"Me Time" with José Bryce Smith - Co-Founder of Original & Mineral

February 08, 2021

 Clean, Kind, Original Haircare

Original & Mineral (O&M), founded by Jose Bryce Smith and hairdresser Alan, was born from a need to find chemical free haircare due to Alan suffering contact dermatitis in the salon. Faced with the choice of leaving the salon business or finding an alternative to ammonia-based hair colour, the team opened the first ammonia-free salon in Paddington, Australia nearly two decades ago. O&M’s vision is to bring together nature and luxury in a line of Australia-born hair colour, haircare and styling products that are safe, effective and beautiful to use. 

O&M products are safe to use on coloured hair, sensitive skin and are clean from Sulphates, MIT, Parabens, Triclosan, Propylene Glycol, Phthalates & Gluten. By replacing harsh chemicals with active natural extracts and minerals, including native Australian ingredients like Lilly Pilly, Banksia Flower, Quandong, Tasmanian Sea Kelp and Davidson Plum, as well as quality essential oils will deliver real benefits and keep your hair at its healthiest. 

Certified by PETA as Cruelty Free, the O&M range with high-performing natural ingredients, sits on the shelves of top salons and boutique retailers around the world. This in demand low-tox luxury haircare brand features in this season’s premium pamper parcel, just in time to renew and elevate your haircare ritual.

Co-Founder José Bryce Smith shares with us the inspiration behind O&M and some of her "me time" rituals.

"Me Time" with José Bryce Smith - Co-Founder of Original & Mineral

INSPIRATION    My former partner, a hairdresser, suffered from contact dermatitis, making it impossible for him to use conventional hair colour. Together, we opened the first ammonia-free salon in Paddington, NSW nearly two decades ago. It attracted a progressive clientele and gave me the confidence to take the O&M vision further.

HERO   I have very fine hair and so I love Fine Intellect shampoo and conditioner as it has lilly pilly which acts like natural collagen and plumps my hair and then I can’t live without Atonic, which is our thickening spray. Project Sukuroi is another, which is our gold smoothing balm which I use on my blonde blow dried ends and I rarely leave the house without Desert Dry which is the perfect mix between dry shampoo and texture, it makes my hair go from flat to fabulous in seconds.

RESET  I love to relax at night in an Epsom Salt bath. 

INDULGE  Start off the day with some yoga or pilates and then have my hair done for long lunching with friends.

MOVEMENT  I do a lot of walking. I find in the morning it clears my head and helps me set up for a successful day.

SUMMER   Know Knott Detangling Spray. Not only is it to get out tough knots but you can use it before and after the beach to protect your colour and keep your hair hydrated.

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