Most anyone who has dolls and ponies around their house find that eventually the dolls get kinda grody and their hair becomes and tangled mess. I'm here to tell you there's hope for those poor dollies! By sprucing up an old toy you can extend it's life quite a bit. You might also be given dolls for free or get them cheaply from thrift stores and with a little TLC you can make them look lovely and ready for a new owner. Here is just a glimpse of what I'm talking about:
Here we have Princess Misty.
Here's what I've learned as I've goofed around with doll hair:
I began with this little dolly that is over 30 years old. She basically had dreads going on and it was pretty awful. THIS is what she once looked like.
Not bad for a first attempt! Compare that to the first picture and you can tell it's a serious improvement. I realize later I was still wrapping the hair wrong. I should have wrapped it in a strip around and around a straw to get "Shirley Temple" curls.
Next I'll show some ponies. Here's my method for doing ponies:
Pony Beauty Parlor Checklist
- Wash the pony and all it's hair with plain old soap and water.
- If the body is really dirty use soft scrub or a similar type "scrubbing" yet gentle cleaner and scrub the body and rinse in water. Be careful not to rub off the "cutie mark" though. (That is the pony's symbol on it's backside.
- Work some conditioner through the pony's mane and tail really well. (I found conditioner works better than detangling spray.)
- Starting with a large tooth comb and working from the bottom up comb out the hair. Don't yank on it!
- Use a fine tooth comb and finish combing through the hair.
- Rinse out most of the conditioner (you can try to leave a little in for styling ease) and dry the pony and squeeze dry the hair.
To get the effect you see here on Princess Misty's mane...
Lastly, I've seen other people recommend you buy a cheap clothes steamer- plastic NOT METAL. You can run that over the doll's hair and it will help take out some of the frizz. Try it on an American Girl type doll.
Well, there you have it. A fun frugal activity that will keep your ponies, dolls and other assorted toys looking their best! I think it would be fun to have a bunch of little girls over and do a pony beauty parlor. I even had fun doing this just this past week with my little sister who is 20 years younger than I am. A great way to overcome the generation gap!