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Braided Hair With Beads - Animated and Now Binned Correctly!

by LoveTheSims04 Posted 20th May 2008 at 9:09 AM - Updated 21st May 2008 at 6:35 AM by LoveTheSims04
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This is a new mesh, and means that it's a brand new self contained object that usually does not require a specific Expansion pack (although this is possible depending on the type). It may have Recolours hosted on MTS - check below the description for more information.
Edited: fixed the problem with hairs not showing up in proper color bins. You'd be surprised how forgetting to click one button causes so many headaches. Hopefully, these work for everyone...

I finally did it...

It's been a while, but since I finally found some free time, I remade this mesh so that it has a polycount much much lower than 30,000.

The hair is shorter than the unreleased original to eliminate the issue of hair impaling the neck and chest. Each individual braid swings with any movement of the head. I put the beads on a separate alpha level from the braids in case anyone wants to remove them and have bead-less hair.

This hair is for all ages and has the 4 basic color groups: red, black, brown and blond. The hair is color binned and linked to t's proper eyebrow color (Thanks, Wardrobe Wrangler!)

Child and toddler versions have an additional red bow - also on an alpha layer for those who want to remove it in bodyshop.

And now for the technical information...

Poly Count Info:

Child Braids
Faces: 4319
Vertices 2549

Toddler Braids
Faces: 4301
Vertices: 2534

Teen Braids
Faces: 4055
Vertices: 2421

Adult Braids
Faces: 4055
Vertices: 2421

I consider these to be a bit high, but significantly lower than the original prototype from 2 years ago. Still, if you don't like using things with a high polycount, or have a slower system, you may not want to use this hair mesh, or just use it sparingly. You may not want to host a sim wedding with 20 guests, all with this hairstyle.


1. Feel free to upload in sim packages, just provide some credit: a link back to the original, include the readme, or just a shoutout. Whatever works.

2. Feel free to recolor, just give me credit for the mesh.

3. Don't claim credit for my work.

4a. Have any problems with the mesh? Drop me a pm at MTS2 or S2C (under MireilleContesse) and I'll see if I can fix it, time willing. It will be harder to reach me in the fall and spring since I'll be busy with school.

4b. I cannot fix problems with the downloading of these files. That is likely an MTS2 issue - unless they work for no one. Sometimes, the site goes bonkers and you have to wait a while to download a non-corrupted copy of the files. It's happened to me before too. Unfortunately, I cannot personally send a file set to everyone this happens to. It's way too time consuming for someone as lazy as I am

4c. I also won't take requests to re-upload in a number of different file compression formats for the same reason given above. It's just gonna be zip format, folks. That's the one that works for pretty much everyone.

Free. It's a very important word. Do not upload this mesh or these recolors to any pay site in any form. Sites that take 100% voluntary donations (meaning you can still download objects without being required to pay anything) are ok. Seriously. Free only.

Polygon Counts:
MESH_MContesse_cfBraids_2008.package: Faces: 4319 Vertices 2549
MESH_MContesse_puBraids_2008.package: Faces: 4301 Vertices: 2534
MESH_MContesse_tfBraids_2008.package: Faces: 4055 Vertices: 2421
MESH_MContesse_afBraids_2008.package: Faces: 4055 Vertices: 2421

Additional Credits:
Special thanks to the makers of SimPE and all of its wonderful plugins that make the process go so much faster. Additional thanks to the maker of the Wardrobe Wrangler. I wish I knew it existed sooner. More thanks to Wes H for the Milkshape plugins.

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

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

Size: 2.53 MB · Downloads: 8,009 · 21st May 2008
2.53 MB 8,009 21st May 2008
Don't forget to Thank the creator after downloading! Use the Thanks button located above the screenshots above.
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
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Top Secret Researcher
#2 Old 20th May 2008 at 2:30 PM
wow! great work! this hairstyle looks just amazing!!!
Field Researcher
#3 Old 20th May 2008 at 2:31 PM
These are fantastic and going into my game right now!
I love any type of braids and I can see great amount of work went into creating them. Thanks a bunch!

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#4 Old 20th May 2008 at 2:52 PM
Awesome! I love it! <333

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#5 Old 20th May 2008 at 3:57 PM
Wonderful! I love this hairstyle!
Thank you so much!
Unfortunately I'm not able to fiddle with meshes, perhaps anyone can remove the bows for the kids?
But lots of thanks anyway!!!
Field Researcher
#6 Old 20th May 2008 at 4:10 PM
Really cute! Thanks
Mad Poster
#7 Old 20th May 2008 at 5:10 PM
I ABSOLUTELY LOVE this hair. I have a sim who's been waiting forever for this hair!! Thank you for allowing us to use it!! :D
Lab Assistant
#8 Old 20th May 2008 at 5:49 PM Last edited by zizismommy : 20th May 2008 at 5:55 PM.
WOW! This is beautiful! I am so glad to see a new hair from you! Thank you so much for making and sharing this with us.
Test Subject
#9 Old 20th May 2008 at 5:59 PM
Absofrakkinlutely great!
Test Subject
#10 Old 20th May 2008 at 6:01 PM
This is really nice..Thanks for sharing it with us!
Test Subject
#11 Old 20th May 2008 at 6:15 PM
Cute!! Thank you
Lab Assistant
#12 Old 20th May 2008 at 6:39 PM
It's great to see your work again. This looks wonderful, thanks so much for sharing

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Test Subject
#13 Old 20th May 2008 at 7:51 PM
This hair is lovely in game, as well, but it's not binned, and I can't figure out why. I can't get it to bin correctly with wardrobe wrangler, either.
Test Subject
#14 Old 20th May 2008 at 8:20 PM
Wonderful job, perfect upload to come back with!

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Mad Poster
#15 Old 20th May 2008 at 9:08 PM
Looks awsome!!! Thank you for sharing.
#16 Old 20th May 2008 at 10:12 PM
ooOh, braids, I love em' thanks
Field Researcher
#17 Old 20th May 2008 at 11:26 PM
Oh boy! This is awesome! I love this style! Beautiful textures and animated as well. Thank you so much!
Test Subject
Original Poster
#18 Old 21st May 2008 at 2:19 AM Last edited by LoveTheSims04 : 21st May 2008 at 6:42 AM.
Originally Posted by AmorSalado
This hair is lovely in game, as well, but it's not binned, and I can't figure out why. I can't get it to bin correctly with wardrobe wrangler, either.

I'm checking it out in Bodyshop and Wardrobe Wrangler to see why it didn't bin. I'll let you know more in a little while. Thanks for letting me know...

Problem solved. Redownload and replace the old files with the new ones. I got them to work by hitting the copy to all button when binning in Wardrobe Wrangler.
Field Researcher
#19 Old 21st May 2008 at 8:53 AM
this is just beautiful hair thank you!

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Mad Poster
#20 Old 21st May 2008 at 12:38 PM
I am so happy you have brought this braids set out! I have waited for something like this forever! Thank you, thank you, thank you! Wow!

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Test Subject
#21 Old 21st May 2008 at 3:40 PM
Originally Posted by LoveTheSims04
Problem solved. Redownload and replace the old files with the new ones. I got them to work by hitting the copy to all button when binning in Wardrobe Wrangler.

Oh yay! Thank you so much. This really is beautiful!
Lab Assistant
#22 Old 21st May 2008 at 7:54 PM
This is a great style. thanks!
#23 Old 21st May 2008 at 9:14 PM
These braids are beautiful! Thanks so much for sharing them with the rest of us.
#24 Old 21st May 2008 at 11:37 PM
Soooooo CUUUUUTE! <3

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Test Subject
#25 Old 22nd May 2008 at 5:33 PM
This is great, thank you!
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