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Part 3 of 5: Handstripping a Rolled Coat on a Wire Fox Terrier: Styling the Head

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Video DescriptionAbout Michell Evans


19 minutes, 18 seconds


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We have a special treat for you with this lesson. Michell Evans’ specialty is hand-stripping. In this video lesson, she takes you through the step she is taking RIGHT NOW to get this dog ready for the next World Team Grooming Championships in Barcelona Spain.

As Michell says, keeping a dog in a rolled coat is easy, once it’s established. It’s the ‘getting it established’ that is the tough part, and that’s where she is right now.

To see a harsh coated Terrier done correctly, to breed profile, is simply breathtaking. This is where grooming is elevated to a form of art. Michell is a skilled sculpture. Instead of clay, wood, or stone, her medium is fur. And her tools are her hands, along with stripping knives and stones.

Join Michell as she shares her well-earned knowledge on this subject. She is a fabulous teacher and communicator. Even if you are new to grooming or the art of hand-stripping, Michell’s easy going nature and clear teaching style makes this lesson super easy to understand. She makes it look easy.

In this video series you will learn:

  • What is the goal of a ‘rolled coat.’
  • What tools work best to keep a dog in a rolled coat.
  • How often you need to work on a dog for show or for pet to keep the coat maintained.
  • When viewed from the front, what shape are you aiming towards on the legs.
  • Establishing reference points on the chest and head.
  • What tool works best for ears.
  • How to get a ‘keen expression.’
  • Where to set the goatee.

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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