Hi and thank you both for the welcome and replies
As I used to be in the hair industry and have always enjoyed drawing for as long as I can remember, it seemed a natural progression to attempt to combine both interests eventually into some sort of animation sequences.
Unfortunately being a total beginner in animation and not knowing about Blender beforehand (wish I had after reading some of the forum posts !) I’d already bought the full 3D magix pack but after wading through loads of technical stuff that meant little or nothing, disappointingly I still couldn’t find much about hair at all in the manuals, whilst the pictures I’d found at Daz were really excellent. I had tried the free Daz pack for a while prior but soon discovered I’d much rather learn to do professional looking animations in the long run, especially after seeing one or two interesting tutorials about hair here on Blender.
I know there’s always a risk when one buys on the Net but as it was through Paypal and secure and 3Dmagix are offering a full refund if not satisfied within 8 weeks, I felt safe enough to go ahead. Are there any Blender dvds on hair as I’d happily buy them if they’re any good ? And you’re absolutely right about texture etc. as hair is almost one of the hardest things to draw properly freehand without it finishing up looking like a straw-filled cap !
Anyway thanks again, I think it might be worth asking for a refund from 3DMagix now…