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Vibrant Braids for Men + Women, Including New Men's Mesh

by Esmeralda Posted 19th Jan 2015 at 8:23 PM - Updated 26th Aug 2015 at 12:58 PM by Esmeralda : No edit - just Personal Pick change
22 Comments / replies (Who?) - 6 Feedback Posts, 16 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.
Picked Upload! This is a picked upload! It showcases some of the best talent and creativity available on MTS and in the community.
Before using the men's version of 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.

Following an inspiring discussion of colourful braid and/or ombre extensions in the comments on my last hair upload (thanks to Nouk and afgw for interesting info about them), I made some multi-coloured 'extensions' for the women's Long Braided Pulled-Back Hair. I was not able to make these 100% realistic (but then, I don't really 'do' realism anyway!) or get the halfway-up ombre effect, because the way Eaxis mapped these braids was really peculiar, with random parts of braids mapped on different parts of the texture. I had to join the pieces by trial and error, then compromise by hanging the 'extensions' at scalp level while leaving the top a solid colour.

They're for men as well as women. I made a new modified mesh for men so that the hair fits their chests and backs better. (Using just a CAS gender override gives too much clipping into the male sims' bodies.) There will still be minor clipping in the modified mesh because I didn't want to stretch it too much to where there would be distortion, but it will go okay with most tops.

The women's version contains 10 custom recolours plus a 'pure white' as an added extra, because Maxis's default white colour is more like grey and thought players might find a real white useful. The men's version contains the 9 most natural-looking default Maxis colours plus 7 of my 10 custom recolours (I excluded 3 pastel recolours, which I didn't think suited men), and the pure white. I didn't want to put all 18 Maxis colours in the men's package, wanting to keep the package size down.

Below, we have: 1) Black with red and gold, 2) Dull dark brown with copper and brown for a Steampunk-y look, 3) Dark green with purple and bronze, 4) Black with green and purple, 5) Black with turquoise and blue, 6) Black with green and gold, 7) Black with magenta and blue, 8) White with platinum and lilac.

In addition, I made a men's modified-mesh package containing only the 18 default Maxis colours, as seen on the black-haired sim in the below pic, in case you'd like the men's hair mesh but don't want crazy custom extensions for your guys. You can have both men's versions in your game, as they don't conflict with each other, so you can have 18 Maxis colours plus also pick and choose from the custom ones.

To continue: 9) White with pale pink and pale turquoise, and 10) White with pale hot pink and pale lime green. The next 4 pics are of how the new modified mesh fits the male body. One thing I did note was that if a male sim has a thick rounded back, there will be more clipping - I found that if I turned the sim sideways in CAS and dragged his shoulderblades forward to make his back less rounded, that would cure the excess clippage. Finally, the men's hair is hat compatible, as shown.

All packages are disabled for Random, so you shouldn't get townies appearing all over the place with crazy braids. They are all for Teen to Elder.

It's a fun hair to add a bit of colour whether relaxing at home with grilled cheese sandwiches,

Or, going down to the Blue Velvet to do some raving.

Recolouring: This was a very frustrating texture to work with because of how it was mapped, but, if you're feeling brave, I've uploaded a separate zip file with the texture from the White with Pink and Lilac recolour in .bmp format, for you to use as a reference guide to see how to lay out the two different colours of extensions so that you don't get two of the same next to each other.

Thanks for looking, hope you'll find this useful for brightening up your neighborhood.


INSTALLATION:
Download whichever zip files you want to use for your game. Unzip the zip file(s) and move the .package file(s) to your Documents\Electronic Arts\The Sims 4\Mods folder. Don't move the .bmp file to your Mods folder.


Polygon Counts:
2790 polys for the men's mesh. 0 polys for the women's version.

Additional Credits:
Men's mesh made with CMar's S4 CASTools and Milkshape. All recolours made with Sims 4 Studio.

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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Esmeralda_BraidsTemplate_White,LtPink+LtTurquoise.zip | Example recolour BMP file to use as reference template

Size: 426.3 KB · Downloads: 6,109 · 19th Jan 2015
426.3 KB 6,109 19th Jan 2015
Esmeralda_MensLongBraidedPulledBackMesh+MaxisColoursOnly.zip | Mens default Maxis colours only, + mesh - no custom colours

Size: 5.72 MB · Downloads: 6,808 · 19th Jan 2015
5.72 MB 6,808 19th Jan 2015
Esmeralda_MensLongBraidedPulledBackHairMesh+VibrantRecolours.zip | Mens custom recolours + 9 default Maxis colours + new mesh

Size: 5.37 MB · Downloads: 10,369 · 19th Jan 2015
5.37 MB 10,369 19th Jan 2015
Esmeralda_WomensLongBraidedPulledBackHairVibrantRecolours.zip | Womens custom recolours - no mesh needed

Size: 2.54 MB · Downloads: 11,982 · 19th Jan 2015
2.54 MB 11,982 19th Jan 2015
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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\
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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
#2 Old 19th Jan 2015 at 9:57 PM
Is it possible to have the male sims hair much shorter since long hair do not fit my taste thank you

hello everyone and have a great day
Instructor
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#3 Old 20th Jan 2015 at 3:26 AM
Thank Esmerelda! These will help me create my self sim. ;-) Also tried to make those freaking awesome twins from The Matrix Reloaded, kinda failed, maybe I will try again and see if these will help! ;-D
Mad Poster
Original Poster
#4 Old 20th Jan 2015 at 10:05 AM Last edited by Esmeralda : 20th Jan 2015 at 10:34 AM.
The evil Matrix twins came to mind for me too when I made the white recolour for this hair! Hope it will help you re-create them better. (ETA: Am currently working on a TS4 version of the Morpeus shades, will upload if successful!)
Test Subject
#5 Old 20th Jan 2015 at 8:36 PM
I have a braid texture override to make the braids have more of a twist look. Will this conflict?
Mad Poster
Original Poster
#6 Old 20th Jan 2015 at 9:46 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by youngestmm
I have a braid texture override to make the braids have more of a twist look. Will this conflict?

I don't know, sorry. My guess is that your override may conflict with the women's ones, but not the men's ones, as the men's mesh is a new item. I can only suggest trying it and see.
Test Subject
#7 Old 20th Jan 2015 at 10:24 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by Esmeralda
I don't know, sorry. My guess is that your override may conflict with the women's ones, but not the men's ones, as the men's mesh is a new item. I can only suggest trying it and see.


No issue.
Test Subject
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#8 Old 20th Jan 2015 at 10:56 PM
wonderful, thank you
Field Researcher
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#9 Old 20th Jan 2015 at 11:43 PM
I love the recolors esmeralda and like the men's ones. Good work!
Lab Assistant
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#10 Old 21st Jan 2015 at 2:31 PM
Yay, more lovely hair for men.
Test Subject
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#11 Old 23rd Jan 2015 at 6:05 PM
awesome hair
Field Researcher
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#12 Old 24th Jan 2015 at 6:14 PM
Love the colors good work!
Mad Poster
Original Poster
#13 Old 25th Jan 2015 at 3:14 PM
Thanks, everyone! And thanks to MTS for the Picked - that was a big surprise this morning
Scholar
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#14 Old 28th Jan 2015 at 8:27 AM
Congrats on the pick Esmerelda and Thanks! *snags*
Top Secret Researcher
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#15 Old 30th Jan 2015 at 8:57 AM
congrats on the pick, awesome creations!
Test Subject
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#16 Old 8th Mar 2015 at 11:38 PM
OMG They are so absolutely beautiful. Thank you so much. I'm sure this was not easy at all
Test Subject
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#17 Old 4th Apr 2015 at 6:14 PM
Awesome, thanks for sharing, I love the pink colored ones!
:)
Test Subject
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#18 Old 1st May 2015 at 11:16 AM
Thank You very nice,luvin it.
Test Subject
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#19 Old 5th May 2015 at 11:32 PM
love it!
Test Subject
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#20 Old 17th Jun 2015 at 10:33 PM
This is so cool!
Test Subject
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#21 Old 4th Feb 2016 at 2:42 AM
You are blowing me away with these hairs. You're color choices are nicely balanced and there is so much variety. All the braid work is stellar too. Thanks for sharing your talents.
Test Subject
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#22 Old 27th Aug 2016 at 7:52 PM
Super cute!!! Just what I was looking for!
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#23 Old 9th Mar 2020 at 6:47 PM
Beautiful, I LOVE the colors!