Black dolls with curly to kinky natural hair were virtually non-existent when I was growing up. These days, they are still a challenge to find, but I’ve done some of the homework for you with this post. Here are four places you can purchase a natural hair doll for your niece, daughter, yourself, or another special girl in your life.
1. Natural Girls United
Natural Girls United was started by blogger Karen Byrd a few years ago. She “wanted to take on the project of customizing dolls hair, to have the look and feel of styles, and textures of ethnic women and girls, for a long time”. The range of natural hair styles in her shop is expansive, including locs, kinky faux-twists, kinky braided updos, and afros. You can even request a special style that is not already offered in the online store.
PoupeeMakedaa is a France-based Etsy shop owned by Céline. It offers unique afro-haired dolls in beautiful African print clothing. Though some of you may squinch up your faces at the price tag, understand that her items are handmade with special attention to detail.
Aileen Robinson is owner of LeenGreenBean, another Etsy shop that sells black dolls with natural hair styles. Her dolls are beautifully crocheted and not at all bland. She also sells the crochet pattern in the event that you want to construct your own doll.
4. Madame Alexander
Beatrice Alexander “founded the Madame Alexander Doll Company in New York City around her kitchen table in 1923. Her core belief then and for us still today is that dolls should be used to engage a child’s imagination.” This online store offers two dolls, in particular, with natural-looking hair. One is the Isaac Mizrahi Wild About Leopard Girl and the other is the Stars and Stripes Doll.
Do you know of any other places that sell dolls with natural hair?