the same thing happened to me when i let my stylist straighten mine the last time i got a trim. i got a lot of comments from people - most saying they didn't recognize me and a lot saying that i looked great. my bf liked it a lot too - almost too much, to the point that i was worried that he preferred this look over my natural one. but after seeing it for a few days, and then when i wet it down again, he admitted that it was just the change that was fun and refreshing, and that my curls are more 'me.'
it's just the change people are reacting too, don't worry. guys are very visual, too - so a change in the way you look is kind of exciting them.
coarse, thick 3a