How to Make Synthetic Doll Hair (part 2)

Step 4. Press a sewing needle to the glue.

Place a sewing needle along the glue line you have just applied before the tacky glue gets dried. It helps to pinch the synthetic hair together under the needle. You should pinch the hair as close to the needle as possible. This process helps to force the glue to seep through the hair and glues all the strands of hair together at the center. Keep the needle there until the glue dries.

  • Once again, because this may be difficult to do on your own while you have to hold the hair in one hand, and the needle in the other, you should ask a friend for help.

Step 5. Remove the sewing needle.

When the glue is dry, remove the needle carefully by sliding it out from the hair bundle. After having removed the needle, you can flip the hair over. You should have two distinctive halves of hair with a dip in the center where the needle has been.

  • As with the previous steps, you can ask a friend for help with this one. It is helpful and easier for you to do if you have a friend hold the hair in the right place while you slide the needle out.

Step 6. Glue the hair to the doll’s head.

Use hot glue for fabric dolls and tacky glue for plastic dolls. Don’t use too much glue because it may seep through the hair, creating knots in the hair. Apply a thin glue line to the center of the doll’s head. Press the hair’s center strip to this glue line and keep it pressed there till the glue dries.

Lift up one side of the hair at this part and apply a thin glue line, spreading it around the side of the head. Just use a tiny bit of glue. Repeat this method on the other side of the doll’s hair.

Press all the hair down so that the glue can bond to it.

Step 7. Style your doll hair.

Style your doll’s hair however you want. You can braid it, curl it, cut it shorter, or put it in a ponytail.

How to Make Synthetic Doll Hair (part 1)

Step 1. Remove the synthetic hair from the bag. This may be difficult because the synthetic hair is fine and sometimes tangled or bunched up when being packaged. Remove the small bunches of hair slowly at a time, smooth them out when you go, and remove any fuzzy bits.

  • You should use your fingers periodically, or even a doll comb, to comb through the tangled bits of the synthetic hair because it can get tangled easily.
  • Keep removing each small hair bunches and smooth them out until you have a long line of hair.

Step 2. Cut the synthetic hair to the length you desire. When you have removed and sorted the synthetic hair, you can cut the hair to the length that is appropriate for your doll. Cut it to the length that you desire. Because the hair will drape over the head of your doll, you should cut the hair to double the length of the doll’s hair that you want.

  • Synthetic hair may be difficult to cut because it’s usually unwieldy to handle. Therefore, you should dampen the hair to make it stay together more, helping you better judge where to cut.

Step 3. Apply glue to the center of the hair of your doll. Tightly wrap the hair strands around your pointer and middle finger. You should wrap the hair so that the hair’s midpoint is resting on your index finger. Then vertically apply a thin layer of tacky glue across the center of the strands. You should cover as many strands as you can.

  • If you have to struggle to move the glue in a straight line, ask somebody else to do this part for you. It may be hard for you to hold the doll’s hair with one hand and maneuver the tacky glue with the other.