Saturday, November 28, 2015

How To Do A Boil Perm

Shawn needs a new boil perm, so I will use him to demonstrate how to do one. He had previously undergone a transformation from this:

To this:

Part of his transformation was achieved by giving him a boil perm, but I wasn't completely satisfied with his look (and my husband had nicknamed him "Big Perm"). I had left him with enough hair so that I could redo his perm if I ever decided to. I wanted Shawn's hair to look less like a roller set and more like an afro. So I'll get started.

You will need something to roll the doll's hair with. In the past, I've used twist ties, pipe cleaners, and curling rods. This time, since I planned to give Shawn very tight small curls, I opted to use aluminum foil. His previous perm was done with twist ties.

To achieve larger curls, use larger sections of hair.

For Shawn's perm, I took very small sections of hair and rolled it with the foil. I twisted each section of hair a little before rolling.

I then dipped his head (completely covering his hairline) into boiling hot water for 1 minute.

I let his hair air dry completely for a couple of days. For dolls with longer hair, it may take even longer. Do not use a hair dryer on doll hair, as it may damage (melt) your doll's hair.

After Shawn's hair had dried completely, I removed the foil rollers.

I picked out his hair a little and cut off some straight ends, and his hair is finished.

This is an improvement over his previous perm. I'm still hesitant to cut his hair any shorter, just in case I decide to give him yet another boil perm at some point in the future.

18 comments:

  1. After I finished Shawn's hair, I took him to my husband and handed Shawn to him. He laughed and said enthusiastically "Big Perrrrrrrrm!". I said "Awwwwww, he's still Big Perm?" He pointed to Shawn's head and said "That's a perm!". I said "That's an afro!". My husband said "That's an afro perm!". As I took Shawn away, I said "Well, he's just going to have to be Big Perm then, because I'm not doing this again!". Maybe one day in the distant future, I will try flocking his hair, but I seriously doubt it. I think I'm done.

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  2. "Big Perm" is funny. I does look like an afro, but it's cute.

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    1. Hi Janainah! If it looks like an afro, then I'm happy, because that's the look I was going for. :)

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  3. Haha, cute! I like his new perm! I love that your husband gets into this with you! You can call him "BP" for short!

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    1. Thanks Phyllis! I amuse my husband with all of this doll stuff. :)

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  4. Your husband is hilarious!! His Afro looks great! Interestingly, I worked on a commission tonight that involved my creating two styles of Afros. I will post about it soon.

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    1. Thanks Georgia Girl! I can't wait to see your afro creations. I'll be watching for your post!

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  5. I actually like both versions. Thanks for the tip on using foil paper. It should be easier to control than the tiny rod curlers, which is what I usually use.

    What body are you using for Shawn?

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    1. Thanks Debbie! I think that the foil worked well for these tiny curls. The body that I'm using for Shawn is a Bratz Boyz Dylan.

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  6. I love it. "Natural hair, don't care." I have use pipe cleaner is the past but seeing home much love you showed for rolling it up is amazing.

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    1. Thanks Brini! Making curls that small took about all of the patience that I have within me. :)

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  7. LOL at your husband. Totally looks like a fro to me.

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  8. "Photos of Roxanne's dolls, which are mostly 1/6 scale Black dolls." Why is that?

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    1. Are you asking me why most of my dolls are Black?

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  9. Love that hair. So beautiful and amazing- aya

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