Ditto everything said in the previous posts.

Personally, there is no way that straightening my hair would be easier than allowing it to be its naturally curly self. Furthermore, the damage you'll do to your hair with regular straightening is just awful.

It's YOUR hair. Don't let others tell you how you should wear it and take care of it. If you want to straighten then by all means, do it, but don't do it just to please others.
Hair Type: 3A/3B; natural color; mid-back length.
Daily: shampoo (varies)
Weekly: Neutrogena Anti-Residue Shampoo.
Fave Rinse-Out Conditioners: HE Hello Hydration; L'oreal Everstrong.
Styling Routine: Squish-scrunch product /conditioner into soaking wet, upside down hair; plop for 10 minutes, air dry. (Diffuser dry front section.)
Fave Styling Products: Tigi Curl Amplifier Creme; Batia & Aleeza gel; Giovanni Sunset Styler; LA Looks Sport Gel.