I received Neo Blythe doll, Jane Lefroy. I LOVE her stock and she has a beautiful face and coloring. She reminded me of Vinter Arden(who is one of my grail dolls). I follow some Blythe happenings on Facebook and Flickr and when I started seeing pictures of Jane out of the box I was petrified. This girl has crazy hair! She has a TON of hair and for some reason Takara decided to try some sort of weird curliness in her hair. It starts out smooth at the part and maybe 1/3 of the way down her head then it turns into an absolute rat's nest. I was afraid to even take her out of the box.
I finally come up with the courage to open Jane up. She is beautiful but OMG that hair! It's very soft in spots but I cannot even run my fingers through it. I have been doing some research on Blythe hair and I have done a few spas on my other dolls but they seem like child's play when faced with Jane's disaster hair. I have seen other collectors who were actually able to tame her hair and I have gathered bits and pieces of what they did (On a side note, it is interesting to me how vague some collectors are on their dolly spa process. When pressed they give a vague description but not much more. I would be flattered if someone asked me what I did to my doll's hair because they wanted to figure out the same thing.). I have decided to try and conquer Jane's hair.
25August2015: Jane's first spa
I gave Jane her first hair wash to day. I used Dawn dishwashing liquid to try and break up the rat's nest a bit. I then used a mixture of 1.5 cap fulls unscented Downy and water and let her hair soak in that for two hours. After that I was actually able to run my fingers through her hair but it seemed to come out of the process very dry still. I braided her hair and put some rollers in the end of those to try and rein things in. She is now drying for a day or two before I take the braids out and see how spa #1 went. I'm positive I will have to do at LEAST one more to get her hair to look anything like I want it to. Probably a lot more than one more. I will spend the next couple of days researching what human shampoos help tame dryness and frizz.
28August2015: Jane's second spa
Second wash. Dawn, Argan Oil shampoo, 3 hour soak in undiluted, unscented Downy. Before braiding her hair I used a little bit of leave in conditioner for frizzy hair. I am very happy with the results ;)