|Fashion Fever Kayla's head on Alexis LIV's body wears Limbe Dolls lingerie.|
In addition to needing new clothing after she allowed Prettie Girls Lena to wear the Stardolls for Barbie fashion that she had been wearing, Kayla needed her hair restyled.
|Kayla illustrates her thick, unruly mane.|
Kayla's hair has always been very unruly. I have tried restyling it after giving her a boil perm, but it failed to hold the curls. I decided to do another boil perm by first doing double-strand twists and rolling these onto end paper-wrapped pipe cleaners before dipping her head into a cup of boiled water followed by a dip into a cup of cold water.
|Kayla's hair was saturated with water before double-strand twisting and rolling was done. Wet hair is easier to grip and roll.|
|One of Kayla's double-strand twists before rolling onto an end paper-wrapped pipe cleaner is illustrated above.|
|I removed the head from the body prior to dipping it into a cup of boiled water.|
Before dipping the head, I decided to remove it from the body after noticing there was too much side-to-side movement. This was caused by the neck knob of her new LIV body not providing a perfect fit. I closed in the gap between the neck and the knob by wrapping braided cord underneath the knob, similar to the fix used for the Janay head on the SIS Kara body (seen here.)
|This out-of-focus picture illustrates my technique of wrapping braided cord underneath the neck knob to close in the gap between the knob and the neck. The excess cord is trimmed with the end tucked into the neck.|
|Rollers out, finger combing next|
With the rollers out, Kayla's hair was finger combed. This achieved a huge curly 'fro, as illustrated below.
Kayla has been redressed in LIV Alexis' original fashion, which is very becoming on her. I made the gold dangle earrings she wears after first piercing her ears.
|Kayla is ready for prime time now... I love her new look!|
Kayla's boil perm was inspired by the My Froggy Stuff video, "How to Curl a Doll's Hair." As seen in the video below, I never dip a doll's head into a pan of boiling water. I always boil water in a tea kettle and pour just enough of it into a coffee cup or mug before the head is submerged. Instead of single twisting, also seen in the video, I double-strand twisted Kayla's hair before rolling.
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