Uniform Policy? Don’t Sweat It. Let the True You Shine No Matter the Dress Code.

Whether you’re starting a new job at a salon with a uniform policy, or your boss has decided to institute rules on wardrobe at your existing job, a dress code mandate can trigger panic. Hairdressers are by nature creative individuals. After all, we spend our days cutting, coloring, and coiffing clients who want to look their best. So being told we have to limit our own self-expression via our clothing choices can be panic inducing. But fear not. With the right emphasis on accessories and other forms of adornment (like, ahem, yourhair!), you’ll feel like yourself dress code or not. Remember, you are after all a beauty professional! You’ve got this.

The least restrictive form of dress code is the uniform color rule. Example: all stylists must wear black. For some of us, this sounds like a dream—you may favor the inky shade already. But for color lovers, this is a difficult pill to swallow. But don’t panic. There are many ways to incorporate color into your ensemble via bright accessories (statement necklaces, colorful stones like turquoise), makeup choices (think a bold lip, or brightly colored nail), and even shoes. Ask your boss whether shoes must also be included in the color mandate. If not, being able to get your color fix by way of a pair of colorful shoes will be sure to put you at ease. Another brilliantly easy way to add interest to a monochromatic outfit is by playing with fabric textures. Look for velvets, satins, or other interesting fabrics. They go a long way to spicing up a single-color ensemble.  

Perhaps the more dreaded form of wardrobe control is the true uniform. Every woman (and men, too) knows that there is no one style or cut that flatters all body types. The thought of having to wear the exact same thing as your coworkers, whether or not it flatters your figure, can be very upsetting. There is one positive aspect to this policy that we must point out—at least you’ll never have to wake up and think about what you’ll have to wear!

That said, we’d bet you still may be feeling glum, but again, it’s time to focus on accessories and on your beauty efforts. Your hair, makeup, and accessories can help you feel more like you in a job where you feel you look the same as everyone you work with. As a hair professional, we don’t have to tell you there are a million ways to be you via your cut, color, or style. If a particular piece of the uniform is giving you grief, consider approaching your boss. If the standard issue black pants simply aren’t fitting you, kindly speak to your boss and present her with a solution—for example, you have a very similar pair that are much more flattering and you’d love to bring them in for her to evaluate as an alternative. Employers are extremely receptive to solution-oriented employees, so approaching the issue from a problem-solving angle is sure to go a long way with any boss. If you’re still not happy, consider wearing your own garb to work and changing back into your outfit before you leave at the end of the day. This way you minimize time spent feeling self-conscious about your clothing. And if all else fails, take a deep breath and remind yourself that we’re at work for 40 hours a week—a lot of living goes on outside our job and there is plenty of time to express yourself while not at work. You’ll be even more grateful for those days off when do they roll around!

7 Rules for Beginner Stylists

Starting out in any career is tough. Your first months as a stylist will likely be your hardest, but someday you’re going to look back on them fondly as one of the most challenging and exciting times of your life. Until then, here are some tips for newbies to kick start your career…

  1. Work hard — This sounds like a no brainer, right? But hard work beyond the chair is more important at the beginning of your career than ever. You might have some slow days starting out, so use the time to lend an extra hand to clean up around the salon or help another stylist with too much on their plate. Salon owners and colleagues will notice this and keep you in mind for opportunities, forward clients to you when their time is full, and lend you a hand when you need it later. 
  2. Take notes — Client cards are a system every stylist should put in place. Take a moment after each appointment to write down as much information about their preferences, colors used, hair history and more. You’ll be happy you did when they come back for their next appointment. 
  3. Insist on direction — You’ll quickly learn that your most difficult clients might at first seem like those who are the easiest going. Experienced stylists know though that the client in the chair saying “do whatever you like” or “I’m not too picky” can be some of the toughest to work with. Don’t settle for a lack of direction. Without being pushy, keep the conversation going and try to get more information. If they don’t give, then remember, you’re the expert. Make suggestions and ask them what they think of your ideas, and search for confirmation. You’ll be happier then to proceed with your work with more confidence. 
  4. Language counts — Employ the right rhetoric whenever possible. Use words like “shampoo” instead of “wash”. They can wash their hair at home, but in the salon, a shampoo implies more pampering. Avoid harsh words like “bleach” and instead say “lift” or “lighten”, and so on. A little of this goes a long way to keep your client at ease. 
  5. Dress the part — From the get go, dress as though you are already a successful stylist. Clients and colleagues expect you to not only be good technically at what you do, but also have great taste. Clients will gravitate towards you because they respect your style and believe you know what it takes to make them look great. Salon owners will be proud to have you around and put you forward for new clients and other opportunities.  
  6. Keep learning — Just because your classes are done and your assisting days are over, doesn’t mean you know it all. To be a great stylist and a successful one, you need to keep learning all the time. Work photoshoots outside of the salon, go places that inspire you, take an extra course when the opportunity presents itself, and ask questions to learn from fellow stylists. 
  7. Be patient & stay optimistic — Some days are good, other days are bad. It may take time to build a good list of clients, get to know colleagues, and find your footing. But stick with it, stay positive, and keep your heart in your work even when it’s hard and you’ve made mistakes. Persistence will bring success your way. It’s just a matter of time. 

5 Celebrity Stylists to Follow

Keeping up with celebrity stylists online is one of the best ways to get us motivated and inspired! Watching their careers play out on instagram and beyond is a great way to gain insight into trendsetters and trade secrets too, so check out some of our favorites worth following below…

  1. Adir Abergel — When he’s not following A-list actresses like Emilie Clarke or Bryce Dallas Howard around the globe on press tours to keep they’re hair looking gorgeous, celebrity stylist Adir Abergel can be found back home in Los Angeles working on awesome editorials. Also among his “besties” are Reese Witherspoon and Maria Sharapova, who you’ll also find plenty of behind the scenes posts of on Adir’s instagram. We love following Adir to see his glamorous jetset life, discovering far off places and taking notes on the looks he creates for the stars. Above all, his ultra positive attitude shines through all his posts and inspires his followers. You can find him on Instagram @hairbyadir. 
  2. Kristin Ess — Kristin made a name for herself as Lauren Conrad’s personal hairstylist, and since launching The Beauty Department has become a bonified hair guru. Her styling and color expertise are creating some serious hair envy across the internet. But she’s not stingy with her knowledge, sharing her how to’s to beautiful braids, impeccable updos, and superior haircare. She also shares here favorite finds on her frequent travels! Follow her at TheBeautyDepartment.com and @kristin_ess.
  3. Ted Gibson — New York based celebrity stylist, Ted Gibson, has adorably named his impressive entourage of clients “Gibson Girls.” Among them are Anne Hatheway, Brie Larson, Deborah Messing, Gugu Bathraw and more, with whom he shares snaps of himself hard at work behind the scenes of photoshoots and festival red carpets. But Ted treasures all his clients equally, often sharing transformational snaps of ordinary salon visitors. We also enjoy his snapshots from day-to-day life as a salon owner and style guru appearing regularly on TV. Follow him across the web @tedgibsonbeauty. 
  4. Rubi Jones — Rubi Jones quite literally wrote the book on good hair. The Art of Hair is her DIY guide to braids, buns, curls and more and is making making the world a more beautiful place one hairdo at a time. We love Rubi’s posts from New York fashion week, discovering her inspirations, and little snapshots from her life as a stylist and working mom. Follow her @rubi_jones on Instagram. 
  5. Mark Townsend — Mark Townsend never stops, living out of a suitcase to bring his hair magic to red carpets around the world. Chances are some of his recent red carpet looks on Dakota Johnson or Rachel McAdams are already on your pinterest boards. His goofy interludes and and regular Hepburn inspiration posts are also some highlights on his feed. Follow him at @marktownsend1 to keep up with his work. 

Day 2 Styles: How to Style Your Hair Between Washes

Day 2 Styles: How to Style Your Hair Between Washes

By Natalie Baker

Dirty hair? Don’t care! Skipping the shampoo suds isn’t a total disaster. In fact, overwashing your hair actually strips it of its natural oils, leading to a loss of shine and texture. That’s why every woman needs a go-to rotation of hairstyles that she can turn to in a pinch between washes. Turn oily, two-day-old strands into a good hair day with these quick and easy looks.

Side-Swept Fishtail Braid
For a style that will take you from your cubicle to cocktails in a flash, a fishtail braid is your go-to. Bay Area stylist Shelly Grover notes that it’s a clever way to look after your hair. “I love doing heatless hairstyles. Not only do they look cute, but it’s a great way to maintain the integrity of your hair, since you don’t need to shampoo or use heated styling tools.”

A fishtail braid is the perfect option for oily hair, as it’s easy to do but it still looks intricate and impressive. The natural oils will to help lock this look in place. Spritz a texturizing spray, such as One ‘n Only™ Speed Style™ Dry Texturizing Spray, onto the roots of your hair for a boost of volume, before pulling the hair over to one shoulder. Divide your hair into two equal sections, then take a small piece of hair from under the right section and cross it over to the left section. Repeat this step on the opposite side, taking a small piece of hair from underneath the left section and pulling it across to the right section. Secure with a clear elastic before manipulating the braid with your fingers to create a textured finish.

Boho Waves
Textured curls practically demand second-day-old hair to stay in place. Play up naturally tousled, bedhead texture and rock some Boho waves. Wrap two-inch sections of hair—selected at random—around a curling wand to create added definition. The aim of the game is for hair to look effortless. Seal in your style with a light spritz of One ‘n Only™ Speed Style™ Finishing Hairspray.

Sleek Ponytail
Your ponytail doesn’t have to be reserved for the gym. For a chic and sophisticated look, a sleek ponytail worn at the nape of the neck is a timeless option. Pull your hair into a center part before taming any flyaway strands with a bit of styling cream. Secure with a clear elastic for a fashion-approved, understated look.

Side-Swept Chignon
You may not have time to wash your hair, but you don’t need to give the game away with a sloppy style. A side-swept chignon may look like you’ve made some serious effort, but it can be created in a matter of minutes. Create an off-center parting before securing your hair into a ponytail behind your ear. Twist the ponytail into a bun and secure with bobby pins. Wear your chignon neat and tidy, or pull out a couple of pieces from around the front to frame your face.

The next time you need a day off from shampooing—or just some extra shut-eye in the morning—look no further than one of these quick and easy styles.

When to Splurge on Grooming Services and When to Groom at Home

When to Splurge on Grooming Services and When to Groom at Home

By Elizabeth Anderson Lopez

To groom or not to groom isn’t the question. The question is whether your pet should be groomed by you at home or a by professional in a salon. You may determine a hybrid approach is best: you do the regular brushing but have a professional do bathing and nails. Time, talent, tools, and type of coat are all factors to consider when debating where your dog or cat should be groomed.

Part of your decision will likely include cost, and washing your pet at home is definitely easier on your wallet. But the Four T’s—time, talent, tools, and type of coat—are designed to help you determine if the pet grooming version of “time is money” is a worthy trade off.

“Grooming done well can take some time,” says Linda Easton, president of International Professional Groomers, Inc. “This usually is a minimum of 90 minutes or more for a small dog.”

Along with the time it takes to groom your pet once, consider that this will be an ongoing commitment that you’ll either enjoy as way to bond with your pet, or you’ll put off because it’s an unpleasant chore. Remember that it’s your pet’s health and happiness on the line. Grooming isn’t simply cosmetic as matted hair and overgrown nails can cause discomfort.

Another factor to consider is your pet’s disposition. If you have a particularly anxious pet, grooming at home gives you an unlimited amount of time to help your pet become accustomed to the tools and sounds that go along with grooming.

Washing and brushing may not sound complicated, but it takes Easton about six months to train a bather/brusher. Bathing and brushing a pet includes thoroughly inspecting the skin under the coat to look for any issues.

Cutting an animal’s hair, on the paw, can be very complicated. Zack Grey, owner of The Urban Pet and Moon Shine Grooming in Los Angeles, explains, “Unless someone is experienced, grooming involving hair cuts should be done by a professional. There are too many variables involved, and an untrained hand using scissors or a shaver can pose a danger to the animal.”

There are many different types of brushes and combs that exist for various animals and hair types. If your cat or dog has short hair, one tool may be just fine. For more complicated coats, a salon will have ready access to a selection, including clippers, and a variety of shampoos and conditioners formulated for different skin and coat needs.

A salon also offers an all-over dryer system instead of the hand-held model you use for your own hair. Another hybrid solution if you prefer bathing your pet at home is the ConairPRO Dog Pet Dryer, which is designed specifically for pets and includes a four-position stand for hands-free drying.

Type of Coat
Not surprisingly, long-haired dogs are good salon candidates. “Dogs with longer coats that need trimming—Shih Tzus, poodles, Labradoodles—definitely need to be seen by a professional to avoid matting and unhealthy skin conditions,” says Easton.
If your pet is matted, that’s another perfect time to visit an expert. “The majority of cats that visit our salon are long-haired and have mats or are looking for a specialty cut such as a lion´s cut,” Grey adds.

Some cats won’t accept being groomed. Don’t force the issue. If there is any risk of injury to the cat or you, definitely see a professional. If you’ve decided to take your pet to a groomer, Pam Lauritzen, president of the International Society of Canine Cosmetologists, has some advice. “Pet owners should inform their pet care professional of their pet’s age, health and any special conditions their pet may be experiencing—skin problems, behavioral problems, anxieties, etc.,” Lauritzen advises. “They should also make certain that the pet care professional knows how to reach them in case of an emergency.”

There’s no right or wrong way to do it—you can groom your pet at home, take it to a salon or a combo of both. Whichever type of grooming you choose, you’ll end up with a happy pet who has a healthy coat and nails.

Seasonal Pet Care and Health Tips for Cold Weather

Seasonal Pet Care and Health Tips for Cold Weather

By Susan Paretts

When the chill of winter comes around, you’ll want your pet to stay warm and cozy, even when you’re stepping out. Fortunately, with some weather-appropriate clothing, safety precautions, and other strategies, your four-legged friend will be ready to face the frosty temperatures.

Dress for Success
Before heading outside, dress your pet for the cold, especially if you plan on staying out for more than a few minutes, recommends Darlene Richard, a licensed veterinary technician in Las Vegas, Nevada. “While a quick trip outside probably won’t require any special preparations, if you plan on spending extended periods of time outdoors in the sleet and snow, put on some insulated dog booties,” she recommends. The canine footwear will keep your pooch from getting frostbite on his sensitive paw pads.

A warm sweater will help keep your pet warm during longer jaunts outside, especially for older pets, puppies and those with thin coats. You can even purchase waterproof clothing like pet raincoats to keep your four-legged friend warm and dry in the wet, slushy snow.

Moisturize Inside and Out
Winter is one of the least humid seasons of the year and the weather can dry out your pet’s skin and coat. Judy Morgan, DVM, of the Clayton Veterinary Associates in Clayton, New Jersey and the Naturally Healthy Pets website notes the forced-air heat indoors can also cause dryness. She recommends using a humidifier indoors to keep your pet’s skin moisturized and supplementing its diet with organic coconut oil or fish oil. “Coconut oil can also be rubbed into any irritated areas on the skin. It has antiviral, antibacterial, and antifungal properties,” Morgan says. “Omega 3 fatty acids from fish oil are also helpful, as they decrease inflammation and increase moisture.”

Feed and Hydrate for Chilly Days
If you are spending any time outdoors with your pet, you’ll need to provide it with a heated water dish so that its drink doesn’t freeze.

Ken Tudor, DVM of the Well Dog Place in Claremont, California and the Hearthstone Homemade website warns that pets can become dehydrated in the cold. “Dogs don’t eat ice and snow to hydrate themselves when outdoors and can quickly become dehydrated from shivering in the cold,” he said.

Depending on how active your outdoor pet is, you may need to increase your furry buddy’s food portions. Dr. Tudor recommends feeding your dog more during the winter months if your pet is very active because the cold weather can increase its calorie needs. On the other hand, indoor pets who are less active in winter may need less food.

Groom Your Pet for the Weather
When you’re out for walks, snow and iceballs can get stuck in the hair between your pet’s toes, causing irritation. Trim the extra fur between the toes away with the ConairPRO Dog™ Palm Pro™ Micro-Trimmer to prevent this from happening.

After a trip outdoors, always wipe your furry friend’s feet and tummy with a damp towel to remove any potentially harmful chemicals like salt, de-icers or antifreeze. Try to avoid bathing your dog or cat as frequently as you would in warmer weather, because bathing too often can dry out its skin. Instead, use a dry shampoo like ConairPRO Dog™ Argan Oil Waterless Shampoo, which contains moisturizing Moroccan argan oil.

Stay Safe While Outdoors
When walking your dog outside, always keep them on a leash to prevent them from stepping on any frozen bodies of water. The ice could be very thin and your pet could fall through it, warns Dr. Tudor.

When out running errands in wintertime, never leave your dog alone in a car as the temperatures inside the vehicle can quickly dip to unsafe levels. Also, when it’s below freezing outside, it’s best to keep pets indoors because they’re susceptible to frostbite and hypothermia in extreme temperatures.

Being out-and-about with your pet gets a little trickier in the winter. But with a few changes to your normal routine, both of you can enjoy the outdoors during the chilly months of the year. So go out and face the snow together and have some winter-safe fun.

How to Deal with Shedding

How to Deal with Shedding

By Elizabeth Anderson Lopez

Having cats and dogs is a joy, but dealing with shedding? Not so much. All pets shed to some extent. Luckily for your pet—and you—there are things you can do to reduce how much the fur flies around your house. Most strategies fall into two categories: minimizing shedding and cleaning it up.

Minimizing Shedding
Good nutrition for a healthy coat: The old “you are what you eat” adage also applies to your pets because food quality can impact coat quality. Poor nutrition can cause excessive shedding. Ask your veterinarian for food and supplement recommendations designed to help achieve optimal nutrition, leading to healthier fur. “If an animal is excessively shedding, has a dry coat or skin, then definitely I would recommend looking at the diet,” says Zack Grey, owner of The Urban Pet and Moon Shine Grooming in Los Angeles. “Fish oil is a good supplement but, really, having a high quality food can make a tremendous difference.”

Frequent brushing: One of the most important steps you can take to prevent shedding is a consistent brushing regimen using the right tools. Some experts recommend weekly brushings for short-haired pets and more frequent brushing for dogs and cats with long coats that can get matted. Matts are a good reminder that grooming is not just a cosmetic concern. Matted hair in both dogs and cats can be painful for your pet, and removing them won’t be a picnic for you either.

Excessive hair can cause hairballs in cats. If you have a cat that’s prone to hairballs, Linda Easton, president of International Professional Groomers, Inc., suggests misting cats with a special dry shampoo before combing to help get rid of fur. No matter what the frequency, brushing time should be painless and not something your pet dreads. Using the right tool is a big part of how your pet reacts to being brushed. Easton recommends using a comb on cats instead of a brush, and avoiding deshedding tools with a sharp edge. “Never use these on cats. Their skin rips.”

A slicker brush or pin brush for dogs is often the tool of choice. You may find a bristle brush is most effective with short-haired dogs. Many pet stores carry tools for excessive shedders, such as the ConairPro Shed-ItTM deshedder for dogs, which features additional attachments for a multi-dog household.

No matter what grooming tool you use, be sure to end a brushing session with treats so your pet knows the experience includes something tasty.

Periodic bathing: Regular bathing helps loosen and remove the hair that’s ready to come out. For heavy shedders, you can even use a rubber mitt with nubs that further work out the hair during a bath. After bathing, there’s a good chance your dog will benefit from a quick brush once it’s dry. Conclude with a favorite treat.

Cleaning It Up
So, although there’s no way to entirely eliminate shedding, if you have fur everywhere, there are things you can use to make clean-up easier:
• Use a lint roller or lint sheets to strip fur from you and your furniture.
• Rub a dryer sheet on your clothes to remove fur; do not use these directly on your pet.
• Run a full-size vacuum cleaner that’s specific for pet households.
• Use a handheld vacuum, also available in pet-specific models, for quick pick-ups on furniture.

No one likes dealing with cat or dog hair, but there are ways to make it more bearable. Shedding is a part of pet ownership, and these tools and tips will hopefully help your pet shed less and make it easier to remove those furry traces of your pet throughout your house. Your pet—and your clothes—will thank you!


How to Save Your Hairstyle While Working Out

How to Save Your Hairstyle While Working Out

By Natalie Baker

Working up a sweat in the gym is great for your body. Not only does it boost your heart rate and help keep you lean, but it also elevates your mood, thanks to the release of endorphins. Your cardio or strength training may come with a host of health benefits, however unfortunately it can leave your hair looking lifeless. The good news is you don’t need to ditch your daily workout in favor of your tresses. Follow our stylist-approved hacks to save your style during and after the gym.

Get Savvy With Accessories
Sure, you may use any old hair elastic to pull your hair into a bun or ponytail without a second thought, but you’re doing your locks a real disservice. There are a host of gentler hair ribbons and elastic-free hair ties that will keep your hair away from your face, while minimizing breakage and damage. For morning workouts where you don’t have time to wash your hair afterwards, opt for a headband in a moisture-wicking fabric to soak up sweat from around your forehead and the back of your neck—the two areas that tend to sweat the most.

Re-Think Your Dry Shampoo
Dry shampoo has long been a gym bag essential, but you may be using it entirely the wrong way. London-based stylist Kimberley Jayne recommends a pre-application. “Apply dry shampoo before you begin your workout rather than afterwards. It will get to work while you work out,” she said. “Apply it afterwards and they’ll be too much moisture for your product to tackle.”

A lightweight product, such as One ‘n Only™ Speed Style™ Dry Shampoo, should be your go-to. The invisible formula absorbs excess oil without leaving telltale powdery white residue.

Rock A Cute Updo
When you’ve got an early morning gym session planned before heading to the office, a cute hairstyle that prevents the need for washing your hair afterwards is a must. For a look that’s both practical and on-trend, braid damp hair into two French braids the evening before. The braids will keep hair back from your face while you’re working out but will still look cute if you don’t have time for styling. For extra fashionista points, try a fishtail braid or dutch braid—a.k.a. an inverted French braid. Alternatively, unravel your braids and run a bit of hair oil through your strands for textured, effortless waves post-workout.

If braids aren’t your thing, try two twisted buns for a quick and easy option. Divide your hair into two sections, parting it in the center. Pull each section into a ponytail and twist into a low bun, before pinning into position. Not only will it keep hair back from your face as you workout, but it will look equally cute for lunch with friends afterwards.

Blow-Dry Your Scalp
Want to save your salon blowout? Then soak up the sweat, pronto. Moisture leads to frizz, so pat your scalp with a towel to mop up any sweat. Flip your hair upside down and blow-dry your hair on the cool setting to revive your hair. Finish with a spritz of dry shampoo to freshen up your strands.

Just because you’re having a sweat sesh, doesn’t mean your hair needs to suffer. With some preplanned styling tricks, your hair can look great no matter how grueling your workout.

Warm-Weather Dog Care and Health Tips

Warm-Weather Dog Care and Health Tips

By Susan Paretts

During the warm summer weather, you may want to hang outside with your pet to soak up the sun or take a dip in the pool. However, you’ll need to take a few precautions so your pet won’t get sick, overheated, or even develop a sunburn. Follow these tips to keep your pet safe while you both enjoy the sunshine.

Chill Out and Stay Hydrated
Summer temperatures can soar into the triple digits, so keep your pet in a cool, air-conditioned environment for a majority of the day to prevent heatstroke, especially for short-nosed breeds. Jo Jo Harder, producer of America’s Top Dog Model, in Boca Raton, Florida, recommends keeping your pet hydrated during the summer months. “Make sure your pet has plenty of water—at home and on outings,” Harder says. Pets can become dehydrated quickly in the heat. “Never leave your pet behind in a locked car,” she adds. Temperatures inside the car can quickly rise to dangerous levels.

She also recommends taking your pet outside either early or late in the day. “Avoid excessive exposure during the strongest hours of sunlight, usually between 10 am and 2 pm.”

Protect Those Precious Paws
Summer outings with your dog can be fun, but only if you protect your little one’s feet from the blazing temperatures of concrete, wood, sand and asphalt. These surfaces can reach temperatures of 145 degrees Fahrenheit, causing serious burns and blisters. Test the surface with your own foot or hand before allowing your dog to walk on it—if it’s too hot for you, it’s too hot for Fido. If possible, try to stick to grass when on summer walks.

To be safe during extended outings with your pup, Darlene Richards, a licensed veterinary technician in Las Vegas, Nevada, recommends doggie footwear. “[Get] dog-specific booties that will prevent your pup’s feet from becoming burnt in the summer and [protect] from jagged rocks that your dog may be exposed to during hikes.”

Don’t Feel the Burn
Just like people, pets can get sunburned. Fortunately you can protect your pet by dressing him in UV protection clothing or by applying a pet-safe sunscreen to sensitive areas like the nose, belly, tail, and ear tips. Veterinarian Ken Tudor of the Well Dog Place in Claremont, California and the Hearthstone Homemade website, recommends that you apply the sunscreen, then wait a little while before going out. “Monitor your dog to allow the sunscreen to soak into the skin after application.,” he says. “Dogs tend to lick the sunscreen off of their skin after you apply it.”

Dr. Tudor also recommends that dog breeds with a thick undercoat, like a German shepherd or Siberian husky, shouldn’t be completely shaved. This is because a dog’s undercoat actually helps to protect her sensitive skin from the sun and naturally regulates her temperature. Breeds like poodles, who don’t have an undercoat, may benefit from a shave during the warmer months to prevent matting of the fur. You can tidy up your pet’s coat yourself for the summer with the ConairPRO Dog 2-in-1 Pet Clipper/Trimmer Kit.

Play It Safe in the Water
With some safety precautions in place, a cool dip in the pool is a healthy way to give your pet some exercise during the heat of summer. Darlene Richards recommends a pet life jacket, especially for smaller dogs.

Dr. Tudor warns that you should give your four-legged friend several breaks during play, because she can accidentally gulp an excessive amount of water when playing water-based games of fetch and while swimming. Ingesting too much water can cause water toxicity, a dangerous condition.

Don’t be afraid to go outside and enjoy the summer sunshine with your pet—it’s a great time to partake of some outdoor fun together. With some careful supervision of your furry friend’s activities to keep them safe in the sun, the fresh air and exercise will be good for both of you.

Trendy Trims For Your Pet

Give your pet a stylish cut can transform her appearance from drab to fab, making her a topic of conversation wherever you go together. With a number of options to choose from, your cat or dog can look like anything from a teddy bear to a dinosaur. Get your furry friend ready for spring or summer with a trendy trim

Styles for Furry Stars

According to pet groomer David Khalili, owner of Wet Paws Grooming in Beverly Hills, California, the most requested styles for his clients are the lion cut and the teddy bear cut. The lion cut involves shaving all of the fur on the body, while leaving thicker fur on the head, feet, and tip of the tail. 

Cute Pomeranian Dog After Haircut

The teddy bear cut, also known as the puppy cut, is popular because it gives your pet the appearance of a teddy bear toy. For this cut, the fur on the ears is rounded out to give the pet a plush appearance while the fur on the muzzle and body is cut short and even.

Cute poodle puppy in a studio shot 

For poodles, the continental cut is very popular and considered the American Kennel Club standard. This involves leaving the front half of the body long, with rounded pom-poms of fur on the tail and ankles, while shaving most of the back-half of the body.

Red Standard Poodle dog staying outdoors on the snow


Cuts That Stand Out  

Some unique cuts involve giving a pet the look of a dinosaur, by leaving some longer fur along the spine after shaving most of the fur on the body. The fur is then shaped into triangular spikes. 

Groomers can also cut all of the fur short on your pet and leave a little mohawk of fur on the top of the head. 

In Living Color

As part of your pet’s trendy trim, you can add a pop of color to the coat. These eye-catching additions are popular on lighter-colored pets because the color shows up most vividly on them. To prevent skin irritation, most pet stylists will cut designs into the pet’s fur, such as flowers, and highlight them using pet-safe dyes, rather than dying the whole coat.

When requesting a service like this, always ensure that the pet groomer is using a nontoxic product designed specifically for pets that. This is especially important for cats because they’re very sensitive to chemicals.

Another option is to have your pet groomer add some color to your pet’s nails using a nontoxic, pet-safe nail polish. “The nail polish will usually last until the next groom,” Khalili says, so expect it to last about three weeks.

Accessorizing the ‘Do

To complete your pup’s trendy cut, most pet stylists add some colorful accessories. “With the customer’s permission, I place some bows in the coat or a bandanna after the groom,” Khalili explains. He also adds a bit of nontoxic, pet-safe fragrance to the coat as well.

When placing any accessories in your pet’s fur, remember to use those designed for our furry friends. This way, your pup or kitty won’t accidentally ingest something that can cause a gastrointestinal blockage. And between grooming appointments, you can keep your pet’s new trim in shape using a small, easy-to-use trimmer like the ConairPRO Dog™ Palm Pro™ Micro-Trimmer.

Tips About Trims

Wire-hair dogs and those with a double coat shouldn’t be shaved because the fur will not grow back the same, so ask your groomer what styles he feels will work best for your pup. 

To calm pets during a grooming session, Khalili recommends giving them treats and talking to them in a soothing voice during the session to help reduce stress. “Getting them used to the vibrations of the clipper also helps to calm them during the groom,” explains Khalili. 

Full-body cuts like the lion cut work well for pets with severe mats to remove them and make the pet more comfortable, Khalili recommends.

Trendy cuts can make your pet stand out from the crowd and remove any icky mats from her coat, but not all styles are for everyone. Consult with a professional groomer about what cuts you have in mind and bring a photo along to show him exactly what you’re looking for to avoid any misunderstandings.