All the prior posts have given awesome answers. And I agree that you should wear your hair, whichever way makes you feel more confident about yourself. I NEVER knew I had wavy/curly hair, until about 6 months ago, and I LOVE my hair now. I can tell you that I have received more compliments on wearing my hair curly than I ever did when it was straight. I love wearing it curly, it makes me feel empowered, sultry, fun and sexy...So decide on how it makes you feel, not on which is easier. I can also say that wearing my hair curly dose take less time, now that I have a routine down. And I know you said these are your friends, but keep in mind they might be jealous of you, almost all “straight girls” wish they could have curly hair. I know I did
2b/c CG since 8/12
I have low porosity and fine/med texture. Easily weighed down and VERY frizzy crown, with straighter under layers

Low-poo:TJ TTT, CJ GCS
LI/RO/DC: CK Satin Roots,Sevi Pumpkin, SSI Okra reconstructor, CJ SAC,CJ RM
Stylers: AG Recoil, JC SS
Jellies: CK Coil Jam, Okra gel(HG)
Gel: JC CC, Ouidad H&H gel, Ouidad moisture lock gel

Hair loves moisture protein.
MUST Pixie diffuse.

My hair dose NOT like oils, butters or polyquats Or glycerin in high dews