Toca Hair Salon 2

We love the apps (they call ’em “digital toys”) from Toca Boca. They’re all so fun – for both our children and us – and don’t contain third party ads, in-app purchases or confusing menus that trip kids up.

Toca Hair Salon 2 came out yesterday and is a blast, even if you already own both previous iterations: Toca Hair Salon and Toca Hair Salon Christmas Gift.

The gist: wash, cut, color and style adorable characters’ hairdos, mustaches and beards and adorn them with hats, glasses and other accessories. Check it out:

As usual with the Toca Boca toys, the simple functionality is what makes Toca Hair Salon 2 so simple and fun. Comb the wisps of hair and they follow your finger’s swipe. Wash and shampoo the hair, towel dry it – and the hair has its own physics making every step feel like its own fun task.

Toca Hair Salon 2 also has some new tools that didn’t appear in the first game: a razor, curling iron, crimper and a straightener. Now, you can get that close shave you’re looking for, as well as volumize with curls and crimps!

And if you accidentally cut the hair too short, don’t worry – you’ve got G.R.O.W. potion at your disposal to regrow your mop!

Once you and your child achieve the perfect hair style, you can put your character in front of a backdrop and take their picture. And Toca options in your Settings menu can block character photos from saving to your camera roll if you so choose. Here are a couple of screenshots (not from their photo button but a screenshot so you can see the interface):

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Coincidentally, my son created that second pic and said “Look, I made Bryan.” As in Ferguson.

Toca Hair Salon 2 is a great way to let your kids play with scissors without actually playing with the scissors. Simple and creative, Hair Salon 2 builds upon the first two titles and offers new, fun tools for you and your child to ignite your inner stylist.

Toca Hair Salon 2 is out now for the iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch & Kindle Fire at a special launch discount price of $0.99. Download it now!