This doll hair de-tangling tip is ideal for when your little girl decides to adopt a disheveled doll, or for any doll that's had its share of love (and corresponding wear). My daughter came home from a garage sale one weekend with a beautiful Rapunzel doll that unfortunately had very matted hair. We gave her new Barbie and another old doll I had from childhood a hair makeover and we were very happy with the results!
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All we needed was a bottle of hair conditioner and some hair detangler. I used TRESemme Moisture Rich Conditioner to soften and straighten the Barbie's hair, followed by a spritz of my favorite detangler, Regis Designline Olive Oil Leave-in Conditioner. I just combed both products through her hair, being gentle so that I didn't pull out very many strands, and followed with a thorough rinse.
My technique for this Barbie doll's hair makeover made quite the difference! If I had a small curling iron I could have made her practically look like new! This hair revitalizing process would work on any Barbie doll.
Next I decided to try to make-over my doll I've had since childhood. She's probably 25 years old! I've considered donating her in the past because her hair was so bad, but I'm very glad I kept her around! Again, I took her matted pig tails down and gently brushed out the hair using conditioner and water. This actually took awhile; about an hour because she has so much hair and I wanted to be careful not to pull any out. I followed with the spray-in conditioner, massaging it in and then rinsing it out. (Leaving it in could make the doll hair attract dirt over time) In the end it was worth the time invested!
My daughter loves her "new doll" and plays with her right alongside her American Girl doll. They can even share the same clothes! I'm happy my old doll escaped the closet and has a whole new life in the playroom; all thanks to a simple hair makeover!
1. Gently detangle hair with fingers.
2. Wash out dirt with water.
3. Gently massage in conditioner and separate individual strands with a comb.
4. Work your way around the doll's head until all the hair is combed through.
5. Spray in detangler or leave-in conditioner to increase softness.
6. Thoroughly rinse the hair, even rinsing with a mixture of equal parts water and vinegar for a super shiny finish.
7. Follow by a final rinse.
8. Style and beautify!
Massaging in conditioner to revitalize the doll's hair.
Spraying in my favorite Regis Designline Olive Oil Leave-in Conditioner. (great for kids' hair too!)
This little lady was very happy with her "new" Rapunzel Barbie doll. We'll have to work on her hair next! :)
My old doll got a whole new look! And she escaped storage in the closet and now shares clothes with our resident American Girl doll.
What do you think? We'd love to hear how your dolly makeovers go if you try this! We think it's awesome to take something worn and help make it new again! Now I'm excited to sew some new doll clothes. :)