What The Hank? Part 2: What Doll Hair Weight Means

February 4, 2016

*Like my first blog about hanks, this is based on my research and so if any info is incorrect, please let me know so that I can correct it!*

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My “What the Hank?” blogs is my attempt at explaining what in the world a hank is and provide the info to aid you in buying re-rooting hair. I had mentioned weight a little my first blog, I wanted to add some additional tidbits, comparisons, and why the word “approximate” shows up so much in descriptions.

Hank Weight

The amount the hank weighs is just as important as how long it is. Because even though the length of hair might be provided, how do you know how much you will need for your project? The charts made by various sellers of hair (myself included) determine how many hanks are needed to complete a re-rooting project based on weight, NOT length. Almost every chart description uses the word “approximate” and I personally found that confusing. How could I know what I was doing if I didn’t have hard numbers to work with?

“Approximately”

I am the type of person that wants to understand exactly why I do things and what it means, even if that requires me to ask questions even if I annoy people. So I believe that I have figured this “approximate” thing. Maybe it was super obvious to others, but this is what I needed to understand for it to make sense to me.

Have you ever cooked a recipe that says how many people it should feed and the portions end up being drastically off? I find that this happens to me a lot because I love food and probably eat more than I should. So the recipe wasn’t wrong, it is my own use of the “pre-decided” portion that caused the portion to not be what I needed. The same portion rule applies to re-rooting. For example, Seth re-roots much thicker than I do and so uses more hair than I do. I prefer to root thinner around the nape of the neck and hairline and root a little thicker on the top. If you add bangs or want an elaborate style that is also going to require a little more hair. So in this instance “approximate” works in a description because of the unique way a person uses the hair.

When is it NOT okay? *The following is based on MY opinion, some people may disagree.* As a consumer, it is important to know the amount of what we are buying. How could we buy clothing if the size is “approximate?” Would you order it online and just hope it fits? I have never met anyone who would do that. It is not considered picky to know how much you are getting when you order something in my opinion. So I pose a question to you: Do you really want to purchase something if the weight of the hair is “approximate” and you just hope you get enough for your project?

Hank Weight & The Doll Planet

Before we even got our first order of hair, we spent a good amount of time researching and talking to customizers to get an idea of what a good weight and size for a hank should be. I found that I was not alone in the frustration of the vagueness of not knowing the actual weight of hair. So my hope was to try an create as simple of a chart as possible. Originally I just wanted to do one size to prevent any confusion as what to order. We did this at first- 1 oz hanks 18 inches long- and while it worked, it didn’t cater to the many artists who re-hair My Little Pony because they only need half of an ounce of hair for a thick mane and tail. So we created the half oz size, which we refer to as an “MLP” hank. This size is also good for those who like to do color blends and high-lights on dolls.

The 2 oz size is what we call “XL” since it is twice the size of the large hank and offer them in a value pack at a discount for those working on a project that requires more hair or likes to buy in larger quantities to save money.

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If you take a minute to examine the difference in size, I think it is pretty easy to see how dramatic the difference is! It is, of course, much easier to tell when you hold them. This light purple shade is a newer color we have added to our inventory named “Whisper.” We are able to to provide custom lengths and weights by request, we have just found that having 3 size choices makes it much easier to order and to understand how much you are needing for the majority of projects.

Another thought I had concerning weight was if the weight listed by other sellers included the packaging or not. A plastic bag may not way a lot, but when you are dealing with an item that is less than an ounce it can make a difference. I would imagine that all brands of bags are different weights, but I wanted to see the weight comparison with our own bags and here is what I photographed using the scale in ounces:

doll-hair-on-scale-comparision-nylon Seth had previously bagged this hank about a week ago so I pulled this from our actual inventory. As you can see, the Large hank is actually more than 1 oz. Our rule when packaging hair is that we always go a little bit over than under if the weight is close enough. So the bagged hair weighs 1/10 of an oz. Doesn’t seem like a big deal, but if we weighed our hair after packaging, that is 20% of the weight in hair of an MLP hank you would be losing.

Some people may find this post biased or opinionated, but I like to know what I am getting when I buy something. Seth and I can’t speak for other suppliers, but every hank ordered from The Doll Planet is individually weighed without packaging so you get exactly what you ordered, despite the additional time it takes us when shipping orders. So yup, shameless plug, but also to help you with ordering in general.

As always, happy hair-ing!

-Diana

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