Since 2014 I use materials in the hair I make. Materials will make the hair appear more realistic. I also include hair with no materials because not everyone likes it. How it looks depends on your settings and the windlight you use.
I get a lot of questions about the materials and thought it would be a good idea to show you my settings and some examples, so here it goes 🙂

In the picture you see the graphics setting i used. You can use a lower one but be sure to check “advanced lighting model”. Click on the picture for a larger view.


materials10In the picture above I used the same preferences, windlight and haircolor.
The one on the left is with materials and the other wihout.

A few examples with materials:



Strawberry Singh made a great video about materials, you can find it here:

I have been searching for more information about the materials feature in Secondlife but did not find much more than Strawberry already did.
Leave a comment if you think I missed useful tips or links.

  1. #1 by PrettyFlower on 10/02/2015 - 19:52

    Thank you for this explanation, and especially for the with / without comparison photos! Nice difference. Now I think I need to buy more memory for my computer lol.

  2. #2 by PrettyFlower on 10/13/2015 - 00:02

    I had to come back and comment again… I have the Selenia gray hair and it is my absolute favorite – and I’m a hair junky the way my bff is a shoe junky. It really does shine, I see a big difference in photos. These two photos are good examples, I’m wearing the Selenia hair in them, and I just love the shine and contrast in the hair: – WL TOR MIDDAY Pleasantrie, but I fiddled with the WL slider so it isn’t that setting exactly, but I started there. – WL TOR DUSK Fairytale, with pink face light

    Thanks so much for all the care you put onto creating these great materials hairs! I’m definitely a fan! Next on my list I think is that fabulous hair you use in the example photos on this page. 😀

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