Curly Crafty Mom: American Girl Hair Salon

Thursday, May 29, 2014

American Girl Hair Salon

This post is really late, because this happened a few weeks ago... but, Autumn has been begging (like always) to go to the American Girl store. I thought since I am a sahm now and our little afternoons alone were coming to a close at the end of the school year, that we would go do something fun after school one day. She gets out at 11:15 a.m., so we had a lot of time before her brother got out at 3:15 p.m. Now we are on summer break and our little afternoons alone are forever over, since she will be in full day Kindergarten next year. Boo! I will miss those afternoons like crazy next year and I will also miss her little friend that I was watching twice a week as well. It all went WAY too fast... :( Ok, so enough of my sobbing... I decided as a treat we would go to the AG store and get her dolls hair done. So, off we went! Here is the obligatory AG storefront photo!

This little girl was SO excited... she actually woke up an hour before she normally does (which was not fun for mommy), because she wanted to get her dolls dressed and ready before school. Yes, dollS. Autumn has two AG dolls and, well... she couldn't decide which doll to get done up, so I told her we could take both and let one of them get a facial and scrub. Sigh. 

So, of course I had to do a BEFORE photo... Here are both of her dolls, both needing their hair done, but only Caroline (the blonde one) was the lucky one that was going to receive special treatment for her hair. They offered to give Saige a brush down for $5, but I declined since I knew I was already going to be spending a lot.

Autumn had to sign a paper letting them know what she wanted done to each of her dolls, she felt like a little grown up doing this!

Then, they put Caroline in a little cubby by herself, while they worked on Saige first. They told me that at the Chicago store, they have so many customers at the salon, that they take your doll and you come back later to get it. You normally don't get to watch them make up the dolls hair... 

They took Saige in the back and she got changed into a nice little fluffy robe. Then, they scrubbed her face, body, arms and legs down. I couldn't believe how much dirt they got off of her, she didn't even look dirty to me when we brought her in. The lady working with us told me that some people bring in vintage AG dolls that were theirs or their Moms when they were little and usually those dolls are pretty dirty and grimy. I can see how you would get your money worth if you brought in a vintage doll that you were planning to give as a gift to your own daughter or granddaughter. They also used some powder on the doll as well.

The spa package wasn't all that expensive and I couldn't believe what we all got with it. I think it was $15? I can't remember, though... we got a terry robe, robe slippers, cucumber slices and a face mask (these are stickers) and finger nail polish stickers in several colors! How exciting!!!

Autumn watching Saige as she gets pampered

Autumn brought a little purse for her dolls and was playing with it on the counter while they worked on her dolls. Of course, I had to take a photo of her with it. :)

After Saige was done, it was Caroline's turn... Autumn needed to select a hair style for her and they had several different kinds with all sorts of prices.

I really thought the style of the month was cute and you even got to select what color ribbons you wanted to use.

But, then Autumn saw this doll and fell in love... of course, she picked the most expensive hair style, which was $25. It was the princess style, complete with tiara!

This hair style took quite a bit of time, I think we were in the AG store for about 2 1/2 hours, that includes maybe a half hour of looking around and 15 minutes of wait time to get her dolls into the salon. It was really fun watching Caroline get her hair made up and I was glad it wasn't over in 10 minutes for what I paid!

This is what the back of her hair looked like when they were done. It has stayed in really well, they didn't use ANY pins, just a lot of rubber bands. I am surprised it has lasted 3 weeks now with as hard as Autumn is with her dolls.

After they were done with Caroline's hair, Autumn and I went over to where the new doll of the year was (Isabelle) and got her photo taken next to the display. I love how Autumn is copying Isabelle's pose.

Autumn holding her made up doll. So sweet.

Autumn is always begging me to sew and she just loves this sewing machine set that comes with Isabelle. Unfortunately, you can't buy the sewing machine by itself and the entire set is $250!! Yikes! The sewing machine is so neat, too, because it moves up in down.

I think Autumn enjoys the sewing machine so much, because she loves to watch me sew. Here is Caroline 'sewing'.

Well, that wrapped up our American Girl trip to the hair salon! Autumn loves this revolving door and has to go around in it a least a half dozen times. It gave me a great photo opp of her and Caroline!

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