Angora Mohair Care
Mohair is in a class all of its own. It is not like other natural or artificial fibers. Mohair comes from angora goats. We raise them ourselves and love them as much as the hair they grow. Mohair is very unique. It is the closest all natural thing you can get to human hair. Many people can't even tell the difference between mohair and human hair. Mohair has a natural shine or luster that is very hard to find in other fibers. It is naturally flame resistant and is super strong! It has been given the nick name "the diamond fiber". Mohair is stronger then steel of the same diameter. Another great quality of mohair is its texture. Mohair is very soft. The younger the goat the softer the hair. As the goat ages the diameter of the hair slightly increases. That is why most people try to use the first, second, and third cuttings of hair for reborns. However even older goats still have soft shiny hair. If you want real natural hair on your beloved doll mohair is just what you need.
Raw Fiber Care:
Raw mohair fiber is hair practically straight off the goat. Because it's in its raw form, it needs to be washed before you use it for any projects. If you receive an order that is specified as unsorted hair, you will need to start by taking the individual locks and pulling them apart. Make sure you hold the bottom while doing this so that it doesn't fall apart. Once the locks of hair have been separated you will need to run them under hot water and soak them in Dawn, or another strong soap that cuts through grease, for half an hour. Repeat rinsing and soaking the hair for thirty minutes about three times, four if you think the hair needs it. Then on the final soak, use a conditioner making sure to coat each lock thoroughly before letting it sit. Rinse the hair one last time and towel dry.
Doll Hair Care Instructions:
Washing & Conditioning
Your hair already comes to you all ready! I have washed it by hand at lest 3 times and given it lots of conditioner. There is no need to do anything else before putting it on your doll.
If you do want to rewash it and comb it you can. Use a gentle shampoo and conditioner probably one with natural oils. Mohair needs conditioner because washing it takes out the natural oils and you need to put them back in just like our hair does. If you are washing natural non-dyed hair you can use hot water. It dose not have to be burning hot, but do not ever use cold water or let the water get cold! It will bind together and be ruined.
Do not use hot water or cold water! Only wash your dyed hair in warm water. Do not use Dawn or anything too harsh. It will make the color bleed out. To help the color stay in, add a little white vinegar to the water. Think about if you dyed your hair. You do not want to strip the color back out. Keep in mind that I have already washed and conditioned it so that you do not have to. The more you wash it the more color will come out. It is best not to wash it unless you have to. Dyed mohair is not meant to be rewashed over and over again. It is very easy to use the wrong thing and loss or fade the color.
Combing Your Mohair
Your hair already comes combed but can get easily knotted or messed up. When combing your hair before it's on your doll you have to be careful. Hold one end of it tight so that it does not slip and end up losing half of it. When you are brushing it, it can become frizzy or even very fluffy. Don't worry this is normal due to its natural wavy lock structure. After you have all the knots and tangles out spray it with a water conditioner mix or a leave in conditioner. The hair will calm right down again. Do not comb wet hair unless you have all the knots out. It will stretch and break the hair giving it a split ends kind of look. And always make sure you use conditioner to avoid static electricity. When done combing lay the damp mohair locks out on plastic, aluminium foil or something with a smooth surface to let air dry in a safe place.
Rooting Your New Hair!
If you root your dyed mohair wet, use white vinegar so that the color does not bleed and stain your fingers. Even if you root it dry you may still get some color on your fingers.
Do not root the hair upside down with the tips being put into the scalp. Only root the top sheared ends with the band. The reason being, It is easier to comb the hair as it naturally falls going from the top to the bottom. You must not mix up the tops and bottoms when rooting! The hair will be very very hard to comb.
It is always best to use the knot method even with the shorter locks. It is not good to fold the hair in half to root with the lock and loop method. This is because it mixes the tops and bottoms.
Styling Your Hair
Mohair is very similar to your hair. You can style it the same way you do yours. You can use rollers, curling ions, crimpers, straighteners..... Just remember to be careful! You can burn mohair just like your hair and we all know burnt hair smells so bad.
If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me and ask.