DIY Doll Hair: How To Make A Bow Style

I hope you’re ready to get wet because today I am going to show you how to wash your doll’s hair plus style it into an adorable bow!

“Which lucky doll will be the recipient of this new do?” you ask.

Everyone, meet Blondie Locks from Ever After High’s Through The Woods collection.

Ever After High Blondie Locks (Through The Woods).

I am still (slowly) trying to finish up my Ever After High collection, and Blondie Locks was another character I hoped to get.  However, poor Blondie came with a bad case of messy box hair.

Blondie Locks With Messy Hair

Image of glue spot on back of hood.

You can see here where some glue has leaked onto the hood of the cape.





So, instead of doing another review, Blondie is going to make her debut by getting a hair wash and cute style:

How To Wash Your Doll's Hair.

Supplies Needed:

Supplies For Washing Doll Hair

1. A comb.

2. Warm water (not boiling).

3. Shampoo or conditioner.

4. A towel

  • Start by wetting your doll’s hair with warm water.   There is no need to boil wash it.  Lukewarm water works just fine.

Image: Washing doll hair.

  • Once your doll’s hair is completely wet, add a dime-sized portion of shampoo to the hair.

Image: Use Shampoo To Clean Doll Hair.

I am using regular shampoo here.  Nothing fancy–just whatever brand I happened to buy last time I was at the store.

The main thing to remember when washing doll hair is to avoid using hand soap or dishwashing soap.  Hand soap will dry the hair out and leave it looking dull.  Shampoo or conditioner is a better choice because it cleans the doll’s hair without stripping away its shine.

Alternatively, if you would rather not wash your doll’s hair you could try sprinkling it with baby powder to remove grease.  I have never used this method and have no idea how well it works but have seen it done on YouTube and heard it is a great way to get rid of glue that has seeped into doll hair.

  • After rubbing the shampoo in, and thoroughly saturating all the icky bits with suds, rinse the hair until the water runs clear and all the shampoo is out.

Image: Rinse doll's hair.

  • Use a towel to dry the doll’s hair, then gently comb through it to remove any tangles.

Image: Dry and comb your doll's hair.

When you’re combing the hair, try to start at the bottom and work your way up to keep from pulling out too many strands.

Now, your doll has clean, grease-free hair!

Image: Clean Doll Hair.
No more glue!

Blondie’s hair looks so much better after being washed.  It’s soft, shiny, and (most importantly) not sticky!

I’m going to set Blondie aside and let her hair dry out a bit more before starting on the Bow style.

…about 30 minutes later.

Image: Blondie Locks After Letting Hair Dry.

Okay, Blondie’s hair has had time to dry.  It’s still slightly damp but totally ready for styling, so let’s get to work on the Bow!

How to style your doll's hair into a bow.

Supplies Needed:

Image: Comb And Elastic Bands


1. A comb

2. Elastic hair bands–I am using these tiny, clear elastic bands I found at Wal-Mart.  I prefer clear bands because they blend in better with the doll’s hair.

  • To give your doll a Bow style, separate a section of hair from either side of your doll’s head.  Try to keep these pieces as even as possible.

Image: Separate Sections Of Hair.

  • Pull the sections to the back and tie the hair into a simple bun using a clear elastic band.

Image: Tie The Doll's Hair Into A Bun.

  • Next, split the bun down the center to turn it into a bow.

Image: Divide The Bun To Make The Bow Style.

After dividing the bun, you should have two loops of hair–one on the left side and one on the right.  Pull the loops tight and you’re done!

Bow hairstyle for doll.

You can leave it like this; however, since I’m a perfectionist and feel this Bow needs some tidying up, I am going to secure the loops of the Bow to Blondie’s hair using a needle and thread.

Image: Use Thread To Secure The Bow.

Notice I am NOT actually sticking the needle into Blondie’s head (ouch!).  I am very carefully sliding it between the strands of hair so I can pull the loops closer to her head.  When I was younger, I used a similar technique when plaiting my horse’s mane before a show.

Once you’re happy with the bow’s positioning, knot the thread and snip off the ends.  Then tie a pretty ribbon around the bow to hide the elastic band.

Image: Snip Off Thread And Tie A Ribbon Around Elastic Band.

Now take a step back to admire your work!

Image: DIY Bow Hairstyle For Barbie Dolls.

I am loving the Bow!

Blondie Locks with bow hairstyle.

If I remember the episodes correctly, Blondie has a happy, bubbly personality and I wanted her new hairdo to reflect that.  I think I achieved my goal?.

You can see that washing doll hair doesn’t have to be a complicated process.  Just use products you already have on hand to fix your doll’s sticky or matted hair and give her a lovey coiffure!

Cute bow style for Barbie doll.

I sure hope you had as much fun reading this tutorial and seeing Blondie’s pretty pictures as I did making it.

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  1. Blondie’s hair looks amazing!:)

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