How to Bleach Barbie Hair

Bleaching a Barbie's hair is an inexpensive way to change its color.
Bleaching a Barbie's hair is an inexpensive way to change its color. (Image: Sean Gallup/Getty Images Sport/Getty Images)

Restoring a Barbie's synthetic hair to its original blonde color is a creative way to maintain the beauty of your doll. An aged Barbie doll, for example, may have a head of hair that is faded and has lost its luster. Bleaching the Barbie doll's hair is a quick fix to regenerating a bright blond look. Adding bleach to brown or black hair will also lighten the tone of your doll's locks.

Things You'll Need

  • Latex gloves
  • Small non-metallic bowl
  • 1 1/2 cup hot water
  • 1 teaspoon shampoo
  • 1 ounce bleach
  • Toothbrush
  • 12-inch string
  • 24-inch sheet of newspaper

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Undress the Barbie. Removing the doll's clothes ensures that it will not be damaged during the bleaching process. Slide on a pair of Latex gloves before moving onto the next step.

Fill a small non-metallic bowl with 1/2 cup hot water. Turn the Barbie doll upside down. Submerge the doll's hair in the water. Non-metal surfaces will not interfere with the chemical compounds of the hair dye.

Add 1 teaspoon shampoo to the doll's hair. Rub the shampoo into the locks with your fingers. Rinse the doll's hair in the bowl of water. Pour out the bowl of water.

Refill the bowl with 1 cup water and 1 ounce bleach. Turn the Barbie doll upside down. Submerge the doll's hair in the bleach mixture for 30 to 45 seconds.

Remove the Barbie's hair from the bleach mixture. Keep the doll upside down. Tie a 12-inch string around the feet of the doll. Hang the doll upside down for an hour to prevent the hair from touching the doll's body. Place a 24-inch sheet of newspaper under the hair to catch any wet drips.

Rinse the doll's hair with cold water. Repeat steps 4 through 6 to lighten the hair further.

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