Yesterday I had a small Havanese in.
I wanted to try something different.
I had a vision in my head of what I wanted to do.
The only problem was, I didn't have small enough bows to do what I wanted.
I decided to try it anyway. :)
This little lady was going to get bangs with bows.
So, I started with the first part.
I use the last couple of teeth on my comb to separate the bangs from the hair on the back of the head.
I comb the bangs forward.
I want my bang line/part to be just behind the eyes.
Because her hair is so thin and fly away, I sprayed some finishing spray on my comb and ran it through her bangs to keep them in place.
I am not going to scissor the bangs yet, because I don't want the shorter hairs to fly up into what I am trying to pull back in the bow.
I am putting two bows in, so now I will make my second part down the middle of the top of the head.
I comb the hair to each side and away from the bangs.
Now she has two nice straight parts...or as straight as I can get them. :)
Now, normally I would now make another part close to the back of the dogs head, depending on how thick I want the hair I am putting up.
But, for what I have in mind I am going to make this part about half way back.
Then I will complete the parts by making my fourth part from behind the outside of the eye to my third part.
Did that make any sense?
This is what you want to end up with.
I could make the fourth part further down, closer to the corner of the eye, but for what I want to do today, this is good enough.
Comb the hair up on all sides to make a nice, neat little pony tail.
I like to twist the hair just a little in hope that the hair will stay in place while I put on the bow.
Then I put the first bow on.
Be careful mot to pull the hair too tight.
This is a view from the side.
A view from the top.
I repeat the same parts on the other side.
I use my fingers to put my bows on.
I use my thumb and index fingers.
I forgot to get a picture, but if you press the tips of your thumb and index finger together, and then put the rubber band around the tips of both fingers with the rubber band on top and the bow on the bottom.
Next, open your fingers just enough to take hold of the pony tail.
Keep the bow on the front side of the pony tail and grab a hold of the rubber band part on the top of your fingers.
This way you should be able to keep the bow in place as you pull the hair through the rubber band.
Twist the rubber band around the pony tail as many time as you need to.
Got that one?
I think those instructions were even more confusing then the other one.
I hope that you can understand what I am tiring to say.
I am sure that other groomers out there have other ways to put bows on too, but this is what has always worked for me. ;)
Now, you would think that I would stop there, right?
I wanted to try something else, although I could already tell that the first two bows were too big.
Next, I parted some more hair from the back of the head.
Then I took the hair from the other two pony tails and added it to the back pony tail, and put in another bow.
Too much, right?
Yeah, I know.
If I had two tiny bows like the little purple flower on these bows as the front two, and the larger bow in the back it might look better.
It was fun playing.
Lastly, I trim up the bangs.
Just a little too much. :(
Two is better. :)
✂ Happy Grooming, MFF ✂