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• DO expect a few hairs to come off the first time you brush 
or pick—that’s normal.

• For wavy hair, DO be very gentle at the ends to preserve the curl.

• For tight curls, DO finger-style the hair by separating a small section and gently working your fingers through it, twirling as you go.

• When braiding hair, DO so while hair is damp to control loose ends. Let the hair dry overnight or by placing it near a fan. Remember that braids left in too long may result in a permanent wave when taken out.

• DON’T ever use a comb or plastic-bristle brush, which can snag or frizz hair.

• DON’T get water in the doll’s eyes—they may rust!

• DON’T use styling products such as gels, mousses, or sprays, as they can damage hair over time.

• DON’T use a blow dryer, curling iron, straightening iron, or hot rollers, all of which can dry, stiffen, or even melt hair.

• DO always cover the doll’s eyes to avoid getting water on them, which can lead to rust.

• DO keep the soft-fabric body and hair as dry as possible.

• DON’T ever submerge the doll in water.


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