I never, ever straightened mine. Never had a desire to! But I also didn't know until much later in life NOT to brush curly hair. My school years were pretty much one big afro. I don't remember being made fun of, but I did think that that was just the way my hair was and to accept it. Only later - when the Frizz Ease line came out - did I jump into the silicone pool and found out I had CURLS.

Stacy
3a/some b, med/high porosity, med texture

My current HGs:
Co-wash: Suave Naturals Coconut, VO5 Strawberries & Cream
Conditioner: Deva OneC
Leave-in: Shea M, Deva B'Leave In
Cremes: CIAB, pink Boots
Gels: BRHG

CG since 2/07 and loving it!