Kym, I agree that for a 4th baby your Paisley is very good.
I’m going to tell you what I do with rooting even now after doing it for years.
*I root with several needles. 43g - 1 barb, 42g crown, and 42g - 3 barb for vinyl that hates to be rooted. As I root I remove any horrible plugs being careful to always aim the needle toward the point I have marked as my crown.
*After I am finished rooting I get a cup of coffee and start plucking…I dampen the hair and part it from crown to left temple, and working around the head I part it in 1/4" increments and make sure I have no plugs. (leaving just 1 or 2 hairs per hole). I also make sure if there are places with too many follicles in a clump I clean up that spot. If I find a bald spot that stands out I will fill it in.
*As I work the hair this way I pull out the little tiny short hairs that are sticking out of the holes that didn’t break off. (I root from the end)
*After plucking I dampen the hair and comb it all straight back, from side to side and all forward. I look at it very closely always looking for evenness of follicles.
*when I am happy with the hair I finally glue the inside and set it on a floor register for a day to dry completely. Sometimes this part of the process can take me days. The head always look so much better after I’ve tended to it this way.
The things I really look at when I am strolling through Ebay are the hair, lips, nails, and creases. So while I am working on my babies these are the things I obsess over. I hope all of our comments and tips help you move forward with this craft. I really does just take lots of practice and patience.