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Old 08-10-2013, 07:14 PM   #1
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Distilled water & conditioner treatment

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This dry coat thread from 2007 was brought up a few days ago. I tried the distilled water & conditioner treatment after Kallie's bath today. Wow, what a super soft coat! Here's what I did:
After shampoo/rinse/condition/rinse, I squeezed as much water out of her coat as I could. Add 1/4 cup conditioner to 1 gallon distilled water. I poured about 1/2 gallon over Kallie, then after squeezing the water out, wrapped her in a towel to absorb water, then another towel to soak some more up. The 3rd towel I warmed for 1 minute in the microwave, then wrapped her up in it. We sat for 15 minutes (she almost fell asleep). Then I did her normal drying process. She feels amazing! Time will tell this week if she's easier to comb out each day. I think she really liked her "spa" treatment!
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Old 08-11-2013, 06:44 AM   #2
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This dry coat thread from 2007 was brought up a few days ago. I tried the distilled water & conditioner treatment after Kallie's bath today. Wow, what a super soft coat! Here's what I did:
After shampoo/rinse/condition/rinse, I squeezed as much water out of her coat as I could. Add 1/4 cup conditioner to 1 gallon distilled water. I poured about 1/2 gallon over Kallie, then after squeezing the water out, wrapped her in a towel to absorb water, then another towel to soak some more up. The 3rd towel I warmed for 1 minute in the microwave, then wrapped her up in it. We sat for 15 minutes (she almost fell asleep). Then I did her normal drying process. She feels amazing! Time will tell this week if she's easier to comb out each day. I think she really liked her "spa" treatment!
Sounds interesting especially since Canela's coat is kind of dry. She's already isn't a fan of baths I wonder how she'll take to the extra steps.

Which shampoo and conditioner did you use? How long did the softness last? Please keep us updated.
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Old 08-11-2013, 06:49 AM   #3
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I use Biogroom Super White shampoo & Biogroom Silk conditioner. Love them both! Kallie isn't thrilled w/baths, but doesn't fight me. But the warm towel wrap she loved!
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Old 08-13-2013, 05:57 AM   #4
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Just a follow-up: Kallie has been a breeze to brush/comb every day this week. No tangles at all (she's thru the blowing coat stage). I'll definitely be continuing this extra conditioning step!
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Thanks for the update. I plan to do the "spa treatment" this weekend. I try to give Canela a bath every other weekend. I just saw Leo's pix after his bath and he looks extra soft too. Thanks again for the conditioning tip.


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I have used the distilled water before and it does leave an amazing coat, so expensive though, I think I bought 5 gallons of water for that bath..I know $5 isn't that much , but for a bath, lol..I guess it seems like it. I do think our local waters effect how various shampoos and conditioners work, though and that might be why some products work better for some people than others.

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I have used the distilled water before and it does leave an amazing coat, so expensive though, I think I bought 5 gallons of water for that bath..I know $5 isn't that much , but for a bath, lol..I guess it seems like it. I do think our local waters effect how various shampoos and conditioners work, though and that might be why some products work better for some people than others.

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Good point, and one I hadn't thought of! I have relatively soft water here, but I know the water in some parts of the country is like liquid rock!
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I have used the distilled water before and it does leave an amazing coat, so expensive though, I think I bought 5 gallons of water for that bath..I know $5 isn't that much , but for a bath, lol..I guess it seems like it. I do think our local waters effect how various shampoos and conditioners work, though and that might be why some products work better for some people than others.

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I also think one's local water makes a difference as it would for our own hair. That said I didn't bathe Leo in distilled water. I used the tap water and shampooed and rinsed twice then used about a 1/4 gallon of distilled water from a full gallon that had a 1/4 cup conditioner thoroughly mixed in as a final rinse. Also a few sprays of CC Precious Drops. I used a couple of towels to soak up most of the water then wrapped him in a warm towel(microwaved for 1 minute) for 15 minutes. Then proceeded with drying him. I used CC Spectrum 10 shampoo and conditioner. He finished wonderfully soft. I bath Leo 2x/week because he goes to work with me and others in the office are always picking him up for cuddles. I will save the remaining distilled water for future baths.
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I did the same as Leo's mom. I didn't bathe Kallie in the distilled water, just did the last "spa" step with it. Yep, I agree $5 for water for her bath is a little much!
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Instead of bathing your dog entirely in distilled water, using 1/2 gallon for the final rinse is fine and only costs about 45 cents.
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