Sounds pretty. My grandmother had curly hair but always brushed it out each morning and put it in a braid and pinned into a bun. I have a feeling her hair was at least 3b if she'd have not brushed it out. It was beautiful and wavy after she brushed it.
A friend of mine has 3c hair and also brushes daily but when wet, and her curls always just corkscrew right back up!
FYI: I don't know what area of CA you're in, but if you're in the Bay Area, check out the CA BA gathering thread on the gathering board.