MTS has all free content, all the time. Find out how YOU can help to keep it running. Tell me how...

Natural Redhead Project: Five Red Recolors of XM Sims 039 Bouffant Hair for All Ages

by kaneonapua Posted 28th Feb 2007 at 7:24 AM - Updated 3rd Apr 2008 at 6:08 AM by kaneonapua : Update with new location of mesh
21 Comments / replies (Who?) - 19 Feedback Posts, 1 Thanks Posts
This is a new mesh recolour, and means that you will need to download the particular mesh itself in order for this to show up in your game. See the Meshes Needed section or read the text for more information.
Five red shades of XM Sim's fabulous long bouffant hair mesh 39 for all ages. Thanks to Flora and XM Sims for allowing us to recolor their meshes. I just had to make some red shades of it after I saw Kyriaw's glorious alpha edit of this hair style. Thank you, Kryiaw for such a great alpha edit! Of course, I can't leave well enough alone, I shortened the ribbon tail that draps over the shoulder as much as possible while leaving intact the ribbon that runs across the top of the head.

These recolors were done for the Natural Redhead Project to make more hairstyles available in the many beautiful naturally occurring shades of red hair. The red recolors are available in five shades: auburn, dark copper, copper, ginger and strawberry blonde. The recolors are color binned red. It may seem odd to put shades that range from rusty blonde to deep brown red in the red bin but the goal is to make the full spectrum of red shades available to genetic redheads.

This glamour style comes in toddler through elder. The elder hair comes in two shades: auburn and dark copper come with an ivory elder shade while copper, ginger and strawberry blonde have a tawny salt and pepper elder shade.

Mesh Information: The mesh for these recolors is available here at XM Sims. It is currently on page 24 of Simmer Valley > Skins > Female Hair. The mesh download file is and the uncompressed mesh file name is XMS_Flora_MeshHair039.package.

Terms of UseThese recolors may only be used in Sims distributed by 100% free sites. Do not distribute or include the mesh in any uploads! Include a link to the so the mesh can be downloaded from the XM Sims website. The textures and alphas may be modified for recolors distributed from free sites. This is XM Sims' generous policy, please respect it.

Learn more about why redheads are unique:
Red hair is a simple recessive
Intensity of hair color

FYI - the custom content in the models are free downloads:
Eyes: the freckle and eye set is from Alkaloid at MTS2 as is the freckle "blush" at InSim.

Skin: JWilson5's Hairy Skins for Redheads which is a modified Louis (SimScribbing) skin with AllenABQ body hair. The skin for the normal Maxis body type doesn't require any additional meshes, just download the Norm-HairyRed-Barbie.rar file for hairy, SKN-Norm-XhairyRed-Barbie.rar for extra hairy and SKN-Norm-XXhairyRed-Barbie.rar for extreme hairy (Not to worry, only the males come with body hair ).

Clothing from MTS2: Three outfits by gilysse from her "As seen on. ..." series Michelle Pfeiffer's yellow striped silk cocktail dress, Kate Hudson's brown velvet mini and Angela Lindvall's deliciously swirled, earth toned gown. Also, the Paris Hilton's golden silk brocade dress by Dhani, the green suplice top and black skirt from an2da of SSalam Style and the Beige Striped Knitted Dress by leru.

Necklaces: : coin necklaces from Peggy Sims, enamel necklace from Peggy Sims and jewel pendant from Rose Sims2 on Download > Accesories > page 9, upper left.

Eyeliner: eyeliner is the 0036 makeup file from page 6 of the Makeup section at RoseSims2. The eye shadow, also from Rose Sims 2, is from the 0042 makeup file on Makeup page 7. Blush is Helaene's Dior Firelight Blush which is listed in the Other section.

You must have the expansion or stuff packs listed below installed to use this custom content. Please see the post text for any exceptions.

Sims 2
Key: - File was updated after upload was posted
Filename - Tip: You can click the magnifying glass to see the archive contents Size Downloads Date

Size: 546.0 KB · Downloads: 7,326 · 28th Feb 2007
546.0 KB 7,326 28th Feb 2007

Size: 401.8 KB · Downloads: 4,694 · 28th Feb 2007
401.8 KB 4,694 28th Feb 2007

Size: 406.9 KB · Downloads: 5,038 · 28th Feb 2007
406.9 KB 5,038 28th Feb 2007

Size: 567.1 KB · Downloads: 5,266 · 28th Feb 2007
567.1 KB 5,266 28th Feb 2007

Size: 405.2 KB · Downloads: 5,373 · 28th Feb 2007
405.2 KB 5,373 28th Feb 2007

Size: 2.27 MB · Downloads: 10,543 · 28th Feb 2007
2.27 MB 10,543 28th Feb 2007
Don't forget to Thank the creator after downloading! Use the Thanks button located above the screenshots above.
Meshes needed! This download requires one or more meshes to work properly. Please check the Description tab for information about the meshes needed, then download them below:
Basic Download and Install Instructions:

1. Download: Click the download link to save the .rar or .zip file(s) to your computer.

2. Extract the zip, rar, or 7z file.

3. Place in Downloads Folder: Cut and paste the .package file(s) into your Downloads folder:
  • Origin (Ultimate Collection): Users\(Current User Account)\Documents\EA Games\The Sims™ 2 Ultimate Collection\Downloads\
  • Non-Origin, Windows Vista/7/8/10: Users\(Current User Account)\Documents\EA Games\The Sims 2\Downloads\
  • Non-Origin, Windows XP: Documents and Settings\(Current User Account)\My Documents\EA Games\The Sims 2\Downloads\
  • Mac: Users\(Current User Account)\Documents\EA Games\The Sims 2\Downloads
  • Mac x64: /Library/Containers/com.aspyr.sims2.appstore/Data/Library/Application Support/Aspyr/The Sims 2/Downloads
Need more information?
21 Comments / Replies (Who?) - 18 Feedback Posts, 1 Thanks Posts
Hide Thanks Posts for this thread (Show only feedback)
Forum Resident
#2 Old 1st Mar 2007 at 5:51 AM
love alls recolor!! Thank you so much.,
Lab Assistant
#3 Old 1st Mar 2007 at 11:03 AM
i just love this project!
i can't wait to see more hair recolors coming!
Field Researcher
#4 Old 1st Mar 2007 at 12:39 PM
Lab Assistant
#5 Old 1st Mar 2007 at 12:44 PM
Thank you for the recolors, they're beautiful!

If God intended for there to be Pay-sites for the Sims 2, He would have given us all Paypal accounts.
Test Subject
#6 Old 2nd Mar 2007 at 3:22 AM
as a natural redhead I love this project that you've been doing! Great Job!! And thank you!
Test Subject
#7 Old 2nd Mar 2007 at 6:13 AM
Nobody, including yourself, ever seems to capture REAL red. I have a friend who's a natural redhead, and his hair is much more vivid than any of those. It's like bright red with a bunch of orange and gold tints shining. I'm sorry if I come across as mean, but this project looks more like People Who Have Reddish Hair And Try To Pass Themselves Off As Redheads.
Lab Assistant
Original Poster
#8 Old 2nd Mar 2007 at 1:49 PM
Originally Posted by SarcasticSimmer
Nobody, including yourself, ever seems to capture REAL red. I have a friend who's a natural redhead, and his hair is much more vivid than any of those. It's like bright red with a bunch of orange and gold tints shining. I'm sorry if I come across as mean, but this project looks more like People Who Have Reddish Hair And Try To Pass Themselves Off As Redheads.

There are many, many shades of red and I have only scratched the surface here. Why don't you take some photos of your friend in different lighting conditions and post them for us at the Natrual Redhead Project forum? That will give me something to aim for and would be truly helpful. I am guessing his hair is similiar to Julie's. Her shade is the shade that has given me the most trouble and sometimes, I won't even attempt it. I don't see anyone with that color hair very often and it would be a big help to have something to refer to.

Natural Redhead Project: Go Red, Naturally
Field Researcher
#9 Old 3rd Mar 2007 at 12:42 PM
EXCELLENT........Great work friend.....great Thanks

Field Researcher
#10 Old 4th Mar 2007 at 3:12 AM
These are gorgeous, thanks!

Oh, and ps - I got your PM, it's fine. ^_^ Your recolors are wonderful!
Test Subject
#11 Old 4th Mar 2007 at 10:17 AM
I was stunned when I had downloaded and saw the "auburn" shade in the create a sim-room. Very beautiful, one of my best hairs. Thanks a lot!
Top Secret Researcher
#12 Old 4th Mar 2007 at 7:53 PM
I think all of your hairs are gorgeous, thanks so much for doing/sharing them!
Test Subject
#13 Old 4th Mar 2007 at 8:46 PM
These colors are fantastic. You should apply them to more hairstyles.
Test Subject
#14 Old 4th Mar 2007 at 9:45 PM
Being a redhead myself, I can appreciate how hard it is to not make hair look like it's been dyed red, thanks loads, I love this project because most other sites have red hair classed as dyed red instead of natural.
Lab Assistant
Original Poster
#15 Old 5th Mar 2007 at 1:26 AM
I truly appreciate the all you feedback and thanks. A lot of the credit should go to Flora at XM Sims for creating this fabulous mesh and to Kyriaw for such a great alpha modification. It is a joy to work with such a wonderful hair.

Natural Redhead Project: Go Red, Naturally
Field Researcher
#16 Old 6th Mar 2007 at 12:20 AM
Wonderful job!, I always download your NRP stuff, they are beautiful
Field Researcher
#17 Old 17th Mar 2007 at 7:50 PM
I didn't realise that I did not leave any notes here?!?!? Oh my, I am so sorry!! I'm just dropping by here to download your hairs again because they are fantastic and I want to use them in my shots!! You've done a fabulous job and I am pleasure to be a part of your project. Thank you!!

It's "gilysse" with a small "g"..

Sorry but I am no longer open for suggestions.
Test Subject
12th Apr 2007 at 11:20 PM
This message has been deleted by jrgerm.
Field Researcher
#18 Old 29th Aug 2007 at 4:54 PM
These are all beautiful! I love this project, as a natural redhead. It's nice to see hair that REALLY looks like natural red hair, not some bright ridiculous red. It's really tough to make these colors, and I haven't found a hair that seems to match my own shade of red exactly, but you are closer than anyone, and these are all gorgeous (did I say that already??).

And wow, Julie's hair is amazing! I've never seen red like that!
Lab Assistant
#19 Old 3rd May 2008 at 1:21 PM
beautiful! I have blonde hair but I love red! I'm happy to see hair that doesn't look dyed, because most red sim hairs look very unnatural
Test Subject
#20 Old 2nd May 2010 at 4:28 AM
Very excellent
They're very pretty!
Test Subject
#21 Old 8th Oct 2011 at 4:52 PM
Thank you!

seriously I love it!