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:: How To Make A Shih Tzu Show Topknot Like The Pros ::
By Lynne  McGuire
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You can 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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Image:  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.

Image:  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.

Image: 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 scalp.

  • 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 scalp.  
  • 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.

Image: Now make a second section behind this one.  It should be about an inch deep.

Image:  Now band the first two sections together approximately one inch up from the top of the head.

Image: Showing third section behind first two.

  •     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 the head.

Image: Make 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.

Image: Join all the sections together using another band.

Image: Close Up of all sections banded.

  • Make 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 band.
  • Now you are ready to place your show dog bow.

Image: Height Bands the FIRST division

Image: Height Bands gathering the middle section from the first two sections.

Image: Height Banding in place above Show Dog Bow

  • Optional: 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 the curl.
  • 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 knot.

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