If you're planning on getting a curly perm you don't need to know what you're natural curl pattern is because that type of perm will force your hair to curl around the size rod the stylist use and that will be your curl pattern. Now if you're looking for your natural curl pattern, you might want to grow out at least 4 or 5 inches to decide on whether you might want to just texturize to define your natural curl pattern.
And I agree with afrosista, curly perms are a double process. I would suggest texturizing with a time release relaxer which you can wash and wear or switch back and forth from curly to straight to curly.
Edited by jineat - May 30 2010 at 9:35am