How to Repair Synthetic Doll Hair

Written by andrea griffith
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Children tend to show their dolls a lot of love. Unfortunately, that love can make the doll look a little rough around the edges. Chances are when the doll was purchased her hair looked fabulous. Some have very curly hair, others have wavy or straight hair, but all their hair is shiny, silky and smooth. After a while, the hair gets wet, brushed out or damaged, leaving it to look messy and matted. There is a way to get that doll's messy looking hair to look like new. Just give her a quick dolly perm.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Thick drinking straws
  • Pot
  • Bowl
  • Ice
  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Small brush
  • Hair clips

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  1. 1

    Cut straws into 3/4-inch pieces. The straw bits will be used as doll rollers.

  2. 2

    Fill a saucepan or small pot a little less than half way with water. Bring the water to boil, then lower it to a simmer.

  3. 3

    Fill a small bowl with cold water and add ice to it.

  4. 4

    Pour a very small drop of shampoo onto the doll's hair. Lightly and gently, clean the doll's hair with the shampoo, being careful not to massage the soap in (this can cause matting). Wash the shampoo out then add a small drop of conditioner to the hair and brush through. Rinse the conditioner out.

  5. 5

    Put one of the rollers at the end of a small section of hair. Roll the hair all the way up in the roller, and stick a hair clip through the roller to keep it in place. Continue rolling up the doll's hair in the rollers until all the hair is in rollers.

  6. 6

    Slowly, pour the hot water over the hair. Do this slowly to ensure none of the rollers fall out. Then, pour the ice water over the hair. Let the hair dry for 12 to 15 hours.

  7. 7

    Remove the rollers from the hair when it is dry. You'll be surprised how great the doll's hair looks.

Tips and warnings

  • For super curly hair, use thin cocktail straws and very small sections of hair. To get straight hair with some added volume, do the steps as above and lightly brush out the hair with a doll brush.

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