How to Apply Hair to Clay Dolls

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How to Apply Hair to Clay Dolls
Find out how to attach hair to a clay doll to make it look realistic. (Orlando/Valueline/Getty Images)

Give your clay doll a full head of hair in any colour you want by following a specific hair applying method. Many plastic and rubber dolls have hair that is actually rooted into the head, but if your doll's head is made of solid clay you will need to use a gluing technique. Working with glue gets messy, so follow a certain procedure to neatly apply the hair in layers. Use any kind of hair, including nylon hair wefts that you can get from the craft store or clippings of real hair.

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Things you need

  • Dry erase marker
  • Hair
  • Ruler
  • Hot glue gun
  • Tweezers
  • Brush or comb
  • Scissors

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  1. 1

    Trace a light line around the top of the clay doll's head with a dry erase marker to mark the hairline. Draw the line around the top edge of the forehead, down around the ears and across the top of the neck where it meets up with the back of the head.

  2. 2

    Separate the strands of hair into 1/8 inch wide groups. Run a 1/8 inch long line of hot glue along the hairline on the back of the head. Grab the end of one of the groups with a pair of tweezers and press it to the hot glue for 30 seconds. Continue around the edge of the hairline, all the way around the front of the hairline and around to the back where you started. Apply the glue and hair 1/8 inch at a time.

  3. 3

    Brush the hair back away from the head all the way around to expose the rest of the scalp and to get it out of the way. Apply a 1/8 inch line of hot glue on the scalp right above the first line of hair. Do not get any glue on the previous line of hair. Press the end of a group of hair on the glue and continue around this layer of hair. Repeat until you get to the centre of the scalp.

  4. 4

    Flip the hair over away from the face, brush it back and style it or cut it in the shape you want.

Tips and warnings

  • If the doll's hair is curly or frizzy and you can't brush it back to get it out of the way, hold the layers back with hair clips.

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