How To Repair Dolls Hair

How to Repair Doll's Hair

My girls can be quite rough with their toys. Majority of their dolls are stripped naked within hours of them being purchased and they then proceed to brush the doll’s hair until it fluffs out and knots.

I decided to try to ‘help’ restore these previous fashionistas to their former glory by attempting to repair their hair … think salon experience, but for dolls. 

This applied to all the Barbies, Anna & Elsa, Tinkerbell and her friends, and all the My Little Pony’s. I decided not to do the Troll dolls because their hair is still fabulous and this can only be because it is un-brushable.

After researching various methods on the interest (okay … Pinterest), I decided to give it a go. By the way, the girls helped with all of this, with minimal interference from me, except I did the actual brushing.

We gathered together all the dolls who needed help and lay them out on the counter.


What you will need:

  • a bowl of warm water
  • 2-in-1 Shampoo & Conditioner
  • Hair Repair leave in spray or Detangle Spray
  • Fabric Softener mixed 1:1 with water and put in a spray bottle
  • A brush – it must be one of those with the plastic protective balls on the ends of the bristles.


  1. Wash the dolls hair in the warm water with the shampoo and conditioner
  2. Rinse off under a tap of running water
  3. Spray generously with the Hair Repair and Fabric softener
  4. Brush gently. It is best to start brushing at the ends then work your way up to the roots of the doll head. If you brush too vigorously you risk pulling the hair out of the doll’s head.
  5. Lay them out on a towel with their hair flat, and leave them to dry overnight.
  6. In the morning you can brush them out again and they should be good to go.

A couple of them were really really bad so I tried soaking them in the fabric softener and water mixture in a bowl for half an hour, lightly rinsed and then tried to brush it again. It worked on some, but on the one the damage was too severe so I had to give her a trim. Sorry Rapunzel.


They came out okay in the end. Not as good as when they were opened from their packaging, but considering what they’d been subjected to, I think it worked out okay.

I would NOT recommend trying to use any straighteners on them … lucky Rapunzel’s hair was long. Right now she almost resembles Rapunzel at the end of the movie!

Thanks for reading. If you think this will be useful in the future, don’t forget to Pin it!

One Messy Mama


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  1. Author

    I need to try this. My kids insist on bringing Barbies into the bath. Their hair is ruined!

    1. Author

      Let me know how you get on. I hope it works for you.

  2. Author

    Oh nooo! Poor Rapunzel! Great tip to try fabric softener. I hadn’t thought of that! My little ones aren’t really into dolls just yet but I’m sure our time will come! Thanks for sharing with #DreamTeam lovely x

  3. Author

    Now that’s a useful blog post! I have two little destroyer in my hands 🙂 #globalblogging

    1. Author

      haha … thanks. Sometimes I write these things and then think people must be rolling their eyes at me. Glad someone finds it worthy of reading. x

  4. Author

    Phew- we only have one doll in the house and she is bald!! Thank goodness I won’t have to go through this!! Great advice though! Thanks for linking up with #TwinklyTuesday

  5. Author

    FANTASTIC post! Every mom needs to pin this one… That doll’s hair drives me nuts… Never though about fabric softener… Great idea!! #globalblogging

    1. Author

      Thanks. I can’t take all the credit, I had help from google.

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