I got the birds nest comment alot too. And primary school was a nightmare. Because it was close to my mom's office I went to one of the worst schools on the island where I was the only chick with curly hair and no relaxer. Kids would fling gum into my hair, try to clip my hair with the kid-friendly scissors.
High school was bad too. I got all kinds of unsolicited advice. Even more offers to fix my hair when I got to school. I eventually blew up at one of the mean girls and told her she doesn't have my hair and doesn't know what it is to live with it and until she does she can keep her advice to herself. Of course I got the ultimate revenge - she has no hair now from over-processing.