1- Start with clean, combed out hair. Remember to spray each section of hair you work with so you
are not beaking off the hair.
2- I make the first part just behind the corner of the eye.
3- Comb through the section then band it making sure that the band is not too tight. Leave
the banded sections as you will come back to them latter.
4- I usually make my second part just in front of the ears.
5- Comb through the section and place in your band.
6- My third part goes over the top of the head. I also part along the top of the ears to make
sure I am not getting any ear hair.
7- Comb out and band that section.
8- I usually make this parting at the back of the head. I try to keep the partings to the
same size throughout the banding.
9- Comb and band that section.
10- Where you make your parts from here on out is up to you.
11- Comb and band this section.
12- Remember since banding is to help with tangles and to help grow the hair, you will want to go
down as far on the neck and back as gets tangled or where you need to grow more hair.
16- Now is the time to go back to
your first bandings. I take the first two bandings and pull them together into one. Comb them out and band up
the hair with as many bands as you need. I place them about 1/2 inch apart so the hair will stay in the bands and be
17- Banding together sections 3 and 4. Once again placing the bands 1/2 inch apart up the
hair. Another good way to get the hair to grow is to braid or plait the hair. In that case I usually braid the
hair from the first banding up and band the top section. I will tell you though that braiding falls out or shakes out
much easier than banding like this.
18- Showing my four double bandings up on top of the head. If your dogs hair breaks off easily
and this does not do well holding it, then you might want to use plastic wrappings and wrap the hair with that and then put
the bands on top of the wrappings. This will keep the bands from breaking the hair.
19- In this picture you will see the finished product. I like to refer it as my Unicorn dog
in jest. You will note that his ears have been banded. When banding the ears please, please, please make sure
that you do NOT have any ear leather in the band as you will damage your dogs ears. You can take a comb and put it into
the hair and brush down a bit to make sure you have no skin in the band. You will also notice that I banded the shorter
hair at the top of the ears as this is an area I want to grow more length on.
Banding is much of personal preference on how and where you do it on the dog. If you will
notice at some of the shows, there are dogs with bandings everywhere!