Bad Hair Day? Doll Hair Hacks

Bad Hair Day? Doll Hair Hacks

Beth Callaghan
Jan 23, 2014
(Image credit: Amy Morris)

Since I have boys, my toy fixing and cleaning amounts to washing LEGOS and disinfecting the Wii remotes. When I was a child, though, I had plenty of Barbies, Cabbage Patch dolls, and Ginny dolls (anyone remember these?) whose hair was a ratty mess. So I would've appreciated all the suggestions out there for fixing your doll's hair at home. I've rounded up a few different suggestions.

Overwhelmingly, the most popular hack is to use fabric softener on your doll's hair, whether by dunking the head in a water/softener solution or spraying it directly on the hair. I found a few other ideas, though, so there are plenty of options to try out if you don't want to take the American Girl doll to the salon.


1. eHow suggests using baby shampoo and baking powder to remove oils and tangles.
2. Making It Feel Like Home tried a traditional route, first using dish soap but then adding regular conditioner. Don't try the boiling water soak on your own hair, though.
3. Restore curly doll hair with this tutorial from All Things With Purpose. All you need is a wire brush, water, and a pencil or straw
4. The Frugal Crafter used her mad styling skillz along with some frizz serum and a flat iron.
5. If all else fails, try sticking the hair up in a chic sock bun from Doll It Up.

Do you have a foolproof way to clean and detangle a doll's hair? Let us know in the comments!

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