You will also notice that my expertise in creating realistic looking hair is evolving. My early dolls are all bald. Then I taught myself to paint hair. You can see with dolls like Emma and Caroline that even painted hair can give a wonderfully realistic look. Starting in 2017, I am selling some of my dolls with rooted hair. I am using yearling goat hair that has been washed, conditioned and dyed to look just like human baby hair - more so that actual human hair, which is too coarse.
The hair is soft, silky and comes in many amazing colors. When rooting hair, the fewer hairs you have per follicle the better it will look. The ideal is like human hair, with one hair per hole. This means that you must use a very fine needle to push a single hair into the head at a time, all the way around the head. It takes hours!!
The other consideration is how hair grows on the head. The hairs grown in a swirl from the back center of your head and lay down in different directions. To replicate a real head of hair you need to have a good swirl and hairs that lay flat on the head.
Once the hair is rooted, it must be glued in place, inside the head so that the hair can be gently washed and styled. What is fun is that you can then play with headbands, bows, hats and even 'the damp look' that babies have when they wake up from a nap.
And as you can see with Keiko, sometimes a beautiful head of thick hair makes a world of difference!
The other picture shows Kara's beautiful and delicate swirl. Like most young babies, her hair is somewhat thin and sparse, (unlike Keiko's), but still totally wonderful!