Ok, so I found this idea on Pinterest a little while back. The pin said that in order to tame out of control doll hair you put 2 TBSP fabric softener into a spray bottle. Then, you fill up the remainder of the spray bottle with water. Spray the doll's hair, comb and Wa-lah perfect doll hair.
I was skeptical because let's face it - we have our fair share of out of control doll hair and we've never been able to tame it. I kept telling myself to not get my hopes up but give it a whirl anyway.
Tori's (Sam's American Girl Doll) before picture
I used the doll brush (you can see it in my hand) that I bought from American Girl. I could not believe how fast her hair combed out. Sam usually asks me to comb Tori's hair and make it cute and it takes a good 30 minutes to get it combed out decent enough to put a pony tail in. There was minimal hair shedding involved with this doll this time too.
Here are Tori's after pictures:
After I got her hair brushed out I was able to take her front section of hair (the part that Caleb gave a haircut to) and put a braid in it and then pull it all back into a pony tail. I was so amazed at how well it worked that we busted out another doll. I should have done a before and after photo of that doll. The second doll we did is a doll Grandma Bown gave Sam for Christmas. Now I'm not going to lie - the hair on this doll is gross. It's just a bad wig or something. The hair on this doll is always a disaster (it goes to her ankles). This time I used a normal hair brush (I needed to glue the American Girl doll brush back together because the bristle part kept popping out). There was a ton of hair that shed out (seriously, my garbage was half full of doll hair). I was finally able to get it all combed out, braided in two braids & then I gave it a trim (hopefully it won't be so nasty now).
So, there you have it momas - best Pinterest idea ever! PS If you live close and want 2 TBSP fabric softener let me know. I don't use fabric softener in my laundry because so many of us are allergic so I had to buy a bottle of it just for this! This should last quite awhile! I also bought a new spray bottle and wrote "Mixed" on it so we don't let Brooke get a hold of it and drink it!