I never, ever straightened mine. Never had a desire to! But I also didn't know until much later in life NOT to brush curly hair. My school years were pretty much one big afro.
I don't remember being made fun of, but I did think that that was just the way my hair was and to accept it. Only later - when the Frizz Ease line came out - did I jump into the silicone pool and found out I had CURLS.
3a/some b, med/high porosity, med texture
My current HGs:
Co-wash: Suave Naturals Coconut, VO5 Strawberries & Cream
Conditioner: Darcy Botanicals pumpkin, LVPNG, Deva OneC
Leave-in: KCKT, Deva B'Leave In
Cremes: CIAB, pink Boots, Komaza coconut, FSG, CJ CCCC
Gels: BRHG, AO B5, LALSG
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CG since 2/07 and loving it!