Hair – Rerooting – Thatching and Finishing

  1. blythe doll rerooting thatching and finishingAfter you complete the rows for the part, you need to ‘thatch’ it! I use a tapestry needle, but an awl or other needle tool will help you weave.
  2. blythe doll rerooting thatching and finishingAll the hairs from the right need to go to the left, and vice versa. Use your needle to sort out individual bits of hair and ‘braid’ them across the scalp. The tighter your thatching, the more ‘factory’ your job will look.
  3. blythe doll rerooting thatching and finishingCloseup of the weaving… the hair on top has been successfully thatched.The scalp shown only has two rows. If your scalp has 4 rows, only thatch between the 2 innermost rows.
  4. blythe doll rerooting thatching and finishingAfter you have the hair woven, wet your towel and heat up your iron to a high setting.Protect all the hair with the towel, and press the thatched area with the iron. The sizzling lets you know it’s working! It only takes a few seconds.

    Keep the part separated in the clips, so you won’t mess up the thatching while you root the rest of the head.

  5. blythe doll rerooting thatching and finishingHere’s the root pattern of a center parted style with thick bangs.Two extra rows were added in the front to give the bangs thickness. All wispy/stray hairs were trimmed, leaving a smooth, professional finish!
  6. blythe doll rerooting thatching and finishingCloseup shots of the part and field. In this case, a sleeker ‘do was desired, so the field plugs are spaced farther apart. Once everything’s all cleaned up, dry-fit the scalp on your bald doll.
  7. blythe doll rerooting thatching and finishingTurn your iron back on, throw the WET towel over her head and roll the iron over her scalp, pressing the roots flat. Peek under the towel, looking for cow-licks
  8. blythe doll rerooting thatching and finishingTake her scalp off and tie up all the hair in a bun.Glue the scalp back on, applying the glue to the flange and gutter only. (I like regular craft tacky glue but you could use something more permanent.) If you were able to preserve most of the flange, it should line up perfectly!

    Use rubberbands to hold the scalp tight overnight to dry.

    Cut and style as desired… then show us a picture

20 responses to “Hair – Rerooting – Thatching and Finishing”

  1. elle

    i was wondering, you used to have a tutorial on cutting bangs.. i can’t find it! :[ please help, thank you very much

  2. Nancy Falcone

    What method would you suggest for a Patti Playpal doll? Would you use the loop or thread a needle. Thank you

  3. thirdeye

    I was looking for a tutorial on cutting bangs me too….it’s not here anymore??? :'(
    where I can find it??? please help!
    thank you***

  4. megan
  5. Tracy

    Hi there! I had a question, what do you do if a small crack shoes between the face and the scalp? My girl does not have bangs at all and it is a bit noticable.

  6. Melissa

    tracy – what type of glue did you use to attach it?

    for the cleanest, tightest bond on the front half of the scalp, I like to use zap-a-gap, a hobby brand of superglue. I use a waterbased glue in the back of the scalp in case i ever have to open the doll again.

    it helps to have an assistant hold the scalp while you apply the glue. use rubberbands to hold the scalp down while it sets up.

  7. Kiyomi

    I have just taken the scalp of my FTS off and have the same problem as Tracy (there is a small ‘crack’ between the face and scalp, where cutting the scalp off for the first time I didn’t do such a great job) what shall I do? will it mend when I glue it all together. I haven’t finished all my magic yet.

  8. melacacia

    Where do you buy hair for this kind of re rooting? I am able to find Mohair on Ebay but not regular hair like this….. any suggestions?

  9. taipoh

    melacacia-you can try either nylon/saran hair from or 🙂

  10. Jennie

    Out of curiosity, does anyone know of a good website with examples of where to place parts to get a certain effect? I really would like to do something different than what my doll had before, but am terrified of what could happen if I just freehand it by eyeball and hope for the best 🙂

  11. Roxi Welkin

    I have found it better to root the field and part first, then thatch.


    In january, I will have my own site for custom dolls.

  12. J.D.

    I feel like a complete idiot, but I just cannot grasp the thatching technique. How do you do it?

    1. Ed in NY

      Did you ever get the hang of rooting, maybe I can help?

  13. Melissa

    J.D. do you have a factory blythe you can look at? you will notice that the part hair is woven, row by row. the hair coming out of the holes on the left will need to be directed to the right side of her head, and vice versa. Do it one plug at a time.

  14. Stephanie

    Would you say that the hardest part of this is patience? It kind of seems that way to me…and possibly cutting and styling it at the end. If so…it seems like a task I could do! Then…if I was already planning on sending my doll to an artist for a custom face, do you think it would be possible, or a good idea, to have that person take the scalp off (cause they have to anyway, right?) and then send the doll back to me with the scalp still off? Then I wouldn’t risk ruining the flange?

    1. Emmy-Lou

      HI there, I just removed the scalp (first timer too) without any damage to the flange, it was very easy.
      I just used a fine screw driver to separate the glue and gently pulled it out.
      Give it a go!!

  15. Tanya

    Hello, I was wondering where you suggest to buy the hair and also do you know where I could purchase eyelashes for my original 1972 Blythe doll?

  16. Cmarie

    Help, PLEASE! I am doing my first reroot, using saran; I’ve just finished the partline rows and am trying to thatch them before moving on to the rest of the scalp. Problem: the partline isn’t a neat 4 rows, it’s more like 3 rows then spreads into 4 sparse ones, then back to 3. The part is looking weak. Anyone try the thatching like Dollyhair’s site: , (alternating the entire partline left and right)? It looks like it might work better in my case… Any suggestions would be welcomed – I’d hate to have spent this much time just to have to scrap it all!

  17. Maddy


    I was wondering would I be able to reroot with goat hair. The description says it’s half way between medium mohair and human hair. This is going to be my first reroot and I don’t want to stuff it up.


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