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Polyester Halloween wigs for doll hair?
« on: March 19, 2018, 05:02:26 PM »
Quick question rerooting gurus! I have several old polyester wigs from Halloween and want to try using them to reroot a doll or two. Can this stuff be boil-flattened or will it stick out from the doll's head like she's got her finger in a light socket forever?

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Re: Polyester Halloween wigs for doll hair?
« Reply #1 on: March 19, 2018, 05:53:32 PM »
Iím currently rerooting with hair extensions but Iím sure it does boil wash good. Iíve seen myfroggystuff do this with her Abbey rainbow dash custom and she turned out fine. Iím trying to make Akita neru so itís just going to be a gelled ponytail anyways. Good luck!
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Re: Polyester Halloween wigs for doll hair?
« Reply #2 on: March 20, 2018, 12:57:18 PM »
I have literally no idea, but I'd say root a small section (maybe on a test head you don't really care about) with it and try boil washing it. If it works, cool. If not, well it's just a small section (hopefully on a disposable test head).

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Re: Polyester Halloween wigs for doll hair?
« Reply #3 on: March 20, 2018, 03:31:26 PM »
I would say it depends a lot on the thickness of the strands... I usually avoid any fibers meant for human wigs, since doll hair and mohair are so much finer and better to-scale for a tiny doll head.

As to the quality of polyester... itís a fussy fiber. Very prone to flyaway hairs, and usually pretty resistant to styling/heat. It becomes ratty and frizzy very easily. Itís also ULTRA shiny, so when you take photos it looks like your flash just exploded. DX Iíd avoid it if possible, lest you waste a lot of time rerooting, only to have to remove it all. :(
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Re: Polyester Halloween wigs for doll hair?
« Reply #4 on: March 20, 2018, 05:46:10 PM »
Depends on how cheap the wig is, probably. I'd dunk it in boiling water first to see if it crinkles. I think you can soak the wig in fabric softener to take away the shine, but don't quote me on that.

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Re: Polyester Halloween wigs for doll hair?
« Reply #5 on: April 01, 2018, 11:47:18 AM »
Quick question rerooting gurus! I have several old polyester wigs from Halloween and want to try using them to reroot a doll or two. Can this stuff be boil-flattened or will it stick out from the doll's head like she's got her finger in a light socket forever?

XD  I'm in love with that image. lol

I've made one wig from an old, cheap Halloween wig, so I am by no means an expert here.  I didn't use heat, but I was able to successfully flatten it using tap water and cling wrap.

I would probably test a small area of the hair and see how it reacts to boiling water.  It might get all melty and funky, but it might take to the heat just fine like nylon or saran doll hair.

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