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/c and some 3A. Modified CG.
Protein sensitive
Highly porous. Color over grey.
Best 1st day method: Super Soaker
Conditioners: Curl Junkie Beauticurls Strengthening Conditioner,
Deep condish: Curl Junkie Curl Rehab
Stylers: Experimenting with cones & sulfates while the dews are high.
Sometimes try roller sets - classic glamor but I prefer my curls.
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