In Memoriam: Miss Jessie’s Titi Branch
On December 4, 2014 the Black Hair Care Community lost a pioneer, Titi Branch the co-founder of Miss Jessie’s® Products. Miss Jessie’s® Products, established in 2004, was one of the first hair products to cater to naturally textured hair. Titi Branch, along with her sister Miko Branch have not only inspired millions of women to embrace their natural texture, but also have inspired budding entrepreneurs to create their own hair product lines for textured hair. Many people, including myself are shocked and saddened by this loss. Condolences and prays to the Miss Jessie’s® and Branch family.
Statement from Miko Branch:
My beloved sister, Titi Cree Branch passed away on December 4, 2014.
A private memorial service in her honor was held on December 14, 2014. Titi is now at peace.
My family and I want to thank you for your love and overwhelming support, delivered in kind words, warm notes, lovely flowers and, of course, in heartfelt prayer. We have received them all with gratitude and appreciation. During this difficult time, please know that your support provides much ease to our bereavement.
Our family and close friends are actively trying to discover and comprehend the events leading up to Titi’s death but we are hopeful that all things will come to the light.
Your love has given me the strength that I need to continue to move forward in tribute to Titi. Titi had a special combination of personality traits, such as genuine kindness, attentiveness, and a willingness to share her love without caution.
I wished she would have stayed longer. Titi has gone home and it gives me comfort to know that she has reunited with our beloved grandmother, Jessie Mae Branch.
My sister touched many lives in a deeply meaningful way, and many of you have generously asked if there are additional ways in which you can be of assistance. It would be of great reassurance to me if you will help me to keep Titi’s name and legacy alive, and to spread the good word about what a great woman she was ~ a wonderful person of invention and innovation.
I’ve found happiness in putting together a short video that features Titi as the big sister that I will always love and remember. I hope you enjoy it too. God Bless.
The Branch and Matsumoto Family
The Miss Jessie’s Family
Ammina Rose is a hair and beauty enthusiast from Chicago, Illinois. She created Lovin’ Our Textures on the belief that all hair is beautiful no matter the texture or style preference. Follow her hair journey from Relaxed to Natural on Youtube and Instagram.