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Electric Dreads for Men and Women (TS3 Conversion)

by Esmeralda Posted 30th Jan 2015 at 6:14 PM - Updated 30th Jan 2015 at 7:08 PM by Esmeralda
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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.
Before using this hair, be sure your game is patched up to date, as EA fixed the hair-crashing bug in a recent update and if you're not patched up to date you may have problems.

Here's a conversion of the Sims 3 'Electric Dreads' men's hair, from EA's 'Midnight Hollow' world. I loved this weird hair in TS3 (and loved Midnight Hollow), and was pleased to see that it translated well to TS4 with just a few minor alterations.

It's for both male and female, Teen to Elder, and is not enabled for Random, so you won't get townies generating with this hair.

It has 11 colour combinations comprising add-on straps and tendrils layered over base hair, as below:

Five natural colours: 1) Black and silver on black hair, 2) Shades of dark grey/silver on dark brown hair, 3) Shades of blue on platinum hair, 4) Black and silver on blonde hair, 5) Shades of brown and bronze on brown hair for a Steampunk or Old West type of look.

Next, some unnatural colours and two Elder shades: 6) Multicolour on dark purple/aubergine, 7) Black and crimson on dark red hair, 8) Green/brown/yellow on green hair for an alien or Hipster Plantsim look, 9) Purple/silver/blue on dark blue hair, and the two Elder shades of 10) Black and gold on grey hair and 11) Turquoise and silver on white hair (the white hair could also be for alien or fantasy characters).

In-game, we have a colourful group of roomies who all have different dress sense but the same taste in hairstyle:

And below, Goth Girl flirts with Steampunk Guy.

Hat compatibility: It was not possible to make this big hair hat-compatible. As an 'emergency' measure, I gave it the hat chop meshes from my recent Ponytail Braids upload, so as was the case with that hair, you can think of this hair as having all gone up inside the hat. But it doesn't look great, so I don't recommend it - it's just there in case your sim gets inadvertently switched into a hat for their career or similar. I don't recommend it for normal use.

Recolouring: This hair is pretty challenging to recolour but if you want to give it a try, I've attached a couple of templates for you to follow. In the download file "ElectricDreadsRecolourTemplates.zip", there are two files, one a greyscale texture in .bmp form (which includes the alpha channel) and the other one is a recolour mask in jpg form. Open both files in your graphics editor and layer the recolour mask over the greyscale texture file, so that you can see what goes where.

Thanks for looking, hope you'll find this a fun hair.


INSTALLATION:
Download one or both hair zip files depending on whether you want this hair for males, females or both. Unzip the zip file(s) and move the .package file(s) to your Documents\Electronic Arts\The Sims 4\Mods folder.

Polygon Counts:
5393 for each hair. This is somewhat higher than default TS4 hair, so use sparingly if you have a very low-spec PC.

Additional Credits:
Made with S4 CASTools, Milkshape, and Sims 4 Studio.
Thanks to the Midnight Hollow team for this nifty hair.

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 4
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Filename - Tip: You can click the magnifying glass to see the archive contents Size Downloads Date
Esmeralda_ElectricDreadsRecolourTemplates.zip

Size: 699.8 KB · Downloads: 13,407 · 30th Jan 2015
699.8 KB 13,407 30th Jan 2015
Esmeralda_MensElectricDreads.zip

Size: 3.78 MB · Downloads: 19,351 · 30th Jan 2015
3.78 MB 19,351 30th Jan 2015
Esmeralda_WomensElectricDreads.zip

Size: 3.78 MB · Downloads: 18,673 · 30th Jan 2015
3.78 MB 18,673 30th Jan 2015
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 File tab to see the download link. Click the link to save the .rar or .zip file(s) to your computer.
2. Extract: Use WinRAR (Windows) to extract the file(s) from the .rar or .zip file(s).
3. Cut and paste the file(s) into your Mods folder
  • Windows XP: Documents and Settings\(Current User Account)\My Documents\Electronic Arts\The Sims 4\Mods\
  • Windows Vista/7/8/8.1: Users\(Current User Account)\Documents\Electronic Arts\The Sims 4\Mods\
Need more information?
  • Anyone can use both .rar and .zip files easily! On Windows, use WinRAR.
  • If you don't have a Mods folder, just make one.
 
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Lab Assistant
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#2 Old 30th Jan 2015 at 6:41 PM
Hallelujah
Field Researcher
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#3 Old 30th Jan 2015 at 7:15 PM
OMG! Thank you so much!
Mad Poster
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#4 Old 30th Jan 2015 at 8:28 PM
Forget thanks button, I need a love button. This perfect, EA needs to pay attention because you took their last series assets, and made it work with this series. This is amazing. Thank you so much for conversion and sharing.
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#5 Old 30th Jan 2015 at 10:04 PM
thank you
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#6 Old 30th Jan 2015 at 10:59 PM
oh my goodness...:-)))))
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#7 Old 30th Jan 2015 at 11:26 PM
Oooooo plz convert more from sims 3 :O) thanks for sharing!
Top Secret Researcher
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#8 Old 30th Jan 2015 at 11:52 PM
wow, that's different!
Field Researcher
#9 Old 31st Jan 2015 at 12:50 AM
I totally forgot that this crazy hair was in TS3. Thanks for bringing it over.

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#10 Old 31st Jan 2015 at 12:57 AM
good job, esmeralda! :)
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#11 Old 31st Jan 2015 at 2:12 AM
Thanks so much for this, this was one of my Favorite hairs for TS3! I can't wait to make recolors for this!
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#12 Old 31st Jan 2015 at 9:54 AM
Thanks, everyone! Glad a few people share my wacky tastes!
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Originally Posted by Bonsai123
Oooooo plz convert more from sims 3 :O) thanks for sharing!

Unfortunately this is probably the only TS3 hair conversion I'll do. The vast majority of them (and TS2 hairs) don't translate well to TS4, because TS4 doesn't have the necessary Hair Shader to make them look right. This hair just gets by without needing the shader.
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#13 Old 31st Jan 2015 at 6:11 PM
thank you! love his hairstyle!
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#14 Old 31st Jan 2015 at 6:52 PM
omg thank you so much...i was begging necro to convert this...thank god you did it..yay
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#15 Old 31st Jan 2015 at 7:03 PM Last edited by Esmeralda : 31st Jan 2015 at 7:15 PM.
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Originally Posted by dachshundsr4me
omg thank you so much...i was begging necro to convert this...thank god you did it..yay

Necro and I actually discussed which of us was converting which TS3 dreads and/or cornrows, so that we wouldn't both duplicate the same stuff, and I said I was only going to do the Electrics. So he's converting the others, and he's doing a great job!
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#16 Old 1st Feb 2015 at 10:47 AM
Amazing! thank you. I am always starving for good hair for my special sims =)
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#17 Old 1st Feb 2015 at 3:25 PM
Thanks!!
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#18 Old 2nd Feb 2015 at 3:11 PM
How cute :-)
Test Subject
#19 Old 3rd Feb 2015 at 1:49 AM
Default thanks
Dachs Electric Dreads Edit

i just wanted to show u my recolors...and i linked back to you as well...
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#20 Old 5th Feb 2015 at 5:16 PM
Thank you so very much! This is my all time favorite hair for The Sims! <3
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#21 Old 18th Feb 2015 at 10:13 PM
looking unique <3
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#22 Old 22nd Feb 2015 at 12:41 PM
I don't remember this in the sims 3 (I didn't have the expansion pack) but now I wish I had seen it. Beautiful hair. Thanks for that!
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#23 Old 22nd Feb 2015 at 7:07 PM
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Originally Posted by iitter
I don't remember this in the sims 3 (I didn't have the expansion pack) but now I wish I had seen it. Beautiful hair. Thanks for that!

It was from 'Midnight Hollow', a world that you could only purchase from the online EA Sims 3 Store, rather than an expansion pack. So if you hadn't bought that world, you might never have seen the hair - it doesn't seem to have ever been sold as a separate item in the Store as far as I know. Glad you like it, it really was a wonderful quirky hair!
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#24 Old 8th Mar 2015 at 11:43 PM
Great work. Thank you so much. Looking forward to using these in my game :)
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#25 Old 19th Apr 2015 at 8:19 AM
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