This qualification will provide you with the requisite knowledge, understanding and skills to work competently as a hairdresser. Throughout this qualification you will ensure responsibility to reduce risks to health and safety, give customers a positive impression, advise and consult with clients, shampoo, condition and treat the hair and scalp, change hair colour, cut hair using basic techniques, style and finish hair and set and dress hair.
You will be supervised by technical staff and assessed on your occupational competence.
Ensure responsibility for actions to reduce risks to health and safety
This unit is about providing you with the knowledge, understanding and skills to be responsible for health and safety in the workplace. This unit is for everyone at work (whether paid, unpaid, full or part-time). It is about being aware of the main risks in your workplace and knowing how to identify and deal with them. - This unit will be removed from August 2015 and contextualised helath and safety has been placed within each unit.
Shampoo, condition and treat the hair and scalp
Through this unit you will learn the skill of shampooing, conditioning and treating the hair and scalp using a variety of products and massage techniques. Being able to identify the condition of your client’s hair, skin and scalp will determine which products and massage techniques to use. You will develop a sound knowledge of shampooing and conditioning products which will enable you to provide your client with good aftercare advice. This unit is suitable for both hairdressers and barbers.
Colour and lighten hair
Through this unit you will learn how to change hair colour using semi-permanent, quasi-permanent, permanent and lightening products. The use of a variety of colouring techniques such as full head, re-growth and highlighting and/or low-lighting effects provide the basis for all hair services at level 2. You must develop the ability to take into account a variety of factors and contra-indications that your client may present with.
Advise and consult with clients
Through this unit you will learn the art of consultation with your clients, using a variety of methods to clarify their ideas and requirements for hair services. Being able to make suitable suggestions based on a variety of methods such as; open and closed questioning, observation and testing of the hair skin and scalp, will provide the information that you will need on which to base your recommendations.
Style and finish hair
Through this unit you will develop the skill of blow drying, finger drying and finishing techniques on a variety of hair types and lengths. Being able to identify the capability of your clients hair will allow you to choose from a range of products, tools and equipment to complete the look. You will need to demonstrate the ability to use heated styling equipment to finish the service. Part of this service is to provide your client with good aftercare advice.
Set and dress hair
Through this unit you will develop the skill of setting and dressing techniques on a variety of hair types and lengths. Being able to identify the capability of your clients hair will allow you to choose from a range of products, tools and equipment to complete the look. You will need to demonstrate the ability to use heated styling equipment to finish the service. Part of this service is to provide your client with good aftercare advice.
Cut hair using basic techniques
Through this unit you will learn how to create a variety of basic looks using club cutting, freehand and scissor-over-comb techniques. Using these cutting techniques you will demonstrate that you can produce one length hair cuts for both above and below shoulder length, uniform layers and short and long graduation haircuts. You must also demonstrate that you can work on both curly and straight hair. Part of this service is to provide your client with good aftercare advice.
Perm and neutralise hair**
Through this unit you will learn how to develop your perm winding techniques to provide basic perming and neutralising services for your clients. Using these techniques you will demonstrate the three main sectioning winds which are directional, brick and ‘9’ section. Being able to identify the condition of your client’s hair, skin and scalp will determine which products and technique to use. Part of this service is to provide your client with good aftercare advice. This unit is suitable for both hairdressers and barbers.
Develop and maintain effectiveness at work
This unit is about taking responsibility for improving your performance at work and working well with your colleagues so as to make a positive contribution to the overall effectiveness of your salon. Services or products are continually changing in salons to keep up with client’s expectations. By offering new or improved services and products your salon can increase client satisfaction. Many salons must promote these to be able to survive in a competitive world. It is equally important for salons that are not in competitive environments to encourage their clients to try new services or products. This unit is all about your need to keep pace with new developments and to encourage your clients to take an interest in them. Clients expect more and more services or products to be offered to meet their own growing expectations. They need to be made aware of what is available from your salon to give them a greater choice.
Plait and twist hair* £95
Through this unit you will develop plaiting and twisting techniques that will enable you create a variety of different looks for your clients. Using these techniques you will produce intricate cornrows and twists or a full head French plait completed with a fishtail. Part of this service is to provide your client with good aftercare advice.
Fulfil salon reception duties* £107
This unit is about the important skills of welcoming and receiving people entering the salon, handling enquiries, making appointments, dealing with client payments and generally maintaining the reception area. Dealing with people in a polite manner whilst questioning them to find out what they require forms an important part of this unit.
Temporarily attach hair to enhance a style* £119
This unit is about the skills required to attach and remove pieces of added human hair to an existing style using pre-prepared and pre-packaged pieces of hair, which are designed to last up to 24 hours (e.g. clip-ons) and from 24 hours to four weeks (e.g. self adhesive pieces). These methods are used to enhance a style by increasing volume and adding colour. The ability to blend added hair into the existing style using basic cutting techniques is required. Part of this service is to provide your client with good aftercare advice.
Cut men's hairstyles* - The aim of this unit is to develop the knowledge, understanding and skills of existing women’s hairdressers to enable them to cut men’s hairstyles and work as a unisex hairdresser.
This unit will develop your understanding of the differences between ladies and men’s head and face shapes, male pattern baldness and how to incorporate this into men’s hairstyles, male influencing factors and current trends for men’s hairstyles.
*Units that are additional.
** Choose one of these along side the other units to complete a full Level 2 NVQ diploma.