Blythe was an iconic doll decades ago, and now she's back. Just as all fashions pass and revive themselves, there is a newly gained interest in the Blythe Doll.
Most people find it more affordable for them to pick up a newly produced version of this doll from Japan. (I've seen them on ebay for $100-$600.) But the true die-hards are the ones seeking out the 1972 Kenner version - the original. These sell from $400 to $3,000.00 - lower end is for the dolls who are broken and need some TLC. The higher end is for the dolls who never had any problems, and they are in great shape to this day. My particular Blythe Doll is mid-range ($1,000.00 or more) because she is restored, and returned as close as possible to her best condition. I've been passively selling her for a year or so, now. As you can see - I don't mind if I end up holding on to her because they are so rare. :)
Her story: She came from my grandma's collection, I used to play with her when I went to visit and after my grandma passed away, she went to my mom, and then to me. At first I didn't think too highly of her because she was in pieces! Her legs weren't attached, her butt fell off and she was a torso. Not to mention - her hair was a rat's nest. I did my research and I lucked into a technique to fix her hair - which you will soon read about! Everything else was trial and error, with a happy ending.
Her Stats: 1972 Kenner Blythe, torso fixed, legs are perfect, some orange spots on her head, eyes click perfectly, original pull string, restored/conditioned hair, missing less than 5 hair plugs, original thatching, perfect eyelashes, great eye shadow, faded cheeks, near perfect lips, original blue dress, no hair cuts.
Step 1: Blythe Hair Fix
I don't even know where I found this idea because it was hidden so deeply in the internet that it was just a lucky find. I have to bring it to life so that other people can use this technique on their dolls and whatever else may need help. I am sure this would work on Barbies, too. Maybe even wigs! Imagine - taking a ratted old wig and making it look like new? That was a great idea, thank you, SelkeyMoonbeam!
Blythe has synthetic hair, which is plastic, and plastic reacts to heat. The way to do this is to barely boil some fabric softener in a pot that you aren't too keen about. You want this stuff to be really hot. And you want to choose a scent that you like, because your doll's hair will forever smell like it.
3 caps softener, 1.5 caps water ---- what I used.
Rig a bowl or a dish that you can test for depth. You want to be able to put your doll into it, and let her balance on top because you don't want the fabric softener in her skull. You just want to soak her hair in the heated liquid. I put her into a wide measuring cup and I used her arms to balance her above it.
Let her hair soak into this hot liquid until it's not hot anymore.
Once cooled, take her to the sink and rinse her hair, carefully. I tried my best not to get it inside her head, or her eyes, etc. Use warm water and keep rinsing so that it is clean and smooth.
Grab your curlers and start GENTLY parting her hair into portions to be curled. Her hair will still be wet/damp when you do this, which is fine. Once her curls are set, put a stalking over her head to hold them in place. Let her dry like this for hours or over night.
Next day, carefully remove the curlers and brush each one out. You want to use the doll brush/kid brush and go very slowly. You want to be sure to HOLD the hair that you are brushing so that there is no stress put on the scalp, which will remove the hair plugs.
Once you see the difference, you will be amazed. You can repeat this process a few times to get it to the way you'd like. I think I did this 2 or 3 times to my doll. If her hair is so matted, you may want to do a pre-brush, which you will see in my video.