The first thing we are going to do is prepare your Monster High doll to remove her hair so that you can reroot her, make her a wig, or apply mohair to a nice clean bare scalp. No messy nubs left!
I hope you will excuse me for using two different dolls in this tutorial as I forgot to photograph a few steps with Draculaura.
The prep time is about ten minutes, but the actual hair removal process is only a couple minutes. It is important to use the tools I list below. The common method everyone seems to use utilizes tweezers. This is what takes so long. They simply cannot grab and yank like the tool I use that makes it so super fast and easy. With a tweezer you are going to be pulling tiny bits and it can take 30 minutes to a hour this way.
Tools needed: Scissors, a metal letter open, a Hemostat ( a WHAT?)
|Metal letter opener and a hemostat|
WHAT is a Hemostat? A hemostat is the device above. It has a handle that looks like scissors, but the other end looks like flattened blades with serrated teeth. These teeth grab the hair and hold on. The scissor style handle allow you to tighten or loosen your grip on the hair. I cannot stress how easy it is to remove doll hair with a hemostat. I bought mine about ten years ago on Amazon for less than ten bucks and it has removed the hair from hundreds of dolls. What makes a hemostat so great is that the blade part is long and skinny enough to fit inside a Monster High ( or Barbie ) head and reach all areas inside the head easily.
This is the exact one I use to remove doll hair.
1.) Cut all her hair off as close to the scalp as possible. If you use a nice sharp sewing scissors, it is easier than using some kind of craft scissors which are usually not as sharp.
|Draculaura has her hair cut down to the scalp|
2.) Next, you have to remove her head. We can do this one of two ways. The first way is to aim a hot blowdryer at the back of her neck where it meets the head. In a minute or so the vinyl will be soft enough so that you can pull her head straight up and it will release easily from the anchors that hold it on.
The second way to remove the head will work well for this particular hair removal as it utilizes something we need anyways- a pot of boiling water.
Put a pot of water on the stove and when it comes to a boil, turn it off and place your Monster High doll's head into the pot of hot water. Leave it for a minute or so. Remove from water and using a towel to protect your hand from burns, grab the head and pull straight up. It will pull right off.
3.) Now, take the head and toss it back in the still hot water. Leave it for about three minutes but not so long that the water cools. The head has to be in HOT water- really hot.
Do you know why? To melt all that ungodly glue that Mattel puts in Monster High doll heads. They don't do this glue thing to Barbie dolls so I have no idea why they insist upon it for Monster High dolls.
Make sure you have your letter opener and hemostat handy. You are going to have to work quickly.
4.) Use a tongs to remove the head and drain the water out. We need to work FAST at this point so the head doesn't cool. This is really important because if the glue starts to solidify, you have to start all over with reheating the head in boiling water.
5.) The clock starts NOW. Take your metal letter opener and start scraping all over the inside of your Monster High doll's head. You will literally see the hair disappear inside the doll's head as the metal edge scraps it free. Use your hemostat to pull the hair that you have scraped loose from within the head. Scrap and pull. This should take you less than 5 minutes. It takes me about two, but I have been doing it for years.
Above- Insert letter opener and start scraping away the hair.
Above: Notice the hair is disappearing? It is inside the head.
Above: The hemostat was used to pull out all the gluey chunks.
THIS is what came out of Draculaura's head. Huge gluey chunks of hair. Do you really want to sit there with a tweezers and try to get that mess out?
The hemostat is especially important to get the hair out that is in the part. This area is always more heavily rooted and requires more effort to remove the hair. A hemostat makes very short work of a part. You have to exercise some caution however, as you don't want to use excess force or you may rip a hole in the scalp.
Here is a Frankie I did recently and the large section of hair you see came out in one piece from the part.
And there you have it- a nicely bald Monster High doll ready for a reroot or a wig.