This is a good tutorial I found about creating hair for a character in Maya (http://lesterbanks.com/2011/09/creating-quick-and-easy-hair-for-characters-in-maya/). Adding hair feels like another logical step in Maya to creating a more realistic character.
The person who created the tutorial does a great job of walking you through the basics and explaining the process and background information before going through the step by step process of creating the hair effect. The tutorial is kind of long (about 50 minutes total), but it goes into a lot of detail and doesn't skip much steps. He does a great job of explaining everything as you are going through the tutorials. Another good thing about this is that they were all posted in 720p, so that it is easier to tell what he is doing.