Below is a detailed review
of the two sources for nylon hair: Dollyhair.com and Custompony.com
Originally posted on my LiveJournal September 2006.
I finally got a large box of hair from Dollyhair.com - since I ordered
some hair that wasn't in stock yet, it took a while to get here. But it
was well worth the wait! Above are the different drool-worthy colors I
currently have. ^_^
The other known supplier of nylon hair is Custompony.com - she sent me a
sample skein in the "Love Kisses" color, which corresponds to G1
Heart Throb, Birthflowers, SS Truly, etc. As you can see, the hair is
SUPER long, measuring about 40" and secured at one end by a weft.
Since it is so long, it can get tangled easily. You might want to cut it
in half to make it more manageable, if you're not going for incredibly
long hair, LOL! ^__^
Above is a close-up pic of the weft. It appears that the hair was crimped
about 1" from the end. I'd probably cut it off before I used the
hair, but it might be possible to unravel it.
Pic above shows Dollyhair's "Heartthrob" color and Custompony's
"Love Kisses" color with G1 UK Love Letter and G3 Rarity.
If you're a customizer, you're probably wondering "Is there a
difference between the hair from Dollyhair and Custompony?" The
answer is yes, but it is slight. It's not enough to say I'd use one hair
source over the other.
Obvious differences: the hair is different lengths, one has a weft.
1. Hair weight
Custompony hair seems to be heavier. A skein weighs about 0.5 ounces
compared to 0.2 ounces from Dollyhair. Does this mean you get more hair by
buying from Custompony? The actual amount of the hair looks
comparable to a Dollyhair skein...I think it's just denser. The star
pony (pictured below) used just under one skein. The hair is
slightly longer than the usual G1 length and her tail is very thick.
Would you notice a difference in the weight of the pony after it's
re-rooted? No, since we're talking about very small weights here - just
fractions of an ounce!
Custompony hair isn't as shiny (doesn't reflect as much light), but this
could be due to the color of my sample. There are some colors of Dollyhair
that are less shiny and they even differentiate between
"Brilliant" and "non-Brilliant" versions of the same
color. The Custompony hair looks more like original G1 hair, whereas some
G3 hair is so glossy that it looks wet.
Custompony hair seems just a tiny bit stiffer than Dollyhair's hair. It
loosens up a little after washing & conditioning. I don't think this
will result in a noticeable difference after re-rooting, it still styles
& curls easily. In fact, it might actually hold curls better. Once
again, it's similar to G1 hair in this respect. Dollyhair hair seems
softer, like G3 hair. It also curls and styles easily.
Now, both of these samples are supposed to be an EXACT match for Heart
Throb, SS Truly, G1 Birthflowers, etc, but are they? LOL, the two colors
don't even match each other! ^_^ The Custompony hair looks darker than the
Dollyhair sample, but close to the G1 pony. The Dollyhair color is a
dead-on match for the G3 pony. Another thing to keep in mind is that G1
hair can darken or fade with time, so if you just need a little for a mane
patch, it might be noticeable after re-rooting even if you use Custompony
Polaris custom pony re-rooted with Custompony nylon hair.
Shamrock Spring re-rooted with Dollyhair nylon hair.