Do you sell hair for re-rooting?
No. See the question below for hair sources.
Where do you get hair for re-rooting?
I prefer to use real MLP hair, however, now there is nylon hair which has a
texture identical to 3rd generation hair. It is pretty darned
expensive, though. Hair
can be bought on-line from various sites or locally at beauty supply
stores. People use synthetic hair
for making hair extensions, dreadlocks, & ponyfall hair pieces.
Look for "loose hair for braiding".
Here's a table on some "hair basics".
|Real MLP hair
Another bait pony tail (preferably a 1st generation pony, since 2nd
& 3rd gen ponies have wimpy tails)
||Depends on the bait
pony. Some colors, like Crumpet Gold, are very rare.
||The original stuff. Curls easily.
Watch out for color fading...the same pony may have a
different shade of hair color.
Adult ponies require 2 pony tails, baby ponies require 1 pony
tail. Manes take a little more work to re-use. Click
here to see my ponyclippings tutorial.
Real MLP hair usually takes dye well.
|$3.12 for one skein, which
should re-root one G3 pony with standard length hair.
||They claim that it's real
MLP hair, from the factory that supplies Hasbro. Feels
remarkably like 3rd generation MLP hair! ^_^
The sample skein has a diameter of 36" and is about the
equivalent of two G1 tails. It was barely enough to re-root a
G3 pony in a rather conservative manner. G1 ponies will
require 1.5 - 2 skeins.
Colors should match G3 ponies.
Takes fabric dyes very well, like real MLP hair, and it also curls
See my Shamrock
Spring for an example.
||$3.10 for one skein.
Should be enough for one pony with long hair or 1.5 ponies with
||This supplier has 34
colors which match the original MLP colors pretty closely. The hair comes
woven on a weft and measures 40" long.
Hair is similar in texture to G1 hair - not as shiny and a tiny bit
See my Polaris
for an example.
to see the in-depth review and comparison between the two
different nylon hair suppliers.
synthetic hair - yaki or "jumbo braid"
Beauty supply stores locally
on-line distributors like
|Comes in small & big
You might be able to find small
packets for $2 at some stores. Makes about 5 customs.
$4-$5 for a large packet
will make 10 or more customs.
|Some stores have limited
supplies of non-natural colors. Needs to be
prepped/straightened with a hair iron (either a curling iron or a
special straightening iron). Melts under high
heat. Texture is similar to pony hair, just a little bit stiffer.
Some people like the "poofy"
look of un-ironed kanekalon hair. ^_^
For an example, see Sparkling
synthetic hair - silky
Same suppliers as
|More expensive, but still
$4-$5 a packet will make about 6 customs
||Finely textured hair,
stiffer, very hard to curl/style. Comes straight, no prep needed.
For an example, please see Celtic
hair / "Katsilk"
dollmaking supply website
$2.50-$4.00 for one small skein which will make 1 or 2 customs.
||Very fine hair, soft and
shiny, gorgeous colors, hard to curl/style. Straight, flows
nicely. MELTS with low heat, like a hair dryer...be careful! Ready to use, no prep needed.
Colors are close, but don't match pony colors exactly.
NOT recommended for patching mane cuts...texture/color is slightly
off and will be noticeable.
Also, there seem to be two different
"thicknesses" of saran hair. The newer colors are
thicker & appear less shiny.
For an example, see Amber
Can I use MLP manes for re-rooting?
Yes, you can, but this is even MORE tedious, if you can believe
it. You will need to secure the cut end - either by glue or knotting
or both. Some people melt the ends with candles...but I've never
tried this. Also, your manes will be shorter. The final result
will depend on the original length and how much you lose from
cutting/securing the ends. Please see my Pony
Waaah!! I don't have access to
hair. What else can I use?
A little creativity? I've seen customs made with: DMC embroidery
floss, yarn, your own hair, your horse's hair, wool, clay hair, beaded strands, wire, and
even no hair at all!
I'm looking for a certain type of
hair. Fluffy, thin, and more fur-like. Where can I find this?
Hmmm...you could try using some specialty yarns or perhaps alpaca
fiber. Or check the fabric store for plush fabrics. Another
option would be to transplant it from a stuffed animal. Bear in mind
that if you use "natural" fibers like wool or alpaca, you have
to protect it from moths. Some people use mothballs. I prefer
Deep-Woods Off's lavender packets.
Where can I get tinsel for ponies?
There are several possibilities: buy it from a custom supply provider,
take it from a donor pony, or search for tinsel that was not specifically
designed for ponies. If you are not concerned with the width of the
tinsel or exact color matches, some Christmas decorations or gift wrap
tinsel will work in a pinch. If you want finer strands, try digging
through your fabric store's selection of "fancy/special
occasion" threads. Another option: fraying the edges of
What advice do you have for someone
re-rooting with tinsel?
It is delicate and can snap easily. A lot of tinsels
discolor/melt with heat. Keep this in mind when styling the pony -
test a sample first. Tinsel also requires extra time/effort in
prepping and re-rooting. Not to mention the extra cost. A roll
of fancy thread can cost $4-6 US dollars! If you're making the
custom as a commissioned project, please keep this in mind. Also I
DO NOT recommend using tinsel in your very first re-rooting project.
Practice with plain hair first, to minimize your frustrations! ^_^
What type of hair do YOU specifically
use for re-rooting?
Currently, I've been using a lot of kanekalon and nylon hair. It
just depends on the look I'm trying to achieve. If something needs
curls, I'll go for kanekalon or nylon hair. If something needs super
shiny hair, I'll reach for the saran hair.
What is a skein? How many ponies can I re-root with a skein of hair?
A skein is an imprecise unit of measurement...like a "basketful"
or "wad" of something. The term usually refers to a roll of a
yarn. Some people use it to refer to a roll of synthetic hair.
The size of the skeins varies...it depends on who you buy your hair from.
Also, the number of ponies you can re-root with a skein of hair depends on
your technique/style of re-rooting. If you like the hair super long
& super thick, you will need more hair. The estimates from the
table above are for average length hair rooted in a thickness similar to
the Hasbro originals.
What do you use to secure the tail in the pony?
I prefer either plastic or stainless steel washers...they're both fairly
expensive, but they won't rust. You can buy these at any hardware
store such as Home Depot, ACE hardware, or Lowe's. Some people use
Where are the instructions for re-rooting?
Okay, I finally got around to writing a re-rooting tutorial. It's
C'mon! Isn't there a faster way to
Re-rooting is tedious no matter how you do it. Most customizers
think this is the most time-consuming part. So, pop in a music CD or
grab a friend to talk to and start re-rooting!!
Where are the instructions for
re-tailing or making a replacement tail?
Glad you asked. There's a tutorial now. It's here: http://www.aikarin.com/mlp/customs/tail.html
How do I re-root a Brush n' Grow Pony?
LOL, that's a great question. Unfortunately, I've
never done it before and I've only seen ONE instance where someone
re-rooted a BnG AND restored the mechanism to working order. I have a bait Brush n' Grow pony that has been headless for years. It might be possible to glue the mechanism back in place, but I haven't experimented with that yet.
The parts will be delicate after gluing, so this is not the best idea.
If you don't care if the tail works or not, you can just remove the
mechanism and glue the head back in place. In this case, she will be
a non-Brush n' Grow.
How do you dye hair?
Below are really basic dyeing instructions. Not all hair types
will take dye (see the table above). Most customizers use
Rit fabric dye. This is available in craft stores & general
merchandise stores like Target or Wal*Mart. The liquid form can be
painted straight onto the pony's hair. The powder form needs to be
dissolved in water first.
Just apply to the pony's hair & let it sit. If you want it
darker, let it sit longer. Try not to get any dye on the actual
pony. I use shallow dishes for dyeing hair. Then, rinse the
pony's hair in running water. Yes, the colors are much lighter after
this step. I usually wash the pony's hair in shampoo to get rid of
the residual dye. Using a vinegar soak afterward is optional.
Rit dyes aren't true "acid dyes" (which require vinegar - dilute
acetic acid), although some colors are blends containing acid dyes.
Should I dye the hair first, then
re-root, or dye the hair on the pony?
If you have a choice, dye the hair first, then re-root. If the hair
is damaged by the dyeing process, you can always dye another batch.
If it's already on the pony, you would have to re-root it again!
Can I dye a pony and her hair without
taking her apart?
Real MLP hair will take dye well, but the colors are unpredictable.
Try testing the dye on the tail. That way, if the tail color doesn't
turn out well, you can easily replace it. Also, the body & hair may take up dye at a different rate.
You will have to take the pony apart first, since most dyes contain salt and this will cause the tail ring to rust.
What about special effects like gradients & stripes?
Use a paint brush & apply the dye to dry hair in a selected
area. Let it sit, rinse as usual. Your results will depend on
the type of hair used. See below for more details.
The hair isn't dyeing the way that I
want it to. Why?
In general, synthetic material like pony hair is hard to dye. The
results depend on the type of hair you're using. Some hair will dye
well, others will not. The hair may not end up the color on the dye
package. Why? Well, because the dye was meant for natural
fabrics, not synthetic hair!! The only way you can tell is by
testing it out.
I dyed my pony's hair and now it's
seeping onto the pony and staining everything. What can I do?
Unfortunately, this is always a concern with dyed hair or dyed
anything for that matter. I would try washing the hair very
carefully (as not to get the pony wet) with some shampoo. It's best
to shampoo the hair after dyeing, to get most of the dye residue
out. However, it may not solve all of your problems...over time, dye
may still leach into the pony's body.
Can I bleach pony hair?
The only natural color that is truly "bleachable" is the fading
pink color found on Posey, Wind Whistler, G3 Minty. You can bleach that color by leaving the hair out in the
sun. Bleach may or may not alter the other colors. The only
real way to know is to try a sample. I accidentally bleached a
Moondancer tail one time and it turned an ugly maroon-brown color. I
would say it's nearly impossible to bleach pony hair to 100% white (except
Can I dye the hair on a so-soft?
It's possible, but you'll probably end up dyeing the flocking at the roots
as well. There really isn't a good way around this.
How do you curl hair?
There are several ways to do this. The easiest & safest way is
simply to get the pony's hair wet, comb it straight while adding a tiny
dab of conditioner, then rolling it in a curler. Let it sit for a
few days. I prefer the sponge rollers. The longer you wait, the tighter the curls. Then,
carefully remove the curlers. Curls will soften with time. I
don't recommend using hairspray on ponies (which can damage hair &
Can I straighten curly synthetic hair?
Well, it depends on the hair type. If you want straight hair, it's
best to start with straight hair. Some people use curly doll or
extension hair for re-rooting, which may be easier to find. The
composition of the hair is usually not listed...who knows what's in
there. Test an unrooted lock (NOT attached to the pony) before
trying anything on the custom itself. Mist the hair with some water
& use an iron set on the lowest temperature. Hopefully, it won't
melt under the heat.
How do I straighten Yaki/Jumbo Braid
It's tedious, but I do it in two steps. First, before re-rooting,
take a small handful (about 1" wide) of the hair and mist it lightly with water. Use
a curling iron or straightening iron set to the LOWEST setting. Fold
the hair in half and hold it by the folded part. Run
the iron through the hair several times, while pulling it against the
iron. Make sure your curling iron is straight...don't have it
angled. Be VERY alert that the kanekalon isn't melting or getting
frizzier! Spritz more water on it and repeat a few times.
Then, allow the hair to dry. After it is completely dry, re-root the
pony. When you're finished with your painting and customizing, it's
time to style the hair. Trim off the scraggly ends and mist the
hair. Rub a small amount of conditioner into the mane and
tail. (Note: I wait until the end to add conditioner, because if you
get it elsewhere, it might keep the paint from sticking to the
pony). Use your curling iron set on low to do the final
straightening. Once again, be very careful not to melt the hair!
If you want curly kanekalon, it will look better if you straighten the
Where can I find dark gray hair?
Hmmmm...as far as I know, there isn't a pure dark gray synthetic hair out there.
One visitor pointed out that Dollyhair.com has a color called Hematite,
described as "dark steel silver with a hint of plum."
Update: I have a sample of this color on hand and it is so dark that it's
almost black. It's basically black with muted purple
highlights. A gorgeous color, but I think it's way too dark to be
There is also a white/black blend in Kanekalon. After de-frizzing, the
separate white/black strands would be more noticeable.
Another option would be dyeing light silver or white Kanekalon. Or
white colored real MLP hair. I'm not a big fan of dyeing...it
usually gets everywhere on the pony (and it can even rub off on other
How do I get rid of that freshly
re-rooted poofy hair look?
Hey!! Some people actually like that "swept" hair
look! If it's not for you, try wetting the pony's hair, then hold it down
with a rubber band. After some time, the hair will stay flat against
the pony's head. Alternately, you could wet the hair, hold it flat,
then use a hairdryer on it. **please note: be sure to test synthetic
hair first!! A lot of synthetic hair brands including saran hair
(katsilk) will melt with heat.**
How do I deal with "fly away"
or static buildup on hair?
Move to a humid environment. LOL, just kidding! I live in a
very dry place, but my ponies have well behaved hair. How do I do
it? It's actually very simple. First, wet down your pony's
hair. Then apply a tiny dab of hair conditioner & comb it
throughout the hair. "A tiny dab" for me is a thin coating
on the pad of my index finger. About the size of a dime. If
your pony's hair feels greasy, you've used too much. Style & let
the hair dry on its own. You don't need to rinse out the
What brand of hair care products do you recommend?
*scrunches eyebrows* I just use whatever I have on hand.
Usually Pantene's Smooth & Sleek or Thermasilk. They seem to be
more expensive, but you don't have to use as much, so the cost works out
to be about the same =)