Tangled messy hair?
My subject is not the worst I've seen, but you get the idea.
Let's discuss this for a moment....
If this were human hair, you'd probably use a conditioner to get those tangles out right?
Well, Barbie hair is synthetic so
we need something that does
the same thing as conditioner
only for synthetic materials.
The answer is liquid
Yep, just add a little bit of softener to a cup full of cold water and dunk the dolls head.
You might be wondering what
the Barbie brush is doing in the picture....
Well that's my "weapon of choice" for de-tangling hair.
Once you have some fabric softener on the hair, you can
start to work the tangles out.
Now you can do this nice and
gently with a comb working in
small steps from the ends to the roots,
but my method is to just grab that little plastic brush and go top to bottom just like I do with my own hair.
Now remember my method is the
brutal way.... it pulls all the loose
and damaged hair out as we go.
If you want to preserve the dolls
hair as much as possible then do the more gentle, bottom to top by small sections method.
It takes more time but leaves a
lot more hair in place.
My theory is that Barbie usually has plenty of hair to not have to worry about loosing a little bit of it. I prefer that the damaged (broken, frizzy, or kinked etc..) hair come out rather than stay and have to deal with it during the styling phase.
you have the dolls hair combed out, rinse the fabric softener out of her
Just a quick cold water rinse will do. Then let her hair dry naturally.
If you had a doll with wavy or curly hair - her hair
would still be in
so long as you remember to use cold water. Hot water will
straighten her hair.
NOTE: Something I discovered during
this step is that either this doll once had bangs or someone chopped the front of
her hair. The shadow shows it the best.
If you look at the messy hair pics of
this doll you couldn't see this.