We have a lot of hand-me-downs in our house. I love it, second hand can be just as exciting as something new, especially with kids as young as mine. And we have very generous friends & family who are continuously passing things to us. While we are forever grateful, there are certain times items need a bit of TLC before we use them. Anna & Rapunzel were of course a HIT coming out of the bag. The girls went right to playing with them and E even tried to “brush” Rapunzel’s hair.
Side note, I am a VERY “Type A” personality, I like order, I like structure, everything has a place, things are labeled. Now since having children I have “chilled out” a bit, more that I have grown to understand that my life needs to be a bit more flexible. SO I am constantly tugging back and forth with myself. For example, do I leave the doll’s hair a mess because I know that MY kids are just going to mess it up anyway. Or do I spend my Sunday morning Googling & then reconditioning their hair.
This time the later won. Obviously, because here we are!
Now, I understand there are so many parent’s out there that aren’t like me at all. You don’t want to spend all day doing this. You want a quick fix! So here my step-by-step. PS I also did something similar with a child’s Rapunzel wig, which worked well too.
DIY Doll Hair Reconditioning Soak
1 cup water
1/4 cup fabric softener
small rubber bands
- Combine water and fabric softener into the small bowl.
- Dip in ONLY the doll’s hair. Avoid soaking the scalp area, this will lead to water entering the hollow head. Which can cause mold and other issues.
- Let hair soak for 10 minutes.
- While hair soaks you can use the magic eraser to clean up any marks on skin’s surface.
- Lay doll out on a towel and comb small sections using a picking motion. Do not drag or pull. If you have a particular large knot, try separating it by picking. You want to pull out a little hair as possible.
- Towel dry doll’s hair, if it seems to need a rinse to remove any fabric softener do so before styling.
- Lay or hang dolls to dry overnight.
- Braid doll hair’s and secure with small rubber bands.
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