This doll does not have an “Afro.”
People who were part of the Black Pride movement of the 1960’s also took pride in wearing their hair natural instead of using straightening combs or chemical relaxers. Their pride in African culture was an Afro-centric view. The way they wore their hair was soon dubbed an “Afro.”
Fifty years later people often shorten the word and say [ 'fro ]
It is sometimes thought of as a comical word. I have decided to start calling it a Halo instead. Why? Because the Whorf Hypothesis says that thought follows language and I love this hair so I want to give it a name that isn’t about a particular political view (not that Black Pride isn’t great) but is instead about it’s beauty and power. It is a hairstyle that to me looks angelic and powerful yet gentle.
So, blah, blah, blah.
This post is actually a tutorial for creating Halo or Rotini hairstyles for your barbies.
WHAT YOU’LL NEED:
- A doll
- End papers (Sold at Beauty Supply shops)
- Pipe Cleaners
- Pot full of boiling water
Note about end papers – if you start with a doll that has long hair and you plan to make style similar to the style shown here, you will not have to have end papers, they are optional. But if you start with doll that has shorter hair and don’t plan to cut it any further then end papers will be essential.
- Cut pipe cleaners into two inche pieces and bend each one in half. They will look like little “V” shapes.
- Section off a peice of hair and twist it into a tight spiral.
- Wrap the spiral in an end paper (optional)
- Place a pipecleaner onto the scalp and pull the twisted section into the crook of the pipecleaner.
5. When you finish each section twist the pipecleaner to lock the hair onto it.
6. Once you have all the sections in pipecleaners, dip the head in boiling water for the count of ten.
7. Wait for the head to cool – usually a few hours, but overnight is best.
8. Take the pipecleaners out.
9. If you have length to spare, trim each curl to get rid of straight ends or strays.
If you want ROTINI style, don’t ever comb the curls out. If you want a HALO, brush vigorously and shape with your palms. For a HALO, be sure to bring some of the hair down over the forehead and then shape it back up underneath.
Oh, and be sure to play this song while you wrap the hairs: