How to Get Free Hairstyles in "The Sims 3"

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In "The Sims 3," you have complete control over your Sim's physical appearance, including facial features and hairstyle. The base game comes with several hairstyles, but once you've used those you may want to add new hairstyles to the game. "The Sims 3" official store offers many different hairstyles, some for free. "The Sims 3" user community is another resource for free items. Talented graphic artists create new hairstyles and items that modify "The Sims 3" original components. They give these "mods" away to other players via their websites.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • "Sims 3" store website account

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    Electronic Arts "Sims 3" Store

  1. 1

    Open your web browser and navigate to the Electronic Arts "Sims 3" online store. (See Resources.)

  2. 2

    Log in with your store user name and password, or create a new account following the onscreen instructions. The account is free to set up.

  3. 3

    Click the "Hair" category on the left side of the store screen.

  4. 4

    Choose to view "Male" or "Female" hairstyles from the categories listed on the left.

  5. 5

    Read the prices for the hairstyles under each image. Prices are expressed in "SimPoints" that you can purchase from the store. Free hairstyles have the word "Free" under them.

  6. 6

    Click the green "Download" button below a free hairstyle to download it to your computer. When you start "The Sims 3," the new hairstyle appears on the game launcher screen in the list of downloaded items.

  7. 7

    Click the "Add" button to install the hairstyle into your game.

    User-Created Custom Content

  1. 1

    Open your web browser and visit one of the websites that offers free custom hairstyles for "The Sims 3." (See Resources.)

  2. 2

    Look for a "Downloads" link to navigate to the page that shows what items this site offers to players.

  3. 3

    Follow the onscreen instructions to add the custom content to your "Sims 3" game.

Tips and warnings

  • Any time you install an expansion pack to "The Sims 3" base game, such as "The Sims 3: World Adventures," you will receive additional hairstyles, clothing and objects as part of the pack.
  • If you register your "Sims 3" game following the instructions on the application's start-up screen, you can create a "Sims 3" store account at the same time.
  • With the Create-a-Sim feature in "The Sims 3," you have complete control over a Sim's base hair colour as well as the ability to add coloured highlights, roots and tips to any hairstyle you choose.
  • The Electronic Arts "Sims 3" store is the only website that offers officially tested and approved content for "The Sims 3."
  • User-created content has a tendency to conflict with game updates from Electronic Arts. Be sure to remove any custom files from your "Sims 3" directory before attempting to install an update.

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