I checked out that live curly live free site, thank you! I don't plan on paying for a hair analysis but from reading the info it seems I have coarse hair with high porosity. I guess I pretty much knew that but the site definitely made me feel better about not fitting into a curl category of 2s or 3s or A B C.... lol.
It also makes sense as to why when I tried to perm the top of my hair (years ago) in order to try to get it to curl the same as the top, it didn't take. My hair is pretty resistant to styling and does what it wants so I guess ill just have to work with it. It also reinforces my notion to grow it out long becuase short hair requires more styling and thus more damage. When my hair was longer it was much easier to maintain.