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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Perform a hair colouring service 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
262606  Perform a hair colouring service 
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 3  NQF Level 03  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
114839  Colour and lighten of hair (basic colouring)  Level 4  NQF Level 04  12   
114802  Demonstrate knowledge of selection and application of semi permanent hair colour  Level 3  NQF Level 03  10   

PURPOSE OF THE UNIT STANDARD 
This unit standard will enable learners to perform a standard hair colouring service.

A person credited with this unit standard is able to:
  • Explain colour in relation to hair services.
  • Explain the selection of hair colouring products and processes.
  • Conduct a client consultation for a colour service.
  • Perform a temporary hair colour service.
  • Perform semi/demi and permanent hair colour services. 

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

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    Colour service includes but is not limited to:
  • Virgin application.
  • Re-growth application.
  • Full head application (Roots-to-ends). 

  • Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Explain colour in relation to hair services. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Colour theory is explained according to hairdressing needs. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Colour theory includes but is not limited to:
  • Primary, secondary and tertiary colours.
  • The colour star or colour wheel.
  • Creating colours from primary and secondary colours.
  • Neutralisation of colours.
  • Complementary colours.
  • Intensification of colours, warm/cool tones.
  • Depth and tone of a colour.
  • Reflect colour or hue.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Colour is explained with reference to the principles of physics. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Physics include but is not limited to:
  • White light and the colour spectrum.
  • White light and the prism.
  • The logic of the rainbow's colours.
  • Light as a stream of particles.
  • Properties of light, and tints and shades.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Natural pigmentation is explained in terms of hair characteristics. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Natural hair pigmentation includes but is not limited to:
  • Formation of natural pigments.
  • The four natural hair colours.
  • Types of melanin.
  • Greying of the hair.
  • Albinism and White hair.
  • Types of pigment granules.
     

  • SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Explain the selection of hair colouring products and processes. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Colouring products and processes include but are not limited to:
  • Temporary colour (Azo dyes).
  • Semi/Demi-permanent colouring (nitro dye).
  • Permanent colour and oxidation tints (Para dyes) this include high lifting tints.
  • Toners or colour additives.
  • Organic/Vegetable dyes. 

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Hair colouring products and processes are explained in terms of their ingredients and functioning. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Functioning includes but is not limited to:
  • Chemical reactions.
  • Effects of the various colour processes on the hair shaft.
  • The need for after colour treatment.
  • The need for pre-colour treatment.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Mixing of hair colouring products is explained according to manufacturer's instructions and industry standards. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Colour selection is explained according to industry standards. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Colour selection includes but is not limited to:
  • The manufacturer's colour chart.
  • Procedure for using a colour chart.
  • Procedure for selecting the desired new level of colour.
  • Effect of artificial light in deciding on colour.
  • Effect of other coloured objects on colour choice.
  • Factors determining colour choice.
  • Grey coverage.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The use of Hydrogen Peroxide (H202) in permanent hair colouring is explained in terms of its characteristics. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    The use of hydrogen peroxide includes but is not limited to:
  • Storage requirements.
  • Relationships between strengths and levels of lift and what we mean by "volume".
  • Dilution of peroxide.
  • Factors that result in the decomposition of peroxide.
     

  • SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Conduct a client consultation for a colour service. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Skin, scalp and hair are analysed in accordance with organisational requirements for a colour service. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Analysis includes but is not limited to:
  • Skin tones.
  • Percentage of grey.
  • Target shade.
  • Strand and Patch test.
  • Prior chemical processes.
  • Metallic salts.
  • Basic shades and undertone.
  • Natural depth.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Client is consulted with to select appropriate colour process and product. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Colour charts are used in consultation with client to select a suitable colour. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Perform a temporary hair colour service. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Colour is selected in accordance with client analysis and requests. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Colour is applied in accordance with manufacturer's instructions and client analysis. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The final colour result is confirmed on dry hair in line with client requirements. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 5 
    Perform semi/demi and permanent hair colour services. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    A permanent hair colour service includes but is not restricted to:
  • Semi/ demi and Tinting close to natural colour.
  • Semi/ demi and Tint lightened hair back to the original colour.
  • Removal of Semi/ demi and tint.
  • After-care procedure.
  • Pre-softening.
  • Pre-pigmentation.
  • Procedure if pre-pigmentation fails.
  • Correcting the electrical imbalance of the hair (ionization). 

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Colour is selected in accordance with client analysis and requests. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Quantities of colouring products are mixed appropriately according to manufacturer's instructions for the amount of hair to be coloured. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Colour is applied according to manufacturer's instructions and client analysis. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Colour development is monitored according to manufacturer's instructions. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The colour is emulsified and removed at the appropriate time according to manufacturer's instructions. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    The final colour result is confirmed on dry hair in line with client requirements. 


    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 achievement of this unit standard must be accredited as a provider with the relevant ETQA.
  • Other ETQA's who have a Memorandum of understanding with the relevant ETQA would be responsible for moderation of the achievements of learners who meet the requirements of this qualification. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
  • Theory of colours.
  • Colour wheel and charts.
  • Natural hair colours.
  • The effect of pigmentation on different hair types.
  • Types of hair colouring products.
  • Safe use of hazardous products.
  • How to obtain relevant information from a client.
  • How to mix chemicals in a safe manner. 

  • 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 achieving desired hair colour. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Working effectively with others to achieve an effective hair colour service. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organising and managing oneself and one's activities responsibly and effectively so that correct products are used to achieve desired outcomes. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collecting, analysing, organising and critically evaluating information in order to make appropriate decisions on products and processes for colouring hair. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively with a client in order to achieve agreement on appropriate desired outcome. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use science and technology effectively and critically by mixing colour correctly to achieve desired outcomes. 

    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 will replace the following unit standards:
  • ID 114839, "Colour and lighten of hair (basic colouring)", Level 4, 12 credits.
  • ID 114802, "Demonstrate knowledge of selection and application of semi permanent hair colour", Level 3, 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  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: 
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