So I got a recommendation from a Mime Troupe co-worker of boyziggy's to go see Ginger at Madusalon. The place had a good vibe, which is good because the entire procedure took nearly three hours (and I won't even mention the cost). I had enough time under the hair dryer to read nearly all of Curly Girl, a fun and informative book the stylist loaned me which I now definitely want to purchase. Among other things I read the recommendation that I should not use shampoo, only conditioner, to wash my hair, which is interesting.
Anyway, here are the requisite before and after photos; click photos for larger versions (please excuse the quality; some were taken with cell phone cam):