Hair care products: "Rain is the best! It makes my hair look so nice."
AVA MARIA LENDMAN AND HER DOLL, ELLA
5, kindergarten student
Style strategy: "Whatever is easy as long as it's quick to brush, quick to wash. I'm not one to braid her hair," says Ava's mom, Marsha.
Ava's verdict on a salon visit: "It's boring!"
Cost at human hair salon: Cut, $15, every six to seven weeks; $4 bangs trim every four weeks
Cost at doll hair salon: 2 braids redo at American Girl store, $15
17, high school student
Hair story: "I have never been to a salon."
Ever? "No, never."
Strangers tell her: "You have gorgeous hair."
Hair care products: "Almond oil. You can buy it at the grocery store."
Have you ever cut it? "I used to have it to my knees. Then, five or six years ago, I cut it to my ears and I was, 'I want my hair back.' I was crying."
27, shoe sales associate
Hair profile: "It's edgy and fashionable at the same time — without having to put too much work into it."
Salon or barbershopÖEG? "Barbershop, but I'm already plotting (to go to) a new place."