Taming the savage mane

Posted on: March 7, 2015

If you know me you know I’m a HUGE Wicked fan.  I’ve seen the show several time, and my favorite 26818_367497456222_2442604_nHalloween costume includes green face paint.  I couldn’t wait until I my kids were old enough to go with me, and 5 years ago I took K to see the show when she was just 6!  I had a whole day planned, including lunch at the theater prior to the show and an 18″ Madame Alexander Elphaba doll (you can call her the Wicked With of the West if you want, but we don’t!).  K has loved that doll for a long time, but has only recently been playing with her more.  Maybe that’s odd for a 10.5 year old to be playing more actively with a doll, but I love it and I hope she keeps playing with her!

The thing about these dolls that I can’t ever work around is the hair.  I don’t have a whole lot of it, and my daughters have pretty simple locks as well.  Seems that as soon as you unbox a doll her hair goes straight to frizz and there’s not much you can do about it.  I got one of those doll brushes they recommend you use with the wire bristles, and that did about zilch for poor Elphie’s mangled mane.  I figured she’d always have a ball of black, matted doll hair on her head, and life went on.  I’d managed to get it in a messy braid to keep it at bay, and K didn’t seem to care one way or another.

However, in the last few days, Elphie and K have been hanging out more.  It made me sad to see that beautiful green face surrounded by a rat’s nest!!  So, I took to Pinterest because I knew I had pinned a doll hair remedy in the past for just such occasion!  I found one on Simply Clean Living that looked like it fit my needs.  I rounded up supplies, and got to work on Elphie!


As you can see, she looks like a hot mess!!  The first thing I did was take out the braid that has probably been in her hair for, oh, I don’t know, 3 years!

Next I mixed 8 oz of water and 1 oz of Snuggle Fabric Softener Liquid in a jar.  I shook it up and poured it on Elphie’s head over a plugged sink.  Then I rubbed it through to the ends and let it sit in the mixture for a few minutes.  Right away I could pull the previously snarled hair apart.


I towel dried her hair, and mixed another 8oz water and 1 oz fabric softener in a spray bottle.  Then I took to sectioning it off and working the knots out.  Some parts work better with a wide tooth comb.  Some parts worked better with the wire doll’s brush.  You just have to try it out and see what works best for your doll’s hair.


There were times I had to lay her down on the floor with her hair laid out flat and rake the brush though it.  She lost quite a bit of hair, but honestly, you can’t really tell.  When I was done, the ends were still so frizzy and bulky.  I figured I’d try using my curling iron to smooth it out.  I did very small sections at a time, and it worked well for me.*

*NOTE: Adults ONLY should attempt the curling iron on the LOWEST SETTING!!!!!!  A doll’s hair is synthetic, and can melt if the heat is too high!  Be sure to test a tiny, hidden section before you go crazy with your iron.


It didn’t smooth out the frizz completely, but it did make it so much better.  I pulled up the sides of her hair like she had originally had it styled and K redressed her in the 18″ doll Elsa dress she got for Christmas.


And there you have it!  Another Pinterest win.  Be warned though that if your doll’s hair is as bad as Elphie’s was it WILL take you a long time.  I want to say that it took me about 2 hours to get her hair under control, but I think it was worth it.  And, seeing K’s face when she saw Elphie’s fresh look was definitely worth the effort.


Reading before bedtime ❤


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