A Second Life makeover

It really does feel and look weird when your hair disappears and reappears at random, and your efforts to fix the problem just make it worse.

Talk about a bad hair day!

That’s virtual hair I’m talking about – the hair that adorns my avatar in Second Life. I have no idea what went on during the weekend but, after spending a good hour on Saturday with appearance editing, I could not fix the problem at all. Now I know why some people with serious avatar-creating skills are in big demand in the virtual world. (For a DIY approach, see this concise but helpful post in Second Life Insider.)

The end result was a really weirder-looking Jangles Junot (my Second Life ID). Luckily I’d fiddled around with a copy of my digital self so it was easy to delete that and not be left looking like someone you really wouldn’t want to speak to.

Janglesbeforeafter
New hair and a different wardrobe gave me the solution I needed and so Jangles Junot has now morphed into version 2 (the ‘after’ in the pic).

The hair is an off-the-shelf model I purchased from D2TK, the fashion store run by Tatoo Korvin and Dana Dana. It uses the latest Second Life flexi prims to make more realistic life-like hair.

The shades and other clothing I’ve acquired before but just didn’t have the right appearance to carry them off.

I think this result looks fine although I seem to have picked up a stronger suntan along the way. Maybe the black hair accentuates the skin tone. Or maybe my fiddling had this consequence.

In any event, there it is. So what do you think of my new “aging rocker” look?

Neville Hobson

Social Strategist, Communicator, Writer, and Podcaster with a curiosity for tech and how people use it. Believer in an Internet for everyone. Early adopter (and leaver) and experimenter with social media. Occasional test pilot of shiny new objects. Avid tea drinker.

  1. Chip Griffin

    I’m not sure which is more disturbing — the fact that Jangles appears to be having a midlife crisis in Second Life or the fact that you spent an hour of real life redesigning your look in Second Life.

    I guess maybe its my fault for not understanding, perhaps because I’m still not hooked on the notion of Second Life. Maybe I just need to venture out somewhere other than crayonville…

  2. Eden Spodek

    I like Jangles’ new rocker look!

    One of the first tips I learned in SL is copy everything in your inventory before you make changes. Make a folder with your default look. So, when you feel like playing and have a mishap, you can go back to where you started.

    I learned the hard way last week when I tried playing around with Paradise’s (my avatar) hair too. Boy, want to talk about bad hair days! Fortunately, I had a copy of her wig and all was able to revert in few seconds. If only it were that easy in real life. Now, if I could only get her to walk properly… ; )

  3. Maddy

    My avatar needs walking and flying lessons. She used to do these things quite well, but now she has lost the ability to walk and fly properly. Why would this have happened?
    i have looked at all edit, tools, advanced menus and cannot find anything to rectify this movement issue. Should any of you fellow SL addicts can help it would be greatly appreciated.

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