Best In Show: Backstage Beauty From The Westminster Dog Show

Photographer Matthew Munson


On a cold, grey morning in February, the masses gathered at Manhattan’s Pier 94 to celebrate one common love—and for once, it wasn’t fashion. By trains, planes, and automobiles, they came in hordes. Two-legged, four-legged, all here for one reason: The 143rd Westminster Dog Show. Passing through a tented doorway and past a group of chain-smoking judges, I entered into the throes of a previously unknown world. Dog-lovers mingled with breeders and lifetime groomers, Westminster veterans with first-time-competitors in a scene I can only describe as heavenly chaos.  

 

I expected that tensions backstage would be high. I expected that the French Bulldog would be a crowd favorite, as would the Longhaired Dachshund with its too-short-too-cute legs. What I didn’t expect was the next level grooming fit for a philocalist. To my right, a King Charles Cavalier sat dutifully in the wind of a small hairdryer as a groomer took a round brush to her long ears, getting out every kink and curl. To my left stood an Afghan Hound whose side part and enigmatic stare was the spitting image of Fabio on the cover of a Medieval romance novel.

 

Visual stimulants aside, the beauty tips were insane. Below, the best backstage looks and the products to make it all happen.

 

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N:P BEAUTIFUL

Flat Iron

$249

SACHAJUAN

Straight and Shine Spray, 6.7 oz./ 200 mL

$33

MASON PEARSON

Pocket Mixture Bristle Hair Brush

$105
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ORIBE

Swept-Up Volume Powder Spray

$42

MASON PEARSON

Tail Comb

$26

ANASTASIA BEVERLY HILLS

Brow Scissors

$22.5
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SALLY HERSHBERGER

24K Golden Touch Nourishing Dry Oil 125ml

$40

LEONOR GREYL

Masque a L’Orchidee (Nourishing Mask for Very Dry, Thick, or Frizzy Hair), 7.0 oz./ 200 mL

$65

SACHAJUAN

Shine Serum, 1.0 oz./ 30 mL

$33
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SALLY HERSHBERGER

24K Teasing Brush

$25
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OUAI HAIRCARE

Curl Shampoo, 10 oz./ 300 mL

$28

OUAI HAIRCARE

Curl Conditioner, 8.4 oz./ 250 mL

$26

GHD

Soft Curl Iron

$199
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PHYTO

Phytolisse Ultra Glossing Finishing Serum, Size 1.7 oz

$30
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FRÉDÉRIC MALLE

Portrait Of A Lady Hair Mist/3.38 oz.

$215

MASON PEARSON

Detangler All Nylon Hair Brush

$110

ORIBE

Ultra Gentle Conditioner, 6.8 oz.

$38
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