Life in plastic is fantastic, and Barbie has been making life look effortless since 1959. With news of Barbie smashing records at the box office and surpassing 1 billion in ticket sales, safe to say the doll is only getting more popular in her sixties.
The Barbiecore phenomenon, featuring home décor and wardrobes continues to reign supreme and is predictably having a huge influence on hair trends this year. Whether you’re pining to replicate a classic Barbie getup for a costume theme, or embracing the Barbiecore aesthetic for your everyday attire, our guide to choosing the perfect Barbie wig to coordinate with one of the iconic doll’s many, many famous looks is here to inspire.
TEENAGE FASHION BARBIE
Barbie makes her official debut in 1959 as ‘Teenage Fashion Barbie,’ in a fabulous striped one-piece, blonde ponytail and red lipstick. Margot Robbie famously replicated the get-up on the red carpet in June.
Wig featured: Vanilla Passion
SOLO IN THE SPOTLIGHT BARBIE
Dressed for the stage and ready to sing her heart out in 1961, the ‘Solo In The Spotlight’ edition becomes one of the more glamorous dolls ever. Another look Robbie paid homage to in the run up to ‘Barbie’.
Wig featured: Cocoa Passion
COLOUR MAGIC BARBIE
In 1966 The beautiful ‘Colour Magic Barbie’ takes to the beach in a fashionable romper with bold hues and vivid makeup.
Wig featured: Manic Daffodil Lace Front
TWIST ‘N TURN BARBIE
1967 marked the beginning of the Mod Barbie Era and like many other fashionistas during this decade, ‘Barbie Twist 'n Turn’ experiments with bangs to complete her total makeover.
Wig featured: Diamond Doll
A plastic tan never fades! 1971 is the year of the ultimate surfer girl that we all know and love. ‘Malibu Barbie’ debuted a new face sculpt, blissfully tanned skin and platinum blonde hair.
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BARBIE BEAUTY CENTRE
Now Barbie’s head is close to life size and perfect for hairdo and make-up fun! The original 1972 ‘Barbie Beauty Centre’ allowed aspiring hairdressers to practice on Barbie's blonde locks.
Wig featured: Soda Fizz
Originally introduced in 1968, the gorgeous Christie joined Barbie on the beach In California In 1973.
Wig featured: Long Black Curly Afro
Designed by Kitty Black Perkins, the first Black Barbie was modelled on the legendary Diana Ross. “She’s black! She’s beautiful! She’s dynamite!” The original doll ushered in the glamorous '80s with a bold red dress, matching accessories and exquisite ‘big hair’.
Wig featured: Extra Large Brown Afro
SUNSATIONAL MALIBU CHRISTIE
Clashing prints, blown out hair and an oversized hat made 1982’s Sunsational Malibu Christie the perfect pin up girl for the extravagant decade.
Wig featured: Retro Betty
SUN GOLD MALIBU BARBIE
1984 saw the release of a new addition to the Barbie beach dolls collection in the form of Sun Gold Malibu Barbie. A dazzling gold swimsuit is matched on the glam scale by gloriously heavy blonde locks helping to make her an extremely rare find today.
Wig featured: Malibu Angel Lace Front
DAY TO NIGHT CEO
Day-to-Night CEO Barbie has the perfect outfit plan to get her from the boardroom to a night on the town in no time. The two all-pink outfits donned originally by the Mattel matriarch in 1985 were chosen by Barbie’s leading lady for the Seoul movie premiere.
Wig featured: Barbie - use a curling tong or rollers to create glam waves
Fashion Barbie is living her best life rocking '80s style from head to toe and all-important back-combed bouffant.
Wig featured: Barbarella
Barbie says goodbye to the '80s in a big way, with the most voluminous hair we've seen yet, sequins, sparkles, tulle AND a faux fur wrap.
Wig featured: Pixie Crystal Lace Front
TOTALLY HAIR BARBIE
Barbie lets little hands get extra creative with hairstyling. Not only did she have extra-long hair, but she also came with a tube of styling gel. The ‘Totally Hair Barbie’ from 1992 featured the longest tresses ever and still stands as the best-selling Barbie doll in Mattel history.
Wig featured: Extra Long Hippie
Producer Barbie slayed 2005 with a dramatic red 'do, sharp bangs and an olive-hued outfit that means business.
Wig featured: Retro Rita
TOP MODEL BARBIE
Top Model Barbie did co-ordinated cute in 2007 with some added edginess thanks to some fierce fishnets and full, blunt bangs.
Wig featured: Vivid Flare
MUSIC PRODUCER BARBIE
Barbie's 2021 Career of the Year as a music producer gave her fashionable DJ vibes and on-trend colourful hair.
The year of the Barbie movie, of course, features the doll modelled after the perfectly cast Margot Robbie — in a signature pink gingham dress and perfectly coiffured blonde hair.
Wig featured: Barbie - use heated hair tools to create big waves
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