- Using a doll brush, I did a dry brush-though of the hair to get out the biggest tangles.
- I wrapped the doll's body in plastic wrap and washed her hair. I didn't use shampoo, just warm water.
- I sprayed generously with detangling spray and rinsed the hair again.
- I brushed all the hair again, starting at the ends and working toward the crown. I brushed the underside first and then the top layer.
- I cut off any extra long pieces. I didn't have to cut much, and she didn't lose much hair from brushing, so I was pleased about that.
- I repeated the brushing process, this time using a hair-dryer to produce gentle heat. (DISCLAIMER: Heat can damage your doll's hair. I only do this as a last result and never on valuable dolls. Get an adult's permission and help, and test a small area first to make sure the doll's hair can tolerate the heat). I point the nozzle the same direction that I'm brushing and slowly move it down the strand as I brush to smooth out the fibers.
- I fixed the doll's part (to cover a bald spot on top) and styled it how I wanted, brushing the top layer down around her face.
- I sprayed detangling spray on the frizzy parts and brushed them again, aiming heat directly at the frizz.
- Using an air blowing curling iron, I slowly ran small strands from the top layer through the barrel to seal the fibers. (Again, DO NOT DO THIS ON A VALUABLE OR NEW DOLL.)
- I brushed one more time, using a spray bottle with plain water to tame any fly-aways.
- I marveled at the difference and gave myself a pat on the back.