I have a large collection of barbies, and I like to do lots of different hair dues on them but of course after a while their hair gets damaged. I normally use just whatever shampoo and conditioner I have and use for me. I just want to know if I should use a different product for them or if its ok to just keep doing it as i have been.
I find shampoo and conditioner works, but for me the big help is Johnson and Johnson "no more tangles".. it makes doll hair easy to comb through.
I've been known to use dishwashing soap on really greasy, oily hair (or anything that appears to have been sitting in a basement for far too long--anti-bacterial to the rescue!) but any regular conditioner seems to work on detangling.
Vintage is a whole other story--go gentle on their hair and never soak dolls with wigs made from mohair! you will probably destroy the glue holding the wig together and maybe even the doll.
You can use any shampoo even dish soap, but I would definitely use a conditioner to take the tangles out. Additionally, I use the generic version of "No More Tangles" found in the baby section while combing it out with a wide tooth comb gently. I think go cheap on shampoo, but getting the tangles out, so you don't pull the hair out is key sometimes I have to detangle it with my fingers.
I have heard you can use fabric softener, but I have never tried it on a blonde doll. I have used it w/dark brown hair though.