I actually have three choices for the background color, 281c, 1797c, and another one that I can't remember off of the top of my head, but it's like a very light aqua/teal. (I'm not at my regular computer right now) I tried with this one, and it came out pretty good using Swampy's technique, but I still need to do the range of colors for these. I need to double check with the client, but for the application of these shots, I think the tolerance for this hair issue is pretty lax.
Using Swampy's technique, getting up and walking away from the screen for a few minutes, then coming back to look at it, they're turning out pretty good. I'll post a few later when I have a chance to. (This assignment has a pretty tight deadline, so I might not be able to post them until the end of the week)
Thanks everyone (especially Swampy, next time I'm in Florida, beers are on me)!!