Three years ago, my daughter discovered American Girl dolls and has still not come up for air. Her current collection consists of 5 American Girl Dolls, a tub of clothing and a few pieces of furniture that can keep her entertained for hours.
Most of the dolls that she owns have long hair, which although beautiful out of the box, can become a gross, frizzy and matted mess within a few short months of play.
Recently my daughter sadly declared that although she loved to play with her American Girl dolls, she didn’t like how the long hair started to look so she didn’t plan to play with them too much going forward. It really broke my heart because I know how much she loves them, so last weekend, we gave Julie’s long blond hair a much needed American Girl Doll Hair Makeover and thought we would share how you could fix your American Girl Doll hair too!
Fixing American Girl Doll hair is not as difficult as you may think. In fact, it’s relatively simple and can easily be done in about 30 minutes.
American Girl Doll Hair Makeover: What You’ll Need
- Spray Bottle for water
- 3 tablespoons liquid fabric softener (I used Downy)
- Doll hair brush
- Small towel
- Warm tap water
How to Fix Your American Girl Doll Hair
Doing your American Girl Doll Hair makeover is really not as difficult as it sounds. Follow these easy steps and your doll’s hair will be as good as new!
This is the disaster that we were starting with. It was knotty, matted, frizzy – just all sorts of gross.
Measure between 2 and 3 tablespoons of fabric softener in your water spray bottle and add warm water until the bottle is full. Shake the bottle up so that the fabric softener is mixed well with the water.
You can wrap a small towel (a hand towel from your linen closet is the perfect size) around your American Girl doll’s neck and body, or lay your doll on a towel with another towel over her as protection from any stray water.
Lay the American Girl doll on your counter so that only her head is over the sink and her hair hangs down. If you are able to brush through the hair a bit before this, do that, but if it is too knotty and matted, don’t force it.
Take a small section of the doll’s hair and spray it with the mixture of water and fabric softener from your spray bottle. Start spraying from the tips of the hair and then move upwards but do not spray the scalp. You’ll want the section to be good and wet, but not drenched. A few things to note during this step. First, DO NOT pour the water mixture over the doll’s head or submerge the doll’s head in water – make sure to use the spray bottle. Second, don’t spray the scalp as you do not want any potential for mold inside the head. Last, be sure not to get any water in the doll’s eyes (you can cover the face with a towel to avoid this).
The section of hair should be wet enough that you should be able to start brushing out the knots. The more ratty your doll’s hair is, the smaller your sections should be. Once you have that section of the doll’s hair brushed out, move onto the next section and repeat the spraying and brushing until you are finished with her entire head.
When you’ve been able to brush through all of the hair on the doll, wrap the hair in a towel for about 15 minutes to get most of the dampness out.
If the hair is uneven on the bottom, take a scissor and carefully clean up the ends. Sit the doll up on a chair (or stand her against a wall) where her hair can air dry overnight. In the morning, you will have beautiful American Girl doll hair once again!