|Ella and her beach wavy hair|
Hey hey, guys! When I started sharing photos of the recent holidays diorama over at my Instagram account, there had been quite a number of dolly friends who loved the hairdo I did for Ella. Some even requested for a tutorial!
I also loved what “happened” to Ella’s hair makeover, but naturally, I did not document how I did it. When I first started gathering up my thoughts and confidence to finally write the tutorial for this beachy-wavy hair, I even thought I was using a certain tool instead of the actual one. I tried the “wrong” process to a "for-makeover" doll and the results were a mess.
So, I summoned up all the deities to bring back that memory when I was able to chance upon this fun 'do for Ella.
Ka-boom! Yay! I finally figured it out when I was digging through some of my many, many boxes and found the buried secret tool.
For the re-creating of this hairdo, I chose Luna because I think her default long hair gives her too much of the sweet side, and not enough spice. I’ve always wanted my girls to have that spice in them.
She's way too sweet in that long straight hair, isn't she? Or I'm just imagining, which I always do anyway. LOL! Let's get started?
These are the things you will need. A pair of trusty scissors, lots of hair pins, those toothed pieces, and a couple of combs, wide-toothed and that human eyebrow comb that works so well for picking hair strands to perm. There really isn't much difference from the doll hair perming tutorials we can find around the internet, but it’s that toothed thing I kind of devised that made the waves kind of look like how they are when you're done. How I made those? Read some more...
Prepping your doll’s hair
|Dividing doll hair into 3-4 parts|
* I used shampoo and a bit of conditioner to make her hair bouncy.
* Towel-dry hair. I brushed her hair using that big Barbie pink one such that it looks like she’s had it straightened/rebonded.
* Divide your doll hair into three to four parts –three parts vertically, then if you want, divide horizontally the center or back, to make your fourth part.
* Decide during this time what hair length you want to keep for your doll. For Ella, I cut her hair leveling her collarbone. Since at first I planned on retaining Luna's long locks, I went straight to the next step.
Prepping your tools
|Those thick, toothed triangular cardboard pieces, though. =D|
Why cardboard? I don’t know really. I guess, it’s the only thick but soft enough material and still give the shapes I want, that I can find at that time. Well, I guess the cutting part pretty much dictated it, too since it will be hard to cut into plastic or harder materials unlike just thick paper.
Then I took out some hair pins. I think I used at least 50 pieces for Luna as I permed all of her hair, unlike Ella’s, whose bottom back parts I left untouched. I used two pins for each wrap.
With your toothed cardboard pieces and hair pins ready, let’s start perming!
* Pick an amount of hair, not too thick, not too thin. Wrap it around your toothed cardboard.
* Secure with your hairpin on both ends.
* Do the rest of the other hair divisions you made.
* Once all hair wrapping is set, you can now proceed to the very effective boil perming procedure that I’m sure most doll collectors/stylists would know by now -boil perming!
* Boil some good amount of water, maybe about 3 to 4 cups. Once your water is boiling, turn off your stove and prepare your doll’s best position such that you can imagine how her hair would fall down once everything is done. In my case, I just let her sit in the sink, her head in normal, upright position.
* Run down boiling water on your doll’s head for several seconds.
* Pause for maybe 10 seconds then repeat the process up to three times. Make sure the hair curls are still secured.
* When you think hair’s been permed enough, place the doll on a towel, pat her hair such that they won't be dripping but with enough moisture that will set the perming overnight.
* Carefully place the set strands to places you want them to fall.
The next day…
* Slowly take off the hairpins and the cardboard pieces. In six hours, at least here in my tropical country, the cardboard will be dry enough. Drying time probably depends on your part of the world, or the season, right?
There you go. You can style her hair with some hair gel to keep some strands from sticking out. I didn’t do it with Luna’s in the following pictures as I was busy debating if I should retain the long hair ala Jennifer Lopez, or she sport shorter locks. Of course, my scissors won!
I hope you can get some useful tips from this tutorial. It was fun recreating the look with Luna. I love that she looks more fun now.
If you guys are trying out this tutorial some time, please let me know what you come up with. I’m sure there will be different results. It would be wonderful if you can comment if there are things I might have missed, or things that you can suggest for a more effective approach. That would just be so awesome!
Anywhoo, I’m off now. I hope to chat with you soon, though!
Hugs and kisses from the Philippine islands,
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