learn to make a beautiful poofy show topknot
on your Shih Tzu by following these steps. The
show top knot is accomplished by sectioning the
hair and securing the sections with small bands,
to create the poof in front and height and shape
above your show dog bow. Note:
All banding in photos is done in white bands for
clarity purposes only, please use clear or a
color that blends with your dogs topknot hair.
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The first step is to make the poof which
will be your first section. Starting at the
outer corner of the eye...make
a part straight across.
Don't use too much hair for this section!!!
This section should be about 1/2" deep;
then part straight across the hairs above
his nose. Do not part too far down. Part
at least 1/4 inch above the nose stop and
make sure that the part is straight across.
Lightly tease this section from behind.
Smooth and blend from the front. Band this
section. Pull a few of the hairs from the
center while holding the band with your
other hand. This makes the poof. Make sure
that you do pull the hairs all the
way....you need to anchor this poof to the
Now look at it from the front....you can use
the end of a metal rattail comb and pull out
the poof a bit more....but make sure that
you do it slowly....otherwise you have
ruined your poof.
Smooth any stray hairs...and use a bit of
setting gel to hold them up.
Now make a second section behind this one.
It should be about an inch deep.
Make sure that it is immediately in back of
the first section and can "hide" behind the
first poof. Check it before banding.
Band it close to the head.
Now band the first two sections together
approximately one inch up from the top of
your third section.....making
sure that it isn't wider than the front
also. Part it into a V toward the back of
the head...you can feel a little bone
towards the back of the head....the V should
come to a point there. Band this section of
hair by placing the band at the base of the
head. Now you will gently pull the back
section immediately behind your first two
sections by holding the bands with two
fingers and gently pulling it forward. Join
all the sections together using another
- Now you are ready to
place your show dog bow.
If the topknot is long enough in
length, and you would like to add some height to the
topknot after putting in your bow,
divide the topknot again into a "V" two
sections side by side. Band each section with a small
band. Now divide the two sections again, and
join the middle of each section with another band. This step is
optional; it just creates height to the
topknot. "Jack" our shih tzu model, did not
have a long enough topknot at 10 months old
to fall nicely with the height bands, so his
topknot was finished without the height
bands. (see below)
- Optional: If you want to curl
the topknot, apply hair spray to the topknot
above the bow and allow this to dry. Next,
using a hot curling iron form the hair into
a single roll and allow this to cool to set
- When the roll has
cooled, you may lightly tease it and apply
more hair spray.
- Now lightly comb the
hair back over your hand using it to support
the fan shape. Slip your hand out from the
hair and spray lightly to hold your show top
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