A hair guide for all you stans still playing ‘Animal Crossing: New Leaf’

All the tips you need to get that perfect 'do.

May 13, 2020, 2:09 pm*

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Nahila Bonfiglio 

Nahila Bonfiglio

Animal Crossing: New Leaf

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Animal Crossing: New Leaf came out almost seven years ago. Despite its age, the game received a second wind when Nintendo unveiled Amiibo compatibility. As waves of players, new and old, continue to enjoy the delightful little Nintendo 3DS game, a few questions still linger after all these years. The most important of these, obviously, revolves around hair.

Animal Crossing: New Leaf hair guide

Pretty early in your New Leaf game, players will have the option to unlock Shampoodle’s hair salon on Main Street. Here, Harriet the Poodle can give your character any number of new looks. She changes more than your hair, too. Harriet can also alter characters’ eye color and makeup. Or, if you’d prefer, she can take a whack at shifting your character’s appearance to match one of the Mii’s you have saved in your Mii Maker.

Unlocking Shampoodle’s

To begin with, you’ll need to unlock Shapoodle’s hair salon. To do this, players first need to unlock Kicks. This shop can only be opened by spending 8,000 bells in Able Sisters. Once your town has been open for 10 days minimum, the funky little shoe store should appear.

Animal Crossing: New Leaf - shampoodles ZackScottGames/YouTube

Following Kicks’ appearance, you’ll need to spend 10,000 bells between Able Sisters or Kicks. This gives your town’s economy a boost, eventually allowing Shampoodle’s to move in. An additional 10-day wait, plus the four days required to build the shop, and Shampoodle’s will open on the second floor of Able Sisters.

Changing your hairstyle

Now that Harriet is all settled in, you can change up your character’s hairstyle once per day, for a cost of 3,000 bells. Just head over to the styling chair and answer Harriet’s questions. How you answer each question will determine the style of hair you end up with. Based on your answers, YouTuber BlueberryFlames compiled a video with every way your hair might end up.

Messy and opposite gender hairstyles

Players looking to really change up their look might consider going with a gender-opposite hairstyle. You won’t get the option until you’ve changed your character’s hairstyle a full 15 times, but after that Harriet may offer players a slew of new options.

Animal Crossing: New Leaf - hair digitalelixer/YouTube

Another hairstyle occasionally crops up in Animal Crossing: New Leaf. If players go a full 15 days without touching their Animal Crossing game—a near-impossible task, I know—their character will automatically adopt a messy hairstyle. In order to fix it, you’ll need to visit Shampoodle’s for a styling.

Changing your makeup

Harriet’s skills extend far beyond just hair. The sweet little barber can also change up characters’ makeup, if you so choose. Just ask for the makeup option, and Harriet can match your makeup to that of any Mii saved in the Mii Maker.

Animal Crossing: New Leaf - makeup ZackScottGames/YouTube

Shell out 3000 bells and Harriet will give you your makeup options. Mii Masks—Harriet’s Mii-matching makeup—can be added or removed at any time following purchase. These masks are located below your custom designs. To reach them, tap the pencil tab on the touch screen. Oh and don’t forget, your makeup mask will be automatically removed if you change up your accessories or headwear.

Changing your eye color

There is a lot of waiting involved in Animal Crossing. Changing your character’s eye color is no different.

Animal Crossing: New Leaf - eye color BlueberryFlames/YouTube

In order to switch up your peepers, you’ll need to wait a full 14 days after you first changed your hairstyle. Then, chat with Harriet to ask after obtaining color contacts. Your answer to an assortment of questions will determine what eye color you get. Another video from BlueberryFlames explains which answers will get you what.

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*First Published: May 13, 2020, 2:08 pm