I think we have all had this at one point and time or still do. We spend all that time rooting hair, many times even monorooting and then the time comes to cut hair and style it. I realize some of you do not cut, because you root with short hairs. This wont apply to you
So I’ve completed 6 babies now. I have this fear every time rooting has finished. I always start with longer hair cutting so that if I mess up, I can redo. On Levi and my second Elodie I decided to try and overcome my fear. I cut it short… like less than an inch short. On levi I started with a 1 1/2" hair cut, but after I did elodies hair, I redid his cut and did it short like hers. What I found was that I liked it a lot!!! I think a lot of us leave babies hair longer for the fun of styling it, or for the fear of messing up after sinking our precious time in such an extensive and painful process of rooting it. When I finally took the plunge, all my fear is gone! I would not hesitate to do it again. And I have been won over by the short hair.
Here is Why:
- Real newborn hair is not LONG!! Its short…the longer hair I feel emphasizes the fact that its a doll. I know some babies do in fact have long hair at birth, but its not common. Not at all.
- That long hair adds to the tendency for mohair to get tangled and break off. Even if you dont even pick up your doll and its just sitting in a crib, that mohair gets all matted up. Then when you try to comb it out nice, it can break off. Its not falling out…its breaking off
- Easier to style? No. I digress. I think shorter hair is easier to style. It stays put easier, doesnt get tussled. This results in less products having to be put on it, thus extending the life of the mohair, and preserving the sanity of the doll owner who is OCD about nice neat hair.
Consider this…ever tried pulling a thread on your clothes that was long? What happens? It breaks easy no prob. What happens if you try to pull a very short thread on your clothes? Its a nightmare to break it!
I was in the long hair (longer than a 1 1/2) club until I just decided to experiment. I wanna go back in time and cut every babies hair I rooted short now. Don;t be afraid to cut short ladies But there are probably some steps to having it be successful…rooting deeply enough? Rooting evenly enough? Rooting thickly enough? Rooting directionally and at a sufficient angle that it lays down?
Who else has felt this way? Are you afraid to cut? Or have you experience this? Here is a comparison on my past babies hair. Elodie in pink has the shorter hair…which do you think looks more real?
Here is noamis hair…
And this hair is cut short…the crown is 1 inch and everything else is shorter.