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More Manly Hair: Sims 2 Basegame Dreads for Men Teen to Elder

by Esmeralda Posted 29th Jan 2010 at 12:43 AM - Updated 14th Jun 2010 at 11:52 AM by EsmeraldaF
42 Comments / replies (Who?) - 23 Feedback Posts, 2 Thanks Posts
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.
In a continuing quest for TS3 men's hair that looks manly rather than girly, here is a conversion and modification of the men's dreads that came with the Sims 2 base game:

It's enabled for Teens through Elders, and the recolouring functions work with the roots, main colour and highlights, but tips don't really show up as such - they tend to add a light overall tint to the hair as a whole. As an extreme example of the recolouring, in the third picture in the below screenshot we see a lovely purple main colour with green highlights and red roots.

Going in-game, Cycl0n3 continues to proudly sport his purple-green-red scheme, while his pal seems to be mocking his colour choices although his own choice of mauve and blue with black roots really isn't a whole lot more tasteful.

For a less silly and more helpful (and manly) look at it in-game, the handsome tough-guy below gives us a look at it all around.

For those of you who are familiar with this hair in TS2, you will notice that I've changed the back. The original mesh, for some reason, was a solid block in back, which looked awful. I stripped out the solid block and replaced it with loose dreads for a much better look. You can see the changes to the back in the last of the pics shown as thumbnails at the bottom of the page: the first shot in that pic is how it looked in TS2, the second is how it looked in TS3 before I modified it, and the third one is how it looks now.

As well as remodelling the back, I also made the hair a little longer, which I think looks better.


Unzip the .zip file, and copy the .package file to your Mods\Packages folder.

If you don't have a Mods\Packages folder and/or don't know how to install .package files, please see full instructions here:

Thank you for looking and I hope you'll find this another useful style for your manly sims!

Polygon Counts:
Tags: #dreads

Hair Style: Natural Colours Maxis-Match
Maxis Flags: Not Applicable
Bin Type: Binned
Age: Teen Young Adult Adult Elder

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 3
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Size: 3.98 MB · Downloads: 39,229 · 29th Jan 2010
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Quick Guide:

1. Click the file listed on the Files tab to download the file to your computer.
2. Extract the zip, rar, or 7z file. Now you will have either a .package or a .sims3pack file.

For Package files:

1. Cut and paste the file into your Documents\Electronic Arts\The Sims 3\Mods\Packages folder. If you do not already have this folder, you should read the full guide to Package files first: Sims 3:Installing Package Fileswiki, so you can make sure your game is fully patched and you have the correct Resource.cfg file.
2. Run the game, and find your content where the creator said it would be (build mode, buy mode, Create-a-Sim, etc.).

For Sims3Pack files:

1. Cut and paste it into your Documents\Electronic Arts\The Sims 3\Downloads folder. If you do not have this folder yet, it is recommended that you open the game and then close it again so that this folder will be automatically created. Then you can place the .sims3pack into your Downloads folder.
2. Load the game's Launcher, and click on the Downloads tab. Find the item in the list and tick the box beside it. Then press the Install button below the list.
3. Wait for the installer to load, and it will install the content to the game. You will get a message letting you know when it's done.
4. Run the game, and find your content where the creator said it would be (build mode, buy mode, Create-a-Sim, etc.).

Extracting from RAR, ZIP, or 7z: You will need a special program for this. For Windows, we recommend 7-Zip and for Mac OSX, we recommend Keka. Both are free and safe to use.

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Field Researcher
#2 Old 29th Jan 2010 at 1:02 AM Last edited by necrodog : 29th Jan 2010 at 4:23 AM.
mm looks good! Gone to try. :D
#3 Old 29th Jan 2010 at 1:06 AM
Thick dreads! The kind that aren't a ponytail! :O!!!!
Test Subject
#4 Old 29th Jan 2010 at 1:28 AM
This is great! Especially love the edit you made... I didn't like this hair in TS2 because of the 'block' in the back, but you've turned it into something lovely and usable! Thank you very much!!
#5 Old 29th Jan 2010 at 1:43 AM
Great!!!! I love it!
Test Subject
#6 Old 29th Jan 2010 at 3:58 AM
What are the sunglasses you used for your model?
#7 Old 29th Jan 2010 at 5:58 AM
Looks wonderful! Thanks so much, especially for the edit.
Test Subject
#8 Old 29th Jan 2010 at 9:00 AM
YES!!! Now I can finally make Frylock! MUHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!
Forum Resident
#9 Old 29th Jan 2010 at 9:40 AM
Great hairstyle, you are getting more and more routine for this stuff, that's nice

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Original Poster
#10 Old 29th Jan 2010 at 10:19 AM
Originally Posted by RandomArt
What are the sunglasses you used for your model?

They're my rough draft version of the glasses worn by Colonel John Blade from the game 'SiN', of whom the model is also my rough draft version!
Lab Assistant
#11 Old 29th Jan 2010 at 10:37 AM
Great work, I love it! Thanks a lot!
Mad Poster
#12 Old 29th Jan 2010 at 1:42 PM
Fabulous job! *claps*

I too am eyeing those glasses, they look so uber chic. Hopefully we will be seeing them in the download section. Thanks for sharing the better version of the TS2 hair.

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#13 Old 29th Jan 2010 at 6:47 PM
I loved this hair from the sims 2! I love it even more . I was praying for someone to convert this b/c god knows I cant Xp! thank- you so much, even the quailty is more than generous
Lab Assistant
#14 Old 29th Jan 2010 at 11:56 PM
I was missing the dreads look from sims 2 as well! I just didn't know until I saw this!

Thank you.
Test Subject
#15 Old 30th Jan 2010 at 7:20 PM
Originally Posted by EsmeraldaF
They're my rough draft version of the glasses worn by Colonel John Blade from the game 'SiN', of whom the model is also my rough draft version!
I'm hoping they'll be uploaded sometime soon, as well?
Forum Resident
#16 Old 7th Feb 2010 at 7:20 PM
i always loved dreads for sims! thank you so much for this
Lab Assistant
#17 Old 7th Feb 2010 at 7:25 PM
You Made My Day!
Thanks so very, very much, I was hoping someone would make some dreads, Now all I need is for someone to make some afro's too, big ones and small ones for the guys and girls too of course, LOL.

Again thanks!

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Test Subject
#18 Old 8th Feb 2010 at 12:46 AM
Great job. I needed some rasta hair cut
Test Subject
#19 Old 26th Feb 2010 at 7:58 PM
Thanks so much for this hair! In both The Sims 2 and The Sims 3 the dreadlocks and braids all looked a bit too weird and funny for my taste. Thanks for converting and improving the Sims 2 dreads for this game.
#20 Old 1st Mar 2010 at 7:33 PM
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Test Subject
#21 Old 31st Mar 2010 at 4:53 AM
HUGE applause for this! I loved this mesh in TS2, and you have only improved upon it. Thank you so much!!
Test Subject
#22 Old 23rd Apr 2010 at 8:48 PM
Thanks! The lack of dreads in the base Sims 3 games was appalling! Great job.
Test Subject
#23 Old 17th Aug 2010 at 10:39 PM
Oh my god! Thanks so much! Oh and thanks a lot for the solid blocky hair!
Lab Assistant
#24 Old 8th Nov 2010 at 2:25 AM
I wanted braids or locs for my Sims and couldn't find any! Then I found you by luck. I'm so happy, I'm crying.

I and my Sims thank you very much!

Please, may we have some more? :p
Lab Assistant
#25 Old 7th Apr 2011 at 4:57 AM
hector fromagero?

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