When purchased in July of this year, as I wrote in my blog post that includes Barbie Fashionista 82, "I have plans for Fashionista 82 as soon as time permits."
After my mother was placed on an antiarrhythmic medication in June of this year, she began experiencing extreme hair loss. Each time she combed her hair, wads of it would be in the comb. The first time it occurred, she was in the hospital and asked me to throw the hair away. I told her I wanted to keep it and explained why. After that hospital stay, she remained on the medication until a follow-up visit with her cardiologist took place. He instructed her to discontinue the medication as hair loss was one of the side effects of amiodarone.
After discontinuing amiodarone, the hair loss continued but was not as marked as it was during the time she was taking the medication. I continued saving the hair and had enough to fill a sandwich-size Ziploc bag before the hair loss eventually subsided.
|Mama's saved hair|
In addition to the doll, to make the wig I used:
- Rubber bands
- A piece of white fabric (tan would have been better to blend in with the ash blonde color of Mama's hair, but white fabric is what I had on hand).
- Plastic wrap
- Aleene's Tacky Glue
Making the Wig Cap
|Enough fabric to cover the doll's entire head, neck, and breast area was cut.|
Not shown, plastic wrap was wrapped around the doll's entire face, head and upper torso to protect these areas from glue. The plastic wrap was held in place with a rubber band around the doll's neck.
|The glue was allowed to harden for over 24 hours.|
|The cured wig cap was removed and the excess fabric cut away as illustrated in the next four pictures.|
|I trimmed off even more of the wig cap than what is illustrated in these photos. The nape of the neck could have been trimmed more.|
|In this photo, the hair on the back of the head has been glued on and the head wrapped with plastic wrap to hold the hair in place.|
Profile view of the applied hair and plastic-wrapped head illustrates the bare crown and sides of the wig cap. The plastic wrap was left on for only about 30 minutes. It was removed to allow the glue to fully dry before additional hair was applied.
|Two wads of hair were overlapped for the crown and side hair. The overlapping gives the illusion of a part.|
|One side of the crown hair is applied.|
|Both sides of the crown hair are applied.|
|View from the back with all hair applied|
|Plastic wrap was again applied to hold the crown and side hairs in place. Rubber bands were placed around the ends hoping these would crimp the loose ends.|
|For the edge of the wig cap to blend with the color of the hair, it was painted tan. The inside of the wig cap was also painted, but that was not necessary.|
|All stray hairs were trimmed and 82 or Bea, named after my mother, modeled the wig.|
|Full-length view of Bea dressed in her original fashion and wearing her wig|
|Some of the length was trimmed after this photo was taken.|
|Bea is redressed in a Sparkle Girlz fashion worn with Barbie black wedge heels.|
|Close-up from the front|
|Because it is the Christmas season, I decided to dress Bea in this Mikelman Christmas gown and make jewelry using pieces cut from a rhinestone necklace.|
|Close-up of Bea's jewelry which consists of a choker and drop earrings|
The Mikelman fashion works well with Bea's original platinum blonde hair as illustrated next.
|With or without the wig, Bea looks fabulous in this Christmas dress, as fabulous as my mother always looks when she dresses for church or other special occasions.|
|This photo was taken when Mama was in her late 20s, sometime during the 1940s.|
Mama's hair was black and very long when I was young, but she obviously wore it short in her 20s before I was born, as illustrated in the photo above. I recall her sitting on the floor between Daddy's legs and him scratching her scalp with a comb to lift dandruff. Neighbor ladies with whom she was friends when I was between the ages of 5 and 8 (and possibly younger) loved to comb her hair. They would sit outside on the concrete steps of our apartment and the neighbor would comb her hair and style it in two side braids as I played, not far away from my mother's watchful eye, with said neighbor's child or another outside-playing child who lived nearby.
|Mama is holding my sister in this photo dated April 1963. Sister was born in 1961; she was about 18 months old if the photo was processed in the same month it was taken.|
|In this photo taken during the late 1990s for the church directory, Mama's hair was a frosty brown.|
|Mama at her house in April 2017 before going to a fellow nonagenarian's birthday party. Her gray-blonde hair is pulled back with a blonde ponytail clipped on.|
The hair clippings used for the doll "Bea" are a cross between Mama's natural gray and the grown-out professionally colored hair. She gave up perms over a decade ago and she only has it trimmed now... no more short hair unless it is her choice. She no longer adheres to the rule that women of a certain age should not allow their hair to grow below the shoulders. After living over nine decades, this nonagenarian has earned that right not to worry about age-related hair standards.
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