Lol to the first quote.
And to the second one, I tend to wear my hair with product to define my curls more also and I've wondered why that was before. I think it usually feels more 'tamed' to me - I tend to feel overwhelmed by the amount of hair growing out of my scalp more often than not and when my curls are more defined, it seems not as big and crazy.
I did pick my hair out a lot and wear a huge afro with a scarf tied around the front when it was shorter though. I actually really liked that look, but now that my hair is longer, it just doesn't seem to work. It takes extra, EXTRA picking to fluff it up, and then some parts seem thin and wimpy and flop to the sides. Unless I picked it out when it was completely dry, which is kind of a no-no because I only comb my hair when it's wet, I'm not even sure I could do the big fluffy afro anymore.