Australian Council on Children and the Media

Toca Hair Salon Me - Toca Boca

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A role playing hairdresser app suitable for 5 year-olds and over.

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No gambling content found in the levels played

This review of Toca Hair Salon Me was completed by the Australian Council on Children and the Media (ACCM) on 28 March 2014.

About the app

This section contains details about the app provided by an ACCM Reviewer.

Name of app: Toca Hair Salon Me
Developed by: Toca Boca
Platform reviewed: Apple App Store, Google Play
Cost: Paid
Developer’s suggested age: developer: 9-11 years; iTunes: 4+; Google play: all ages
Gambling content advice: No gambling content found in the levels played

ACCM review

This review of Toca Hair Salon Me contains the following information:

App description

This App gives children a virtual hair salon, where players are able to upload a photo of their face and become a player in the game. Players can then experiment with their hair, cutting, colouring, curling and designing hair and even making it grow.

Reviewers comments

A fun, role play App, with the player being a hairdresser, using the tools provided to create hair designs. Similar to the other Toco Hair tools (Toca Salon 2 and Toca Hair Salon Christmas Gift) in game play you are given a range of tools to use in the virtual hair dressing salon including scissors, razors, curling irons, a “tonic” that makes hair instantly grow and a range of colours. However, in a major difference is that when starting the game the player uploads a photo and so becomes part of the game, manipulating the hair of the image uploaded.  Similar to other Toca Hair Apps, as the hair is being played with, the photo character respond with noises and funny facial expressions.

Some parents may be concerned that this App could encourage children to cut their own hair or use items such as curling irons that could be considered unsafe – so this reviewer would suggest parents use this tool with children aged over four years and discuss their concerns.

NOTE: this is very similar to Toca Hair Salon 2 and Toca Hair Salon Christmas gift – with similar tools and a limited range of pre-set characters to select from.

Gambling

No gambling content was found during the review.

Game playing behaviour which may be of concern to some parents

Encouraging use of hair tools including scissors and curling irons may concern some parents.

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Content is age appropriate for children this age

Some content may not be appropriate for children this age. Parental guidance recommended

Content is not age appropriate for children this age

Gambling content advice

Simulated casino style gambling. Not suitable for minors

Contains some elements of gambling. Some content is not recommended for minors. Parental guidance recommended

No gambling content found in the levels played

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