Can you tell us your curly routine? What products do you use? Do you let your hair air-dry, or do you diffuse? Maybe we could help you refine your routine.

Maybe you could compromise, until your damaged hair grows out and you get your curly routine down pat. For example, for a more polished look, you could comb some leave-in conditioner through your hair after showering. Then smooth your hair with your hands and then air-dry or diffuse. So instead of choosing between "curly" and "chemically straightened" you can do a "smooth and wavy" style for a while. How does that sound?

If your boss insists on straight hair, you can always just blow-dry your hair straight for on-air days.