I always felt conflicted about the Hairtastic line. For starters, I have a bit of a love/hate thing about the Mackie sculpt, which has been used on these dolls. I like the unsmiling, closed mouth and of course she’s very beautiful but I do think that this face gets overused – it’s EVERYWHERE, from gold label all the way down to the budget lines marketed towards five year olds. I ended up lingering in the doll sections of various shops on several occasions, completely unable to make up my mind.
I never bought one. The deal-breaker was, they have those spooky ultra-blue eyes (“Others” eyes, I think of them as, for those of you who have read Game of Thrones) which signify pure, unadulterated playline. There’s nothing remotely human or realistic about these eyes and that’s not usually my bag, not on dolls from the last 15 years anyway. I wondered if I should buy one and retouch the eyes, but I’ve pretty much given up on painting these days so I decided against it.
However, when I saw photos of the violet-locked Glam Hair, I wanted her immediately. I liked her unusual colour scheme. I decided I could put up with the crazy blue eyes. And guess what? Now I’m kind of obsessed with her. She came with the cheapest of cheap bodies, the ones where the legs don’t even bend, so I’ve rebodied her onto one of the Fashionistas I bought for my model muses. This is a privilege that I can’t afford to give to just any old doll. And I have even grown to actually like her eyes, which are large and nicely shaped – I like the way they contrast with that fabulous purple hair.
The dress she comes in, the one she wears in the first three pictures above, is a little cheap and nasty, but I suppose that’s only to be expected at this end of the market. I do like the hairbrush she comes with though: