Toca Hair Salon 2
What parents need to know
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
Thinking & Reasoning
- perspective taking
- identifying emotions
Responsibility & Ethics
- embracing differences
- digital creation
Engagement, Approach, Support
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.
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.
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'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?
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?