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This is an ENORMOUS project that started as noodling around to see if I could salvage a few Maxis meshes and grew into an absolute monster. These replacements cover 56 non-hat Basegame hairstyles; the additional 6 hiders hide the styles I loathe too much to touch. Some styles are completely retextured, others only softened a bit and recolored.

Allow me to crow: some of these styles were absolute bitches. Maxis failmapping was in full force in the basegame, with continuous parts of meshes often mapped in completely different places, making it difficult to avoid big, ugly seams with retextures (and in the case of the Short style, even Maxis couldn't avoid such).

Through careful blending, lots of cursing, and the blessing that is previewing via Milkshape, I managed to retexture these styles in a way that minimizes the weird mapping. They aren't perfect; I had to do some blending magic with the Maxis textures to get this to work, and as a result the textures a little funky along those seams. They're good enough for my game; you'll have to choose whether or not they're good enough for yours.

I also made the mullet style workable through a mesh edit as well as a retexture. The mesh is a part of the package, as the texture really doesn't work with the original mesh.

All files have been compressorized.

Preview 1 | Preview 2 | Preview 3 | Preview 4 | Preview 5 | Preview 6 | Preview 7


All custom 'mirror' colors have been replaced as well as the binned styles.

I've edited some styles to texture reference the opposite gender's textures, where the styles used the same mapping. This saves considerably on file size, but PLEASE BE AWARE: this means certain age conversions (AM mohawk and AM Longdreads) will end up using Maxis textures unless you fix them.

Some files may look particularly large; this is because they had many custom colors, required large texture sizes for quality, or both.

Remember, these are DEFAULT REPLACEMENTS: You can have only one of any given replacement.

DOWNLOAD Default Texture Replacements (Acorntuck through Meg)
DOWNLOAD Default Texture Replacements (Messy through Will)

BONUS! Conversions, mesh edits, addons, and texture resources


DOWNLOAD Gender and Age Conversions

All conversions are texture linked and decustomized. Please replace any Melodie9 meshes you may have with my edits -- I fixed an issue with a hidden 'face' group that added 736 polygons per mesh, added a matching grey to the 'mob' conversion, fixed a normals issue with the PGSkater toddler conversion, and deflated various meshes to make them fit the head better.

I've included Layana's decustomization files for convenience; many of these have edits as well. Please replace any of Layana's files you may ahve with my versions. I changed the female mohawk conversion to work for both male and female children as tiny boys don't need huge 'hawks, changed the material definitions on the longsimple to display transparency correctly for my mesh edits, and changed the mob conversion to only have one grey that matches my retextures.

I have not included all conversions, only the ones I personally use.

All of these are in one archive because it is a relatively small file, carefully labeled and subfoldered so you may pick and choose what you like. My gender conversions are subfoldered within the appropriate age conversion folder, where it exists.

My gender conversions (Preview):
Closecrop MtF for CF-EF
Shortmop MtF for PF-EF (require's Melodie9's shortmop age conversion)
Undercut Ponytail MtF for PF-EF (requires Melodie9's toddler and child conversions)
Shortslick FtM for PM-EM (Requires Melodi9's toddler and child conversion)

Melodie9's conversions fixed by me to remove unneccessary 'face' groups, fix gaps, and deflate heads:
Female Messy
Male Messy

My mesh edits to game styles to make them fit to the head more like real hair and to fix gaps (included in the appropriate age conversion folders):
Acorntuck deflation for CF-EF
Longsimple deflation for TF-EF
Pagepunk deflation for TF-EF


DOWNLOAD 3 Maxis Mesh Edits

Here you go -- Acorntuck, Longsimple, and Pagepunk deflated and smoothed to hang like real hair. Pagepunk's gaps have been fixed. You do not need this file if you downloaded the Gender + Age Conversions archive!


DOWNLOAD Ugly Hair Hiders

I've hidden the following styles because I hate them just that much:


DOWNLOAD Base Hair Textures

These are png files of every style I made extensive retextures to. They're in Pooklet's Volatile for your recoloring convenience. Please take care on Bowltwist and Barrette to edit in a non-recolored version of the hairclips when you're done!

Pooklet's colors (Dynamite, Depth Charge, Volatile, Pyrotechnic, and TimeBomb)
Pooklet's v.2 and v.3 textures
Nouk's Waves, Afro, and Dreads textures
Nymphy's curls edit of Nouk's Waves
AlfredAskew for the Shortsimple retexture I tweaked, softened, and blended with the Maxis texture
Almighty Hat for the braidsup, halo, lowbun, meg, poofs, rocker, and sixty textures
Alkaloid via Almight Hat for the shortmop textures
Monoblue for the PG Skater alpha
Ja, Almighty Hat, Nymphy, and Lunar Eclipse for pilfered alphas
Biobong on MTS for the Punkflip edit idea
Melodie9's many, many age conversions
Layana's texture referencing, Maxis-blending files for the conversions

I apologize for any missing credits in the text files included with the archive.

Please feel free to use my packages to build your own replacements.

*falls over*
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Date: 2011-04-05 05:09 pm (UTC)
eefje00704: (Default)
From: [personal profile] eefje00704
Awesome, amazing, perfect! And I'm so glad you managed to do the French Braid! Thank you!

Date: 2011-04-05 05:16 pm (UTC)
ghanima_atreides: (omfg)
From: [personal profile] ghanima_atreides
This may well be THE most epic thing I've ever downloaded; the time, effort and care gone into this blows me away! :O Thanks so much!

Date: 2011-04-05 05:42 pm (UTC)
curiousb: (Default)
From: [personal profile] curiousb
You are an absolute wonder! Thank you, for taking on this mammoth task, and doing such a great job. :D

Date: 2011-04-05 05:53 pm (UTC)
digitaldollies: grrrrrr (Default)
From: [personal profile] digitaldollies
Yessshhhhhh!!!! It's done and I can download and caress it until I can get to play my game again.

Date: 2011-04-05 06:37 pm (UTC)
jesslove: (♫ how else can we survive?)
From: [personal profile] jesslove
WOW. I can only imagine the amount of time that went into these! They look amazing, and thanks so so much for sharing them. :)

Date: 2011-04-05 07:01 pm (UTC)
simlish: (Default)
From: [personal profile] simlish
Thank you for the fixed meshes and the conversions! :) I am specially thrilled because you fixed the long simple hair.

Date: 2011-04-05 08:28 pm (UTC)
simlish: (Default)
From: [personal profile] simlish
I just took a look at the fixes in the game and they are wonderful! (There is a huge improvement with acorntuck)

However, I think there's a bug in the child version of Longsimple. I thought it was because I am not using the texture replacements, but the other ages (including toddler) show up fine.


This is the same hair in teens and adults:

I am 95% sure I do not have a conflicting replacement or an older version of Melodie9 conversion, but I'll make sure of it now.

If this is an issue that shows up only because I do not have the texture replacement, I'll download and recolor it :).

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Date: 2011-04-05 07:04 pm (UTC)
hat_plays_sims: All I did was crop-- go read Bite Me by Dylan Meconis, you'll laugh. (Default)
From: [personal profile] hat_plays_sims
Woman, you are a GODDESS.

And now I have more things to put on my hair list, but. Goddess! Reasonably, I should only grab what I know I'm going to either full-Pooklet or not hide, but... dang, man, this is so pretty. Mullet looks eighteen times better even if it is still a very simple hair (bonus: Can be worn with accessory hats), and I got all giddy when I saw the French braid. I love that hair, I seriously do.

And mesh fixes! Just. Full of yay.

And for anyone who may 'need' this information, the extracted Castaway Stories hairs from MATY are texture-linked to halo, sixty, lonsimple, and mullet.

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Date: 2011-04-05 10:47 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
thank you SO SO much.
maxis textures are fugly and disgusting. now i can actually use some of the half-pretty maxis meshes and won't have to avoid the basegame hair section like the plague. :D

Date: 2011-04-05 11:42 pm (UTC)
cosmetical: (Dandelion)
From: [personal profile] cosmetical
Wow, thank you so much. This is great, clearly tons of work, and also kind of relieves my need for several custom hairs that are very similar now, so double thanks.

Gap issue?

Date: 2011-04-06 12:27 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
I've looked forward to this.
It looks great!

There seems to be an issue with one of the CF hair replacements though:

Just thought I should inform you on that.

Re: Gap issue?

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Date: 2011-04-06 01:51 am (UTC)
quinctia: (Default)
From: [personal profile] quinctia
Yay, it's done!

I love a lot of these. There are a few meshes I don't think I'll ever come to terms with (though I also agree about the ones you chose to still hide), but there's so much I can unhide now, it's staggering!

Now to just Molotov everything I want to use your replacements for. XD

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Date: 2011-04-06 04:29 am (UTC)
neuroticrobotic: (Default)
From: [personal profile] neuroticrobotic
OH MY LORD. You are a patient, patient woman.

You deserve a holiday.

Date: 2011-04-06 06:17 am (UTC)
nathanialroyale: (Denzel)
From: [personal profile] nathanialroyale
Thank you so much for finishing off these, now I have replacements for all of the hairs ^^

Date: 2011-04-06 06:48 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
This. Is. Amazing. Wow, just wow!

Date: 2011-04-06 11:52 am (UTC)
grobpodriguje: (Default)
From: [personal profile] grobpodriguje
Holy cow, this is so awesome! I've never used any sort of hiders or default hair replacements, but I must have these. Everything looks perfect and I'm trying it out right away. Oh lord, I just can't believe there are gender conversions too. Thank you so much!

Date: 2011-04-08 01:11 am (UTC)
tea_leaf: (Default)
From: [personal profile] tea_leaf
This is absolutely amazing! I downloaded almost everything and all of the edits are stunning! Thank you so much for doing this! I will surely get a lot of use out of these hairs now. :)

(P.S. The bangs on the BowlTwist hair are so adorable!)

Love it!

Date: 2011-04-17 03:38 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
I love these!
Made them in all my favorite colors. :D
You've saved my sims' hair! :D

about installing.

Date: 2011-04-22 11:38 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
I've downloaded these and placed the texture defaults, mesh edits, and hiders in my downloads folder, like normal. Once in game though, none of the basegame hairs have the new textures or mesh edits; they look exactly the same.
What should i do? D:
Are they not supposed to be placed in the DL folder?

Re: about installing.

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Re: about installing.

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Re: about installing.

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Date: 2011-04-27 11:43 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] lalabubus
This upload is fantastic! I am so happy to have old maxis hair in use now as well as these gender conversion, many tbanks.

Date: 2011-05-07 02:14 am (UTC)
msbarrows: Me as a DA:O Warden (MsBarrows)
From: [personal profile] msbarrows
*Worships Aquilegia*

Ever since I recently redid my downloads and switched to using vast amounts of (mainly Almighty Hat's) pookleted hair recolours, I've been looking at the ugly old Maxis hairs in my game and wishing they were recoloured too. I was darn near dancing when I checked her site today for any recent releases and saw her news article about your DRs. You are a GODDESS!

Date: 2011-05-15 04:25 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] orikes
This is an amazing, amazing project. Thank you so much for putting so much effort into it.

My question is probably going to be a little bit dumb, but I've just started even poking at hairs, colors and textures. In my game, I use Incendiary and Explosive for the blonde and red. I know with you having Volatile as the blonde, it should be relatively easy to just get the red and blonde I want, but I'm wondering if you have any advice on the best way to do it.

Right now, I do it kind of cludgy through Bodyshop, which I doubt is the most efficient, and I'm afraid may screw up some of our elegant work here. :}

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Date: 2011-05-25 11:32 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] seelengeil
You did a great job salvaging many meshes that otherwise would be fated to lurk forever in the depths of the hair catalog. Thank you :D

One question though: Is it possible to remap Maxis hairs so they are easier to retexture? I'd love to try my hand at handpainting textures (don't get me wrong, you actually did an awesome job doing this retextures and I'm VERY grateful, but after seeing Nymphy's retexture of a male Store hair in her latest hair dump, I'm tempted to learn to handpaint), but Eaxis failmapping scares me /o\

Date: 2011-06-08 12:45 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] leaths
First, let me say thank you for this. It's beautiful work. It must have been a real labor of love because I can imagine how tedious it must have gotten at times.

I know I'm running behind everyone else, but I hope you'll still see this comment because I'm having a little bit of a problem. I seem to be having some kind of conflict between the pagepunk and toddler mob hair, where the toddler hair is picking up the pagepunk alpha.

Here's a picture of what I mean.

As you can see, it's happening on all of the hairs except red, which is just...I don't even know. It's not just the bangs. The back of the hair is the wrong length and kind of choppy/uneven.

This happens whether or not I have the pagepunk mesh edit in. If I pull the pagepunk texture replacement out, then the toddler mob hair doesn't pick up texture replacements either, except for the red.

I've tried various combinations of the mesh edits and texture replacements in and out of my Downloads folder, but it's still the same result. This happens with only your hair defaults in the Downloads folder and a clean Saved Sims folder, too, so I'm pretty sure it's not a conflict. I've deleted my cigen.package and groups.cache in between pulling things in and out, and I'm at a loss, so I thought I'd ask.

Thanks again for this and I hope I'm not being a bother.

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Date: 2011-06-12 03:16 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
Hi, I just want to thank you for doing this, the new textures are gorgeous and it makes Maxis hairs usable!

Date: 2011-07-20 09:06 pm (UTC)
tea_leaf: (Default)
From: [personal profile] tea_leaf
Hello. :) I have been using these defaults for a little while now (I LOVE them by the way) and I've noticed that bangs on the bowltwist hair do not show up for me. Do you know if this can be fixed?

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