Hair rooting complete! I used toyokalon hair for the rooting. Which I picked up at Sally’s beauty supply. It’s pretty easy to style, plus I already had it from rooting a doll, and it was black so… You can also use saran which comes in many different color.
Since doll customizing has gotten popular, there are now a ton of rooting tutorials. One of my favorite sources for 1/6 doll customization is http://milkshakemelody.com/. Check out her other tutorials for more help with decals and other rooting and customization techniques.
A few tips that work for me…
- Use a rooting tool! The very first head I did I used a needle. This is where you take your plugs of hair and thread it through the eye of a needle. I found it to be extremely tedious. You can find rooting tools all over the internet. Doll supply sites, eBay, and http://www.dollmore.net/ to name a few.
- Stuff the head! This helps in a couple different ways. One is so that you don’t cave the head and have a huge hole where you did plugs to close together. Another reason is that when you are putting the plugs in you don’t want to accidentally have your tool or needle poke through the dolls cheek. This would be bad , very, very bad. T_T
Draw a line for your part, or bangs if you plan on having them. It helps so that you don’t accidently root in a spot wear you will have to criss cross the plugs.
- Pay attention to the needle direction. If you are doing plugs for hair that is on the back of the head, you do not want to point the needle from the top of the head. This can be fixed a little after styling but it looks much nicer when the hair is going in the right direction.
And… that’s all for today folks! I’m going to be doing a hair styling tutorial so stay tuned!!! ^_^