<<< Added Update 2/13/15 -- Apparently this post is causing an uproar among some folks who are taking great offense to the fact that I prefer the hair to lay flatter against Honey's head. They are accusing me of being "racially biased" against fluffy hair. Guys- I LOVVVVEEEE Big hair on dolls. FYI- my OWN hair is big. Nature grew it that way.
I do however dislike the factory hair on Honey Swamp. How anyone can think this is a racial issue is unthinkable to me because truly, I do not see a lot of Swamp Monsters running around in this world. Do you? Unless you are an actual Swamp Monster- please do not take offense at a toy that I choose to customize to suit my personal esthetic. And if you are a Swamp Monster, aren't you glad you now hair hair styling options? That is all. :) >>>
|Honey Swamp out of the box|
I took off the rubber band that kind of holds her hair in place, and this is what happened:
|Oh Crap. Honey Hair Disaster|
So. the hair had to be fixed, Years ago I had a Barbie with similar hair and I managed to tame it. The first thing I did was put a pot of water on the stove and brought it to a boil.
Before I tossed her in the water I drenched her hair in hair conditioner. It was Alberto Vo5 cause that's what I use and if it tames my hair, it should help Honey. Actually human hair conditioner doesn't do a lot for doll hair, but it does make it easier to get a comb through sometimes. Then, I turned off the heat and in she went, head first. I could have used fabric softener but I didn't have any on hand.
|Boiling hot water can't hurt this swamp girl!|
After about two minutes of a hot water soak, I removed her. Then I ran her head under cold water while kind of holding it down around her to lengthen it and pull it down. Her hair defies gravity so it was a chore.
|Honey Swamp's hair waiting to dry.|
I then wrapped a white washcloth around her to hold her hair down. A rubber band holds it in position. The I let her hair dry, which took several hours. When it was dry I removed the washcloth and this is what I had.
|Not sure why her hand is on her crotch...LOL!|
It was still a little damp here, but dried very similar eventually. It did not revert to its former style.
Here is the repainted, completed doll which has been sold.