Thursday, April 14, 2016

Unfrying Cali Girl Teresa's Hair

A January thrift store find, Cali Girl Teresa
In January of this year, Cali Girl Teresa, 2004, was found nude at a thrift store, wearing only her original necklace, the black cord with silver heart pendant of which aided in her ID. Teresa remained in her fried hair, scarred-body, missing-thumb-state for a few weeks until I decided to bring her back to some form of doll life.  The doll has a pretty face with a smile that reminds me of a younger Halle Berry's smile; so I wanted to revive her.  Had I noticed the missing thumb and gouges in portions of her vinyl, I would have left her there.  She's lucky.

The following are before and after photos of Cali Girl Teresa.


When found, Teresa's hair was so dry it looked like straw!

                                                


It was so dull and lifeless, I was not sure the boil perm I had in mind would give it the restoration it desperately needed, but I went in for the challenge.

                              

After shampooing and conditioning her hair (can't remember the conditioner used, possibly some Shea Moisture Leave-In, I really don't recall), I used paper-wrapped rod rollers to create a looser-than-Afro curl, dipped her head in a cup of boiled water for a few minutes, and allowed it to air dry with the rollers in for about 24 hours.  The above photo on the right was taken after the 24 hours' drying time had lapsed.



With the rollers removed, I finger combed the hair to achieve the above super curly hairdo.  Prior to dressing Teresa in Barbie Basics Denim Collection Model No. 5's fashion, I gave her a new body (an older Fashionistas Barbie body).  It is not articulated but it is much better than the original animal-bitten, missing-thumb body she arrived with.

Teresa posed for one final photo.  She looks and "feels" so-much-better!


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29 comments:

  1. Wow! So much better.She really is lucky. You did a great job.

    Whenever I've rescued a doll it always crossed my mind that even objects have different fates. After many years most mass produced dolls must be in landfills yet something like this happens and one of them gets a new body and wardrobe instead:D

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    1. I shudder to think of all the dolls that do windup in landfills that could have gone to new homes had they been donated to a thrift store, women's shelter, or given to a another child. It still remains difficult for me to just toss a doll. Unless it is damaged (like this one's body was, which I did toss), I can always find a use for it. I guess only true doll lovers understand this thought pattern.

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  2. What a nice transformation! She was indeed lucky to end up in your hands. Her hair is so much better, I bet she is squealing with delight. Plus getting a new body that doesn't have a chew marks or missing digits, she must be beside herself with happiness! Nice save!

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    1. Thanks, Phyllis. She seems quite happy about her current situation. :-) I am as well.

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  3. Hello Debbie!
    You did an amazing job with her hair.

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    1. Thank you, Thammie! It turned out much better than even I expected.

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  4. Applause! Great to see such a pretty doll revived ;-)

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    1. Thank you, D7ana! I love this head sculpt anyway and was immediately drawn to the face when I saw her bagged up. That is probably the reason I didn't see the imperfections on her body.

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  5. You did a great job! I haven't had to tame dolly hair lately, which is a good thing. The reformulated Cream of Nature shapoo has been a vexation to dolly hair and mine!

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    1. Thanks, Ms. Leo.

      I haven't used Cream of Nature products in years. Thanks for the warning. I did recently retry to use a couple of Cantu's products for natural hair, one of which worked well for a wash, two side Bantu knots to set it overnight, and go the next day, but the sweet coconut smell was too strong and had me rewashing my hair in a couple of days. I don't like my hair to smell like anything so that was a waste of money. I wonder if the fragrance will fade if I leave the containers open. I might try that; it couldn't hurt.

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  6. That's an epic restoration! Great work! :)

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    1. Thank you, jSarie! Doll therapy is what this was for me.

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  7. Teresa looks beautiful! Nice job on her!

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  8. Lovely makeover. I love seeing older dolls come back to life! :)

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  9. Beautiful! You did a great job on her hair!! She is a lucky doll. :-) I purchased a doll with a chewed up feet once. Now I make it my business t look at hands and feet before making the thrift store purchase.

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    1. I'll begin doing that as well, GG, taking more time to examine the dolls through the thick plastic baggies. I don't like unpleasant surprises.

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  10. She is ready for her closeup! The hair change makes her smile seem brighter. She is digging that look.

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    1. Yes, she is much happier now than she has been in years.

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  11. Oh, my! Love how her hair turned out! She looks even prettier!!!

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  12. Debbie she looks great. The hair is gorgeous! I can't believe how few rollers you needed for all those curls!

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    1. Thanks, DeMari. I used about a dozen rod curlers, just enough to give her a head full of curls.

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  13. Luv her new curls. Big hair is beautiful!

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