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May 8, 2014
The Theory of Asian Trim Styles 
         with Irina 'Pina' Pinkusevich        


It's the rage right now. Professional pet groomers just can't get enough of the Asian influenced styles for pets. Japanese styled haircuts. Asian influenced. Call it what you like -- the names are interchangeable. But the look is unique and extremely appealing to many pet owners.


Irina Pinkusevich, better known as "Pina," has been to Japan many times. She's seen this style develop firsthand. She's been invited to judge a number of grooming competitions of Asian influenced haircuts.


In this L2GD lesson, Pina leads you through the theory of what has influenced the Asian and Japanese pet styles. Breed standard trimming does not come into play. However balance and symmetry IS important. Equally important other technical skills required to execute this haircut in an appealing way.


Pina highlights a few examples of typical styles. She discusses the characteristics that are the hallmark of this unique look. She talks about products that help affect the outcome.  Pina also shares her thoughts about the tools necessary to create the look.


If you have not experimented with Japanese or Asian styled haircuts yet, this is a great lesson to get you started. The style is fun, different, and consumer appealing. It could be a great way to set your salon apart of the competition while earning extra income in the process!



Approximate total running time:  17 minutes


In this video you will learn:

  • what three items influenced these styles.  
  • why this trim style is 'pet owner friendly.'
  • the typical characteristics of Asian styled pet trims.
  • a few general rules to follow to get the look. 
  • what accessories bring a haircut to life.

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This styling technique works for almost any drop coated breed with ears that lay close to the cheeks such as: Shih Tzus, Lhasas, and Malteses.  This technique works or any purebred or mixed breed whose coat has a tendency to be straight. The common denominator for this trimming application is that the coat grows directly towards the ground as it grows. 


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Dina and Chuck Perry have almost 40 years in the pet care business. Grooming shops, pet shops, kennels, mobile grooming, and most recently, an all suites pet resort have provided them with a broad perspective of what the pet business should be. As one of the pioneers of the all suite concept, Dina is a highly sought-after judge and lecturer in the pet stylist as well as the pet boarding industry.  The Bunk and Biscuit is their fifth boarding facility and the third of their all suite, or in this case, bunk house facilities. It is located on their horse farm, Painted Gaits Farm, and promises to be the ultimate in hospitality for furry family members. Dina takes you on a behind the scenes tour of this exclusive resort which opened in August of 2010.  


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