I know, I know–more hair. Listen, if this style had been out at Hair Fair it would have gone home with me immediately and you’d have seen it in that coverage for sure. Designer Garbage Prototype of Random just released this new men’s hairstyle called “Ryan” (just a coincidence, as far as I know). This is is a longer, somewhat shaggy style with flexi sections that give it greater realism. This is also the first dyeable hair I’ve bought, and just so you’ll be able to derive some benefit from my own tragic experience I’ll confess to you that I managed to screw the whole thing up almost immediately. My first advice to you: There’s an instructional notecard included–read it! And follow the instructions carefully. Before you even start, it’s important to understand that the hair is dyeable one time only via script. This is clearly stated on the first line of the notecard, in all caps no less, and still I managed not to grasp the concept.
What this means, of course, is that you need to decide up front what color you want your dyeable hair to be–forever. This is a dyeable hairstyle, not infinitely re-dyeable. With some 60 colors available, this may seem a daunting task, but there’s a “color swatch” notecard available in the shop so you can check out the colors in advance. The same notecard is also included with the hair, just in case. The color selection is split about fifty-fifty between more photoreal and more stylized textures. I ended up settling on Lava Red, one of the more stylized colors, and that is pictured here.
My only other advice: Be patient! You will see a notification message after you select your hair color, while the color change is being made, that this process can take several seconds. This may vary depending on lag or other factors, but mine took between 30 and 45 seconds to complete, which isn’t that long but seems like a very long time when you’re waiting for something to happen.
In case you’re wondering, what I did wrong was apparently a combination of not realizing that the hair could be dyed only once and not being patient enough to wait for the process to complete properly. I tried dyeing it one color, thought it wasn’t working properly, tried another color, and ended up with a mix of the two. Garbage laughed and said, “Uh-oh.” Clearly it’s not supposed to happen like that. So, be patient and wait for the process to complete properly. If you run into any problems, drop Garbage a notecard with details and she’ll help you out.
But enough with the technical details already! As important as they are in this case, it’s really about the hair and how it looks. The style is full and slightly shaggy, with some feathering on the sides and strands that want to be unruly in the back. Although in RL the hair falling in front of the ears would drive me crazy, quick fast and in a hurry, I’m always a little jealous of those who can make this look work. I’m liking it a lot on my SL persona…one more reason for the typist to be envious of the avatar.
“Ryan” is priced at L$150. (Don’t read that the wrong way and get wrong ideas in your head.) If you want more than one color, you need to buy the appropriate number of hairpieces. Garbage did tell me (while she was graciously replacing the hair I had so thoroughly destroyed) that multi-packs are in the works for those who might want to have several colors available.
Available at Random (Louise 56, 108, 651).