Grooming – hair/tail/mane care

Hair/Grooming products

Majority of animal care products use silicon as the effective ingredient. The silicons used in animal care are typically of a lower quality than the silicons used in products made for human use. Animal products also use larger amounts of silicon. Silicon’s efficacy is based on it’s ability to provide an unpenetrable surface around hair. This surface has plastic like feel making it easy to untangle hair/fur. It is easy to test this effect by spraying some of these products on the floor, it will make the floor extremely slippery. To wash away the silicon, strong anion based product is needed eg. Fairy dishwashing liquid. Silicon based care products tend to compound on the used area, the rubbery/plastic like surface can cause skin problems.

Many other substances  used to improve the looks of hair e.g. silk and pearl are foreign  for animals and thus potential allergens.  Many products used in animal care use other harmful ingredients eg. Colouring or bleeches. When using these ingredients , the label should carry a clear warning of their flammability eg. Do not use near open fire. Good rule of thumb when choosing care products is ; Would I use this product on my own skin or hair? If you wouldn’t use it yourself , don’t use it on your animal either.

Natural haircare

The oil glands in dogs, cats and horses  secrete fatty acids providing natural shine on their coat. If the animal is healthy and well looked after, these fatty acids naturally provide them with healthy, shiny coat. Using natural oils can have many benefits and can be effectively used in looking after animal hair/fur. Some oils can penetrate the hair and assist in building and strengthening the hair from the inside. This is different to ingredients that just coat the hair possibly hiding problems. Natural oils also increase the shine on hair/fur. The current benchmark in providing shine and care to hair is so called Morrocan Oil or Argan oil. Combining natural oils with Argan oil produces an effective detangler for hair and mane. Derma9 Luxury shine & care spray provides a protective surface on hair which, unlike silicon based products, is breathable. The thicker the animal’s hair is, the longer it takes to build up this protective layer. Once this protective layer is achieved, it only takes 2 -5 treatments to maintain the luxurious and tangle free shine.

In animals with especially matted hair, we recommend  a  treatment consisting of spraying the area for  2-3 consecutive days with Derma 9 , before trying to comb it. Natural oil based products wear off and can be washed off. It will not block or harm the skin. Best result is achieved using Derma 9 spray on clean and damp hair/tail/mane. The finer and thinner the hair, the less Derma9 spray is required and in fine hair we recommend to use Derma 9  on dry hair.

All silicone should be washed off first before using Derma 9 spray to get the full benefit of its natural oils, specifically mane and tail. Commonly used, silicone based products can block the skin/hair and require strong sulfate based shampoos (e.g. Fairy, avoid contact on skin) to break it down.  Silicone blocks the absorption of natural oils on hair. Derma 9 produce a natural, healthy shield that can be easily rinsed off without blocking the skin or hair, leaving the hair with invisible and shiny barrier against dirt. Derma9 Luxury shine & care spray is a perfect product to be used to get your animal ready for any dog shows or competitions with tangle free and shiny coat/fur. In addition Derma9 spray provides fluffy volume for “big hair” horses, dogs and cats and on dressage competition. Derma9 Luxury shine & care is also an excellent skin moisturizer for dry and flaky skin, making it unnecessary to  worry if the spray accidentally comes in contact with skin.

Do not use products that don’t disclose their ingredients list.