Doll Hair Care – Restoring Curly Hair

Diana here – Juliet XD had a question recently about how to restore Addy’s hair and whether or not she should just re-wig it.

Re-wigging is my last resort, since it will de-value the original doll. I have not met a doll’s hair that defeated me. I only use a downy dunk if I can not get a particular smell out of the hair. Downy smells great and will overpower bad smelling hair. Even the worst hair made out of synthetic nylon, can be managed with plain water, but I use the Twin Pine products. If the hair is matted I do not try to brush it until I shampoo it first with the Twin Pine Shampoo. Then I towel dry and sit down and have lots of patience. Take small portion of hair, spray the De-tangler Twin Pine product and spray some of the Twin Pine conditioner. Work the mat with your fingers until the hair starts to separate. Then gently start brushing it out. If there is a small knot sometimes I clip it if it is at the bottom of the hair. I also keep a bottle of spray water, since the the hair may start drying, keep it wet. Once I have done all the hair and I can apply the brush without it getting stuck on a tangle, then I start styling it. If it is straight hair I use curlers on the bottom tips of the hair to bring the tips in, therefore making the finish product look nice without dry ends. If it is curly hair then I take small sections of hair and use curlers and curl the whole head. Wait at least 24 hours before taking the curls out, then style the hairdo.

Now for Addy, she has very difficult hair so the biggest challenge would be to detangle without frizzing the hair. I still would use the process above but to bring back the wave I would do tiny braids and let them dry, then unbraid and see if you like it. The other way to bring back the wave is to take small groups of hair and twist it until it starts curling and curl into circles then use a hair pin to make it stay in place. Do this to the entire head. This is time consuming, but it does the trick and was used by many hair stylist in the old days for those wavy oldie hair styles.

I am including a pictures of the hair I just restored yesterday. It was extremely matted and it was curly hair, not wavy like Addy though. See the before and after.



Gotz Little brunette at home

Good luck with Addy, you have a challenge!

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  1. crazy4chrissa says:

    WOW!! All I can say is WOW!!! Your doll looks like new!! Great job, Diana!!!! :)

    P.S. what are Twin Pine products and where can you get them?? :)
    P.P.S. where can I get the patience you must of had while working on the doll’s hair? LOL

  2. Megan!!!!!! says:

    thanks Diana! this helps a lot!!

  3. This particular doll was in very very bad shape when I rescued her. She had marks all over her body with crayons, etc. Even red paint marks. I used the Twin Pines 911 Formula and all came off. She is a very pretty doll, one of my favorites.

  4. Erica B. says:

    Great job!!

  5. Wow Diana, you are a miracle worker! The doll you rescued today’s hair is so beautiful now!

  6. so cute i would do it on my doll hair.

  7. what would you do for caroline? My sis can’t get the hair right without wrecking it!!!

  8. sabrina says:


  9. DollieLover says:

    Where do you get the twin pine products? I NEED to try this on all of my dolls….

  10. Thank you!!!! I was given addy and she has very matted hair I will try this and hope it works!!!!

  11. I love that doll’s skirt. Where did you get it?

  12. cordelia says:

    You have done an amazing job of restoration, Diana. Thank you for taking the time to explain how to repair damaged doll hair.

  13. Juliet XD says:

    oh my gosh! THANK YOU SOOO MUCH! now I can rescue an addy without re-wigging! THANK YOU!!

  14. crazy4chrissa says:

    Diana-Where can you buy Twin Pine products? Is it something special for dolls or can you buy these at a regular beauty store or…?? Thanks!!

  15. Thank you! This could help with my sister’s Kanani doll.

  16. sabrina says:


  17. Do you have any suggestions for Elizabeth’s pin curls that were (very sadly) brushed out by a visiting friend?

  18. April- That’s what happened to my Elizabeth????

  19. Oops I meant a crying face not question marks.

  20. that doll is sooo cute!!!!

  21. Amanda-Disappointing isn’t it? Poor frizzy pin curls!

  22. Question-Do the curls stay in?

  23. Diana Gash says:

    Hi all, the Twin Pine products can only be bought online:

    I too have Elizabeth and I curled the side hair using a pencil. Take a regular #2 pencil break it into small pieces around 2 inches. Wet the hair use the Twin Pine conditioner on the hair and roll the hair around the pencil. Take plastic wrap and wrap around the head of the doll holding the pencil in place. leave it for at least 24 hours. Take plastic wrap off and gently take the pencil off. That should work.

    the rollers/curlersI use are fun at the dollar store they are plastic and come with a cover which holds the roller in plae once the hair is wrapped on it. You may find these at a regular Beauty Salon store, the are the old fashion rollers. Get the smalllest in diameter that you can find.

    Hope this helps

  24. WOW!!!! :0

  25. Juliet XD says:

    Amanda- I’ve heard that you can recurl them by wrapping the short hairs around a straw, then secure with a bobby pin. Search for pictures of “curl doll hair with straws” to get a better idea of what I mean.
    Hope that helped!

  26. Cute! Her hair looks beautiful! Juliet, cutting hair is also a good idea if you know how to do it! I wish I saw this post two years ago when I cut my ag dolls hair!

  27. Madelon says:

    Great ideas, Diana!

  28. Diana Gash says:

    All, What Julia recommends using straws will also work, but I try to stay away from using bobby pins on doll hair, since they are hard to remove and many times strangs of hair snap or breaks off. Just be extremely careful if you use bobby pins.

  29. You really do the nicest hairstyles, Diana!

  30. wow! diana, thanks for the tips! you are super patient!

  31. Diana’s doll is beautiful and her outfit is great!! I love her shoes !! I’m going to copy that skirt and I already have the tee shirt !!!!

  32. omg will it work with Lanie? because i had to take her to an AG store and the lady at the hair salon part re-curled th ehair but she told me how and i forgot :-I