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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Brini said...

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.

Black Doll Enthusiast said...

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


Bonnie said...

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

Chynadoll said...

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

Ronni @ Anywhere Is said...

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

Georgia Girl said...

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

Mary said...

Looking lovely, Lisette!

limbe dolls said...

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

Black Doll Enthusiast said...

Thanks, ladies!


Vanessa said...

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

Eklectic1 said...

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!

Black Doll Enthusiast said...

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."