Wat makes hair lose curl? Gentler way of hair up than ponytail?

I've found that birth control and antidepressants can make hair straighter. Im on both and I've gone from 3b to 2b-c hair.
I wonder if hair pulled back for work a lot of the time causes curl loss. My hair has 2c properties at the ends where its not pulled back by the ponytail. I use ouchless scrunchies or a claw clip for my hair. Anyone know of gentler methods to keep hair up?
2b/2c, Med density, Med Porosity, Fine/Med width, Med length, layers start below ears. Just my shot in the dark for my hair properties. Growing out bleached highlights Fall 2012, growing out dyed hair March 2013. Makes for a confusing mix of properties. Learning how different processes affect hair properties. Using lot of drugstore products right now. Determining what's right for my hair in my climate. Pittsburgh has a little bit of everything weather wise. Modified CGM since March 2013.
Strategically pin back curls from forehead and face with bobby pins. Secure them but don't pull the hair back tightly. Let the curls loop between the pins and ringlets fall where they will. Then tie the rest of your curls back loosely just the once or twice with the hairband at the base of the neck. I do this when I need to get my hands dirty and don't want to mess up my hair.
3A - C, HP, ME, HD. (Coarse, High Porosity, Medium Elasticity, High Density.)

CG since Nov. 2012

Poos: SM Moisture Retention + Yucca Baobab, TJ's Tea Tree Tingle
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Stylers: KCKT*, SM Curl Enhancing Smoothie* + Curl & Style Milk*, KCCC*, FSG*, CJ Pattern Pusha, Curl Keeper
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