All you will need to achieve these wonderful colors are:
a $5 blonde doll
Liquitex acrylic paint in the color of your choice
a fine-toothed flea comb ($1-$5 in most stores)
small Dixie-cup (bathroom size)
a small shallow dish
newspaper or rags
Tips on choosing a doll:
Choose a doll with the shiny hair that has thick strands. The thin
fibrous hair will not take the dye as well.
Tips on choosing a color:
Reds tend to come out orangey, and black tends to be a
The colors I used to acheive the above results were (from left to right):
Cadmium Yellow, Phthalocyanine Blue, Hibiscus Pink and Dioxazine Purple
of the Liquitex brand name.
Not pictured: Crimson Red (which resulted in a Tangerine color) and Emerald
Green (which resulted in a gorgeous Lime!).
Choose rich, saturated colors to get neon results.
Preparing the Dye:
Squirt about a dime-sized dallop of the paint into the bottom of
the Dixie cup. Fill the cup 3/4 full of water. Stir well until all
the paint is dissoved. You should have colored water. Pour the
colored water into your shallow dish.
The Dyeing Process:
Place the doll, hair fanned out, onto the newspaper or rags.
Dip the flea comb into your dye.
Comb the dye through the doll's hair.
Repeat this until all the hair has been dyed (about 15 minutes of solid
If necessary, touch up the roots using the dye and an artist brush.
The Drying Process:
I learned this the hard
TURN YOUR DOLL UPSIDE DOWN TO DRY!!
Any wet hair touching the face will color the face, as well!
You can use a dryer set on cold, but it's best to just let the dye take
on its own. I generally leave the doll to dry for three to four days,
just for good measure. Brush often (twice daily) while the hair is
still wet to make sure it does not stiffen up.
Once the hair is dry, it should be as soft and silky as a
non-dyed doll. This is also completely washable in a mild soap and cold
water! The dolls in these pictures (taken 6/22/97) were dyed over
a year prior to this picture, and the dye has held
beautifully, even 3 years later.