** A Good Brush, Combs and Picks
** Child Detangler
** Son of A Gun (spray vinyl protectant - can be found in the Automotive section)
** Bobby Pins
** Latex Bands
** Hair Scissors
** Curling Iron
** Knee High Nylon Stockings ~ For making homemade wig caps and flattening Hair
Cleaning Doll Hair
For several years I cleaned my dolls hair with Windex, 409 or Fantastic. Any of these these products work fine and will do the job but if you want really SUPER clean doll hair I highly recommend our doll & wig cleaner. It is the BEST and the only thing I use now...
These methods can be used on rooted hair, doll wigs, synthtic hair and human hair. I have never tried them on mohair so can not recommend.
First wet dolls hair with warm water. Add cleaner to hair and gently work through the hair. Rinse in warm water and repeat if neccessary. Blot dry with towel.
If washing a glued on wig then be carful not to saturate too much as it may loosen the wig. You may want to let dry for a day before styling. If the wig does loosen around the edges let dry and add some wig glue to secure again.
While hair is still wet I spray in a Child detangler. I prefer the detangler but you can also use any liquid fabric softner. I use a comb or bush and work though the hair. ** If the hair is brittle skip the brushing and go straight to conditioning.
I use a product called "Son of a Gun" which is a vinyl spray protectant that can be found in the Automotive section of any store. I swear by this stuff and it can also be used on the body after cleaning.
You are now ready to style or can let dry and style at another time.
If the dolls hair is really dry, frizzy or brittle I saturate the hair with the Son of a Gun and put a plastic bag over the head. Put a rubber band over the head and around the neck to keep moist and secure. Let set for a day or two. Take the bag off and let dry. Once dry, rinse in hot water and repeat the process if neccessary.
I find that patience is a must for doll hair. The more patient you are the better the dolls hair will turn out.
FLATTENING DOLL HAIR
Is your dolly having a really bad hair day with hair sticking out everywhere and you can't seem to tame it down ??
This is a little trick I found that works great. After the hair is washed, conditioned, brushed but still wet put a nylon stocking over the head and leave on for a couple days. Knee highs work best and come in many colors.
** Knee high nylons also make GREAT wig cape. The finished edge of the stocking will be your cap opening. Tie a knot several inches above the this at desired length. Then cut above the knot ... put over dolly's head and you have a wig cap...
This is very helpful when you are rewigging a wintage doll who has short hair and you do not want to cut the hair it. Also helps if the wig color is different the original hair stubbles left.