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    Doll Hair Care / Toy Hair Care

    My daughter has various Barbies (and imitation Barbies) as well as old my Little Ponies.

    I am wondering how to keep there hair looking good.
    Is there a good website people here trust for this advice or do people here have advice on how to do this?

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    Doll hair care differs a lot from human hair care. Doll hair usually traps dust, which is harmful to the health of children who play with them.
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    Use a fine comb or hair brush for styling, toss those junk brushes that toy companies include with dolls. Wash with water, though you might be able to use shampoo for cleaning. Different companies use different materials(Mattel is the best, MGA below them, while Hasbro and Jakks are generally the worst and cheapest quality). A fine bristle paint/makeup brush works well for dusting, especially on any MH doll with a glued hairstyle.

    If anything, buy some junker dolls at thrift stores to practice on.

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    If it needs to be washed I use dish soap. Doll hair is generally made of vinyl, so it isn't worth it to use shampoo. Wrestling is another matter. I've got some tips after trying several methods myself if you need them.
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    Thank you for the tips. Do you ever need to heat the hair to style it.

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    You can freeze it too if you like. I forget the exact procedure, but you can get it wet, set the style and put it in the freezer.

    If you're using heat, avoid ceramic irons if you can. They get very hot and the hair can melt.
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    This might help, but fair warning, it's a very long thread to sort through
    http://www.ponychan.net/chan/merch/res/8815.html

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    Most retail doll hair is nylon fiber.
    You use boiling water.
    Use human conditioner to was it and help with tangles. Use a fine tooth comb starting at the top and working down.
    Then use the boiling water. Doing this will make it straight.
    If you want to do a style you have to do what you want and then wrap it in saran wrap.
    With the boiling water....I'd suggest turning off the stove and let it stop boiling...THEN use it.
    If you go to YouTube there are lots of barbie customers with exact steps.
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    Thank you for the tips. Now maybe I can get the hair to stop being so frizzy.
    I will have to check out YouTube too. I honestly never thought about that before . . though I have seen Play-Doh dresses for Barbie.

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    There is TONS of info on styling and cleaning different types of doll hair here:
    http://www.dolls-n-daggers.com/Dolls/OOAKtipshair.php
    Specific My Little Pony hair info here (MLP uses nylon hair):
    http://www.dollyhair.com/mlpnylonhair.htm
    This is a rundown on the three types of hair commonly used (saran, nylon, acetate):
    http://thehastingsmanor.blogspot.com...d-acetate.html

    My girls play with their dolls and ponies constantly. The main thing is to try to keep the hair from getting too matted, as then it seems inevitable that some of it will rip out when brushed. I have purchased several of the American Girl doll brushes (which are more like real wig brushes - they have widely spaced metal teeth set in a flexible rubber bed) on eBay and taught the girls to brush the hair from the bottom up, which reduces the amount pulled out.
    Also, just an FYI that the MLP hair can fade over time.

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