Mixed-Breed Mohawk - Groomer to Groomer

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Mixed-Breed Mohawk

This cute little mixed-breed is getting a short trim all over with a Miniature Schnauzer-style face. And, to add some extra personality, a colored mohawk!

FIG. 1  To start the mohawk, I work the dye in from the center outward so that the hair can sit in a clump in the center of the head. After the dye has processed, has been rinsed out and the dog has been bathed and dried, I begin the groom.

FIG. 2  I use a reverse blade on the trunk of this dog. His hair is thin and lays down so this will give me the best results in the shortest amount of time.

FIG. 3  I then place my thumb near the tuck-up and roll it upward to create a smooth and safe place to reverse-clip this area.

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FIG. 4  I repeat this process in order to work safely around the armpit.

FIG. 5  Tilting the head upwards gives you control of the dog as well as creates a taut and smooth surface to clip.

FIG. 6  Every dog has twists and swirls of hair going in different directions so you have to clip in every direction to get a smooth finish.

FIG. 7  On the face of this dog, I follow Miniature Schnauzer face patterns and use a #5F blade so it isn’t too short.

FIG. 8  I then use a thinning shear on the inside corner of the eyes.

FIG. 9  I use a reversed curved scissor to bring the eyebrows in tight from the corner of the eye and angle them towards the center of the nose.

FIG. 10  I then switch to a shorter blade and go with the grain on the legs.

FIG. 11  Moving to the mohawk, I use hairspray from the center outward in order to create maximum hold.

FIG. 12  To finish, I use a curved scissor to trim the mohawk for a fuller look.

This silky smoothie is a trim that every groomer should have in their arsenal. As for mohawks, they can end up on any breed in any trim, and I find that the hairspray and finish tipping really sets mine a part. Remember, salon styling is for the dog, the client and yourself to work together to make the dog cute and happy! ✂️

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Blake Hernandez

With his crazy suits and outgoing personality, Blake Hernandez is the epitome of “Mr. Approachable,” making him a shot of energy and positivity for the industry. Blake is the 2020 Barkleigh Honors Seminar Speaker of the Year and co–creator of Groomsource, the dog grooming education hub. He also represents Foxy Roxy’s Supply Co., Ladybird Line smocks and GroomLoop, but is best known for his online persona and feature in episode four of Netflix “DOGS” documentary series. Blake manages a successful salon in San Diego, CA, grooming many breeds, with Poodles being his true passion. Find Blake on Instagram @blakemhernandez

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