you're looking to reroot other dolls, here's the information
you need in order to know how much hair to purchase!
of the information below is also covered in a detailed,
illustrated tutorial on THIS
PAGE. If you read both the tutorial and the information
below, you should be very well-versed on the subject of
dolls have a head circumference of 8", but they have
very high foreheads, so they generally need only as much
hair as a doll with a 6" circumference head would usually
need, UNLESS you're one of those people who likes to root
their plugs really thickly. Therefore, a Blythe doll will
need somewhere between-one-and-a-half to two Barbie-size
Playpal dolls also have head circimferences of 8",
but since Patti dolls are so tall, most people prefer to
give them long hair, and most people like to use the 38"
hanks, which result in Patti's hair being 19" long
after she's been rooted. If you want Patti doll to have
19" long hair, you will need to buy eight 38"
hanks to reroot her.
how this information is calculated: you'll need to measure
the circumference around the doll's head, in inches. If
you measure right above the eyebrows and around the head
with a measuring tape, horizontally, you'll get the circumference.
Barbie hank is enough to root a doll with a 4 inch circumference
head, which is what Barbie has, so if your doll had a head
that's 12 inches in circumference, for instance, then you
would need 3 Barbie hanks. (3 hanks x 4 inches per hank
= 12 inches of doll head).
Gene has a head that's 5 inches in circumference, so if
you had a doll whose head was 10 inches in circumference,
you would need two Gene hanks to root your doll. (2 hanks
x 5 inches per hank = 10 inches of doll head).
length of the hanks would still be the same, and remember
that you will be folding these hanks in half when you root
the doll, so the doll's hair will be half this length: short=
6.3 inches (so the doll's hair will be 3.15 inches long),
medium= 9.5 inches (so the doll's hair will be 4.75 inches
long), and long= 19 inches (so the doll's hair will be 9.5
a bit of information that you may need: When someone orders
a hank from me, I spin the hair around my spinning machine
a certain number of times. The hank, after it's spun, is
always 38 inches long to begin with. This is the longest
length hank I can produce. A Barbie medium length hank has
less hair than a Barbie long length hank, obviously. So
let's take the Barbie medium length hank for instance: normally
the full 38 inch hank is cut in half, and then in half again.
The finished hank is 9.5 inches long. The Barbie long length
hank, on the other hand, is spun twice as many times around
the spinning machine, and then the 38 inch hank is only
cut in half once. So the finished hank is 19 inches long.
Although the medium hank is shorter than the long hank,
they are both the same width, or thickness. In other words,
both hanks give you the same number of hairs, but the hairs
themselves are shorter in the medium length hank.
if you need your doll's hair to be LONGER than 9.5 inches,
here's what you'd need to do: I'll send you the hanks in
their full 38 inch lengths, which is the longest length
my spinning machine can produce, and you can cut the hanks
as you see fit. For instance: Let's say that your doll has
a head that's 12 inches in circumference, but you want her
to have very long hair. I can send you the full 38 inch
hank and you don't have to cut the hank in half at all.
Then, after rooting your doll, she will have hair that's
19 inches long! Of course, you would need twice the normal
amount of hair, so instead of buying 3 Barbie long hanks,
you would need to buy 6.
that you understand how this works, you understand that
if you order a Barbie medium length hank from me but ask
me to send it in its full, uncut 38 inch length, the 38
inch "medium" hank will be HALF as wide as the
38 inch "long" hank. Why? Because in order to
have enough hair to root Barbie's head, the medium length
hank is intended to be cut in half 2 times while the long
hank is intended to be cut in half 1 time, and if you don't
cut the hanks at all then the medium hank will not be as
wide as the long hank.
this information further, if you were to take the Barbie
long length hank in its full 38 inches and not cut it at
all, and if you were to root a Barbie doll with it, Barbie's
hair would end up being very long (19 inches) but you would
only have enough hair to root half her head, and
half her head is 2 inches.
conclusion, a BARBIE LONG HANK, in its full 38 inches, if
you don't cut it at all, is enough hair for a doll whose
head is 2 inches in circumference. A BARBIE MEDIUM HANK,
in its full 38 inches, if you don't cut it at all, is enough
hair for a doll whose head is 1 inch in circumference.
this information, you can now figure out how many 38 inch
hanks you'd need for your doll, if you want your doll to
have hair that's 19 inches long. For instance, if your doll's
head is 6 inches in circumference and you want her to have
hair that's 19 inches long, you would need to buy either
THREE Barbie long hanks (3 hanks x 2 inches per hank = 6
inches of doll head) or SIX Barbie medium hanks (6 hanks
x 1 inch per hank = 6 inches of doll head). Obviously, the
long hanks are a slightly better value for your money, so
you would want to opt for the long hanks.
save money, you can incorporate the knot method when you
root your doll. The knot method is just as secure as the
needle and thread method, but I don't like it because it
takes a lot longer to do. In the interest of saving money,
however, you can use it. Here's an example of how this method
can help you:
a 38 inch hank from me, and cut ONE THIRD off, which would
be 12.6 inches. This leaves you with one length that is
12.6 inches long, and one length which is 25.3 inches long.
You can take the 25.3 inch lengths and root them with the
needle and thread method, which is the easiest method and
goes very quickly, and then for the 12.6 inch hair you will
have to root it with the knot method, where you don't fold
it in half and you just knot the end of the hair that's
inside the doll's head. This would give your doll hair that's
12.6 inches long, once she's rooted. Obviously, if you were
to do it this way, you would need to buy slightly more hair,
but the plus side of it would be that the doll's hair would
end up being longer.
you have any other questions or if this information is confusing
to you in any way, all you need to do is
and send me the following
information: 1) the circumference, in inches, around your
doll's head. 2) The length, in inches, you want your doll's
hair to be AFTER she's been rooted. I will e-mail you and
let you know exactly what you'll need to order, and this
way we can make sure that you don't end up spending extra
money on hair that you don't need.
you place an order and would like the hanks sent to you
in their full, uncut 38 inch length, all you have to do
is this: along with your order, in the optional message
area that's presented to you when you check out through
the shopping cart, write me a note and ask for 38 inch hanks.
That's all you need to do. You can ask for anything else
as well and I will always do my best to honor your request
whenever possible, however unique your request may be.