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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Perform hair styling techniques 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
262629  Perform hair styling techniques 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Hairdressing Cosmetology and Beauty 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
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FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 11 - Services Personal Care 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 2  NQF Level 02  10 
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
114799  Perform hair styling techniques  Level 3  NQF Level 03  10  Complete 
114821  Finish off hair design  Level 2  NQF Level 02  10  Complete 

PURPOSE OF THE UNIT STANDARD 
This unit standard will enable learners to use thermal styling techniques to provide a hair styling service.

A person credited with this unit standard is able to:
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the factors that influence styling.
  • Prepare and consult with client to agree desired style.
  • Perform a roller setting service.
  • Perform a tonging service.
  • Perform a blow drying service.
  • Perform a thermal iron Service. 

  • 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 1. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    N/A 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the factors that influence styling. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Different face shapes are described in terms of their influence on hair styles and personal appearance. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Various face profiles are described in terms of their influence on hair styles and personal appearance. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Profiles include but are not limited to - concave, convex, straight, low forehead, protruding chin.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Different body proportions are described in terms of their influence on hair styles and personal appearance. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Body proportions include but are not limited to:
  • Neck, ears, height and size.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Hair tendencies are described in terms of their influence on finished styles. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Hair tendencies include but are not limited to:
  • Hairline.
  • Crown.
  • Nape growth.
  • Natural partings.
  • Curl movement.
  • Growth patterns.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Hair qualities are described in terms of their influence on finished styles. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Hair qualities include but are not limited to:
  • Hair type.
  • Hair texture.
  • Porosity.
  • Elasticity.
  • Previous hair treatments.
  • Density.
  • Hair length.
     

  • SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Prepare a client for a desired style. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Prepare a client for a desired style. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    A client's appearance is analysed to determine a choice of suitable styles. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Client's appearance includes but is not limited to:
  • Face shape.
  • Face profile.
  • Body proportions.
  • Hair tendencies.
  • Hair qualities.
  • Growth patterns.
  • Hair lines.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The desired service outcome is agreed with the client in accordance with organisational procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Client consultation information is recorded in accordance with organisational requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The procedure to obtain the required style is explained to the client in terms of the process and duration. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Perform a roller setting service. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Appropriate roller setting products and equipment are selected in accordance with industry standards for the service to be provided to the client. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Products include but are not limited to pre and after setting and styling aids.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Styling products are applied according to manufacturer's instructions and service requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Roller setting techniques are explained according to industry standards. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Roller control includes but is not limited to volume and indentation.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    A roller setting service is performed according to industry standards. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The hair is dressed into the desired style according to organisational procedures. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Dressing includes but is not limited to using brush and/or comb to achieve volume, lift, curl and wave movement as well as backcombing and/back-brushing.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    The balance and effect of the finished style is checked with the client according to organisational procedures. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Perform a tonging service. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Appropriate tonging products and equipment are selected in accordance with industry standards for the service to be provided to the client. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Products include but are not limited to pre and after setting and styling aids.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Styling products are applied according to manufacturer's instructions and service requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Tonging techniques are explained according to industry standards. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    A tonging service is performed according to industry standards. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The hair is finished into the desired style according to organisational procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    The balance and effect of the finished style is checked with the client according to organisational procedures. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 5 
    Perform a blow drying service. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Appropriate blow drying products and equipment are selected in accordance with industry standards for the service to be provided to the client. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Equipment includes but is not limited to hand dryer, brushes and combs.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Styling products are applied according to manufacturer's instructions and service requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Blow drying techniques are explained according to industry standards. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    A blow drying service is performed according to industry standards. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The hair is finished into the desired style according to organisational procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    The balance and effect of the finished style is checked with the client according to organisational procedures. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 6 
    Perform a thermal iron service. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Thermal iron techniques include but are not limited to:
  • Maintaining correct temperature according to hair type.
  • Keeping the iron free of product build up.
  • Using the correct pressure and angle along hair length.
  • Taking meshes of hair which suit the size of the thermal iron.
  • Parting sections cleanly to enable a consistent and even smoothing design of the hair from root to end - curly, wavy or straightened.
  • Controlling the hair effectively. 

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Appropriate thermal iron products and equipment are selected in accordance with industry standards for the service to be provided to the client. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Styling products are applied according to manufacturer's instructions and service requirements. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Application includes but is not limited to:
  • Application of protective styling products to each section prior to use of the iron.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Thermal iron techniques are explained according to industry standards. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    A thermal iron service is performed according to industry standards. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The hair is finished into the desired style according to organisational procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    The balance and effect of the finished style is checked with the client according to organisational procedures. 


    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 
  • Techniques for analysing hair texture, porosity, elasticity, density, length, scalp conditions and growth patterns.
  • Influence of face shapes and profiles and body proportions on selection of hair design.
  • Principles of hair design.
  • Effects of styling tool placement on finished styles.
  • Required safety precautions for using electrical styling equipment.
  • Styling products: appropriateness of their use on different hair and for different styles and purposes.
  • Effects of base control on result (on-base, off-base, off-base, volume and indentation). 

  • 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 finding styles suitable for clients' requirements. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Working effectively with others to provide a comprehensive client service. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organising oneself and one's activities responsively and effectively so that the client receives prompt and comfortable service. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, analyse, organise and critically evaluate information by choosing the correct techniques and products for the desired result. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively with clients throughout the hair styling procedure to ensure the hair style meets the client's requirements. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Using science and technology effectively and critically by accurate and appropriate use of thermal styling equipment. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Understand the world as a set of related systems where a professional hair styling service enhances and builds the client's confidence in the salon and in themselves. 

    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 the following unit standards:
  • ID 114799: "Perform hair styling techniques", Level 3, 10 credits.
  • ID 114821: "Finish off hair design", Level 2, 10 credits. 

  • QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Core  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: 
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