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RDR2: How To Use Hair Tonic (Where To Buy & Get)

Here's where to buy, get, & how to use Hair Tonic in Red Dead Redemption 2 (RDR2).

Hair Tonic is one of the easiest items you can get right from the start of Chapter 2: Horseshoe Overlook. They are easily available throughout the game. But many players are not sure how to use them. They are not easy to find in the item wheel, nor do they show up in the ‘Tonic’ tab in Arthur’s Satchel. But today we will help you to easily find this item, and use it to get the look you desire in the game. So let’s look at everything to know about hair growth rate, where to buy & get Hair Tone, and how to use it in Red Dead Redemption 2 (RDR2).

RDR2 Hair Tonic: Where to Buy, Get & How to Use

Hair Tonic is unlocked in Red Dead Redemption 2 as soon as you enter Chapter 2: Horseshoe Overlook. There are 4 main ways to get & use Hair Tonic in RDR2:

  • Buy for $3.75 from shelves in general stores
  • Buy for $3.75 from any store catalog
  • Loot from enemies (free)
  • Pick up from different locations on the game map (free)

Once you have a Hair Tonic, you can use it by selecting it from the Satchel. To do this open Satchel>go to the Kit tab>click on the Hair Tonic icon.

Where to Buy GET RDR2 Hair Tonic How to Use

Your beard will stop growing on its own at stage 6. The only way to go beyond is to consume tonics. Consuming hair tonics double the growth rate for up to two stages. And the effect stacks if you consume two or three hair tonics, leading to an x4 and x8 growth rate respectively. Here are the in-game details of hair growth stages:

RDR2 Hair Growth Rate
Hair Stages Beard Stages Days in Game Real-Time
Hair Stage 0 Beard Stage 0
Hair Stage 1 Beard Stage 1 2 days 1.6 hours
Hair Stage 2 Beard Stage 2 2 days 1.6 hours
Hair Stage 3 Beard Stage 3 4 days 3.2 hours
Hair Stage 4 Beard Stage 4 8 days 6.4 hours
Hair Stage 5 Beard Stage 5 12 days 9.6 hours
Hair Stage 6 Beard Stage 6 20 days 16 hours
Hair Stage 7 Beard Stage 7 20 days 16 hours
Beard Stage 8 16 days 12.8 hours
Beard Stage 9 16 days 12.8 hours
Beard Stage 10 26 days 20.8 hours

How to Use Hair & Beard Tonic in Red Dead Redemption 2

As mentioned above, to use Hair Tonic in Red Dead Redemption 2 (RDR2), you need to open Satchel using the right D-pad on the controller, then go to the “Kit” tab, and select “Hair Tonic”. It’s that easy. You can drink up to 2 or 3  bottles to stack up its effects on Arthur. Stacking their effects if the fastest way to grow both head and facial hair. By using tonics you can increase the number of days you need to grow your head & facial hair to full length. Also, keep in mind that you can only hair growth by stages after a screen fade. So to see your hair grow after using the tonic, you need to do activities like sleeping. respawning, fast traveling, starting new chapters, starting missions for cutscenes, and anything that will trigger a screen fade in RDR2.

Also if your bread growth stage is less than 5, then you should not waste by stacking together 3 tonics. There will not be enough in-game time as per the chart above, to grow your hair to max length. So only stack up 3 tonics once you reach stage 5 beard level.

That’s all about hair growth rate, where to buy & get Hair Tone, and how to use it in Red Dead Redemption 2 (RDR2). While you are here, make sure to more of our RDR2 Guides before you continue to explore the rest of New Hanover. If you are new to the game (maybe through the new PS Plus games list), then you need to check out our guide on the two ways to remove the bounty on your head in RDR2.