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January 05, 2010

Hair Care for 18 inch Dolls from American Girl, Gotz and Madame Alexander

NEW! Gotz Doll Hair Care and Style Tips on You-Tube at this link:

American Girl, Gotz and Madame Alexander tell us NOT to use heat on the doll's hair - that means no hair irons or hair dryers! It isn't real hair - it's synthetic and the heat can damage the synthetic "hair" strands.

Madame Alexander also cautions us NOT to use water on the hair . . . you can on American Girl and Gotz dolls BUT be sure you don't get water on the eyes (turns them silver)!

For combing - or brushing- the hair we'd receommend using a very small plastic brush like those that come with Ginny or Barbie dolls.

American Girl recommends that you comb the hair in small sections, start at the bottom of the hair portion and gently remove the tangles working up to the scalp. Then repeating and repeating! This method works well for Gotz and Madame Alexander dolls too.

There is a reason American Girl features a Hair Salon for Dolls at their stores - it's a common problem and not easy to fix . . . it often requires an adult's intervention! We took our Molly doll model in because her braids were getting pretty messy! As Millie is "hair challenged" it seemed the best solution - take a look at the blog piece here:

This is Molly with very messy hair . . . some of my friends say she's not really very bad BUT she didn't look good enough to be a model in our pictures any more - so she needed help!

Molly's hairdresser straps her in her red chair and covers her up so that her dress stays nice. Notice the little spray bottle . . . it's just water BUT never, ever get the water in her eyes or it will turn them silver!!

Molly is able to check out Nicki sitting in her chair for her hair appointment! Molly had to wait an hour in one of those little cubicle boxes (shown in the photo above) until it was time for her appointment.

One braid is done and she already looks better! The hairdresser said she could tell Molly was from the Pleasant Company days as her bangs are longer and hair is finer than the Molly's of today.

Almost finished! We got to pick out the color of her hair ribbons . . . red for Molly to go with her dress. She received lots of compliments on it - we call it Emily's Dress. Do you recognize it from the picture on the Brave Emily book?!

Here she is looking brand new!! We received a sheet of hair tips and some extra hair thingies. Molly was so good on this trip to the American Girl Place, she even got a Build A Bear from McDonalds!

Posted by dollcloset at January 5, 2010 11:46 PM


I wish I could go to the American girl place!!

From Millie:

Maybe some day you can . . . they keep adding more and more and people tell me the smaller ones are lots of fun too!

Posted by: Paige Breinholt at August 21, 2010 05:32 PM


From Millie:

Welcome to the Adult American Girl Doll Lovers - and your Molly is truly blessed! Enjoy -

Posted by: FLORENCE JACKSON at January 9, 2011 12:22 PM

I have a Gotz 18" doll (1989)and her arm is broken. Where and how can I get it fixed? I hope you can help me...I love the doll...

From Millie:

Is the actual arm broken? or did it just become detached? That one is easiest to fix because it's just re-stringing!

Unfortunately doll hospitals are hard to find - but check first in your phone book and ask your local doll/toy store what they recommend.
We do have an article in our blog about doll hospitals - you can search in the blog. And I'll find for you.

Posted by: Nancy at February 7, 2012 09:09 PM

I have A doll named Beverly by Gotz she is a limited editiondoll exclusively for 1991 and I please help' I cannot find her anywhere to see what she is worth Helen

Sorry but that isn't an expertise of ours!
However, have you checked Doll Value Books? either on-line at bookstores such as Amazon or locally. That is your best bet -
Good Luck! (you probably need to know if she had a certain sculptor and how tall she is too)
Thanks for asking - Millie@DollCloset.com

Posted by: Helen at April 16, 2012 11:24 AM

my doll needs a new wig... do you have them?

From Millie:

Sorry - we do not carry wigs. If you search for doll wigs in Google or other search engine you should be able to find them.

Posted by: Betty at May 24, 2013 06:05 AM

love dolls and have all my life I'm 82 yrs old and enjoying making doll clothes for my granddaughters dollies.

Posted by: louise at October 20, 2013 06:39 AM

My 6 year old daughter has a Madame Alexander doll. Her hair is impossible to brush. It gets so tangled that when you try to brush it the hair pulls out. It's a mess! Help!

Posted by: Jill at September 24, 2014 12:50 PM

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