The other day I was reminiscing as I was going through some of my daughters old Barbie dolls, which were neatly stored away (at my house!) all these years. Being the organized child that she is, each one of her dolls were precisely dressed in his or her original outfit, just as she had received them, probably on Christmas morning or on her birthday.
To my surprise, she had the one doll from 1992 that I wanted to photograph for my web site. This pretty doll had crimped extra-long blonde hair that stretched all the way to her heels. She came in the trendiest multi-colored neon micro-mini dress, complete with a pink belt, pink shoes, pink earrings, and a matching hair ribbon. She even came with five hair accessories and her own “Dep” styling gel. And yes, I even found the gel!
Are you scratching your head wondering what makes this doll so special, and why I would want to photograph her for my vintage Barbie site?
Well. . . back in the 1990's Mattel keyed in on what little girls wanted to see in a teen-age fashion doll. Totally Hair Barbie (who was also available as a brunette and in a black version) became their top selling Barbie doll of all time.
She was released in the early part of 1992. By summer Mattel projected ten million in sales during the first year, with ten percent of Barbie sales coming from this doll alone, and expected one billion in overall Barbie sales.
She was the must-have doll of the Christmas season. She retailed for $11.99 in the 1992 Sears Christmas Catalog. Mattel heavily advertised this totally hot, totally cool doll on television and with print ads. Even though they didn’t quite make their projections, she was still the highest selling Barbie doll in history. There were over ten million sold worldwide between 1992 and 1995.
There were other Totally Hair Barbie dolls in the line; Totally Hair Ken, Totally Hair Skipper, and Totally Hair Courtney, as well as the rare and very hard to find European dolls that are named Ultra Hair, rather than Totally Hair. There is Ultra Hair Whitney, which uses the pretty Steffie face mold, and Ultra Hair Barbie.