"Marie Antoinette" Hair

I’m trying to set up an 18th Century “Marie Antoinette” style hair particle setup. If you can’t picture such a thing offhand, here’s a link: http://img.scoop.co.nz/stories/images/0803/963ac00bdaaf929926d8.jpeg Anyhow, I’m using curve guides, and wondering if it makes more sense to create the separate tubes of curls as separate hair systems, or whether it makes more sense to assemble the whole thing as basically one long curve guide and run a single hair system through it, if that makes any sense. No physics involved, it’s just a still. Any suggestions?