Afrokinkyhair.com is a natural hair blog founded by Jamaican blogger Rochelle Farquharson.
I started Afrokinkyhair.com to document my hair journey and in the process offer hair care information, support, advice, and hair care info to other women based on my experiences, research, and knowledge. Learning about our natural hair can be very difficult and time consuming, and my goal is to simplify the process and accelerate the time it takes to grow long, healthy hair.
What you will find here:
1. In depth information on how to grow your hair.
2. A sense of community where you can share your thoughts and get answers.
3. Hair care tips, tricks and much more.
I hope that you’ll find value, inspiration, and most importantly a sense of awareness here as that is my ultimate goal for this blog. I also hope that you’ll go ahead and subscribe to afrokinkyhair for upcoming tips, hacks, and other haircare information.
I was born in St.Elizabeth, Jamaica, in a small community of mostly farmers and entrepreneurs. I was born into a large family (I have 4 sisters and 4 brothers) and I was the 9th and final child to my parents.
I went on to become one of the best long /triple jumpers in high school in the country, and I travelled the world and represented my country in athletics. I saw and experienced different cultures, and I got a better understanding of how different people see the world. I moved to the United States after high school to pursue my bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology while also finding success in track and field.
Ok so let’s backtrack a little! My sisters and I had coarse, shoulder length hair since we were very young and our mother had a very hard time trying to comb our hair every wash day. We all had 4c hair (kinky), but of course each of us had very different and unique hair. Since some of us were far apart in age she didn’t have to struggle with all 5 of us at one time, but it was a challenge none the less.
I always had my hair taken care of by my mother up until I was 12 years old; right before I started high school. She passed away that year, so I had to start taking care of my own hair. I didn’t have the slightest idea how to care for my natural hair, and at that point it was about bra strap length. That’s when I turned to the relaxer. I had relaxed hair throughout high school and although I started out with bra strap length, it did not remain that way for long.
After getting it relaxed and seeing how very little maintenance was required (so I thought), I began to slowly neglect my hair. I began flat-ironing every single day and wearing it down daily, but I didn’t realize how much damage I was doing to my hair. My hair began to thin and it started to break off (I even got a bald spot in the crown of my head). I kept relaxing my hair anyway because I had no clue about proper hair care practices.
After moving to a new country (US) and a new life, I decided to cut my hair and start fresh. My freshman year of college I decided to get a cute, short haircut, but I didn’t necessarily do it for the health of my hair. At that point I didn’t know much about healthy hair care – I still got relaxers, but removing the hair that had been damaged from years of bad relaxers helped the state of my hair, and it began to grow.
Around my junior year in college, I began gaining knowledge about healthy healthcare practices and started to incorporate them into my daily haircare. Over two years of healthy haircare practices, I grew my relaxed hair to mid-back length. After a while my hair started to thin at the ends and regardless of how much I cared for it, I couldn’t get rid of the thin, limp look. That’s when I decided to go natural.
I transitioned for 6 1/2 months before I decided it was time to get rid of my relaxed ends. I felt there was no need to keep my limp, straight, ragged ends when I could remove them and give my natural hair the best care without having to worry about two textures. My original plan was to transition for 2 years then big chop, but I didn’t get nearly as far as I had planned.The main reason I big chopped sooner than later was because the two textures were very hard to deal with and every single style I tried during this transition failed because my relaxed ends would not cooperate with my natural hair and vice versa.
11 months growth difference!
My natural hair journey started in October 2015 and my hair is growing very healthy. I’ve gained extensive knowledge about proper haircare through experience and watching other successful people grow long hair.
I’m here to share my knowledge and research with you to hopefully inspire everyone to continue on their healthy natural hair journey. Come join me and we can learn from each other and provide support on our journey to long, healthy hair!
I am a professional track and field athlete, a natural hair enthusiast, and I currently reside in San Diego, California.