Guide to Basic Hair Care
All of the doll wigs we sell are made out of synthetic fibers, meaning that the strands of hair are not real human hair. Synthetic hair differs from your own hair in a number of different ways, so it requires special treatment quite different from caring for your own hair. We’ve compiled this guide to help customers learn about basic doll hair care.
Doll wigs are made up of hundreds of unique strands of synthetic hair sewn at one end into wefts. These wefts are then sewn horizontally into a stretchy mesh cap that you place on your doll’s head. Generally, these wefts are sewn in concentric rings from the part at the top of the head down to the edge of the mesh cap. Hairs will inevitably loosen from the wefts and fall out, no amount of sewing is gong to prevent this.
Third, use the right products and tools on your doll’s hair to minimize damage when styling.
Cotton covered elastic hair bands: Yes.
Regular rubber bands: No.
Curling Iron: NO!!
Hot Rollers: Yes.
Human Shampoo: No.
Liquid Dish Soap: Yes.
Mane ‘n Tail: Yes – rinse thoroughly!
Blow Dryer: Yes, on Low Power & Low Heat
Add curls by using hot rollers, or for very small tight curls, wrap damp hair around a pencil. Remove curls by wetting the hair and brushing it. Remember to protect the eyes from water!
We do not recommend brushing curly or restyling hair, and neither does American Girl according to the hang tag that comes with their curly haired dolls. If absolutely necessary, you may finger-comb the curls.
This is basic doll hair care. If you need extraordinary measures to save your doll wig, we offer our Rejuvenation Kit, which walks you through more advanced hair care processes.
If you or your child loves to play stylist and is frequently brushing and styling the doll’s hair, we recommend you purchase a doll with that is rated to have a high styling level. All of our wigs are marked, Low (for curly or braided wigs), Average (cute styles which are great for the average kid), and High (less exciting styles, but very thick wigs good for stylists). Visit our guide to learn more about styling levels.