Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Essentially Wild to Tamely Twisted

I was going to give Lizette's unruly crimped wig a twist-out similar to the technique shown here.    However, once I began twisting the layered segments of the wig's tracks, I discovered the twists were looking pretty good.  I also tested one twist by undoing it to see how it would look.  I did not like the still crimped appearance.  So twists it is!

I used BB Foam Moisturizing Wrapping Lotion by Bronner Brothers to smooth out tiny sections of the crimped wig before twisting each.  I applied black beeswax to the twisted ends (this step could have been skipped) and tied black thread to each end to secure the twists (a tedious, long process).  Initially I used black vinyl bands to secure the ends, but several of these broke.  I avoid using rubber bands of any color because eventually with time, rubber hardens, breaks, and crumbles.  The black thread will be a more permanent method to hold the twists. 

Lizette modeled for a series of photos wearing her restyled tamely twisted, formerly wild crimped wig.

In this final image, three twists from each side are pulled back and held with a light blue hair clip.
Lizette asks, "How do I look?"

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12 comments:

  1. Look at you, I just knew you would work it out! I love the twisted look and it should help keep the shedding to a minimum. As we can see, she can rock any look! She is such a pretty doll.

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  2. Thanks, Brini! It took hours to do it, but I had to do something to salvage this wig.

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  3. Wow look at the difference! She looks beautiful! Great job Debbie!

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  4. Love the twists! She looks so pretty! Great job Debbie:)

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  5. Lizette looks awesome. :D You did a great on on that wig.

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  6. Great job! I love what you did to her hair.

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  7. You have created a very pretty hairstyle for Lisette. Looks like you are developing some patience after all. :-)

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  8. Love it! Sooo much better. She is such a beautiful doll and I am not ashamed to say it.

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  9. I really like twistouts. This doll manages to somehow look entirely demure and powerful at the same time. Quite a feat. How much more wise girl, ready to be a woman, can you get?

    I just love seeing power hair. My own light brown hair, after starting out dark red and straight at birth (was born with a full head of hair, something that is a family tendency), has suddenly turned curly in my later adulthood (a legacy from my father's side of the family, the French/Irish side), and some people are intimidated by its sheer ability to spring to life daily...I have found I must "tame" it every day, like I have an unruly pet on my head, otherwise people don't take me seriously. And when you are 5'10", and a woman, and people don't take you quite seriously because of your hair, it stings! About a year and a half ago, I finally let it grow out for the first time in years after wearing it very short, and I am intrigued by the reactions people have to it: it has a mind of its own. So I have some appreciation of the idea of people having to "do stuff" with their hair, believe me, even if I'm not black.

    I love what you did with your doll here!

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    1. Lizette Dionne is one of my favorite dolls. This was one of the first two introduced. I appreciate Tonner's attempt at natural hair. I thought it needed work.

      No matter whose head it grows from, hair can be a blessing or a curse. The key is to work with what you have and "do you."

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