This is my daughter beloved 'Natalie', so named because she was a Christmas gift from Grandpa. I do small braids in the front that only come partway down (just as I do to my daughter). The layering isn't an issue then.
She's our first AG and she's lovely. (And much loved). My DD is eight and plays with her constantly (but respectfully) and she seems to be holding up very well. My daughter won't even do her hair - she brings me her hairbrush and a misting bottle because she wants her wig to stay nice.