Do you have a pin brush you recommend? And a comb too? So you say comb through first and then brush? I should mention he didn't really have any mats (by feel or looks). Do you spray before combing and brushing?He is very cute and it is nice to have some length on them for styling. I have a couple of thoughts, first, remember your pup has a hair coat, not a fur coat, so it is much more like brushing your own hair if it has any tangles.
You may want to consider giving him a more poodley clean face. Right now Javelin needs a groom and even though his face is pretty clean he has a couple of spots along his lip line that have food stuck in them (I hate that).
I am not a huge fan of slicker brushes. I like pin brushes better. I also comb before brushing. Don't bathe if there are tangles as they will tend to get tighter/worse.
So we just love the longer facial hair! He's just so much cuter with it! Should I be washing his face every day? He's got a little bit of tear staining and tiny bit around mouth.