Toca Hair Salon 2

Common Sense Media says

More tools, characters, and hair-styling fun in nice sequel.

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Learning(i)

What parents need to know

Ease of play

Very easy to use. Simply choose one of six heads to style its hair and swipe across the bottom of the head's page to choose a tool. Take a picture of the head with the camera, and a photo will appear in your device's photo gallery.

Violence & scariness
Not applicable
Sexy stuff
Not applicable
Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

No third-party advertising or in-app purchases. The app's developer places a promotion for another of its kids' apps in the corner of Toca Hair Salon 2's main screen; users have to do some movement (such as swipe up with two fingers) as a parent control.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable
Privacy & safety

No registration required. Toca Boca provides access to its privacy policy from the app; the policy explains how personal and anonymous information may be collected and used.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Toca Hair Salon 2 is essentially just like Toca Hair Salon but with improved features, different characters, and some new styling tools and accessories. Among the most noticeable changes on this sequel app are that the hair and characters appear more realistic and responsive, and the backdrop can be changed. Kids can choose from six new heads and new tools like a movable shower head for washing hair, a curling iron, straightener, and a razor for male characters' beards. The bar at the bottom of the screen on this version is a little more cluttered than the first Toca Hair Salon, but it works just as well. Characters still laugh, smile, and make other funny and realistic facial expressions on this version, and there's a new option to change the photo backdrop for when kids want to capture their styles and the character's funny faces on camera. More sweet, creative fun for kids of a variety of ages.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Hobbies

  • fashion

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • decision-making

Creativity

  • imagination

Self-Direction

  • self-assessment

Emotional Development

  • identifying emotions
  • perspective taking

Responsibility & Ethics

  • embracing differences

Tech Skills

  • digital creation

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

The easy-to-use, well-designed interface requires no reading, and kids as young as 3 can navigate it. The characters engage kids as they style hair, with their funny sounds and emotional facial expressions.

Learning Approach

Kids learn by using technology to be creative and by making decisions about how they want their characters to look. Toca Hair Salon 2 empowers kids to try again. Kids can view their creations, take a photo, and assess their work.

Support

No formal instructions, although there is a For Parents section. The icons at the bottom of each screen provide kids with visual cues for the app's creative tools. No reading required. 

What kids can learn

Subjects

Hobbies

  • fashion

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • decision-making

Creativity

  • imagination

Self-Direction

  • self-assessment

Emotional Development

  • identifying emotions
  • perspective taking

Responsibility & Ethics

  • embracing differences

Tech Skills

  • digital creation

Kids can learn to use their imagination to create hairstyles digitally on Toca Hair Salon 2. As kids make decisions about what tools to use and how they want each head to look, they are exploring their own style preferences and learning about the creative use of color, motion, hair length, and fashion accessories in a sweet, non-trendy way. With the limited but interesting character heads available for kids to style, kids can play with each of them or a favorite one multiple times as they imagine new looks. Toca Hair Salon 2 is a fun, extremely sticky creative play experience for young style fans.

This Learning Rating review was written by Dana Villamagna

Parents say

Kids say

What's it about?

Kids playing TOCA HAIR SALON 2 choose by tapping on one of six heads to style its hair. Then they move to a new page where the character sits down in the stylist's chair. Kids then swipe across the bottom of that page to choose a styling tool. As they style, the character will make sounds and facial expressions about the style. Choose a backdrop and take a picture of the head with the camera, and a photo will appear in your device's photo gallery.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

The kid-friendly user interface suitable for kids as young as 3 on Toca Hair Salon continues on Toca Hair Salon 2. Fans of the first app will likely love the new additions to characters, accessories, and tools. And the male characters and facial hair additions may attract some salon newcomers, too. It's also a nice touch that kids can choose the backdrop color for their characters' photos. The best part of Toca Hair Salon 2 is that the hair seems to move and look more realistic on this version, and the characters' faces make new facial expressions and sounds. One potential negative: Toca Hair Salon 2 characters are not as whimsical and are more predictable than those on the original app, which may not be seen as an improvement by many fans of the uber-creative characters on the first app. Still, all things considered and compared, this app is a cut above the first Toca Hair Salon version because of the all the new styling options.

Families can talk about...

  • If your kids have already played on the first Toca Hair Salon app, ask them to find the differences and similarities between the two apps.

  • Talk about unique hairstyles that you've seen on people in real life. Can you or your kid replicate one on a character on this app?

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
Price:$1.99
Pricing structure:Paid
Release date:February 27, 2013
Category:Education
Size:43.10 MB
Publisher:Toca Boca
Version:1.1
Minimum software requirements:iOS 5.0 or later; Android 2.0.1 and up

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  • ON: Content is age-appropriate for kids this age.
  • PAUSE: Know your child; some content may not be right for some kids.
  • OFF: Not age-appropriate for kids this age.
  • NOT FOR KIDS: Not appropriate for kids of any age.

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  • Best: Really engaging; great learning approach.
  • Very Good: Engaging; good learning approach.
  • Good: Pretty engaging; good learning approach.
  • Fair: Somewhat engaging; OK learning approach.
  • Not for Learning: Not recommended for learning.
  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

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Kid, 11 years old June 21, 2013
AGE
2
QUALITY
 

Great for all ages!!!!

I am an older kid and I LOVE this game!!!! You can do all sorts of hair styles just the way you want!!!
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
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Kid, 9 years old January 14, 2014
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5
QUALITY
 

Perfect for 5 and up

Awesome game! Really easy to play and also really fun!!!!!!!
Parent Written bybabymonkee May 5, 2014
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5
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LEARNING

Toca Boca Hair Salon 2

Its a great app for all ages,toca boca hair salon 2 is a improved version of Toca Boca Hair Salon, just with different people and more hair styling products.It is guarranteed to keep your kids entertained !
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