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Picked upload! Adrasteia Natural Curls Hair Mesh for Females (All Ages!)

by HystericalParoxysm Posted 14th Aug 2007 at 4:32 PM - Updated 17th Aug 2007 at 8:40 AM by HystericalParoxysm
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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.
Picked Upload! This is a picked upload! It showcases some of the best talent and creativity available on MTS and in the community.
Yay, my 100th upload!

I can barely believe I've made this much crap! But I figured I needed to make something special for my 100th, so I put myself to the challenge of making my own hair when I leave it natural: a big fluffy, frizzy, barely-tamed mess of natural curls, waves, and snarls. By far the hardest hair yet, but I'm pleased with the result and it was worth the ridiculous number of hours I've spent staring at it.
  • Adrasteia New Mesh: Completely new mesh for child through elder - layers of thick natural curls, parted to one side, flowing over the shoulders with a gentle sweep toward the back.

  • Toddler Hair: For toddlers, since I didn't think this very thick, longer style was appropriate, I've reworked the toddler version of Nouk's Own Hair to remove the bangs and used it as my toddler mesh (with Nouk's permission, of course).

  • The Texture: The texture for these is also from Nouk's Own Hair, used with her permission. The blonde textures are Lavsm's blonde recolours of Nouk's Own Hair, used with Lavsm's permission. What can I say, it's a lovely texture and Nouk's hair looks just like mine when I pull it back.

  • Animation: The hair animates quite smoothly, especially considering how much contact it has with the shoulders and around the face. It's not absolutely perfect (but then, watch a Maxis hair mesh sometime real closely) but I've done my best to get it to animate fairly naturally for the style (which tends to be a little stiff - curls kinda stick together). You'll get smooth head turns and it even looks good in back when a sim has their head tilted back. You may experience minor clipping into the body around the shoulders in situations of, err, heavy shrug (or into the face during a drastic head turn), but again, you get that with Maxis hair too, and I've tried to minimize it as much as possible. You may also experience some minor clipping on the little bit that crosses the forehead on certain face shapes - it is rare and only happens on sims with big ol' domey foreheads.

  • Binned/Unbinned: Binned recolours come in black (hey, check it out, it's not just dark brown this time!), dark brown, medium brown, caramel brown, light blonde, dark blonde, ginger red, sunset red, and burgundy red. Unnatural (*) custom recolours come in white (blonde brows) and wine red (black brows).

  • Minor Transparency Issues: Just so ya'll know, there's some quite minor transparency issues mostly on the underside around the neck. It shows up a bit more when the head's turned, but is really fairly minor and not that noticeable. You can see it about at its worst in this pic below... arrows are pointing to the transparency edges. Due to this mesh having so many layers and being so complex, it was pretty unavoidable, but is, again, very minor.

  • High Poly Alert: It's pretty impossible to make what looks like natural curls out of really flat pieces. Due to the lumpiness and complexity required to make this hair look right, this hair has somewhat more than double the poly count of the highest Maxis hair mesh I know of. I do not believe this will cause any problems for anyone - just don't put this hair on every sim in a big family if you've got a crappy graphics card. You don't have to be scared of it - it won't hurt your game or anything (many commonly-used custom meshes are much higher and cause no real issues)... just be aware of it and use sparingly.

Thanks To:


I seriously considered calling this the "Ripped Off Of Nouk" hair for a while, besides the fact that she let me use her toddler mesh, the 15 group cloneable to make this possible was from her, and the texture was hers originally, she also helped me tons along the way with tips, moral support, squealing, and generally being a totally kickass meshing buddy. With her help I'm starting to be able to get my hair to look a little more like actual body and volume, something I've always admired in her hairs.

So, again... Thank you Nouk!!!

Thanks also to Tiggerypum for constant moral support, opinions, and advice. To Wes_h for his beautiful set of plugins, including but not limited to Unimesh. Couldn't do it without you. Thanks go to everyone who has contributed to the development of SimPE, as well as the makers of Milkshape - couldn't do it without you, either. Also, thanks to everyone in the IRC chat and MSN (you know who you are) who offered opinions, encouragement, and talking me down when I was emo and angsty over it. Also also, thanks to Lavsm for giving me permission to use the better blonde recolours of Nouk's hair.

And as always, thanks to the rest of the MTS2 staff, especially Delphy, for giving me such a great place to learn how to make pretty things for pixel dolls.

Did I mention that Nouk deserves a big thanks? Well, in case I didn't.... OMG THANKS NOUKIE!!!1111einz

Model Credits:

The model is my sim Ella, who is an edit of Linuslover30's Cake Tiers sim. Ella is wearing:
Polygon Counts:
Toddler: 2112 polygons, 1309 vertices (high end of normal)
Child - Elder: 6684 polygons, 4011 vertices (rather high - use sparingly)

Additional Credits:
Did I mention Nouk?
Key: - File was updated after upload was posted
Filename - Tip: You can click the magnifying glass to see the archive contents Size Downloads Date
HMESH_F_AdrasteiaNaturalCurls.rar 561.0 KB 14,818 14th Aug 2007
HairRecolours_F_AdrasteiaNaturalCurls.rar 3.22 MB 13,046 14th Aug 2007
Basic Download and Install Instructions:

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

2. Extract: Use WinRAR (Windows) or Stuffit (Mac) to extract the .package file(s) from the .rar or .zip file(s).

3. Place in Downloads Folder: Cut and paste the .package file(s) into your Downloads folder:
  • Windows XP: Documents and Settings\(Current User Account)\My Documents\EA Games\The Sims 2\Downloads\
  • Windows Vista/7/8: Users\(Current User Account)\Documents\EA Games\The Sims 2\Downloads\
  • Mac: Users\(Current User Account)\Documents\EA Games\The Sims 2\Downloads\


4. Place in Program Files: Cut and paste the .package file(s) into your appropriate Install folder:
  • Windows XP: C:\Program Files\EA GAMES\The Sims 2 (Your Latest EP)\TSData\Res\Catalog\Bins
  • Windows Vista/7/8: C:\Program Files\EA GAMES\The Sims 2 (Your Latest EP)\TSData\Res\Catalog\Bins
  • Windows Vista/7/8: C:\Program Files(x86)\EA GAMES\The Sims 2 (Your Latest EP)\TSData\Res\Catalog\Bins
  • Origin: C:\Program Files (x86)\Origin Games\The Sims 2 Ultimate Collection\Fun with Pets\SP9\TSData\Res\Catalog\Bins

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Field Researcher
#26 Old 14th Aug 2007 at 11:19 PM
This is beautiful, HP. Big congrats on your 100th upload. I love your work and am so glad you decided to stick around! I never used to comment on uploads, but after reading some of your journal I realized creators need them! So now I spread the love with the "Post Thanks" button wherever I go, and this of all things deserves it! *punches "Post Thanks" button with all my might*
Lab Assistant
#27 Old 15th Aug 2007 at 12:29 AM
loVE it!!!
Lab Assistant
15th Aug 2007 at 12:41 AM
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15th Aug 2007 at 12:45 AM
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Lab Assistant
#28 Old 15th Aug 2007 at 1:33 AM
When Nouk's Own Hair came out, I was waiting for someone to make a naturally curly hair mesh with all over curls. I can't wait to try this in game. Thanks, HP, for everything, and congrats on your 100th!
Lab Assistant
#29 Old 15th Aug 2007 at 2:02 AM
Wonderful; this is thanked, downloaded, and now commented. You are amazing and make everything I want for game.

I don't want to seem like a n00b, but are you going to upload Ella soon? I have all of your sims except Olivia and Adam Morana, which reminds me...

My eyes are just a little sweaty today.
They've been looking around a lot, searching for you,
They've been looking for you,
Even though I told them not to.

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Lab Assistant
#30 Old 15th Aug 2007 at 3:28 AM
Fantastic ^^ thanks for these. Congrats on your 100th upload!
Lab Assistant
#31 Old 15th Aug 2007 at 6:01 AM
Congratulations on your 100th! and please enjoy a cup of complimentary Root Beer! These are just dandy,especially when I put them with a ponytail I found on Nouk's site. And before you call me ignorant of the 4+ thank you's to Nouk,it's a different ponytail

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Lab Assistant
#32 Old 15th Aug 2007 at 6:53 AM
Lovely - I was just thinking that there are plenty of straight long hair styles, and no curly ones. Thanks so much.
Lab Assistant
#33 Old 15th Aug 2007 at 7:02 AM
I love it! It looks a lot like my hair too, so this is great! Thanks HP


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#34 Old 15th Aug 2007 at 7:04 AM
I'd love to d/l it, but my computer's not high-end.
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#35 Old 15th Aug 2007 at 7:47 AM Last edited by HystericalParoxysm : 15th Aug 2007 at 9:26 AM.
s00 - I have enough ideas to last me until I'm 80, so... no, but I do help out in the Create section so you can learn to make stuff yourself.

that1chica - I'll have to ask linuslover30 since Ella is based on her sim, Cake, with a little tweaking of the eyes, nose, and lips.

Annelae - You don't need a high end computer to use it - just use it sparingly, like no more than one sim per family and it'll be fine.

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Test Subject
#36 Old 15th Aug 2007 at 8:25 AM
WOW!! Thanks so much for sharing your awesome work. It's so amazing: this is my hair exactly. YAY for HP creating so much diversity in my game! You're awesome!
#37 Old 15th Aug 2007 at 9:10 AM
#38 Old 15th Aug 2007 at 9:21 AM
Wow this is fab. It's close too my own hair when I leave it down instead of having it up. I get so excitied when I see new stuff from you, 'cause I know it's gunna be great hehehe. I think I must have pretty much everything you've uploaded ^_^

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#39 Old 15th Aug 2007 at 9:48 AM
Oh very nice! Thanks a lot HP
Test Subject
#40 Old 15th Aug 2007 at 10:37 AM
lovely hair. I was waiting for someone to do something like this. Thanks!!

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#41 Old 15th Aug 2007 at 12:43 PM
I've needed something like this for a long time! I always love downloaded new hair for my female sims but this is brill! :D
Test Subject
#42 Old 15th Aug 2007 at 5:11 PM
HP! I think I love you! Everything you put out is flawless! This is a beautiful hair. I can't wait to get home and put it in my game on my selfie. :D

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Field Researcher
#43 Old 15th Aug 2007 at 10:24 PM
magnifique mon chere! <3

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Field Researcher
#44 Old 16th Aug 2007 at 3:50 PM
This is gorgeous, I love it!
I agree with other people, we're all looking forward to your 200th *snicker*
Lab Assistant
#45 Old 16th Aug 2007 at 4:43 PM
Hope to see you around for the big 200!

My eyes are just a little sweaty today.
They've been looking around a lot, searching for you,
They've been looking for you,
Even though I told them not to.

I'm Not Crying -- Flight of the Conchords
Test Subject
#46 Old 17th Aug 2007 at 4:38 PM
Thank you! I love the variation in colour for red heads in this. Normally from a lot of other sites and creators you can only get one colour (and it's not very realistic).
Lab Assistant
#47 Old 18th Aug 2007 at 2:57 AM
Amazing... as always! I used to have hair like this, when I was in about 6th grade. But it's shorter and straighter now. Anyway, thanks for making a hairstyle that is nice, normal, and casual!

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Lab Assistant
#48 Old 18th Aug 2007 at 7:43 AM
Looks great! There aren't enough curly hairstyles for Sims.
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