Natural Barbies are Cute! Do Black Girls Want Them?

I love love love the fact that natural hair is taking over.

Haven’t you seen the naturals in commercials, in print, and now at the Oscars! (You GO Viola!)

I mean, Natural hair is sooo popular companies that only catered to relaxed hair are now making products for curly girls.

There are even natural Barbie dolls and they are fierce!

BUT… here’s the part I really want to know about, and No, I’m not starting any trouble….Do Black girls want textured hair Barbie’s?


When I was a young girl I had Black doll babies, but hated not being able to comb their hair with my mini doll comb. You know what I mean right? You just can’t comb through a Black Barbie’s textured hair, it would tangle and rip out of her plastic scalp and the comb was stuck!

Ironically, this translates to real natural hair, you know you can’t just comb through it. You have to gently detangle from the ends up and then plait it away. Even then you still can’t just run a comb through it-Be Gentle!

While it’s awesome that there are natural Barbie’s for little curlies to play with, but are our little girls as excited about them as us older more mature Black women? Perhaps it’s not important that our girls be able to comb their dolls hair because it perpetuates a stereotype that hair uncombed is unkept.

What are your thoughts?

About Jenell B Stewart

Jenell Stewart MS, the founder and editor in chief of the award winning website KinkyCurlyCoilyMe.com dedicates most of her free time educating and uplifting women with natural hair by way of her extremely popular website and YouTube channel. Jenell has been featured in Essence Magazine, Black Enterprise.com, and starred on the Dr.Oz television show as a Beauty Expert. In 2012 she was named one of Essences top Instagramers and that same year KinkyCurlyCoilyMe won an award for “Favorite Website” of the Natural Hair Community.
  • Alene Baptiste

    Wow! That is deep. I too love the natural barbies. I actually want one for my girls but I have never stopped to think about the hair combing process for them. lol. I however doubt that it will matter to them (says the dozens of baby dolls that my daughters do have with straight hair), by the time they are done combing any barbies hair after a few months and some wear and tear they start to look natural anyway.  I think the concept is great, i went natural because I wanted my daughters to know that natural hair was just as beautiful as permed hair, a natural Barbie is just an added way to embrace that.

    • http://kinkycurlycoilyme.com/ Jenell : BlakIzBeautyful

      Good points. I agree having a doll made in our little curlies’ image is important for promoting self love.

  • http://twitter.com/curlyteaconsult curlyteaconsult

    Awesomeness. I had no idea there were so many natural barbies. One way black girls are going to be able to accept what they have is having people around them (mama, aunts,cousins,etc) who love what they have. Another way to open minds is to see something like a barbie doll (as unrealistic as that doll may be in other ways) with curly hair.  But in addition, she can’t be all “omg my natural hair doesn’t look that black doll’s hair! something must be wrong with mine” either. So they need to come up with the TWA/Viola Davis barbie as well.

    • http://kinkycurlycoilyme.com/ Jenell : BlakIzBeautyful


    • queenbee9

      Love what they have or love who and what they are?

  • Prmejia

    Where can I buy these?  Me,my daughter and niece want the entire collection!

  • guest

    How cute!! I might have played with barbie dolls if I had these to choose  from!

  • Nicolecapriss

    I would buy these barbies for myself as a collectors item! They are absolutely gorgeous!

  • http://www.etsy.com/shop/SeiwaAkoto?ref=si_shop Adwoa

    Love this post! My mom and grandma always bought me black dolls. When my parents moved us back to west Africa, my black dolls were a hit and all my friends wanted to play with my black dolls when they came over because they had never seen anything like those before. This was in the 80′s so I had mostly cabbage patch kids. Of course, the hair on the blond dolls they brought over was more manageable ( my cabbage patch dolls had black/brown yarn hair) but it wasn’t that much of an issue for us come play time. I think we shouldn’t worry too much about the texture or whether or not they would want it. Kids are smart, curious and adventurous and as long as they can identify with the look ie skin tone and hair texture of the doll, everything else will work out on it own. Plus I think it is a great way for our girls to learn how to embrace their textures and to learn to manage coily/curly hair through at an earlier stage and moms can seize the opportunity to teach them detangling, twists, twist-outs etc. I don’t have kids yet, but I can’t wait to buy my nieces some of these barbies. Where can I find some to purchase?

  • Osheajohnson22@gmail.com

    Where would one find the two dolls in this blog?

  • AfroGoddess

    Where can I get these dolls?

  • makemelaugh2x

    These dolls are BEAUTIFUL but when I was younger, I would have never picked them up. My barbies were always white. I have a memory of my mom yelling at me for always picking up white dolls but I don’t understand how she could blame me. If you’re not telling your child that their natural hair is beautiful, why would they believe it? That’s like a mom calling her daughter a b*tch. What’s she going to believe when a man calls her that? All together, us blacks have alot of growing to do and I believe the natural hair movement is the start.

  • This is hilarouis

    Great post. I’d love to find and buy ALL of them. I have a mixed race graddaughters…of different races, if you can understand that. white, black, native american. All black people aren’t the same shade of brown (puzzles me that we’re called black though) with the same type of hair.

    • cb

      hmm, the reason society call US black not because of the actual shade of black(crayola) but to put different races in a BOX…Tiger Woods does not consider himself black, but society does…Halle Berry mom is white, but she considers herself a BLACK woman, and you know what her kids fathers are white…sooooo

      • queenbee9

        White women are changing that, once they saw how their biracial kids were treated, they decided they wanted their half of the racial dynamic was to be acknowledged. Now a biracial person can choose which race they want to be–when black women predominately had the biracial children–white females demanded laws to ensure the offspring could ONLY be black and the white father would not be acknowledged as the source (laws of miscegenation on the books since the 1690s)

    • queenbee9

      It should not puzzle you why we are called by a color–white people made that up just like in the 1600s they determined what constituted a person of the black race and those laws are on the books to this day. Whites decided we were “black” to be in direct opposition to them as white—and then stopped calling every other race a color except them and what they consider to be their nemesis–black . people–this is why so many whites resent the self determination blacks assert when referring to themselves as African Americans–How dare blacks rename or redefine how they are called?

    • cb

      this puzzles you?

  • queenbee9

    We SHAPE our children. If we teach self acceptance, they learn self acceptance. If we elevate and glorify marriage and family, they learn to revere the same. If we disrespect each other and disavow our own hair, then they also do the same. “Bring up a child in the way you would have them to go and when they are old they will not depart from it”
    When we have black males or females who cannot validate themselves it is a reflection of the communities lack of endorsement of the same as a whole.

    It is not rocket science. Like most Americans, black adults often go their own way and raise their children in a vacuum sinking and accommodating the lowest denominators in taste and behaviors–everyone out for themselves–then we wonder why this country and our kids are going to the dogs.

    They are how we shaped them.

    If we want our black boys to like black women or black girls to respect black hair and want black dolls, we have to set parameters–if “choice” rules the day and we want each of our kids to have “choice” then that “choice” may always be decided by the media and advertising and may always endorse a dominant aesthetic not our own.

  • Edanny13

    My three year old daughter saw a picture of these dolls and said “mom they have hair like me and you, I want one please”. So of course I need to find one for her. She already know natural hair is beautiful hair.

  • chantel

    Natural hair is truly very beautiful it just requires a lot of care if your planning to grow long,healthy hair. I love these barbie dolls i try and get black dolls which can be challenging to find at times. I have a few black dolls that my children love, my youngest came up to me the other day and said ‘Mama i love these dollies soo much, they look like me and my family’

  • naturalisticdiva

    I think when our babies want natural hair barbies, we as parents are responsible for teaching them how to care for their hair by practicing on the barbies. Just like you said, we can’t comb the hair so we work with them on twisting, detangling while wet, braiding, etc. Everything we do to our natural, we teach to our babies.

  • 2inspiru

    So agree with all the comments! My Mom worked hard to try to find Black Dolls for me. Our family came in all shades. Finding black dolls is important. in addition to the barbies here are some really cute handmade dolls in all different shades and hair textures at Shades So Sweet. http://Www.ShadesSoSweet.com

  • Grey

    I think dolls that have kinky hair will be a great tool in teach young girls how to do their hair.