I have been on a bit of a buying spree recently adding some new dolls and new outfits to the Barbie collection. I am justifying these purchases as being good for my mental health while I am currently isolated at home and not sure when Naomi will be able to visit again or when I will be able to go to the shops again for anything other than food.
It’s a bit of an excuse because buying dolls is probably my biggest vice at any time. I just refuse to feel guilty about it given the current circumstances. I love my dolls and I love blogging and I also like to think that my posts might brighten the day for some of you out there as well.
My most recent purchase is this doll who I bought from eBay. Now that I’m not seeing so many new dolls that I like I’m tending to go back to my old habit of buying nice used ones. This one only needed a bit of a tidy up. This is how she looked when she arrived.
She was in pretty good shape, she just had a bit of glue on her body where her dress and been attached. That comes off easily as I’m sure you all know. Then there was the crazy hair which was knotted and dull. I spent some time combing it, first with a wide toothed comb and then with a finer one before I washed it.
It looked a lot shinier after being washed and conditioned so then I had to decide how I wanted to style it. I especially wanted to keep the waves in it. I decided that she didn’t really need a boil perm so I just divided her hair into sections and twisted them then secured them with clips. At the moment the only ones I have are human-sized. I’d like to buy some tiny butterfly clips for the fashion dolls and will probably have to do this online as well. I sprayed some gel/water mix on her hair to set it a bit and left it to dry. Later on, I pulled back some of her hair with a rubber band as she had one on her when she arrived. I quite like the effect but I may experiment a bit more with the style later. It looked very nice when I first photographed her but it still looks a bit messy at the back to me, especially after some photos this morning.
I may try rollers, I have straws and hair pins, or I may wait until I get the small clips and redo it.