I have always avoided bringing high maintenance curly haired dolls into our home. These dolls are notorious for bad hair. From what I had read, this hair once tampered with will never be the same. This troublesome hair has kept me from purchasing American Girls such as Caroline, and Nicki. Although this dolls are beautiful, their hair just scared me too much.
Last summer however I did purchase an American Girl WellieWisher. Yes, I like so many others I fell for the adorable yet curly-haired Willa. Since her hair was in the cute pigtails, the fear of her curls never even crossed my mind. That was until I allowed my 7 year old daughter, to play with her.
While tidying up the downstairs, I found Willa upside down in a box full of toys, with nothing on but her wellies. Trying to calm my panic, I reminded myself that she is just a toy, and toys do end up in this position from time to time. Thinking all was lost, I remembered a trick I had heard in the American Girl Store. Armed with a spray bottle full water, and a wig brush I thought I would give it a try.
Here is my poor Willa with the 80s style hairdo my daughter left her with post playtime.
Step 1: Take a small section of hair. It is best to separate the hair according to the curls. In the photo above you can see that my daughter has Willa’s full ringlet in her hand, this is what you want to do.
Step 2: Dampen the curl. You want to gently mist the hair, and not saturate it. Make sure you mist the entire strand. Try to avoid the wig cap, you don’t want to get that wet, if possible.
Step 3: Brush out the damp curl. Using a wig brush, brush the curl straight, as always when brushing hair start at the bottom and work your way to the top.
Step 4: Twist the curl. Immediately after brushing the curl out, twist the section of hair in the same direction as the original curl.
Step 5: Repeat steps 1 through 4, until you have done this on every section of the doll’s hair.
By following these 5 easy steps, you too can take your doll from retro 80s to millennial chic in no time! Be sure to do this treatment quickly after finding your doll’s hair in a frizz. The longer you wait, the less likely that the curls will return to their pristine glory.
Seeing the ease and effectiveness of this method, curly-haired dolls no longer intimidate me, nor should they intimidate you. Perhaps Caroline, or Maplelea’s KMF11 doll will one day find her way into my home. You know it is my birthday today… a girl can always wish 😉