I have very mixed feelings whenever I go to one of these huge annual fashion extravaganzas. On the one hand, the shopper in me squeals with glee and jumps up and down. On the other hand, the Old Second Life Resident sighs in anticipation of another huge lagfest. And on the third hand...
Tell me, what IS it about Mesh? Why must EVERYTHING nowadays be made out of Mesh? I absolutely HATE most mesh hair, and especially any long styles. They look laquered in place with five cans of hairspray. And nowadays, it is getting harder and harder to find any hair designers that are still making flexi hair. Sure, flex hair penetrates your shoulders sometimes. Or your forehead, or your eye. But it moves much more realistically than Mesh hair.
If you want to avoid the lag, there's a great Shop At Home alternative. You can join the Hair Fair Demo group (it's free!) and then check the group notices to collect demos from ALL the exhibitors. Just paste this link in local chat, then click the group link that appears, and join the group. Then look in the Notices tab. secondlife:///app/group/2e30d166-f3e5-e2de-ff72-b3da2d06ded2/about
One good thing about Hair Fair: You have the opportunity to see offerings from many more creators than the "usual suspects" that you, like me, probably have in your landmarks folder. Some of these have some very lovely creations on offer. Others...well, I will never understand what SOME women are willing to do to their hair to look...er, unique.
Another REALLY good thing about Hair Fair: A percentage of every sale goes to support Wigs For Kids, a very worthy charity.
This year, Hair Fair occupies four regions, dubbed Blonde, Red, Noirette, and Brunette (not the actual region names.) The regions have huge signs all over them, so you can tell when you are camming into another region and need to move over to grab gifts and demos. The building theme is shopping bags...the individual stores all look like gigantic shopping bags, I kid you not.
When you go, go low-lag. Take off high prim clothes and jewelry. Wear a hairbase tattoo and a hat or a bandanna. Wear simple shoes. Take off scripted HUDs. The sims are often full and you may have to bump around outside for a while before someone leaves and you can get in.
If you forgot the landmark, just search Places for "Hair Fair." All the regions, plus low-occupancy "arrival" regions will be listed. Click any of them and teleport to the Fair!
Here are a few more pictures of my visit. I have not specifically included any pictures of any of the hair styles on offer. For one thing, there are far too many. For another, my taste may not be the same as yours. Try the demos, or make a visit, and set your own style! Hair Fair 10 runs from now until July 26.
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