September 23, 2007

A Behind-the-Scenes Glimpse at Barbie® Hair Design

Much like a grand Hollywood production, the making of a Barbie® doll requires plenty of work behind the scenes. From fabric design to face painting and everything in between, dozens of talented folks work together to bring the final, gorgeous products to life. Enter Heide Waldorf, a senior designer with the hair rooting team, whose job is to create some of the hairstyles that enhance the beauty of Barbie® Collector dolls. Since hair shades, parts and styles are tremendously important to collectors, we thought it would be fun to sit down with Heide to get an inside look at how it all comes together.

"The main job of a hair designer is to create and set hairstyles for prototypes, photo model dolls, and samples for Toy Fair," says Heide. Hairstyles are either based on sketches (a method favored by Robert Best), or magazine clippings depicting the latest trends. There are dozens of different styles, cuts, colors and lengths to work with, so the job of a hair designer is extremely versatile.

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