My hair looked very similar to yours when I wore it long. Trust me, do not have your hair thinned. Stylists used to thin mine all the time without asking me, and I had no idea what thinning was until another stylist brought it to my attention. With my hair, the thinned ends would flip outward as the hair grew, and the sides of my hair looked like wings or horns or something. Also, the thinning seemed to break up the curl pattern a bit. Once I stopped thinning, I got tighter curls and more clumps.