On Sunday, MODERN hosted Texture! a unique hair event geared for salon professionals
interested in learning about curly, frizzy and kinky hair types. The pioneer panel featured
a discussion and Q & A section with learners and innovators in the textured hair industry.
| (From left to right) Anthony Dickey, Titi and Miko Branch, Veronique Morrison, Ouidad, Shari harbinger, Jonathan Torch
||Edwin Johnston, on the Texture! panel for half of the event.
| Handouts at MODERN'S Texture! event
|| Each person who attended the Texture! event received a Texture! bag full of curl products and beauty goodies
Panelists and their inspiration for entering the textured hair industry:
Anthony Dickey: textured hair expert, author of "Hair Rules!: The Ultimate Hair-Care Guide for
Women with Kinky, Curly or Wavy Hair," and creator of the Hair Rules line of products.
During the panel discussion, Dickey said he wanted to offer women an inside into the textured hair
business. In his experience, "It was about coming up with a hodge podge of products that would help
women with their curly hair issues," said Dickey. I never initially thought I would be part of the textured
hair business, I just came about it accidentally." According to Dickey, textured hair is all about accurately
dealing with every one's hair issues and embracing different hair types.
Miko and Titi Branch: creators of Miss Jessie's Line of products and owners of Miss Jessie's Salon
"Our entrance into the curly hair business started when my sister, Titi, had her child," said Miko. "During this time she realized she couldn't keep her hair as straight as she liked so she started to experiment with her curly hair." From this point on both sisters developed strategies and techniques for women who wanted to embrace their texture. They decided after working with textured hair to form a product line—focusing on a niche in the curl market—black curly hair.
|(From left to right) Titi and Miko Branch. The sisters want to teach people how to deal with frizz. "Don't be afraid of someone who walks into the salon with mounds of hair," said Titi. "Learn how to control it."|
"We primarily dealt with healthy hair. As I changed, my clients changed. We really connected with women who were trying to find solutions," said Miko. We took our knowledge and education on curly hair and created strategies to help women."
|Ouidad: Known as the "Queen of Curl," pioneer in the curly world who opened the world's first salon 26 years ago devoted to curly hair and author of "Curl Talk."
Ouidad started working with curly hair out of her own frustration with her own curly hair. "People thought I was crazy for opening a salon dedicated solely to curly hair," said Ouidad. "I told them that I would do it. My business grew so fast it was like a tsunami." Ouidad stressed that people should embrace their curly hair and work with what they have.
| Veronique Morrison, Ouidad and Shari Harbinger