Treat your dolls to a day at the “spa”

CHICOPEE, Mass. (Mass Appeal) – Today we are going to show you how to make your dolls look good as new and show you how to make an easy collapsible day spa for them to be pampered in! Creative Craft Consultant Malena Chipps joins us from Fancy That Antiques in Wilbraham to take us through the steps!

DE-TANGLE HAIR
Doll hair is make of synthetic plastic or nylon fibers. Here are a few methods to make your doll’s hair look like new again.

Method #1, Dolly Wash and Wear Hair

STEP ONE:
Cover doll’s hair in dangling conditioner and let her sit for 1-3 hours covering her head with a plastic bag or saran wrap. Then, comb out her hair starting at the ends so you don’t pull the plugs out or make the frizzies worse. Use a plastic brush with straight bristles, not a brush with nubs on the ends, as that will snag the hair. A pet brush works the best if you don’t have a doll brush. Then wash out with hot water.

STEP TWO:
Put few drops of DAWN DISH SOAP in your hands and run it through the dolls hair. Next, heat a mug of water until it is near boiling. (Be sure to let an adult help you so you don’t burn yourself.) Soak the doll’s hair in the hot water and count to 5. Be sure you dip it a few times, swirling the hair around under the water to make sure all the dish washing soap is out of her hair. Take the doll’s hair out of the hot water and set her on a wash cloth.

STEP THREE:
Add a few DROPS of leave in conditioner and comb the hair out. Then soak it again it SUPER HOT water. Comb the hair out and style as you wish. LET IT DRY OVERNIGHT. Your dolls hair should look like new!

Method #2, Dolly Deep Conditioning Treatment

STEP ONE:
Soak the dolls head upside down in fabric softener over night up to a few days, depending on how badly the hair is damaged. (Fabric softener is like deep conditioner for doll hair. I once soaked a doll’s hair in fabric softener for 3 months and it finally restored it to perfection!)

STEP TWO:
After soaking, take the doll’s head out and dip it in near boiling water. Dip a few times swirling the hair around in the water each time. WATCH the hair and make sure it doesn’t melt or shrink! Never leave the doll’s hair in near boiling water. Only dip it!
STYLE NOTE *If you want the doll’s hair curly, put the hair in pink foam rollers. If you want it straight, Comb it out under the hot water.

STEP THREE:
Once you have dipped it a few times and the fabric softener is washed out completely, comb out the hair with a plastic doll brush or a metal pet brush. If you have pink foam rollers in the doll’s hair, leave them in and let the hair style dry over night. Once the hair is dry you can style it the way you want. If it’s too curly, pour hot water over the head to loosen the curls.

CLEANING
STEP 1: Dolly Moisturizing Mask
LOTION
When you want to clean a vinyl doll, first give her face/body mask of lotion and let it set for an hour and remove it with baby wipes. Wipes work great for between fingers and toes. This removed old dirt. I use this as first step when cleaning thrift store dolls.

STEP 2: Dolly Skin Exfoliation
BAKING SODA
Take a damp cloth and pick up a little baking soda. Scrub the doll’s skin to remove dirt. This abrasive natural cleaner works great for doll skin but be careful around the painted face.

STEP 3: Dolly Jacuzzi
DAWN Dish Washing Liquid
After scrubbing the doll with baking soda, give her a bath in DAWN. It works great to get sticky residue off and remove any oils from your hands that trap dirt on the doll’s skin.

STEP 4: Dolly Dermabrasion

MAGIC ERASER
For extra stubborn dirt marks and mystery stains, use a dry Mr. Clean Magic Eraser. You can also get it wet if needed.

STEP 5: Dolly Acne Treatment and Tattoo Removal
OXY 10, 10% Benzoyl Peroxide Blemish Cream
If you doll has ink marks or green ear from age, you can easily bleach them out with acne medicine that has 10% benzoyl peroxide in it. Just cover the doll with a towel so the rest of her body, hair and face are not showing. Take a q-tip and cover the mark with the acne cream. Set the doll under a bright lamp or preferably in the sun. This step takes patience. It may take few treatments to bleach the stain out completely, but it does work. For a speedier method use Remove-Zit from Twin Pines of Maine. They have professional doll care products.

STEP 6: Dolly Mani Pedi
ACETONE and NON-ACETONE NAIL POLISH REMOVER
To remove nail polish marks, use non-acetone nail polish remover. Be sure to use cotton balls and q tips and be careful. Be sure to rinse the area with warm water to stop the chemical process.
To remove factory paint to repaint the face, aka “Face-Ups” use acetone nail polish remover. Only use on the face, as it will permanently melt or discolor the plastic on the doll’s body.

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