My youngest daughter has an obsession with hair; I think this could be due to the fact that hers is only just starting to grow long and look girly (she's 4), so she loves having it styled and brushed and putting little clips in it etc. When Christmas was looming last year she was desperate for a doll's head with hair that she could brush and play with. I left this task in her Nanna's capable hands, assuming that Nanna would indulge my daughter and buy her a really good one. What she ended up with was this Barbie Princess Styling Head, priced at £10.49 from Argos. 'BARGAIN' I hear you cry; not so, unfortunately. Priced at £10.49 you really get what you pay for.
***What's In The Box***
The box is pretty big, but when you open it up you are greeted with a very small Barbie head and shoulders. The size of the head is actually about the same size as my other daughter's Baby Annabelle, but it is obviously covered with long shiny blonde hair.
You also get lots of plastic accessories, which break and snap almost immediately - you basically get a few plastic hair clips, a completely plastic hair brush which has no chance of running through the hair, and some coil things which are impossible to put in the hair, and a tiara which is also impossible to use (well it is for me and my daughter anyway). All these accessories have now been misplaced because they were never any use in the first place.
***Time To Style***
My daughter was really excited when she got this and she couldn't wait to start styling her very own Barbie head, unfortunately her enjoyment was very short lived. The head is so lightweight that once you attempt to brush her hair she falls over, so you have to hold it steady with one hand and brush with the other (and a word of advice, use a normal hair brush, not the one provided because this just snags on the hair). Also if you are attempting to put any sort of clips or bobbles in the hair, it is very difficult to keep it steady whilst doing this, so as you can imagine this is extremely frustrating for a 4 year old.
So she tried to play with it for about 10 minutes, got fed up and left it alone for about 2 months. I then tried to rekindle her interest in it, by helping her do some plaits and using her own hair bobbles and accessories, but she still wasn't particularly interested because she couldn't do it herself. And by now the hair was getting matted and tangled, and let me tell you, once that has happened there is no going back.
Because she was so disinterested in the toy, I allowed her to take it into the bath and wash her hair and play with it that way. She did get a lot more enjoyment from it in the sense that she was doing it all herself, but now the hair was completely matted, and it took half a bottle of conditioner and a lot of teasing and brushing to get the knots out. Once the hair was dry though the knots just seemed to come back, and the hair is completely unmanageable. What I have also noticed that in the 6 months that we have had the toy, she has started to go bald, all the tugging at her hair trying to get the knots out has pulled out huge clumps, and the top of her head is missing rather a large amount of hair.
As you may have guessed I have not been in the least bit pleased with this toy, and my daughter certainly hasn't either. It's tacky, small, unsteady, and the accessories are cheap and useless. The hair mats instantly making it impossible to play with and style, and it also falls out pretty quickly too. All in all I feel it was a complete waste of money (I'm just glad it wasn't me that spent it). I think if toys like this are going to be made, they need to have good quality accessories, and be a lot sturdier, and perhaps the price will be higher, but then at least it can actually be played with and enjoyed.
***Price and Availability***
As I said earlier you can get this from Argos for £10.49, and I think it is still in the 2 for £15 offer.
My eldest is very girly and loves to play with Barbie dolls and so when I saw the styling head I thought this would be something that she would like playing with.
What is it?
This is a large head and shoulders of a Barbie doll which you can brush her hair and style the hair it comes with a tiara earrings, hair clops and of course a brush.
Cost and stockist:
I got this from Argos and it was priced at £10.49 although at the time it was on offer as part of their buy two selected toys for £15.00 see www.argos.co.uk
I remember having a girls world styling head and I can remember having lots of fun which was why I was prepared to get this one and my two daughters have lots of fun playing hair dressers with this and of course they can change the hair styles! My eldest also likes to use this to practise how she is having her hair!
I have to say this has lasted well and is played with still on a regular basis, it is a good toy for imaginative play and really is a must for any self respecting Barbie fan.
I also have to recommend this if you are constantly being forced to have your hair done by your little angel who turns out to be a bit of a devil!
I also like this toy as Barbie has already had her makeup done so it isn't as messy as some others .
WHAT IS IT?
A Barbie head with long blond hair. It is a Princess Barbie so comes with a tiara and jewelled hair clips. There is a brush that you can use to brush Barbie's hair or your own. A small accessory pack includes a ring, brooch and clip on earrings for the little girl to wear.
HOW DO YOU USE IT?
The dolls face is already made up so you don't get any make up with it, this one is for hair styling. I am a beautician and my older daughter is already very interested in hair and beauty, I encourage this by teaching her simple styles on the Princess Styling Head but the hair is very coarse and does not behave like real hair. You can set the style with hairspray but this is hard to get out after use.
WHAT I THINK
I think this is a good styling head because of the long length of the hair. My daughter has others that have shorter or thicker hair and both of these things make styling harder than using this one. I would have liked the make up to be lighter to let my daughter be creative with the whole personality of this Barbie head but she uses on of her other heads to experiment with make up.
This head is very easy to clean because it doesn't have the make up stains that others do, I put it in the shower every few days and shampoo the hair so this keeps the plastic face and shoulders clean.
It stands straight but is quite light so when you are brushing the hair you have to put your hand on the base or put the head between your knees or the brushing will pull it over. When my daughter has styled the hair nicely she puts in on a shelf to display her work until she wants to start over again.
4 Dooyoo Stars.
I seen this at christmas in the argos book in the 2 for £15 section and thought it was perfect for our little hairdresser. My daughter has been facinated in brushing mummys hair for the past 6 months so this seemed like the perfect stocking filler.
When we first brought this we was suprised at the size of the head itself. we was expecting it to be a little bigger than what it was however with my daughter being 3 years old it seemed the perfect size for her to play hair dresser with and save my hair from the knots and tangles.
So what is this product?
Well its exactly as the picture shows you, it is the shoulders and head of a large Barbie doll so little girls can style the dolls hair in different styles. It comes complete with hair accessories, tiara, hair brush, earrings and ring so there is no need to buy more accessories unless that is what you want to do. It is made from plastic that is quite strong however if your little girl throws it on a hard floor i strongly doubt it wouldnt break. The top is painted on the doll in pink with one shoulder.
The product comes in a small box with a see through front so you can see the product inside and the accessories. The recommended age on the box is 3 years plus however i believe that is simply down to the smaller accessories that come with the styling head as the clips, ring and earrings ar rather small.
When we took it out the box for my daughter on christmas day the hair on the doll looked lovely. It was silky and shiny and smooth, free of any tangles and it looked like the hair was chopped at different lengths and it was styled nicely. Although the hair looked very full, we noticed that it really isnt. The top part of the hair is very full but when you begin to move the hair into different styles you can see that the hair gets thinner and thinner and you can see the top of the dolls head, which was upsetting for my daughter because she said her doll was going bald. You do have to watch the amount of hair that falls out though, we was expecting a littl loss because there normally is but with this doll it falls out with every brush through the hair and pretty much every time you tounch the hair.
The hair accessories are very flimsy and break very quickly. My daughter tried to clip them into her dolls hair and they just snapped. Same goes with the earrings too, I highly doubt that a 3 year old could take the earrings in and out without breaking them as they are very fiddly for little fingers. The hair brush is quite strong though, it has been trown into the toy box and onto the fall may times and it still is as good as new.
All in all you get what you pay for, Argos are selling these at £9.99 each however you can get them in the 2 for £15 which is good when you have 2 children to buy for. I truely dont think this is made to last a long while though so i wouldnt put too muchh hope into the product. Just 3 months after christmas the doos hair is thinning rather quickly and you can feel this as well as see it, most of the hair accessories are broken and the earrings the only thing that is left is the hair brush and the tiara which are made out of stronger plastic. I think if you are buying this for a 3 year old i strongly suggest that you take the accessories and earrings away. I would recommend this if you wanted to buy your little girl something to keep her entertained for a short time i.e a car trip or plae trip but not something that you would want to last her for a while
When I was younger I loved my styling doll and so knew I would purchase one for my daughter as she was only 2 I was looking for something inexpensive but useful so that I stopped getting my hair put in knots and a doll could take the abuse instead that is when I came across this is the Argos catalogue and decided to purchase it for her.
The doll head
The doll head was a lot smaller than what it looks in the pictures standing at about 20 cm tall not quite as I remember from when I was little but it looks ok. The details of Barbie are painted on the doll and she has medium length soft long hair for little one to brush. It shows the head of Barbie her shoulders and the top of her chest with a pretty pink top on which my daughter loves and it is easily recognisable straight away that it is Barbie so great for any fan.
The main base is made of thick durable plastic and so is very sturdy and durable. The hair is strongly attached to the top of the head meaning it can be tugged and pull with no danger of it all coming out of the dolls head and as it is down past the dolls shoulders and rather thick there is enough hair for lots of different styles.
I was a little worried at first as it looked like the hair fell in certain ways and could only be styled in these directs but the hair is actually really flexible and can be twisted and turned where ever little one wants to move it and although my daughter was younger than the recommended age range she had no problem in using it.
The doll sits steady on flat surfaces so little one can style away in ease and the brush glide through the hair easily so they can make as many styles as they like. The hair is easy to brush out on the odd occasion when it does get knotted mummy can take over and the hair is back to normal within minutes.
The hair does malt a little but we have had this for over a year now and although it is not one of her best loved toys it still gets a fair amount of use and there are no patches on the dolls head yet and my little girl can be very rough with it.
These are a major let down of the product as they really are poor quality the clips and earrings are both made out of plastic but it is very thin plastic that bends and snaps extremely easily. The first time my daughter tried to take the earring out of the dolls head they got stuck and snapped this is mainly because the holes in her ears are so very small and even when I tried to replace them in it was impossible so not sure how it was designed for a 3 year old to do.
Also the clasps on the clip have a very weak clasp on them which are impossible to close and after many attempts they snapped completely and headed for the bin so the accessories them self really are not up to much. The tiara you receive with the doll is a little better quality made but the ones on each side are so small there is no way of getting it to sit on Barbie's head without it toppling over each time her hair is brushed.
The brush has lasted well and does work through Barbie's hair well helping to tame it and style it and this is the only thing that we still have to accompany the styling head. My daughter has decided to use her own hair clips and bands to style the dolls hair which has made this toy much more fun as she can actually play with the hair and style correctly rather than having to struggle with bits of plastic that are poorly made and just do not work.
This toy is recommended for 3 plus and although my daughter was 2 when she received it this would have made no difference with the accessories they are poorly made and even I myself had problems with them but this is easily solvable by letting my daughter use her hair accessories to style the head instead. You can purchase this doll as part of the 2 for £15 scheme at Argos effectively meaning you get it for £7.50 and to be honest I do not think it is worth anymore.
Even though the doll was a lot smaller than we expected my daughter loves the head itself and I would recommend it for that but be prepared to buy accessories to go with it as you will need them.There are many variations of this doll head and if you're looking for something bigger better and more durable I would suggest paying that little bit extra to make it a more enjoyable toy.
My daughter was very lucky to receive this lovely Barbie head as a birthday gift last month. Out of all of her birthday gifts this one was the one that got the biggest reaction. She has of late been very interested in dolls, in particular Barbie dolls. I'm not actually sure that my daughter knew what this was at first, but she definitely recognised the packaging stating that it was Barbie and as a result we got a very high pitched "Barbie" yell when she tore open the wrapping paper.
This doll is not actually your typical Barbie doll, it is an enlarged version of Barbie's head, designed specifically to play with the long flowing blonde hair that is attached to it. It's of a reasonable size, perhaps a tad small, this does however enable a small child to place it on their knee to play with without much trouble at all.
There really isn't much to this doll, it comes with a couple of accessories but the main ones are the clip in earrings which are designed for the child rather that the doll. I thought it a tad strange that it didn't come with any bobble or clips etc. as its sole purpose is to play with its hair. It does however come with a small plastic brush and a little crown which is a very nice and welcome addition to the set. We weren't overly fazed by the fact that it doesn't come with any hair accessories as my daughter doesn't mind using her variety of clips and bobbles in its hair.
The quality of the dolls head is not all that great either, I mean it is very pretty and I have no qualms with the quality of the plastic head or the design of the face, they are all fine, again it's the main/or sole purpose of this doll that was a little bit of a let-down for us. The hair just feels too thin and there isn't much of it there really. Under the top section of hair the head is made up, mainly of different sections containing either plastic or hair, it doesn't just flow all over the head as would be presumed. The thinness of the hair does make it difficult to apply big clips and bobbles, there is even difficulty running a normal hair brush though it, my daughter has had to resort to using the plastic brush which in all honesty doesn't work all that well.
Despite everything just said my daughter has enjoyed playing with this, prior to owning it she used to love putting bobbles over her teddies ears (because they were the only place to fit) so I'm really not surprised that she liked it as it was something that from previous playing experience I knew that she would really enjoy. It's not a toy that gets used for long periods of time but when my daughter does decide to play with it she has a lot of fun changing the bobbles and clips. A plus point of the toy is that the hair is very manageable, it doesn't knot easily and although it doesn't look like it does in the picture anymore, my daughter can make some very pretty hairstyles in it.
There is an age recommendation on this Barbie which is 3 years +, I would definitely have to agree with this as a child of a younger age just wouldn't be able to use it for its proper function. As far as I am aware this can be bought for £9.99 from Argos and it is also part of the 2 for £15 deal. All in all I would recommend this toy, it's a nice price and it's a bit of fun!