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.

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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.

 

Hair Tools Tricks

Hair Tools Tricks

Every day we rely on a host of tried and trusted tools that curl, straighten, wave, and dry our hair to salon perfection. But are you really getting the most from them? Your go-to tools should help you achieve beautiful results with minimal hassle. So whether you’re looking to invest in a shiny new kit, or you want to achieve more with your current arsenal, there are ways to get more from your tools.

London-based hairstylist Kimberly Jayne notes that when it comes to your kit, less is more. “As long as I have a curling wand, set of flat irons, and a good blow dryer, I can achieve tons of different looks with different hair types and textures,” she says. “It’s important to select tools that come with adjustable temperature settings so that you can retain ultimate control when working with different hair types. And using a heat protectant whenever applying heat goes without saying.”

Flat Iron

Flat irons have quickly become a stylist’s staple, thanks to their versatility. A model that comes with ceramic or tourmaline-coated plates, such as the BaBylissPRO PRIMA 3000 Flat Iron, should be your go-to, since it offers additional protection and creates a sleeker finish. As a general rule, the shorter your strands, the thinner the plates should be. If you have super-thick or long hair, wider plates will help to speed up the styling time.

While flat irons make creating smooth, sleek strands a cinch, they’re also great for boosting texture. Create some cool crimps by dividing your hair into four to six sections then plaiting into simple three-strand braids. Run your flat iron over your braids to apply heat, then allow to cool. Remove the braids to reveal effortlessly crimped texture.

It’s simple to create day-to-night bouncy waves with your flat iron, too. Take a 1-inch section of hair and wrap it around your flat iron plates as you simultaneously turn the iron away from your head. Pull the iron down towards the end of the section, then repeat throughout your hair. Break up the curls by raking your fingers through them to complete the look.

Curling Wand

Sure, you can wrap your hair around your curling wand and achieve effortless waves, but your favorite tool allows for even more control. Want tight curls? Wrap hair tightly around the thinner end of the wand to achieve the look. To add volume to the roots, hold your wand vertically with the largest part of the barrel closest to the roots and the thinnest part towards the ends. Don’t have time to do all of your hair? Wave the front sections away from your face to instantly create a more polished finish.

For the ultimate in long-lasting curls, try the pin curl technique. Rather than let the section fall off the end of your curling wand, catch it in your hand, roll it up, and secure with a bobby pin to allow the curl to set. Once completely cooled, remove the pins for longer lasting, Victoria’s Secret-esque curls.

Blow Dry

Don’t have time—or space when travelling—for your curling wand or flat irons? Create quick-and-easy, beachy waves using your blow dryer. Apply volumizing mousse to damp strands, before taking a section, twirling it around your finger, then blow drying a section at a time. Repeat all over for an effortlessly beachy look.

Air-dried hair doesn’t have to be a fast route to a bad hair day. Allow your strands to dry naturally by 70 percent before you reach for your blow dryer to help reduce frizz and promote shine. Lock in your style by blasting with the cold setting.

While you probably use your blow-dryer, flat irons, and curling wand without a second thought, re-thinking your method and techniques can transform your results.

Travel-Friendly Hairstyles

Travel-Friendly Hairstyles

As you pack your bag for your upcoming trip, you’re probably contemplating what hairstyles will suit the outfits you’re taking along. While it’s fun to dream up lounging on the sand with bouncy, bombshell waves or an intricately woven waterfall braid, remember that pulling off these looks could take a slew of styling tools and products you may not have space for in your luggage, as well as hours of style prep when you’d rather explore local hotspots.

“When traveling, I suggest doing hairstyles that don’t require much maintenance,” says New York-based celebrity stylist Kahh Spence. “You don’t want to have to think about dealing with it, or even doing much with your hair. I always tell my clients to do braids, messy buns and ponytails. These are simple in their own way and don’t require a lot of time to accomplish, which is great when traveling.”

Ready to explore your options? No matter what your hair type or length, these effortlessly chic hairstyles require minimal product and prep time.

On the Plane: Topknot

Sitting with your head against an airplane seat for more than a couple hours can cause flat hair. Prevent this by tying your hair into a loose topknot. Start by flipping your head forward and pulling all your hair upward. Secure the knot with a no-tug hair tie.

By the Pool: Undone Bun

Not only does this hairstyle look sexy with any style of swimsuit, it also protects your hair from heat and chlorine. For a more textured look, spritz some texturizing spray, like One ’n Only™ Speed Style™ Dry Texturizing Spray, on dry hair before gathering it into a loose ponytail. Twist your hair into a bun and secure. Make sure to leave some loose pieces around your face for a more dramatic finish.

On the Road: Fishtail Braid

For trips that include multiple destinations, you can never go wrong with a braid. It’s versatile, and you can even take it from day to night. For the most effortless look, start with a deep side part. Gather your hair in a low ponytail and secure it with an elastic band. Braid the entire tail onto one side and over your shoulders. Once you’ve reached the end, move the elastic band to the end of the braid to secure. Gently tug sections of the braid apart for a messy, tousled look.

In the City: Twisted Halo

If you want a more sophisticated look, this hairstyle requires minimal time and effort but promises a whole lot of wow—and it works whether you have short or long hair. For a simple yet stylish twist, smooth flyaway strands with an anti-frizz cream like One ’n Only™  Argan Oil Cream-to-Serum Styler. With your hair parted in the middle, grab a thin section from one side and twist several times towards the back. Secure it with a bobby pin then do the same on the other side.

Sunday Brunch: Side Pony

No time time to wash your hair? A side pony is great for second-day hair. To create volume, lift the hair at the crown and spray with a dry shampoo. Pull your hair back into a low ponytail and then pull the sides taut. This will give your hair a little bit of pouf at the crown. Secure the ponytail with a hair tie and pull the entire tail towards your shoulder.

When you don’t want to look like you just rolled out of bed, count on these easy-to-create hairstyles to do the trick. Just remember to bring a few essential hair care products with you to give your locks some TLC wherever you may be.

Best Hairstyles for Your Hair Texture

Best Hairstyles for Your Hair Texture

We’ve all walked into a salon clutching a picture of a model or celebrity and declared that we ‘want her hair’ but, when it comes to hairstyles, one size doesn’t fit all. Whether your hair is fine, coarse, curly, or straight, the key to having more good hair days is to work with what you’ve got. The right style will ensure hair is more manageable and easier to style in the mornings. Follow these foolproof tricks to ensure bad hair days are a thing of the past.

Fine Hair

If you have fine hair, but a lot of it, it can become heavy and lifeless, advises London-based stylist Kimberly Jayne. “Seamless layers will help to create the movement and shape that high-density fine hair needs. A layered pixie crop is an easy on-trend option for women with fine hair. If you’d prefer to wear your hair longer, a layered chin or shoulder length hairstyle will really work with your natural texture,” notes Jayne.

On the other hand, if your hair is fine, but you don’t have lots of it, skip the layers altogether and go for a blunt-cut bob or graduated bob instead. Blunt lines create the illusion of fuller, thicker strands.

Coarse Hair

Coarse hair can become too heavy and unruly when you adopt the wrong hairstyle. Steal back some styling time with a hairstyle that’s conducive to reducing bulk and weight. Ask your stylist for razor-cut layers to remove mass and create shape. Too much weight in the lengths and ends of the hair can cause it to fall flat. Similarly, avoid blunt cuts, which can emphasize excess weight.

If you have hair that’s coarse, but low in density, the goal is to add bluntness to your style for a flattering finish. Coarse, low-density hair tends to lay flat against the head, so incorporate root-lifting, texturizing products such as One ‘n Only™ Speed Style™ Dry Texturizing Spray into your routine to create added volume.

Curly Hair

Curly hair can be tricky to style, but the key to reducing frizz and increasing manageability is the right haircut. While layers can help reduce excess mass, they should be cut into select places to help create balance. Too much shearing can cause the ends to look too transparent and wispy, so keep some fullness towards the ends of the hair. While mid-length to longer styles work for high-density curls, if you have curly hair that’s less dense, then a shorter, cropped style is a carefree option for your natural texture.

Straight Hair

Add texture and definition to super-straight locks with piece-y layers. A long shag cut adds shape and interest to naturally straight hair. Long side-swept or blunt bangs can amp up the interest of this look. To prevent strands from falling flat, encourage movement and texture with a spritz of One ‘n Only™  Argan Oil Volumne Hair Spray.

While face shape, personal style and the amount of time you can dedicate to upkeep all play roles, working with your natural texture and density will ensure you score your best possible hairstyle.

Best Hairstyles for Your Face Shape

Best Hairstyles for Your Face Shape

Who knew finding your perfect hairstyle was so easy? While it’s always fun to look at the latest hair trends, letting your face shape guide the way will give you your most flattering tresses. Los Angeles-based hairstylist Cici Andersen explains, “the idea is to give the illusion of a balanced, proportional and symmetrical face. If you think about it, a circle, oval, square, or heart are already symmetrical. It’s about adding fullness in the right places to create the ‘ideal’ oblong shape.”

In other words, every woman can look effortless with the right style to frame her face.

Round Face

If you have medium-length or long hair and your face is roundish like Selena Gomez or Ginnifer Goodwin, consider layers in the front starting at your chin to distract attention from the cheeks. Light, bouncy waves or a sleek style will help to balance the roundness, especially with longer hair. Ideally, keep the volume of the hair around your face to a minimum. Beach waves are quick and easy to create if you want to flatter the face without all the fullness. If that’s not your style, brush through your locks and use a smoothing treatment like the One ‘n Only™ Argan Oil treatment for a visibly sleeker, frizz-free look.

If you have a shorter mane, opt for even more texture with different layers to help elongate the shape of the face. Pixie cuts with bangs swept to one side are flattering, and they give the same lengthening effect.

Oval Face

If your face is oval face like Jessica Alba’s, you can experiment with hairstyles a little more. While you’ll find just about any style looks great, a tousled ponytail with face-framing tendrils, for longer-haired beauties, is a great option for bringing more attention to the face. Should you have a preference on the texture of your gorgeous tresses, just be sure avoid too much volume on top, which will throw off the balance of your oval shape.

Rocking a shorter mane? Try directing the attention towards your favorite feature, such as bangs to highlight your eyes, or chin-length layers to have everyone staring at your lips. The choice is yours.

Heart-Shaped Face

If you have a sweetheart face shape like Reese Witherspoon, you are one of the lucky ones. Side-swept bangs or a deep side part can give the illusion of balancing out the face since this shape is typically wider by the forehead before slimming down at the chin. No matter what length your hair is, adding texture is the way to go.

Longer-haired women might appreciate that styling any curls near the shoulder area will soften the jawline. Finishing the ends of your mane off with a texturing spray, such as the One ‘n Only™ Speed Style™ Dry Texturizing Spray will add even more volume for balance. Hair on the shorter side? Simple waves flatter just as well. And if your hair is curly, embrace your tendrils for a more natural look, using a styling gel only at the crown of your head for less weight near the forehead.

Square Face

Using your hair to complement a square-shaped face, like Olivia Wilde and Jessica Simpson have done, is easy. Stay away from cuts with straight edges, and go for softer styles that cover one or two of the “corners” of your face, such as a center part or side-swept bangs. No matter the length, you can’t go wrong with layers and waves for this face shape.

For a chic style for longer hair, a loose chignon is a beautiful look. Parting your hair down the center, make two ponytails to tie into a loose knot. Wrap one side and pin down, then do the same to the other side. Before you finishing it off with hairspray, make sure to take some pieces out around the front to give a frame to your face.

In the end, no matter your face shape, it’s all about “finding a combination of length and layering that works for you,” says Andersen. And, don’t forget to have fun with your new look.

How to Preserve Your Professional Blowout

How to Preserve Your Professional Blowout

By Gracee Tolentino

Who doesn’t love strutting about town with that fresh-from-the-salon, perfectly blown-out hair? Unfortunately, not everyone has the time—or the money—to indulge in a professional blowout every day. But since it’s a service a lot of us invest in, shouldn’t the benefits last for more than just a couple of days? The good news is that’s totally doable. All you need are a few expert tips and some must-have hair-styling products to give you the longest-lasting bang for your buck.

Blowout Day
Whether you’re DIY-ing your blowout or having it done by a professional, what you do beforehand is just as important as the process itself. “Before your blowout, wash your hair with a lightweight shampoo and conditioner,” explains Janna Urman, Boston-based hairstylist at Bella Santé. “Any hair care product that says ‘rich’ or ‘moisturizing’ will make your hair look greasier or feel limp faster.”

At night, Urman suggests sleeping on a satin or silk pillowcase with your hair down on one side of your neck, or secured with a scrunchy in a very loose, on-top-of-your-head bun to minimize damage.

The Morning After
Your blowout should still look intact when you wake up, but even the least amount of moisture can turn your hair from fab to a frizzy fiasco. The solution? Use a high-quality shower cap to protect your hair when you shower. “Use a thick, heavy-duty shower cap with a sturdy rim—not the clear plastic you usually get for free from hotels, which can leave your hairline exposed to moisture,” says Urman.

Once out of the shower, try not to fully brush your hair; just touch up areas that need to be combed out. Another thing you need to keep away from? Sweat. “Try not to do strenuous activities to keep sweat from ruining your blowout,” advises Urman. “If you are one of those people who just can’t go a day without working out, consider strength-training exercises or a yoga class—you get the same, great workout but you won’t sweat as much.”

The Next Few Days
After a few days, your once sleek, shiny and voluminous tresses will begin to look limp and lifeless, thanks to excess oil and gravity. To revive lackluster hair, spray a quick-drying invisible dry shampoo, like One ‘n Only™ Argan Oil Dry Shampoo, on the roots of your hair to soak up excess oil and give hair a much-needed boost. Use your fingers to work the product into your scalp, and let it sit it for at least a minute or two. If needed, volumize certain sections with a large-barrel curling iron or a professional blow dryer.

You can also extend your blowout for another couple of days by getting creative with your hairstyles. Braids, buns, high ponies and even textured waves are great style options for days-old, unwashed hair. As most frizz-fighting products—like a hair oil or a leave-in conditioner—can weigh your hair down, Urman suggests applying them only to the bottom half of your hair, if needed.

The Final Stretch
Some hair types, like thick and curly hair, can hold hairstyles a little longer than others. If your hair type belongs to this group, lucky you—your blowout can probably last up to five or six days. Around day seven, your hair may look like it needs a wash. At that point, cleanse and repair your strands with a nutrient-rich shampoo and follow it up with a hydrating treatment mask.

That’s it! Follow these expert tips for preserving the look of your professional blowout and enjoy a “good hair day” every day.

How to Properly Groom Your Pet’s Sensitive Areas

How to Properly Groom Your Pet’s Sensitive Areas

By Elizabeth Anderson Lopez

Certain elements of grooming your cat or dog are fairly straightforward. But there are a few spots on Spot that need some extra care and attention. Those sensitive areas include the eyes, ears, nails, genitals, and anus. If you don’t feel comfortable grooming any of these areas yourself, ask the groomer to show you some pointers during your pet’s next visit.

The Eyes Have It
The good news is that it’s fairly easy to clean your pet’s eyes; just be sure to exercise extra care and patience. If your pet has dried “eye boogers,” you can wipe them away with a cotton ball moistened by lukewarm water, a paper towel or a washcloth. Use whatever’s clean, handy, and non-abrasive.

If your dog has long hair on its face, you may want to trim that extra fur to cut down on trapped debris or tear stains. Mitch Horowitz, co-owner of Fur Balls Pet Grooming Salon in Bayville, N.J., recommends ball-tip curved scissors that curve away from the eye. It may also help to have a friend gently pet your dog while you carefully trim the eye area.

Here’s to Clean Ears
Dogs can get all sorts of stuff in their ears and, as a result, you may need to occasionally clean them. There are products you can use to wipe down the insides of the ears, but soap and water isn’t one of them. This is partially because water takes longer to evaporate, keeping the ears damp for longer. Suggested ear-cleaning substances include over-the-counter solutions made especially for pet ears, mineral oil, witch hazel or even baby wipes. Check with a vet to make a recommendation specifically for your dog.

To care for pet ears in general, apply the cleaner to a cotton ball and then gently wipe the inside surfaces of the ear, without going into the ear canal. Some dog breeds, such as poodles, have additional ear issues. “Hair grows in the ear canal and it needs to be plucked,” Horowitz says. “Ear powder can help. It makes the hair tacky and easier to grab.”

Nailed It!
Nails are another area that don’t sound particularly sensitive, but since they contain the quick—a thin vein of blood—cutting nails even a little bit too close can result in bleeding and pain. There are a couple of grooming methods to keep your pet pain-free when used correctly. You can use guillotine-style clippers or a battery-operated filing tool. Determine which will make your pet most comfortable. To further boost the comfort factor, do this task when your pet is lying next to you on the couch, drowsy and relaxed.

Preening the Privates
Removing hair around the genitals and anus is known as a “sanitary trim” and is done for hygienic reasons. Keeping the hair short in these areas will help prevent feces or urine from getting trapped in the fur. Remember, any pee on your dog’s fur can be smelly on every surface he lays on—including you.

While cats and dogs have no hang-ups about these “getting to know you” body parts, they do require extra care. If your pet hasn’t had a sanitary trim before, it may take awhile for Fido to get used to the area being touched and to the sound of clippers. Horowitz recommends leaving these areas to the professionals, but if you are comfortable, he advises to use a low blade. “A lower blade is less likely to cut the dog if it flinches or moves,” he says. Only use clippers specially made for those areas. “There are some places you never want to use scissors on an animal, and that’s one of them.”

Before this type of grooming is done, make sure your pet is accustomed to you handling these areas on a regular basis. Getting your pet used to seeing and hearing a compact, quiet trimmer, such as the ConairPRO Dog™ Palm Pro™ Micro-Trimmer, can also help.

Wherever your pet falls on the sensitivity spectrum, there are some body parts that should be treated with extra care when grooming. Luckily, there are plenty of tools and tips to make grooming all of your dog easier.

Protecting Healthy Hair

Protecting Healthy Hair

By Michelle Phi

The secret to having healthy hair year-round is to protect it, no matter if you have chemically treated hair, or if you’re sporting an au naturale look. In some cases, this means a simple spritz of a product, but depending on what your locks are like, you may need to take a few extra precautions. These are some ways to keep your tresses in tip top shape, no matter the season or style.

Wash Your Hair Less Often
Washing your hair daily can cause it to dry out, look dull and lose its shine since you’re essentially stripping your strands of its essential oils. Instead, try washing your hair every other day and freshen your locks up by using a dry shampoo, preferably one that matches your color, so you can avoid leftover residue from these products. If neither dry shampoo nor baby powder is available, throwing your hair up into a simple pony or securing your bangs back—if you have them—with a bobby pin, will also do the trick.

Use A Mild Shampoo To Keep Hair From Drying Out
If you wash your hair every day, use a shampoo and conditioner that is sulfate-free, such as One ’n Only™ Argan Oil Moisture Repair Shampoo to prevent dryness. Sulfate-free formulas don’t lather, but don’t worry, they still cleanse your hair and wash away buildup.

To keep your hair at peak health, be wary of using clarifying shampoos. It’s okay to use them every so often, but since they’re designed to remove product buildup, it can also strip the moisture from your hair, causing it to look dry and dull.

Rinse With Cool Water
Steamy showers may help you unwind after a long day, but hot water isn’t the best for hair health, especially when it comes to rinsing. However, you don’t have to shiver through an entirely cold shower, says Salma Bar, hairstylist and owner of Sexy Bold Looks in Studio City, California. “It’s not really bad to wash your hair with hot water,” Bar said. “As long as you rinse with cold water to close the hair cuticles, you’ll be fine.” By closing the hair cuticles, it keeps the moisture locked in your hair and prevents it from drying out and looking dull.

Protect the Color Before Using Heated Tools
Heat is a huge contributor to damaged hair. Whether you’re using a blow dryer, flat iron, curling iron, or any other heating tools, without protection these can cause your hair to dry out—and split ends are never in style.

Before using any type of heating tools, spray your hair with a heat-protecting product, like One ‘n Only™ Argan Oil Thermal Shine Spray. If you find yourself without any heat-protecting sprays or serums and in need of a little blow out, use the cool button on your BaBylissPRO Rapido dryer to achieve the same look—minus the heat. Or, if you want a no-fuss curly or wavy look, just towel dry and braid your damp hair; or use rollers and air-dry to create a more voluptuous style.

Changing your hairstyle gives you a fresh, beautiful look for any season. Include these simple strategies in your beauty routine for healthier and vibrant looking hair.