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Grooming| Hair of the Dog


From buying and styling to dog grooming is a bit of a gear shift – what prompted you to make the move?


It was actually a natural progression – opening Hair of the Dog incorporates my eye for style and my love of sourcing and buying original product alongside my love for dogs! There was a real need for a good, professional local groomers to provide a top quality service alongside the boutique. I don’t personally do the grooming myself as it requires extensive training and we only have the very best senior groomers!


Have you always been a dog lover? Absolutely! But even more so now as I have gotten to experience the character of so many different breeds of dogs and have fallen in love with many of our regular clients – each with their own personality.


How does Hair of the Dog differ from other dog grooming parlours?


It is our priority to put the dogs at ease and we have gained a reputation for being particularly good with nervous dogs. We ensure a calm and relaxed atmosphere partly through the grooming surroundings which overlooks our garden courtyard, is filled with natural light and kept meticulously clean. We use baby gated pens instead of those horrible cages and customers are welcome to go backstage and see the grooming room. Hair of the Dog’s spa is a state of the art environment and our very experienced senior staff have a genuine passion for what they do. We also make it our priority to get to know our customers (and their owners!) Our senior groomers record small details about each of the dog’s preferences some, for example prefer particular pens or a certain eyebrow cut. We have many doggie clients who don’t want to leave after their groom!


With such a wide selection of pet paraphernalia how do you choose the products that are sold in Hair of the Dog? This is exactly the point of Hair of the Dog – most of the pet products on the market are, in my opinion, poor quality and not visually pleasing! I aim to provide the best quality alongside gorgeous aesthetics and where possible organic, eco and hypo allergenic. We do buy British where we can but some of our product comes from America, Japan and Germany which is miles ahead of us in the UK in providing this kind of pet product.


Why did you choose Highgate? I grew up in and around Highgate, it is a very dog- friendly community with restaurants that allow our four-legged friends in, has a number of gorgeous parks and woods but also a stylish community that appreciate good quality and design.


Do you support any pet charities? Yes, we have an alliance with All Dogs Matter - a wonderful local dog rescue centre. We personally foster dogs and help to find them a forever home and have fostered for several charities. We also support dog charity events with raffle prizes etc. It is important to us to support and be involved with our local community.


24 HIGHGATE HIGH STREET, HIGHGATE VILLAGE, LONDON N6 5JG TEL: 020 8340 4030


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