Apply techniques to performer’s hair to create a different appearance

Business Sectors (Suites): Hair, Wigs, Make Up and Prosthetics for Productions
Developed by: ScreenSkills
Approved on: 30 Mar 2021


​This standard is about your ability to undertake various cutting, colouring, setting and dressing methods to create a different appearance to performers' hair for productions.

It involves making sure that performers are comfortable and fully informed about the process. It is about recognising the properties of different hair types and textures including hair curl pattern types and understanding and selecting the appropriate tools, products and methods needed to cut, temporarily colour, set and dress the hair. 

It is also about ensuring that the hairstyle is sustained under production conditions. It involves taking in to account the health and safety requirements when cutting, temporarily colouring, setting and dressing hair.

This standard is for those who have completed initial training and have hairdressing skills and experience.

This standard is applicable to all roles, but most applicable to the role of hair assistants.

Performance criteria

You must be able to:

  1. ​agree and select the cutting, setting, colouring and dressing techniques to meet the design requirements with the relevant person

  2. agree and select with the designer the tools and products required to create the agreed look and effect

  3. advise the performer about the techniques and hair products you intend to use
  4. test performers' skin for potential adverse reactions to the products intended for use
  5. take immediate and appropriate action if adverse reactions are caused by products
  6. minimise personal discomfort while re-styling performer's hair
  7. prepare hair for the techniques selected
  8. implement techniques as agreed with the relevant person using safe and approved methods
  9. use styling and finishing techniques to achieve the look and design you were instructed to create
  10. monitor and maintain the required hair style throughout the production and take remedial action where required
  11. maintain equipment, tools and products for safety and hygiene purposes
  12. liaise with external hair colourists and stylists where necessary in order to achieve the correct styling, cutting and colouring

Knowledge and Understanding

You need to know and understand:

  1. ​the design requirements communicated to you by the relevant person

  2. the time and budgetary constraints of the production schedule

  3. how to complete skin tests
  4. what action to take in the event of an adverse skin reaction
  5. health and safety legislation, policies and guidelines applicable to the cutting, setting, temporary colouring and dressing methods and techniques
  6. methods for cutting, setting, colouring and dressing of hair for style and continuity during the production
  7. how to handle and use different tools and products
  8. different styling, finishing products and techniques available to achieve the required design
  9. the importance of following instructions on how to sustain the finished style throughout the production for continuity
  10. how and when to change your design to accommodate production requirements
  11. methods of maintaining and keeping tools and products clean and safe
  12. the experts to liaise with externally for hair colouring and styling


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Indicative Review Date

30 Mar 2026





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Relevant Occupations

Arts, Media and Publishing, Crafts, Creative Arts and Design, Hairdressers and Related Occupations, Media and Communication, Performing Arts, Personal Service Occupations

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hair, hair style, design requirements, appearance, performance, hair assisant, setting, cutting, colouring, health and safety