Unit of competency details

SHBHDES002 - Braid hair (Release 1)


Usage recommendation:
Supersedes and is equivalent to SIHHHDS202A - Apply hair braiding techniquesEquivalent • Unit updated to meet the Standards for Training Packages.• Title simplified. 30/Mar/2016

Release Status:
ReleaseRelease date
1 1 (this release) 31/Mar/2016


SchemeCodeClassification value
ASCED Module/Unit of Competency Field of Education Identifier 110303 Hairdressing 

Classification history

SchemeCodeClassification valueStart dateEnd date
ASCED Module/Unit of Competency Field of Education Identifier 110303 Hairdressing 09/Aug/2016 
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Unit Of competency

Modification History

Not applicable.


This unit describes the performance outcomes skills and knowledge required to complete full or partial braiding finishes to hair as quick service designs.

This unit applies to salon assistants who work in hairdressing salons under close supervision and with guidance from more experienced or senior hairdressers. They use little judgement and follow the instructions specified by the hairdresser who has completed the client consultation and manages the client service. It can also apply to more senior hairdressers completing braiding services.

No occupational licensing, certification or specific legislative requirements apply to this unit at the time of publication.

Pre-requisite Unit


Competency Field

Hair Design

Unit Sector


Elements and Performance Criteria



Elements describe the essential outcomes.

Performance criteria describe the performance needed to demonstrate achievement of the element.

1. Consult with client or supervising hairdresser and prepare for service.

1.1.Discuss desired hair finish and confirm supervising hairdresser instructions.

1.2.Select tools, equipment and braiding techniques to achieve desired finish.

1.3.Gown client and prepare hair, according to organisational procedures.

2. Use braiding technique.

2.1.Maintain client and operator comfort and safety throughout service according to organisational procedures.

2.2.Pick up clean, even sections throughout the service.

2.3.Pick up and braid hair systematically and with even tension.

2.4.Secure end of braid with appropriate hair band.

3. Finish hair.

3.1.Confirm client and supervisor satisfaction and make adjustments to braiding as required.

3.2.Apply holding products where requested by client or directed by supervisor.

3.3.Explain braiding home hair maintenance to client.

3.4.Complete service within organisational timeframes.

Foundation Skills

Foundation skills essential to performance in this unit, but not explicit in the performance criteria are listed here, along with a brief context statement.



Reading skills to:

  • comprehend sometimes unfamiliar and detailed documents including organisational procedures and product instructions.

Oral communication skills to:

  • ask open and closed probe questions and actively listen to clarify and confirm braiding instructions.

Numeracy skills to:

  • calculate and follow time allowed to complete client service.

Planning and organising skills to:

  • logically sequence stages of preparation, braiding and finishing using supervisor’s instructions to guide activities.

Unit Mapping Information

SIHHHDS202A Apply hair braiding techniques


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Assessment requirements

Modification History

Not applicable.

Performance Evidence

Evidence of the ability to complete tasks outlined in elements and performance criteria of this unit in the context of the job role, and:

  • follow supervising hairdresser’s instructions to braid hair for five different clients and consistently achieve the planned outcome using these braiding techniques:
  • two strand for two clients
  • three strand for two clients
  • multi strand for one client
  • explain braiding home hair maintenance to each client at the conclusion of the service.

Knowledge Evidence

  • Demonstrated knowledge required to complete the tasks outlined in elements and performance criteria of this unit:
  • different facial shapes and hair braiding designs which best complement particular shapes
  • different braiding techniques and the effects created:
  • two strand
  • three strand
  • multi strand
  • home maintenance requirements for braided hair
  • industry practices and organisational procedures for:
  • client comfort and safety with particular emphasis on:
  • using gown and towels to protect client clothes
  • avoiding product contact with eyes
  • work health and safety for providing hair styling services, with particular emphasis on:
  • using correct posture and adjusting height of client chair to avoid fatigue and injury
  • using correct techniques to hold, grip and manipulate styling tools to avoid fatigue and injury.

Assessment Conditions

Skills must be demonstrated in a hairdressing environment; this can be:

  • a hairdressing industry workplace or
  • a simulated hairdressing workplace, set up for the purpose of skills assessment that provides services to paying members of the public.

Assessment must ensure use of:

  • paying clients, with different hair braiding requirements; these can be:
  • clients in a hairdressing industry workplace or
  • clients in a simulated hairdressing workplace within a training organisation who have the expectation that the services provided reflect those of a commercial business
  • sufficient client traffic to allow for prioritisation of tasks so that clients are serviced effectively in a logical sequence
  • activities that require the individual to work with commercial speed, timing and productivity to:
  • deal with multiple tasks simultaneously
  • complete client services within designated timeframes that reflect accepted industry practice
  • a hairdressing services workstation with:
  • one mirror per workstation
  • one adjustable client services chair per workstation
  • clean client gowns or wraps
  • professional holding products which can be:
  • gels
  • sprays
  • one operator trolley per workstation stocked with:
  • combs
  • sectioning clips
  • pins
  • hair bands
  • product instructions
  • organisational procedures for:
  • client comfort and safety
  • work health and safety for hair styling services.

Assessors must satisfy the Standards for Registered Training Organisation’s requirements for assessors; and:

  • hold a Certificate III or a Certificate IV qualification in Hairdressing, or be able to demonstrate equivalence of competencies; and
  • have at least three years full time employment experience as a hairdresser in a salon environment where they have applied the skills and knowledge covered in this unit of competency; this cannot include any indentured traineeship or apprenticeship period.


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