You've been rooting for hours. Things are looking good. Then a glimmer of scalp catches your eye.
What is that? Could it be? Yes, it is! Its a bald spot! A BALD SPOT. Hours of rooting mysteriously disappeared. Its enough to make a grown woman cry. Here are things to look out for to ensure bald spots do not happen to you.
Stop Messing With It!
I am very guilty of over-manipulation. It's looking good. I get excited, and I just want to brush and trim the hair.
This is an even bigger temptation when I'm doing progress photos. I want the baby to look cute for mommy, so I'm constantly styling the hair. Just remember this simple phrase: If you didn't glue it, don't do it.
The more you play with the hair, the more strands you loose. As much as possible, wait until you've sealed the hair before any hard-core styling.
But don't grab your yoga mat, I'm talking about the vinyl.
Rooting works because vinyl is highly elastic. Your needle makes a small hole, stretches the vinyl and forces the hair down into it. When you pull out the needle, that hole closes back up due to the elasticity of the vinyl. But if you've baked your vinyl too many times, some of that elasticity is lost - leaving you with a hole that doesn't hold hair.
Besides trying to avoid over-curing, the best way to keep your vinyl stretchy is to warm the head. Its worth a little sweat to keep every hair you've rooted in place.
Check Up from the Neck Up
Sometimes, you get more information when you look at something upside down.
After every rooting session, look up into the head to make sure that your rooting took. If you see a thin or bald spot under an area that you know you rooted, you have a problem - that hair's not going to stay.
Possible causes of this issue include:
As I root, I also tend to brush the hair down with my fingers every few strands. Usually if the hair did not root, this process will pull the hair right back out. Then I can see that I've got a problem and look for a solution before the dreaded bald spot happens. How do you check your rooting? Leave a comment!
Hi! I am Kim. I've been creating dolls all my life. I started stuffing cotton balls into my mom's pantyhose when I was a little girl. Now I hand-craft dolls that look and feel like real babies.