After much (not really) debate.
And according to my mother, I should apparently be ashamed of my reasons why (mainly I didn't want to get it permed, nor did I feel like sitting in a chair for four hours straightening it, nor did I want to have to re-style it every few days [4c, kinky-curly hair]). I just wanted something low maintenance. She thinks I should be ashamed of my "laziness."
Okay mom, love you too.
(Not that I can actually say this to her, but I'm thinking it.)
Irony: she is about to hop in the shower, to begin her 3 hour regimen of straightening her hair.