Wear-and-tear can take its toll on a doll's hair after years of play. The hair may be dry, matted or tangled hair due to over-combing and improper maintenance. Maintaining your doll's hair will not only uphold the value of a doll--collectable or not--but will also keep her looking her best for additional play, sale or to be passed down to the next generation.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
Things you need
- Mild shampoo
- Baby oil
Undress the doll completely to avoid getting her clothes wet. Remove any hair clips or barrettes from the doll's hair. Comb it's hair with a wide tooth comb to remove any tangles before you shampoo it. Comb from the ends of the hair, working out tangles as you move toward the roots.
Wash the doll's hair using a mild shampoo and warm water. Scrub the hair gently. Rinse the hair and repeat if needed.
Add a little conditioner to the doll's hair if it is really tangled and matted. Let it sit for a few minutes while you comb out remaining tangles. Rinse out the conditioner with warm water.
Comb the dolls hair and let it air dry. Dab a little baby oil into the palm of your hands and gently touch the dolls hair to give it a little lustre. Gather all the hair together and pull it into a ponytail using a rubber band.
Tips and warnings
- After shampooing the doll's hair tie a plastic over it's hair. Poke a few holes in the plastic and let it dry for a few days. The doll's hair will dry smooth using this technique, according to Kaylee's Korner of Collectible Dolls.
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