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Grooming tools for hairstyling

Doing a full-body trim is the biggest makeover you can do to your doodle. Here is a list of grooming tools to achieve head-turning awesome doodle looks, right for the first time. I divided the tools into two groups. One group contains tools you will need to prepare the coat for a haircut and the other group includes tools you need to do the actual hair trimming.

Coat Preparation Tools

Getting the coat ready for hairstyling

Slicker brush
for prevention, detangling, dematting

Pin brush
for loosening up the coat for a haircut

Comb
to loosen up the coat

Flea comb
for eye booger removal

Shampoo
for clean coat

Conditioner
for a softer coat

Blow-dryer
for drying, searching, loosening

High-velocity blow-dryer
for drying, loosening, straightening the coat

Pre-haircut shear
for a face, feet, fanny trim

Dog nail clipper
for shortening nails

Dog nail file
for making nails smooth

Ear hair powder
for plucking ears when necessary

More info on the tools above:
Doodle Grooming 101 tools
Face, Feet, Fanny Trim, and Mats tools
Paw care tools.

Hairstyling tools

Creating Custom Haircuts

Hair clippers
for trimming large body surfaces fast evenly

Clipper blades
for achieving hair length up to 3/4 inch length

Snap-on combs
for achieving hair length up to 2 inches

Chunker shears
to do facial trims and longer trims than 2 inches

Thinning shears
for blending the style throughout the body

Comb
to loosen up the coat

Hairstyling Tools

Hair Clipper

For clipping hair on the body, legs, and privates

 ~$170

Andis Ultra Edge Clipper

Get it on Amazon.com!
Get it on Ryanspet.com

I use the Andis 2-Speed Clipper, and I love it. I got one over six years ago, and it's still going strong. It's quiet, powerful, and goes through the heaviest coats smoothly.

Note: I do not suggest petite clippers like this with a screw-on blade for sanitary trim or anything. Cheap equipment is a guarantee for knicking the skin, and it's a matter of time that it will die on you halfway into the haircut.

Top tip: Can't find the color you like due to increased demand because of COVID-19? No worries! Get a clipper that is available, and you can get

3-piece housing replacements for an extra few bucks and change it quickly by removing four screws. Snap it on, and it is good to go in your favorite color

Metal Clipper Blades

To achieve hair length up to 3/4" long 

~$20-$40 each

Andis Metal Blade (1/2" long)

Get 1/2" length on from Amazon.com!
Other length varieties on Amazon.com!

Metal clipper blades can be used to remove mats, do short sanitary trims, and to remove deep mats from the dog's body. There are a wide variety of clipper blades to choose from. As for the type, I like the Ceramic Edge best from Andis, because they stay cool for the longest. Ultra Edge is my next favorite. A tiny difference in the cooling features and the ceramic edge is not available at the moment, so the Ultra Edge is the winner!

Depending on the hairstyle you'd like your doodle to get or are where you are working on, you'll need different blade lengths. As a guideline, I use #10FC for the very short and longest-lasting sanitary area, #7FC, for the short sanitary area. #4FC leaves a 1/4" long coat and works through severe mats. #3/4" HT Will leave 3/4" long coat.

The longer the desired hair length, the better the coat quality has to be. Otherwise, the blade will get stuck in every bunch tangled or matted and won't cut through.

Note: Different coat types will show the same length differently. Learn more or ask for advice before getting a bunch of blades.

Snap-on Comb Sets

For a wide coat length variety, up to 2" long

~$40

Wahl Snap-on Comb Set

Get it on Amazon.com!

For creating haircuts from 1/8" - 1"

The longest metal blade is 3/4" long. In case you want a longer coat than 3/4" on your doodle, and you want to avoid scissor trimming a whole doodle, you'll need a snap-on comb, which you can clip on a #10FC or a #30FC blade.

Note: These combs are super sensitive to mats, even tangles, so a brushed out, combed out, bathed, thoroughly dried coat is a must.

They will leave an amazingly even coat, and in case you use the 1" one slightly hovering above the skin, you can create even longer trims than 1" with less work than a full-body scissor trim.

It is compatible with Andis clippers that support a #10FC detachable blade.

~$42

Oster Snap-on Comb Set

Get it on Amazon.com!

For creating haircuts from 1/16" - 2"

The longest metal blade is 3/4" long. In case you want a longer coat than 3/4" on your doodle, and you want to avoid scissor trimming a whole doodle, you'll need a snap-on comb, which you can clip on a #10FC blade.

Note: These combs are super sensitive to mats, even tangles, so a brushed out, combed out, bathed, thoroughly dried coat is a must.

They will leave an amazingly even coat, and in case you use the 2" one slightly hovering above the skin, you can create even longer trims than 2" with less work than a full-body scissor trim.

It is compatible with Andis clippers that support a #10FC detachable blade.

Hairstyling Shears

Chunker Shears

They are a type of thinning shears. The teeth are further apart on chunkers than on average thinning shears. Chunkers do an amazingly even yet shaggy look on doodles. They are mostly used to set the length on the face, and throughout the body, in case you can't or don't want to use clippers.

Thinning Shears

Thinning shears have smaller gaps between teeth than chunkers have. Thinning shears do an amazingly even yet shaggy look on doodles. It is straightforward to use them, even for beginners, and they will enable you to do professional looking hairstyles, right from the first few tries. It won't leave lines, so you don't have to worry about a big "learning curve," and you will nail the hairstyle right for the first time.

Chunkers

~$270

Swivl Seamless Quick Cut

A top of the line chunker

Get it from Senseishears.com!

Buying one of the Swivl Deluxe 22 Tooth Seamless Quick Cut™ Texture Shear will not only get you a lifelong top quality shear, but you are also buying experience with it. The look you get when using one of these will show on the haircut you perform, and people will ask where did you get your doodle groomed right from the first try!

~$100

Harper 7" Thinning Shear

Chunker on the budget

Get it from FoxyRoxysSupplyco!

Japanese 440C stainless, purple 7” professional thinning shear designed for optimal comfort and performance with 18 teeth, offset ergonomic handle with an adjustable tension knob, and fixed finger rest. Leather case included.

Thinners

~$180

Swivl SpeedCut

top of the line thinning shear

Get it from Senseishears.com!

My favorite pro gear to do spectacular eye area trim easily and fast is the Swivl SpeedCut™ 35 Tooth. By investing in a pro shear like this, you are not only buying a tool, but you are also buying experience and time with it.

Top tip: Before you would jump in and get one, I encourage you to learn more about the thinning shear types, so you will buy only the type(s) you need. Not more, not less.

~$99

Luna Rainbow 6" Thinner

thinning shear on the budget

Get it from FoxyRoxysSupplyco!

High carbon, high quality Japanese 440C stainless steel, 6.0 inch professional 30 tooth thinning shear, designed for optimal comfort and efficiency with unique rainbow color and designed handle, pink adjustable tension knob, and clear gemstones. Leather case included.

Apparel

 Apron

Simply, the best apron on the market. I found Sheena's aprons after crazy research for a new one for myself. I am a picky gal. I like flexible fabric, safety from hair, and the comfort of dry clothes meanwhile and after bathing my clients. This apron keeps the spiky hairpieces away from my skin, and you will stay dry even for the bath time! The pockets are conveniently located on the sides so that you won't end up with dog hair bunnies in them!

And on top of it, finally, there is stylish apparel that is not only comfy but practical and pretty as well!!!

Get it from Capesbysheena.com!

Miscellaneous gadgets

Golding Grooming Table

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Electric Grooming Table

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Ring Light

To see better

Get it on Amazon.com!

The easy solution to see more detail on the grooming table -or couch- on the budget! Bright, portable, adjustable warmth, sturdy stand, easy setup, and storage. For grooming, images, videos. I love them so much; I have 3. I highly recommend this light. See more details on the link below!

Dog Model

For practicing

Get it on Ryanspet.com!

Long Hair Full-body Coat

For practicing

Get it on Ryanspet.com!

Head Set Kit

For practicing

Get it on Ryanspet.com!

Theory of 5

Grooming book

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