I'm going into 11th grade and as far back as I can remember, people have always wanted to straighten my hair, and they still do. Personally, I don't like it straight; it's never looked interesting or good. When I was younger, it used to irritate me whenever anyone wanted to straighten my hair, so I never let anyone do it and I never did it myself. But as I got older I stopped being so against it and I'm willing to let people straighten it if they want, but I rarely do it myself. I don't like it straight, and I don't have the time. So I'm not really influenced by other people's thoughts on my curls any more, I just don't like it straightened. Also, I think teens are more open to curly hair than elementary or junior high kids. Yay!