Hey, Jas, that is what is puzzling. I NEVER thought I had this much curl. and certainly not 3B curls. Yes, it IS possible that my hair is healthier and there fore curlier. I dont know if you read any of Bigred's posts (Deva stylist from Michigan) but that was her opinion; that I used to beat up my hair more and so the curl was looser, etc. What I am thinking is that maybe it needs to be evened out some - the back is way longer than the sides. AND I never considered washing it once a week or so with a coco-betaine shampoo. Maybe I need to quit using gel, too - and just use mousse - but that tends to not hold my curls.