Check out the Snappers Facial Rig for Maya, (also available for 3ds Max), featuring incredible detail and controls.
Geo Maya Hair 2.6
Take a sneak peek at Geo Maya Hair 2.6, a script for Maya allowing for hair to be created from geometry.
Making Gravel with MultiScatter
Alexey Duk has posted a tutorial on how to create gravel with VrayPattern and MultiScatter in 3ds Max.