When I first started to take pictures of this dog today, it was just because I thought that he was so cute.
As I started to groom him, and started to scissor the long bangs that the owner wanted, I thought that I could use this little Yorkie as an example of how I try to open up the eyes while still keeping the bangs long for the owner.
Isn't he adorable.
Even before he is groomed.
His mom likes him long and shaggy, but she wants to see his eyes.
Only...keep his bangs long.
If I just scissor the corner of the eyes, and scissor the bangs long, the dogs eyes are still lost under all of that hair.
I want to open the eyes up without taking too much off of the bangs.
I also need to fix that darn wave that I always seem to get when I scissor a longer bang over the eyes.
It does not seem to matter what kind of straight hair breed it is, I seem to always get 'the wave'.
The first thing that I want to do is comb back the bangs and scissor very close all around the corner and top of the eyelid.
Even the eyelashes!
As long as the owner does not say anything about saving the eyelashes, I will take them completely off to help open up the eye.
I will scissor from one corner of the eye, over the top of the eye, to the outer corner.
I am conservative each time I cut.
I only scissor a little at a time.
Then I will comb the bangs back into place and see if I need to cut out a little more around the eye.
I will brush the bangs back again and scissor more around the eye if needed.
I will do this as many times as needed.
I hold my scissors up under the wave part of the bang and scissor to try to give a beveled look under the bang.
I am not cutting straight across because I don't want to take anymore length off, I just want to get rid of what is hanging down.
I am sorry...I know that didn't make any sense at all.
I hope that you can see what I mean by looking at the pictures.
I will angle my scissors in all different directions to get the look I want.
Most of my scissoring is done up under the bangs, closer to the eyes.
I also needed to cut more hair out of the stop than I usually would.
I needed to take some more of the thickness away from under the bangs.
So I scissor the stop up a little higher.
The bangs are still long, but now I can see the eyes better.
I also do the same with Schnauzer, and Scottie eyebrows.
After my first cut to get the outline of the eyebrow...
....I start to work on scissoring under the eyebrow to open up the eyes.
I don't in anyway claim that this is the 'right' way to scissor Schnauzer eyebrows, but it works great for pet grooming.
Again, I scissor off the eyelashes, and the hair close around the very top of the eyelid without taking length off the eyebrows.
I also turn my scissors under to bevel under the eyebrow, and take away the hair that tends to hang down over the eye.
This is what I do to help open the eyes so the owner can see the eyes, and maybe, just maybe the owner will not chop off the eyebrows before they bring the dog back to me.
I hope this tip made sense and will help. :)
Happy Grooming, MFF