Month: June 2016

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.

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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.

Time
“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.

Talent
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.”

Tools
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.

You have different tools for cooking, working, and hobbies. Therefore it shouldn’t be surprising that when it comes to grooming your pets, building a toolkit is helpful there too. Collecting some basic items for your grooming toolkit helps make the process more pleasant. After all, it’s all about your dog or cat.

“Grooming should always be pleasant for the pet, whether done at home or by a professional,” said Linda Easton, ICMG, President of the International Professional Groomers, Inc. “Think about it. You get a massage with warm water, dried with warm air, brushed, and massaged more. Then when all is done, everyone tells you how beautiful you are.”

Luckily, there’s only a handful of tools needed to keep your pet looking sharp from head to toe.

The Kit for Coats

The most obvious tool here is a brush, but what kind? A good brush should help keep hair clean and free of excess dirt and whatever else your dog may like to get into. “Never use a brush on a dog you wouldn’t use on your own hair,” Easton recommended. “If it is too sharp for you, it is for them, too.”

A commonly used all-purpose type is the bristle brush, which works for most coat types. To fine-tune it further, match the bristles to your pet – shorter bristles for short or coarse fur and longer bristles for longer coats.

A pin brush has bristles spaced very far apart and is often the preferred coiffure tool for either curly or long, luxurious coats.

The fine, wire bristles of a slicker brush or undercoat rake work well for pets with thick undercoats. Those coats have an extra layer of fluff that needs a little extra TLC to loosen and remove extra hair.

If your pet is a heavy shedder, you’ll find a shedding blade—technically a comb or an actual blade—to be a necessity. It helps remove extra, loose fur including that from the undercoat. Speaking of combs, Easton said cats should be combed, not brushed.

Another type of brush to help with shedding is a rubber glove that’s used while bathing your dog. It has little nubs that do some additional work in removing dead hair.

Dogs enjoy the massage, Easton said, so whichever brush you use, keep your hands on them and pet them as you groom. ConairPRO Dog™ has several brushes in their Pet-It line—such as the ConairPRO Dog™ Soft Slicker Brush—with palm-petting grip technology to combine brushing and petting. 

And while brushes are used to clean your pet, don’t forget to clean the tools occasionally, too. Remove hair after each use by rubbing two brushes against each other. Wash the brush with warm water and antibacterial soap when you start seeing some residue, or sooner just to remove germs. Make sure to dry the brushes thoroughly before you store them.

There are a couple of specialty tools that help to keep Fido looking fabulous. If you have a dog with excess hair around its face that reduces vision, powered trimmers or rounded-tip scissors will be a welcome addition to your grooming toolkit. If you’re unsure about how to use them, check with your groomer for a quick lesson.

Pet-icures

When your pet’s nails grow too long, it’s painful for the pet—and for you! Two types of tools can help you both avoid discomfort. The first are guillotine-type clippers that are strong enough for the tough nails of many dogs. Cut off just the nail’s tip and avoid the quick, which is the nail’s visible blood supply.

If your pet’s nails aren’t that thick or just need some shaping after being cut, you may find you like the extra finessing from a battery-operated nail grinder.

All aspects of grooming are a necessary part of keeping your pet looking and feeling good. Just a handful of quality products in your toolkit can transform grooming from a chore to one more way to bond with your pet.

 cutting the nails

Deciding Which Shampoo is Right For Your Pet

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Your dog’s idea of a good time may include rolling around in dirt, but even if that’s not the case, your furry friend still needs a bath from time to time—and what shampoo you use matters. “Pet owners who bathe their pets at home should make sure they are using products that are ideal for their pet’s skin and coat type,” says Pam Lauritzen, president of the International Society of Canine Cosmetologists. 

Dog shampoos come in two major categories—non-medicated and medicated.  If in doubt, Lauritzen recommends checking with your dog grooming professional for advice. Here are common pet shampoo types available and the conditions they’re used for.

Non-Medicated Shampoos

Non-medicated shampoos come in a variety of specialty formulas. In fact, many of them target skin issues, just like a human anti-dandruff shampoo focuses on treating the scalp, not just cleaning the hair.

Never bathe pets in your own shampoo, as some of the fragrances and ingredients aren’t pet-friendly. In fact, pet owners who have both dogs and cats should even use different products for canine versus feline friends. Lauritzen pointed out that a cat’s skin is thinner than a dog’s and more prone to injury caused by chemicals. “Pet owners should make sure that all products used on their cats are cat-friendly,” she explains.

Deshedding shampoo. This may be helpful if you have a dog with a thick undercoat—think large, fluffy breeds like Siberian Huskies and Chow Chows. Deshedding shampoos can help remove that undercoat fuzz. But use the shampoo in addition to other deshedding treatments, such as the right brush, not as a substitute for them.

Sensitive skin. Itching, dryness, and even dandruff can all plague our pets. Shampoos for sensitive skin have ingredients that provide extra moisture. Some of them are labeled “Oatmeal Shampoo” because it’s a very soothing ingredient that can reduce itching and inflammation. Other ingredients found in sensitive skin shampoos include aloe vera, jojoba, and vitamin E. Bonus: they’re devoid of fragrances, too. It’s always a good idea to check with your vet to make sure there isn’t an underlying problem causing your pet’s skin issues.

Waterless shampoo. If your dog really hates getting bathed—or for times when you’re camping and don’t have access to a tub—consider a dry shampoo. Dry, or waterless, shampoos come in a powder, spray, or foam. These are great for spot cleaning or to alternate with a full bath, because the dry products may not leave your dog quite as clean. One recommendation is the 4:1 approach, which is one traditional bath supplemented by four dry ones. Pre-moistened wipes are another way to spot clean your pooch when a full bath is inconvenient.

Whitening shampoo. If you have a dog with a white or very pale-colored coat, whitening shampoos are designed to brighten the white and minimize yellowing.

Conditioning Shampoo. If you’re looking for extra softness, Argan oil is a great addition to your dog’s shampoo. The ConairPRO™ Dog 2-In-1 Shampoo & Conditioner—as well as other shampoos in the ConairPRO™ Dog line—include this nourishing oil to help replace natural oils and aid in detangling the coat.

Medicated Shampoos

Medicated shampoos tend to fall mostly under two classes: anti-pruritic and anti-seborrheic. These scary-sounding names are just fancy terms for anti-itching and anti-skin disorder, respectively. Anti-itching shampoos help reduce your dog’s urge to scratch, which can prevent skin breaks and additional irritations. Seborrhea can mean a variety of skin conditions, from dandruff to yeast infections. Consult your veterinarian to see if one of these formulas is best for your pet.

There’s also a third class of shampoos, technically known as anti-parasitic, but more commonly labeled as flea and tick formulas. These products contain ingredients designed to kill or repel parasites living on your dog. However, the shampoos don’t prevent those nasty bugs from surviving in bedding or in your home, so they shouldn’t be considered the sole source of parasite prevention for your dog.

Whether your dog has white fur, a thick undercoat, or sensitive skin, the right shampoo can deliver extra benefits while cleaning your dog and making it smell great.

 

Quick and Easy Hair Styles for Summer

Quick and Easy Hair Styles for Summer

The lazy days of summer are just around the corner and you probably need a few quick and easy hairstyles for the season. Try these styles on yourself or share them with your friends. They’ll keep you cool and won’t take up a ton of your time.

 

The Polished Braid

Meet your new BFF for summer—the polished braid. This style screams elegance, yet it only takes a few minutes to create. Wear this stylish hairdo during long days behind the chair or recommend it for people who want a style that holds up in the summer heat. 

To get this look, work with damp hair and brush  through a medium-hold gel. Next, pull hair into a tight, high pony and secure with an elastic. Braid hair in your favorite style—a classic summer go-to is the fishtail—and then secure the ends with another elastic.

 

The High Ponytail

Balmain models were spotted wearing the high ponytail on the catwalk, but this runway look is easily achievable at home, too. What makes the high ponytail different than your local high school cheerleader’s pony is the sleekness.

Create a sleek look by dampening the roots with a spray bottle and then pulling the hair into a tight, high pony.  Secure with an elastic, and then spritz any unruly strands with a high-hold hair spray. You can also use a BaBylissPRO curling iron to add a little flip to the end of the ponytail.

 

The Messy Bun

This laid-back, summer bun is perfect for the girl who’s on-the-go. Bottega Veneta models recently sported this look on the runway and the style couldn’t be any simpler to pull off.

Spray your favorite beach or salt spray in the hair, and blow-dry the locks upside down with your BaBylissPRO Rapido dryer.  Next, simply allow hair to fall in its natural part and pull it back into a ponytail. Use a clear elastic to secure it and then pull the pony halfway through to create a messy bun and leave as is—the messier the better.

 

The Wet Look

There is nothing easier than wash-and-go hairstyles. That’s why this summer, the wet look reigns. Award-winning hair stylist, Carol Carey of Carol Carey Couture Salon in California loves the wet look for both herself and anyone looking for a quick and easy ‘do.

“This style is ideal for summer, simply for the ease of going from being poolside to grabbing cocktails in no time flat,” Carey says. “Just rinse the chlorine from your strands and comb a medium-hold styling gel or lotion through the ends, and then secure your style with an elastic and go. This style is both chic and time-saving.”

It’s also the perfect look for days when you want to give your hair a break from heat tool styling.

 

No matter how crunched your are for time, or how hot it is outside, one of these styles is bound to fit the occasion.