PHOTO COURTESY OF JUST BETHANI J

If you are a new natural and nobody has told you yet, I'll be the first... It can be a lot.

For years, my natural hair journey has given me nothing short of excited inspiration and experimentation. Embracing my natural texture has truly opened my eyes to a refreshing new lifestyle practice of self-love and patience (among other things). I love my curls. But like everything else good in this world, the natural hair life has annoyances I really could live without.

I love my curls. But like everything else good in this world, the natural hair life has annoyances I really could live without.

1. Losing bobby pins

And hair ties. I mean, where did they go? Or whenever I randomly find one in my hair a few days later. That's always fun (not). The bobby pin and hair tie industry must be booming.

2. People asking to touch my hair

I'm a human being, not a dog. No, you may not pet me.

3. Prolonged styling sessions

My hair didn't let me get away with just wetting it to "refresh". Now I've got to section it, moisturize each section evenly, seal with an oil, and search for a curl defining creme that pairs well with the old conditioner from days before. Time to call my friends and reschedule.

4. Cleaning after detangling

Unclogging the drain, gathering my hairballs from the floor, wiping up and putting away the product jars and bottles. It is literally a commitment that always throws me for a loop. And it is beyond gross.

5. Getting shampoo in my eyes

Acid rain, anyone? Honestly, if it weren't for the burning sensation my eyes experience every time I clarify my curls, I would probably have never considered fully embracing the curly girl method.

6. Neck cramps from avoiding smooshed hair

In the car, on a flight, at a friend's house--when I tell you that wanting a fluffy wash-and-go to last throughout the day has been the biggest motivation for a better posture.

7. Humidity

Mother Nature, just stop already! I get it...Now can I have my curl definition back?

8. Finding random hairballs

I hope I'm not the only one who sees some of my own hair on the bathroom floor, gets startled because it looks like a huge bug when I don't have my glasses on, and then comes to my senses and laughs at myself.

9. Having a distorted view of "dime-sized"

By dime, they mean half-dollar right? For each section of my hair, yes? Urm. Thought so.

What annoys you about having naturally curly hair?