Kids tap into their creativity to style the hair and beards of dozens of characters in Toca Hair Salon 3
. This is the newest kids' app from the popular developer Toca Boca, and it stands out by being gender-neutral (all characters, both female and male, can grow beards) and chockfull of wacky hairdos.
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How to Get Your Stylin' On
Kids scroll through a portfolio of customers, showing four photos at a time, to choose someone they want to style. The customer arrives, sparkling with personality, and sits in the salon's chair. From there, kids can swipe the bottom of the screen to move the customer to the desired work station. Want to start by washing and blow-drying the hair? Swipe to the right. Rather start snipping right away? That is the default station to which the customer arrives.
Other stations include: beard (where you can use hair-growing lotion to add facial hair to anyone), color, curling, braiding, accessories, stickers, clothing, and a photo booth. Every time you change some aspect of the customer's appearance, they respond with an enthusiastic "Ahh" or maybe a hesitant "Ohh?"
A Hairy Situation Your Kids Will Want to Explore
Toca Hair Salon 3
is a blast to explore. From the more than 20 tools (brushes, braiders, crimpers, straighteners, razors, combs, spray cans of dye, etc.) to the choice of clothing to show off the client's new "do", this app encourages to kids to see hair styling as a new art form. But it is the charming clients who make this creative experience feel special, because no matter how zany or silly you make the customers look, they are always up for a "new look."
This creativity app is the third in a series. While Toca Hair Salon 2
is great fun, this newest salon is bigger and better. Adding beards to any face is new, as is the kinky hair option. The braiding station is also novel, and it even offers two sizes of braiding tools. We like the ability to personalize more of your client's look with clothing choices, and more accessories, hair colors, and stickers. With the regrowth potion, players can snip recklessly, because they can always grow hair back.
Diversity is Front and Center
Toca Boca has made it their mission to present diverse characters in their apps. Toca Hair Salon 3 does this brilliantly by showing many different skin tones, eye shapes, and ages reflected in this Salon's clientele.
Because of the ease of becoming a hair stylist in this digital salon, any child -- girl or boy -- will enjoy exploring this world of styling shenanigans. Toca Hair Salon 3 is a great way to encourage kids to be creative.
This Toca Hair Salon 3 app review was written by Jinny Gudmundsen.
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