This post is an updated version of SasyPant’s Hair Fair tips and tricks she posted on her blog in 2009. The information is timely, helpful, and updated for this years fair. Reprinted/Updated with permission from Sasy Scarborough.
It is Hair Fair time of the year, and it has been a wonderful few months of preparing this event for a a great cause. Hair Fair has always been a fantastic way to showcase the talent of hair creators from all over Second Life, this year there are well over a hundred stores set up and almost ready to show you their marvelous NEW styles for this year.
Yes Hair Fair is always about the NEW NEW NEW. A minimum of three styles, maximum of five, with ALL hair at the fair donating to Wigs For Kids, the Charity of Choice for this years Hair Fair.
Some tips and tricks to help you with Hair Fair 2011.
The most exciting tip I have for you this year is one I use myself often when attending events such as this.
Get rid of the people
( you are there to shop, no one cares what you look like, and you definitely don’t care what they look like, so get rid of them, they truly will not care.)
Firstly lets prepare by pressing Ctrl + Alt + D all together and making sure that we have the advanced menu at the top of our screen. If you already have it, then lets move on.
Click on advanced, then click your mouse on Debug Settings. A small grey box will appear, once you have that open in the white section highlight this next part in red and copy it by pressing Ctrl C RenderAvatarMaxVisible and then Ctrl V into that box in world.
Once that is either pasted in , or you can of course type it, it will say Maximum number of avatars visible…..yes this is the promised land.
Default is set to 35 , do you care about that many people shopping when there is hair to be had? I do not think so….take that bad boy down to 5 unless of course you are shopping with a group of more than 5 , but again your friends really don’t care when they have hair to buy too.
Be sure to remember you have done this when you leave, because you will need to put it back a bit higher lol. What it will do is select randomly avatars around you to show, those that are near you will fade in and out, it can be very tricky when you start hearing voices you dont see.
Un- Render those tree’s & other non hair related items.
Do you really even like Second Life tree’s ? if your hair is more important some things have to go. Back to advanced menu again. Once in advanced, click on Rendering and then click on Types. You will have to repeat this over and over until you are satisfied.
Tree’s don’t need them, Clouds don’t need them, water ? unless you are washing said hair? don’t need them. Cloudes and particles ? definitely do not need them.
Make sure you dont go crazy in that section, there are things you will need to keep on, such as alpha – or you will mess up your hair – and simple which can mess up everything.
Graphics : who needs pretty skies when you have pretty hair ?
Ctrl P will open up your preferences in an instant. Put your Quality and Performance slider to low, this will not help a lot but it will help if you are generally at high, mine is always set to mid, but it can’t hurt.
Click on custom box on the right hand side of the slider, this will open the graphics settings further.
Atmospheric Shaders and Water reflections HALLLLLOOOO HAIR, uncheck those.
Make sure your draw distance slider is on 64 thats as far left as it can go – do be aware that the Hair Fair is four sims joined that start at one and if you follow the chocolate road you will end up back where you started, so you do not need to see that far ahead.
Max Particle count , left as far as it will go, turn those off, you do not need bling at Hair Fair.
Mesh Detail, your objects slider needs to be high, so that you see your hair demos as well as you need to, but everything else can go down down down.
Make sure that Avatar Imposters is turned on with the check box, this means that any people around you you will not load at full capacity, again YOU DO NOT NEED TO SEE OTHERS.
Now about ARC , do not yell about peoples arc at Hair Fair or any other event, it is rude and bullying, not everyone reads blogs, not everyone reads english. Give people the benefit of just being at a charity event and care about yourself.
The other thing is that proven or not, running that application to see who’s arc is what is probably putting a strain on your own experience, so turn that crap off. The only thing you need to do is look at it before you go to the fair to be happy with your own count, if it means that much to you.
But here is a tip, NO PRIMs.
Find in your inventory clothing that is texture only,such as pants without prims and tops without prims. You do not need shoes, again no one cares about you, and seriously are you able to get a close and good look of your hair while staring at your shoes ? coz thats some skill right there that is.
Also really why are you bothering to even wear hair ? I often shop at hair stores bald, it’s a pain in the bum trying to find the hair I had on to put it back on to then replace it with yet another demo.
Do you really think that anyone cares if you are bald? Other than to think you pretty much rock for making it easier on everyone.
Hair Fair is NOT like any other fair, and the lag is full on to say the least, but that is because unlike any other fair or event in Second Life, hundreds of people are attaching possibly scripted demos, with high alpha and flexi all at once, can you imagine what that is doing to the asset servers and the sim servers as well.
Other fairs do not have the same things going on with them as Hair Fair does, and you have to take that into consideration, all the booths have only the charity scripts in their booths. They are using as many of the same exact sculpties as possible, as well as repeating the same textures over and over again.
The event lasts two weeks, it will end on the 15th of July, so please consider doing it in stages, maybe do a sim every day or even pick up demos from all the stores you can , and then return to just purchase later on.
Please note well that YES the hair will eventually be in the stores selling them, but during this event one wig from each designer is donating money to locks of love, that is incredibly generous of them, so if your own funds are limited, try buying those styles first, as it really is going to an excellent cause, nothing is worth more than helping a child.
Do not forget that Bandana Day is on the 15th of July , were you can replace your hair to show you care. Bandanas are for sale ONLY at hair fair, and are 50L each and transferable. So buy lots and give them to friends, they are set up at the landing points for each sim, so that is a good way to deprim as well.