First brush out
the hair, and have the dog lay their head down on a top knot pillow or just a
rolled up blanket.
For any fuzzies,
you can apply a small bit of kolestral or gel (that is #1 All Systems pink gel).
I really mean a tiny bit. That is all it takes.
You need bands.
The clear ones are the tiny size (med weight) from dog-bows.com. Those blue ones
are from lainee. I use the clear ones on top of papers and the small light
weight from dog-bows.com (or lainee) if they're going on the hair.
Use a rat tail comb to part the hair that you want to put in
the top knot. I usually go up each side slightly in from the corner of the eyes
(if I'm putting in doubles, I go a little wider) and then however far back you
need...it depends on the dog's head.
Put in the band.
Then use the rat tail comb to loosen the hair up and add poof. It is very
important that it be loose enough in the front so that they are comfortable and
you are not pulling up on their eyelids. I actually skip this step with the band
if I'm using papers and don't put any band on the coat.
Papers. Both are
from Sally's. They have mesh or regular. These are called end wraps. I prefer
mesh. It is just easier for me to work with. It is personal
I take 2 of the
mesh papers layered together and fold them in half. Then I wrap it in thirds
around the top knot (here is over the band, but normally I don't put a band on
the coat and at this point would do the loosening/puffing). The regular papers
are a little longer so fold in 1/2 and then fold over another 1/3 and wrap
around the top knot.
Fold over the
paper. Where you want the hair to go, place it now. Also, the back should be
even or slightly lower than the front of the papers when you fold it over. You
can fold it over the rat tail comb to get a nice fold. Add a band to secure it
(that is the only band I use).
You can add a
bow if you like and you're done!
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