My daughter is going through through a big wannabe hairdresser phase. Actually, she says can’t decide between that or actress, but she was spending a lot of time playing with this garish Girls World type of thing we’d picked up at a car boot sale. But, she commented, the hair didn’t feel quite right, hang quite right, part quite right. It wasn’t like doing real hair, she said.
Ooh, where could I get one of those? My daughter's 8th birthday was coming up and that would make a great present. A quick Google search of ‘Hairdressing training head’ revealed a whole range of them available to buy, and a whole new world: What length did I want? What colour? And what percentage of … erm … real human hair? In the end, I went for a dark brown, 22-inch, 80% human one, priced £7.99 (way, way cheaper than any Girls World).
A week later, it arrived. Opening the package was a bit freaky, like discovering someone has sent you a severed head. But the hair is really, really long (down to her waist – if she had a body), lovely and satisfying to touch, and the crown and parting are very realistic. It’s also the same size as a human head and when clamped to a chair or table, swivels obligingly.
She plays with The Head – or Ella as she calls it – intensely, inventing all kinds of sophisticated hairstyles, or trying to master the French plait. She is very happy too that Ella has almost black hair, like hers, because she so often finds herself in a sea of blondeness.
A word of warning though: Do not leave The Head clamped to a chair or lying about when you go to bed. If you go downstairs in the night and it catches your eye, it’s a truly blood-curdling experience.
See hairdressers' training heads on ebay or Amazon.