Thank you everyone for your responses. RBB - thank you so much - I'm mostly a 3b with some 3a mixed in. I agree about the looser ponytail. I need to play more with that.
Thanks Jas76 and curlygirlelaina - I loved the pictures. I was straightening my bangs as well before they grew out.
I have a hair appt coming up soon so I will discuss with my stylist who I am so thankful I found.
I really appreciate this forum as well. I ran across this forum by accident and went curly soon after..