Let’s talk about Mesh Heads

Hi MAddicts!

So it’s been over a year now since mesh bodies became more ‘mainstream’, and as we become more and more capable of navigating how to use them (and the benefits of using them) it’s lead many people to start wondering about the only part of our bodies that isn’t mesh – our heads!

Now don’t get me wrong, mesh heads are also becoming quite mainstream now, but this takes us to the next challenge with them – which one to choose? For me, the ‘head’ (and facial features), well that’s what makes me, ‘me’. This makes it a really personal choice when it comes to choosing one (if indeed you even want to use one at all!).

So let’s talk a little bit about the heads. When I first tried a mesh head on I thought to myself ‘that will be good for pics, but it looks too stiff for me.’ At the time, I was referring to the Stella head by Lelutka. I was right, it was good for pics, so much so that I just started wearing it all the time and now – well now I think I look weird WITHOUT it.

So let’s take a quick look at some of the brands of mesh heads out there and what they’re selling (note – the Mesh Project do sell mesh heads for men and women, but aren’t compatible with any other mesh bodies, so whilst I think they’re gorgeous I’ll leave them out of this summary list):

Eve’Olution Eve’s mesh head has become very popular since its beta release, I think due to its Omega compatibility and well, just how sweet the face is. It’s fully omega compatible in terms of make-up and skins, so there are more and more options coming out for it.

Genesis Labs – Genesis make some amazing mesh heads, but they can be a little confusing. You see, Genesis mesh heads are usually ‘event releases’, meaning they appear at events in gatchas or as exclusive items. This is great for snagging a look that not too many other people will have, but does make it a little confusing in relation to what the heads are compatible with. Check in the demo of each head for the notecard inside it, that will tell you what appliers it works with. Genesis heads are compatible with most mesh bodies, though I did struggle a little getting it to sit without a gap on my Belleza body (with the neck sheath enabled it looked odd). In the first pic I’m wearing the Maitreya tank top by Maitreya, in the second I’m wearing the Halen bikini top by Vinyl.

Genesis - Alice head Genesis Labs - Marie

Ikonik – Ikonik is a relatively new brand to the mesh head space, with a recent release at the Cosmopolitan event. With a kawaii/younger style, the head comes with a make-up selection and a Maitreya applier. Note the hair I’m wearing here is Afternoon by Lamb (available at the Arcade).

Ikonik - Eun Min

Fiore Fiore have a few mesh heads on the market now, and whilst they’re not my particular style, I freaking love the HUDS on these. They’re not omega compatible, so you need to use their own skin line, but the heads are striking and they do come with lots of makeup options, so if you love the look you’ll be set anyway!

Labyrinth (male) – Labyrinth have had a few mesh heads on the market for a while now, but recently released an Omega compatible range for men at The Mens Department event. I haven’t been able to get hold of one to review it myself, but I’m told by users of it that the head fits well with SLink Physique Male too, which is really promising for guys.

LOGO Logo’s Alex head is quite popular. It does have an Omega compatible version, but be aware that only the skin layer is Omega compatible, meaning no make-up (even from their own included huds). It does have a tonne of facial expressions though that you can mix and match in terms of eye expression and mouth expression.

Lelutka Lelutka has 6 heads on the market. They blink and you toggle eyes open/close and mouth open/closed, but no other expressions. Many designers make make-up and skins for these now which is amazing.

LV Designs – LV has made a few ‘ready to go’ mesh heads that aren’t Omega compatible, and also sells full perm kits of mesh heads for creators wanting to use them. Check them out HERE. Note the hair I’m wearing here is Bewitched by Exile.

LV Designs - Angie

Pumec – Pumec is a well-known skin designer that recently released two mesh heads. I haven’t been able to get hold of a copy for review, but they look promising!

SLink Visage SLink have released two mesh heads, Emma and Becky, both of which were recently made Omega compatible. The heads come with some expressions and have lots of skins available for them from various designers, as well as make-up options. The heads work well for me on almost all mesh bodies, including Maitreya, Belleza, EBody and Tonic.

Sugar Garden – SG has released a number of ‘younger’ styled mesh heads, none of which are Omega compatible, but are designed to work with their own skins and makeup. I haven’t been able to get hold of a copy to review these, but they are adorable so check them out if you like the kawaii/younger look.

Of course there are a lot more heads popping up all over the place – what’s your favourite?

<3 Daria

I’m wearing:
(Big Pic 1)
Mesh Body – Belleza Isis by Belleza
Mesh Head – Marie 2.0 by Genesis Labs
Hair – Elin by MINA (Available at Tres Chic)
Top – Halen Bikini top by Vinyl – Includes Belleza Freya/Isis/Venus, Maitreya & Slink sizes
Jeans – Lixie Ripped Super Skinny Jeans by Addams (Available at Kustom9) – Includes Belleza Freya/Isis/Venus, Maitreya & Slink sizes
Pose – The White Room by Exposeur

(Big Pic 2)
Mesh Body – Lara by Maitreya
Mesh Head – Eun Min by Ikonik (Available at Cosmopolitan) – Includes Maitreya body applier
Hair – Afternoon by Lamb (Available at The Arcade)
Lingerie – Scarlett bra, harness, panty and cuffs by Erratic (Available at Collabor88) – Includes Maitreya size
Pose – Close up 11 by Body Language

21 thoughts on “Let’s talk about Mesh Heads

  1. From what i have understood there are very few sliders that work with the mesh heads, yes? That means to me at least, that the only real difference will be in the skin, not the shape of the head. Seeing as how easy it has become to match system skins and mesh bodies and the neck blenders, why get a mesh head? Speaking as a guy anyway. I have never seen the need for one. I have spent 8 years getting my face how i want it, to make me, well me. If i cant do that with a mesh head… I see it as a waste of money.

    • Mesh heads unfortunately don’t move with your facial sliders – many of them will let you use the sliders to make the head bigger/smaller and/or wider/narrower, but the facial features of SL avatars don’t have ‘bones’ in them, meaning it’s not possible to make a fitmesh mesh head that’s affected by your facial sliders 🙁

  2. Hi nice to see all the Mesh Heads put into one place that are currently available. One thing though(and its ALWAYS a deal breaker for me), which ones blink? Alot of those heads aren’t animated and have that zombie vacant stare thing going on…might be wothwhile listing that as some of the creators dont even list things like that. Anyway I have 3 TMP heads, and all 3 LOGO heads, and to me the LOGO head is by far the best purely for the expressions and now OMEGA support(even given its limitations).

  3. There aren’t really any mesh heads that have features that are not caucasian. At best you can be like a video game character where you look like a caucasian with the ‘color picker/slider’ dialed in.
    Even for Caucasians, once you get a mesh head you are basically a part of an army of identical clones with different makeup on – at best… you are the same person with the ‘color picker/slider’ dialed in.

    Because they did not allow the shape dials to adjust head attachments, there’s really no solution to the second concern, even if mesh makers do eventually address the first.

  4. you say that Anjie Jolie has omega, does this mean that I can use on this head WOW skin with omega applier?I prefer suntan and skin that is bright here, but I like this head

  5. Hi, I have worn a TMP head (the Classic) with my Maitreya body. I used the Glam Affair applier for TMP and used the same standard tone in Maitreya mesh body. It was a really great fit. No ugly seam, edges or gaps. The TMP head has two options in the HUD and the Maitreya too. I don’t remember what I set the options to since I hate the TMP HUD and ditched their products as soon as LeLutka heads was released.

  6. The Makena mesh head at Tres Chic (Genesis lab) has really nice dark skin. It blinks too. Freckles and moles optional. Black and ash black brows. I don’t know if it’s limited. It is not a gatcha, but full price.
    The Omega system should be mandatory. By mixing brows and makeups with different skins, it is possible to look different. Look at all the LeLutka versions too. The leLutka with Glam affair skins is a bit like clones. But there is so many other skins and makeups.

  7. Someone ought to make a widely adopted mesh head creating program, with some intuitive sliders or whatever. I mean people have wanted that for years. I’ve seen a few, but I’d also opensource it and such. There needs to be that sort of freedom for the face of an avatar.

  8. Because the expressions and features are static on mesh heads you lose the ability to look unique (except for make-up). Cant tell you how many times I have been somewhere and several avatars all look alike! The classic SL head is what I prefer right now. Freedom of expression…as it were. 🙂

  9. Actually i havent had any problems to fit and match TMP head to Maitreya body, and few of my friends did exactly the same with great results 🙂

  10. I didn’t know where else to vent so here it goes…GENESIS LAB has just given me the WORST CUSTOMER SERVICE EXPERIENCE I’ve had on SL. I have been playing their gacha machines for a few weeks now (on all my alts) because they do have some very nice heads available at events and at their mainstore. I usually go and hit up 2 or 3 of their gachas a few times a day and see what my luck would get me. A few days ago I did my usual rounds and when I paid one of their machines 99L it didn’t deliver any item. I took it as a mere sim lag so I went and paid another machine hoping (stupidly) that it would somehow “push” the other delivery forward. Well the other gacha delivered an item but still nothing from the previous one. I contacted the manager (both of them) as well as the creator about it and all I got was a IM response saying “Can’t refund gachas.sorry” so I explained no I’m not asking for a refund but I feel I should at least get something (even the lowest item offered) since I paid. Manager then replies a very short “We can’t give you object(It is sim lags”. Now I know it’s only 99L and I’m not being cheap here but tell me I’m wrong for wanting something out of it…anything :/

  11. you are right Kate, i am also experience a horrible customer service, to say the less, NONE. I have bought 1 entire rare package saying all the skin tones are there but i only got 1 or 2 max, the other boxes were empty, needless to say the neck and body dont match no matter which applier i got… just terrible… i also gave them the benefit of the doubt and bought another one from them for 100L , all boxes were empty, no note cards, nothing… what a dissapointement.. never again .

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