Howdy, everypony! (Whoops, accidentally got my Applejack dial turned up too high 😉 )
Speaking of which, I recently watched the new Equestria Girls: Legend of Everfree movie, and it was FANTASTIC! 😀 Those suits of armor during the climax were too fantastic. Also, I love that now they’re truly the Mane 7, not just the Mane 6 plus Sunset Shimmer when they remember her. 😉
Sorry for the lack of exciting stuff here on the blog…things have been ca-razy in the Doll Dimensions household lately! In addition to the blog, I’ve got dance, choir, band, classes at my community college (I’m actually in high school), and babysitting…but in the end it’s so worth it. 🙂
Anywho, I recently, I picked up this Ever After High Birthday Ball Rosabella Beauty doll at Goodwill. Unfortunately, she had none of her original outfit or accessories (no glasses 😦 ), but on the bright side, she did have her hands (not all GW dolls do), and she still had the cookie scent that the Birthday Ball dolls have.
I didn’t have a Rosabella doll, so I decided that for 99 cents I’d pick her up and maybe use her for a project later. To be honest, however, I don’t care too terribly much for the blonde hair on Rosabella. I’ve also been working on the next episode of Costume Palooza, and I was in need of a doll with brown hair and purple eyes. I knew I could paint Rosabella’s irises purple (no problem there), but she needed some brunette locks. Since she was only 99 cents, I wouldn’t feel too bad if I accidentally ruined her…but I’ll give you a spoiler here and tell you that I didn’t end up ruining her. 😉
I wasn’t in the mood for a full reroot, so I decided to try something totally new to me: doll hair dying! Like any good miniature hair dresser, I first educated myself by watching YouTube. 😉 This video seemed like the best way, but I didn’t have shaving cream, so I just used conditioner and watercolor paint.
After leaving it on overnight, I went to rinse it out……and it worked! Well, sort of. If I was trying to achieve a light auburn hair, this probably would have been great! But I needed a slightly darker color for my purposes.
So I did what any intrepid doll blogger would do….
…I went to Dollar Tree! XD
And I bought this brown hair dye intended for humans. In case you want to replicate this, the color is “medium auburn”.
Following the box’s instructions, I combined the color cream tube with the developer and shook well. Then I applied it all over Rosabella’s hair, brushing it through as I did so, and being careful to get down to the roots. I also covered her face securely with saran wrap to make sure that the dye didn’t get on her skin. It did once or twice, and I quickly wiped it off before it could set.
A few hours later, I rinsed it out and………
…….it only sort of worked. It did stick to some of the hairline roots, which was great, but it just didn’t do a great job of applying to the synthetic hair.
Now what could I try? After some research, I found out that fabric markers work well for dying doll hair, so I tried this using a brown fabric marker that I had lying around. It was looking good, although the texture wasn’t great for a hairstyle where the hair was down. However, for my purposes, I needed Rosabella’s hair up in a bun. I found this lovely video and gave the hairstyle a try, after dying her whole head.
I’m actually really happy with these results. This photo was taken after I painted her eyes purple, and I really like how they came out!
In case you’re curious, I primed her eyes with white first in order to get a more vibrant violet than if I had just painted overtop of her brown eyes.
You can also see here two of the other dolls I’m working on for the next installment of Costume Palooza (don’t worry, they’re both used dolls that are repeats of the ones I already have). In case you’re curious, they’re not wearing their Costume Palooza outfits yet, except for Ashlynn.
Be sure to let me know in the comments if you’ve ever tried doll hair dying, and if you like Rosabella’s new ‘do! Also, lemme know if you have any guesses on what theme the next episode of Costume Palooza will feature….I’ll give you a hint that the name of the character Rosabella is playing starts with a J. Did I give it away? 😉