I've got extremely thick, coarse hair, it does have some varying curl patterns on it. But, when it gets to a certain length, it starts to look like a pyramid. Which is what I'm experiencing now with growing it out. I would hate to lose all that hair growth but just want the bulk taken off. How long did it take to grow the Ouidad cut out? If I only need 3 or 4 cuts a year, then it may be worth the change, even though the cuts are more expensive.