This was another exciting hair to creating with Maya. This time around I wanted to try the new Interactive Grooming tool in xGen. It was created in 1 day.
The hair guides weren't placed manually, as the scalp gets flooded with hairs. Grooming it was quite straightforward as compared to the original xGen. The stray hairs were achieved using a second hair description with fewer hairs that I manually shaped.
Everything in the scene was created by me from scratch. No scans.
I used 2 area lights (rim and fill) and a HDRI for the lighting. Rending was done with arnold hair shader.