Here's the software I used to edit that image, Mare:  Just follow the "download" link at the top and download it for the appropriate Operating System. There's tutorials and stuff provided with the program. It's all free.
To do minor edits to animated gifs, just open them with the program, goto the Dialogs Menu and select Layers to see all the layers (think of each Layer as a Frame that makes up the animation) and make your changes (instructions to follow:).
If it's something simple, like changing colors, select a layer and make it Active by clicking on it to highlight it, then hide all other layers by clicking off the Eye symbols next to their names, so you can focus on one layer at a time. Make the changes you want to the image, but remember to change ALL layers, appropriately, which means you'll be changing the active layer and turning visibility on/off for the other layers quite frequently: example, for Roxy, I had to replace the pink with orange in EACH layer, then make them all visible again to Save the changes.
Also, notice that there will be directions written beside each layer's name, such as (Frame 2), (90ms), and (Combine). For Roxy, since each layer was a Transparency (no filled-in background: only a cutout-like image surrounded by BLANK space, which the program represents with a Checkerboard Pattern), I had to override the (Combine) command, because (Combine) tells the program to overlay each new Frame OVER the (Background) layer, or the (Frame 1) layer, if there's no layer named (Background); this is why Roxy's hair looked fuller when I first exported it: the animation was overlaying each new frame ON TOP of (Frame 1), which already had a picture of Roxy and her hair, creating a "double image" effect, which you said looked like hair extensions. To remove the command, I just edited the names of all the layers so that they DIDN'T have (Combine) in the name, and kept all the other information intact.
Other commands to be aware of: (__ms) is the Frame Delay/time spent on that particular Frame: ms=millisecond. Just experiment with the numbers until it feels right, or don't include that command, if you want all frames to last the same amount of time, which you can adjust when it's time to Save. To swap frames, you have to move them up or down on the Layers list (grab and drag until it lands in the right spot) AND you have to change all the Frame names appropriately: (Background) or (Frame 1) at the bottom, then (Frame 2) immediately above that, then (Frame 3) immediately above (Frame 2), and so on, etc.
When done, or when you want a preview, goto File Menu: Save As, and name it filenameofyourchoice.gif The ".gif" part is REALLY important! The program will ask if you want to merge all the layers (Flatten), or "Save as an Aimation". Obviously, select the Animation option, then Export. It will ask you what to do about layers that don't have specific directions already on them. So, if you didn't give instructions such as (300ms) or (Combine), this is where you tell the program what you want done with those frames. For Roxy, all the times were already given in the layer names, so I didn't have to specify anything, but because I deleted the (Combine) command, I selected "I Don't Care" when asked what to do about Frame Disposal. Note: if ALL the frames are solid, with no transparent areas, just use (Combine). Confirm everything and Save. Then you can goto the newly-saved file on your computer and Preview it like any other animated .gif or other image file. If it looks good, you're set. Otherwise, make the necessary tweaks in the file and Save As again. This is trial-and-error, so don't get frustrated if it takes you awhile, alright?
OK! I finally got the black-haired Poison up- it's lined-up with your icons at the top of your User Page. Use as you wish.
Anyhoo, what you do to make this image, to expand upon what I already wrote up above (READ!!!) is open the original .gif file. Because the image is most likely going to be in Indexed Color Mode (which means that you can only choose from a small list of usable colors when making changes to the image), you'll want to prepare it by going to the image window and opening Image Menu above, then opening the Mode Sub-Menu, and selecting the RGB option. Next, go to the Dialogs Menu and open the Layers Toolbar (the Layers Toolbar pops up as a separate window after you request it), and turn the visibility OFF on ALL BUT ONE of the Layers (doesn't matter which one it is), and make that Layer Active by clicking on its name in the Layers Toolbar.
Now, expand the Select Menu (also found in the image window)and choose the "By Color" option -- the cursor icon will then change to an eyedropper -- and click on a section of the hair to select all areas of the image with the same color as that part. Since we're making the hair black, which is a solid color, Shift+Click on the other colors that make up the hair, so you have mid-tones and shadows (and any highlights, which this particular image doesn't have) selected.
Next, do you see the window called GIMP? Right under the name, there's a few rows of small icons, which represent the drawing tools you can use. Underneath those is a row of 1, 2, or 3 mid-sized icons, one of which looks like two rectangles overlapping, with curved arrows going from one to the other. This icon is to used to select your Foreground and Background colors. Click on the TOP rectangle in the icon to open a Color Picker and select a black color, which is at the bottom-left corner of the gradient -- you'll see the icon colors change, if black wasn't set up, already.
Now, go to the Edit Menu (in the image window) and select "Fill with FG Color" (FG= Foreground Color. Just for reference, because you won't use this option right now, but you may want the info for future projects: BG= Background Color, which is the color of your Eraser tool, and the color that will replace any transparent areas if you were to Flatten the image-- you select it just as you did the Foreground Color, but by clicking on the BOTTOM rectangle in the Color icon I mentioned above). You'll see that the areas you selected on that Layer will be black. Turn visibility OFF on that Layer and choose ANOTHER Layer -- turn it's visibility ON and make IT Active. Now, do the same steps above -- Select-->By Color, Edit-->Fill with FG Color. Make the current and newly-updated Layer NOT visible, and move on to another unchanged Layer. Rinse and Repeat, till all Layers are changed.
Once done, make ALL Layers visible and, as a final step before exporting, change the color mode BACK to Indexed: Image Menu-->Mode-->Indexed; chose the web-safe palette option. Then Save As, using the directions on my previous comment for saving out as an animation. That's it! You should be done, now!
Zaraber– It's all fun and games until pre-crises Superman shows up. TALK– too late, apparently
Sorry about the lack of a response, I took a trip to Florida without the help of wings. (Quite a distance, from Ohio.)
Now that I'm back online, though, I'll explain what I meant. An old password I had was a combination of the letters in "Marexl," and I heckled some friends of mine who were trying to figure out said password by giving them the letters. They became absolutely conviced "Marexl" was the answer, despite multiple failed attempts.
Mr kmil– "It is not by might, nor by power, but by My Spirit." -Zachariah 4:6 TALK– Come to Church, we have cookies
Could you stop uploading pictures and not using them, and telling people to not use them?
You have been blocked for one week for swearing on the shoutbox and personally attacking other users as a consistent pattern of behavior. Knock it off if and when you return to this wiki. Consider this a warning of sorts. You won't get another.--Bek(talk) 01:18, 14 July 2009 (UTC)
Yeah, I don't think the block was too long. You are a repeated offender in such matters, and the fact that you did not edit for two weeks after the block was lifted shows that you weren't too broken up about it. --Bek(talk) 04:08, 5 August 2009 (UTC)
Still a repeat offender. I thought it might get the point across that this is not a profanity-friendly wiki. Go to FFWiki for your f-bombs, or somewhere, anywhere else. If you don't learn your lesson, I'd be ready, willing, and able to make it a month-long block. --Bek(talk) 04:51, 5 August 2009 (UTC)
I know you go to FFWiki, and swearing is more tolerated there. Zeldapedia is a site that, potentially, kids might be, and as such, we want to present a kid-friendly environment, even behind the scenes. As for me taking wiki business seriously... Tough. All the best.--Bek(talk) 05:05, 5 August 2009 (UTC)