Toca Boca are one of the largest and most respected names in the early learning app world, and their latest offering ‘Hair Salon 2’ is already currently number 1 in the iTunes educational app chart.
Hair Salon 2 is the new and improved version of its predecessor ‘Hair Salon’. The first thing that strikes you when opening the app is the texture of the design, which is modern and detailed. The first screen has pictures of 6 characters which you can choose from, and although there are no instructions, it’s clear you’re supposed to click on one of them.
I think it’s an important quality of an early learning app, to not provide kids with too much guidance as this forces them to interact with the app and encourages problem solving skills. That is definitely a strong point of this app. When you click on a characters’ picture, you are takento a Hair Salon, where your character is patiently waiting for you to get to work.
On the table in front of you, there are scissors, a comb, a razor and some hair grow. How to use the given tools is not immediately evident but, after a few clicks, you realise you can cut, shape and grow your characters’ hair, anyway you see fit.
The visual style is similar to that of a Pixar cartoon with nice extra touches, such as cars moving in the window of the hair salon.
If you scroll the tables in front of your character you find you have even more options for hair styling. There is hair dye, a straightener and curler, shampoo, hats, sunglasses, ribbons and a host of other options for you to give your character any style you want. The game play is pleasing, the hair movement is really quite detailed and it takes some time to get the exact look you’re after. The characters also react to the styles you give them with grimaces when you break out the razor and smiles if you try something funky.
Children will play with this app for hours. It teaches sequencing, fine motor skills, the professions in the adult world and engages them into a role-playing game that will get their imaginations fired up.
From the Developer
Cut, curl, color and style – any way you want!
Our bestselling app Toca Hair Salon is back in an even better version, with new characters, new tools, new accessories and even more hairstyling fun!
In this kid-friendly, super-creative app, you get to run your very own hair salon, with four fun characters to choose from. Cut, colour and style any way you want, using lots of different tools – from a simple comb and scissors to a curling iron and a straightener. Trim mustaches, spray mohawks bright pink and give someone the curls they’ve always wanted!
Whoops – did you accidentally snip off too much hair? Make things right with our special tonic G.R.O.W. and then top it all off with hats, glasses and other fun accessories. Once you and your customer are happy with the way they look, don’t forget to take them to the camera booth for a snapshot!
What’s new in Toca Hair Salon 2?
- 6 completely new characters
- New tools: razor, curling iron, a crimper and a straightener
- More realistic colour spray effects – combine to make new shades!
- New accessories: hats, glasses and much more
- Cool new photo backdrops
- Smooth and beautiful animations
- Better and more realistic hair styling - make any style you want!
Other features you’ll recognize from Toca Hair Salon:
- Cut and trim hair with the scissors electric hair trimmer
- Wash hair with shampoo, shower, and towel
- Use the hairdryer to get the right look
- 9 hair colors to choose and combine
- Lots of accessories for the final touch
- Use the magic potion G.R.O.W to make hair grow back again
- Characters make fun faces and sounds while you’re styling them
- No rules or stress - play any way you want to!
- Kid-friendly interface
- No third-party advertising
- No in-app purchases
ABOUT TOCA BOCA
Toca Boca is an award winning game studio that makes digital toys for kids. We think playing and having fun is the best way to learn about the world. Therefore we make digital toys and games that help stimulate the imagination, and that you can play together with your kids. Best of all - we do it in a safe way without third-party advertising or in-app purchases.