Sunday, 12 August 2012

How to Reroot Dolls Hair Part Two

Months ago I began a tutorial (of sorts) on how to reroot a dolls hair which for some reason I never finished so its about time to!

These are three old Sindys, two from the 1980s and the middle one from the early 1970s that have all been scrubbed up and given new hair for various reasons (bald patches, missing hair etc.)

If you take a look at my previous guide (above) I was just at the stage to begin rerooting. A dolls hair had been removed and the new hair was ready to be inserted so I'll continue from there.
1) The hair usually comes in a long piece (hank) which you can cut in half or three depending on the length you want the hair. I usually cut in half, this leaves the hair long and makes it a lot easier to work with. So cut the hair in half and seperate it into sections. Divide again into smaller sections to make it easier to work with. Once you have a smaller section in hand you can dip the end in water to seperate. If you look at the picture above from right to left, the right is half the entire hank of hair, next is about a third of the hair, then you have a smaller piece to work with  (end has been dipped in water) and finally a small piece through the needle.

2) A tricky part when you are starting out rerooting is figuring how much hair to thread into the needle to fill each hole. Add to this, the existing holes on the dolls head are usually different sizes so you will have to change amounts to suit each one. Some of the hair types (nylon, saran etc.) are different in thickness. You will get used to this very quickly. Seperate some hair and thread it through the needle just as you would in sewing.
The needle is then pushed through a hole in the dolls head. I do this from the outside in.

You will get used to how much hair to put into each hole very quickly. It should slide in easily and should fill the gap nicely (not too bulky or too thin)
You can then use your long-handled tweezers to pull the needle out the other side. Pull through just enough so you can tie a not in end. If you pull to quickly or too much it will just all come out the other side and you'll have to start again!

Tie a small knot and then trim the end. When I first started I think I added about three knots to the end of each piece in case the knot would come loose but this just makes for a lot of bulk inside the head. So a small knot is enough.

Part three to follow soon.
I hope this was useful!

All the best,

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