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Breaking Beauty Podcast

Jun 24, 2020

Today we’re sitting down virtually with Miko Branch, co-founder of Miss Jessie’s Haircare. Hairstylist by trade, Miko launched the line in 2004 with her late sister, Titi Branch, sharing the Curly Pudding recipe they mixed up for their devoted clientele.Without any help from investors, the siblings bootstrapped the entire business, taking the homemade hair concoctions they learned to make in their grandmother’s kitchen to front and centre at major retail stores. Today, Miss Jessie’s is adored by celebrities like Alicia Keys, Lupita Nyong'o and Zendaya, along with curly, kinky, coily and wavy-hair women everywhere.

In this episode, Miko takes us through the fascinating backstory behind the brand, from their earliest days in the bustling Bedford–Stuyvesant salon to the secret to their best-selling Pillow Soft Curls — a wonder product that harnesses fabric softener technology for your hair to keeping Titi’s legacy alive through the company. Plus, catch Miko’s best tips for embracing your curls and transitioning from relaxed to natural hair. 

Revealing the toughest and most rewarding moments in her storied journey to entrepreneurial success, Miko leaves us with advice on the best ways to support female Black business owners right now. Plus, stay tuned until the end for a special phone-a-friend! Fellow beauty journo Ingrie Williams of The T-Zone is back on the mic with her review of the iconic, Pillow Soft Curls.

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