You CAN ReHair a Dream Beauty: Tutorial & Photos Inside
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#1: You CAN ReHair a Dream Beauty: Tutorial & Photos Inside Author: WingsOfMasqueradeLocation: USA PostPosted: 0
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I've seen the question around, but not a tutorial-answer.
So I have made one up. DBs are very special to me, I love them, but they're so hard to find/get. Also, you tend to get mangey ones and they're always so expensive. It would be great if anyone could re-hair their own to restore them. If you would like to let me share the tale of Stardazzle...

(if you want this tutorial for your site, click & save the pictures, then copy & paste the images! Everyone should know how to fix their beauty)

Tools!
Small, thin, flat-head screw driver
Small pliers (needle-nose will do) with blunt end
Scissors
New hair (Stardazzle's color is Dollyhair Heartthrob)
Zip tie of specific size
Packing tape
Industrial glue

She was to complete my shimmering beauties collection.
But when I bought her, the post snapped off 2 of her legs.
Her%20hair%20was%20dirty,%20so%20I%20washed%20&%20combed%20it%20but: Her%20hair%20had%20dry-rotted%20and%20it%20all%20fell%20out%20when%20wetted. With%20some%20E3000%20Industrial%20glue,%20her%20legs%20could%20be%20repaired.%20Since%20she's%20clear,%20you%20can't%20hardly%20tell%20now.%20But%20then,%20her%20hair%20is%20nothing%20but%20a%20whisp%20of%20dry%20brittle%20mess. I%20had%20never%20re-haired%20one%20of%20these%20before,%20but%20I%20DO%20re-hair%20hard%20plastic%20horses.%20She%20was%20already%20in%20ruins,%20so%20why%20not%20try? First,%20get%20a%20scissors%20and%20cut%20off%20ALL%20of%20her%20hair%20as%20close%20to%20the%20scalp%20as%20you%20can%20get%20it: Then,%20using%20a%20small%20thin%20screw-driver%20(or%20something)%20start%20stabbing%20at%20the%20remaining%20hair%20in%20the%20tail%20hole.%20Your%20goal%20is%20to%20poke%20it%20INSIDE%20of%20her.%20It%20is%20held%20in%20because%20it%20is%20looped%20around%20a%20cross-bar%20(ALL%20DB's%20have%20this,%20you%20can%20see%20it%20in%20the%20clear%20ones)%20and%20has%20a%20washer%20on%20it.%20The%20washer%20is%20LARGE.%20The%20hair%20clump%20will%20fall%20apart%20into%20short%20hairs%20inside%20of%20her.%20This%20will%20release%20the%20washer.%20She%20will%20rattle%20for%20the%20rest%20of%20her%20days,%20unless%20you%20break%20her%20in%20half%20to%20remove%20it.%20%20NOT%20reccommended!%20It%20is%20just%20the%20price%20paid%20to%20look%20new%20again. Now%20you%20see%20the%20cross%20bar%20is%20empty%20of%20hair.%20Look%20CAREFULLY%20at%20the%20size%20of%20the%20hole.%20Choose%20a%20clump%20of%20hair%20(and%20measure%20it%20to%20length)%20that%20when%20folded%20in%20half%20will%20have%20the%20same%20DIAMETER%20as%20the%20hole.%20If%20you%20get%20it%20wrong%20her%20tail%20will%20come%20out%20really%20thin,%20or%20be%20too%20thick%20to%20put%20in%20b/c%20she%20is%20hard%20plastic. Fold%20this%20hair%20in%20half,%20and%20place%20a%20single%20zip-tie%20at%20the%20center%20and%20tighten%20it%20as%20hard%20as%20you%20can.%20Clip%20off%20the%20end,%20and%20leave%20a%20little%20stem.%20You%20need%20a%20specific%20size%20one%20like%20in%20this%20photo%20because... your%20aim%20will%20be%20to%20use%20the%20end%20of%20the%20pliers%20and%20poke%20it%20inside%20of%20her.%20It%20will%20squeeze%20together/compress%20the%20hair%20AND%20the%20little%20tab%20you%20left%20when%20you%20tightened%20it%20as%20it%20is%20pressed%20on%20the%20tail%20hole%20opening.%20When%20it%20goes%20inside%20it%20will%20\"Pop\"%20in%20and%20thus%20be%20stuck!%20That's%20how%20you%20want%20it.%20That's%20why%20the%20hair%20amount%20must%20be%20exact.%20If%20it's%20too%20little,%20it%20won't%20stay%20in.%20Too%20big,%20and%20no%20amount%20of%20jabbing%20will%20get%20it%20in%20there. Zip%20tie%20brand?%20Commercial%20Electric%204%20inch%20cable%20ties.%20You%20get%20get%20100%20of%20them%20at%20the%20Home%20Depot%20for%20like%204%20bucks.%20Bargain. Now%20the%20mane:%20It%20is%20harder. Her%20old%20mane%20is%20actually%20a%20strip%20of%20clear%20plastic%20with%20the%20hair%20sewn%20into%20it.%20It%20has%20holes%20for%20her%20neck%20cross-bars%20and%20when%20she%20was%20put%20together,%20it%20was%20held%20in%20place.%20You%20can't%20get%20rid%20of%20it,%20so%20use%20your%20small%20thin%20screw%20driver%20to%20CAREFULLY%20poke%20any%20remaining%20hair%20down%20into%20her%20neck.%20When%20no%20more%20hairs%20can%20be%20seen%20above%20her%20bead%20(or%20diamond)%20row%20it%20is%20ready. Measure%20her%20neck%20and%20cut%20a%20piece%20of%20packing%20tape%20to%20match%20the%20length.%20(the%20kind%20with%20strings%20in%20it%20that%20is%20tough%20and%20very%20sticky%20works%20well.%20Lay%20it%20sticky-side%20up%20on%20a%20table,%20then%20measure%20the%20hairs%20you%20want%20for%20her%20mane.%20Cut%20the%20mane%20hair%20and%20place%20the%20end%20on%20the%20tape.%20Use%20a%20finger%20to%20\"Spread\"%20the%20hair%20over%20the%20tape%20as%20evenly%20as%20you%20can.%20Some%20strands%20won't%20stick,%20but%20don't%20worry%20they%20will%20when... You%20use%20more%20industrial%20glue!%20LiquidNails%20Clear%20Bond%20will%20also%20work%20well.%20Using%20a%20popsicle%20stick%20(or%20some%20flat%20thing)%20spread%20the%20glue%20over%20the%20hair%20ends.%20Really%20try%20to%20grind%20the%20glue%20into%20the%20hair...it'll%20do%20most%20of%20the%20hair%20holding%20from%20now%20on.%20Goop%20it%20on%20all%20over%20the%20area%20of%20the%20tape.%20Then,%20put%20another%20piece%20of%20tape%20on%20top%20of%20the%20glue%20and%20let%20it%20dry%2024%20hours.%20It%20should%20look%20like%20the%20above%20photo%20when%20you're%20done. (this%20has%20created%20a%20'new%20hair%20tab'%20for%20her...similar%20to%20her%20old%20one)%20 Next,%20using%20your%20pliars%20again%20grip%20the%20strip%20and%20stuff%20it%20between%20her%20bead-rows.%20It%20should%20start%20slipping%20right%20in.%20Grab%20close%20to%20the%20edge%20and%20push%20a%20little%20bit%20at%20a%20time.%20It%20may%20look%20like%20this See?%20Can't%20see%20the%20tape%20at%20all.%20But%20that%20mane%20is%20very%20thin%20looking...and%20what%20about%20that%20curved%20place%20on%20top?%20No%20hair's%20there!%20That's%20what%20the%20mini-strip%20is%20for.%20The%202nd%20strip%20is%20much%20harder%20to%20place,%20but%20still%20goes%20in.%20The%20bead%20rows%20will%20keep%20the%20hair%20in%20place%20again,%20much%20like%20the%20tail%20popped%20in,%20since%20the%20tape/glue%20part%20is%20'fatter'%20it%20won't%20want%20to%20come%20out%20again%20through%20the%20little%20gap. It%20looks%20much%20better%20now.%20You%20may%20have%20to%20tug%20it%20a%20little%20to%20'arrange%20it'%20amongst%20her%20beads/diamonds.%20In%20this%20photo%20her%20hair%20is%20all%20the%20way%20down%20to%20her%20feet.%20But,%20Stardazzle%20doesn't%20have%20straight%20hair...it%20won't%20do. Use%20the%20bobby%20pin%20winding%20method%20for%20her%20curls.%20Wind%20each%20pin,%20wet,%20&%20let%20dry.%20Unwind%20the%20hair%20and%20separate%20into%202%20or%203.%20Then,%20soak%20the%20hair%20under%20running%20water%20to%20re-gather%20&%20relax%20it.

Now she's good as new! (well mostly)
She happily joins her shimmering sisters on the shelf.

I hope this tutorial can help any other DreamBeauty fans! Flirty Pony

#2: Re: You CAN ReHair a Dream Beauty: Tutorial & Photos Inside Author: XOXOLocation: Salem, Oregon PostPosted: 0
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Aww, the poor girl's been through a lot. Sad She looks great now!

#3: Re: You CAN ReHair a Dream Beauty: Tutorial & Photos Inside Author: babylicketysplitLocation: comstock park, MI (buried under a mountain of ponies and pet shop pets!) PostPosted: 0
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Thats awesome! i hope to eventually get a few dream beauties some day Smile you did a great job on her!

#4: Re: You CAN ReHair a Dream Beauty: Tutorial & Photos Inside Author: KookyRaccoonLocation: WA PostPosted: 0
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Wow, I don't have many dream beauties and the thought of tackling a repair on one is mind boggling, but I'm so pleased to see someone fighting in their corner! Happy She looks so much better now, if I ever get a sorry looking bald one I'll try it Wink They should add this to the cleaning/repairs section for future reference!

#5: Re: You CAN ReHair a Dream Beauty: Tutorial & Photos Inside Author: salemsparklerLocation: Germany, Ruesselsheim PostPosted: 0
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thanks for the tutorial - I really have to print this one (just in case it disappears again from here...)
you did a lovely job!

xx

#6: Re: You CAN ReHair a Dream Beauty: Tutorial & Photos Inside Author: WillowhawkLocation: Arkansas, USA PostPosted: 0
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Holy amazing restoration!! Well done!!

#7: Re: You CAN ReHair a Dream Beauty: Tutorial & Photos Inside Author: 22spot_ladybirdLocation: Scotland PostPosted: 0
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You've done an awesome job Smile

#8: Re: You CAN ReHair a Dream Beauty: Tutorial & Photos Inside Author: hodgemo2Location: St. Louis, MO PostPosted: 0
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OMG, she looks awesome! You should make a curling tutorial, too. I've never heard of the bobby pin method.

#9: Re: You CAN ReHair a Dream Beauty: Tutorial & Photos Inside Author: okapishomapiLocation: Athens, Ohio PostPosted: 0
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Wow, that's awesome!! Great job!!

#10: Re: You CAN ReHair a Dream Beauty: Tutorial & Photos Inside Author: ClipperLocation: Florida, USA PostPosted: 0
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looks great!! (=

#11: Re: You CAN ReHair a Dream Beauty: Tutorial & Photos Inside Author: MLPMomLocation: Babysitting all the naughty mods, it is a full time job! PostPosted: 0
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Thank you so much for posting this! I am sure lots of people will find it really helpful. Smile

She looks wonderful!

#12: Re: You CAN ReHair a Dream Beauty: Tutorial & Photos Inside Author: crunchycookiesLocation: *~Trying to score ponies*~ PostPosted: 0
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That is AMAZING! I LOVE DB so much and if I ever get one like yours I would for sure try this, not sure it would work as well for me though...lol!

#13: Re: You CAN ReHair a Dream Beauty: Tutorial & Photos Inside Author: LilSparkLocation: Rainbow Road PostPosted: 0
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Wow, I never thought that was possible Flirty Pony

#14: Re: You CAN ReHair a Dream Beauty: Tutorial & Photos Inside Author: Wardah PostPosted: 0
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Does this method work for other hard bodied horses like Fashion Star Fillies or Disney Princess horses?

#15: Re: You CAN ReHair a Dream Beauty: Tutorial & Photos Inside Author: partypony566Location: Sunny UK!!! PostPosted: 0
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wow she looks fabulous!! Flirty Pony



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