Maltese can be kept in a short cut, which is easy to maintain. However, the sleek Maltese, whose hair can grown to floor length, can turn into a ball of fur in no time. Luckily, trimming areas, such as the bangs, helps keep you out of the groomer’s shop too often.
Brush your baby’s coat with a pin brush, removing any mats and tangles. Work out tangles with a comb by starting from the end of the tangle and working toward the skin. Make sure you work out the tangles before you wash your Maltese as wet tangles make the mats more difficult to manage.
Wash your Maltese with a whitening shampoo. Rinse out the shampoo and add a small amount of dog-safe conditioner to his coat and bangs. Rinse it out until the water runs clear.
Towel dry your Maltese’s entire coat. Use a blow dryer on the low setting and finish drying her coat and bangs. Go over the coat one more time and remove any mats.
Hold your shears in one hand and pull the front of the bangs out straight with the other hand. Barely trim the bangs with the tip of your shears while holding them at a 45 degree angle. This prevents them from looking boxy.
Cut about 1/8 inch at first. Remember, you can take it off, but you can’t put it back on. Trim the bangs a little at a time until they are the desired length.
Trim the bangs from the front to the back of the head, giving your pup a mushroom cap look. The back should be longer than the front.
- If you are unsure of using scissors or shears around your baby’s face, use blunt-end scissors. Look at pictures to get an idea of how the bangs should look.
- Getting the right look takes practice. Taking off small amounts prevents the over-groomed look.
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