How to Straighten a Doll's Hair

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Many children's dolls come with hair brushes and the hair can always be cut. But for the most part, the hair style the doll came with is the hair style it will always have. Unlike real hair, the plastic strands of doll hair do not respond well to being reshaped or doctored with styling products. However, if your doll has curly or wavy hair, it is possible to straighten the hair to some degree.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Hair brush or wide-bristled comb
  • Fine comb
  • Conditioner
  • Hardcover books
  • Clothes steamer
  • Curling iron

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  1. 1

    Comb the hair repeatedly with the brush or wide-bristled comb first. When it's easy to pull the wide comb through the hair, brush it again the fine comb. Comb for about 30 minutes or until combing no longer seems to have a straightening effect.

  2. 2

    Wet the doll's hair then apply a small amount of conditioner to your fingertips and rub it into the wet hair. Comb it again while it's wet. Let it air dry.

  3. 3

    Lay the doll on her side and place the hair between the pages of a heavy, hardcover book. Weigh down the book with a couple of additional books and leave it in place overnight.

  4. 4

    Boil a pot of water and hold the doll's hair in the steam issuing from the top. Let the heat and moisture relax the hair. Comb the hair again while it's moist and warm.

  5. 5

    Press the hair between two sheets of paper. Roll a hot curling iron over the paper and let the heat permeate it. Check the hair frequently and stop your work as soon as it is straight. Too much heat could melt it.

Tips and warnings

  • A clothes steamer can be used in the same way as the steam from boiled water.
  • Don't leave the curling iron in one place long enough for the paper to scorch.

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