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Poodle Power: Adventures in Extreme Grooming

We fell hard for Natalie Alcala last fall, when the LA-based writer and blogger spent a week guest blogging for us. In fact, we loved her posts so much that we asked her to be a contributing editor. In addition to blogging for us once a week, she’ll also be writing for the Birchbox Magazine and keeping us up to speed on all things fashion, beauty, and fun. 

Photo via Pinterest/Jennifer Cohn

We’ve discovered something a little shocking and unusual, and we had to share it. While we’re all busy dreaming up new ways to update our own hair, there’s an underground community of people who are exerting their creative energy onto their dogs—especially poodles. Since poodles have a single layer of dense, curly hair, it takes shape quickly and can easily be manipulated into whatever imaginative look a pet owner wants. This leads to extreme poodle grooming.

From left: Pinterest/Erica HarePinterest/Ine Reijnen; Pinterest/Erica Hare; Pinterest/Erica Hare.

Yes, there are competitions dedicated to this extremely odd hobby, most notably Intergroom—a New Jersey-based grooming event deemed “the largest international conference of its kind in the world,” according to the site. This whole concept completely blows my mind, so of course I had to do extensive research on the subject (i.e. a quick Pinterest search) and discovered all kinds of wild looks. It’s definitely something that I’ll have to look into more. From crazy dye jobs to animal-like transformations—check out the lion/zebra hybrid and camel above—I’m half impressed by the skills of these so-called artists and half worried about these poor poodles. That’s a lot of color!

Tell us: what do you think of us this unique hobby?

Another extreme dye job? Miley Cyrus’ platinum locks.

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