Australian Reborn Doll Supplies
How to measure & care for a doll wig
To measure for a wig
Wrap the tape measure around the back of the doll’s head, bring it round above the ears and around the top of the forehead. This will give you the circumference of the doll’s head. The circumference of the head is the wig size. Wig measurements are usually in inches. Wigs are usually stretchy, so there is some flexibility in sizing.
How to care for a modacrylic (kankelon) or synthetic mohair wig
Brush gently and regularly to keep the dust out of your wig. A baby brush is good for a short style. For a complex style, a fan paint brush can be useful for brushing out the dust.
To wash a synthetic wig To wash a mohair wig, see below.
- First remove any tangles
- wet carefully with luke warm water (make sure you keep water out of doll eyes). I do this at the kitchen sink, but you could also use a bowl.
- Apply some mild shampoo and gently work through
- Rinse carefully in luke warm water till all the shampoo is out
- Apply a small amount of hair conditioner and very carefully and gently comb through the hair
- Pat excess water out of wig with a towel
- Put a hand towel round the shoulders of your doll and very gently comb the hair in the required style and let the wig air dry
If the wig lifts
- carefully tie hair back and enclose hair in a shower cap or plastic bag
- apply some glue under the wig where it has lifted using an icy pole stick or similar. I use Selleys All Fix glue (available in larger supermarkets or hardware stores in Australia). You can also use E6000 or Araldite, but the All Fix can be cleaned off with water if you are quick, if it gets where it should not.
- press wig down, clean any glue that has got in the wrong place off quickly and leave to dry.
Please note: I make no claim to be an expert. I suggest you conduct independent research before washing mohair. This is just what works for me.
I suggest you gently brush your mohair wig with with a baby brush, to try and keep the dust out of it, to reduce the need for washing, or keep your doll in a dust-free environment.
When wig does need washing:
- Detangle it first, then hold the doll upside down and rinse wig in warm water (keep the water the same temperature throughout procedure).
- Mix 1 teaspoon of mild shampoo in half a cup of warm water and pour through hair. Gently squish the hair with your hands (don’t rub or matte it - you don’t want it felted). Carefully rinse out with warm water and gently squeeze excess water out of wig. Some people like to rinse with a little vinegar in the rinse water.
- Mix a teaspoon of hair conditioner in half a cup of warm water and pour through hair. In my experience, it is better to leave the hair conditioner in the hair without rinsing, but I am no expert. Pat hair (don’t rub or felt it) with towel to get the thickest of the water out. Shake hair and let air.
- If you are going to curl your wig, curl it while wet, but be very gentle as I’ve read that mohair breaks more easily when wet. It may take a day or 2 for your mohair wig to dry if you curl it. Don’t take the curlers out until it is bone dry. If you use bobby pins to curl your wig (a very easy way to do it), make sure they are not rusty, or you will get rust marks on your wig.
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