In 2000, Miko Branch and her sister, Titi, launched a natural hair care brand from their kitchen table in Brooklyn. They named their creamy concoctions for curls Miss Jessie’s Original, after their grandmother, a Southern Black matriarch who taught them all about hair care and family. More than 20 years later, Miss Jessie’s natural hair products are a staple in the regimens of many Black women around the globe. Even after the death of her sister, Miko Branch continues to carry the legacy of the family business and is helping millions of women own their beauty from the inside out.
I work in the beauty business and I’ve learned that true beauty comes with balance. Finding joy or finding happiness in a new normal, that process can be very beautiful if you’re not being negative. … I’ve come to learn that hair is an accessory and although it’s really personal and connected to how we see ourselves, I really think we should relax a little bit and maybe we’ll be pleasantly surprised. While you’re getting acquainted with your hair or your body, be patient with yourself. It’s whatever you want to do and no one should judge you, least of all yourself.
Read more about this Black woman who is making history today in her exclusive interview with ZORA below. Happy Women’s History Month!