How to Untangle Barbie Hair

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How to Untangle Barbie Hair
Some grooming tools will help you untangle Barbie's hair. (purple comb image by Warren Millar from

Barbie is a favourite doll for many little girls and while it is a beloved toy, most parents know the frustration of trying to untangle Barbie's messy and knotted hair. With a few products and tools you would employ for untangling human hair, as well as a few non-traditional materials for extra help, you can quickly untangle Barbie's hair with little frustration. Then your children can get back to the business of Barbie make-believe.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Baby shampoo
  • Fabric softener
  • Comb
  • Toothbrush
  • Wig spray
  • Small hair bands

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  1. 1

    Wash the doll's hair with baby shampoo and gently rinse out the shampoo.

  2. 2

    Spread a mixture of fabric softener diluted with water into the doll's hair. Leave it on for 30 minutes, then rinse it out. This acts as a conditioner for the doll. Let the hair dry.

  3. 3

    Spray the doll's hair with a wig spray meant for untangling. You can find this at most wig shops or beauty supply stores. Leave the spray in; don't wash it out.

  4. 4

    Part the hair into sections and work a wide-toothed comb slowly through each section, starting from the bottom up. For any tough sections that are particularly knotted, brush a toothbrush over the hair to smooth it out.

  5. 5

    Braid the hair into two plaits to keep it from tangling again and secure it with two small hair bands.

Tips and warnings

  • If some of the hair is too knotted to salvage, snip off the bottom with a pair of scissors.
  • Don't use regular conditioner on the doll's hair, as this can attract and collect dust.

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