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My First Dolly Makeover

Do you know a doll in need a makeover?  Meet Chloe, a well-loved My Life doll.  She was our first dolly spa client.

My Life doll spa before lazy eye hair messy

This is her before photo.  Messy hair, lazy eye, dirty skin, and black nail polish.

doll spa supplies

Before we got started I gathered these supplies.

My life doll spa leg dirty 3.jpg

Her skin was incredibly dirty. My daughter rubbed all her skin with a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser.  She was careful not to to scrub too hard on her face, because we didn’t want to take the paint off.

As always be careful, Mr. Clean’s Magic Eraser contains chemicals and is also abrasive.  Please read and follow the instructions found on the box.

My life doll spa leg half clean

Here is the leg half finished.  As you can clearly see in the photo above the difference the Magic Eraser made, her skin was much cleaner after.

Mr Clean magic eraser dirty.jpg

Sadly the same cannot be said for the Magic Eraser!

My Life doll eye dirty

As you could see in the first photo, Chloe’s left eye didn’t open all the way, when she came to us.  I found out that her owner had used eye shadow on her eyelid.  Now to get out that nasty old eye shadow.  (Gentle reminder: eye shadow and dolls are not a good idea!)

flatten q-tip.jpg

First I took a Q-tip and pulled and flatten the cotton on one end like you can see in the photo above.  The flattened Q-tip is on the right side.  I did this so I could slip the Q-tip inside the mechanism and clean around the actual eyeball.


Next I dipped the Q-tip in rubbing alcohol and squeezed out the excess liquid.

clean doll eye alcohol q-tip.jpg

Using the rubbing alcohol and the flattened Q-tip I cleaned around the outside of the eye. Trying to remove the eye shadow from the mechanism.  I chose alcohol over water, because the alcohol will dry quickly, and not cause the eye to rust.  I worked the Q-tip around the eye several times…

My Life doll eye

…and we had success!  Try not to rub too hard because the alcohol will dull the finish on the eyelid.  I also used the Q-tip to clean other small areas on her body, like the fingers, toes, ears, etc.

cleaning doll nails.jpg

Using the nail polish remover and a cotton pad my daughter took off the old nail polish.  Be sure to use acetone-free nail polish, as acetone may melt your doll’s skin.

frizzy doll hair before_Fotor

Next to tackle is the hair!

My life doll hair tied up

Next we divided her hair into sections and started brushing.

Maplelea hair brush wig doll.jpg

We used a Maplelea wig brush, so we didn’t snag her hair as much as we would have with a normal brush.  I recommend using only wig brushes on your doll’s synthetic hair.  You can get them at just about any beauty supply store or on Amazon.

My Life doll hair brush maplelea 2.jpg

We started at the bottom in small sections, and worked our way up.  With her hair all brushed, now she is ready to have it washed.

doll ready for spa treatment

Before I got started I wrapped her body in a plastic bag so it wouldn’t get wet.

My Life doll hair wet sink

I then used a sulfate-free shampoo on her hair.  As with any synthetic hair you want to use sulphate-free shampoo as it is gentler on the hair.  I choose Marc Anthony Oil of Morocco Argan Oil shampoo.  I also used a bit of conditioner and rinsed it out. Remember you don’t need much shampoo or conditioner, the doll’s head is much smaller than your own.

dove frizz proof

After I towel dried her hair, I added a bit of Dove’s Frizz-Proof Cream-Serum, and combed it through.  I then left her hair to dry overnight.

My Life doll back nude

This is what her hair looked like the next morning.

my life doll after spa photo

As any good makeover artist would do we also provided her with a new outfit and got rid of her tired old house dress.  She looks pretty good!

The little girl that owned this doll was so excited to see the transformation the next day!  That’s the best part of this job!



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