Most Indian women who have "curly" hair don't have truly curly hair. We have wavy hair and we want to straighten it b/c of the tendency to frizz and bush out. I went through about a 10 year period with curly hair. But my mom is biracial - I thought I would end up having her hair permanently which is not a bad thing. I would have embraced it had I known what to do with it. Now my hair is more like dad's... thick loose wave... but not as dense as it was before. I don't have much choice but to straighten b/c there is no good wave pattern and it enjoys bunching up in humidity which esp. doesn't look good in shorter lengths.