Grooming Tutorial with pics & video's

Salon Creative: dyeing tails & Legs- How to do it- with video

Salon Creative: dyeing tails & Legs- How to do it- with video 0

Adding Color in the salon setting doesnt have to be stressful, it can even be efficent enough of a process that you dont waste valuable time, can keep the cost lower and thus attract more coloring clientele. Here are some tips for Coloring tails in the salon setting. :

 #1 Know your dog- be selective about who you choose to apply color to. The scared/shy dog that has handling issues will only resist you and feel worried about the extra handling/restraining involved (you need to prevent dye from touching other areas). be aware of how wiggily/hyper the pet is and your amount of traffic.)

#2 be prepared- have your colors picked out and (i like to warm the dye by placing it in a container(lid up) full of hot water-the warmth pushes pigment into coat). Dogs hair that is to be colored needs to be washed in a Clarifying shampoo, no conditioner and DRY(reason why is if its damp or wet, it simply dilutes color more). Have your gloves, extra towels, belly strap, mixing container, dye brush, and tinfoil or syran/vet wrap ready. timer. 

#3 you will not be able to answer phone, or stop what your doing. if dog sees someone and starts wagging out! so pull down the shades, put your "SSHHHHH DYE in process" sign up, and lets get started! 


Tips For coloring Tails

#1 Have Tail combed out and trimmed to desired length so you dont waste dye. Groom area around tail/bum(you can leave this hair as a safe guard if needed, cause it can be clipped off after rinse & dry)

 #2 place darker color at bottom of tail  for easier rinsing(if darker is at top and they mix while rinsing, it can affect your shade)

#3 start applying dye  at top of tail, set your lines first, then go back and rub in well. (on fluffy coated dogs you can also only apply to tips of hair for a less lasting effect)

#4 choose complimentary colars(be aware of what they will make if bleed occurs(so pink and blue will make purple- )

#5  while dye is soaking finish grooming rest of dog. 

Tips For Coloring Legs

#1 have an idea of how far up you want your color to go, and if you want multiple colors, a hard line or a fade out.

#2 For a ombre or soft line, have containers of  dye mixed with the Crazy Liberty Clear Up  to create  shades going lighter and lighter. Apply lightest at top. For a hard line use a flat dye brush, touch the outer hair lightly to set. then go back and methodically rub in down to skin.  match rest of legs to the first one. 

#3 using a belly band to make sure they don't sit is recomended. you can wrap while soaking if needed. I tend to work on grooming dog while it soaks. set timer for when last leg has been applied. 

Tips for Rinsing

#1 Set yourself up for sucess- put towel with tail hole back on, use grocery bag over tail as well, tuck towel and bag under dogs rear feet as well. have dog preferably on a higher place than tub floor(bathing rack) so that the rinse water runs away and you dont hav eto dry whole back end, plus you dont want to accidentally color rear legs. open up tinfoil and use as "slide" to guide water away from soaking into towel. when rinsing multiple colors: protect lighter shade with gloved hand, while rinsing darker shade.

#2 water pressure is your friend. Use higher flow/pressure(not jet stream) to push dye water away. 

#3 Use tepid-cool water: you do not want to open up the hair shaft. follow with LIGHT shampoo with a very gentle cleanser(like a foaming face wash) the purpose is just to remove residue that is sitting on outer hair shaft. after final rinse, apply

 your leave in conditioner. *** if you do not do the gentle shampoo when tail gets wet the first time, you will probably have  a lot more transfer. 

Tail Coloring/Rinsing & Drying Video


Leg Coloring & Rinsing Video 

Showing the Vibrant color after

An attention grabber for sure!

Crazy Liberty Dyes

With 13 colors and a clear mixing agent to choose from skys the limit! 

 Hair Dye "Crazy Liberty" are made on the basis of vegetative and fruit components that not only color the hair, but also improve the health of the hair considering the peculiarities of animals' skin and fur.

We use plant and fruit juices AHA (α-hydroxy acid) as a dye extract to give the intensive color.

The paint includes an extract of lilies that nourishes and restores the structure of the damaged coat, protects it from bleaching under ultraviolet rays and soothes the animal skin.

Permanent and non-toxic.

Unlike permanent paints that are represented on markets, we do not use ammonia in "Crazy Liberty" that's why the structure of coat does not change!

 Colors: Pink, Violet, light blue, dark blue, light green, dark green, orange, yellow, red, brown, black, light grey, dark grey. and clear(for mixing custom colors)

Pineapple Trim the how to with pics & Video

Pineapple Trim the how to with pics & Video 0

Why should you do trims like this? well some will think its ridiculous, and tell you so, but can you believe that the post of this groom on facebook is at 50,000 views? only 5 comments on it being silly/absurd, and it was great way to get my page noticed. Plus if there are pet owners who will let you have creative fun, this helps them to come looking for you! 

So you want to try a cut-in pattern like the Armadillo or Pineapple but don't know where to start? Well learn from my mistakes, and gather a few tips to make your attempts successful(cause it takes a while to grow out!)  

Step 1: PREP PREP PREP!!! make sure to get that coat straight so that your lines are accurate. I like to use K9 Competition Crisp shampoo & nano mist to prep all my Asian Style grooms. This gives it enough body to have definition and not look like  a flat pattern. All of K9 competition products work excellent on yorkies. Even their Keratin line isn't too heavy,and will not make them greasy. 

Effects of K9 Keratin

Here showing the amazing restorative effects of K9 competition Keratin line with coat cure on a dry flakey, brittle hair of a yorkie. Never have  a greaseball yorkie again! Quality you can see. 

What I Use

Strip Shampoo

This deep cleansing shampoo gently removes build-up of active additives, excessive dirt, oil and pollutants that weigh the coat down. After strip off, use K9 Competition Aloe Vera Shampoo and Conditioner to give optimal coat status and long lasting result.

Nano Mist

is a leave-in conditioner with quick antistatic effect and powerful detangling effect. It makes the coat easier to brush and gives great volume and structure. It counter-acts tangles and wears and makes the coat more manageable. It is suitable for all types of coats and animals. The extremely small Nanoliposomes penetrates the scales of the hair shaft and give that extra top finish you aim for.

Crisp Shampoo

Promotes the natural crisp feeling in the coat and adds volume. It will highlight all colors. Shampoo as often as you want without damaging the coat. With Aloe Vera to calm and moist the skin. Gives a fresh scent. For competition and daily use..

This is not my work, merely a pic i wished i would have looked at before i winged it. I like how they followed the lines around the body

Again, not my work, but i wanted you to see someones nicely proportioned trim with a shorter length of hair for comparison. nicely done. 

Ok so don't laugh too hard, but THIS is my first attempt at the armadillo. Its a great way to break you in easy, though don't rush it like i did(again on the fly and didn't space my lines either close enough, or far enough. I also didn't follow them around the body far enough.  accessorizing with bling helped to cover/distract from the  uneven bits.) 

If you mess it up, it will take time to grow out since i used a #40 to set the lines, This is how the inverted V grew out 16 weeks later (the day of the pineapple trim)

Using string and some type of powder, coat the string in the  powder. ( i used a finishing sparkle powder that wouldn't make the coat feel or look funny)

start laying your string lightly accross dog at spaced intervals, you can see my replacement of string when i deviated from correct spacing. Top two rows have been cut in with wahl cordless clipper set on #40 held vertical and brought straight down into coat. 

now that you have cut in your basic lines, you can comb straight from head to tail to remove loose/stray hairs and re-edge with clipper or straights. 

use string to set your second set of lines, though i eyeballed the shape, i suggest measuring or making a little cardboard diamond guide so that you don't get too rectangular like i did. My mistake was that  i didn't go at the same angle as the first set. 

side view after shaving is blocked in, now you can free hand the lines continuing around thighs and shoulders,  and by running guard comb over it to layer a little you will add depth and remove that flat look. 

This wa my finished product, but because it was so crooked i decided to spice it up a little......

I mixed pink sparkle with Elmers glue(an adhesive that is non toxic, water based so it wont cause mats, but dries clear)and painstakingly tried to brush it into the cracks, this took more time than the clipping. I didn't finish it...just enough for effect.

finished accessorized groom. Voila! Pineapple trim!~ the videos really show just how cute it looks in motion. 

Pineapple trim Video

Asian Style Mickey Mouse head- How to- with video

Asian Style Mickey Mouse head- How to- with video 1

You can see how the general shape of his head is changed by leaving more hair on the top of his nose(it looked like it had been shaved before), on the sides of ear to create that full round "Mickey Mouse" ear, in front of ears to soften the bat ear look, and legs to finish the cuteness factor to the max
Flared Legs- How to do it- with video

Flared Legs- How to do it- with video 0

Everyone loved that cute look of flared legs, but some think its a lot of extra work or time to achieve it. It's Not! Once you know how to set the lines, this style can be effectively transitioned to any breed or mix like the one pictured above. see a simple video

TOOLS USED: Wahl Berretto cordless clipper(uses 5-1 blades), with blade set to shortest setting(#40), and Wahl stainless steel guard comb- the dark purple one, #4 or 1/4" length was used to blend the short body and SKIM down the legs to set my shape. If your body length is longer than that comb select a longer one. I find the two shortest guard combs easiest for skimming. Sharkfin Shears- Great White Chunkers, and Platinum Curves, and Medalist.  If you have any questions, please feel free to comment below. 

TOOLS USED: Wahl Berretto cordless clipper(uses 5-1 blades), with blade set to shortest setting(#40), and Wahl stainless steel guard comb- the peach one, #1 or 1/2" length was used to blend the short body and SKIM down the legs to set my shape. Sharkfin shears- Great white chunkers and Curved with swivel was used. 

Modern styles around the world Magazine & DVD

Modern styles around the world Magazine & DVD 0

LOVE ASIAN FUSION??? want to know how to achieve those gorgeous "overseas" trims?? 

​Produced by Olga Zabelinskaya, this magazine's purpose is to share and instruct how to groom in a variety of "modern styles" from all over the world (not just Asian Style, Fusion or Japanese). Each Issue features a different breed/coat type and has 4 photos from groomers showcasing each style (usually different dogs).
Olga has written instructions and visual pictorials showing the lines/shapes, and focal points of each style's body and head. 
PLUS it includes a free DVD with a complete featured groom by Olga.