Vintage dolls are likely to
have very wild hair, if they've been played with. Baby
Face dolls have hair that's difficult to manage.
And, the worst might be hair
that has been re-rooted, such as this Baby Crissy doll.
Isn't she gorgeous?
FIRST. If it's a
vintage doll, you need to clean the hair first. A little
shampoo or liquid soap... and a lot of fabric conditioner
or hair conditioner will help. If necessary, you may need
to use some bleach if the hair is very gray or very
dirty. Spray on bleach cleaner is my favorite for grayish
be careful, because some vintage colors do fade,
such as carrot top. And the redheads are so rare
that you don't want to lose that lovely carrot
color. So only use bleach if you have to!
KNEE HIGHS. When the hair is clean, combed, and
conditioned, then you can dry the hair with a knee high
nylon over the head to keep the hair down and in place.
STEAM IT. If the hair tends to "rise up"
even when it's dry, then I steam it. Several people told
me about steaming. Apparently the Blythe collectors have
been doing it, and they learned it from the My Little
Put a damp washcloth over the
doll's head, and then steam the hair flat with an iron.
Make sure the cloth is damp. Make sure you don't iron the
eye area where you might flatten the eyelashes or melt
I use lots of "puffs"
from the steam iron as I work. The steam trick does
wonders for flattening the hair.
CURLING IRON. With Baby Face dolls, I like to finish
up with a hot curling iron on slightly
damp hair. I just curl the ends, and I take thin layers
at a time. I count out 15 or 20 seconds with the curling
iron, for each curl I hold.
The curling iron by itself
doesn't tame the hair, but it is very helpful for doing
the finishing touches.
with the curling iron!! Many dolls have hair that
will MELT, so you absolutely MUST test a small area
to find out if your doll has the kind of hair that
can be curled with a hot iron.
ROLLERS. For teeny
tiny dolls, you can curl the hair using straws for
rollers and bobby pins to hold it. This is teeny tiny
work and it's not easy to do. I use lots of hair gel: I
like the Clear Ice gel, which doesn't leave any shiny marks on