This unit (SHBBNLS004) describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to apply a range of nail art designs. It requires the ability to consult with clients, select suitable products and techniques, and apply hand painted designs, decals, or jewellery for finger or toe nails. The nail art service can be an individual service or form part of a series of services. This unit applies to nail technicians and beauticians in beauty and nail salons. In this environment they make routine service decisions within a defined range and have knowledge and skills of a variety of nail art products and application techniques.

Unit details

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: - communicate, follow and adjust service plans and provide six safe and appropriate quality nail services for clients that demonstrate: decals, hand painted designs, nail coverings, jewellery (diamantes, studs and charms), and marble nail art; - provide nail art maintenance service for three of these clients that includes: nail art top coat or sealant, retouching, and repair; - design and record nail art plans for each client specifying details of adverse reactions, after-care advice, areas requiring special treatment, client feedback, colours and jewellery used, contraindications, design, nails analysis, range and variety of nail art, and tools and equipment; - present self, according to organisational policy, and; - comply with health and hygiene regulations and requirements.Students will also be expected to demonstrate the following knowledge: - state or territory and local health and hygiene regulations and requirements relevant to nail art services; - organisational policies and procedures relevant to nail art services; - scope of practice as it applies to nail art services; - appearance and gross anatomy of skin and nails; - growth, shape, and functions of nails; - contraindications which prevent treatment or require referral to health practitioners and relationship to nail art services; - appearance of skin and nail disorders and relationship to nail art services; - effect of changes created by complementary nail shapes and nail art designs; - effects and benefits of organisation range of nail art products; - ingredients and effects of products used for nail art; - care and cleaning requirements for nail art equipment, implements and service area; - adverse effects of nail art products; - data safety sheet requirements, location and use in salon; - sustainable operating procedures for the conservation of product, water and power, and; - aftercare advice, products and future services to maintain nail art.

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