Do your kids have Barbie or My Little Ponies that need some serious detangling? If so, here is a great way to easily detangle and revitalize synthetic doll hair (or synthetic wigs)
Make your own detangling spray for dolls, cheap and easily. Maybe even with things you already have around your house.
What you need:
•Liquid Fabric Softener
•Assorted Combs and Brushes
Mix 50% Water to 50% Fabric Softener (1 cup to 1 cup) and mix around in the spray bottle. Undress doll and hold over sink and mist the dolls hair with the solution and begin working knots out from the ends, gradually working your way towards the head with a wider toothed comb while brushing until knots have brushed out. After all dolls, ponies, doll heads, etc had their hair detangled, I quickly rinsed each dolls hair (and I rinse the body as well because it gets a bit sticky from the fabric softener being all over your hands). Once all of the dolls hair have dried, they are good as new.
I did observe that not all doll hair could be corrected/detangled. I have included a photo (bottom of page) of a pony who has a tail that is unhelpable.
Take caution in where the mist of your detangling spray lands. If it lands on flooring, it may become very slippery and its pretty difficult to mop off tile so that the tile doesnt become slippery when it gets wet in the future.
Pinkie Pie Equestrian Girl : Before
Pinkie Pie Equestrian Girl : After
My Little Ponies : After
Barbie Head : Before
Barbie Head : After
This is the hair of the pony who couldnt be fixed. Before and after photos dont bear much of a difference. I ended up forcefully separating this ponies hair into 3 sections and gave her a tight braid and banded her hair.
And since fabric softener is a chemical compound, its probably a good idea to only use this on dolls and synthetic that have been checked for compatibility in an inconspicuous place. And dont drink it or leave it where your kid could drink it or wash the dog with it, despite it might make the dog smell mountainy fresh…still not a good idea.