Keeping Elsa’s fur in tip top condition is very important to us and I have spent a lot of time learning how to properly care for and groom her coat. It didn’t take me long to realise that using the wrong products could actually make the grooming process much more difficult.
My first mistake was using a generic dog shampoo from a high street pet shop, but I quickly discovered that not every dog shampoo was the same and that there are lots of different varieties out there catering to every coat type and texture.
Another issue is that most of the specialist dog shampoos that I've found to date are not manufactured in the UK and are sometimes hard to get hold of, so when I saw the British-based Colin Taylor Grooming range of professional products I couldn't wait to try them!
This shampoo is designed to enhance and revitalise white and light coats. It’s enriched with Vitamins, Argan oil and Pro-vitamin B5 to add moisture and contains no bleach or optical brighteners.
Bathing a golden brindle coloured dog with a whitening shampoo may sound strange but Elsa does have quite a lot of light cream fur with white patches, so a whitening shampoo like this will generally bring out the multi-coloured tones and brighten her coat.
A professional shampoo like this can be applied directly or diluted. Since Elsa has so much fur, I find it easier to dilute the shampoo because it gives you more to work with. I don't normally like blueberry scented products because they smell a bit off to me, but this shampoo actually has a really pleasant, clean undertone. The colour was a bit of a shocker, it's extremely, insanely blue! It actually reminded me of the scene in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory where Violet eats the gum, and the thought of Elsa blowing up like a little round blueberry made me giggle!
The shampoo lathered up well and there were no traces of blue left on Elsa's coat by the time it was rinsed off. I was a bit apprehensive about not using any conditioner at this point, but I resisted the urge to apply any because the Colin Taylor Grooming Fast Dry Spray has conditioners in it and I really wanted to see the results from just using these two products.
Formulated without any silicone, this conditioning spray reduces drying time by lifting the roots and reducing water absorption at the hair shaft.
The spray bottle dispenses at any angle and this product has a really natural scent. It normally takes about 40 minutes to completely dry Elsa but I was done in 20! As I ran the brush through Elsa's fur, I could actually see that the texture was much straighter than normal, but it was also quite bouncy and not weighed down at all. You can see from the photographs that her fur also has a lovely shine to it.
I never thought that I’d be able to achieve results like this at home, I have to say that I'm very impressed! Since I started trimming Elsa’s fur myself I have learned that the way that the coat lies after it is dried can really impact the finished cut, so I can’t wait to use the Colin Taylor Grooming shampoo and spray again the next time that I give her a full groom!
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