Doll Hair Care And Cleansing
Correspondent’s Word: Your correspondent is in Northwestern New Jersey visiting Evelyn Kemmlein, the proprietor of the Doll Room at 735 Route 94 in Frelinghuysen Township. Her store is filled with dolls relationship from the 1920’s by the1960’s, a few are uncommon and all are highly collectible.
Evelyn performs numerous services for doll owners/collectors. She identifies dolls . ” This is a —- “. She may also supply her opinion with regard to the approximate value of the doll. There doesn’t appear to be a charge for this service. She is a skilled repairer and restorer of uncared for dolls. Visit her store on this pretty corner of recent Jersey or call her at 908-362-5588.
Evelyn has agreed to share her knowledge of doll hair care with the extended Biddington household.
Your Correspondent: Earlier than we get started, Evelyn, please inform us about the totally different kinds of hair we are going to encounter.
Evelyn Kemmlein: Ok. The types are: (1) artificial–the typical hair of fashionable (because the 1950’s) collectible dolls, (2) human hair, (3) mohair–from Angora goats. (Mohair and human hair are handled identically.) Then there are:(4) caracul–quick curly fur, (5) wool, (6)yarn, and at last (7) painted. Painted shouldn’t be hair in any respect but an embossed patternon the doll’s head to counsel hair.
YC: That is fairly a plateful. Let’s begin with synthetic hair.
EK: Artificial hair is attached to a doll’s head in one of two ways: (1) through a wig base–a mesh or cloth netting into which the hair is sewn, or (2) the hair is rooted into the doll’s head and glued from the inside.
YC: Tell us the best way to take care of a artificial hair wig.
Kingstate Porcelain with Synthetic Wig
EK: Gently remove the wig base from the doll’s head. Wet the wig in cool water and spray it with both Improbable or Windex. (Do not use shampoo which might trigger critical over-fluffing.) Work the Incredible or Windex through the hair along with your fingers, then rinse thoroughly.
YC: Now that now we have clean hair, what do we do subsequent
EK: First windy williams wigs untangle the doll’s hair. Use a hair conditioner, corresponding to Clairol, or a liquid fabric softener, resembling Downey. Rinse again. Now comb the doll’s hair with a pet hair brush. The steel tines of the pet brush higher penetrate the hair mass and exert less destructive pressure on the wig base. Never use a hair brush that has been used on human hair. The brush will carry oils to the doll’s hair that will acquire dirt and grime.
YC: How can we type the doll’s hair
EK: Styling is comparatively simple. Synthetic hair has a everlasting curl which only requires brushing to re-establish. If the hair does not reply use a curler, however never a curling iron–the heat will burn up the hair.
YC: Inform us about hair care of dolls with rooted artificial hair.
Little Miss Revlon with Rooted Saran Hair Mid-1950’s
EK: Whereas there is no wig base, hair care is very much the identical: The same cleansers and rinses are applied. Observe the identical cautions with one additional warning. Don’t permit liquids to enter the doll’s eyes. The eyes, untended, will turn out to be mildewed. If the eyes are accidentially wetted, turn the doll face down on a cloth for hours, be patient.
Armand Marseille Doll with Human Hair Wig
YC: Evelyn, inform us about the care of human and mohair doll wigs.
EK: In my experience human hair is never rooted into the doll’s head and is all the time woven into a wig base. The first job is the removing of the wig from the doll’s head. That is delicate work. Place your fingers under the wig and work the wig away from the doll’s head. If there may be an unyielding spot, spray that space with cool water. (Don’t moisten if the doll is of wood composition, the paint might loosen.) Now, with the wig faraway from the doll’s head select tangles with a rat-tailed comb, hair pin, or ice decide. Be gentle. If the hair is being pulled out of the wig mat, change to a comfortable bristle brush.
The subsequent step is to soak the wig in Woolite and chilly water. Whereas the wig is wet decide off any patches of glue from the wig mesh with finger nails or tweezers. Rinse throughly. In a second bath add a couple of drops of vinegar to increase the lustre of the hair. Don’t scrub the wig. While taking the wig out of those baths keep your palms beneath the wig to retain its form. Place the wig on a thristy towel and fan (spread) the wig right into a circle. Press out as much water as doable with a second, covering, towel. Don’t rub. Transfer the wig to a clear towel and put it in a warm place to dry.
Heinrich Doll with Bisque Head, Kid Leather-based Body and Mohair Wig
Within the cleaning process the wig might either stretch or shrink. If stretched, stitch in some tucks around the wig base until it suits the doll’s head. If shrinkage has occured remove some stitches from the bottom. Be careful, don’t reduce into the hair. Human and mohair wigs are troublesome to replace and they’re very expensive.
YC: Evelyn, inform us a bit bit about different sorts of doll hair.
EK: Caracol and wool hair are normally glued to the doll’s head with out a wig base. If cleansing is required use excessive care: Keep away from liquids. Sprinkle talcum powder or cornstarch into the hair. With a clear tooth brush, gently take away the powders from the doll’s hair.
YC: Evelyn, let’s conclude this survey with a number of comments about yarn hair.
Effanbe Little Lady–Composition Body with Yarn Hair 1940’s
EK: Yarn hair is sewn or glued directly to the doll’s head. The hair could also be washed with a gentle detergent such as Woolite. By no means brush yarn hair.
Patsy Jr. with Painted Hair
YC: Evelyn, thanks, you’ve been very variety to me and helpful to the Biddington family.
Family, for the report, Evelyn also sells current-day porcelain and vinyl dolls. For those who want a brand new or older doll, visit Evelyn and this nook of latest Jersey. Don’t wait too lengthy, the farms are going and ranch houses are coming.