Let's talk about hair. The hair that I use is high quality mohair from selected goats and alpacas. I have a few trusted sellers that I use on a regurlar basis. The hair comes in three types. Kid mohair is the first cutting of the goat and is super fine. Kid is the hair that is used on the very newest born kits. It is very delicate and hard to root because it is so fine. Yearling is usually the second and third cutting from the goat. I use yearling for kits that look a little older than that fresh newborn. Yearling has a little more size to it and is usually easier to root. Fine Adult mohair is usually used for babies that are a little older like six to nine months all the way to toddler.
I have just begun using alpaca hair and I have to say that I am liking it. It is very fine and requires patience. It is really a struggle to only put one hair in at a time with alpaca. I will post some pics of the different hair and some dolls rooted with each.
The needles that I use vary depending on the mohair that I am using and the texture of the kit. Some kits are much harder and require heating to ease the needle in the head. I will post pictures of some of my needles.