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Hair We Go:A Black Hair Tour in Harlem

Rated 5.0 out of 5 from 8 reviews.New York, United States

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Experience hosted by Mikaila

2 hours
Includes drinks
Up to 10 people
Hosted in English

What you'll do

The expression of culture through hairstyles has been a long-standing signature of Black communities. From afros to braids, Black people use their hair as a personal expression of who they are and what they stand for. On this tour, you will be ​exposed to both hair stores and hair stories. You will learn the history of today’s most popular Black hair trends, right back to their African roots, as well as gain a deeper understanding of the emotional significance hair has on Black culture and identity today. Social oppression and racial discrimination have historically forced many Black women to hide their hair. This tour strives to celebrate it. We will visit the best salon options for braiding, wigs and natural curl cultivation. You can also purchase hair accessories and products that will guarantee your perfect next “lewk”. This tour caters not only to those with black hair, but also those just interested in knowing more about its significance to Black culture.
The expression of culture through hairstyles has been a long-standing signature of Black communities. From afros to braids, Black people use their hair as a personal expression of who they are and what they stand for. On this tour, you will be ​exposed to both hair stores and hair stories. You will learn the history of today’s most popular Black hair trends, right back to their African roots, as well as gain a deeper understanding of the emotiona…

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What's included

  • Drinks
    We will start our tour “spilling some tea” over tea about your hair journey...
From $49
/ person
No dates available

Meet your host, Mikaila

Host on Airbnb since 2017
  • 8 Reviews
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I am an Ivy League-educated fashion designer and professor, who has built ​a brand around integrating my fashion expertise with a PhD in Anthropology to give you a unique, educative, fashion perspective! My company, The Common Thread Project (www.tctproject.com), does the research and my tours bring this knowledge straight to the public.
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Where you'll be

During this walking tour, I will share with you the history of black hair while visiting four popular hair stores and salons located on Harlem's iconic 125th Street. At each stop, you will be able to purchase a wide variety of hair products and accessories.

Rated 5.0 out of 5 from 8 reviews.

Camilla
February 2020
A black person's hair is their crown. Mikaila's understanding and historical knowledge was insightful and refreshing. She makes you feel so welcome and tailors the tour to your needs. Even if you are of another heritage I highly recommend this tour as the historical knowledge shared really opens your eyes to another culture.
A black person's hair is their crown. Mikaila's understanding and historical knowledge was insightful and refreshing. She makes you feel so welcome and tailors the tour to your nee…
Sarah
January 2020
What an EPIC tour! I had the BEST time learning with Mikaila- she is a true scholar of race and fashion, and absolutely did an amazing job distilling the unique history of Black hair and its cultural significance to the community and beyond. We visited some great black-owned shops in Harlem, and I really enjoyed being able to share about our respective hair journeys. Highly recommend this tour if you are ever in NYC!
What an EPIC tour! I had the BEST time learning with Mikaila- she is a true scholar of race and fashion, and absolutely did an amazing job distilling the unique history of Black ha…
Eyal
November 2019
In one word AMAZING! We met at Serengeti tea and spices tasted unique kinds of tea and Mikaila gave us fascinating background on black hair and culture Mikaila as fashion expert has professional knowledge and attractive way to express it so we fall in love... In the second part of the tour we visited unique boutiques of hair and fabrics where Mikaila is a true friend of owners Before farewell Mikaila gave us local food recommendations Looking forward to meet again and highly recommend you to take the tour to learn about Harlem black culture and above all meet Mikaila
In one word AMAZING! We met at Serengeti tea and spices tasted unique kinds of tea and Mikaila gave us fascinating background on black hair and culture Mikaila as fashion expert ha…
Katie
August 2019
Amazing, amazing, amazing.. This was truly an amazing experience. Mikaila was so knowledgeable, friendly and personable. It was like spending time with a long time friend. The shops we went too were incredible and somewhere we would’ve never gone to had we not been shown them.. I can not say enough about how amazing this experience was. It was truly one of the highlights of our trip. Mikaila made the experience sooo special.. I could’ve spent all day visiting and learning from her..
Amazing, amazing, amazing.. This was truly an amazing experience. Mikaila was so knowledgeable, friendly and personable. It was like spending time with a long time friend. The shop…
Leslie
August 2019
Mikaila did a great job bringing this tour to my children’s level and raising my own awareness. There was a good bit of shopping on this trip, but I was into it and made some great purchases:-)
Juliana
March 2019
Mikaila is developing a wonderful work. Her background as an anthropologist makes this tour a historical and political experience, necessary nowadays. As she tells us about the history of women's hair from the time of slavery, through emancipation and to civil rights movements, she leads us and opens the doors to the beautiful community of Harlem. Thank you for inspiring and empowering the community of women around you Mika!
Mikaila is developing a wonderful work. Her background as an anthropologist makes this tour a historical and political experience, necessary nowadays. As she tells us about the his…

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Cancellation policy

Any experience can be canceled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Guest requirements

Up to 10 guests ages 10 and up can attend.