My daughter, Cheyenne, really wanted a Merida toddler doll for Christmas. The only thing is, they are always out in stores and online they are about $40. So I found one on Ebay, that was only $6! It was in pretty good condition except for the fact that her hair was INSANE!!! So I went on Pinterest **Of course** and found a couple of informative pages, but there wasn't a whole lot on curly hair. So I thought that I would trial and error out on my own. If it didn't work I would only be out $6. Well... it worked out GREAT! And now I'm passing the info onto you :)
Here is what Merida looked like before I started: Eeeeep!!!
So here is what you will need:
*Spray bottle (optional)
*2 cups of warm water
*2 tbsp of fabric softener
*Brush - I used both plastic and wire... had the same result
*Kleenex or toilet paper squares
Step 1) Mix 2 cups of warm/hot water with 2 tbsp of fabric softener. I ended up putting some into a spray bottle. Just in case, and I did end up using it.
Step 2) Take off the dolls clothes and cover eyes with tape if they are NOT painted on. Soak dolls hair in mixture. **Prep for curling, if your doll has curly hair. If it's straight, just leave the doll soaking for about 5 mins of so.
Step 3) To prep for curling: Cut straws in thirds. Rip tissues in half or quarters. Set out bobby pins.
Step 4) Take out doll- after making sure that the water hit all the areas that are in need of fixing.
Step 5) Do NOT ring out hair!!!!!!!!! Lay doll on the towel and just put pressure on the hair until very damp. This only takes a few seconds. You do not want the hair to be dry, just not drippy.
Step 6- straight hair) Just start sectioning off and brushing out. I started at the ends and worked upward. Brush until smooth and shiney :) Use the spray bottle if some areas become to dry. You'll be able to tell. Don't be shy with it. You're ALL DONE!!! ENJOY!
Step 6- curly hair) Take a small section and brush out until smooth. Place your square of tissue on the end of the damp hair and fold it over. Then, using a straw, curl the hair around until you reach the scalp. Use a bobby pin to secure the roll of hair. Repeat until the entire head is done. This took me about 15 mins. **For waves instead of curls, please use larger sections**
Step 7) Let the hair dry. Then take out the rolls. I was a little quick on the draw with mine, but it still worked great. For ringlets, just let them be. For more natural look separate with your fingers. As mine dried more, the curlier it got :)
Step 8) Convince someone else to do the clean up- that was hard work!!!!!
DRUM ROLL PLEASE...... Here is the big reveal!!! Feel free to let me know what you think and how your's went!!!!!!!!
From, Kandice Haney
Kandice Mae Photography :)