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Daily grooming go-to stuff:
Products: Chris Christensen Just Divine brushing spray and Chris Christensen Silk Spirits, which is an oil. I've tried quite a few detangling/brushing sprays, and they all work well. Turns out I'm very picky about scents and this the Just Divine is the only one I've tried that I can stand, which is interesting because I absolutely hate the smell their shampoos and conditioners, even though they work great. Lola's hair is dry, especially at the ends, and soaks up the Silk Spirits, which also smells nice. The other grooming product is Picture Perfect, which I only recently learned about. It's great for holding the stray wisps in place. I'd been cutting Watson's bangs and hair around his eyes since he was a puppy, and i'm growing it now. This product is really helpful.
Tools: Chris Christensen Face and Feet comb[/B] and the 005 Buttercomb. These are probably the two essentials on the table, and I wouldn't be able to keep my dogs in long coats without them. Also on the table is a Chris Christensen slicker brush, which I use on Lola's paws, and to brush out twigs near her bum, which she likes to collect whenever she goes out, and to help with the occasional mat. I have a Madan Pin Brush,which is great for a quick go-over, especially in the morning, and for ridding debris from walks. It's soft for the dogs, and it's my cat's favorite. On the downside, it was an expensive brush, and it's already lost three pins. I've not had it to too long, and am gentle with my stuff. Although I love using it, I wouldn't get it again.
Last: Goody bands and 5/16 clear, latex free elastic bands, which a get on Amazon. The Goody bands are easy on the hair, but I need to redo multiple times a day as they slide out just as easy. My dogs like them and it really isn't a problem. To really keep their hair up, I have to use the elastic bands, and use a little scissors to take them out.
I also have a small wooden pin brush and a 4.5" all coarse teeth Chris Christensen comb, which is like one half of the 005. These were all I needed when Lola was a puppy. I now keep the little comb in my purse for touch ups and still use it near daily.
For shampoos and stuff, I've tried too many things. My dogs have different coats, and other than whitening shampoo for Watson, i haven't found, other than preferring a mild shampoo, that one makes a difference over any other. I can't stand most scents, and hated, even the mild ones of Spectrum 10 and Coat Handler. After a lot of trial and error, I've found that Bio Groom Super White and Bronze Luster (one for Watson and one for Lola) shampoos are great, and the Bio Groom Silk Cream Rinse , works really well with both dogs. I also use Premium Show Kera-Fixx 5-Minute Miracle, which is a deep conditioner, once a month or so on Lola.
Hope this helps. Once I've tried out and/or come to a routine with the scissors and other things, I'll post what works for me.