Thanks for the compliment!
Yes I use to cringe at the salon hearing my hair snag on the flat iron
Hmmm, not sure about the pattern disrupt. Actually after my BC I went straight into a sew in where I added hair in the back and the front was cornrowed and once I took that out I asked my stylist why my ends were straight and wondered if she left some relaxed hair when she chopped but she said no and the way she cut it there was no way she could have. So I'm not sure if that is actual damage or just stepchild ends to go with my stepchild edges lol. Once I take this sew in out (in about 6 weeks) I'll have my ends trimmed for the first time since my BC and then I'll have a clearer picture of my hair's personality. I'll probably do my 2nd trim 6 months later. I plan to wear a sewin for about a year to get some good length.