Skyrim Special Edition

About this mod

A lore-friendly hair replacer that tries to stay true to the vanilla hairstyles with high-poly replacements. Made for men and mer.

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INTRODUCTION

Ever since I first got into modding skyrim, one of my first personal goals was to make a mod to replace some of the most heinous-looking models in the game: the hairstyles.

I've tried every hair replacer out there and always ran into the same problem: there would just always be one or two hairstyles in every mod that would end up breaking immersion for me. Whether they were too glamorous, too modern or just impractical, I quickly realized that I wanted to make a hair replacer that could fit the aesthetic I was looking for. I decided to make a hair replacer that would try to stick to the original vanilla hairstyles, or at least feel as lore-friendly as possible with newer, high-poly model and texture replacements.

FEATURES

  • Replaces ALL Nord/Imperial/Breton male hairstyles (Mimp01, Mnord01 to 20)
  • Replaces ALL Female Nord/Imperial/Breton Female hairstyles (FImp01, FNord01 to 21)
  • Replaces ALL Elder Male/Female hairs. Bald hairstyles now have more hair by default.
  • Replaces ALL Dremora Hairstyles, of which there are only two
  • Replaces ALL Snow Elf Hairstyles

I was planning to replace all hairs, including orcs, but there is just not any hair replacers that currently matched the vanilla aesthetic of the orcs, and I didn't want to settle for something that felt out of place. I had also planned children hairstyles, but resizing their hairs was a nightmare.

Regarding replacing the male elder hairstyles: I have no personal issues with baldness, but I noticed that a lot of marriagable bachelors in Skyrim were missing hair, and to me this seemed like an easy solution due to a sufficient lack of male overhaul mods. There will be a patch to revert this.

You may notice right off the bat that not all of these are not just KS hairstyles duplicates. In order to stick closer to vanilla styles, I've added braids (Thank you zn00p!), shortened hair lengths to avoid clipping, and edited hairlines to get a look that felt vanilla to me. I also took some liberties with some styles, especially with the female elf hairstyles. Unfortunately there weren't many hair options where I could match the styles perfectly, but I noticed that the female elf styles were generally always high ponytails or updos with similar hairlines (high widows peaks). To me this insinuated that was the current fashion of the Fourth Era, and so while the styles may not be perfect replacements, they still feel like they fit in the game.

Another thing you may notice: I have avoided heavy bangs at all costs. I quickly realized why even short blunt bangs was an issue when testing, because some NPCs facial morphs would make the eyes disappear right into the hair. Bangs are great, but in order to prevent awkward NPC blindness everyone's faces will be relatively free of fringe for max immersion, and, y'know, seeing faces!

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INSTALLATION AND LOAD ORDER

Update: Heads up that there is a much more effective and bug-free method of patching your load order than with the previous instructions given below! I have created a new tutorial for creating facegen unique to your current load order. Please take a look at this new tutorial in the Articles section! The 'Patch-less' Alternative

To install VHR, simply download to the mod manager of your choice. You have the main download and then you have the patches. However, load order for VHR is really important. With the 2.0 update now every patch is in BSA format, which should help simplify load order issues. Here's an example of a successful load order for NPC overhauls using MO2:

I would start by making a separator in MO2 for VHR to be loaded at the bottom of your list (only exceptions are world map mods) and organize VHR files in this order:
  • 1: VHR Vanilla facegen(Vanilla game BSA patch - always first)
  • 2: Massive overhaul mods with Vanilla hair, like WICO
  • 3: VHR - WICO.esp (BSA Patch for WICO)
  • 4: Custom Hair overhauls (Bijin Mods, Pandorable Mods)
  • 5: VHR - Bijin NPCs. esp (BSA Patch for Maven, who has vanilla hair)
  • 6: VHR - A Vanilla Hair Replacer.esp (Load this after all npc mods and VHR patches to make sure aval atheron is fixed)
  • 7: Children or Khajiit/ArgonianOrc overhauls (VHR doesn't affect children, orcs or beast races; no patch needed)

For mods with custom hair like Bijin, Pandorables etc, unless specified to need a patch, these overhauls don't need patches and should be loaded after all VHR esps and patches. [/spoiler]

COMPATIBILITY
Update: With the new 'patch-less' method, now every mod is compatible with VHR save a few exceptions. Please check out the tutorial for details! The 'Patch-less' Alternative

Incompatible with any mods that add new NPCs that I haven't patched - please check the downloads section or make your own using the tutorial in the articles section! Here's a list of the patches made for VHR.

VHR Dungeon Mods
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VHR Enemy Overhauls

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VHR Follower Additions

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VHR Miscellaneous

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VHR NPC Additions

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VHR NPC Overhauls

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VHR Player Homes

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VHR Population Mods

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VHR Quests

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VHR Town Overhauls

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VHR World Additions

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VHR Options

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CREDITS


I've used assets with the permission from these gracious authors and creators: Kalilies, Stealthic, Newsea (and all contributing authors for KS hairdos), zn00p (Lovely Hairstyles), OrinLinwe (Bed Head and Salt and Wind textures) and apachii (Apachii Hairstyles). Shiva182 for giving me this idea in the first place! Also I want to thank Ruhadre for the amazing mesh improvements (Eye Meshes Ruhmastered, double sided human mouth fix), Artsick for Eyes AO clipping fix Ruhmastered patch, JRICH604's Vampire Facial Reclamation fixes, Aipex8's Fangs and Eyes mod for the fangs, Niroku's revolutionary Expressive Facial Animation for male and female, and triptherift's ENB Brow fix to make the facegen I create look amazing. I also want to thank the amazing community here on nexus as well as the subreddit and elsewhere. You guys are amazing!!