This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to consult with clients, analyse existing hair colour and condition and provide full and partial head highlighting treatments using foil techniques. It requires the ability to use single or combined colour, high lift tint or bleach products to create highlights, lightened sections of the head or multiple colours in the hair.

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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 eight clients, each with different hair highlighting treatment needs, and complete the treatments detailed below which consistently achieve desired outcome to client satisfaction; - 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; - use at least four of the these types foiling techniques cumulatively across the suite of treatments: coarse, medium or fine woven meshes; spliced meshes; alternated coloured and lightened woven meshes and unwoven natural hair meshes; single or multiple colours and tones; bleached meshes; whole or partial head effects; - use these types of highlighting techniques cumulatively across the suite of treatments: combing and brushing colour or bleach products onto predetermined areas of the hair; colouring and bleaching single strands or meshes; - use these colour treatment products cumulatively across the suite of treatments: bleach products; permanent colour; high lift tints, and; - record the details of the colour service in the history for each client serviced.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 their use in achieving hair colouring and lightening effects; - elements of hair design; - principles of hair design; - hair biology, at an elementary level of understanding; - relationship between hair porosity, texture, condition and the success of hair highlighting treatments; - basic concepts of cosmetic chemistry, as they apply to effective and safe use of permanent colour, high lift tints and, and bleach products; - at an elementary level of understanding, the chemical and physical effects on hair structure, texture and colour; - contraindications to using permanent colour, high lift tints and, and bleach products; - organisation's permanent colour, high lift tint and bleach products range; - levels of bleaching; - basic aspects of local government, state or territory health regulations applicable to providing hair colouring services; - industry practices and organisational procedures; - minimising wastage of permanent colour, high lift tints and, and bleach products, and; - waste disposal with particular emphasis on environmentally sound disposal methods for hazardous and other hairdressing waste.

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