Last month, when I found out my son has Alopecia Areata, I reached out to my friends at American Girl to see if they had images of the new wigless dolls that were not stock photos- images of little girls with no hair who were loving their dolls. Not yet, they said, but would you like us to send you one? Being the lover of American Girl, I of course said yes, and the doll now known as Abby arrived a few days later. I’ll explain her name in a few minutes.
American Girl knows that many girls have lost their hair to medical conditions or to medical treatments. They know it, and they decided to broaden their doll line to include dolls without wigs, so that girls with little or no hair could also have a doll just like them. Just like in real life- there’s nothing different about these dolls except they have no hair. Same bodies, same loveableness, same sweet faces- just a soft, smooth head instead of a wig of hair.
Just like any little girl (or boy) who has no hair. She’s not different, she’s just not got hair.
I think it’s pretty awesome of American Girl to work so hard to have a product line that encourages acceptance and inclusion. (You’ll see more on the service dog and the wheelchair soon).
So after this doll arrived, I had a talk with my kids. We came to the conclusion that perhaps this beautiful doll, no matter how much we love her, would maybe make a little girl’s day, or week, or month. Maybe there is a little girl out there, who already did lose her hair, or doesn’t have any left already, and maybe having this particular doll would just be a wonderful thing for her. A quick sendout on Facebook and my friend Andrea sent a message. My friend’s daughter Abby would love this doll, she said. She’s going through another round of chemo soon, and she’s lost her hair.
So we did what many would do. We took the doll out, hugged her, kissed her, made some cards for little Abby, and filled that box with all of the love we could (in the form of paper hearts, and a prayer chain from paper)….and sent her on her way.
About a week later, I received this email from Abby’s mom.
We’re delighted to provide a My American Girl® 18″ doll that’s just right for your girl. Each of our new dolls without hair is specially designed from a variety of doll faces, skin tones, and eye colors.
Plus, if you already own a My American Girl® doll, you can admit her to the Doll Hospital where our experts will be happy to replace her head to create a doll without hair.
For more details, call customer service at 800-628-5145to discuss options and to order a doll without hair.
I did receive Abby’s doll to facilitate my review. Opinions are my own.