Toca Hair Salon 2 is a new app from Toca Boca, updating their hit app Toca Hair Salon, allowing players to now curl and add waves to hair as well as offer clients more accessories to experiment with.
As popular as Toca Hair Salon is, an app that I have reviewed here on GiggleApps, is, I am sure many readers are wondering what the difference is between the two apps, and if the new app is worth purchasing.
First, for those who do not know, the Toca Hair Salon apps allow children to cut, style and color a variety of characters’ hair, including men, women, and animal-type creatures.
Looking at these apps side by side, a few differences do stand out, as I was surprised to see only four new characters in Toca Hair Salon 2 instead of six new faces as this is the case in the original app. I also do miss the opening of entering the salon fully setting up the location of this app. I do however, really appreciate the larger size of the new salon and the depth created, as one can see clear out the back windows to the cars driving by.
Another nice change in this app is how before when a tool was chosen, the selection would scroll left or right to make the tools become accessible, but in this new app, the background changes as well, moving the character into new areas of the salon such as a photo-taking area complete with a selection of backdrops where players can take a photo of the new look a client now has, an accessories station with bows, barrettes and the like, as well as another area dedicated to hair, glasses and other items to wear. I also appreciate bringing the client to separate sections to have their hair washed, colored or styled with heat.
The big change in the new app is the inclusion of a razor, straightening iron, and a curling iron and crimper, complete with interesting metallic sound effects as well as the old tools such as comb, scissors, buzzers and the wonderful magic G.R.O.W formula to grow back hair once it has been cut or shaved off.
The ability to wash and dry hair also exists for Toca Salon 2 as it does now in the original, but I would really like to be able to bring the characters original texture back to their hair with a shampoo as well as washing the color out if their hair, especially if one could see the colors wash away out of their hair. A special second product could be added after dyeing if users wanted the color to be permanent.
Those familiar with both apps will find other fun new details as well, such as being able to spray color into hair through the foam from the shampoo, but I do wish one could blow dry off the hair accessories in this new app as you can do so in the first salon application.
I really enjoy the look of the new app as I find it really polished, but I wish there were more precision in being able to style the hair, as it is not possible to curl just a small area without nearby tufts of hair becoming affected as well. I also have an easier time just adding streaks of color into the hair of the old characters.
Even with these notes, I am very impressed with the look and use of the new Toca Salon 2 app. The update will be welcome by Toca fans, I am sure. I asked my husband if he would have paid for this update and the answer was a definite yes, coming from a man not known for paying a lot of money on applications.
I do hope for more characters in a future update, however and I wish their personalities were not so accommodating as they seem happy all the time – even when I do terrible things to their hair, as this would not have gone over well with the characters in the original app who are not shy about showing their emotions, an element I love in many Toca Boca apps.
Having made these notes, Toca Hair Salon 2 is an intriguing app that fans as well as those new to Toca Boca will enjoy a great deal.
Although it is always fun to receive an update to an app that offers new content, I am happy to see that this is a completely new app – not an in-app purchase or paid add-ons that I find problematic and unappealing, as do many other parents.
Toca Hair Salon 2
Developer: Toca Boca AB
Released: 2012-12-13 00:00:00
Description from the Developer** SPECIAL LAUNCH PRICING! 33% DISCOUNT FOR A LIMITED TIME! **
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?
- 4 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.