After a decade in business, the famed Miss Jessie's Salon (formerly Curve Salon) in Brooklyn closed its doors.
"The decision to close operations was a difficult one," said managing director Titi Branch.
Although the closing of the curly salon was necessitated by unexpected issues, Branch said it has been the company's strategy to focus more on the popular Miss Jessie's product line and stylist education programs.
"We have all these wonderful techniques we do at the salon, and we'll be sharing them with stylists," Branch said.
Those techniques include shingling, twist sets and silkening and finger-styling. She said Miss Jessie's plans to organize classes and symposiums for stylists around the country.
Branch, and her sister, Miko, opened the doors of the salon to respond to the demand for expertise in curly, kinky and wavy hair. The sisters, who are of mixed heritage, dedicated themselves to finding solutions for curly girls of all types and backgrounds.
Branch said the salon has served as a laboratory for the product line, which was launched in 2004. The line now includes Curly Pudding, Curly Meringue, Curly Buttercreme, Baby Buttercreme and Rapid Recovery Treatment. Several other products will be launched in August.
"It was from the salon that I really learned and understood what women with naturally curly hair really need and want," says Branch.
Closing of the salon will not affect the growing line, she stressed
"We're very closely connected to our customer base," Branch said. "We're continuing to focus on the products we're delivering to the naturally curly market."
Customers with questions about the closing of the salon can call 718-852-2600.