October ProgBlog 3 is technically November ProgBlog 1 and just isn't called as such because I was a seriously sleep deprived idiot at the time.
Where I left off, I'd started on the hairs by doing the reasonably easy eyelashes and eyebrows first. Okay eyebrows are pretty easy, just make a density map and then comb. Eyelashes I always have to keep painting hairs on carefully and then combing equally carefully.
And then had to tone things down a little so that they didn't look like oil painting strokes.
Only vaguely related, I have read about someone using hair particles as oil painting strokes previously but they were asking questions about it and I didn't see the outcome.
Then there was a system update which let me use my gpu for rendering again, yay!
And then I actually tested hybrid mode and it was about 20 seconds quicker on my test render.