I slept in and went out with my ponytail too! Only quit because my hair got so damaged, partly colour treating but partly brushing when wet into the ponytail. I had breaks all at the back where the band sat and around the face.
I joined the Long Hair Community to get ideas on growing out healthy hair and realised I had to go cold turkey on the hair elastics. From there I saw the 'before and after CG' thread here on NC .... was like a lightbulb, people with 'straight' frizzy/ poufy hair just like ME!!
Why did you give up your ponytail and love your curls?
2a-2c, medium texture, porous/ colour treated. Three years CG, growing out mechanical and chemical damage = breakage and very high porosity. Past armpit length heading for waist.
Treatments: Komaza protein, Komaza Matani, coconut oil with sugar syrup. Hairveda Sitrinillah
Leave in: Fructis Sleek & Shine (old), Gliss ultimate volume
Styler: Umberto Giannini jelly, Boots curl creme, Rockin RInglets
Experimenting with: Mega-Tek, Curl Harmony reviver, Elvive Full Restore 5.