Doll Hairstyles (or at least, my attempts at them!)

Even though it’s been more than a month since I saw the musical, Hamilton, I have still been on a Hamilton high. Ha! I’ve actually been on a Hamilton high since I started listening to it way back in September, but it has escalated so much that I decided to memorize the entire musical! Yes! Every single word! I know, I’m a completely insane nut! But, it’s been super fun, and I’m actually finished!!  Yes! I can say every single word from the musical! I still need to work on getting some songs faster but at least I can spit it all out. One of the ways I ‘study’ Hamilton is by doing something mindless, like doll hair. I am not AT ALL even close to the talent that so many of you bloggers can do with doll hair. Jessica over at americangirlfan JUST posted a stunning tutorial on a circle braid. I tried it and there’s no way I can get it to look so perfect. Madison over at delightfulworldofdolls also does incredible things with her dolls hair and there are so many more of you who do the same!

I use books to do doll hair. My favorite book, DIY Braids is what I used the most for this post. I can’t do any of it on my own hair, I could probably do it on another human’s hair but I’ve only actually done that once! I use the book all the time for my dolls. The other book I used for this post is the American Girl doll hair book. So, for the past couple weeks, I did the opposite of how I normally dress/get my dolls ready. Normally, I decide what doll I want to play with, then what clothes she’ll wear, and finally what hairstyle she’ll look good in for whatever story/scene I’m setting up. For this post, I picked a hairstyle I wanted to do from the book first, decided what clothes might look good with it, and then chose the doll who would wear it! It was different but a really fun way of playing with my dolls that I will probably continue to use.

 The simplest and easiest is actually something I do with my own hair – make a loose pony tail, make a hole just above the hair tie, and flip the pony through – and you’ve got a pony-tail flip! Here’s Miranda with the ‘do:

 I did a double ponytail flip on Ashleigh and it almost looks like a fancy fishtail braid but it’s not!

 Suki’s hairstyle is easy but time consuming. It’s a ponytail veil. You make 3-4 ponies at the top of the head, split each pony in half and combine them together with elastic. I could have kept going, splitting the ponies but I stopped after 3.

 Lea’s is also super easy: just twist, add more hair, twist again, repeat, and clip it.

 Kaya’s is actually a normal braid, except instead of using three equal strands of hair, I used one thick strand and two very thin strands and braided them together to get this different look:

 Kirsten’s hair looks fancy but it’s really just two braids wrapped around her head. I did not divide the hair evenly in the back, instead I made a side part so more of the braid could wrap around her entire head.

 Getting a little more complicated with Nicki, this is an under-sided (in other words, the braid is braided upside down) Dutch French braid.

 Amy’s ‘do is just a normal French braid.

 Julia’s French braid is a little variation of a French braid. You make it on the side, and instead of adding hair to every strand you cross over, you only do it to one side. I find it’s actually easier to do than a regular French braid because of that.

 Tanya’s is the same as Juila’s but this time I added strands from the front instead of the back of her head.

 Raven’s hair looks like a French braid but it’s called a skeleton braid because you make it really loose so you can see the holes in between the added strands.

 I am so bad at making corn rows. Here’s my attempt on Melody. I was at a market in France one time and I got to watch someone make corn rows on a little girl’s head. I could not believe how fast her fingers moved and how quickly she did it, and so tight too! I thought about getting my hair done that way, but blond haired people look terrible with corn rows!

 I did a four stranded braid on Kanani! It looks like her hair is about to become a basket! You even weave the hair like you would a basket too! The tricky part of a four stranded braid is holding all the strands in between your fingers.

 One of my favorite braids is a fishtail braid and I think it goes so well with Emma’s Celtic outfit.

 This is my first attempt at a French fishtail braid. Lauryn and I think it turned out rather well!

 There are different ways to do rope braids. I think the most common is to take two strands and twist them. But with Rose’s hair, I used three strands, twisting the actual hair the opposite way I twist the strands together, if that makes any sense. Doing that makes it look much tighter than if you just use two strands.

 I saved Jessica for last. She is wearing my very favorite hairstyle, and I’m still not good at doing it! Everyone says it’s easy, but I always have such a hard time with it! A waterfall French braid!

 I still need to practice more to get it even better, but this attempt isn’t too bad.

What are some of your favorite hairstyles?

‘Til next time!



About jackylina

Hi, I'm Heather (the human) and Jacky (the doll) wanted us to start a blog together about all the dolls in my room. I collect 18"dolls such as American Girl, Carpatina, Magic Attic, and Kidz n Cats. I love dressing them up and creating photo stories for you to enjoy! I'm a Christian and you will see a Christian influence in this blog because I can't help glorifying the Lord!
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10 Responses to Doll Hairstyles (or at least, my attempts at them!)

  1. Jen says:

    Impressive!! I am a novice in their hair styling department. I even cheat on Brianna’s ballet buns and use a mini hair net to hide the mess!

  2. Wow! So many braids! I’m also notoriously bad at doll hair. I don’t even do my own hair, so yeah. Most of the time, my dolls have a ponytail, and I count on the natural beauty of their hair to pull it off. 😛
    Sometimes, I’ll even do a half-up….SARCASTIC GASP

  3. light4thelord says:

    Those are gorgeous! I love that fishtail – it’s so perfect!!! I LOVE doing doll hair!
    ~ Light4theLord

  4. bennettv says:

    Those hairstyles are incredible! I especially love the rope braids and the waterfall braids. I mainly do my daughter’s hair, when she lets me near it. I am nowhere near that impressive with doll hair! 🙂

    ginnie /

  5. You are great at the braids! I use the pony flip a lot, but I am not good at french braiding – just basic braids here. All the dolls look lovely – good job.

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