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Hand Stripping Basics

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Video DescriptionAbout Michell Evans


21 minutes, 12 seconds



Hand stripping is more than a technique: it’s an art. An art with lots of variables! Not only is there a wide range of tools to select from – there are a lot of different coat scenarios! Michell is a master at the craft. In this lesson, she breaks down the hand stripping tools for you. She discusses the difference between raking a coat out, carding, and stripping. She walks you through the basic tools you would need for each task. Next, Michell gives you an elementary description between the differences of ‘rolling a coat’ and ‘staging a coat.’ She shares a few helpful resources for finding great products online and even suggests a few dispensable items to try on your next hand stripping project.

In this video you will learn:

  • The difference between carding and stripping.
  • How a stone works.
  • How a knife works.
  • Resources to get hand stripping products and tools.
  • How to work hand stripping into your everyday shop grooming.

Michell Evans

Certifications: NCMG, CMG

Michell Evans is a multi-Best in Show and Best All Around groomer. She is Certified Master Groomer through National Dog Groomers Association of America (NDGAA) and the International Professional Groomers Incorporated (IPG) and International Society of Canine Cosmetologists.

She is the proud recipient of the 2011 Barkleigh Honors Competitive Groomer of the Year Award. She is also the first competitor to have the honor of earning a spot for her name on the John Nash Memorial Trophy.

She earned the Liz Paul Memorial Trophy for 2011 and Liz Paul Best Scissored Poodle Award.

She was a nominee in 2011 and 2012 for the prestigious Crystal Grooming Awards, Competitive Groomer of the Year.

Michell is a judge, speaker and demonstrator at the top trade shows around the country.

She was a GroomTeam USA member 2009-2012 and was the hand stripping member of the Silver Medal winning team at the World Team Championships in 2011. She represented the United States again in Barcelona, Spain in 2013.

For more information about lessons with Michell please contact her at or (505) 830-9123.

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