My hair was pretty wavy as a child, maybe 2A, but then 7th grade - and the mullet - rolled around, and it was short enough that I didn't notice any real curl. Then, high school...and Bon Jovi! Perms, teasing, AquaNet... Oh god, the horror! When I was a senior in HS, I got a new, male stylist and he insisted I stop perming, that my hair was curly enough by itself. I've always had very thick and heavy hair, but it never got really curly until I was about 21, when my perm finally grew out after 3 1/2 years. It seems the older I get, the curlier it gets. I'm 39 now, and it's all spirally. Weird - but I love it. I can't imagine having poker-straight hair - curls suit my personality!