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Thursday, July 19, 2012

2012 Hair Fair has begun!

Four beautiful sims, full of excellent designer shops... and all for a good cause!  All of the designers are donating at least some portion of their sales to the cause "Wigs for Kids." All of my favorite hair shops in one spot! *Squees*  The majority of the shops set up have gifts out of one kind or another.  Not all are hair, but all are excellent.  Just one more reason to love the Hair Fair!  Open from July 14th through the 29th, this annual event offers exclusive, one-time-only styles for everyone.  Read more here, then click over to the Hair Fair Blog and get more information!

I have only been to three of the four sims, and already have racked up quite a collection of gifts! (I fully intend to re-visit later, with more Linden dollars to spend!)  Some of my favorite shops are yet to be seen on the remaining sim, so you can bet I'm not going to miss that! 

The four sims are Water, Flower, Garden and Sand, and there are almost 100 designers offering up special hair items for charity.  Yes, there are even some for Petites!  Gifts are 0-1L$ and laid out for guests to find with ease.  Mesh, flexi, sculpted, hairbases and more... have a peek!

Two styles really seem to be the "Look" for the Fair this year.  One is the Bob.  Whether fringed, sideswept, or both, it's a classic look that has made a huge comeback this summer!  Above: Hair and Pale Peach Lipstick from esk-imo, bangle bracelets by pr!tty, pose and eyes by Amacci

Roller Derby girl~ wearing an outfit from +DV8+ and hair gift from Gauze (Wisp- Lapis)

Another great gift from Gauze - Komelia hair (an updo with a touch of wild), shown here with Amacci eyes and feather earring from pr!tty

 The second popular style that seems to be a favorite this year, is the simple but always elegant up-do.  Here is a lovely one from MaiMai, shown with one of the two colors of eyes given from Amacci.

Nearly all of the color collections have offered at least a set with "dipped" tips.  Here, the gift from ISON shows a perfect color duo for summer.

[INK] specializes in hair for men.  Yes, you heard me!  Men!  This one that they have given as a gift works well for either gender.

Back when my original pixels first began wandering the virtual world of Second Life, there was one hair store that was always suggested for great hair:  Calico.  CiC is at the Hair Fair to show that Calico still has it!  Shown here:  Kennedi.  There is a hair for the men in there too!

I'm not sure what I love more about ChiChickie!'s gift... the hair (Jia) or the adorable hair stick option that adorns it!

Battle Angel once again offers a whole set of hairs to choose from in their gift package, as well as on their walls.  Playing in the water above:  Iris in dark red.

One of my favorite stores, lamb, offered a complete color collection of their take on the fringed bob.  Shown here in Washed Out, with a pretty pose and bright eyes from Amacci.

Another long-time favorite is Analog Dog.  I love this wild, wavy look, perfect for the beach.  Eyes are from Amacci, and the outfit is part of the Hair Fair low lag setup you can find on any of the Hair Fair sims.  Now if we could just get people to actually wear them instead of script and prim-heavy outfits....

An adorable retro-modern style like "Swing" from Loovus Dzevavor (shown above in Godiva 3) just looks fitting for a vintage summer outfit and playing in the sea foam, doesn't it?

Leverocci gives their take on the fringed bob, here with Sylvia in Almost Black.

+LALA Moon+ has always been able to approach style with a bit of fun and whimsy.  No, that's not a pet on her head... it's Dachs Hund in a pretty brown.

Remember how I said not all gifts were hair?  Here is a goes-with-anything mini from IA (Dungaree Jeans Skirt).  Hair is from Diorsis Hair (Amber in Goldblond 1).

Magpie's gift is an up-do with a fringe and some playful wisps around the ears.  Shown here in the Foxes.

Another great outfit offered as a gift is from (Fashionably Dead).  Yes, it includes that really great necklace as well!  Hair is from Iren, another take on the fringed bob in several color-streaked choices, and the pose is from pr!tty.

One more softly swept up-do comes from Lollipopz.  Liana in light brown comes with a matching hair base.  Great for sunny days.  Eyes are from Amacci.

 Last but not least, what good is a Hair Fair if it doesn't include those of a more fantastic nature?  Here, tentacle hair and glowy, ethereal headpiece from Tekeli-Li.  (spinal tentacles also from this store, but not at the Hair Fair)  Of course, the makers do not disappoint, and include a note card giving the inspiration behind this style.

So far, the Hair Fair was completely worth it!  If you visit, I recommend grabbing those low-lag goodies at the entrance and putting them on right away.  This will help your visit, and every one else's go a lot smoother.  Keep an eye out for sim crossing signs, and maybe even discover a shop you've never heard of!

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