28 Exasperating Afro Problems

Um, please stop petting me.

1. No one knows how to do your hair.

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2. You get charged extra at the salon because your hair just LOOKS hard to do.

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3. R.I.P. to all the combs who have fought the good fight throughout history.

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4. There’s the eternal shrinkage problem.

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5. Straightening your hair is always fun.

And you’re terrified that when you try to go back, your hair won’t curl up like normal.

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6. Also, good luck getting all of this into any hat.

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7. The back of your hair basically turns into a scraggily version of a high-top fade when you rest your head on any surface.

Driving is fun. So are couches. And sleeping. And everything.

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8. This is what happens every time you try a new hairstyle:

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9. You still don’t really know the best method for drying your hair.

Towel? T-shirt? Diffuser?

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10. Hugging people when your hair is still drying is also fun.

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11. Sometimes your hair is so ridiculously tangled that you have to listen to DMX’s “Party Up” to psych yourself up to get in the shower and have at it.

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12. You end up with sore arms and a season and a half into Arrested Development because it takes so long to put your hair in braids or twists.

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13. You can’t just walk into any store and expect to find hair products that work for you.

But when you do finally manage to find a place with your products, they’re on sale for the low, low price of $20 per dollop. Basically.

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14. You have to decipher all these charts to figure out what hair “type” you have.

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15. People apparently think it’s an “uncivilized” or unprofessional look…

Nivea took this ad down and posted an apology on Facebook after people expressed criticism.

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16. TSA thinks you’re hiding weapons of mass destruction in your hair.

This is Jorge Rivas’ artistic rendering of Solange’s tweets.

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17. And people in general just feel comfortable asking you all kinds of cray questions.

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18. “Do you wash your hair?”

You’re asking if I, a grown-ass human, ever wash my hair?

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19. “Are you mixed with something?”

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20. “You ain’t shit.” — The Weather

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21. “When are you going to do something with that hair?” is the No. 1 mom/auntie question.

Can I live, Mom?! CAN I LIVE?

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22. Relatedly, getting the side-eye from old folks.

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23. You’re running out of ways to politely tell people to not pet you…

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A T-shirt?

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The Raven Simone?

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There are also the people who ask to touch your hair as they are already reaching and touching your hair.

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WHUT. WHY?? What would move you to just put your fingers into someone’s head. Just…I can’t?

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25. Then those randos have the nerve to GET OFFENDED because you didn’t respond well to them touching your hair.

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26. People also like to play this fun game called “let’s stick things in her hair until she notices.”

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27. But the No. 1 eternal struggle of the Afro clanned is that no matter how cool you think you look, there are a million babies out there just casually stylin’ on you!

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Check out all the stylish babies at the Tumblr blog Mini Naturals.

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28. At the end of the day, though, despite all these strugz, Sesame Street perfectly sums up how you feel.

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