Not everyone have people who support their natural hair, as I'm sure you're well aware of. The snide remarks from friends and family can really get to you. I saw one blog post where a girl said her father wanted her to get a relaxer for his birthday. Can someone please locate a seat for him so he can have it? People seem to forget that naturally curly, kinky, coily hair is the hair that we were born with, and they are knocking us down for something that comes with the complete package of us. With all this going on, the pressure to straighten your hair can be strong, all I can say is do what makes YOU happy at the end of the day. You are the one who is going to have to look at yourself day in and day out. Honestly, I could care less what you do to your physical appearance to make other people happy is never good....never.