Monday, 21 September 2015

Dolls without Hair

Dolls Without Hair
Dolls are a great tool for helping kids to make sense of the wider world, and provide a means for children to act out and address their own hopes and fears. This is especially true in the case of bald dolls produced for children affected by cancer, alopecia and other conditions which cause hair loss. When I was researching the posts on dolls with disabilities I came across a number of different brands who had produced such dolls, and thought it worth writing a specific post for them.

* All pictures come from Google images, I claim no ownership *

American Girl doll without hair
American Girl

Find out more at the AG Doll Hospital page. You can purchase a doll without hair for $115, or send in an existing doll to have her head replaced.

Ella, the 'bald Barbie'

Barbie's friend Ella was first produced in 2012, with the small run of dolls donated to hospitals in the US and Canada. The response was positive enough for Mattel to commit to keeping the doll in production - they are then distributed by cancer and alopecia charities. Unfortunately Mattel refuse to put the doll on general sale.

Other relevant Barbie releases include the Pink Ribbon Barbie (in white and black versions) from 2006, and the Pink Hope Barbie. There are also Barbie and Her Wig Wardrobe (2010 reproduction of 1963 Barbie's Wig Wardrobe), 1963 Barbie Fashion Queen, 1964 Fashion Queen Barbie and Her Friends, 1964 Miss Barbie1965 Wigs Wardrobe Midge, 1965 'New' Midge (Japan only), 1966 Barbie and Midge Colour n' Curl Set (also available as just Barbie - see HERE and HERE), Hair Fair Barbie1971 Hair Happenin' Barbie, and 2012 Dating Fun Ken.

Bratz True Hope Dolls
Bratz / Moxie Girlz

The MGA 'True Hope' line was released in 2012, with three Bratz dolls (Yasmin, Cloe, and Cameron) and three Moxie Girlz (Avery, Sophina, and Jaxson). The dolls were on general release and available in outlets like Toys-r-Us and Walmart. In the UK you can still pick them up new for about £30 each.

The 14" Moxie Teenz line wear wigs and have short painted hair underneath. Read more HERE.

Brier Patch Boutique

Brier Patch Boutique is an etsy store which sells upcycled, repainted dolls. They also sell chemotherapy dolls, without hair. The usual price is around $100. 

Cuties for a Cure rag dolls
Cuties for a Cure

This is a sewing pattern to create a bald doll plus two removable wigs, two hats, a flower headband and a headscarf. $2 from each sale is donated to cancer charities. Read more HERE.

Dinky Baby doll for breast cancer awareness
Dinky Baby

Hope, pictured, is a breast cancer awareness doll created by Dinky Baby in 2010. She was available as a kit for you to make up yourself. Read more HERE.

Cancer Ninja rag doll
Forever We

Pictured is the Cancer Ninja ($39.99) from Forever We, an organisation which sells dolls to raise funds for research into childhood cancer. There is also a girl doll called Jewel, who has seven brightly coloured wigs to choose from.

Kalby Dolls

Part of a wider range of dolls known as 'Doll for Life', these bald dolls wear t-shirts emblazoned with Hope for Retinoblastoma - a rare form of cancer their creator's daughter is suffering from. Read more HERE.

Kimmie Cares soft doll
Kimmie Cares

16" soft dolls which come in a range of skin colours and have two wigs (short and long) plus a headscarf; they retail for $39.99. Designed to help explain cancer to children, there are also three companion books available ('Mommy & Me', 'Aunt & Me', and 'Grandma & Me'). 

Deb doll from the Medline range

There are a number of 'pink ribbon' dolls produced to raise awareness for breast cancer, but this post is more about dolls which represent some of the effects of cancer. I thought the Medline Deb doll bridged the gap between the two, as she specialises in breast cancer care. Medline are a medical supply company who also produce medical dolls (as in dolls who have medical qualifications, though they do the other kind too!) - check out the full line-up HERE. The range appears to have been discontinued which is a real shame because they are top notch dolls!

Hope rag doll from Oohlala Janine

This USA based Etsy store sells handmade male and female Hope dolls. All profits are donated to St. Jude's Hospital, Vannie Cook Children's Cancer Clinic, and similar organisations.

Taylor Made With Love

Taylor Made With Love sells the most adorable selection of felt 'paper' dolls. There was a girl, boy, and Full Set produced to raise money for St. Baldrick's Childhood Cancer Research Foundation.

Not a doll as such, but Mobile Mommy Designs on Etsy make pillow plushies with doll designs - including a bald princess.

Other Options

There are many dolls which are designed to wear wigs, and that might be a better option if none of the dolls above appeal. (Eyebrows can generally be easily removed. For most fashion dolls a few q-tips dipped in nail polish remover will do the trick - tutorial HERE.) Some examples include:

  • Ball Jointed Dolls. Highly articulated and highly customisable dolls which use wigs. They come in a range of sizes - and price ranges!
  • Doll House Dolls. At 1/12 scale and smaller it's almost the norm for dolls to be wigged rather than rooted. E.g. Heidi Ott.
  • Liv. Fashion dolls produced by Spin Master between 2009 and 2012. They use pegged wigs.
  • Obitsu. Japanese company which produces doll bodies of various sizes, in addition to blank heads with and without hair. Other similar lines include Parabox and Azone.
  • Tonner Doll. The majority of Tonner dolls are wigged rather than rooted. Check out the website HERE; they make a range of dolls from 16" fashion to cutesy little girl dolls. The product description will say if the dolls is wigged or not.
  • What's Her Face. Mattel produced this line between 2001 and 2003 - they are designed to be very customisable, with wigs and blank faces.
  • Vintage Dolls. Fashion dolls with interchangeable wigs were a fad in the 60s, as the Barbie section proved. Some clone dolls copied the idea, e.g. Telsada Wendy and Cheeky.
  • Wigs. There are a few different outlets for wigs; try thesleepingelf, BelindasLock, fantasydolls, and tabloach on etsy, and

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  1. What a great idea, it's lovely to know there are companies producing dolls like these x

    1. Definitely, I always love to find companies who focus on more 'niche' dolls x


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