DO RENDER TESTS ALONG THE WAY
it is difficult to have a clear idea of what your hair really looks like in your viewport. things like antialiasing, light placement, hair width, hair shaders and so on will play a big role on your final result. to have an effective workflow it’s always good to set yourself up with some proper lighting and render parameters from the beginning and run some tests whenever needed. that way you will get a better feel of how your parameter changes actually affect what you’re doing and you’ll have a visual trace of what is working or not.