Removing Tangles from Doll's Hair?

I recently started collecting dolls and I ordered a doll lot online. The hair was matted and I thought I could fix it. I tried to soak it in a fabric softener and water solution for 30 minutes, but that didn't work.


Then I tried to use conditioner, it didn't work either. Finally I used water from my coffee pot (not boiling but hot) and it still didn't work. I need help.


March 23, 20190 found this helpful

Comb very gently from the bottom up. Works for human hair, too.

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March 23, 20190 found this helpful

I have had good luck with an inexpensive wig brush with fine metal teeth and dipping the teeth in human hair conditioner and gently coming from the end down, working my way up and then down to the ends, if that makes sense. I don't start at the top, but at the ends and work down, moving a little up towards the crown. Dip, brush, dip brush. Once the mats are out, I gently massage out the conditioner. I need to do a little video on it. It is easier to visualize.

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You can use a spray on detangler. Get the hair very wet with the detangler. Then comb the hair gently, a tiny bit at a time from the bottom up to the top.

Fabric softener can also be diluted equally with water. The hair is soaked in the solution and then combed out carefully. This option leaves a great scent!

Have a blessed day!


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Does anyone know how to take the tangles out of doll's hair? I have tried fabric softener and hair conditioner neither worked. Thanks in advance

By mari


June 18, 20110 found this helpful

Hi, I wear synthetic wigs often. This is not human hair is often made of material similar to the dolls hair. It can get so tangled you want to scream! I use a wig detangler spray called Bobos Remi leave in conditioner. It comes in a purple spray bottle. You can buy a small bottle for $2.99 at one of the asian beauty supply stories (often in the urban shopping centers). It works wonders and has saved many of my wigs. You can also order it online. It comes in larger bottles also.

My daughter has started using it on her dolls hair and it works fabulously. Hope that helps

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June 18, 20110 found this helpful

My daughter has a couple American Girl dolls. That hair is something else! I don't remember the hair on my dolls as a child getting this tangled. One thing they recommend is using a metal wig brush.

I've fixed the messes my daughter has created. I keep a spray bottle with water and spritz often. I work on small sections starting from the bottom of the length of hair, and gradually work my way up. I've never tried this wig detangler, but I'll look into it! Once the hair is tangle-free I braid it, to keep it neat longer. When we visited the salon at the American Girl shop (yeah, I know . . . ), they used the little plastic hair ties/elastics instead of the fabric covered ones. They said they recommend cutting the ties out instead of pulling them out (gentler on the doll's hair), and the little plastic ones are cheaper than the fabric ones.

I hope you find something that works for you. Good luck with the tangles!

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June 29, 2012

How do I untangle my child's 18 inch doll's hair?

By Pat


June 29, 20121 found this helpful

Go to this link. It has great tips!


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