There is lots of conflicting information out there about rerooting so I thought I may be able to help clear up a few things!
Rerooting hair requires sturdy materials. The biggest challenge is to find a good needle. It must be fairly thick, the needle must be long and open but without making the needle to wide as this will stretch or even rip your holes. I use specialized doll needles but tapestry or canvas needles are just as good.
How do you know how much hair you need for a hair plug? The best guage is to take a look at your doll or pony and see how thick the original plugs are. Spending a little time on the preparation really pays off, you don't want to have the hair plugs to thin and have your doll look half bald by the time you are finished, and on the flip side, too much hair means that the hair will not lie nicely against the head and will stand on end!!
What hair should I use? There are many types but by far the best products on the market are Saran and Nylon. Please see my FAQ's page for more information on these 2 types of hair ^_^
The 4 most popular methods for rerooting are the knot method, sewing method, lock and loop and using the reroot tool.
The Knot Method.
Create your hair plugs by tying a tight knot at one end (some people tie the knot in the middle)
After you have prepared your pile of hair, thread your first plug into the needle. The aim is to get all the loose ends through the needle. leaving the ends on one side and the knot on the other.
Once threaded, stick the needle through the first hole. It is best to work from bottom to top. Push the needle through with a thimble. If it is difficult to pull out, grab it with the pliers and pull it out with a slight twist. If the needle comes out but the ends of the hair are still inside (making a loop) pull the hair out gently. Move on the the next plug, threading until you have a complete head of hair.
You may wish to secure the plugs inside using a dab of glue. I use Appliglue or Fabri-Tac as these are fully washable up to 40 degrees, great for washing and restyling should you wish. DO NOT USE SUPERGLUE! It dries hard and crusty which is not good for soft vinyl dolly heads!
The Sewing Method.
This involves "sewing" your doll hair in via alternate plugs. This is like a simple running stitch only using hair!
After you have threaded the hair through your needle, push the needle through one hole and out another, leaving one hole free inbetween. This should leave you with 2 hair plugs. Then thread up your needle again and push through the free hole you left from before, and then out another, again leaving a hole free.
You will see that the second stitch holds in the first.
Again, once you are finished, you may wish to secure the plugs inside using a dab of glue. I use Appliglue or Fabri-Tac as these are fully washable up to 40 degrees. DON NOT USE SUPERGLUE! I cannot stress this enough! It dries hard and crusty which is not good for soft vinyl dolly heads :-)
Lock and Loop Technique.
This is particularly popular method for using on Blythe dolls as the scalp is detachable so it is very easy to see what you are doing! It can be used on any doll or figure no matter how large or small!
This method will give you a factory perfect reroot, however, if rerooting a My Little Pony PLEASE mark your custom somewhere discreetly to avoid uscrupulous sellers passing it off as a genuine variant. Most people either carve a little "C" on the underside of the hoof or sign the underside of the hoof using a permenant marker. This way you avoid any future problems without compromising how your pony will look on display.
The Lock and Loop technique is similar to the sewing method although it takes it a step further.
Fold your hair plug gently in half at the middle point. Thread this middle loop through the eye of your needle (or using a 1.00 mm crochet hook to pull the plug through at the mid point works very well for Blythe scalps) and push from the outside in. Pull through until you have your "loop" of hair on the inside of the scalp. Leave this loop and thread another plug using the same method as described in the first stage.
As you pull your second loop through, pass it through your first loop. Then gently pull your first hair plug back and you will see that the first plug "loop" pulls tight against your second loop, thus being held securely in place.
There is no need to glue once you have finished your reroot, however, I always like to play it safe so again, add a dab of glue if you so wish.
The Reroot "Tool"
This has to be one of the most hotly contested methods of rerooting. Lots of people say not to use it as it is not secure, the hair will fall out etc
This is NOT TRUE! If you use the tool correctly and follow my method below, you will have no troubles.
Gather a strand of hair (half the thickness of your desired plug) and fold it in half over your finger. Use the rerooting needle to gather the hair at the center point. Hold the hair tightly within the needles fork. Push the fork through the hole and let go ~ ta darrr! One hair plug ^_^
Now for the all important bit that many people ignore. This is why the Tool has such bad press!!
Use a dab glue to secure the hair from the inside. You MUST do this when using the tool otherwise the hair will simply pull out again once it is brushed.
You can make your own tool using a needle, some dowel (or a pencil with no lead in it) to act as a handle and some strong glue.
Cut the eye of the needle at an angle so you are left with 2 prongs, one slightly longer than the other. Place the other end of the needle into your dowel and secure with glue. Done! Easy peasy! ^_^
Nylon reroots using (from left to right) Butterscotch Nylon, Pumpkin Spice Nylon & Tigerlilly Nylon
All 4 of these methods are good and absolutely fine to use for rerooting. It is up to you to experiment and find out which method YOU are most comfortable using.
Once you have finished your reroot, spend a little time with the styling of the hair. It gives your doll / pony that finishing touch and makes it look more professional. You dont want to go to all the effort of rerooting to have it look like a birds nest!!
I hope this helps you!
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