When news spread that Miss Jessie’s co-founder Titi Branch was found dead earlier this month, many in the beauty world were shocked and incredibly saddened. The beauty entrepreneur was one of those who spearheaded the natural hair movement by providing hair products that catered to the African-American market. Although they were competing in the same market, Lisa Price, founder of Carol’s Daughter, expressed her condolences and explained how she’s always embraced Branch’s impact on the beauty industry.
“Titi and her sister Miko grew up with a particular beauty need that was not addressed and after years of ‘making do,’ like so many of us, they decided to ‘get it done,'” Price told StyleBlazer.com.
Both Carol’s Daughter and Miss Jessie’s were trailblazing businesses during a time when there were very few styling options on the shelves for natural textures.
“Though, technically our brands are competitors, I have always viewed them as ‘sisters’ in this beauty world,” Price said. “They have made an indelible mark on this industry and I am sure Miko will continue to do so. Though I can only imagine that doing this without her sister will be challenging for her, Titi will be beside Miko in spirit and the rest of us out here in this business will be there to hold her up. It is what we must do. No one does this alone.”
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