Molly’s Hair Makeover

We all love seeing dolls who have been well-loved (or maybe not loved enough) get a new lease on life because someone took the time to give them a little extra TLC. One of our readers, Flower, gave her Molly a hair makeover and was nice enough to share with us how she did it. *just a note, though – Flower uses a straightening iron on her doll’s hair and while it is a technique that can be used, please ask permission first and I recommend adult supervision, too! Also, not all doll hair can be used with heat. You should check with the manufacturer before using heat on your doll’s hair.


Hello! My name is Flower and my doll Molly’s hair was crazy!! I am SO happy with the results!!

First I did a downy dunk!! I soaked her for 24 hours!

After that, I rinsed her hair with cold water.

While it was wet I took a ceramic straightener and put it on the lowest heat settings it had!! You do not want it any higher. Then I just flattened her hair quickly!! It not only took the waves out, but the tangled, split ends!!

Afterwards I dressed Molly up in her original clothing. I just didn’t put her necklace, glasses, or hat on. :-) I am really happy with the results and now I am not so worried about her hair!!

Thanks for reading!!

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  1. jo says:


  2. N says:

    Her hair looks so much better!

  3. Flower says:

    YAY!! She posted it!! Thanks sooo much Char!!

  4. Guess who!! says:

    Oh wow! That is pure awesome! she looks so much better! my one friend told me that you could carefully wash and condition the doll’s hair and it would be all smooth again. i haven’t been brave enough to try it yet, but i’ll bet it works! :-)

  5. Ava says:

    She looks pretty.

  6. Great job Flower! Molly looks very happy now!

  7. Makenzie says:

    She doesn’t look as good as new, but she looks great though! And I Would never ever straighten my doll’s hair.

  8. AGInParadise says:

    She looks great!

  9. Juliet XD says:

    i think doll restoring is getting more and more popular! the only other doll i really want is one that looks like me! AG doesn’t make one, so i plan on getting a used nikii, the fixing the hair to be straight, then cutting it! what started my whole doll journey was getting a JLY on my 8th b-day! she looked nothing like me, and 4 YEARS and 5 doll later, i STILL don’t have a REAL JLY. DX

  10. Char says:

    Makenzie – I wouldn’t use heat on any of our dolls’ hair either. When you use heat on their hair you really do take a risk of ruining it. I have used the Downy technique on a few dolls, but have found that water and patience usually works just as well.

  11. Abby W. says:

    Well done Flower!! This is an awesome website!

  12. Julia says:

    Great restoration tips, flower!

  13. Nina says:

    I love Molly! She looks great!

  14. Bailey13 says:

    AMAZING!! She looks brand new! Also if you do a downey dunk does their hair get the soft -new -out- of the- box- feeling

  15. AB says:


  16. Sparkie says:

    I need to do this on Kanani!

  17. Madelon says:

    Great job!

  18. sabrina says:

    Wow!Great job! When I get Molly I am going to try this! Thank you Flower!

  19. sabrina says:

    Great job!

  20. cordelia says:

    The picture of Molly receiving her “downy dunk” made me laugh!. I wonder, though, won’t her hair be wavy again when you take it out of the braids ?–not that I mind wavy hair at all, but I’m curious.

  21. Lauren says:

    Molly looks very pretty. Though in my opinion Molly always looks pretty!

  22. Super Saige says:

    If u flat iorn the hair would it melt what is AG hair made of????????????????

  23. Megan!!!!!! says:

    wow! her hair looks so pretty!!!!

  24. StoryTeller says:

    Super Saige–
    AG hair is made out of a synthetic fiber (kanekelon, or something like that). Yes, if you use a tool that is too hot, it WILL MELT. That’s why you have to be really careful and do a lot of research before using any tool like a flat iron on your doll’s hair. Some people use hot water to curl or straighten their doll’s hair, like Char did with Aine. I think that method is safer, but you still have to be careful and know exactly what material your doll’s hair is made out of in order to do it right.