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IN CONVERSATION WITH JOSE BRYCE SMITH

As Founder & CEO of leading Australian haircare brand, O&M, Jose Bryce Smith is a head above the rest. Once a Vogue Beauty Editor’s best-kept secret’, Jose is the original pioneer of ammonia-free hair colour in Australia, and passionate about combining nature with clean colour technology to create a luxurious collection of conscious hair care products.
Discover more about Jose, her top beauty and business tips plus how she blazed a trail in the green beauty space.
In Conversation With Jose Bryce Smith
ABOUT JOSE
Star sign
Aries
Three words to best describe yourself
Generous, crazy, loving
What does beauty mean to you? 
Health and happiness and being the best version of myself
Favourite self-care ritual
Colouring my hair, I think I could give up most things but I couldn’t go grey!
One makeup product you can’t live without
Mascara
Treasured quote or words of wisdom
Life is a gift don’t waste it
Jose Bryce Smith, Founder & CEO, Original & Mineral
ORIGINAL & MINERAL
Where your journey began
When I was working on the reception of our hair salon in Paddington, Sydney in 2000, I was shocked at the smell and fumes of hair colour and believed that hairdressers didn’t know what they are breathing in or putting on people’s heads and that there must be a cleaner way of colouring hair…. 
Your source of inspiration:
I have always lived a low tox lifestyle, my dad died of cancer when I was 17 and my mum taught me to eat organic and use natural products, hair colour is just my corner of the world that I wanted to make a difference in.  That coupled with hairdressers, they are my tribe and they are the most creative passionate opinionated people who tell me what they want and what they don’t, it’s never dull!
What does success mean to you
happiness, doing what I love and feeling like I am contributing to something good
Career highlight
We have pioneered Clean hair colour for over a decade and in 2016 we launched COR Color which is ammonia, ppd and resorcinol free hair colour that works like conventional hair colour and it launched all over the world to rave reviews. After spending so many years trying to solve this problem it was a eureka moment
How you juggle business and personal
I have a lot of help! I outsource whatever I can, I have an amazing PA, housekeeper gardener, I don’t try to do it all, I do try to be present with my kids whenever I am with them.  I pick them up from school every day and when I’m at home I don’t try to work.  I have no boundaries with time though and I can work at night and early in the morning, I love O&M so it’s not work for me
The best piece of advice you could give to someone looking to start or up-level their own business
Back yourself, 
What are you looking forward to
We have a lot of new products in the pipeline, I am passionate about staying at the forefront of clean colour and haircare and its exciting watching O&M grow around the world.
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