Perm Rods for Curly Perms
I love Sandi's new hairstyle. This curly "perm" hides her haircut (she had been
trimmed a little around the ears.) But, I think this hairdo is much more
becoming than the original one. I don't think the photo really shows off how
charming she looks in her curly do. She reminds me a little bit of Miss Piggy
with those abundant blonde curls.
To create this
hairstyle, I set her
wet hair with
perm rods. I buy
the small rods that
come in a flat
packet of blue or
yellow rods. The
end cap is
attached with a
piece of elastic
cord. These are
small and work
well for doll hair.
When dry, I aimed the hair dryer at each roller for just a little bit (not too long)
in order to heat set the curls, and then unrolled the hair when it was completely
cool. I have also used a steamer to steam set the curls and this might be a little
safer than the hair dryer.
You can also pour boiling water on each perm rod to heat set a curly perm.
(Just be careful not to get the hot water on Baby Face eyelashes.) This method
does work very well. I tried it on an Angel Face doll with bad hair, and she has
tight curly bangs now. The My Little Pony collectors use this method.
Sometimes boiling water can take the frizzies out of some kinds of doll hair.
Boiling water is not recommended for vintage dolls older than the 80's. It can
ruin older hair.
Becca was one of my favorite projects. I had a
difficult time with her hair especially, which had
the polyester equivalent of split ends. So, I
decided that a curly perm was the best solution
here as well. Even though Becca's hair is short,
the perm worked very well and I think she is
CUTE. By the way, the perm relaxed a little by
the next day and the curls got even prettier. They
were still rather tight when I took this picture.