Sunday, August 31, 2014

J-Doll Rewigged

Dear Readers,

I found out about J-Dolls earlier this year and posted about them HERE.  They are so pretty that I could not resist and bought three J-Dolls from Amazon.com.  They were moderately priced at $39.99 and I was very happy with them except that one of them had very bad hair.  I had chosen J-Doll Esplanadi Katu because she is so strikingly beautiful and her outfit is incredibly detailed and well-done.

This is what she looked like on the promo photos.  Her coat and purse are the best doll's clothes and accessories I had seen so far.  

The green dress looked cheap but the rest of her outfit made up for that.

But something I could not get over was her horrible hair.  It had the texture of straw and there was so little of it that I could not style her in anyway.  I didn't like her silver/grey color either.  I wouldn't have minded so much if the hair was of good quality but it was not so the whole wig was a fail to me.  

On the promo photos, the hair length looks even but in reality, it was uneven all over.  And it was too short for me to tie it up nicely or style it in a bun.

J-Dolls are made by Jun Planning, the mother company that makes Pullip and Dal dolls.  Except J-Dolls have normal-sized head and not the over-sized big heads that Pullip and the other dolls have.  Pullip and J-Dolls share the same body but the J-Dolls have no eye mechanism so they cannot close or move their eyes like the other big-head dolls.

Another difference is that J-Dolls are not meant to be customized so their wigs are not supposed to be removed and their eyes are not supposed to be changed.  One would need to break their head out to change their eyes.  However, the hair can be replaced.  Although their wigs are glued to their head, it is possible to unglue the hair with a hot water soak with a mild dish detergent.  I read about this tutorial on Diane's Dolls and Kitties Blog.  

After the recommended 30 minutes of soaking, the wig still felt very hard and did not budge so I let it soak for another  30 minutes and added a little bit of boiling water to the existing water.  So after a whole hour of soaking, I noticed the wig cap was starting to become weaker at some points and so I used my thumb to push it along the edges.  It took a good 5 minutes of pushing to dislodge the wig completely from my doll's head.

I was very worried that I would break her head or her body with all that pressure so I was extra careful while handling her.  It was still a nerve-wrecking process because I was sure she would end up snapping a limb!

Once her wig was removed, I was able to give her new hair!  Many months ago, I bought a size 4 wig for my Little Dal doll but I didn't use it yet so I gave it to this J-Doll to try it first!

Oh it's so soft now!

So what do you think? 
The size 4 wig is a little big for her but I think it would be stay in place with double-sided tape.  Now that she has new hair, I feel she is worthy of display again.  I gave her a Re-ment outfit to try out and it fits perfectly!   I can't wait to try other wigs on her and give try some other clothes as well.   Happy dolly times at last!

Have a great week everybody!

26 comments:

  1. Your collection never seizes to amaze me. And giving her a new wig is very innovative! I would have just let it be and thought that she should be blessed with unruly and ugly hair. Good job!!!

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    1. I gave up too until I found a way to remove her wig!!!

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  2. Wow, she's so beautiful!!!! I love her face and the cloak is so cute. It's a pity with her original hair, but the new hair fits perfectly :).

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    1. Thanks darling! She has amazing features! I am glad the new hair worked out!

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  3. Hi Jane,
    Great job! I own a couple of J Dolls and their hair is fine on them, but it is good to know for future purchases ;-) I just adore these dolls. I love the color of the new wig...I think it suits her better to be a golden blonde vs. a ash blonde.
    Have a great week,
    Lisa

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    1. I agree Lisa! The dolls are so pretty and delicate that I couldn't help get a few! I like her in blonde also!

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  4. Hello from Spain: awesome dolls. In my country are not selling these dolls. Keep in touch

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    1. How sad! They are available in NY country but I heard Groove has discontinued this line of dolls so there are no new release.

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  5. I love the new wig, Jane Cherie! I'm so glad you took the risk and customized her hair--what a difference it makes! I like the new outfit too! xo Jennifer

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    1. Thank you Jennifer. I didn't really want to keep her with her awful hair so it was a change I had to risk :)

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  6. I love your dolls new hair. I don't know these dolls here. I love her coat.
    Hugs Maria

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    1. Thank you Maria! I will try to dress her in up different outfit and see how it goes from there :)

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  7. Very fun post. I like to read the how you customize your doll's hairs. I was nervous too every time when I did something to my dolls. The new wig definitely looks much better on her than the original one. Her eyes are so pretty. Didn't know much about J-doll before. Now I will keep an eye on them.

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    1. You can get them for very cheap at Tuesday Morning stores where they are sold for $19.99 but it's really rare to find them there. I find most of them on Amazon or on Ebay. I love their eyes too!

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  8. elle est très, très jolie !!! Sa nouvelle coiffure lui va à merveille.
    Bises. Joce

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    1. Merci beaucoup! J'aime mieux sa nouvelle tête!

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  9. Cette poupée est superbe, tu as eu raison de lui changer sa wig, elle est bien plus belle ainsi...les cheveux des poupées sont souvent très laids aussi chez les Blythes... il faut bien se documenter avant d'en acheter une, sinon on risque d'être déçu ! J'ai hâte de voir tout ce que tu vas lui mettre comme jolis vêtements et cheveux différents ! ;)
    Bonne semaine
    Bisous
    Agnès

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    1. Je suis surprise pour les Blythe. Au prix de vente extraordinaire de ces poupées, elles devraient avoir une très bonne perruque!!! Mais bon, j'imagine qu'il y a toujours des exceptions à la norme.

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  10. Je connais ces poupées, elles sont trés belle et pas trop cher pour certaine en plus, je me laisserais peut être tenté un jour !

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    1. Elles sont en effet moins chers que d'habitude. Leurs prix ont baissé radicalement depuis 2013 alors on peut souvent en obtenir pour $20-$30 :)

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  11. Bonjour! Je voulais simplement venir te dire à quel point j'aime visiter ton blog. J'adore les poupées et il y a toujours des bonnes surprises ici... et beaucoup de tentation aussi :-)

    Je te souhaite un merveilleux weekend en espèrant que le soleil brille pour toi aussi.

    Stephanie

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    1. Merci pour ce gentil commentaire Stephanie! J'adore ton blog aussi et j'envie beaucoup la vie tranquille et la belle nature que tu montres si merveilleusement à travers tes photos!

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  12. You have such great taste!! I love this doll, the coat and purse are just lovely, I would love to have them myself (both for a doll and for me ;) ) And I agree about her hair.. She looks much better now, you did a great job with her hair!
    Hannah

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    1. I would love to have them in full size too :D

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  13. Hi,
    the new hair looks great! You have done a super job! The red coat looks wonderful!
    Kiss
    Sonja

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    1. Thank you Sonja! I am glad her new hair works for her look!

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