Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Lesson 30: Barbie Doll Makeover

I picked up an old ratty Barbie doll for free from the leftover junk at a yard sale.  She was dirty, so I cleaned her up with soap and water, an old toothbrush, (and rubbing alcohol, I think).  Her hair was BAD. It was a matted mess with a bunch of teeny tiny twists that seemed to be permanent.  I wish I had taken a before picture which would make an after picture worthwhile, but anyway, I combed the hair out best I could then dunked her hair in simmering (almost boiling) water for about 10 seconds.  It came out sleek and smooth.  Amazing.  Well that was fun, so I decided to see what I could do with her (generic) ponies.  I braided and twisted and curled their hair then dunked them.  Very cool.  I tried wrapping the hair around pen caps and holding it with rubber bands.  It only worked so-so and melted my rubber bands, but still, it was fun.  And Belle thought it was awesome.

Today I found this website when I was looking to see if anybody else had had the same idea before.  Sure enough.  This gal is a pro.  Drinking straws should work much better than pen caps. 


  1. Very helpful. My one daughter considers her Barbies as much as dead if their hair is frizzy. Oh my! Thank you for sharing (you've saved a few Barbie's lives.)

  2. Melanie, have you tried it yet? I wonder how it worked out for you.

  3. Very inspiring. I Wonder, if you have in mind to do all the hairstyles you've shown Pictures of? I've figured out, how to make Rosellas braid-tales from when she's on the boat. And I think I got Liana's hairstyle as well. But Alexas looks tricky.