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Topic: 18" Dolls - Red Hair that Oxidizes and Falls Out  (Read 1136 times)
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« on: July 30, 2012 02:51:28 PM »

Just curious if anyone's experienced this. I sew clothing for 18" (American Girl) size dolls. I can't afford the AG dolls but I have some Springfield and other "knock off" types that serve as my "models" for the clothing at a craft show.

I noticed that my older red-haired Springfield doll's hair turned off-color, sort of faded, and started to fall out of her head at the roots. It had taken on an odor like an old crayon. Then the same thing happened to another red-haired 18" doll (I'm not sure who her manufacturer was as she was a garage sale find).

Since these are model dolls I'm improvising with Halloween costume wigs, so the poor dollies don't have to be bald, but I'm just curious about the red hair problem. For instance, if I were to invest in a synthetic doll wig for one of these dolls at a later date, should I be concerned that the same thing might happen again?
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« Reply #1 on: October 13, 2012 05:13:24 AM »

That is odd. I have an American Girl, I know she's Pre Matell, but not sure about anything else... she's old. It's Felicity and her hair is just fine. Maybe it's the quality of the hair? Or the way it was treated? I don't know..

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« Reply #2 on: November 15, 2012 02:32:23 PM »

Hi - haven't been on Craftster in awhile because I was packing and moving to a new residence. I remember back in the summer I looked up some doll hair links - for people who do re-rooting and so on. There are different materials used for synthetic hair. I'm assuming your American Girl Felicity probably had a high-quality type of hair. Maybe what they use for synthetic wigs aimed at human consumers.

Meanwhile, my poor dolly is making do with her Halloween wig - it's a little big for her but from the front view you can't tell!  Grin I might cut it down one of these days and tack it to her head with some kind of removable tape - that way if it rots too, it can be replaced again. Cheesy

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