|Tara and Abbi know damn straight how braid spray can make a girl look good.|
First, the backstory. Let's take you back in time to 2006. I had just gotten Addy as a Giftmas gift that winter, and recently found Naomi on the eBay Orphanarium and rewigged her. The only AG board was AG Fans, a hyper-Christian super conservative board where I once got in trouble for linking to a story that mentioned the word tampons. But at the time it was the only game in town so I suffered quietly. (My story about me getting booted from there is another post.)
There were many tips on doll hair at the time. AG only suggests one of their doll brushes (or picks for the curly girls) and water. No plastic, no heat, no anything else. Which makes sense. However, doll hair can get dry, break badly, get mussed up by dirt and grime and slime, or otherwise become a hot mess. So people had done hit and miss options for hair care. One of the more widespread methods, the Downy Dunk, still has some merit. But the best bet is to prevent it getting so bad that you find yourself swishing a doll's hair in fabric softener. Again, water spray was the best thing going, but people were suggesting everything from baby oil rubbed on the hands and through the hair to adding fabric softener to the water bottle to car vinyl protecting spray. I shit you not. Think about that and cringe. I'll wait.
So me, not wanting my then two-doll gang to smell of car interior or laundry items, tried to figure out anything else to keep their hair looking awesome. Research led to me learning that the doll's wigs were made of kanekalon hair. Which is the same damn stuff that I often had braided into my own head for awesome braids, because I'm black and not having to do my hair directly for upwards of three months is a badass thing. Part of the maintenance of my braids was to use braid spray--a mix of various leave in conditioners, oils, and herbal shit in a spray bottle that kept my hair healthy under the braids.
Couldn't hurt to try, right? So I grabbed a bottle and pumped a couple shots into Addy's head and brushed it through. Hot damn. Her hair looked great. It got glossy, soft, and sweet. I tried the same thing on Naomi, and she looked beautiful. With much squealing, and still feeling kind to the AG community--I haven't much in the past years--I posted this data up to the AG fans, including that braid spray could be found in the ethnic section of hair stores. There was a lot of skepticism, but some people braved the journey and got the stuff--and they found out I was not full of shit. And people stopped putting baby oil in doll hair, and all was rainbows.
Back to now, where the rainbows have faded and I'm only on AG Over 18 and stay around my own circle of doll collectors, having been banned from both major boards for the crime of standing up for myself as a person. I'm still pissed about that. But the fandom still suggests braid spray to take care of dolls, from what I know...
...and with no mention that I'm the one who offered the suggestion to people. That's ingratitude for you.
But enough bitching. Let me show you what braid spray does with Tara and Abbi. See, they were restorations like Naomi--but where Naomi had massive haircuts requiring a full rewigging, Abbi and Tara were well enough that they could mostly keep their original styles. And in both cases it was a magnificent transformation.
Tara was sent to me by a buddy, who had found an AG doll for super cheap at a resale store and offered her to me for free, because she knew I loved my girls and would give her a good home. I was really excited for her to arrive, and she got here a little after PAX 2009.
|Tara's First Day. She was looking rough.|
|Apply the magic.|
|Look at that change.|
|And after. Pretty like a damn princess.|
Later down the road in Sept 2011, that same friend found and sent me who would become Abbi. She was pretty grubby--there was a stain on her chin. And her hair--which had been naturally curly--was now a tangled knot of drama on her head.
|And right after.|
|Mellie knows this stuff is the good stuff!|