NOTICE: 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:
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.
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)
|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.