Rooting is the process of adding hair one strand at a time to the doll's head. The creates the appearance of hair growing out of the doll's scalp just like a real baby.
Rooting is very involved and can take anywhere from 20 to over 100 hours. So, before I invest the time, I want to make sure I have the right hair at its highest quality. This is the Pre-Rooting process.
First, I draw out the hair growth pattern. Every good process has guidelines. I paint the shape of the hairline and the direction the hair grows so that I root the hair in a natural growth pattern. I pay special attention to the crown to make sure I capture that swirl or "cow-lick" shape.
I even outline where I think the eyebrows will be. We will root those last.
Don't worry, all these lines will wash off once the rooting is done.
Next, I root a tiny test section to make sure I have the right color, length and texture.
Zachary had beautiful long, curly hair when he was a baby. So I purchased hair that would recreate that look.
Finally, I thoroughly treat the hair. Since this is human hair, I can use the same salon-quality hair products I put on my own hair. I start with a thorough sulfate-free shampoo to remove any excess dye and that "wig smell."
Then I do a deep conditioner with a Keratin-based product to restore luster, softness and shine. Finally, I let the hair air dry with a little leave-in conditioner. Now Zachary's locks will look great and smell good.
We are ready to root!
Reborn Doll Babies
Reborn Doll Artist
Hi! My name is Kim. I am a reborn artist based in NC. I have been creating dolls since I was a child. I discovered the art of life-like baby dolls in 2011 and have been reborning ever since.