Rest In Love: Miss Jessie’s Co-Founder Titi Branch Dies at 45
The natural hair world was recently rocked with the breaking news of one of its own, Titi Branch, co-founder of Miss Jessie’s, passing away from a possible suicide. While this is not confirmed, it is being reported that her death was caused by asphyxiation.
This is the second death within the natural hair community this year. Earlier this year, founder of For Brown Girls and #DarkSkinRedLip died in an apparent suicide. People have been sending messages of love and shock, along with her sister who posted:
— Miko Branch (@MikoBranch) December 14, 2014
In 1997, sisters Titi and Miko opened Miss Jessie’s Salon in response to the demand for experts in natural hair and natural curly hair. Their experience with curls started over 20 years ago.
Born into a multi-cultural family, having a mother who was Japenese and a father who was African American left the girls with a head of multi-textured hair. Titi was very disappointed about the lack of salons and products that catered to her and her sister’s textured hair, which led Miss Jessie’s to be a major staple in the natural hair community.
Miss Jessie’s was one of the first major hair care lines to hit the shelves of a major big box retailer at the height of the curly girl movement. Their products soon could be found in retailers where products for natural girls were scarce.
Titi became a recognizable face of the brand with her beautiful, curly golden locks and was the mastermind behind the wildly popular and signature product, Miss Jessie’s Curly Pudding.
Last year this time Titi told the online media source Ozy, “I get so inspired when people meet us,” “It’s just a hair product but to them it’s so much more. It has such an impact.”
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Indeed. Their brand has been an impact and their vision is one that will be celebrated for years to come. Rest In Love, Titi Branch!
If you or anyone you know is feeling suicidal, do not be ashamed to reach out for help…help is here for you. National Suicide Hotline 1-800-273-8255.