I got Samantha for Christmas when I was seven years old. I fell in love with her immediately, she is so pretty! Her hair was curly and shiny and her outfit was beautiful, in fact I loved it so much that the next Christmas I got the matching outfit and matching pajamas (which I wore all the time.. though they were extremely itchy!).
Her hair has not given me much of a problem, I like it because it looks natural. I only have PM dolls so far, so I don't really know what the new doll hair is like in person, but from pictures it looks very unnatural and too shiny/barbie dollish for my taste. I think my Samantha's hair is perfect texture.