or Fabric Softener
Doll's hair is not like people's hair. I think it's more
difficult to work with.
Don't overwork doll hair or it loses texture and shine. The less you do the
better. I don't shampoo unless it really needs it. When I do shampoo a doll I use
something very mild and only enough soap to get the job done. Sometimes I just
spray a little 409 cleaner on the hair (because it's mild) and then rinse with the
spray hose on the kitchen sink. This way I can shampoo a doll without messing
up the original curls and even this much is sufficient if the hair is only a bit
Hair conditioner helps to restore soft texture to doll hair. So does fabric
softener. You don't need very much, and be sure to rinse thoroughly or the
doll's hair will look greasy.
If the doll's hair is long or badly tangled then I leave the conditioner or fabric
softener in the hair while I comb it. This can make the hair much, much easier
to comb through when it's a bad mess. When the hair is untangled, then I rinse
My favorite new discovery is spray on conditioner. You can leave this in the
doll's hair. I spray it on wet hair before I start combing. Or, if the doll hair only
needs a little smoothing or rearranging, I use the spray on conditioner to get
the hair damp or wet. It's fast, the spray is good for the doll hair and combing
the doll is much easier.
Now, I only use the creme conditioners for dolls with damaged hair. Otherwise
I use the conditioner spray for most dolls.