Thanks for responding SS40! I've always been afraid of the flat iron because I'm such a klutz I'm sure I'd burn myself.

Meanwhile, I got such a great haircut (Cristen at Takamichi in NYC) that for the time being I'm going to wear it curly, but I'll refer back to this thread when the weather gets cooler. In really cold, windy weather I prefer to straighten it. I'll think about buying a flat iron then.
2/b maybe 2/c. Coarse hair med. density.
Protein sensitive but can use occasionally
Highly porous. Color over grey.
Best 1st day method: Smasters!
Stylers: Mix Curls in a Bottle into everything for shine. Terrible pj
Sometimes try roller sets or use a curling brush - classic glamor.
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