Messing with particles (Need help)

I was messing around with particles, and The Adams Family came on TV, I saw Cousin It and thought “Hm, that would be a good test!” So I tried to re-create It, but It looks like it’s been through a starch bath, made of straw or dry pasta. Is there a way to make the particles soft-like and wavy like hair?

http://mediawiki.blender.org/index.php/Manual/PartXIII/Particle_Hair
Hope it helps

You have no IDEA how much that helps, THANKS SO MUCH!

Update:

Looks better, I think.

actually, the course hair looked better, it just needed more keys and maybe a few curve guides, IMHO