Mohair, Teeswater locks, Tibetan Lamb- Hair for Dolls that I love.
I began to notice that I had a doll hair obsession last summer. I found that I could get the coolest mohair, Teeswater locks, Cotswold locks and Tibetan Lamb on Etsy. So I pretty much bought it all.
A couple hundred dollars and 50 shades of hair later, I had more than enough hair for at least my next fifty Monster High Doll reroots. The variety of colors was mind blowing.
Have you ever seen Teeswater locks? This is one of my Monster High Doll Draculaura repaints with Teeswater locks.
|Teeswater locks on Draculaura.|
Teeswater locks are very expensive, imported from the UK and simply stunning. They can run from 10" - 12" long though- longer than a Monster High Doll is tall. Teeswater locks are great for fairies or mermaids especially where you want that other worldly look.
If you are in the market for any of the natural fibers for your custom Monster High Dolls, I recommend Etsy. Search under Mohair, Doll Hair, etc. A word to the wise though, a lot of the people who produce these beautiful fibers don't make them for dolls specifically. The dyes they use may stain your Monster High Doll.
I bought some gorgeous silky soft mohair and applied it ( or started to ) to a Draculaura. I nearly cried. The black dye stained her skin within minutes. I pulled the hair off, and got the dye off asap. What I do now with dark colors is make sure they are natural. In other words, I don't buy any black or brown that is dyed. It has to be the natural color of the fiber. Sometimes brights stain too- orange, yellow, red. It is trial and error, but for the majority of time all the doll hair I have bought on Etsy was colorfast.
If you buy locks on Etsy you are most likely buying them by the ounce. They will be bagged and come kind of tangled and messy looking. You may think all is lost when you see how awful locks can look upon arrival.
I bought a mixed bag from a marvelous woman in Canada. This is how the hair arrived:
|Doll hair as it came out of the bag.|
These locks were mixed colors and fibers. What I first did was separate them by color.
|Mixed locks need to be picked apart and arranged.|
Then when I had them all in separate piles, I started pulling individual locks out of the tangled clumps they come in. I place them with all the tops together nicely and then when they are all separate locks I bundle them together.
Then I do the same to each color and put them in plastic bags for storage. Here is one of several hair drawers I have in my doll studio. Separated and organized by color.
And just because they are so pretty, I have to show you some other colors I bought on Etsy.
|Fuchsia and yellows- from Etsy- Hair Locks|
|Plummy Goodness! Hair locks from Etsy|
|Lovely Earth Tones- Locks from Etsy|
I have enough Mohair and TeesWater Locks and Cotswold Locks for a while....but SARAN HAIR! That's another story.