By morning I had a clearer mind and some ideas. Also, the remaining hair looked a little more useable with some time to think. I did some research on extensions and thought they might be an option although, not a good one. All I knew about were the permanent/professional ones. I didn't like the idea of putting them in a little girl's hair or the expense. After calling a few stylists, one told me about clip in extensions and where to get them. She even offered to help teach me to put them in.
These would give us the hair when we needed it, not cause any "permanent" discomfort, and be much less expensive. They were still going to cost about $85 for real hair ones. We found wefted hair (not on clips) for $45. Finding a match, since we are filling a hole and not simply blending, might be a problem. That's where a friend and stylist chimed in....make our own. Our version cost less than $10. Since I'd carefully saved her locks, I had the hair I needed. With the help of google, youtube, and some on the phone advice, I thought I could use my crafting skills and actually do this.
After this long story....a tutorial is born. Making hair extensions isn't only for use on people. This tutorial may also be used to weft hair for doll making.
Hair your own or purchased
|wefted hair (If using this start at Step 8.)|
|bulk hair (to weft like)|
Ribbon We used 1/8" grosgrain to match her hair color. 1/4" would work also.
Stabilizer or tissue paper
Extension clips: purchased at the beauty supply store
Large Eye Needle and Thread
Repeat until all of the locks are done.
Step 7: Cut along the top edge of the ribbon. And remove stabilizers. Now you have a weft. You can buy the hair already wefted and simply begin at this point with the tutorial.
Finished Extensions! And a happy mama and daughter! In about 3 years, when her curls are beyond her shoulder blades, we'll even it all out and retire the extensions...
Now maybe I'll make myself some. I have fine thin hair and have always wanted to thicken it up a bit. (wink, wink)