Most hairstylists would agree that a good trim can work wonders for a client’s confidence, providing them with a new style and even helping them look healthier. Apparently, the same can be said for doggie haircuts as well. The following before and after photos show how a great cut can work wonders on any furry friend.
In her unique photography project called Hairy, Grace Chon documented various doggie makeovers from start to finish. “It’s always fun to see dramatic transformations,” she told the Daily Mail Online.
For example, curly-haired Herman had his mounds of fluff styled into something a little less frizzy and a lot more fabulous. “I had the idea of doing a before and after series with dog grooming because there’s something about it that’s so funny to me,” Chon said.
“Sometimes the dog looks so different and you wonder if it’s the same dog in both images,” she added. The photographer herself lives in Los Angeles with her husband, son and two dogs. After working as an art director she now specializes in animal photography.
Indeed, the job transition came naturally. She began by taking photos of rescued dogs to help shelters find the animals homes. In fact, Chon’s family dogs are rescues themselves, named Maeby and Zoey. And when they get groomed it always makes Chon laugh.
And so, Chon eventually teamed up with doggie groomers from Healthy Spot for a professional modeling shoot. The company is in the business of pampering pooches and gives each dog a unique cut. But in order to get the most dramatic photos, Chon had the dog models skip their usual trims and grow their fur until it was as shaggy as possible.
For example, stylist Alyson Ogimachi gave trims to two of the nine dogs in Chon’s Hairy project. Here we can see Yuki’s bedraggled white mane was tidied up, her hair was tied in a ponytail away from her eyes and sections of her fur were pulled into sleek plaits.
Then, using a pastel-colored backdrop, she snapped several pre- and post- haircut photos of her models. And the results are unbelievable. Because many of the canines look like completely different dogs after their session in the stylist’s chair.
Gone are the dirty mouths, long fringes and disheveled coats, to be replaced by sleek fur and quirky cuts. Some dogs even appear to have more of a sparkle in their eye and an extra wag in their tail thanks to their cool, new hairdos.
“The emphasis is on making the dog look as adorable as possible, cute on steroids, by highlighting the uniquely cute characteristics of the dog,” she wrote in a blog post for Bored Panda. “These cuts are works of art. Each haircut takes hours as the majority of the styling is all done with hand scissoring,” Chon revealed.
Here, Ogimachi gave Nala quite the make-over. Because the once scruffy-looking mutt is now sporting a chic bob, which frames her adorable face.
The aim of all this furry fuss is clearly frivolity and fun. “There’s so much bad stuff happening in the world right now and we could all use a breather, even if it’s just five seconds scrolling through social media. These dogs are all so super cute, before and after,” Chon said.
In fact, we say bring on the style! Here, for example, Rocco’s locks were given the chop leaving a more avant-garde asymmetric look.
When it comes to taking the scruff out of Scruffy, Healthy Spot stylists look for inspiration from the personalities of the dog. Chon’s before and afters capture some big changes from the process.
Of course it’s not easy to look this amazing. Lana here had hours of hair treatment under the care of Koko Fukaya, who helped the pooch channel her inner movie star with a sleek, chic new do.
Indeed, Chon says that the project has given her a new-found respect for dog groomers. “Watching the groomers up close made me realize how much time and dedication goes into a cut especially when the majority of it is being done by hand with scissors,” she explained.
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“The groomers I had the pleasure of working with are so creative and great at what they do,” she added. Indeed, we would have to agree!
Not surprisingly, Chon’s amazing photo snaps have gone viral online. The photographer said she had “never imagined” they would be so popular.
“My Instagram is blowing up,” she wrote in an excited post on the picture sharing website. “How are you guys finding your way here? Seriously, thanks for all the love! So thrilled that you like the series.”