Maintain effective and safe methods of working
Working safely in a clean and tidy environment minimises risk of harm and injury to yourself and others and prevents cross-contamination. It gives the client an image of professionalism while their hair is being coloured.
You must always protect your client during the colouring service with a fresh, clean gown, cape and towel. You should wear gloves when using and applying colouring products, to prevent dermatitis and maintain healthy hands, and an apron to protect your clothes.
To ensure the comfort of your client, sit them upright with their back against the chair. When you are colouring the hair make sure that your balance is evenly distributed, standing with your feet slightly apart. Place your trolley on the correct side and avoid stretching to reach it. This will prevent neck and back problems, fatigue and minimise the risk of injury.
Keeping your work area clean and tidy
You must keep your work area clean and tidy at all times. Make sure that your trolley and workstation are prepared for the required colouring service and that you are ready for the client to arrive. Sterilise your styling tools and equipment to ensure they are hygienic and ready to use. Clean your workstation and surfaces with detergent and water, disinfect your equipment with suitable disinfectants or a UV light, and sterilise tools in the autoclave.
Temperature of equipment
When using your electrical equipment, be aware of potential hazards and follow the Electricity at Work Regulations. You must visually check your appliances for cracks in that main body or plug and kinks in the wires. Always label, remove and report faulty electrical equipment.