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join us on juneteenth for a special donation drive!

Updated: 3 days ago

Did you know that quality hair care products for Black and textured hair are often hard to find? This issue is especially significant for the Black community experiencing homelessness in King County. Although only 6% of King County’s population identifies as Black, 19% of those experiencing homelessness identified as such


This Juneteenth, Friends of Youth is partnering with Sophia Way, Mary’s Place, Porchlight, Treehouse, and YouthCare for a special donation drive. We are collecting Black hair care products to ensure clients have access to the products they need.


Please support this initiative by donating hair care products. Make it a double win by purchasing from local Black-owned hair stores and local brands (see list below). 


In-person drop-off on Wednesday, June 19 from 9:00am to 5:00pm at: 

  • Bellevue: The Sophia Way at 11061 NE 2nd Street, Bellevue, WA 98004 

  • Seattle: Mary’s Place at 720 Blanchard St, Seattle WA 98121 

  • South Seattle: YouthCare at 2500 NE 54th St., Seattle, WA 98105 



Local Black-Owned Hair Stores 


Local Black-Owned Hair Brand 


Popular Black Hair Brands 

  • Alaffia, Retail at Amazon, Safeway 

  • Camille Rose, Retail at Macy's, Target, Walmart

  • Cantu Beauty, Retail at Fred Meyer, Sally Beauty, Target, Walgreens, Walmart

  • Curls, Retail at Sally Beauty, Target, Ulta Beauty

  • Mixed Chicks, Retail at Sally Beauty, Target, Ulta Beauty 

  • PATTERN Beauty, Retail at Amazon, Macy’s, Sephora, Ulta Beauty

  • Shea Moisture, Retail at Rite Aid, Sally Beauty, Target, Ulta Beauty, Walgreens, Walmart


Why Black Hair Care Matters 

Black hair types encompass various textures and protective styles. Hair has long been considered sacred in African culture and society both past and present. During the slave trade, it was a common practice for captured Africans to have their heads shaved – the beginning of the dark history of cultural erasure and hair discrimination. Hair played a significant role in communication and survival during slavery. Enslaved Black women often used specific braid patterns to represent escape routes for freedom. Furthermore, enslaved Black women frequently braided seeds and rice into the hair of those who were in bondage so they could have food on their journeys. As we celebrate Black liberation on Juneteenth, we seek to honor the legacy of Black hair that has carried on for generations. 

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