Join Us on Juneteenth
for a Special Donation Drive!

Did you know that 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, The Sophia Way is partnering with Friends of Youth, Mary’s Place, Porchlight, Treehouse, and YouthCare for a special donation drive. We are collecting Black hair care products to ensure everyone has access to the products they need.

How you can support this initiative

  • Donate black hair products.
  • Make it a double win by purchasing from local Black-owned hair stores and local brands (see list below).
  • Spread the word! Download and share the flyer

Three ways to donate

1. Bring your donations to our collection centers.  

2. Bring your donations to the Boon Boona Coffee shops.

See below for details of locations and dates.

3. Shop online from our Amazon wishlist and have the products sent directly to us.

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 – beginning 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 & rice into the hair of those who were in bondage so that they could have food on their journey’s. As we celebrate Black liberation on Juneteenth, we seek to honor the legacy of Black hair that has carried on for generations.

In-person drop-offs

Drop-off at the collection centers


The Sophia Way (Wednesday, June 19)
11061 NE 2nd Street, Bellevue, WA 98004
9 am to 5 pm


Mary’s Place (June 1 – 30)
4521 6th Ave S. Seattle, WA 98108
Monday – Saturday | 8:30 am to 4 pm

720 Blanchard St, Seattle, WA 98121
Monday – Friday | 9 am to 5 pm;  Saturday | 9 am – 1 pm

South Seattle

YouthCare (Wednesday, June 19)
Northwest African American History Museum at 2300 S Massachusetts St, Seattle, WA 98144
10 am to 3 pm

Drop-off at Boon Boona Coffee (June 1 – 30)

Renton: 724 S 3rd Street, Ste. C, Renton, WA 98057

Capitol Hill: 1223 East Cherry Street Ste. C121B, Seattle, WA 98122

UW Book Store: 4326 University Way NE, Seattle, WA 98105

Support local businesses

Local Black-Owned Hair Stores

Emerald City Naturals 

QueenCare Products

Legacy Hair & Beauty Supply 

Local Black-Owned Hair Brand

Beyond the Curls

Retail at Marlene’s Market & Deli at Federal Way

Popular Black Hair Brands

Camille Rose
Retail at Target, Walmart, Macy’s

Retail at Amazon, Safeway

Retail at Target, Sally Beauty, Ulta Beauty

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

Mixed Chicks
Retail at Sally Beauty, Target, Ulta Beauty

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

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