Playing with the hair extension

I finally got the memory in my old mac upgraded to 512 megs so I started playing again with the hair plugin, which takes ridiculous amounts of RAM.
I did manage to get some tennis balls modelled. They're not perfect, I need a better map to use for the seam line.
It still suuucks memory like a '69 Roadrunner Daytona special sucks gas...this image took 458 megabytes to render!
Here is the tennis ball hair texture...pretty much the default with minor changes.