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Rerooting Dawn's Hair

There are a few methods I have seen, and the one that I have used the most is the knot method, where each plug of hair is secured with a knot on the inside of the head.  Sometimes this creates a headful, but holds well.  Below are slightly modified instructions from a site I once visited on Geocities.  The instructions are included here (instead of a site link) because I cannot get in touch with the owner of that site.  I don't remember the site name, and the e-mail address in the document is no longer valid.  If they are your instructions, please contact me so I can give you proper credit.  (The instruction document was meant for Barbie, but works for Dawn too.)

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Removing Old Hair: If you have a doll you'd like to reroot, you'll have to begin with removing the old hair. To do this, remove the head and cut all hair off close to the scalp. With a pair of needle nose pliers (or tweezers), carefully begin pulling the hair plugs out from inside. This can be time consuming, so be patient!


Needle/Knot method: Thread a needle with about 20 strands of doll hair. Insert the needle on the outside of the scalp. Pull the needle out of the neck hole and remove the hair plug from the eye of the needle. Tie a knot on the plug and pull the hair plug from the other end until you feel tension.  (This method is the one I've used for my Dawns.)

Punch method: To do this method - a special tool is needed. You can make a "puncher" by taking a cheap paint brush and pulling off the brush part - this leaves the handle. Take a medium size needle and clip open the eye of the needle with steel wire cutters by clipping the tip of the eye ONLY. Also clip off the tip of the needle. Take the blunted tip of the needle and glue it into the handle of the paintbrush.  (I have never tried this method.  Have you?)

You need to double over the plug of hair you are using - find the center of the length of hair and hold the hair taunt - thread this into the eye of the needle. Then insert the needle into the hole in the scalp. This can go VERY fast --- the tension from the expanding hair will anchor it into the head. This is not recommended for dolls that will be extensively restyled!

Rooting Patterns: One of the easiest rerooting projects is to reroot into the existing holes. The next easiest project is to reroot only the outside holes along Miss B's forehead creating a circle - then pull this into a ponytail. With the pony tail root, the inside of the scalp is purposely left empty because to root this inner circle would create too much volume for the ponytail (this is the rooting pattern for the original vintage ponytails). To learn about more complicated rooting patterns, try observing the rooting patterns on existing dolls.

Rooting a part: Rooting a part can depend on the method you are using for rerooting. 1) One of the easiest ways to do this if you are using the needle/ knot method is this: root one whole side - then when starting the other side - bring your needle down (or up whatever method you prefer) into the first side. 2) When using the push method or anchor thread method - anchor the strand of hair then divide in half - weave one side to the other so that no scalp is being shown in the part.

Adding Streaks: One of the easiest ways to make changes to your doll's hair is to add streaks. To add streaks, simply add hair plugs in the locations you wish to have a different color.


Thread a needle with about 15 strands of doll hair. Insert the needle at the outer corner of the eye, either on or right below the eyeliner. Pull the needle out of the neck hole and remove the hair plug from the eye of the needle. Tie a knot on the plug and pull the hair plug from the other end until you feel tension. Repeat until you have a complete set of lashes. Remember that even spacing (not too close, not too far - you'll have to test yourself) and a straight line will produce the best results. For Dawn dolls, I find that the lash plugs may be so close to each other that there is almost no spacing. Also, with some dolls that don't have lash holes, just one open slot, it may be necessary to glue the lashes in place. I can try to get some info on this for you if necessary - I have not done it myself, but I think I should try with 2 of my dolls. : ) Trim the lashes to suit your taste!


instructions obtained from previous Geocities site; author unknown.
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Hair for Rerooting

My favorite hair for rerooting is 100% Kanekalon fiber.  It is very silky looking and very straight.  Otherwise, I sometimes use another type of synthetic hair that is not as silky and slightly kinky or wavy.

The Perm

If you want to create a hair-do with curls, you can wrap the hair around whatever works for you (i used toothpicks to do the curls hanging from Longlock's temples) and dip the hair in boiling water for a few seconds.  Then, hold under cold running water for a minute and let dry.  You can create any kind of "perm" for Dawn this way, even to straighten her hair.  This is a great way to fix those dolls with hair that has been "bent" for a long time in storage.

Just be careful not to "frizz" out the hair.  The thinner the Dawn's hair, the less heat you will need.  If you have a doll with thicker, less flexible hair, you will probably want to dip the head/hair when the water is still boiling.  If you have a Japan Dawn with fine hair, you will want to bring the water to a boil and shut the heat off.  Wait a minute or two (longer for electric stoves), then dip the head/hair.

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