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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Perform a hair relaxing service 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
262605  Perform a hair relaxing service 
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  12 
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
114841  Perform a hair relaxing service  Level 4  NQF Level 04  12  Complete 

PURPOSE OF THE UNIT STANDARD 
This unit standard will enable learners to understand how the hair relaxing process works and to perform a complete hair relaxing service.

A person credited with this unit standard is able to:
  • Explain hair relaxing.
  • Prepare for a hair relaxing service.
  • Perform a hair relaxing procedure.
  • Perform a neutralising procedure. 

  • 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 or equivalent.
  • Identify disorders of the skin and hair at NQF Level 3.
  • Shampoo, Condition and treat scalp and hair at NQF Level 2. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
  • Hair relaxing includes but is not limited to hair relaxing products containing sodium hydroxide, lithium hydroxide, calcium hydroxide and ammoniumthioglycolate (both lye and no-lye relaxers).
  • Neutralising includes colour indicator/signal cream/liquid and / neutralizing shampoo.
  • The degree of curl removed indicates that a relaxer, S-curl or blowout is performed.
  • Relaxing includes but is not limited to:
    > Virgin hair.
    > Regrowth on hair that has been previously relaxed.
    > Correction of a previous uneven relaxing treatment. 

  • Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Explain hair relaxing. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The science of hair relaxing is explained in terms of what a hair stylist does to change the appearance of the hair. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The science of hair relaxer neutralisation is explained as required by a hair stylist. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Different types of chemical relaxers are explained in terms of their functions and preferred application. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Safety precautions for a relaxing service are explained according to industry standards. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Prepare for a hair relaxing service. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Tools and equipment are selected that are appropriate to the hair and scalp in a given situation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Appropriate type and strength of relaxer is selected and prepared in line with hair texture, the results of hair and scalp analysis and client requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Barrier cream is applied on hairline and scalp in accordance with manufacturer's instructions and salon requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    An appropriate application technique is selected in accordance with hair analysis and manufacturer's instructions. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Perform a hair relaxing procedure. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Hair is sectioned and sub-sectioned according to manufacturer's instructions and standard operating procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Chemical relaxer is applied according to client requirements and manufacturer's instructions. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Smoothing techniques are performed according to manufacturer's instructions to achieve the desired outcome. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Chemical processes are monitored and timed according to manufacturer's instructions. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Perform a neutralising procedure. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Neutralising products are selected according to chemical relaxer used and manufacturer's instructions. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Neutraliser is applied according to manufacturer's instructions and client requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Tangles are removed from the hair to ease the discomfort of the client. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Appropriate after-care products and procedures are selected and applied for relaxed hair. 


    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 
  • Stages of reduction.
  • Steps in determining the desired curl pattern.
  • Chemical phase and physical phase.
  • The science of relaxing hair.
  • Types of chemical relaxers and their characteristics.
  • Specific tools and equipment required for a specific function. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identifying and solving problems by selecting appropriate products for each client's hair. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Working effectively with others to provide an effective, efficient relaxing service. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organising and managing oneself and one's activities responsibly and effectively by ensuring that all required tools, equipment and products are available during the relaxing service. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collecting, analysing, organising and critically evaluating information to ensure that analysis of the client's hair leads to an appropriate selection of products and product use. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicating effectively to establish the client's requirements. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Using science and technology effectively and critically to analyse the hair accurately and select appropriate products and processes. 

    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 unit standard 114841, "Perform a hair relaxing service", Level 3, 12 credits. 

    QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Core  65749   National Certificate: Hairdressing  Level 3  NQF Level 03  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 


    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. ADEOMOBA HAIR GALLERY 
    3. AFRICA SKILLS TRAINING SOLUTIONS PTY LTD 
    4. BEAUTY IMAGE HAIR ACADEMY PTY LTD 
    5. BN ACADEMY 
    6. BOTLE IMAGE ACADEMY SPA AND BEAUTY SALON 
    7. CENTRAL JOHANNESBURG COLLEGE 
    8. DURBAN UNISEX BEAUTY PARLOUR 
    9. ENZI HAIR STUDIO CC 
    10. EXCELSUIS 
    11. FACE TO FACE BEAUTY AND MAKE-UP DESIGN SCHOOL PTY LTD 
    12. GERT SIBANDE TVET COLLEGE 
    13. KHAMOR TRAVEL AGENCY CC 
    14. LINZOS HAIR ACADEMY 
    15. NGHEZIMANI HOLDINGS PTY LTD 
    16. RED CLAVEL HAIR STUDIO 
    17. THE SORBET EXPERIENCE PTY LTD 



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