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Step by Step How to Re-Root Barbie or Kelly Doll Hair

Updated on June 20, 2013
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Time For New Hair

Do you have a collection of dolls who are in good shape other than unsalvageable hair? Here is a step by step guide on how to remove the old hair and replace it with new.



Materials Needed

You will need:

-Scissors

-Tweezers

-Hair Rooting Tool (these are not easy to find, I found mine on eBay)

-Doll Hair

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Removing the Old Hair

Start by cutting the hair as short as you can.

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Remove the dolls head.

Pinch the head a little to expose the inside of skull.

Use tweezers to pull hair out From inside.

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Once the hair has been removed, replace the head.

Open the bag of new hair.

Cut a strand to desired length. I used to measure each strand so all were the same length. This is a ridiculous waste of time. Eyeball the length. You can cut strands that are a little long when you are done.

Take the strand of hair and place the middle of the strand of hair in the notch of the hair rooting tool.

Punch the hair in one of the holes at the base of the dolls head.

Continue filling in the holes around the outside of the head, then work your way up to the top of the head.

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You may take the head off and glue the hair on inside of head, but I've never found this necessary.

Enjoy your dolls new look!

© 2013 HeatherH104

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    • HeatherH104 profile image
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      HeatherH104 4 years ago from USA

      Lol! I was a little freaked out at first too, but after you see the finished product you get over it quickly. :)

    • CarlySullens profile image

      CarlySullens 4 years ago from St. Louis, Missouri

      Wow, this is so interesting and kind of freaky at the same time, LOL. (I have always had a fear of decapitated doll heads.) But this is good to know, since my little girl likes to give her dolls 'hair cuts.' They do need a re-root sometimes.

      Love your visuals.

    • HeatherH104 profile image
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      HeatherH104 5 years ago from USA

      Thanks! :)

      I wanted to replace the hair on some old dolls I had a few years ago and had a lot of trouble findin info on how to do it. It was even harder finding the rooting tool. I'm sure it's a small group of people that would even want to do this, but hopefully someone will find it helpful.

      Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting! :)

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      Ceres Schwarz 5 years ago

      Great hub. This is very helpful and useful for those that need to replace a doll's old hair with a new one. Your many images really help to show the readers how to go about replacing their doll's hair.

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