I bought a couple of cheap knockoff Catwalk Kitties dolls on a whim, and decided that I liked the brown one well enough to try and customize. I didn't want to "ruin" her if using the craft hair didn't work out, though. As you can see, she's not going to pass for a "real" CK doll anytime soon, but she could potentially clean up nice. Both dolls had a small amount of absolutely awful hair.
|Cheri has a new friend.|
|Photo via Alibaba.com seller|
Anyway, the darker color stained the vinyl, as I discovered when trying to wipe the unwanted paint off with acetone. It left a darkish splotch, with meant it was just as well that this was my practice doll.
|It's not a bad match, color-wise.|
I had a color of hair that was a similar shade, so I decided that I would call it a look and coordinate my rehairing attempt with the discoloration. Here are the two shades I used, along with the then-bald doll. White overall, and a small area near the discolored spot would use the blonde color.
About a quarter through this project was when Phantom got to doing poorly, but she liked sitting by to collect a few brushings and pets while I worked on making hair plugs. Here she is supervising my work. I thought about leaving these pics out, but ehhhh.. she earned her spot in here. As you can see, at this point I'd only done the part on the front, and hadn't yet begun to tackle the back or sides. I used the knot method on this doll, since I was out of hair needles.
This hair does not take long to become THICK when applied to a doll head. It wasn't long before I had to douse the head with boiling water just to get the hair flat enough to be manageable as I added more plugs.
I got within spitting distance of having her totally done this week, but have not added the finishing layer of hair on top. Why?
You cannot brush this stuff. At all. If you try, it gets frizzy and fluffy and goes total poodle.
I noticed Hobby Lobby has packs of straight hair on the shelf now, I'm a little tempted to grab a pack of that and see how it compares.