Unlike colored hair containing melanin, white porous hair gets dirty faster. Therefore, for white wool requires more thorough care. The lack of proper care for the white coat of dogs very quickly leads to the fact that the snow-white coat becomes yellow.
Even regular removal of contamination will not get rid of yellowness and tarnishing. The reasons contributing to the dyeing of white wool in yellow, red color set. The most frequent of these are poor-quality food, proteins contained in saliva, tears and urine, and cosmetics.
Whitening dog shampoos
Most dog hair whitening shampoos contain bluing agent, imparting a white tint to white wool, which is perceived by the human eye as white. Optical illusion is achieved due to the fact that the blue or purple color dyeing the ends of the hair reflects light, and the coat appears lighter, whiter. But the effect of whiteness is achieved only in the presence of weak yellow spots. After using the bluing agent, it is necessary to re-wash with ordinary shampoo so that the wool does not become concentrated blue. You can not use multiple whitening shampoos at the same time. For example, the use of a blueing shampoo after bleaching may cause the hair to turn blue.
Lightening shampoos enzyme based remove yellow spots from saliva, tears, allowing you to achieve the desired result. But it acts hard, removing the outer layer of each hair. Therefore, it is not recommended to frequently use enzymatic shampoos. It is usually used with a good conditioner that has a regenerating effect.
Whitening dog shampoos contain aggressive chemical substances, which allow to achieve whiteness, but if used improperly can cause dryness, skin irritation. These aggressive substances include hydrogen peroxide, which increases the pH level, thereby bleaching the hair.
The effect of all shampoos is enhanced when using warm water, contributing to a deeper cleansing of hair from impurities. But it is better to wash off the shampoo with cool water, which contributes to the closure of hair flakes. The active components are fixed inside the hair, after drying, the maximum reflection of light occurs, reaches the effect of whiteness and radiance. Cosmetics Beaphar, 8in1, Mr. Bruno, Espree, All Systems, Chris Christensen.
Other bleaching cosmetics
Bleaching gel All Systems (USA) provides safe and effective removal of stains from urine, tears, saliva, food, and also strengthens hair. Transparent gel is applied to the dry coat with a brush or hands. Removed after some time, or remains on the coat for 2-3 days. Fresh stains are removed without a trace after 1-2 applications of the gel. Old stains require more time to remove – daily use of the gel for 7-10 days. The cost of the gel is about 1,300 rubles.
Bleaching spray conditioner Ring5 Whitener Cleaner (USA) enhances whiteness (optical illusion), preserves the natural silky texture of the hair and gives volume. Cosmetic mask masks a yellowish tint, cleans dust.
Air conditioning Iv San Bernard Cristal Clean Conditioner Anti-Yellowing removes yellowness, restores and strengthens hair. It does not irritate, does not cause dryness. The conditioner is applied after washing the hair with shampoo (Iv San Bernard Cristal Clean Shampoo Anti-Yellowing Shampoo is commercially available) for a few minutes, then washed off with water. The cost of air conditioning is about 1,200 rubles.
In cases where the wool is poorly colored, the whitening effect can be achieved by using cosmetics of a gentle action, which include natural moisturizers of natural origin (hyaluronic acid, chitosan), coconut oil, vitamins.
How to whiten a dog’s hair at home
It is possible to save the white coat of the dog by means of home remedies, but the result does not last long compared to commercial means.
If it is not possible to regularly bathe a white dog, then it is possible to maintain the cleanliness of the coat by dry cleaning. To do this, use corn starch, baby powder. Cleaning is best done on the street or covering the floor surface with newspapers. Then, starch (powder) is plentifully applied to the wool and the product is distributed by massaging movements of the hands. After that, carefully remove the starch with a brush.
If the wool has acquired a gray or reddish shade, baking soda gives a good result, which is mixed with a small amount of water to the consistency of the paste. Paste is applied to the yellowed area, left to soak for a few seconds and wash off with water.
Whiten the dog’s hair at home can be whitening paste, cooked alone. To do this, mix in equal amounts of hydrogen peroxide 3% and milk of magnesia (magnesium hydroxide, laxative), 1 tsp. corn starch. All components mix to a uniform pasty state. The paste is applied to the spots and allowed to dry for several hours. Then the paste is removed by carefully combing the wool using an air conditioner. It is important to prevent the dog from licking the paste, therefore, if the dog has an opportunity to reach the treated area with his tongue, a protective collar should be used.
Tear tracks in white dogs are a common problem, the cause of which can be painful. Therefore, first of all, you should visit the veterinarian, to exclude all possible causes that require treatment. Red or brown tears can be contagious. Therefore, in some cases, antibiotics may be prescribed, after treatment with which, the natural color is restored. To remove the lacrimal paths that are not caused by the disease, dog owners consider apple cider vinegar to be effective, which is daily for 1 tsp. add to drinking water dogs.
Tear tracks can be removed at home in another way. To do this, an equal amount of water and hydrogen peroxide 3% mixed. The resulting solution with a cotton swab removes tear traces. It is important to observe accuracy, to avoid getting the solution into the dog’s eyes. Then the treated area is cleaned with ordinary water, removing residual dirt and solution.
Another problem that spoils the appearance of the animal is the redness of the hair on the face, stomach, legs. The coloring agent enters the coat through the dog’s saliva when it licks, licks its paws, as well as through urine. In addition, food allergies can be the cause of hair coat staining. To prevent the appearance of a red tint should:
- to give purified drinking water, since ordinary water may contain elevated levels of iron;
- to give high-quality dry food without dyes and with optimal protein content (no more than 20-30%);
- exclude natural products containing large amounts of iodine and copper and affecting hair color – carrots, beets, seaweed;
- use a high-quality conditioner for wool after washing the dog, which strengthens and moisturizes the hair and makes them less prone to coloring;
- remove the hair on the head in a bun so that they do not get into the eyes and do not irritate, leading to excessive tearing and, as a consequence, the appearance of tears;
- after walking, wash the abdomen to remove urine residue, wash the paws, and after eating, wipe the beard with a damp cloth or wear a special breastplate.
If the dog does not participate in exhibitions, then it is advisable to cut the hair on the paws, at the mouth, in the eye area, to eliminate their coloring.