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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
September 6, 2011