Hair Wash Tutorial by Aveuch

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Dedicated to the lovely Sock <3

I want to help eliminate the fear and apprehension. I do this regularly and Aimee is still alive and active, with a full head of hair, that I curl, straighten, tease, braid, style up and down.

If I can do this so can you!

1. Fill sink with HOT water. My sink steams. And I find this is just as effective as waiting for water to boil and waiting for the steam to go away.

2. DUNK. Make sure the hair is wet.

3. LATHER. I use human shampoo. Depending on your needs, you may choose to use dish soap. Dish soap helps to make hair less greasy and more pleasant to the touch and helps to detangle. But dries. Human shampoo helps to detangle and overall helps to reduce frizz.

4. DETANGLE. This is really the most important, and time consuming step. The lather/soap acts as a lubricant but it is up to you to comb out with your fingers so that there are no knots or tangles. Take your time, as this really is the most important step.

5. SWISH. It's hard to describe the need for swishing. The hot water, and lather, and combing, is all an attempt to relax the individual strands. Why do you think they shampoo your hair in a bowl at the salon? The hair appreciates the space to move.

6. SWISH. Swish some more. Swish and dunk.

7. DUNK.

8. RINSE. You will see the water start to run clear, at this point you can stop. You should be able to run your fingers through the hair at this point easily, if not keep on lathering and running your fingers through.

9. RINSE. Don't be afraid of the water. As you can see I'm not submerging her head, it's just the hair. The temperature of the water does not matter at this point. You also want to drain the sink. And start with fresh water for the conditioning.

10. CONDITIONER. This is the big debate in the blythe community. Human conditioner vs. fabric softener. My preference is for human conditioner. This is my personal choice for girls like Amaryllis, T42, Winsome Willow. In my experience I find that fabric softener leaves hair too greasy. And makes my hands peal. I am more comfortable using human conditioner.

11. STOP. Let her sit for 10 minutes. An hour. Or even over night. If this is your first time. Let her sit as long as you can. Remember her hair is synthetic. If you have more than one girl this would be the perfect time to start the process with the next girl.

12. RINSE. Keep finger combing and brushing.

13. RINSE.

14. COMB. Slowly. There is no rush. You want to be able to brush/comb the hair easily.

15. COMB

16. ICE. Dunk her hair into ice water. Synthetic hair is temperature sensitive. The ice helps the hair to seize. Notice the next photo.

17. ADMIRE YOUR WORK I helped this along a little do demonstrate what I mean by "seize". Remember what I said about relaxing? The ice helps shock the hair back into place.

18. DRY. Towel dry.

19. COMB. At this point I actually switched over from the plastic brush to a fine tooth comb.

20. FIN

At this point you can proceed to steam iron or curl using any method you like.

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  1. fafinette78 47 months ago | reply

    I have wash her hair and I love the resulte, you can look that here:https://www.flickr.com/photos/elodyotsuba/5790403175/in/photostream/

  2. OnePinkHippo 45 months ago | reply

    Do have any other tips for keeping the bangs down? I didn't save the plastic, and I'd rather not use a rubber band and have that crease.

    But thanks for this tutorial! I just got my second girl and her hair is greasy something awful. Blythe Spa Day ASAP!

  3. just biz! - Val is w/ aniliy 45 months ago | reply

    It is on the first page mixed in with a convo about curls & the plastic piece - Hec said "A (clean white) sock will work just as well :)" - now that I think about it ... I didn't have issues with bangs - I held them back while I washed them & then just lightly combed them back into place after I towel dried them & they just air dried - I was going to sock em but my SSS didn't need it

  4. aveuch 45 months ago | reply

    Wow. Friends helping friends! Lovely to see! :)

  5. just biz! - Val is w/ aniliy 45 months ago | reply

    Hey Stranger! Hope all is well with you! I don't know but I'll be friends :)

  6. OnePinkHippo 45 months ago | reply

    I must have completely passed that! Thanks a bunch, new friend! :]

  7. just biz! - Val is w/ aniliy 45 months ago | reply

    It was totally mixed into other convo - I only remembered since I was part of that section - when I went looking for it I did get confused because I think one of the girls they were talking about is named Sock :P

  8. EssHaych 45 months ago | reply

    Thank you for this tute, it's really helpful! I am yet to wash my STT's hair because it isn't really very bad, but I had a question for when I did - what are your views on using a hair dryer on Blythe hair?! I wasn't sure if it would work because of the heat, but wondered if a cool setting might be ok? Thanks! :D

  9. aveuch 45 months ago | reply

    You are very welcome! I'm no authority on the matter, but I wouldn't use a hair dryer... I don't think its necessary. And I would be paranoid of things getting too hot for the synthetic saran.

  10. EssHaych 45 months ago | reply

    Yeah, you have a point :D Thank you for getting back to me! :D

  11. aveuch 44 months ago | reply

    Woohoo! 100 favorites! I am so grateful! Thank you everyone!

  12. gravegirl* 44 months ago | reply

    thank you for posting this, I had a question about the ice water: do you take the doll right from a hot water rinse into the ice water? thanks :)

  13. neomi_buttons 42 months ago | reply

    I am very nervous to try this because my blythe has a part and I have no idea on where to put the little ball pins into place to hold the hair down.

  14. just biz! - Val is w/ aniliy 42 months ago | reply

    with this washing I don't think you need any pins - I washed all of my girls hair this way & their parts all have just come back - in the example Hec is using PDAm who has a part & he didn't pin her part - all the swishing & dunking seems to just keep their hair in place :P I hope this helps!

    Don't forget to comb & rinse & comb & rinse before you ice her - then you dunk her!

  15. Cinnister 28 months ago | reply

    Splish Splash <3 Thank you!!

  16. qdpatooties [deleted] 18 months ago | reply

    Thanks! Awesome tutorial!!!

  17. karabraun 11 months ago | reply

    Great tutorial! Added to my Blythe list to do next :)

  18. KatiePegasus 5 months ago | reply

    Thank you! I just used this on my Bianca Pearl and even Addy the American Girl Doll whose hair was a mess. LOL I was so nervous when doing my Blythes hair, but it turned out nice.

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