You encounter dolls with messy or cut hair. For a long time I thought there is nothing you could do about it, maybe cut the hair and make a wig? Until I encountered the term “reroot”. So, if the scalp is undamaged, you can actually root new hair on dolls!
I’m too new to this to even try giving out tutorials, but just go to youtube and type doll hair reroot tutorial and you’ll have plenty to choose.
My first reroot poke! Aww, baby pictures 😛
Meet Heath, The Monster High boy doll who has awesome face sculpture, but awful plastic hair and freaky paintjob. Also, look how the hair was already coming off, having huge gaps around it even fresh out of package! This was a double pack with Abbey, and Abbey’s hair was also covered in glue, she smelled really really bad, like that toxic lacque you put on your patio furniture! straight out of package. Heath also has awful “bruises” on his hand from a prop that don’t come off because they’ve already been absorbed to the plastic 😦 I did actually send an email about these faults to the retailer/importer, but no reply has come and it’s been months. I am not assuming money back since I already decided to customize them, but I wouldn’t like giving icky, faulty toys to a child.
I did not even have to use warm water, his haircap just came off with simple pulling
This is my first re-root tool! Used wire cutters to cut the tip of the needle loop off, poked it inside a spiderman pencil. Woohoo, macgyver fixes. I will most likely invest in a better one, but I didn’t feel like spending the money before I tried out if it’s worth the effortor should I just use some other method.
Also, I did not invest in doll hair… I thought some old extensions would work as a rehearse. I’m also a bit in a recession money wise at the moment… and since my hair is different color now anyway, why not use it. This dolls vinyl was so soft, that did not need to poke holes beforehand, just poking with the tool.
Such mane. Reroot tool is beyond repair, but it did last just and just this one reroot 😛
And here’s the unfortunate Abbey that came with Heath, had chipped paint, awful glue seepage and a bad smell right out of box. (I should make a post all about her… she’s been through a lot) Now with a huge mane I’ve yet to style… using natural blonde kanekalon from a “neck tail” extension I used to wear to add to 18th century hairdos when my hair was too short, and some white streaks.
The infamous CAM create-a-monster Cat. It’s pink, it’s bald, it’s factory face paint is weird. Also, the ears are not part of her head sculpt, but are meant to be clip on to her wig, but the wig doesn’t have suitable spots made for the ears and the result is sloppy! What!
First of all, she needed her ears set in and hair. I clipped the excess on the original attachment, poked holes in her head and put ears in them. Did use glue, realized it does not hold if you squeeze the head. I don’t know why anyone would go on squeezing their dolls heads, but I still wanted to make sure the ears don’t come off if someone should actually do that, so to keep them in place, I actually glued the root of the ears also to the hair.
And the hair? Surely now I’d gone and get some doll hair? Umm… this was another old ponytail extension… synthetic, but slightly thinner than kanekalon. – omg I change my hair color like socks…
And the awful CAM cat? It is now a love child of the Pink Panther and Marsupilami!
I know I should make feature posts of each dolls… and actually finish Abbey and Heath… not enough hours in a day.