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The Theory of Asian Trim Styles

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Video DescriptionAbout Irina "Pina" Pinkusevich


17 minutes, 12 seconds



It’s the rage right now. Professional pet groomers just can’t get enough of the Asian influenced styles for pets. Japanese styled haircuts. Asian influenced. Call it what you like — the names are interchangeable. But the look is unique and extremely appealing to many pet owners.

Irina Pinkusevich, better known as ‘Pina,’ has been to Japan many times. She’s seen this style develop firsthand. She’s been invited to judge a number of grooming competitions of Asian influenced haircuts.

In this L2GD lesson, Pina leads you through the theory of what has influenced the Asian and Japanese pet styles. Breed standard trimming does not come into play. However balance and symmetry IS important. Equally important other technical skills required to execute this haircut in an appealing way.

Pina highlights a few examples of typical styles. She discusses the characteristics that are the hallmark of this unique look. She talks about products that help affect the outcome. Pina also shares her thoughts about thetools necessary to create the look.

If you have not experimented with Japanese or Asian styled haircuts yet, this is a great lesson to get you started. The style is fun, different, and consumer appealing. It could be a great way to set your salon apart of the competition while earning extra income in the process!

In this video you will learn:

• what three items influenced these styles.

• why this trim style is ‘pet owner friendly.’

• the typical characteristics of Asian styled pet trims.

• a few general rules to follow to get the look.

• what accessories bring a haircut to life.

• what three items influenced these styles.

• why this trim style is ‘pet owner friendly.’

• the typical characteristics of Asian styled pet trims.

• a few general rules to follow to get the look.

• what accessories bring a haircut to life.

Irina "Pina" Pinkusevich

Certifications: NCMG

Irina "Pina" Pinkusevich immigrated from The Ukraine in 1989. She realized her passion as a Pet Stylist while working part-time as a bather. In the earlier part of her career Irina worked as a Pet Stylist at some of the most high-end grooming salons in New York.

Looking to improve her skills & expand her horizons, Irina entered the world of Competitive Grooming in 2006. In her competitive career Irina has won multiple BIS & Best All Around Groomer awards. She is a two-time recipient of the Lynne Carver Award for the most Best All Around Groomer wins in 2008 & 2010. Irina was also honored to win the Liz Paul Memorial Award for the most Best in Show wins in 2010. She is the winner of the Winner’s Circle Jackpot 2011 where she won $32,500 for grooming Lucas, her champion American Cocker Spaniel. In 2013 she was the winner of another Jackpot & in 2017 she won The World Dog Show’s World Champion Award.

Irina was a member of GroomTeam USA from 2008 through 2013. She competed in the World Championships for the United States in 2009, 2011, & 2013 helping the U.S. team bring home a Silver & two Golds.

Currently, Irina is a national & international judge & lecturer as well as an ambassador for Artero. Irina was awarded the Cardinal Crystal Award for Judge of the Year 2014 & the Barkleigh Honors Award for Up & Coming Speaker of the Year 2014. She has also been nominated for multiple Cardinal Crystal & Barkleigh awards in 2015.

Irina is a National Certified Master Groomer (NCMG) with the National Dog Groomers of America. She is also a Certifier for their company.

Dedicated to improving the industry, Irina teaches at Merryfield School of Pet Grooming in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. She travels the world educating through conferences and seminars. She is also an integral part of Artero’s Jornadas events in Spain and the USA.
Irina is associated with Kiyara Poodles, owned by Michael Lamb and Bill Jividen Jr.. Kiyara is a top breeder of miniature poodles in the United States. She is also associated with Kerryfield Kennels, owned by Virginia Harding & Krizma Kennels owned by Lois Grier, top breeders of Kerry Blue Terriers. With these kennels, Irina has bred and co-owned numerous champion Poodles and Kerry Blue Terriers.

Irina is co-owner of a high-end styling salon in Oakland Park, Florida: Päsh the Canine Boudoir. It is here where she is most often found grooming the amazing show dogs that are her passion.


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