Let It Furl

A Hair Theirstory

Frizzy. Squirrel tail. Brassy. Coarse. Thick. Wavy. Mushroom top. Bushy. Fuzzy.

A picture of me with the left side of my hair flat ironed and the right side untouched. The right side looks frizzy, wavy, and thick. The left side looks sleek, flat, and two-thirds less thick than that of the right.
(2017) A picture of me with my left side flat ironed and my right side untouched.
  • 1 is straight
  • 2 is wavy
  • 3 is curly
  • 4 is coily
A view up of my hair and me. Showing my natural wave.
(2020) My wave pattern.
Looking unhappy because my hair is mostly straight and frizzy. The springy curls I had created with hot rollers before this moment were destroyed by humidity in the air.
(2018) Looking unhappy because my springy curls created with hot rollers were destroyed by the humidity in the air and mostly straight, frizzy hair is not the look I was going for that day.



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Librarian and Information Specialist by day. Queer writer of poetry, sensuality, personal experience, and health by night. Instagram @tolbert_on_medium #BLM✊🏿