Paintbrush hair model issues-noob

Hello all, I just discovered Blender and have been really enjoying it! In trying to model a paintbrush with bristles using hair, I keep getting almost transparent hairs. I’m definitely a noob and followed a couple hair tutorials but still end with this result. Any one know what I have done wrong, or can point me to a better tutorial? Thanks!

you need to turn up the strand width in materials settings. also you might want to uncheck ‘show emmiter’ in your particle settings.

Thanks Modron that seemed to help!