A tut I made about Maya hair for terryvasquez
This is the script. Just select the faces on your model you want to separate and then run the script:
polyChipOff -ch 1 -kft 1 -dup 0 -off 0;
string $nemSelected = `selectedNodes`;
polySeparate -ch 1 $nemSelected;
You can add it to your shelf for easy access.