Rerooting is a rewarding experience, and dollyhair.com is
happy to help you in your endeavors!
One of the first things you'll want to know
is what exactly your doll's head is made of. If it's soft
vinyl, like a Barbie doll has, you will be able to root
your doll very easily. If your doll's head is made from
a hard substance, your only option may be to glue the hair
onto the head.
You have three options as far as the method
you'll use for your reroot: You can root her with the needle
and thread method, which is described in my , or you
can use the knot method. You can also use my NEW , which
is a much quicker method than both of the others!
The NEW : It consists
of two needles inserted into a wooden dowel, one needle
on each end. The smaller needle has had its eye sawed off
at an angle, in order to create a prong. You would use this
prong to push the hair into the doll's head. The larger
needle is simply a sharp needle, used to poke the holes
into the head in order to widen them for use with the pronged
needle. This is not the most secure method to root your
doll, but it's fairly secure, and you can make it 100% secure
if you're able to remove the doll's head and put a little
bit of glue inside it once your rerot is finished. DO NOT
use krazy glue. It can seep out of the holes and stiffen
your doll's roots, ruining your reroot. I prefer to use
FABRI-TAC glue, made by Beacon Adhesives. I just squirt
a little into the head and swirl it around with a q-tip
to make sure that it gets into every little crevice. NOW,
you may remember that I have always been concerned about
the reroot tool made by other sellers. In fact, I used to
warn people against using it because it can cause scalp
splits. But I started thinking that the theory behind the
design was pretty good. I decided to make a vast improvement
upon the design of the tool, and I started making the tools
myself. The pronged needle on MY reroot tool is VERY small...
small enough not to cause scalp splits. My tool is also
different from other sellers' reroot tools in that it is
double-ended. Like I said, one end has the "standard"
pronged needle, but the other end has a larger, pointed
needle. If you poke through the holes in your doll's head
with the pointed end, you will widen the holes enough to
allow the pronged end to go through without causing scalp
splits. I made my own dolls the "guinea pigs",
and I've tested this tool on three dolls so far: a regular
Barbie, a Silkstone Barbie, and a Tyler Wentworth doll...
ALL of the reroots came out with GREAT success, and NO scalp
splits! AND they went SO MUCH quicker than the needle and
The needle and thread method basically involves
using a threaded needle to pull the plugs of hair into the
doll's head. The plugs are secured by the string, which
runs along the inside of the doll's head, just underneath
the vinyl. The string is NOT visible unless you look inside
the doll's head. The needle and thread method is extremely
easy, extremely secure, and much less time consuming than
the knot method. Also, it is never necessary to use any
glue. You can brush the doll's hair without any concern
about the plugs coming out. If you'd like to order my reroot
kit, which includes illustrated instructions, a needle,
and strong upholstery thread, please .
The knot method is also used by a lot of
doll customizers. It involves threading the hair through
the needle's eye, pulling the needle through the hole, and
knotting one end of the hair plug, which is hidden underneath
the vinyl. Although there is nothing wrong with this method,
per sey, it takes a LOT longer than the needle and thread
method and the reroot tool, and it's not always easy to
thread the hair through the needle's eye. Why waste your
time with this method when there are two other methods that
Both the needle and thread method and the
knot method can only be used if you can remove the doll's
If you are an artist who sculpts dolls out
of polymer clay, the aforementioned is a great
thing for you to use! Just push the hair plugs into the
clay before you bake.
Here is a chart showing the three different
rooting methods, and how they compare against each other:
needle and thread
how fast you can
get your reroot done:
90% secure, but can
be made 100% secure if you put glue inside the head
after your reroot is done.
when you need to
You can use this
method whether or not you can remove the head.
Only can be used
if you can remove the head.
Only can be used
if you can remove the head.
needs glue applied
inside the head after reroot is finished:
Attention clay artists: My nylon hair is
WONDERFUL to use on polymer clay dolls because it will withstand
the heat of your oven. To find out more about this, please
read the following testimonials:
Tina. I received your three samples (saran, nylon, and regular
hair) to test for heat resistance. The results were very
interesting. I baked all three samples at the same time
(in fact, I didn't even take them off the card.) They were
baked at 250 degrees (Fahrenheit) for 20 minutes. The results:
The saran shrivelled up about 1/2 inch. (That's pretty dramatic
considering that the sample was about 2 inches long--so
about 25% shrinkage.) It also got kinda of krinkly. The
regular hair didn't shrink but it lost its luster and shine.
The nylon hair didn't shrink and, as far as I can tell,
it appears to have maintained its shine and luster. So,
just as soon as I get to it, I'm going to be ordering some
of the nylon hair to use in a full fledged test (on a figurine)!
Thanks for sending me the test pieces. You are welcome to
share this information with your customers." Sincerely
had to let you know that the nylon hair withstood a full
1 hour bake at 225f (which is the temperature and time at
which I bake my cernit dolls) without shrinking or distorting.
Additionally, the same hair still responded beautifully
to a boil perm! I'm off to your site to place my order,
thanx!!!!!!!" - Eileen Sterbach
Additionally, here is a general testimonial
about the nylon hair:
Tina. I wanted to share with you some pics of my Jem doll
which I re-rooted with Nylon hair I purchased from you.
:) The Nylon hair is the closest hair I have found to Jem
hair, so I am really happy with it! It is a touch different
to the original modacrylic Jem hair, as the nylon is shinier,
but still so close. You can even curl it with a curling
iron which is great! I like that it is not as heavy as saran
and it doesn't go static when brushing, so I just can't
say enough great things about it. :):) I have shared my
photos with some other Jem pals that also re-root dolls,
so they will know the best place to purchase this hair and
I will recommend it to any other people I come across wanting
hair for Jem dolls. You are welcome to use this pictures
on your site to show how the hair looks on a Jem doll if
you like. :) The pic of two dolls is the comparison of a
Jem doll with her original hair. Thanks again for such great
hair for my dolls. I have a Roxy to do next with the 'Virgin
Snow' and I will very soon be ordering more colors."