Because Hair is a posteffect getting a correct depth pass can be a real pain. Also correct reflections can get you a lot of headaches. There are thirdparty plugins who can help you with this kind of problems but if you want to stay with a inhouse solution, here's a way to solve a hair specific task with the extrude deformer – making grass. Excuse the lame render speed :-)

Hair is a great module nevertheless, it's exceptionally fast when it comes to render particles.

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My xpresso presets:
xpressopresets.net/easysplash/
xpressopresets.net/motext-fader/
xpressopresets.net/ribribbon/

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