Monday, August 18, 2014

Barbie Mondays - Rescue Barbies

Hello, Dear Ones and welcome again to Barbie Mondays.
Today I thought I'd share my rescued Barbies. These are the poor little nekked Barbies you see at Goodwill for a couple of dollars. I saw quite a few tutes on Pinterest about how to spiff up these little gals and give their matter, tangled mess of hair a new doo! :)
I forgot to take a snap of the 'before' but if you'll just use your imagination you'll figure out how these Barbies looked. Pretty little faces but with a head of hair that looked like you had struck a match to it. So you're seeing my gals in their 'after' snaps above.
I covered up their bums as to not offend anyone. They stuck their little heads down in a bowl filled with warm water and some fabric softener. I didn't measure but it was probably almost 1/2 water and a little more than 1/2 fabric softener. My kitchen was really smelly good!
They soaked for about 15 or so minutes and then I rinsed as much of the fabric softener out as I could without wringing or tangling up their hair.
These were the rest of my supplies. Yes, that's Chloe Dawn's doggy hair detangler/conditioner, also Chloe's doggy comb, a wire wide toothed brush and scissors.
Now it was beauty shop time! I laid Barbie down and used Chloe Dawn's doggy comb and starting at the ends of Barbie's hair, started to gently comb out the tangles. A word of warning: hold Barbie's head firmly between your fingers and gently do the combing. You don't want to pop her tiny head off. Just sayin'! As I combed, I lightly sprayed her hair with the conditioning spray. Look how nicely it turned out. She did loose a few hairs and some seemed to stretch so I used the scissors to even up the ends.
Now don't rub rub with a towel to dry her hair or you'll get tangles again. I blotted very firmly with a hand towel to get out all of the excess water I could. Then I took a little bit of a paper towel and wrapped the ends of her hair like you would when your perming and rolled her hair up on a straw that I had cut to size.
See? Then to secure it, I just used a dress maker's pin and poked in right through the straw and her little plastic head. Not one peep out of her. This Barbie has certainly been under some stress as you can see she has a bald spot. But in the end I'll make her so pretty she won't care.
Now for the other Barbie ~ beauty shop time again! My gals are modest and so I wrapped them in luxurious paper towels um, robes. These little straws work wonderfully for rollers and there's my pack of pins.
 I went ahead and put Barbie's hair up in a pony tail and then started to roll roll roll.
Yep, my fingers are all pruned up! So I cut little pieces of paper towel and wrapped the ends of her hair and then rolled it up on a roller, um straw, securing each with a pin.
 Cute, huh?
Now this gal had a lot of hair so many pins were poked into her little hair. I had visions of long pretty curls for her.
 Looks almost elegant enough for a fancy doo just like this, doesn't it, if only the rollers were shorter. The pins look like pretty hair accessories.
Now with all this long hair, it was going to take a long time to dry so they decided to sun bath for a while on the patio in the bright summer sun. Nothing like a couple of paper towel clad, hair rolled up on straws with pins stuck in their heads and smelling like fabric softener bathing beauties.
For the results...this is our most stressed out Barbie with the bald spot. The relaxing soak and then a nice time spent in the sun helped to de-stress her. I told her I didn't think her hair would grow back though. She was okay with that.
Her hair was thinner so I put it up in a pony tail and braided it. I wanted to make her a pretty updoo so I found these teeny little plastic stretchy bands for her hair. They are no bigger around that your finger but stretch very well. In person they really don't show up so much as they do here in this snap, but the little bands are keeping her braid all up in a pretty doo.
Now for the Barbie with the really thick hair. Like I said, I had visions of long flowing curls for this one but the curls didn't look pretty like I thought they would. I let the girls sunbath for a few hours and then didn't take their hair down until the next day. Her curls looked pretty bad so I braided her hair too and decided to let her have a long ponytail. I do believe this is a late 80s or early 90s Barbie as she has the poofy bangs! I even curled them too.
Look at that pretty braid and I used the same little clear plastic stretchy bands on her hair too.
So if you have a little one who likes Barbies (or if you just want to play) but you don't want to spend much money on them - go to Goodwill and rescue some Barbies. This world will be a better place if you will give some nekked Barbie a home, a bath and a new doo! I guess you could tell I've been having a great time! 

I just love me some Barbies! Now I've got to get some with hair color other than blond!

Be a bunch of sweeties,
Shelia ;)

I'll leave you with a little Note Song ~


She asks me why
I'm just a hairy guy
I'm hairy noon and night
Hair that's a fright
I'm hairy high and low
Don't ask me why
Don't know
It's not for lack of bread
Like the Grateful Dead

Gimme head with hair
Long beautiful hair
Shining, gleaming,
Streaming, flaxen, waxen

Give me down to there hair
Shoulder length or longer
Here baby, there mama
Everywhere daddy daddy

Hair, hair, hair, hair, hair, hair, hair
Flow it, show it
Long as God can grow it
My hair

Let it fly in the breeze
And get caught in the trees
Give a home to the fleas in my hair
A home for fleas
A hive for bees
A nest for birds
There ain't no words
For the beauty, the splendor, the wonder
Of my...

Hair, hair, hair, hair, hair, hair, hair
Flow it, show it
Long as God can grow it
My hair

I want it long, straight, curly, fuzzy
Snaggy, shaggy, ratty, matty
Oily, greasy, fleecy
Shining, gleaming, streaming
Flaxen, waxen
Knotted, polka-dotted
Twisted, beaded, braided
Powdered, flowered, and confettied
Bangled, tangled, spangled, and spaghettied!

Oh say can you see
My eyes if you can
Then my hair's too short

Down to here
Down to there
Down to where
It stops by itself

They'll be ga ga at the go go
When they see me in my toga
My toga made of blond
Biblical hair

My hair like Jesus wore it
Hallelujah I adore it
Hallelujah Mary loved her son
Why don't my mother love me?

Hair, hair, hair, hair, hair, hair, hair
Flow it, show it
Long as God can grow it
My hair, hair, hair, hair, hair, hair, hair
Flow it, show it
Long as God can grow it
My hair

~ sung by The Cowsills


  1. Well, your sweet Barbie's are just adorable and I think I will pop over and see if you can do something with my hair! LOL! Hugs and blessings, Cindy

  2. You are sooooooo patient!!! And you are having way tooooooo much fun!!!

  3. Shelia I got such a kick out of this post! I loved my Barbies and would play with their hair and outfits for hours. You make me smile!

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  5. Shelia, this post is so cute and funny!! :-D I used to love to play with my Barbies and I saved them, but never had any little girls to give them to. You did a great job fixing their hair! I just chuckled all the way through this post, from the hearts on their bums, their paper towel robes, the bathing beauties, all the way to the rendition of "Hair" at the end. Too funny! You did have fun with this, and I'm glad you shared with us.

    Have a great day, Shelia!


    Denise at Forest Manor

  6. Love it! Great advice. SO SO cute.

  7. I never would have thought you could have fixed up their hair, Shelia. They turned out great. I am going to make note of your tips. My granddaughter will play with the Barbie's I have here every once in awhile; they were her mother's (my daughter's) and I only kept a couple (and a Ken).

  8. Oh Sheila...this one is for the books! Thank you for this lovely tutorial! I will have to go looking for my old Barbie's now for sure. I think I remember my Barbie's hair getting so terrible that I wound up cutting it off at the root nearly...she REALLY looked great then!! My other one had platinum blonde hair and I "dyed" it with red permanant magic marker!!

  9. I have never has a Barbie in my life of my own. I do buy them for my grand's. I just love your creative nature...and patients. The Barbie clothes you are making will be cherished by your granddaughter, hopefully she will still have them when she is our age.

  10. I think I need to start collecting me some Barbies from the thrift store so I can make cute, little clothes and be ready for my young granddaughters to love them! Thanks for sharing how to make their hair beautiful! You have been on my heart all morning, dear friend. Wondering where you are and how you are doing. Can't wait to hear that you have arrived and that your 'new' life has begun.

  11. You are one talented lady!! :)

  12. This was such a fun post to read.....:) I loved what you did with the girls!

  13. Love it! The little braided up-do looks amazing Sheila! Told ya to be careful... Those Barbies sneak up on you and before you know it-you have an army of them! Have fun:@)

  14. This cracks me up because I've been having issues with my hair frizzing in the humidity, so I've started braiding it at night, and lo and behold, it gets curly now! I need to try your method, because I don't look nearly as elegant as Barbie.
    L-O-V-E it!

  15. Wow you have a lot more patience than I do. All those Barbie's would be sporting pixie cuts by now if it were me. :-) You are about the sweetest thing ever. xo

  16. Oh, Shelia, you crack me up. I think you are having way too much fun with those Barbie's. What a cuties you are. And talented to boot. Hugs, Karie

  17. Boy I needed you when I was a kid! So fabric softener is the trick! You did a beautiful job on the doll hair. You have a lot of patience and skill!

  18. Shelia's Barbie Beauty Shop is a tremendous success. Before you know it, they will be lined up at your door.♥

  19. Your Barbies came out gorgeous! Can't wait to see how you dress them.

  20. Hi Shelia, How pretty you made these two Barbie's with their new hair do's. Love the process and the patience you have to make them gorgeous. Your talents are amazing my friend and your wit so cute. Just beautiful!!

    So fun to catch up with you as we've been on vacation for 10 days celebrating our anniversary.
    Have a great evening.

  21. Shelia, You are so funny and so clever too! I really wanted a Barbie when I was a kid but I had Tammy instead. She was too fat to wear the chic Barbie clothes of the 60s and her hair wasn't long and glamorous! Of course I bought my own daughter several Barbies, but she wasn't very interested in them (she was really into her American Girls), so they are sitting in the basement, I think. Now I want to dig them out and play! I'm looking forward to more Barbie Mondays! Linda

  22. Wonderful! You've inspired me to rescue some Barbie's and see if I can make them 'beautiful' again and then donate them.
    I wish I'd saved my Barbies and all the accessories I had - what a shame I didn't.
    Thank you for the great info!

  23. I loved all my Barbies when I was growing up! Thanks for the walk down Memory Lane!

  24. funniest blog post ever from anybody!! WHo would have ever thought to do a tutorial on a Barbie renovation...I love it!!

  25. I can see Barbie Mondays are a hit! lol!. I love it. Love what great hair you gave these little beauties and all the TLC too!


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