Anyone with kids who have Barbie’s or any doll with long synthetic hair will tell you that getting knots or tangles out is near impossible. Never fear, we’ve found an easy solution!

How to detangle Barbie’s hair

What you’ll need:

  • Pot
  • Fabric softener
  • Water
  • Hard bristle hairbrush


  1. Add 1/4 cup of fabric softener to a pot and fill with very hot water.
  2. Place Barbie’s head in the pot and leave to soak for 10 minutes.
  3. Take the Barbies out of the pot and brush their hair and the knots out will brush out easily.
  4. Rinse Barbie to make sure fabric softener is removed.
  5. Leave Barbie to dry.

Voila! Works everytime – now… to just get the kids to look after their things!

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  • Haha this photo is so hilarious


  • It’s a great tip. I never had that problem having 2 boys but it would have been handy for the granddaughters


  • Ooh, much needed hint in this household. I’ll give this a try. I guess add enough hot water to be deep enough to cover their heads, not too much?


  • Brilliant! Definitely going to give this a try.


  • Many thanks for the advice, cheers.


  • Simple. I was going to suggest wet it and put hair conditioner through it. I imagine similar results.


  • Great tip !


  • Thanks for the tip – will pass it on to my daughter.


  • Smart thinking !


  • fabric softener – genius


  • Great idea to use fabric softener!


  • lol I love the image of all the dolls head down in a pot!

    Thanks for the tip, we have some Monster High dolls in urgent need of a hair saloon day so this will be perfect.


  • ?? how much water do you put in a pot to add a 1/4 cup of fabric softener to.
    There’s plenty of different size pots


  • I used to struggle untangling the manes and tails on My LIttle Pony toys. I wish I’d known this trick.


  • That’s a wonderful tip. Those barbies look funny in the pot


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