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  • Rounded Head?

    I don't know if I can explain this. When doing a rounded head like on Shih-Tzu's, I can't seem to get the ear even from groom to groom. You know, where the ear blends with the head. I take my scissors and cut a straight line across the top of the ear and blend with the head. The next time that dog comes in, I can't seem to cut the straight line in the same spot. I don't know if any of what I am trying to say is making sense, but if it is, please advise.

  • #2
    I'm not quite sure what you're trying to describe. I don't cut a line over the ear at all. I pull all the hair on top of the head straight up, into a top knot. Then I cut it straight across with pinking shears. Let it go, and it all falls into place, perfectly blended.


    • #3
      Try using your clippers to skim the top of the ear, very lightly, then just use thinning shears or scissors to blend.


      • #4
        Technically I don't think that you are supposed to cut a line over the ear. Could be wrong, others will know for sure. But I will take something over the top of the head. If you want it longer, say an A comb over a 30. I will lightly take the A over the top of the ear where it blends into the head. It doesn't take any length off of the ear but it helps to blend the ear into the head. The same would work with a shorter blade. I hope I understood what you were trying to say.
        Scratch a dog and you'll find a permanent job. ~Franklin P. Jones


        • #5
          Some people do set the top of the ears most do not! It is a lot easier and looks more round if you don’t. Usually if I have done clipper-work on the body I will go one or two steps longer on the top of the head sort of skimming towards the ears then pin back the ears and run the same one down the sides of the face (not the muzzle). Don’t know if that helps or if it is too technical


          • #6
            I pick the hair up and layer it like you do people hair and let it fall, much how HElly was saying, but I just use reg. scissors. You'll can't blend it in if you cut a straight line like a poodle topknot.


            • #7
              Are you describing those scraggly hairs that sometimes stick up over the ear after the haircut has grown out? I thinning shear those, for the most part. No scissoring them, I want them to blend, don't want to see any lines.

              Not sure if this is what you're looking for or not.

              Tammy in Utah
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