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Healing Haircare in Meekatharra

When Youth Focus Mental Health Clinician Nicholah Wasarirevu was named a “SheaChangeMaker” for her work with Sister’s Healing Space, her thoughts immediately turned to her “Sis, You Are Crowned” haircare drive, which collects donations for ethnic hair care products to be distributed to remote communities, shelters, and support services across WA.

“The SheaChangeMaker campaign ignited my desire to distribute ethnic haircare products to sisters and children in care experiencing adversity,” Nicholah explains.

“I requested that instead of receiving a $1,000 grant from SheaMoisture, I would like to allocate the funds for inclusive haircare products to distribute to young people in remote communities, shelters, and multicultural and refugee services in Perth.”

SheaMoisture kindly donated 30 haircare kits, including shampoo, conditioners and hair masque, which Nicholah distributed along with Sis, You Are Crowned tote bags, accessories and hair oils, during Youth Focus Meekatharra’s Young Women’s Group in early May.

The young women were grateful for the haircare kits, with around half the group members admitting they don’t have access to products that are appropriate for their hair.

Meekatharra’s Young Women’s Group meets every month, offering a safe space for young women to come together and build connections through sisterhood, promoting health and wellbeing. Meekatharra’s Young Women’s Group is a safe space for young people to learn, share experiences as well as passed-on knowledge from community members and Elders.