I'm South Indian and I have extremely curly/poofy hair! Growing up my mother always denied my curly hair by brushing it relentlessly and putting it into buns and braids since she didn't know what else to do with it. I remember she tried putting oil in it, but I always fussed and she finally gave up. Everyone on my mother's side of the family has beautiful shiny straight hair and everyone on my dad's side has curly hair so I guess I inherited my crazy curly hair from him. I used to flat-iron my hair a lot simply because I didn't know how to handle it, but I've grown to love my curly hair and I stopped flat-ironing it as well. It feels good not to kill my hair anymore! The funny thing is as a child I hated having oil in my hair and now I use olive oil all the time to keep my hair soft!
I'm also very dark-skinned so when I wear my hair curly people think I look exotic!