HELP: I want to be natural!

My hair has been natural all my life, and I recently got highlights on September 22nd. However, I've always worn my hair straight, and I'd like to be able to wear it curly. I think I'm between a 3C and a 4A hair type. My hair is extremely thick & tangly. It hurts like crap to try and comb it out. I'm 16 and I'd really like to embrace my natural beauty. I'd like to know what to do to be able to wear my hair curly.

This is a picture of me in 6th or 7th grade with my curly hair. It is now a bit thicker, and a inch or so longer (I am in 11th grade now). In this picture, I already had conditioner applied to my hair, so it's curlier than it appears in these photos.

My hair now straight: (I tried to upload a recent pic, but tinypic was NOT cooperating )
Here's a picture of my hair recent w/ my new highlights (I promise the link is valid, it's a Google Chrome link to my Facebook because my Facebook is private).

Long story short, can anyone help me?

**Sorry the pics are so big. They came from my old phone.

Last edited by teewalk21; 11-21-2012 at 09:33 PM.
Welcome to team curly! First thing I would do is try to find as many natural hair resources as possible. YouTube is a wonderful place to find countless hair videos. I have learned so much from watching videos. Naptural85 is a great channel for type 4s.
You can try the curly girl method if you like. I find that's a good place for most curlies to start. You can pick up the curly girl handbook at most bookstores or just find the information online. The youtuber 'waterlily716' has a few great videos on how to follow the curly girl method.
You said your hair is hard to comb. Do you detangle in sections, making sure your hair is soaking wet and covered in conditioner? If I don't spilt my hair into six sections it is impossible to comb through. Also, I only finger comb now. My hair hates combs and brushes.

There is so much to learn about your hair and most of it will be hands on learning so just keep trying out different methods and products until you find whatever your hair likes best. Good luck!
3c Hair
Fine Strands, High Density, Low Porosity
CG since August 2011
Loving my hair!!!
I've never done my hair myself, it's hard for my stylist to detangle it.
I second the suggestion of getting the Curly Girl book. It (along with this site) really helped me understand my hair and how to care for it. I used to think my hair was thick, dry, and very tangled but after learning how to properly care for my hair (wide tooth combs, detangling with conditioner, sleeping on satin pillowcases, etc) I've learned not only are those things not true, but my hair is a breeze to handle.

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I've never done my hair myself, it's hard for my stylist to detangle it.
Originally Posted by teewalk21
Seems like your stylist doesn't know how to care for natural hair. I have learned to take care of my own hair and have ditched stylists completely now since most don't know what they are doing when it comes to our kind of hair.
3c Hair
Fine Strands, High Density, Low Porosity
CG since August 2011
Loving my hair!!!

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