28 Exasperating Afro Problems

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1. No one knows how to do your hair.

No one knows how to do your hair.

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

28 Exasperating Afro Problems

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

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

4. There’s the eternal shrinkage problem.

There's the eternal shrinkage problem.

5. Straightening your hair is always fun.

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.

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

28 Exasperating Afro Problems

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.

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

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

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

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

Towel? T-shirt? Diffuser?

28 Exasperating Afro Problems

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

You have to decipher all these charts to figure out what hair "type" you have.

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

28 Exasperating Afro Problems

18. “Do you wash your hair?”

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

"Do you wash your hair?"

28 Exasperating Afro Problems

19. “Are you mixed with something?”

"Are you mixed with something?"

20. “You ain’t shit.” — The Weather

"You ain't shit." — The Weather

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?

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

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

Relatedly, getting the side-eye from old folks.

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

A T-shirt?

The Raven Simone?

28 Exasperating Afro Problems

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

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

24. Even worse: ALL THE RANDOS WHO DON’T EVEN ASK BUT JUST TOUCH YOUR HAIR AT WHIM.

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

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

28 Exasperating Afro Problems

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

28 Exasperating Afro Problems

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!

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!

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

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

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