Hey CCW. I feel you on the damage! I also get bored with straight wash n go style so I will be experimenting with flexi rods, braid outs and twist outs. I just realized that my hair can't have it both ways. So I could settle for long straight damaged hair that increasingly breaks off at the ends in which case may not be very long anymore or I can learn to deal with and style my natural curls and have healthy flexible hair that looks Alive. Practice makes perfect.
I would love WL curly but that will take hella years. Im patient though. I'm growing out a BKT which means I technically have 2 textures but I prefer to keep my length and play with styles an trim trim trim till I get all my 3C curls back!
For those that want to join this challenge just post a starting pic. Let's go all of 2012 without putting any direct heat on our hair!
Here's my starting pic, a wet hair pic.