Thanks everybody for the kind words.
I haven't had a chance to see if my curls are different after the cones because I've had braids since going back.
I plan to keep braids at least until my 3 year mark upcoming in March 2013.
My main concern with sticking to my 10 year challenge is needing for the hair to be healthy especially my tips. I think cones will be another way of strengthening my ends so they retain the length during these years.
I think after the 10 year challenge I will be past ankle length LOL