This is a 1953 Ideal Ruth doll, but I call her Belinda.
She had very straight saran hair.
I tried a cold water curl with small rollers.
all I got was a soft wave, so I debated for a few days about whether to try a boil perm.
I read mixed results with this type of saran hair, but decided in the end to try it.
Here she is all rolled up.
I actually dipped each curl in
a shallow dish of hot water that I heated in my kettle.
It was not actually boiling water, but just less than a boil.
Each curl has to be saturated with the hot water.
The next day I had to create reasons to stay out of the house
so I would not be tempted to unroll her too early.
My patience paid off!
I love her new curls!
Here is the back.
I'm very happy with how Belinda looks with her new curls.
Here she is with her pals Gabby and Annie