Well...the upshot is...I have oiran hair.
I made my first hair today, and...it's not pretty, but I'm hoping I can disguise it enough to pass at tonight's formal in Steelhead.
The beginning of the hair.
The hair base from the side...
...and from the back.
Making the flexi strands (attaching them to a small round ball, because I couldn't think of how else to do it--this is making the strands flexi, then taking off the checkmark in the 'Flexible Path' box so that I can attach them to a non-flexi center.
Flexi attached. Along with a small nearly football-shaped front piece adapted from a circle form, and two curved side pieces for the sides of the hair that are tautly pulled back over a form in RL.
Nearly finished hair...
...and from the back....
But here's my problem--as simple and uninvolved as this is, it took me five hours to complete. And, from what I've been able to find, there is nothing like this I've seen in world. How annoying.
On the plus side...if I get good at this...I am SO selling geisha and oiran hairpieces.
Current build: Built. Oiran hair. But there may be more styles in my future, and better hair textures when I can afford them.