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Rerooting Superman
« on: September 05, 2017, 09:15:55 AM »
I've seen it be done on Instagram, but every time I asked there, no one has been very forthcoming with just how they did it. So I'll ask here: I've seen rooted Supes and I'd like to know how people manage to remove his moulded hair. Thanks!
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Re: Rerooting Superman
« Reply #1 on: September 06, 2017, 09:16:55 PM »
Well, in the comments here
https://www.flickr.com/photos/50032528@N04/29804462442
the owner says they sanded the original hair and then rooted him

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Re: Rerooting Superman
« Reply #2 on: September 07, 2017, 12:52:06 PM »
Well, in the comments here
https://www.flickr.com/photos/50032528@N04/29804462442
the owner says they sanded the original hair and then rooted him

Ooh, good to know! I think it would require a dremel though.
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Re: Rerooting Superman
« Reply #3 on: September 08, 2017, 08:56:43 AM »
Well, in the comments here
https://www.flickr.com/photos/50032528@N04/29804462442
the owner says they sanded the original hair and then rooted him

Ooh, good to know! I think it would require a dremel though.

The Flickr user said that they used regular sandpaper, so I don't think that a Dremel is necessary.
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Re: Rerooting Superman
« Reply #4 on: September 08, 2017, 01:05:02 PM »
I'd imagine you'd use an exacto or hobby knife to cut away most of the bulk then sand the rest, i woudlnt worry about getting it perfectly smooth because their will be hair covering it, maybe get a few thrift/ cheap dolls with molded hair to practice on?
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Re: Rerooting Superman
« Reply #5 on: September 08, 2017, 03:42:57 PM »
Hmmm... Is the molded hair usually a solid piece or hollow? Even if they're part of the mold of the head, I mean.

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Re: Rerooting Superman
« Reply #6 on: September 10, 2017, 07:42:55 AM »
Well, in the comments here
https://www.flickr.com/photos/50032528@N04/29804462442
the owner says they sanded the original hair and then rooted him

Ooh, good to know! I think it would require a dremel though.

The Flickr user said that they used regular sandpaper, so I don't think that a Dremel is necessary.

That's even better news! I don't have a dremel.  :P

Hmmm... Is the molded hair usually a solid piece or hollow? Even if they're part of the mold of the head, I mean.

I actually don't know... I think it's hollow?
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Re: Rerooting Superman
« Reply #7 on: September 10, 2017, 10:12:26 AM »
Are you wanting to keep the original style? If not, I remember an Instagrammer rooting hair on him without doing anything to the sculpted hair. IG: DontTouchMyBarbie

Rooting process https://www.instagram.com/p/BJpMLXNgR0N/


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Re: Rerooting Superman
« Reply #8 on: September 10, 2017, 01:09:38 PM »
I actually have experience with this-- but with the Batman v. Superman Ben Affleck! I ended up carving down the molded hair so it was all a smooth base, but I don't think that's necessary. I used an exacto knife and sanded the rough edges. It worked really well, but I used the wrong type of hair and rooted too thickly and it ended up way too poofy. Trying again with brushed yarn, which I think will be easier to style...

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Re: Rerooting Superman
« Reply #9 on: September 11, 2017, 08:55:08 AM »
Yes, boy hairdos are actually way harder to root than girls, IMO.  Shorter hairstyles need a dense rooting pattern, but very few hairs in each plug.  It takes me twice as long to root a full head of hair for a male as opposed to a long-haired female.
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« Reply #10 on: September 11, 2017, 10:51:22 AM »
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Listie, thanks for the links! I enjoyed seeing the Before Haircut and After Haircut ones - I even liked his Before Haircut look!
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Re: Rerooting Superman
« Reply #11 on: September 12, 2017, 08:49:36 PM »
Yes, boy hairdos are actually way harder to root than girls, IMO.  Shorter hairstyles need a dense rooting pattern, but very few hairs in each plug.  It takes me twice as long to root a full head of hair for a male as opposed to a long-haired female.

Just curious, but do you find certain fibres work better for the shorter hair than longer? I'm thinking of giving a doll a pixie cut, and was trying to decide if regular doll hair or a soft brushed yarn would work better (leaning towards yarn at this point, for easy styling).

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Re: Rerooting Superman
« Reply #12 on: September 13, 2017, 02:30:12 PM »
Yes, boy hairdos are actually way harder to root than girls, IMO.  Shorter hairstyles need a dense rooting pattern, but very few hairs in each plug.  It takes me twice as long to root a full head of hair for a male as opposed to a long-haired female.

Just curious, but do you find certain fibres work better for the shorter hair than longer? I'm thinking of giving a doll a pixie cut, and was trying to decide if regular doll hair or a soft brushed yarn would work better (leaning towards yarn at this point, for easy styling).


I haven't used yarn myself; I'm not a fan of the look aesthetically.  So I'm afraid I can't really say.  I will say that I've had tremendous good luck making hairstyles with nylon hair.  The trick is a lot of plugs very close together around the perimeter, with very few strands (about 6 strands) each.  Thicker plugs are fine in the back of the head or to fill out some of the wider areas, but for boy dolls the parting line and the area around the face really need small, close together plugs to look right because generally you don't have the luxury of brushing long hair over problem spots to hide them.
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Re: Rerooting Superman
« Reply #13 on: September 13, 2017, 04:16:32 PM »
I've never used nylon or saran for short hairstyles; but I have used brushed yarn for a fauxhawk and it worked quite nicely. 

The trick to rooting a short style with brushed yarn is not to fill every single plug with fiber. 
Brushed yarn is quite puffy, so a dense rooting pattern results in a very thick, full, fluffy hairstyle.  (This is perfect if you're going for an Afro or other big hairstyle.) 
If you keep some space between your plugs, allowing the fiber itself to fill in the empty gaps, you'll end up with a very nice, soft, easy-to-style short 'do.


I think that whether you decide to go with nylon or brushed yarn, there are ways of achieving fantastic short hairstyles with both. :)


*Edited:  I completely forgot that I've rooted two mohawks with nylon. ^^;  Like Kara described, I kept the hairline on each densely-rooted. 
Because I was rooting mohawks I kept the inner pattern sparse so that the 'hawk wouldn't be too thick and would come to a nice point, but that wouldn't apply to a pixie cut.
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Re: Rerooting Superman
« Reply #14 on: November 24, 2017, 03:08:19 PM »
I can show you guys a picture of the style I'd like to imitate, if that helps?

(Also, I am tremendously sorry for the late reply. Life has been a mess lately.)
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