For the last several months, my sister Melissa and I have been getting together most every Friday afternoon to work on crafty things while the children are napping. We've accomplished quite a few projects, including a ruffle shirt using this tutorial!
|Isn't that cute? Too bad Melissa got to keep that one! :)|
I’m going to try to post some of the projects we’ve accomplished on our "Friday Craft Dates" to keep track of what we’ve done, and to prove to my friends that I really do make a bunch of the stuff I “pin” on pinterest.com! :) But for now I’m just going to throw out there the weirdest project we’ve done to date: untangle doll hair! Yup. You read that right!
SHE has been Brooklyn’s doll for over 2 years. Before you comment that Josiah is a boy name, I'll assure you that we are aware of that fact. Almost every person Josiah gets introduced to has tried to convince Brooklyn to call the doll “Josie.” But Brooklyn is adamant -- Her name is Josiah! (It helps that she has a good friend named Josiah, and a cousin Josiah… both boys, by the way!) Anyway, Josiah is a well-loved dolly, and over the years, her hair has become quite disheveled.
Melissa and I tried to find some help on the internet to fix her hair, but we couldn’t find much help. I had previously tried just brushing the tangles out of the doll’s hair, even using a hair detangler spray, but it just pulls the hair right out of the head. Not good! A friend had told us to try baby oil... she had heard somewhere that it worked. But we couldn't find any tutorials "out there," so we came up with our own method.
1. Undress the doll and wrap it in an old hand towel to protect the body.
|Meet the master beautician!|
2. Take your baby oil, and pour a decent amount onto the doll hair.
3. Massage the oil onto every strand of hair, and let it sit for about ten minutes.
4. Comb the oil through the hair. Try to brush from the ends to the top to avoid pulling the hair out of the scalp.
5. Take gentle shampoo (we used Johnson's Baby Shampoo), and lather it in the hair.
6. Carefully rinse the shampoo and oil out.
7. Brush the hair smooth. It should be pretty easy! Cover the doll body with a plastic bag to keep the water from dripping all over it.
8. From the brushing, some hair will be longer than others, so a slight trim may be necessary.
9. Dress the doll and surprise your little girl with a baby that looks good as new!
BEFORE AND AFTER:
To be completely honest, after a week or two, Josiah's hair was again standing on end. HOWEVER, since the treatment, my daughter can easily brush through it with a comb, and it lays flat again. It isn't oily at all, but somehow the baby oil treatment continues keeps it from getting tangled and knotted up.
I call this a success! Not our usual type of project, but a fun one none-the-less! And it sure made Brooklyn a happy little "mother." Hope it helps other moms of girls with crazy-haired dolls!