How to Fix Tangled & Matted Doll Hair

By Elizabeth James
Untangle doll hair with items you have at home.
Untangle doll hair with items you have at home.

Children love to bring their dolls everywhere they go. Whether they are taking a bath, going to the park or going for a swim, a loved doll is often well-traveled. With time, a doll's hair can become tangled and matted. Dolls still have a lot of life even when their hair is a mess, so take the time to restyle messy doll hair. Your child will be grateful.

Use a spray bottle on your doll's hair.
Use a spray bottle on your doll's hair.

Dampen the doll's hair with water using a spray bottle. Make sure the spray bottle is on a fine mist setting. You do not want to soak the doll's hair.

Condition the doll's hair with a quarter-sized dollop of conditioner. You can use more if needed. Only condition the doll's hair that is tangled or matted.

Use a wide-tooth comb before you use a fine-tooth comb.
Use a wide-tooth comb before you use a fine-tooth comb.

Use a wide-tooth comb to start to untangle the mess. Begin combing at the bottom of the mat or tangle and move upward as the hair becomes untangled.

Use a fine-tooth comb on the doll's hair to get out the smaller tangles. Brush through the doll's entire head of hair with the fine-tooth comb to ensure you did not miss any tangles.

Things You Will Need

  • Spray bottle
  • Water
  • Conditioner
  • Wide-tooth comb
  • Fine-tooth comb

About the Author

Based in South Florida, Beth Swanson has been writing professionally since 2005. Her articles have been published in the magazines “Kiwi," “Natural Home,” “Clean Eating,” “Palm Beacher," the “Miami New Times” and several other publications. Swanson earned a Master of Arts degree in integrated marketing communication from the University of Colorado at Boulder.