It is very frustrating for a little girl to untangle doll hair. I had a Crissy Mia doll when I was about five years of age, and her long hair became full of tangles. I tried to brush the knots out myself, but I was unable to remove the tangles. I took very good care of my toys, and I felt as if the doll was ruined until my grandmother helped me to remove and repair the matted mess.
As an adult I learned a few easy ways to remove tangles from all types of doll hair. My former mother-in-law collects and sells antique dolls, and she taught me how to care for their hair while preventing further problems. Young children are unable to properly care for the hair of a doll, but with a little help from an adult, it can remain tangle free.
The following method to remove tangles from doll hair is not intended for use on cloth dolls or those made of materials that could be damaged by detangling products. When in doubt, try the product of choice in a small inconspicuous area before using a significant amount. Leave it on the small section for at least 30 minutes before proceeding. If it does not remove the color or appear to cause damage of any type, it should be safe to use. In any case, use commonsense and proceed with caution.
Use a Metal Wig Brush and Special Detangling Spray
When trying to remove tangles from the hair of a doll, do not try to use an ordinary comb or brush. Brushes and combs meant for real hair can cause irreparable damage. Take the time to buy a metal wig brush and special detangling spray. Visit a beauty supply store or a wig salon, and purchase high quality supplies. The wig brush is the best tool to remove tangles, and the special detangling spray will make the task much easier. It will also beautifully condition the hair.
Use Disposable Elastic Ties and Braided Styles
After you remove the tangles from the hair of the doll, it is important to prevent it from becoming tangled again. It is best to use elastic ties and styles that will keep the hair in place. Braids are an excellent choice when trying to prevent tangles. Also, when removing the hair ties for a different style, carefully clip them off with a pair of scissors instead of trying to work them down. Less damage will occur, and the braids will keep the doll looking great for a longer period of time, especially if it is regularly handled and loved by a child.
Source: Personal Experience with Dolls