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!