Yeah, I've taken to having mine straightened at the hairdressers for the same reason, or else I'll just leave with it wet - my idea of styling and diffusing appears to be poles apart from theirs! Just had a problem with him straightening it before cutting that last time.
Just having a conversation with another colleague, also from the UK who says she can't find a decent colourist here, so it's not just us curlies suffering.
I lived in Morecambe before coming here, how about you? Have you settled ok?
3b in South Australia.