If your bathroom looks anything like mine, it is filled with hair products of all kinds: some for me, some for my husband, some for the Bulldog with sensitive skin, and some for the long-haired puppy. Shampoos and conditioners for bath time and after, finishing sprays and brushes for every scenario fill the shelves. But what would it be like to live in a world in which you didn’t need ALL of those products or what if you and your dog could share?
There’s no doubt that products for dogs might not be the best for humans and vice versa, but if you’re in a pinch here are some products you and your dog can and cannot borrow from one another:
1// SHAMPOO & CONDITIONER
Dog Products: I have definitely caught myself picking up the wrong bottle in the shower and nearly giving myself a silky, coat makeover, and really with all of the amazing ingredients in dog shampoos nowadays, I admit it’s tempting to try it on purpose. While it’s not recommended to do so on a regular basis, washing human hair with dog shampoo, isn’t going to hurt anyone and if you’ve picked a high-quality dog shampoo, filled with essential oils, you might even notice some unexpected bounce and shine.
Human Products: You should not purposefully wash your dog with your own shampoo. While baby shampoos are an okay occasional choice for dogs with sensitive skin, human shampoos can be very drying to your dog’s skin and coat because they have a much more basic ph level than we do.
Dog Products: Unless you want to find Fido’s fur in your own luscious locks, probably skip trying this one. But if it’s a clean comb, go for it. I won’t tell.
Human Products: I have donated many a pin and vent brush to my dogs. While they have their own specialty brushes for shedding and finishing, my old/cleaned brushes, work perfectly well for blow-drying. It’s also great to stick an old brush in the car for a day at the beach or park that gets a little messy.
3// HAIR TIES
Dog Products: I buy my dog dental rubber bands for her ponytails, so I’m not sure you can call it a dog product, but they are the perfect size and hold for her fuzzy hair. While they won’t hold my much-thicker ponytail in place, they are perfect for kid’s hair or for small braids in an adult. Let’s be honest, the bows are pretty interchangeable too.
Human Products: If you don’t have doggy hair bands on hand, you can easily use your own. It might not hold as well, but it will do if you really need your dog’s hair out of her face. You can also use bows and clips from your child’s hair collection as long as you know your dog won’t try to eat them (which goes for dog-specific hair ties as well.)
4// AFTER-BATH PRODUCTS
Dog Products: There are several of these on the market for dogs from leave in-conditioners to gels, hairspray and smell-good spritzes. They might not work as well for you depending on your hair, but by all means give it a try if it’s your only option. And if you find your Shih Tzu smells better than you, don’t be afraid to give yourself a spritz of her after spray.
Human Products: It’s not uncommon for hairspray and gels to be used on show dogs to help keep their hairs in place in the ring. While it’s not necessary for everyday, it can keep your dog’s hair inline for a special event or photo shoot. If you’re going to use any human products on your dog, always make sure they are non-toxic and safe for your dog.
5// CLIPPERS & SCISSORS
I’m not even going to separate these out, because in our house, these are pretty much interchangeable. While it’s certainly best to have a set of clippers and scissors for humans and one for dogs, there is no harm in using them on the other, as they are generally the same thing. I regularly use manicure scissors to trim up my dog’s hair and clippers can be used for beards of both the human and dog variety. Always make sure to clean and disinfect before using on either person or pet.
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