|Background photo: 1960's iconic supermodel, Samantha Jones in Maidenform Bra ad, Vogue 1967|
While I know this post will have limited appeal--after all, I'm sure most of your dolls already have long, flowing locks, consider this post as allowing for more style option for our short-haired fashionistas. Back in the 1960's everything was super short or super long. Girls who chopped off their hair and opted for the kicky pixie made famous by Twiggy could optimize their options thanks to add-on hairpieces great for romantic looks or dramatic night time glamour. With this project, the challenge for me was to create hairpieces which could be easily be attached and removed. Once I began exploring, I discovered the possibilities were far reaching!
On a Streak!
|Background photo: Verushka|
2. Let completely dry.
3. Tuck in close to the doll'sscalp and cover with her existing hair.
4. Hold in place while you brush it to incorporate into the existing hair. And yes, I am using a toothbrush. (Great for brushing dolly's locks.)
For the 12inch doll, you really don't need to adhere these extension with any sort of pins. They usually stay put. But for a larger doll, you might want to use a bit of wire or a hairpin cut down to size to hold everything in place. Consider colored hair for your streaks or even braided locks,
Braids are another fun and easy way to transf a short cut. From time to time, we see braids for the model's coifs on the runways.
Find the midpoint of the braid and place it at the midpoint of the doll's head in the front. You can use straight pins to catch the braid to the doll's own hair (but not the scalp) while you work.
Bring the hair to the nape of the neck in the back and secure with a twist tie or wire.
You can either leave as is or unbraid to this point and form one single, big braid with everything caught near the end with a twist tie.
Hot Cross Buns
Of course dolly doesn't have to have the braid around the front of her head to get the look of an Eva Peron. You can tie a braid into two knots and attach to the back of her head!
2. Wind it into a tight coil.
3. I use a twist tie or bit of wire to hold the hair together.
4. Braid the hair then secure with another twist tie or bit of wire at the end.
5. Note--as you are braiding the hair, incorporate a length of fine wire into one of the meshes of your braid. This will help you to control your braid later on.
7. Make "doll sized hairpins" by cutting regular hairpins in half and squeezing the wire.
8. These hairpins will help anchor each braid to the rest of the mass. Be sure to tuck both ends so they fall underneath.
9. Here is my completed chignon. I used 1/2 inch (1 cm) quilters' straight pins to anchor the chignon in place. This is quite easy when your doll has lacquered hair like Tamron.
Here is my lovely Tamron showing off her red carpet look. She started out with a short chic coif and now it's a regal dramatic 'do!
Falling for You
|Left Photo: Jean Shrimpton by David Bailey for Newsweek|
2. When completely dry, remove from form, peel away the plastic and cut away the excess tulle.
3. Try this on the doll to see where the ears fall in relation to your cap and mark with pins. Then cut the hair from the track to make the first layer, starting at the bottom of the cap.
4. Now place the next row over the bottom and sew in place.
5. Continue until you have covered the form.
6. When you have finished it will look something like this on the inside.
Now that you have created your Fall, let's attach it to the doll. Again, I use 1/2" (7mm) straight pins. I try to catch the doll's hair to the hairpiece without piercing the doll's head.
Once secured, you can wrap a softly twisted lock of hair, a braid, even a scarf or headband to cover the front.
1. Part the hair from side to side near the front of the head.
2. Pin in the hairpiece
3. Brush the hair over the hairpiece
4. Move over Verushka!!!
Note: super long hair isn't the only game in town here. You can make the hairpiece in shorter lengths (chin or shoulder length) as well. This is also a good way for your doll to temporarily roll with a new trend without totally commiting. (Ombre coifs, for example!) Though you can use synthetic hair, human hair affords more flexibility. You can use a variety of irons: curling, flat, crimp to style. And when she's exhausted the look, you can shampoo, condition, flat iron and start all over again! All this without disturbing dolly's original 'do!
Perhaps your doll's tastes are a tad more discreet. More "good girl" than "wild child."
|Katoucha went from wearing a short Afro to long locks in an instant! Micro butterfly clips are found in most US pharmacies, beauty supply stores & dollar stores.|
2. After you have trimmed away the excess, fold the cap in half. Then cut off about 1/4 inch (7mm) from around the bottom.
3. Sew on a strip at the bottom. Then add more layers until you reach the top edge. You should use no less than 3 layers.
Here's what we did with a curly version of the same fall on another Barbie with medium length (soft) hair.
1. Billie is an S.I.S Barbie with a cute medium length, layered cut.
2. I combed most of her hair towards the front, leaving about 1/4 of it down.
3. Here is my demi-Fall. I curled it using pipe cleaners.
4. I pin the Fall underneath the top section of hair.
5. Then brush the hair over the fall.
6. Billie's hair is caught up at the back, twisted, then held in place with pins.
7. The result is a super long cascade of curled tresses.
And what would 60's hair be without lashes! After all, we're talking about an era of big hair, big eyes and pale lips! Frankly, some of my girls have been mighty jealous of those newer dolls with lashes. (For this project, I had a line of dolly volunteers stretching out of the door!)
|Carla in natural lashes|
In spite of my dolls' insistence, I discovered that lashes don't suit everyone. They tend to "shut" the dolls eyes somewhat (making them look a bit sleepy or tipsy). So it's up to you to decide on what's best for the doll's overall look. Also worth noting, I am using the normal eyelash glue instead of craft glue. This is because I wasn't sure I wanted to make it permanent, at least not just yet. (After all this is about temporary looks that can be easily changed.) However, if you decide on permanent lashes, a craft glue that dries clear is best.
2. You will need to cut off about 1/4 inch (7mm) of the width of the strip. Immediately reduce the length of the lashes. (About half is okay.) It's best to angle your scissors while you're clipping to achieve a more uneven cut.
3. Instead of having to buy an eyelash curler as some folks use, I bent my lashes around the narrow point of a toothpick and held for about a minute.
5. Trim a little more off the lashes to get the look you want.
6. If need be, here is where (using tweezers) you can remove the lashes and add a tiny dab of eyelash glue to the strip. Wait until the glue is tacky then reapply to the eyelid. With the toothpick, hold the lash in place until it sets then gently lift up the lash, again, pressing down at each end of the lash to the eye.
7. Even though there were lashes drawn on my dolls' eyelids, that's okay. It adds to the super lashy effect of the look. The best thing--if you (or her) don't like the lashes or tire of the look--simply remove them with no damage to the eyes!
I added lashes to a number of my dolls (including Barbies). It glams up the look and adds a bit of "headiness" to the face. It also "relaxes" the eyes of those dolls with wide-eyed stares.What I do like about them is how they add dimension to dolly's eyes.
|Background photo: Samantha Jones by Bert Stern|
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