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.

 

How to Make Yarn Doll Hair (part 3)

Step 7. Repeat this process with less yarn. You need to redo this process one more time. But you should stop winding the yarn after having moved about 1 – 2 inch across the DVD case.

Then, if you have any trouble keeping the yarn in place with your fingers, secure the end of the yarn by using a piece of scotch tape.

Remember to wind the yarn around the case, use tape to secure the smooth edges, and cut the yarn by tucking a pair of scissors under the notch in the DVD case.

When you’ve finished, secure the strands with tissue paper and sew down.

Step 8. Glue the larger piece of doll’s hair to your doll’s head. Grab the larger piece of your sewn bunch of yarn hair. Remember that it has a part which runs roughly 3 – 3.5 inches in length. Prepare your hot glue gun. When the glue is hot enough, put a line of glue down on the seam you have just made and then press it to the head’s top center of your doll. Hold it until the glue gets dried. After that, you can flip over the hair and enjoy your finished doll hair.

If glue cannot hold the hair in the exact place you want and if your doll is fabric, you can sew the hair directly to the doll’s head. Then take an extra piece of yarn and backstitch the hair to the top of the head of your doll by using a long needle. It is more helpful to go over the seam twice.

If you’re making yarn hair for a plastic doll, you may want to use tacky glue instead of hot glue. However, remember that synthetic hair seems to look better on plastic dolls.

Step 9. Add a side part with the smaller strand. Take your smaller strand of hair with the part running 1 – 2 inches in length. Repeat the same process with the larger part. However, slightly place the part to the right or left of the center of your doll’s scalp to create a side part as well as to add some layers to the hair of your doll.

Step 10. Style your doll hair. You can braid the hair, paint the hair, cut the hair, make a ponytail, or do anything else you want. You can just leave it how it is if you don’t want to style it.

How to make Brushed Mohair Wig for dolls

If you have decided the recipient for your dolls’ hair, you can consider the hairstyle which is most suitable for their personality. Here is the instruction to make Brushed Mohair Wig style for your dolls.

When you choose the mohair style, there are two things you must consider: whether to use the bouclé mohair which gives your doll a more curly look or to use the long-staple mohair which creates the fluffy cap for her.

If you choose the fluffy cap, you will create a “hat” that fits your doll quite snuggly. There are two ways you can choose to do this: knit it or crochet it,.

I usually crochet the caps, but other doll makers may choose to knit them with the same results. Then you can brush it with a wire pet/comb brush to tease the mohair fibers from the nylon binding, that can create the hairy halo.

Another method is to crochet each stitch and pull the mohair fiber to the other side of your doll’s cap when you go along. You don’t have to brush your doll’s hair with a wire comb and in my opinion, this method creates the fluffiest wigs ever. This is such a beautiful way to add hair to your doll. It is both practical and playful because when time passes by, your doll’s hair will mat but you can easily tease it again and revive the cap.

The fact that the doll’s ages in appearance as time goes by is one of the most useful aspects of creating this hairstyle for dolls. The doll is not static and frozen in time, especially with a plastic doll, it takes ages and life experience along with you or your child.

To make suitable mohair yarn, you should abstain from using mohair meant for knitting. The staple is not long enough to properly cover the doll’s head, so stick to mohair yarn which is specifically created for doll making.

I highly recommend Dolly Mo and/or Wild Brushable as these yarns were created and designed by doll makers themselves.

You can find them online here: Mohair Yarns. There are several Canada and US suppliers as well: Reggie’s Dolls in the USA and Bear Dance Crafts in Canada.