A Haircut Experiment #LOL

Yep, the time had come. My Bichon, Roxy’s hair was super long and needed to be groomed. Did I check to see if the groomer in town was open? Nope. I have always wanted to try a different sort of haircut. This was my chance!

I bought a trimmer a long time ago. Just as I remembered, it snagged her fur even though she was clean and brushed through. I would have to scissor her cut. *gulp*

Roxy started her spa day with a dreaded bath.

Dog Bath time - Bichon Roxy in the tub- She hates baths!

Then it was time for a blow out. She LOVES to be blow-dried.

Blow dry for Roxy


I started in the middle of Roxy’s coat and worked my way out. Using scissors made it impossible to cut her curly hair evenly. Once I trimmed a few inches, there was no turning back. She didn’t have long enough fur for a combover. Maybe I would have to call the professionals.

Dog Haircut Act I - the middle of the dog's hair is cut first as part of a funny haircut

She has boots and a poofy skirt and jacket! Play a few seconds of the video to see the haircut so far.

She was happy, but something wasn’t right.

Haircut Act II - with poofy feet and sheered in the middle of my bichon

I texted photos to my family. My sister, Patty, sent a photo of a prize-winning poodle. I needed to take her experimental grooming one step further.

I trimmed off the skirt and kept her jacket, but her head looked shaggy.

Doggie Haircut Act III - I left a fur coat jacket and boots on my Bichon

Imagine doing all of this with a pair of scissors. Well, I guess you can since you’re seeing it for yourself. Luckily, she’ll do anything for attention.

Dog Haircut Act III Roxy Bichon with jacket and boots

I groomed her head, a bit of her tail, and her chest. All done. Whew!

Dog Haircut complete

Will I take her to the groomer to get a normal-looking Bichon cut? Not right away. I smile every time I look at her. At this point, I’m up for ANYTHING that makes me happy.

This cute dog with a wild head of hair in Malibu was my inspiration.

Rostafarian dog

A PROFESSIONAL groomed Roxy a year ago. I think I did a lot better than that, don’t you? Roxy was seriously depressed for two weeks. She didn’t want to play or run outside.

Rat dog after the groomer sheers here

Does she like her new haircut? Yes. So do I.

A haircut for Roxy

Yesterday, she had her first bath since her haircut. Notice how she loves the blow drier? Marilyn Monroe reincarnated. She poses for photos too.

Dog loves Blow drier gif

My husband, Danny, is next… Have you seen him? I think he’s hiding somewhere…

Experimental dog grooming Bichon with poodle cut

Have you given anyone a haircut? Would you groom a dog? Have you cut your hair? How are you with scissors?


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  1. Well done, you!! Roxy looks adorable and she is happy which is the main thing. Dot doesnยดt need haircuts so she is safe from me. Hubby needed one badly, as well as a beard trim. But he patiently waited until the barber opened last Friday. He looks great again! I tried to cut my hair when I was 13 and it was a disaster, so never again.

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    1. Thank you, Darlene! Her hair curls this time of year, so that added to the challenge. I’ll eventually take her to the groomer, but will ask for the same cut. They will die laughing.

      Most experiments seem like good ideas the first time. ๐Ÿ™‚ I hope you didn’t have to go to school before your appointment.

      I used to cut my son’s hair, a disaster since it was straight and showed mistake! Years ago, I cut my own hair by tipping upside down and trimming across the ragged ends. Years later, my hair stylist used the same technique! It’s a lot easier with curly hair.
      Bangs are tough too!


  2. I can’t wait for Danny to have his haircut next. I hope he has the same treatment as Roxy. Don’t forget those photos, Susie. It’s going to be my lockdown highlight.

    P.S – yes, I clipper my hair. Note, I didn’t say ‘cut.’ I’m not safe with a pair of scissors in both hands.


  3. She looks so cute! I’m happy that my husband had a fairly short cut before all this started and hasn’t asked me to do any trimming–I am no good at it, but I’ve tried before. And my boys are happy to let their hair grow (though I think it looks like a mess), since they don’t have to go back to school, at least until next school year. Mine just gets longer and longer but I have very thick hair and am not about to try cutting it. I’m patient and will wait for my hairdresser! You may have another side job in your future!


    1. Thank you. LOL! I’m going to stick to my day job.

      I was always tempted to cut my children’s hair but they never turned out. I think there may be some new hairstyles that evolve from lockdown! My friends and I have experienced hair color withdrawl. I’ve never seen so many women with white hair out on the trail. I suspect they were blond!

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  4. I have tried to cut my hair years and years ago, don’t do it anymore. Have trimmed my hubby’s hair, being military I have had trim his many times over the years. Have cut my girls bangs much to their chagrin. Our dog disliked his baths unless I sang to him at the top of my lungs and then he just laughed at me… and no, could not even trim his nails, left that to the professionals. You did a great job… Great post!


    1. Thank you!
      It sounds like you have some mad skills! I have never used a trimmer. Bangs are tough too. I have two cowlicks so when I had bangs and tried to trim them, they would shorten as my hair dried!!!

      I’ll try singing to Roxy next time. She may “change her tune!” ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. Ha! Thank you. ๐Ÿ™‚

      That’s amazing! You two should go into business. I bet your neighbors would line up!! As artistic as I am, I have never been good at cutting straight hair. I can only imagine the disaster that will be Danny’s hair. I’ll take pictures… LOL!
      Thanks for stopping by, Kathy! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  5. I think you did much better than the professional groomer. Poor Roxy looks so distraught in the photo of being professionally groomed – poor girl ๐Ÿ˜ฆ Mister man has trimmed his hair with a clippers – he is excited to get it professionally done this week. I have trimmed a bit here and there along the way and become friends with headbands when not having to go into to the office. I am looking forward to my haircut next week – been months and starting to look a little bit of a hot mess since it gets so thick and then waves/curls (hot too). Enjoy Your Day ๐Ÿ™‚


    1. Hey Renee!

      Sounds like you’ve been doing your best! I haven’t even tried with Danny’s hair or my own. Luckily, I got a trim in the first week of March. Danny is starting to look like a shaggy teenager. ๐Ÿ™‚ I’ll have to give it the old college try. Fingers crossed…

      I can’t imagine that groomer is still at Petsmart. Being scalped really affected Roxy. She cowered until her hair grew. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

      My hair turns into an afro in humidity so I feel you! Enjoy your spa day! ๐Ÿ™‚


      1. I have seen all types of head coverings from bandannas to ball caps to various hats. May set a trend. You can wear a hat my friend ๐Ÿ™‚

        I have to agree with you in that groomer may or may not have a future depending on if they improve or not.

        I just want to look put together for work in supporting executive leadership. I will enjoy my haircut for sure ๐Ÿ™‚


  6. For some reason, this post reminded me of the last line of a poem by Rudyard Kipling. “You’re a better man than I am, Gunga Din!” I guess because I would never be brave enough to try this. Fortunately for us, our groomer has remained open.


    1. I’m a risk taker. ๐Ÿ™‚

      Oh, that’s good! Our groomer opened yesterday. I’ll wait until Roxy’s “jacket” becomes tangled. I can’t wait to see their reaction! ๐Ÿ™‚


  7. I smiled all the way through this story of “how I tortured my dog.” She turned out not too bad though. Good thing she’s so cute no matter what. I’m sure she feels better having that heavy coat taken down. You’ve done a better job than I did on my spaniels in the past. I appreciate that it’s not as easy as it looks to do it just right. Can’t wait for Danny’s turn.

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    1. ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚ I wrote this after your comment about wanting to see haircut pictures. ๐Ÿ˜‚ Roxy has been going to a groomer for over 10 years so sheโ€™s really used to it and was very well behaved. She loves any kind of attention!
      Iโ€™ll give Dannyโ€™s hair a try…

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  8. Our last groom required dog (Silky Terrier) had the same two-week depression when she came back from a groomer who thought she should be naked. We never went back there. Roxy looks good. No haircuts tried here.

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    1. ๐Ÿ˜‚ That sounds like something that would happen to me, Kassandra! Oh, well, itโ€™s only hair, my mom would say. Itโ€™s definitely the right time to not care. My roots are horrid but I refuse to color them! ๐Ÿ˜‚


  9. The skirt was cute, but the final product is adorable ( and cooler). She definitely is an Aspen Girl HAHA
    I used to cut our Westie, then the Bouviers- as you say, sometimes the groomers got overly enthusiastic and the dogs were obviously embarrassed like Roxy was.
    We did have a little hilarity a few weeks ago when husband decided to “lightly trim” his hair…if only he had asked I would have told him about the assorted blade length guards….oh well, the mohawk is pretty well grown out …hats are good! Now he just lets me scissor / trim a bit as needed.
    For me, it’s just back to the past with shoulder length Jackie K flip…which hair would never do when it was THE hairstyle….better late than never?
    Take care and enjoy that sun and outdoors (WOO – the crowds in pictures sent to us by family of the trails and Red Rocks. People really ready to escape those houses …and have a place to do so – unfair!)


    1. Thanks, Phil! Roxy does look cute and she doesn’t pant anymore. We’ll see how long I can manage it before a trip to the groomer. Two months max.

      Your hair sounds really cute! Mine is getting longer and longer. I am fascinated by my roots and would like to blend them. I don’t have the mad skills needed to do anything like that. ๐Ÿ™‚ I plan to postpone my trip to the hairstylist until absolutely necessary. We’ll see how it goes!

      OMG. I can visualize your husband. Many reporters have messed with their hair and most men who had it colored are now gray like Chris Cuomo. ๐Ÿ™‚
      Thanks, Phil! Stay safe!

      We do have plenty of places to socially distance! ๐Ÿ™‚


  10. Susie, I have not had a haircut since mid-February, but my hair was VERY short then – Marine boot short. My hair has been growing out and I can see the wave rolling though, so time to re-think hair. Additionally, when we learned that school was going to e-Learning on Friday, 3/13 (how appropriate!) I started a protest beard! I posted a snap on my insta and got – “cool, Mr. Watkins is a mountain man!” comment. I laughed, but I am no where near the mountains. Our dogs have gotten trims – but they’re easy – nothing near as complex as Roxy. Hope Danny faired well. Good news is that it will grow back! Stay well, safe, and healthy. Peace.


    1. Havenโ€™t snipped Dannyโ€™s yet. He has taken to wearing a hat. ๐Ÿ˜‚ It sounds like you got a jump on a very short haircut to get you through until salons re-open. They re-opened here but Iโ€™m going to put it off as long as possible since Iโ€™m not seeing many people these days!
      Stay healthy!

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  11. Very smart cut, looks ready for a night out on the town now. Jo cut my hair last week but luckily it didn’t quite turn out like that.


  12. What a fun post. ๐Ÿ™‚ I’ve never trimmed a dog’s hair, but I have been cutting my spouse’s hair during this pandemic. I was pretty nervous at first, but I got the hang of it.


  13. Hello.

    Well done! My wife clips generally my hair and once a year I visit barbersโ€™ shop. ๐Ÿ™‚ I do the same to my wife. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Have a nice day!


    1. Wow! Thatโ€™s what I call teamwork! I havenโ€™t cut my husbandโ€™s hair yet, but itโ€™s starting to look a little shaggy. Iโ€™m not sure that he trusts me. ๐Ÿ˜‚
      Thank you, Sartenada!

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