Hairdressing Competition

A hairdresser cuts and styles clients’ hair. He or she uses a range of well-developed sales, consultation and technical skills and knowledge to provide a broad range of services to clients, including wet and dry shampooing, cutting, colouring, perming, styling, and hair care advice. Hairdressers use discretion and judgement to provide client services and take responsibility for the outcomes of their work.

YOU SHOULD PURSUE A CAREER IN HAIRDRESSING IF YOU:

  • Enjoy working with people
  • Are a good listener
  • Have good health with no skin allergies
  • Have creative flair
  • Are patient and able to work under pressure
  • Have good manual dexterity

IT ALL BEGINS AT A REGIONAL COMPETITION

The WorldSkills Australia Hairdressing Competitions begin at a grass roots level in one of 34 Australian regions. The Hairdressing Regional Competitions test the skills and knowledge of 4000+ apprentices, trainees and students, who have the opportunity to win gold, silver and bronze medals and gain the chance to go on to compete at a national level.

WorldSkills Australia competitions operate on a two-year cycle. The next Hairdressing Regional Competition rounds are now running across the country. 2018 and 2020 are the next National Championship years.

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The Hairdressing Competition is supported by:

Training Package Requirements

The 2018 WorldSkills Australia Beauty Therapy Competitions align to the SHB Hairdressing and Beauty Services Training Package (Release 2.0).

Regional Competition

Training Package Requirements – Regional Level

The 2018 WorldSkills Australia Regional Competition for Hairdressing align to the Units of Competency (Elements of Competency and Performance Criteria) in the SHB30416 – Certificate 111 in Hairdressing Qualification.

  • SHBXWHS001 – Apply safe hygiene, health and work practices
  • SHBHBAS001 – Provide shampoo and basin services
  • SHBXIND002 – Communicate as part of a salon team
  • SHBHCLS002 – Colour and lighten hair
  • SHBHCUT006 – Create combined haircut structures
  • BSBSUS201 – Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices
  • SHBHDES003 – Create finished hair designs
  • SHBHIND001 – Maintain and organise tools, equipment and work areas
  • SHBXCCS002 – Provide salon services to clients
  • SHBHCUT007 – Create combined traditional and classic men’s haircut structures
  • SHBHDES004 – Create classic long hair up-styles
  • SHBHCUT001 – Design haircut
  • SHBHCLS003 – Provide full and partial head highlighting treatments structures

Regional Tasks

  • Ladies creative short fashion hair cut (above the shoulders)
  • Oxidative colour
  • Men’s short hair taper
  • Ladies long hair up

Regionals Competition Duration

4 hours 40 mins – 1 day

National Competition

Training Package Requirements – National Level

The 2018 WorldSkills Australia Regional Competition for Hairdressing align to the Units of Competency (Elements of Competency and Performance Criteria) in the SHB30416 – Certificate 111 in Hairdressing Qualification.

In addition to the Regional requirements, the National also includes:

  • SHBHCLS004 – Neutralise unwanted colours and tones
  • SHBHCLS005 – Provide on scalp full head and retouch bleach treatments
  • SHBHREF001 – Curl and volumise hair with chemical treatments
  • SHBHREF002 – Straighten and relax hair with chemical treatments
  • SHBHCUT005 – Cut hair using over-comb techniques
  • SHBHCUT011 – Design and maintain beards and moustaches

National Tasks

  • Show a range of highly developed sales, consultation and technical skills and knowledge to provide a broad range of hairdressing services to clients.
  • Provide specialist services in one or more areas including: creative haircutting, enhanced hair designs, colouring and complex colour correction and chemical reformation; create classic long hair up-styles, select and apply hair extensions, design and style long hair creatively, and work as a session stylist working from a brief

Nationals Competition Duration

16-18 hours – 3 days

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