Keratin Coppola Smoothing Treatment


Ladies, the time has finally come. After dozens and dozens of emails with questions regarding Brazilian Blowouts and/or Keratin Coppola Smoothing Treatments, Tera documented a a step-by-step Keratin Coppola Smoothing Treatment in hopes to help explain the concept and show the amazing results from the treatment.

If you have questions for Tera, please leave a comment and she’ll do her best to answer you!

Now, let’s get to it!

This is Cindy. She has very curly, unruly hair. It is sometimes cooperative, and this is a pretty good day. Our goal was to eliminate all of her frizz and make her curls more manageable. She also hopes that with the smoothing treatment , she will be able to blow her hair out straight, something she hasn’t yet been able to master.

Here is Cindy pre-treatment.

After retouching Cindy’s color, we shampooed her hair with the Keratin Complex Clarifying Shampoo to remove any color residue or oils that could prevent the treatment from adhering to her hair. I then quickly dried her hair so I could begin to apply the treatment. Immediately following color is the best time for a treatment as it seals the hair so color stays vibrant, shiny and lasts longer.

I sectioned Cindy’s hair into sections and begin applying the Keratin Complex Smoothing Treatment. It is applied to the entire head.

The entire head is covered with the treatment. Next it is covered with a plastic cap and she will sit for 30 minutes. In this time the treatment is finding it’s way into the open spaces in the cuticle.

When thirty minutes has passed, the hair is again quickly blown dry with the treatment in it.

The hair is then flat ironed with a 450 degree iron in very fine sections. This is when the magic happens! An activator in the treatment reacts with the heat of the iron sealing the treatment into the hair. The hair becomes extremely smooth, shiny and soft.

The finished product! Cindy will not shampoo her hair or get it wet at all for 3 days. When she shampoos it, her hair will be 100% frizz free and slightly less curly. Her own hair but only better!!!


What about three days later, after washing and air-drying?

Still great curls without any of the frizz!

And three weeks later…

Remember how Cindy couldn’t blow dry her hair straight before the treatment? This photo was taken after she dried it straight with her fingers. (She didn’t even use a brush!!) Pretty damn impressive…

And here’s a more specific comparison of her curls before and after the treatment.

Absolutely lovely. I have had several personal friends do the Coppola treatment and they can’t stop raving about it. (Literally. I GET IT, PEOPLE.)

If this process is something that would be perfect for your hair type and you live in Southern California, Tera is offering the process for 20% off! ($280 instead of $350.) Additionally, if you add another service (cut or color), she will give you 25% off. You can book your appointments with Tera at her website.

Thanks for taking the time to do this, Tera! Don’t forget to leave your questions for Tera in the comments.


hair thursday makeover 83


Meet Jessica and her fantastic pixie. (And eyes and eyebrows.)

Jessica’s hair:

Dark brown with some gray; no coloring
She likes the gray and is keeping the gray. (LOVE THIS.)
Normal/dry condition
Fine with slight wave
Needs an easy hairstyle
Happy to use products, but doesn’t want to blowdry or style on a regular basis
Uses Bumble and Bumble curl creme and Jonathan Dirt

From Jessica’s email:

I’ve had various lengths of this same short ‘do for years now, and I’ve thoroughly loved it. But I’m in need of something new and am feeling the urge to grow it out to a messy/tousled bob, but am not sure if that will really work on my long, narrow face with my fine, thin hair. Can you help?? Thank you!!!

Jessica sent this photo as a possible option for her new hairstyle.

Jessica’s pixie really suits her, doesn’t it? The way it flaunts her facial features is downright perfect. Though, as we’ve addressed before, I totally get her boredom with her current hairstyle. Since she doesn’t want to color (and I wouldn’t recommend it), the tedious process of growing out must begin.

Side note: I love that Jessica doesn’t want to color her gray. I think it gives her pixie an edge and looks fantastic on her.

As for the proposed hairstyle, Jessica could rock that look completely. Her fine hair would lay well chin-length, the cut would complement her overall face shape, and the addition of her slight wave would give the movement and tousled look she is hoping to achieve without too much styling. The biggest hurdle for Jessica, however, will be the dreaded grow out phase, but adding some key products will help her to not lose her mind during the process.

Have you all seen this brand new product from Redken?

It’s called Wool Shake 08 Gel-Slush Texturizer and is pretty damn amazing for adding texture, hold and tousle. In a nutshell, it transforms flat and/or undefined hair to create lots of volume and texture. So, the stuff feels like slush in the bottle, but acts like a gel when sprayed on damp/dry hair. A product like this would be perfect for Jessica while growing out because it would help give control, but ultimately look super tousled and fun.

I would recommend Jessica picking some of this up for the long haul of growing out. HOWEVER, two more things.

1. I love the pixie. It could definitely be Jessica’s signature style.

2. Once grown out, her gray hair might appear completely different (in texture and color) than it did while short. Just some food for thought.

What do you all think?


Hair Share — Sexy Hair Volumizing Dry Shampoo


The lovely Mir sent a tip introducing me to her very favorite new product. I personally haven’t tried it due to my immense PASSION for Klorane Dry Shampoo (been using it for years on my bangs and I still adore it…), but it sounds like a winner. Have any of you tried this out? I definitely like the price point. (Approximately 13 bucks.)

If you haven’t tried it yet, run and get yourself a can of Sexy Hair Volumizing Dry Shampoo. It works like hairspray — creating body and hold — but without ICK. The instructions say to spray it on, leave a couple of minutes, and then comb out… which I guess would work if you were truly using it as dry shampoo. But my stylist showed me to spray it on the roots for lift, just kind of mush it around with my fingers a bit, and then leave it there for the body boost.  At the end of the day when I brush it out my hair still feels perfectly clean! And then if I want to skip washing the next morning I can just spray a little more and repeat. It’s a miracle in a can, I tell you!

(I haven’t tried it when wearing my hair curly, but I love love LOVE it when I wear it straight.)


Life in List Form (Brought to you by my iPhone camera.)


1. The Whoorl household is illin’ this week. All three of us are drowning in Trader Joe’s tissues, although Wito seems to prefer using his sleeve/toys/sofa arm/remote control/pillow as a snot receptacle.

2. The fact that we all fell ill during Wito’s week off from preschool makes me want to cry, considering I was truly looking forward to the playdates we had scheduled for the week. For instance, tomorrow’s playdate will be held at my friend’s pizza parlor. Good friends, fun kids and ALL YOU CAN EAT FREE PIZZA. Do you realize how wonderful that 2-3 hours would have been for this here pregnant lady? DO YOU?

3. Speaking of being pregnant, I am 21 weeks as of last weekend. Halfway there, my friends, and about 2 photos to show for it. (The second one sure gets the shaft, don’t they?)  Here I am this morning in my (rapidly becoming too snug) Andrew Bird tee.

Interesting how I choose to take a photo of myself on the day that I feel like death. Revel in my natural beauty, folks! REVEL.

4. Many updates are currently going on at the house, and I promise to post some photos in the near future. It’s just that I’m more of a Before/After Photo kind of girl, opposed to a Check Out The Progress We Are Making Today gal. Although, there may or may not be a lovely man named Carlos painting our downstairs powder room navy as I type this.

5. Hell. While I’m randomly busting out my iPhone camera, here’s a shot of my favorite room in the house. Our upstairs loft, aptly named The Treehouse. I could sit here all day.

6. Finally, prepare for utter sweetness. We are big fans of The Sound of Music over here, and my nighttime duties usually consist of a four-song medley of sorts for Wito after D reads his bedtime story. (“Sixteen Going on Seventeen,” “Edelweiss,” “Doe Re Mi” and “My Favorite Things,” in case the suspense is absolutely killing you…)

Yesterday afternoon, Wito was feeling pretty crummy so he decided he wanted to sing “My Favorite Things” in hopes of feeling better. I think it may have helped a tiny bit. (Or maybe it was the ice cream.)

My Favorite Things from whoorl on Vimeo.