Re-Roots: Giggles and Pebbles

I have not spent as much time re-rooting this year as I should have. For me, I think it’s because I enjoy doing big dolls more than Barbie’s and those can be hard to come by sometimes! This week, my mom and I finished two re-root projects that I wanted to share with you all!

At the last doll show we attended, my mom brought home a Giggles doll (Ideal) that was in need of new hair. She requested a cool nylon blue fantasy color called After Midnight, which I ordered from Dollyhair. Dollyhair considers this to be ‘a gorgeous dark navy blue’. It’s a good description. I like this color, because while it is a bright blue in most light, it has a strange black tone to it at certain angles. Giggles took two hanks of Dollyhair’s Barbie Long hanks. It may take an extra hank if you tend to have a lot of waste when re-rooting. (It took me a while to figure out how to not overload my re-rooting tools needle!)

My mom had her own project on her hands– rerooting a Pebbles doll (Ideal) that had a lot of missing hair plugs. We didn’t get a perfect color match for Pebbles, unfortunately, with the nylon Carrot Cake hair we ordered. Carrot Cake is an interesting color described as ‘more muted than pumpkin spice, but it is still an auburn color. It is more red than amaretto’. I see a lot of light pink hues in Carrot Cake, to be honest. Pebbles also took 2 hanks of Barbie Long hair. We styled her hair differently than the original doll, because it seemed complicated to try to recreate her unique style. I think Pebbles turned up super cute!

Watch the video reveals below!

What do you think of our most recent projects? Let us know in the comment area!

October 29, 2018. Tags: . Uncategorized.


  1. April Plunkett Perlowski replied:

    Great job! They both look awesome.

  2. Taswegian1957 replied:

    You both have a lot of patience to reroot a large doll. How long did it take? I think Pebble’s colour looks quite nice. The blue on Giggles is a pretty colour but I have to be honest and say my personal preference is for hair in natural shades. I don’t know what I would do if I rerooted dolls. I’d want to use the pretty colours but I’m too much of a realist to like them on any doll that isn’t a fairy or a mermaid.

    • kewpie83 replied:

      The Giggles didn’t take that long. I probably put 6-8 hours into her. I tend to just put on some movies and re-root away. Ha ha! And I totally understand, sometimes it’s nice to keep a dolls hair traditional. 🙂

      • Taswegian1957 replied:

        Working on dolls hair is something you can do while watching TV. I have done a lot of detangling in front of the TV set.

  3. Momma Cat replied:

    Wow! I didn’t know you could re-root a dolls hair! I also have a vintage Pebbles doll. She still has all her hair, but is in need of a complete cleaning and part of her original outfit it missing.

  4. Beatrix replied:

    I like the color on Pebbles too. I’m like Taswegian1957, I prefer traditional realistic colors on little toddler dolls. I was not happy when a niece of mine dyed her hair fuschia as a preteen–it seemed to me to take away from her youth which goes too soon, but I realize that is a cultural/maybe generational value. Maybe if Giggles’ hair were styled in pigtails to make her seem more playful it would appeal to me more, or if the color were a pastel color, not sure, but you did a great re-root job. I know that must take a lot of time and attention, and the great thing about doll collecting is that we can style our dolls to our own personal taste. That’s one of the things I like about this hobby– the personal space you create to do what you please.

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