So... a competitor is now trying to sell the tool and needles that Dollyhair has been selling for many years, and at the same exact prices for which Dollyhair sells them! I am pretty irked by the fact that I even need to address this problem, and that a competitor is selling something without any care that it can ruin customers' art projects. I don't want the competitor's product to influence customers' opinions, and cause customers to assume that Dollyhair's product is the same. It's not. Please do not be fooled into buying tools/needles sold elsewhere. Why? Because the reroot tool needles sold elsewhere are just needles whose eyes are snipped off crudely, by toenail clippers! Not only can you do that yourself at home, but the prongs of the competitor's needles are not sharpened, thereby making the needles less able to get inserted into a doll's head without breaking, and thereby making it much more likely that you're going to end up splitting your doll's scalp. By contrast, the needles sold at Dollyhair.com offer SHARPENED prongs. This cannot be accomplished without a special tooling machine, and without the skilled hands of an artist operating the tooling machine. It's really not ethical to charge customers $1.00 apiece for needles whose eyes are snipped off by toenail clippers, is it? But there's a reason why Dollyhair charges $1.00 per needle - our needles are special. Buy Dollyhair's tool, and you will see the difference - needles which have both prongs nicely sharpened, which means needles that glide into your doll's head easily, are less likely to cause your doll's head to split, and will last you a much longer time.
Additionally, the tool is meant to be held in your hand the same way that you would hold a pencil. Therefore, there is no need for any type of wooden knob on the end of the tool. It simply doesn't serve any purpose, because there is never any need for you to touch the end of the tool. If the needle doesn't glide into the head without you having to apply pressure to the end of the tool, then your needle is not sharp enough.
Here is the tool. The design of the tool changes from time to time, so the tool that you receive may not look exactly like the one pictured below. But functionally, it will be exactly the same:
This metal reroot tool can be taken apart. It consists of a collet, a chuck, a handle, and the end piece.
The tighter you screw the chuck onto the handle, the more tightly the collet will hold the needle in place. You can loosen the chuck and push the pronged needle into the tool more deeply, or you can pull the needle out further, so this gives you a lot of versatility, as far as how deeply you want the hair to be rooted into the doll's head. If you unscrew the collet, you can pull the pronged needle out completely and change it out with the pointed needle, or with a new pronged needle if you happen to break the old needle! So, sometimes you'll be using the pointed needle, and sometimes you'll be using the pronged needle. The reroot tool kit comes with three pronged needles You'll use this pronged needle to push the hair into the doll's head. The reroot tool kit also comes with one larger needle - it's simply a sharp needle, used to poke the holes into the head in order to widen them before you root the hair with the pronged needle. After your reroot, you can make the hair 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. We are also selling Fabri-Tac glue below. Please scroll down to buy it. I just squirt a little glue into the head and swirl it around with a q-tip to make sure that it gets into every little crevice.
Don't forget to scroll all the way down the page so you can see the tutorial on how to use the tool!
REROOT TOOL KIT:
Inevitably, your pronged needles will break once in a while. That's why the kit includes two replacement needles. Obviously, you will need to remove the broken needle from the tool. Just unscrew the chuck a little bit, pull the broken needle out, place a new needle inside the tool, and screw the chuck to to tighten it around the new needle.
You can order additional replacement needles for $1.00 apiece by clicking below:
REROOT TOOL REPLACEMENT NEEDLE:
You can now choose from varying sizes
of needles! The reroot tool normally comes with standard
size 8 needles. If you find that the size 8 needles aren't
right for your project, then you have the option of ordering
smaller or larger needles! Remember, the smaller your
needle is, the more chance there is of the needle breaking
while doing your reroot. However, the larger the needle,
the more chance you'll have of splitting your doll's head
open. So the idea that you're shooting for is to use the
smallest size needle that's appropriate for your project,
and if it breaks once in a while, then that's ok. If your
needle is breaking very often, then you may want to consider
going with a larger size. Size 10 needles are appropriate for
only the finest reroots, where you want to make sure that
the holes poked into the doll's head aren't visible. Reborn
baby dolls, for instance, would fall into this category.
Size 4 needles would be appropriate for very large dolls
with thick vinyl heads, like a My Size Barbie doll, for
instance. Regular Barbie dolls should be rooted
with standard size 8 needles, while Tonner/Gene dolls
and Silkstone Barbies would probably be better off with
size 7 needles.Size 7 needles are also the most appropriate
for My Little Ponies. These are just my suggestions, and
you should use whatever size you feel most comfortable
You can now choose from varying sizes of needles! The reroot tool normally comes with standard size 8 needles. If you find that the size 8 needles aren't right for your project, then you have the option of ordering smaller or larger needles! Remember, the smaller your needle is, the more chance there is of the needle breaking while doing your reroot. However, the larger the needle, the more chance you'll have of splitting your doll's head open. So the idea that you're shooting for is to use the smallest size needle that's appropriate for your project, and if it breaks once in a while, then that's ok. If your needle is breaking very often, then you may want to consider going with a larger size.
Size 10 needles are appropriate for only the finest reroots, where you want to make sure that the holes poked into the doll's head aren't visible. Reborn baby dolls, for instance, would fall into this category. Size 4 needles would be appropriate for very large dolls with thick vinyl heads, like a My Size Barbie doll, for instance.
Regular Barbie dolls should be rooted with standard size 8 needles, while Tonner/Gene dolls and Silkstone Barbies would probably be better off with size 7 needles.Size 7 needles are also the most appropriate for My Little Ponies.
These are just my suggestions, and you should use whatever size you feel most comfortable with.
You can also order Fabri-Tac glue, the best glue you'll ever use, by clicking below. Put a little bit of this glue inside the doll's head after your reroot is finished to ensure a 100% secure hold, and swab it around with a q-tip.
Fabri-Tac Glue :
1 oz. bottle of glue
one 1 oz. bottle of glue
Look below to see the illustrated tutorial which shows you how to use the reroot tool. REMEMBER, the tutorial below shows the OLD reroot tool. HOWEVER, YOU will receive the NEW, METAL reroot tool, and the metal reroot tool is used EXACTLY the same way as the old tool.
(click the photos to see them close-up)
You can also click HERE to see the Youtube video tutorial from My Froggy Stuff!
|Step 1: Select your doll, and remove her hair. This can be done easily by cutting her hair as short as possible, and then removing the head and pulling the plugs out with small pliers or tweezers, going in through the neck hole. Once you have a bald doll, paint her head with acrylic paint, using the same color paint as the hair to be rooted. I didn't paint the head for the tutorial because I wanted the hair and the head to have contrasting colors for better viewing purposes in the photos.|
|Step 2) Here's the reroot tool. In the photo, it's the old wooden tool that we iused to sell, so it looks a bit different. But it's used the same way as the new metal tool. Notice that it has two different needles, one on each end. One end is pronged, and the other is pointed. NOTE: The NEW METAL TOOL will COME WITH a pointed needle, but you'll have to remove the pronged needle from the tool in order to insert the pointed needle.|
|Step 3) Notice that the pronged needle consists of a long prong and a short prong.|
|Step 4) Using the pointed needle, poke into the pre-existing holes in the doll's head. This is not necessary for the softer-headed dolls, like Barbie (but it never hurts to do it), but it makes your reroot a LOT easier if you're rerooting one of the harder-headed dolls, like a Silkstone Barbie or Tonner doll. The pointed end can also be used to poke new holes into your doll's head, if you want to create a new part, for instance, or a different type of hairstyle.|
Step 5) Separate a small section of hair from the larger hank (because rooting the entire hank at once will increase your chance of getting tangles), and hold it between your fingers. You will want to hold it between your fingers like this: Your index finger and your middle finger will grasp the top part of the hair, while your ring finger and thumb will grasp the bottom part of the hair (see photo). Trust me, this is the easiest way.
|Step 6) Still holding the hair between your fingers like I suggested in step 5, bring the hair toward the doll's head, and hold it a few millimeters away from the specific hole that you intend to root.|
|Step 7) Using the pronged needle, and with the long prong facing toward the hair (important), "grab" a small section of hair between the prongs, and drag the small section toward the hole that you intend to root.|
|Step 8) Push the hair into the hole, and push the needle all the way into the head, until the metal chuck touches the doll's head.|
|Step 9) Pull the needle out, and voila! You've just rooted your first plug of hair. Repeat steps 7 and 8 until the whole head is rooted. When your reroot is finished, it's a very good idea to put a little glue inside the head so that the hair will not come out when brushed. DO NOT use krazy glue. It can seep out through the hair holes because krazy glue is not viscous enough (it's too watery), which will harden the hair. I prefer to use Fabri-Tac glue, which is very viscous. You may order Fabri-Tac glue from this website, if you wish. Scroll up to add it to your cart. Elmer's glue should be fine, too, but remember that Elmer's is water soluble even when it's dry (boil permers beware), so Fabri-Tac is the best choice, because once it's dry, water won't affect it at all. Just squirt a glob of glue into the head, and swab it around with a q-tip to ensure that all of the hair inside the head has been covered in glue. REMEMBER- allow the glue to dry for 24 hours before brushing the doll's hair (you don't want the hairbrush to pull any of the hair out), and before putting the doll's head back onto the body. Some dolls' plastic bodies are affected by the fumes of Fabri-Tac glue, and the fumes can actually eat away at the plastic neck knob and cause damage if you put the head on the body before the glue is dry.|
IMPORTANT: When rooting holes that are very close together, like they are at the hairline and the part line, you can GREATLY reduce your chances of scalp splits if you root the head in a certain way: make sure that the prongs of the needle are perpendicular to the line of close holes. Please see the photos below.