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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Perform hair braiding and dreadlock techniques 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
262522  Perform hair braiding and dreadlock techniques 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Hairdressing Cosmetology and Beauty 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 11 - Services Personal Care 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
REGISTRATION STATUS REGISTRATION START DATE REGISTRATION END DATE SAQA DECISION NUMBER
Reregistered  2018-07-01  2023-06-30  SAQA 06120/18 
LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT
2024-06-30   2027-06-30  

In all of the tables in this document, both the pre-2009 NQF Level and the NQF Level is shown. In the text (purpose statements, qualification rules, etc), any references to NQF Levels are to the pre-2009 levels unless specifically stated otherwise.  

This unit standard replaces: 
US ID Unit Standard Title Pre-2009 NQF Level NQF Level Credits Replacement Status
114815  Perform hair braiding and dreadlock techniques to hair  Level 2  NQF Level 02  Complete 

PURPOSE OF THE UNIT STANDARD 
The person credited with this unit standard will be able to provide a hair braiding and dreadlock service, both on-scalp and using extensions.

A person credited with this unit standard is able to:
  • Perform dreadlock techniques on natural hair.
  • Perform dreadlocks extension techniques on natural or chemically relaxed hair.
  • Perform on-scalp braiding techniques.
  • Perform braiding techniques using a braiding hairpiece. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    It is assumed that a learner will be competent in:
  • Communication at NQF Level 2. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
  • Dreadlock or braiding procedures include the whole head.
  • Dreadlock products include but are not limited to shampoo, moulding cream, moulding gel, hydrating spray, oil moisturiser, finishing spray, or similar professional product.
  • Braiding products include but are not limited to shampoo, hydrating spray, scalp treatments and finishing spray.
  • Dreadlock extensions include a minimum of three designs including extensions.
  • Braiding hair pieces include a minimum of three designs including extensions, straight, wavy and any other synthetic natural human hair.
  • Weaving products include but are not limited to cotton, wool or any other suitable sheering material. 

  • Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Perform dreadlock techniques on natural hair. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Dreadlock techniques are explained in terms of how they work and their advantages and disadvantages for the client. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Selection of particular products for the dreadlock service is explained according to manufacturer's instructions and industry standards. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Hair is twisted in a clockwise/anti-clockwise direction with fingers/comb according to service requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Moulding cream or gel is applied to twisted hair in accordance with manufacturer's instructions and client requirements. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Perform dreadlocks extension techniques on natural or chemically relaxed hair. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Methods of applying artificial dreadlocks are explained according to industry standards. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Safety precautions for applying artificial dreadlocks are explained according to manufacturer's instructions and industry standards. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Hair is sectioned and plaited in preparation for dreadlock extensions according to service requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Artificial dreadlocks are woven/twisted into sectioned/plaited hair according to industry standards and client requirements. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Perform on-scalp braiding techniques. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    On-scalp braiding includes but is not limited to cornrow. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Methods of on-scalp braiding are explained in terms of their advantages and disadvantages for the client. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Products for the on-scalp braiding service are selected that are appropriate for the situation according to manufacturer's instructions and industry standards. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Hair is sectioned in preparation for braiding techniques according to service requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Hair is braided according to industry standards and client requirements. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Braiding techniques include but are not limited to:
  • Correct tension.
  • Uniform sections.
  • Equal tension throughout style.
     

  • SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Perform braiding techniques using a braiding hairpiece. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Braiding methods using braiding hair pieces are explained according to manufacturer's instructions and industry standards. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Braiding hair pieces include but are not limited to:
  • 100% natural human hair.
  • Synthetic hair.
  • Wool.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Safety precautions for applying braiding techniques using braiding hair pieces are described according to manufacturer's instructions and industry standards. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Hair is sectioned in preparation for braiding techniques according to service requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Braiding hair piece is applied to hair and fused with hair according to client requirements and manufacturer's instructions. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Braiding techniques include but are not limited to:
  • Correct tension.
  • Uniform sections.
  • Equal tension throughout style.
     


  • UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • Anyone assessing a learner or moderating the assessment of a learner against this unit standard must be registered as an assessor with the relevant ETQA in accordance with the current ETQA regulations.
  • Any institution offering learning that will enable the achievement of this unit standard must be accredited as a provider with the relevant ETQA.
  • Other ETQAs who have a Memorandum of Understanding with the relevant ETQA would be responsible for moderation of achievements of learners who meet the requirements of this qualification. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
  • Advantages and disadvantages of applying dreadlocks and braiding.
  • Factors influencing choice of dreadlocks and/or braiding designs and tools.
  • After-care products for use with braids and dreadlocks.
  • Advantages and disadvantages of different braiding methods for specific situations.
  • How to section hair for braiding.
  • How to identify relevant products to use with hair pieces. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify and solve problems pertaining to the services requested by the client. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others in the process of booking, preparing and completing the dreadlock or braiding service within a commercial work environment. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise oneself and one's activities in order to carry out dreadlock and braiding techniques. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, analyse, organize and critically evaluate information so that the most suitable service is performed. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively with the client in order to ensure client satisfaction. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use science and technology by using the correct tools and products to perform a satisfactory service. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Understand the world as set related systems by recognising the impact of the choice of dreadlock on the client in the future. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO CONTRIBUTING 
    Contribute to the full personal development of each learner and the social and economic development of the society at large, by making it the underlying intention of any programme of learning to make an individual aware of the importance of being culturally and aesthetically sensitive across a range of social contexts. 

    UNIT STANDARD ASSESSOR CRITERIA 
    N/A 

    REREGISTRATION HISTORY 
    As per the SAQA Board decision/s at that time, this unit standard was Reregistered in 2012; 2015. 

    UNIT STANDARD NOTES 
    This Unit Standard replaces:
  • ID: 114815, "Perform hair braiding and dreadlock techniques to hair", NQF Level 2, 8 Credits. 

  • QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Core  65729   Further Education and Training Certificate: Hairdressing  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Reregistered  2021-06-30  As per Learning Programmes recorded against this Qual 
    Elective  65750   National Certificate: Hairdressing  Level 2  NQF Level 02  Reregistered  2021-06-30  As per Learning Programmes recorded against this Qual 
    Elective  65749   National Certificate: Hairdressing  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2021-06-30  As per Learning Programmes recorded against this Qual 


    PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
    This information shows the current accreditations (i.e. those not past their accreditation end dates), and is the most complete record available to SAQA as of today. Some Primary or Delegated Quality Assurance Functionaries have a lag in their recording systems for provider accreditation, in turn leading to a lag in notifying SAQA of all the providers that they have accredited to offer qualifications and unit standards, as well as any extensions to accreditation end dates. The relevant Primary or Delegated Quality Assurance Functionary should be notified if a record appears to be missing from here.
     
    1. ACADEMY OF SOMATOLOGY & HAIRDRESSING PTY LTD 
    2. AFRICA SKILLS TRAINING SOLUTIONS PTY LTD 
    3. BN ACADEMY 
    4. COLLEGE OF CAPE TOWN FOR FURTHER EDUCATION AND TRAINING- PUBLIC FET COLLEGE 
    5. GERT SIBANDE TVET COLLEGE 
    6. HAIR AND BEAUTY INSTITUTE 
    7. KHAMOR TRAVEL AGENCY CC 
    8. LINZOS HAIR ACADEMY 
    9. NGHEZIMANI HOLDINGS PTY LTD 
    10. SERWALO HAIR ACADEMY 
    11. STYLISH FLOW HAIR ACADEMY 
    12. THE SORBET EXPERIENCE PTY LTD 



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