I'm one of those people, Korkscrew. I went the buzzcut way for a few years from about 22-25 before growing it out but I'd cut it about every four weeks. Then at 33 I started wearing longer and wavy/curly having my stylist cut it about every 5-6 weeks. Lately, I'm taking it a step further and going about every three months to let the curls really develop. Couldn't imagine straight or buzzcut now.
Like you, I have fallen in love with my curls but mine of course couldn't hold a torch to your incredibly lovely curls.