasons for selecting different product application methods; - basic aspects of local government, state or territory health regulations applicable to providing hair colouring services, and; - industry practices and organisational procedures.

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