Easiest way to make thick hair

Hello, I’m making a character where she actually has thick Wire cables for hair (in pigtales) is there any way to easily do this?

I have created on cable strand, I tried to apply it to a beziere curve to be able to bend it but it would be difficult to do each strand (An Array was hard to get to work right also).

I’m not too familiar with the hair particles, I just know the basics. Is there a way I can apply the cable to the hair particles so that I can just brush it out later instead of doing it by hand? Or any other suggestions?