There are plenty of things you can do to restore a Barbie. The method you choose will depend on
a) The condition of your doll
b) What you want to achieve
c) The value of the doll and your skills
If you’re a first timer, I suggest if you have a doll that is from 1970’s or older, you teach yourself a few things with newer dolls before you get to the old one, that are a bit tricky in comparison to the new ones. (See about the year 1966 on Barbie.)
If your Barbie is dirty, you can wash her in soap and water. For other stains on different parts of the doll, you can read some basic Barbie cleaning methods here.
Matted Barbie hair
If your dolls’ hair has gone tangled and matted, you can fix this by using a Barbie hair straightening method, described here. You may also want to recurl it, and the instructions can be found on the same page.
If your doll has had a matted hair crisis or ended up playing the role of Ken with her hair cut off, you can check out the Rerooting Barbie’s Hair instructions. It’s a slow process that takes patience, but isn’t very difficult.Â If you don’t want to spend that much time rerooting, you could always buy a Barbie wig or make one – I will be adding a wig tutorial later on.
Touch up the makeup
This is the hardest part of restoring Barbie. If her make-up is rubbed off or faded, you might want to touch it up with some special Barbie facial paints. You will have to be very confident in your abilities or alternatively not care if the doll ends up spoiled.
Redo the whole doll
You can always change everything about the doll, change the hairÂ colour, style and do a repaint and then dress her in clothes you made yourself. In this case, we are talking about customising Barbie, and OOAK Barbies, One Of A Kind Barbies.