Creating a Successful Business from Scratch – Naturally

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When I made the decision to embrace my natural hair back in 2009, Miss Jessie's was one of the first natural hair care brands that was introduced to me. There is no question that Miss Jessie's is one of the trailblazers in the natural hair care industry, providing a variety of natural hair care products at a time when most companies weren't paying much attention to the natural hair movement that was rapidly growing. Miss Jessie's, started by sisters Miko and Titi  Branch, was not only influential in my journey to caring for my natural hair texture but also in my blogging journey. I will never forget the note I received from Miko and Titi in the first year that I started blogging, that encouraged me to continue sharing my experience. I was so inspired by their continuous growth over the years and I felt incredibly blessed when I was able to partner with them as a hair model for one of their events and eventually have them as the sponsor for our first annual Naturally Pretty event, helping us to raise funds for the Atlanta Day Shelter for Women and Children. I was so heartbroken when I heard the news of Titi's passing this past December and my prayers continue to go out to her sister and the rest of the Miss Jessie's family.
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Titi Branch, Maeling Murphy (Natural Chica), Miko Branch in 2010
I am glad to have the opportunity to share that Miko Branch, CEO of Miss Jessie's, has published a book that tells the story of the Miss Jessie's brand and celebrates the legacy of her sister, Titi Branch.miss-jessies-book-creating-a-successful-business-from-scratch-naturally-miko-branch-titi-branch
Miss Jessie's - Creating a Successful Business from Scratch - Naturally is a memoir and business guide rich with inspirational life lessons and unique business advice from Miko Branch, the Chief Executive Officer of the dynamic Miss Jessie’s — the company that revolutionized the hair care industry.Miko recalls that when she and her sister, Titi, were children, their grandmother, Miss Jessie, taught them independence and showed them the value of being “do it yourself” women, all while whipping up homemade hair concoctions at her kitchen table. As co-founders of Miss Jessie's, Miko reveals how she and Titi applied those lessons to create a successful business from scratch.A family memoir with a wealth of practical business advice and handy hair tips, told in Miko's funny and relatable voice, Miss Jessie’s chronicles Miko's remarkable story from her childhood learning independence as a latchkey kid in Jamaica, Queens, to co-founding her remarkable company with her sister in their shared home salon in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn. Miko reflects on her hard-won insights working for her autocratic, iron-fisted father, and how the self-sufficiency she learned in childhood helped her blossom as a single mother with bills to pay, a child to raise, and a dream to pursue. Miko speaks honestly of her mistakes and successes, and of her role as an industry leader, negotiating multi-million dollar deals while at the same time restoring the self esteem of natural and curly haired women.Miss Jessie's provides an honest look into the life and life lessons of the woman behind the brand.  Miss Jessie's offers invaluable instruction that can be applied to any business, and is equal parts charming and enlightening, chock full of entertaining stories and a personal collection of Miko's family photos.  At its core, Miss Jessie's confirms that with effort the American Dream is possible. 

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I am incredibly honored to be a part of the official blogger tour that is supporting Miko as she shares their journey in building Miss Jessie's into such a successful business. As a part of this special tour, Miss Jessie's has agreed to sponsor an awesome giveaway prize for one lucky Natural Chica reader!

THE GIVEAWAY

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Miss Jessie's Baby Buttermilk Miss Jessie's Multi Cultural Curls Miss Jessie's Curly Butter Cream Miss Jessie's Sweetback Conditioner Miss Jessie's Leave In Condish Miss Jessie's Coily Curls Miss Jessie's Jelly Soft Curls 1 Signed Copy of the Miss Jessie's Book.

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Miss-Jessie's-Book

The Miss Jessie's book is available at amazon.com and Barnes & Noble. They also have a special promotion where you can receive a T-shirt when you pre-order the book through 12:00 am on April 13, 2015!

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  • Erika Nikole

    Awesome giveaway! I would love to try all these products for my fine, dry and frizzy hair. No matter what product i have tried, there is no beating the frizz and it drives me crazy. I really need something that will help tame the frizz and also help seal in moisture.

  • http://taniquaruss.com Taniqua

    Miss Jessie’s was also one of the first products I tried when I started to wear my hair natural. I got the curly pudding and curly meringue on the 2 for 1 Christmas special. I’d have to say the meringue is my favorite Miss Jessie’s product, it gives me a nice beautiful hold. I also love the style guide booklets that come with the products.

  • Brandi

    It’s so awesome that they have a book. Kudos. I’m always scared to try new products since I have a very sensitive scalp. I’ll have to give theirs a go.

  • Jazmenique Monfiston

    My favorite product is the baby curls. Not to mention the smell of their products are intoxicating!

  • LaToya Threatt

    I haven’t used any of Miss Jessie products because the area that live in does not have a lot of natural hair products. I heard some great reviews about Miss Jessie’s and I believe this is a fanatic chance to try some of the products. I would really love to try a product that I could use for my twist out and have good definition with my twists. My hair is very thick and kinky the products that I tried haven’t been successful.

  • Veronika

    I can’t wait until the book comes out! I hope there is a book signing for it in my area soon!

  • Bose

    I would luv to win & try all the wonderful products for my twist-out & sum protective styles most especially during the summer it could be nice trying different styles & also to moisturized the ends, edges of my hair,, Emter me pls.

  • LeNitra

    I have heard so much about the Miss Jessie’s product line, but unfortunately have never been able to try them. I would love to try these products in hopes that it will help me figure out my unruly hair.

  • Stephanie

    Hi Mae!

    I’ve never tried any of Miss Jessie’s products, but I’d love to try Jelly Soft Curls. I’ve heard nothing but good things about it.

  • Saniel

    super sweet back conditioner loved that product always made hair feel super soft. Thanks

  • Rochelle A

    This is a great giveaway! I would love to try this line 🙂

  • tiffany

    I would love to win!!!

  • Natasha

    I really love Miss Jessie’s Sweetback Conditioner, Crème de la Crème Conditioner and Curly Pudding.

  • Shantay Watkins

    I wanna win! I love Miss Jessie’s!

  • BeaJae

    Although it’s not listed above, I’d like to try the Baby ButterCreme.

    Thanks for offering the giveaway.

  • Bose Sosan

    Yay I’m so happy to be the winner of dis giveaway!
    Thank you.

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