Review: Barbie Deluxe Styling Head

Those of you who were born in the eighties will completely get where I’m coming from when I say the worlds, “Girls World”. Girl’s World was a toy where you could play at being a hair dresser and make up artist, and I think it was up there with Mr Frostie as the most longed for item on Christmas morning. Now I’m not saying that I was deprived (ahem) but not only did I miss out on Mr Frostie, I never got a Girl’s World either, and even at thirty seven I have never quite got over that trauma.

So when we were offered a Barbie Deluxe Styling Head I knew that not only would the children love it, but I would too!

The styling head comes with a whole host of accessories to create different looks, style her hair and do make her make up. It includes – a colour mixing bowl, mixing brush and hair foils, a hair brush, extension, bands and clips, nail wheels and stickers, a sponge tip applicator and a hair colour pen.

One of the fab things about Barbie’s hair is that with just a simple flip of the parting she can go from having blonde hair…

… pink!!

Barbie also has hands which can be moved outwards for manicures and nail art, with colour changing nails too!

The girls couldn’t wait to give Barbie a makeover and started with her hair. Using one of the included clips and the pink hair pen, you can colour in a choice of shapes to create pink patterns in Barbie’s hair. I’ll be honest, the shapes don’t come out as expected, ours looked a bit like pink splodges, but with a bit or practice I’m sure it is possible!

Barbie also has colour change lipstick, simply by using ice cold water to remove the lipstick, or hot water to add the lipstick. This was definitely Megan’s favourite part!

Barbie’s nails also colour change in the same way, going from pale pink to dark pink when hot water is applied.

With stick on nail stickers there is so much to do and my favourite thing about this toy is that both of the girls can play with it at the same time with minimum arguing!

And actually, with all of the different hair accessories too, all three of the children were able to play with it – now that really is a success in my eyes!

I just know that this is a toy the children will play with for a long time to come, and I have to confess that when the children went to bed, I couldn’t resist having a little play myself!

We are really pleased with the Barbie Deluxe Styling head and would recommend it to all budding stylists!

RRP £39.99 available to buy from Very along with the Barbie Flip and Reveal Styling head from the same range.



  1. September 9, 2017 / 8:11 pm

    I didn’t get a Mr Frosty either 🙁 This is every girls dream and I love how they’ve set up a little salon, one doing hair and one doing nails. My girls are having so much fun playing with theirs x

    • Laura Dove
      September 9, 2017 / 8:15 pm

      Oh we were just so deprived! Haha! It’s a fab toy, the kids are loving it. And me too!

  2. September 9, 2017 / 8:54 pm

    I used to have a girls world!!!! I loved mine. They’ve got even better since the 80s ?

    • Laura Dove
      September 10, 2017 / 11:38 am

      Ahh I’m very jealous! I’m still bitter I didn’t get one! xx

  3. September 9, 2017 / 9:49 pm

    My girls love this but it drives me mad trying to keep Barbie’s hair in decent condition

    • Laura Dove
      September 10, 2017 / 11:37 am

      Fabric conditioner!!! It works wonders! xx

  4. September 10, 2017 / 12:31 am

    Looks really fun. 🙂
    I think I am weird, I used to cry whenever my parents got a doll for me when i was

    • Laura Dove
      September 10, 2017 / 11:36 am

      Haha oh bless you! xx

  5. September 10, 2017 / 7:16 am

    I don’t have kids yet but I have a niece who is obsessed with dolls like almost every other girl. This looks like such a great doll with all those features to keep the little ones busy, hence I’m thinking I’ll get this for my niece while we visit her in December in the UK. Thanks for sharing this!

    • Laura Dove
      September 10, 2017 / 11:34 am

      It’s a great styling head Aditi, I think most children would love it! xx

  6. September 10, 2017 / 11:21 am

    I loved my Girls World too – styling heads have certainly come a long way since we were young. This has been a big hit in my house too

    • Laura Dove
      September 10, 2017 / 11:26 am

      Oh I’m so jealous you had one! They really have come a long way! xx

    • Laura Dove
      September 10, 2017 / 1:34 pm

      It’s a great toy, so many fab features! xx

  7. September 10, 2017 / 1:44 pm

    We got this for my little girl for christmas last year, she loves it. Shes forever doing its hair, im surpised it has any left lol. Definitely durable.

    • Laura Dove
      September 10, 2017 / 6:36 pm

      It’s fab isn’t it? I’m really impressed by it! xx

  8. September 10, 2017 / 1:46 pm

    I didn’t get either also and I’m sure Grace would have loved a Doll to pamper x

    • Laura Dove
      September 10, 2017 / 6:35 pm

      Ahh I sympathise….you should get this one to make up for it, ahah! xx

  9. September 10, 2017 / 4:11 pm

    Alessia would love this!! She’s really got back into barbies over the summer holidays

    • Laura Dove
      September 10, 2017 / 6:32 pm

      My girls are big fans of Barbies too, I always was!

  10. September 10, 2017 / 5:23 pm

    Oh wow I remember these and think my daughter would probably love this. Great idea for Xmas/birthday present.

    • Laura Dove
      September 10, 2017 / 6:31 pm

      It’s fab, I’d recommend it! xx

  11. September 11, 2017 / 10:11 am

    I remember having one of these when I was growing up. Cannot believe they are still around!

    • Laura Dove
      September 11, 2017 / 11:37 am

      I know!! It’s a fab toy, I love it! xx

  12. September 11, 2017 / 2:23 pm

    I’m with you I wa so deprived I had neither haha!! I love this, I hope its still going when Emmie is old enough to have a play, I don’t think I can get away with getting one for her at only 6 months!

    • Laura Dove
      September 14, 2017 / 11:46 am

      Haha I’m sure it will be, enjoy it when that time comes! xx

  13. September 11, 2017 / 3:53 pm

    Oh wow, it’s come a long way since I had one when I was little. I was devastated when my little sister coloured her face in biro and totally ruined her. I might be 35 but I think I’d quite like one of these again! 🙂

    • Laura Dove
      September 14, 2017 / 11:45 am

      Oh no!! At least you had one….I’m still bitter that I didn’t. Haha! xx

  14. September 11, 2017 / 8:02 pm

    Hooray for you, reliving your childhood! Actually, I never had a Girls World or a Mr Frosty, in fact I never even had a Barbie! Did I even have a childhood at all?? I like this toy though, it’s not creepy like the old ones were, and I love that you can do her nails as well. Am I too old in my 40’s to get one??

  15. September 11, 2017 / 9:46 pm

    I used to love the Barbie styling heads when I was younger. I had one and while I was never good at styling hair I still loved it. The deluxe styling head looks awesome x

  16. September 12, 2017 / 6:23 am

    I didn’t have either of those things either when I was a kid, but I had the great wide forests outdoors, lol! Looks like loads of fun for the little ones though!

  17. September 12, 2017 / 11:13 am

    I would have been all over this when I was a young’un!!! Beanie Babies were my thing, though!

    • Laura Dove
      September 14, 2017 / 11:44 am

      Oh my kids love those now too! x

  18. September 12, 2017 / 4:21 pm

    my 3 yr old has just discovered barbie dolls and the such. I’m sure she’d love this

  19. September 12, 2017 / 6:15 pm

    I so remember Girl’s World (maybe because I was born in the 80’s). I never got it, but had cousins who did. I used to play hours with this head and hair. I could see why you couldn’t resist playing with it.

    • Laura Dove
      September 14, 2017 / 11:41 am

      I was so jealous of anyone who had it! But now I have this…haha! x

  20. September 12, 2017 / 8:05 pm

    This is something my girls would LOVE!! They had a Frozen styling head, and even though they loved Elsa then it was easily forgotten as all they could do is brush and plait and the basics. They are into nails and love the idea of changing your hair colour, etc. so they would go crazy for this!

  21. September 15, 2017 / 3:15 am

    I remember having so many Barbies as a kid. I always styled their hair and one time, I had to cut one of them without thinking that it will never actually grow. LOL!

  22. September 15, 2017 / 7:37 am

    Ha ha I love that you had a play yourself, I would have probably done the same! Ilove how the hands come out so you can paint the nail, it looks really cleverly put together. My daughter would love this….definitely a contender for Christmas, thank you!

    • Laura Dove
      September 15, 2017 / 6:16 pm

      It’s a fab toy, you cant go wrong with Barbie. xx

  23. September 15, 2017 / 5:54 pm

    Now this is a proper little girls toy. Seeing your son join in was cute. It even made me chuckle a bit. Great review.

    Thanks for Sharing

    John M

    • Laura Dove
      September 15, 2017 / 6:15 pm

      The girls loved it but Harry did too, he really enjoyed doing her hair. xx

  24. September 15, 2017 / 9:07 pm

    TOTAL CLASSIC!! I love how you can do her nails on this version as well

    • Laura Dove
      September 16, 2017 / 6:33 pm

      Me too! Double whammy! I so wish I’d have had this at their age! xx

  25. September 16, 2017 / 11:35 am

    My kids would love this and it is nearly time to start those Christmas lists!

    • Laura Dove
      September 16, 2017 / 6:26 pm

      Eek nooooo!! You’re so right but still, noooooo!! xx

  26. September 16, 2017 / 3:45 pm

    This looks like a really fun toy. My daughters had something similar which was great for them to play with. They loved doing different hairstyles.

    • Laura Dove
      September 16, 2017 / 6:11 pm

      Mine too, it’s a great toy! xx

  27. September 16, 2017 / 5:15 pm

    Here come all the memories again. I love trying different hairstyles and just playing around.Then I got over it and moved on to Legos, LOL. My niece would love to have this.

    • Laura Dove
      September 16, 2017 / 5:39 pm

      Yes me too! Well not then, I didn’t have one, but now….loving it! ha! xx

  28. September 16, 2017 / 7:27 pm

    I remember having something very similar to this growing up and I loved it! I like how they include all the extras now like the highlights and the nail art. I know one of my nanny family children would love this, including the little boy. My only question is, the hair colour pen, can children colour their own hair and if so does it just wash out with water?

  29. September 17, 2017 / 3:00 am

    This takes me waaaay back to the 90s, I used to LOVE these dolls. I have Barbie to thank for my hair braiding skills ha!

  30. Helen
    September 17, 2017 / 9:10 am

    Oh this looks so much better than the Girls World! You can do so much with the hair, face and nails. I was never allowed a Mr Frosty and I’m still quite bitter about that haha.

  31. September 17, 2017 / 11:21 am

    Such a fun toy. I used to style my dolls hair all the time. Would it be weird if I get one for me as an adult now? ☺️

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