Josie Ragains is our O&M Colorist of the Month for April 2016!
She has been posting some beautiful blondes and rich browns in our O&M Colorist Forum, so we took the time to interview her to see if she could share some of her secrets with us. Below she tells us how she made the journey to non-toxic beauty products and gives her advice on O&M color for the newbies.
Don’t forget to take a look at the photos of her work at the bottom!
Get to know Josie!
Congratulations on your new space, Josie’s Organic Hair Studio! How did you originally become interested in healthier beauty products?
Thank you! 🙂 Honestly, what originally made me interested in healthier beauty products was to try to find a company that didn’t test on animals or use any animal products since this is a belief I practice in my everyday life. The fact that it’s a healthier alternative to mainstream hair products is just icing on the cake.
I was getting progressively sick as a hair stylist and thought I would have to give up a career that I loved. My health has improved tremendously since I made the switch. I have no idea how much my health would benefit from eliminating toxic chemicals in my work place.
What O&M styling and care products do you find yourself using the most and why?
My go-to styling product is definitely styling guru. A little goes a long way and it makes my blow-dries go quickly and smoothes even my most coarse haired clients.
What do you like most about O&M color?
Besides that it matches my personal core values, I love that O&M has made it possible for clients to be able to get their color done again that had developed sensitivities to hair color throughout the years. Since it’s free of gluten, ammonia, PPD and resorcinol, my clients feel safe knowing there is a decrease in harsh chemicals during their hair service.
You’ve shared some beautiful blondes in the group! Do you have any tips you can share about the Keratin lightener or toning with O&M?
Sure, I find that I get the best blonde tones when I don’t over lighten the hair. I use primarily 20 volume because it gives me great control in tonality to avoid turning the hair bright yellow or orange. I find that I rarely need to to tone with this lightener, but when I do I love using /16 series. It’s the perfect blend of ash and violet.
Do you have any words of advice for new users of O&M color?
This is a color line has so many benefits, it’s definitely worth learning. Make sure to always measure your color properly, take advantage of the matte series and 0/33 will be your best friend. Adding 0/33 to your formula creates the perfect grey coverage, so I use it in almost all my formulations.