Monday, May 14, 2012

Sharing is caring: D.I.Y. Natural Dolls

I found an article on Natural hair dolls for children on a blog I frequent regularly. Beads, Braids and Beyond is my go to place for care and styling advice for my mini me! One issue I have had is finding dolls that promote my daughters beautiful features. Although she has other dolls she plays with (Rapunzel of Disney's Tangled for example), I believe it is important for all children to have dolls that resemble themselves in their collection. I am thankful to be able to find "chocolate" (her word) babies but they still have bone straight hair! For those who know curl textures, my daughter is a "4A". Long and short of it, I wanted to share the post and link.  I hope to try this soon!
Ta-ta for now!

D.I.Y. Natural Dolls

I was so excited to try the Natural Hair for Dolls Tutorial that I went out yesterday and bought a couple of straight haired So In Style Barbie dolls. I did it a little differently than Kristl but all methods produce beautiful results. A absolutely loves all her new dolls!

Below are the two dolls I purchased. Grace (blue dress) and Chandra (white tee). I bought them both at Walmart. Grace was almost $8 and Chandra was almost $12.

Pipe cleaners in

I started by parting off a small section of hair. I wrapped the end of the pipe cleaner around the section of hair near the roots so it would stay put. I then rolled the hair on to the pipe cleaner. I left a little space in between as I rolled the hair on. Once I got to the ends I folded the pipe cleaner over the ends then wrapped it around once or twice and cut the remainder of the pipe cleaner off. I continued this process for about 40 minutes to an hour until I was finished. I then dipped her hair into a pot of boiling water for a 10 count,as Kristl mentions in her tutorial. I left the pipe cleaners in overnight. I removed them in the A.M. and separated her curls. I cut all the straight ends off.
Pipe cleaners in/the back

After removing the pipe cleaners

The back after removing the pipe cleaners

Separated the curls and viola! Big hair!

The back

For Chandra, I knew I wanted a different curl pattern, so I did the same exact process as above, only I parted off much larger sections so she didn't have nowhere near as many pipe cleaners in her hair. After dipping her hair into a pot of boiling water I only left them in for about 3 hours, removed the pipe cleaners and separated the curls.

Pipe cleaners in

And out


Natural dolls!

Grace and Chandra after their makeovers.

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