3 Ways Dry Shampoo Can Make Your Day Easier in the Salon

Shannon Moore, NCMG  Director of Grooming and Education, Espree Animal Products

You’re not imagining it: Dry shampoos are all the rage and are making their way into the pet market and grooming salons.  As professional pet stylists, we know that nothing beats a good old fashion bath and brush out, but dry shampoos definitely have their place in grooming salons and on your grooming table. Here are 3 ways a dry shampoo can help you on in the salon:

  1. Absorb Excess Oil from the Skin and Coat

Dry shampoo is a great tool for those pooches that have overactive oil glands.  I use dry shampoo before the bath and let them sit for 15-30 minutes to let the dry shampoo do its magic. I take a brush and lightly brush through the coat to help distribute the dry shampoo throughout the coat to absorb the excess oil.  Then bathe and style as desired.

  1. Give the Coat More Volume, Thickness, and Texture

Everyone has those clients that come in with a picture of a full-coated breed and want their barely maintained pooch to look just like that picture.  After explaining that there is not enough coat on their pup, you can turn to a shampoo to help add more body to the coat and achieve the look they want.  I really love to use it on the legs of dogs that have a “not so great coat” to give that added boost of volume and texture. It is also fantastic to use at the occiput to get hair to stand up when you have floppy head hair. Just make sure you do not get it in their eyes.

  1. De-matting

Yes, you read that correctly.  Dry shampoo works its magic on a matted coat.  Simply spray the matted area and use a slicker brush to help separate and divide the coat.  It works especially well if you have an undercoated breed with a packed coat that you cannot get through.  Saturate the coat with dry shampoo, separate and divide with your favorite slicker brush, then use a force dryer on the coat.  Dry shampoo used as a de-matting tool needs to be done before the bath so you can wash out the product.

Even though we aren’t using dry shampoo to freshen up a pet, there are many ways a dry shampoo can make our day a little easier in the salon.  And, at the end of the day, you can use it on your own hair to freshen up if you need to.

4 Reasons Not To Shave A Dog

Shannon Moore, NCMG Espree Animal Products Director of Grooming Education Southlake, TX

Many pet owners think that shaving a dog down would help them stay cooler in the summer, but that is quite the contrary. The coat serves as a protector for the dog as it is the dog’s shade from the elements.

Typically, undercoat is thinner during warmer months which allows air to get all the way down to the skin to help with overheating.  In order for air to make it all the way down to the skin, it is important to keep your dog brushed out, so mats will not interfere with proper air circulation.  The coat must separate and divide all the way down to the skin.  In addition, the dog’s hair serves as a thermal regulator to slow down the process of heat absorption.  If the dog’s coat is shaved down, you are taking away their shade to help the regulate their body temperature. In addition to exposure to heat, there are many other dangers to shaving your dog in the summertime:

  1. Risk of sunburn.
  2. Expose the skin to insect bites.
  3. The coat could grow back thicker making it more difficult to regulate body temperature.
  4. The coat could grow back unevenly, and bald spots could occur with repeat shave downs.

 

What can pet owners do to help protect their dog during the summer months?

  1. Keep your pet brushed out so the coat can separate and divide all the way to the skin.
  2. Rather than shave your dog down, have your stylist shorten the furnishings for ease of maintenance.
  3. Choose products containing a touch of sunscreen.

Shed Happens!

Shannon Moore, NCMG Espree Animal Products, Grooming Education Director, Southlake, TX

De-Shedding Is A Win-Win

All dogs shed to some degree.  It is a natural process that allows new coat to come in.  Some breeds shed all year, while others shed seasonally.  Most stylists offer a de-shed add-on service or program in the salon to help pet parents deal with the insurmountable amount of hair the pet is leaving around the house.   When clients have guests come over to their home and have dog hair everywhere, especially on their furniture, it can be embarrassing for them.  More importantly, dogs can become uncomfortable with having so much excessive coat. Having a coat that is packed with hair can contribute to the pet’s inability to regulate their own body temperature which can be dangerous during the summer and winter months. Sometimes they will become itchy or even develop a myriad of skin issues including bacterial and yeast infections. Offering a de-shedding service is necessary and advisable for all parties involved, especially the dog.

What exactly does de-shedding mean?

It is the removal of undercoat that would have eventually ended up all over the house, furniture, and your clothes.  Shedding is a natural process, so you do not want to try to stop it!  De-shedding treatments are designed to accelerate the shedding process by removing the loose coat that would eventually end up of all over the client’s home.  De-shed shampoos and treatments ideally should change the pH by lowering it from the normal 6.5 – 7.5 range. The cortex of the cuticle opens up and allows any loose coat to slip out. Espree’s Simple Shed Shampoo and Simple Shed Treatment does this. It is also enhanced with proteins and amino acids to help fortify and strengthen overworked and damaged hair, so the result is a healthy, shiny coat.  Sometimes a De-Shed Treatment can appear drying to the coat due to the reduction in pH.  I always recommend using a De-Shed Treatment or Conditioner after shampooing to help restore moisture to the skin and coat. The end result is a beautiful, healthy coat where the coat can separate and divide so the skin can breathe.  It is an all-around win-win for the dog, the client, and the pet stylist.

Recommended tools and equipment for De-Shed Services:

Espree Simple Shed Shampoo

Espree Simple Shed Treatment

High-Velocity Dryer

De-Shed Tool

Happy De-shedding!!!!

Wash Out Those Mixing Bottles

Shannon Moore, NCMG Director of Grooming Education Espree Animal Products Southlake, TX

 

As groomers, we take so many precautions to ensure the safety and well- being of our clients from salon safety procedures, using a variety of fabulous products, state of the art equipment, providing a clean and healthy environment, and the list goes on and on.  We sometimes overlook a very basic component of our routine, the importance of cleaning out the mixing bottles. When diluting, handling, and using product, it is imperative to keep hygiene at the top of our list.

Hygienic Guidelines for Mixing Professional Strength Product:

1. Wash all containers and caps with very hot water and a sterilizing solution before mixing concentrated shampoo and conditioner, preferably the night before and let the container air dry.

2. Any unused diluted material should be discarded at the end of the day.  If you can’t bear to throw away product, bathe your own dog to get rid of the product.

3. Do not mix an entire gallon of product unless you plan on using it all by the end of the day.

4. Don’t forget to wash the caps of the mixing bottles as they can hold bacteria, mold, and fungus.  This can transfer to the animal during bathing.

It is important to remember that the contamination of product can cause pets to have a reaction to the shampoo mix if it is contaminated with bacteria, mold, or fungus from improper cleaning and handling of the mixing bottles.  Unfortunately, there are not any hygiene regulations for pet groomers.  It is our responsibility as a professional stylist to set forth a standard protocol for providing proper hygiene in our salons.  This hygiene extends all the way to something as simple as a mixing bottle.

4 Ways To Use Espree’s Luxury Remoisturizer Conditioner

Shannon Moore, NCMG, Director of Grooming Education, Espree Animal Products, Southlake TX

Everyone has their favorite products to use for different coat issues. I have always considered myself a “collector” when it comes to grooming products and equipment.  I want my conditioners to have the capability of turning a dry, brittle coat into a beautiful one by providing some serious hydration.  Espree’s Luxury Remoisturizer Conditioner has become my “go to” conditioner to promote moisture and manageability while locking in hydration.

Here are 4 different ways to use this versatile conditioner:

  1. Regular Conditioner with a dilution rate of 32:1. The Luxury Remoisturizer is recommended for all coat types. Used at this dilution rate it will keep the coat texture true to type.  It also has the ability to replace moisture lost through bathing, blow-drying, and exposure to sun and wind.  It reduces matting and promotes hair growth.
  2. Deep Conditioning Treatment with a dilution rate of 16:1. This type of treatment is ideal for any coat that is cottony, silky, or mats easily, and dogs going through coat change. I warm the diluted conditioner to luke warm and apply to coat making certain the product is distributed from root to tip. Allow it to sit on the coat for 60 – 90 seconds and rinse immediately.  Slightly cool the water temperature down when rinsing the coat.  This Deep Conditioning Treatment will improve texture and shine, while keeping the coat static free.  It is a great way to control the most difficult coats while reducing matting and tangling.
  3. Detangler. Dilute 50:1. Saturate the mats and carefully separate with your fingers.  Then gently brush with a slicker section by section until you can glide a comb through the matted area.  I use it as a Detangling Spray before the bath. Conquer mats and tangles without the drama associated with detangling.
  4.  Leave In Conditioner. Dilute 50:1 and you have a very light leave in conditioner. It will hold and protect coats from matting and tangling.  Excellent for breaking down a coat while minimizing damage from gels and other styling products. It is also great to use to set a part on a drop coat.

View the Luxury Remoisturizer Conditioner on our website.

Making A Dog Who Has Never Been Bathed/Groomed Feel Like New

Brian Tupes, About Pets Center  |  Salem VA

At some point you have seen it walk through the door. The dog that looks like it has been left outside its whole life and never been bathed or groomed. It is important to make this dog feel as relaxed and comfortable as possible during the whole process.

Having a relaxing calm environment is a must to reassure the pet.The way you talk to the dog will set the tone for the groom. Soft soothing tones from you will let them know there is nothing to fear,also call them by name as much as often as you can. The bathing ritual should be very relaxing for the dog.

I find the Espree line of shampoo and conditioners a great asset to establishing this experience. The scents in this line of products helps to calm an anxious dog during the bathing process. I personally want to make this time with the dog to be the most relaxing it can be.The shampoo make a great cleansing lather getting a squeeky clean coat. A little neck massage, circular hip rub down and a good butt rub seem to do the trick. It gets them into enjoying the bath.

When I get the eyes rolling up into their head I know it is working. Next the conditioner gives the coat its luster and softness without weighing down the hair. Really work it in with your fingers the dog enjoys this as well. Let the conditioner soak in a bit. If the dog has serious eye boogers dab some conditioner on with your finger ( Careful of the eyes here ) and gently rub on. In a few seconds it will loosen up those rock hard drainage clumps and makes removing them a snap. Rinse the coat thoroughly, dry well, and you will have a soft, clean, very relaxed dog to work with on your grooming table.

Puppy Grooming 101


Shannon Moore, NCMG | Director of Grooming and Education Espree Animal Products

We always see in increase in young puppies in grooming salons during the spring and early summer months.  As they appear on the books, I always find myself hoping the puppy has come from a breeder that has worked with them on grooming behavior.  Or if it is a rescue puppy, maybe the foster home has had the opportunity to work with the young dog too.  But, sometimes we aren’t so lucky for one reason or another.  It then becomes my job to teach the puppy how to get groomed and make it an enjoyable experience.  That first groom is so important.  We must keep the puppy safe and at the same time make it an enjoyable experience for the pup.

Depending on the circumstance with the pup and what I have scheduled for the day, determines if I try to get the puppy in and out of the salon quickly, or I might choose to keep it longer and put it on the table several times to get through the groom. Most often, I try to get keep the puppy for a brief period of time to help minimize stress.  I let the client know that if the puppy needs to take several breaks from being on the table, I might be calling asking for a few more hours for the visit.  When they know this ahead of time, and I explain how I want to make it an enjoyable experience as it sets the pace for grooming for the lifetime of the dog, they seem to be more understanding.  As long as I communicate with the client and let them know why I might need to keep the puppy, they are more understanding.  So not only is it our job to teach the puppy to enjoy being groomed, we have to train the client to do what is in the puppy’s best interest.

Grooming a puppy for the first time can be very scary for the young one.  If the dog is on the smaller side, I will often put the dog on my lap holding it close to my body for the first nail trim.  I lower the tone of my voice and try to comfort them and offer praise when we are finished.  I always keep one hand on the puppy at all times when on the table.  After all, being on a table can be a scary thing for the puppy.  I also take the time to massage the pads of their feet, and familiarize them with the sound of clippers and scissors.  I even will gently hold their face under the chin as if I were going to trim the face. I pet them and give them a little massage to get them to relax and begin to trust me.  If the puppy is really nervous, I might not do a full groom the first time.  Sometimes, a bath and tidy is a better choice. If this happens, I ask the owner to bring the puppy back in 2 weeks for another groom.  Even though puppies can take more time to groom, I want them in the salon every 2 to 3 weeks.  I want to take the opportunity to teach them Puppy Grooming 101 so they can enjoy coming to the salon.  After all, I plan on grooming those puppies for their life time! I want them to have fun and behave so as they mature, I can put a cute, stylish trim on them!

Achieving Healthy Skin and Coat Through Grooming and Nutrition

Shannon Moore, NCMG  Espree Animal Products, Director of Education and Grooming

As a professional pet stylist, it is important to try to educate clients on all aspects of taking care of their pet.  Some areas of pet care, I consider myself an expert and other areas … not so much.  However, what happens when your client is following your advice on grooming.  Maintenance bathing every other week, brush outs at home using a fantastic hydrating spray, and full grooming every 4 to 6 weeks but their pet still has dry skin and appears to be itchy.  We recommended the owner take the dog to the vet to see if there is an underlying health issue.  After receiving a clean bill of health, the dog’s skin and coat are still not in good condition. So, we started looking at the type of food, treats, and supplements the owner is giving.

I always try to educate my clients on the importance of good nutrition.  It is just as important as good hygiene.  A holistically balanced diet that provides the nutritional harmony that is necessary to help your pet achieve and maintain optimal health.  Diets that have a proprietary blend of vitamins and minerals that is rich in high quality protein and a strong selection of nutritious vegetables is important.  Fresher food is also more nutrient dense.  Supplements are great to add to your pet’s nutritional regime as well.  They are a smart choice to target specific conditions such as hip and joint issues, allergy support, immune support, food transition etc.

The nutritional choices you make for your pet will affect the condition of skin and coat just as much as the products you choose to put on your pet.  It is a win win for your pet  if you pay attention to both …what you choose to put on the outside and what you choose to put in your dog. Optimal health is achieved by focusing on both… the inside and out!