American Girl Hair Basics
American Girl Dolls are meant to be played with but over time their hair can start to resemble a bird's nest. This guide is for AG Dolls with Straight Hair including; Pre-Mattel American Girl Dolls, Felicity, Elizabeth, Kirsten, Molly, Emily, Kit, Kaya, Josefina, Samantha, Nellie, Addy, Mia, Girls of the Year, and Bitty Baby Twins. This will not work on dolls with curls.
- What you will need
- Wig Brush with Metal Teeth and a rubber base. (These can be purchased from a store like Sally's Beauty for a few dollars) or you can use one from American Girl. Do NOT use a human brush.
- Misting Bottle
- Hair Clips or ties
- Remove the doll's clothes and wrap her body in a plastic bag. This way it won't get damaged.
- Secure your doll in a doll stand on a table or counter top. You want to be able to use 2 hands to work on her.
- Start by separating sections of hair and pinup or ties until you've done this to all of her hair.
- Carefully lift one of the seperated sections of hair and mist the top and underside of the hair with water. Follow this by spraying a small amount of detangler where you mist her hair.
- Starting at the end of her hair, slowly brush the tangles out working your way up from the bottom. One hand should hold the top of the hair (at the head) while the other hand brushes. Gently do this until you can pull the brush through the hair without any knots. Once one section is done, pin it back and start with another section until all of the hair is finished.
- To bring back the shine to your American Girl Doll's Hair use a small dollop of hair conditioner (I use Clairol). Pour a nickel sized drop in your hand. Rub your hands together and run your hands through your doll's hair massaging it in.
- Keeping your doll's hair in braids or a ponytail is the best defense against damage. This keeps their hair away from the Velcro closures on American Girl Doll Clothes.
- It's best to regularly brush your doll's hair so it doesn't turn into a bird's nest. Don't let it get tangled or full of dreadlocks. Remember to always mist it before brushing.