You hate that your styling options are limited.
You're afraid to go short because you don't want to look like a poufball on a stick. (Although there are some short hairstyles that look great on curly hair. Check out these).
But the truth is you have AMAZING styling options and yes, you can go shortish (find out your best haircut options here). You can straighten your hair with a flat iron, or Japanese or Brazilian straightening procedures. You can get your hair dry cut into the most gorgeous shoulder-length styles, as seen on Lisa Edelstein here. And you are so lucky because chances are you only have to wash your hair once or twice a week.
Let's focus on the positives, shall we? After all, straight haired women covet your curls. I know this for a fact. I own 4 curling irons.
There are a few secrets to styling curly hair that I've learned over the years. Get the scoop in this article, 10 secrets to styling curly hair.