Lollyleely, I feel you on the mushroom cut! My well-meaning straight-haired mother decided to cut my sister's and my hair into what she hoped would be a cute, asymmetric bob - very trendy at that time (mid 80s). Of course the unevenness just looked like a mistake on our curly hair. By the time she evened it out we were left with terraced, fluffy shroom heads.
Once that grew out, I begged for, and eventually got, a ramen-noodle perm. Just...yikes. And so it went until...
Finally, at age 35, I am learning to take care of my poor, beleaguered curls.
2c, 3a, something like that... Curl-curious?