Rerooting Tool and Needles
Rerooting Tool and Needles
The Reroot Tool Kit includes:
1) The reroot tool
2) Two pronged, size 8 replacement rerooting needles
3) One larger, regular needle for poking holes in the head
Usage and Care
- Make sure the needle is in the center of the cross of the collet
- Use small plugs of hair. Rooting multiple smaller plugs in one hole rather than using one large plug helps avoid scalp splits and needle breakage
- Use the regular needle in the reroot tool to pre-poke holes to make it easier to insert hair with the rerooting needle or to create new holes in the doll’s head
- Keep the needle length at 1/2” or shorter to avoid bending the needle
- Tighten the tool with pliers rather than by hand to make sure it’s extra secure
- Wipe the needle and collet with rubbing alcohol or acetone to remove any traces of grease or oil that may cause the needle to slip
Needle Size Guide
These are our suggested rerooting needle sizes for most common dolls. The smaller the needle, the more likely it can bend or break, while the larger the needle, the higher the risk of splitting the doll's scalp. The goal is to use the smallest size rerooting needle that's appropriate for your project and if it breaks once in a while, then that's ok. But if your needle is breaking too often, then you may want to consider going with a larger size.
|Needle Size||Suggested Doll|
|4||Very large dolls with thicker heads, 28" and above such as My Size Barbie. For rerooting curls and braids|
|5, 6||LOL OMG, Rainbow High, dolls 14" and above|
|7||My Little Pony, Silkstone Barbies, Monster High, Poppy Parker, Fashion Royalty, Gene, Tonner, and similar dolls with firm heads|
|8||Regular size Barbie dolls, and similar dolls with soft heads|
|9, 10||For very fine rerooting such as hairlines or eyelashes. Can also be used on Reborn Dolls|
With Dollyhair's Rerooting Tool and Rerooting Needles you will see the difference!
Our rerooting tool and needles make it easy to reroot your dolls! The adjustable rerooting tool gives you a lot of versatility to easily switch out the needles for different sizes and purposes as well as change the length of the rerooting needle according to how deep you want the hair to be rooted into the doll's head. And if a needle happens to break (which happens from time to time) simply replace it with a new one. Good thing our tool comes with two replacement rerooting needles!
Here's a guide to using the Dollyhair Rerooting Tool and Needles.
We are using a standard Barbie head so we need the size 8 rerooting needle that comes with the kit. Always make sure to use the right size needle for your project to avoid splitting your doll's scalp or bending the needle.
If you're looking for instructions on the the needle and thread method, you will find them included with the Doll Needle Rerooting Kit.
Begin by removing the doll’s hair. Cut the hair as short as possible and then remove the head. Use narrow pliers or tweezers to pull out the plugs through the neck hole. Once you have a bald doll, paint the head with acrylic paint, using a color that matches the hair to be rooted. Let the paint dry completely.
Note that the head was not painted in this tutorial for better viewing purposes in the photos.
With the regular needle inserted into the tool, poke into the pre-existing holes in the doll's head. Preparing the holes this way makes rerooting a lot easier, especially for harder-headed dolls like Silkstone Barbies or Integrity Toys dolls. The regular needle can also be used to poke new holes into your doll's head if you want to create a new part or a different type of hairstyle.
Separate a small section of hair from the larger hank 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. For us, this is the easiest way.
Still holding the hair between your fingers, bring the hair toward the doll's head, and hold it a few millimeters away from the hole that you intend to root. We recommend starting with the outer holes first and then working towards the center.
Using a rerooting needle with the long prong facing toward the hair (important-see note below), "grab" a small section of hair between the prongs, and drag the small section toward the hole that you intend to root.
To minimize the risk of scalp splits when rooting close holes at the hairline and part line, it's advisable to root the hair with the needle prongs perpendicular to the row of holes.
Push the hair into the hole, and push the needle all the way into the head, until the tool touches the doll's head.
Gently pull the needle out, and voila! You've just rooted your first plug of hair. Repeat steps 5 and 6 until the whole head is rooted.
When your reroot is finished, secure the hair in place with some glue. Squirt a glob of glue into the head, and swab it around with a cotton swab to ensure that all of the hair inside the head has been covered and allow it to dry for 24 hours. We highly recommend Fabri-tac glue because it dries flexible and is waterproof, which is important if you you plan to style your doll’s hair with water!
How much hair do I need?Hair Size Guide
Detailed information about our hair sizes and how much you would need for your project.
Styling Doll HairDoll Hair Types
Learn about the different types of hair and how to style them after rerooting.
Needle Size GuideNeedle Size Guide
A chart of our recommended needle sizes for rerooting dolls.