How to Fix a Doll's Hair

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How to Fix a Doll's Hair
Untangle and soften your doll's hair. (doll image by anna karwowska from

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
  • Conditioner
  • Baby oil

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  1. 1

    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.

  2. 2

    Wash the doll's hair using a mild shampoo and warm water. Scrub the hair gently. Rinse the hair and repeat if needed.

  3. 3

    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.

  4. 4

    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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