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.

  • Kirsten

    February 23, 2010 at 11:51 am

    I had this done too and I have SUPER curly hair! Curlier than Cindy’s…and I love it! It still has body and is really healthy. It doesn’t have the curl that it used to (which I do miss) but it’s so easy to straighten and the frizz is gone!

    I highly recommend this treatment.

  • Rebekah

    February 23, 2010 at 1:24 pm

    This is awesome! I have wanted to do this for a long time, and this post totally convinced me on it.

  • Jackie

    February 23, 2010 at 1:55 pm

    This looks amazing! I wish I lived in Southern Ca! Must do this.


    February 23, 2010 at 1:58 pm

    I actually had this done a few months ago! I couldn’t believe the results. I have (had!) much coarser, curlier hair than Cindy. Now I wear my hair straight probably 80% of the time (it takes 1/3 of the time to flat iron it). The rest of the time i have a much softer curl. Question-do you know what product Cindy is using to keep her wave so nice? I can’t figure out how to manage my new manageable curl!!

  • Tera Stephens

    February 23, 2010 at 2:03 pm

    Cindy, like all of you curly girls, has tried just about every curl product out there. Since her treatment, she has had the best results with Kerastase Oleo Curl Creme.

  • Heidi

    February 23, 2010 at 2:06 pm

    How long does this treatment typically last?

  • Tera Stephens

    February 23, 2010 at 3:05 pm

    The treatment lasts 3-5 months depending on how often you wash and the products you use. It also has a cumulative effect so as you repeat the treatments it begins to layer on the hair making it even smoother, shinier and healthier!

  • cindy

    February 23, 2010 at 6:17 pm

    Hey, it’s me, Cindy, the one in the photos. Just another note to add: another great product to use to maintain some curl (the one used in the ‘after’ – wavy/curly photos on the website), is Bumble & bumble Holding Foam. It doesn’t take much. Just a little and it helps maintain some wave and curl too. Kerastase Oleo Curl Creme gives a smoother, more relaxed curl. I absolutely LOVE this process. Worth every penny!!


    February 23, 2010 at 7:00 pm

    Great! thanks Cindy! And just so that you know, I decided to be careful about how often I wash my hair. Also, I use a sulphate free shampoo and conditioner. I did the treatment in JULY and my hair is still (!!) way more manageable. I haven’t had to do it since. Definitely worth every penny :)

  • Amy

    February 23, 2010 at 7:31 pm

    Well, it’s very pretty now, but I love love LOVE her before curls.

  • Jenibee

    February 24, 2010 at 8:59 am

    Oh, I agree with Amy! Her hair IS pretty now, but those “before” curls are to DIE for!

  • Anh

    February 24, 2010 at 8:59 am

    Wow that was amazing! Cindy’s hair looks great!!

  • court

    February 24, 2010 at 9:37 am

    So would this last kind of a like a permanent treatment? Would new growth be more unruly that the bottom portion of her hair?

    I love her either way, but as a crazy haired lady, have to say I love the before pics :)

  • Suzanne

    February 24, 2010 at 11:56 am

    Has anyone tried to do this at home? I came across the Keratin Coppola Smoothing Treatment online for $160 for 1 bottle and was considering trying it (with help from a friend to get to those hard to reach places).

  • kat

    February 24, 2010 at 12:38 pm

    this looks amazing! i have crazy straight hair but am so going to reco this for my curly haired friends!

  • Berlin Hair Baby

    February 24, 2010 at 1:09 pm

    what a well researched and written post! fantastic, I love it!

  • Tera Stephens

    February 24, 2010 at 2:52 pm

    @Court the treatment washes out very gradually so you won’t even be able to tell where it begins and ends. Also, by the time you have noticible regrowth you would be due for your next treatment.
    @Suzanne I’m a stylist with 10 years of experience and had to take a certification class to use this product. The iron has to be 450• and you can very easily burn and permanently damage your hair if you don’t know what you’re doing. I would recommend having this one done professionally.
    @Berlin hair baby thank you so much!

  • Jackie W.

    February 24, 2010 at 3:19 pm

    Loves the before curls too !

  • Curlystraight

    February 24, 2010 at 4:50 pm


    The professional blowout looks amazing but I like the curly before pics better too.

    But it is intriguing that she can straighten it like that with her fingers.

    It’s rough for curly headed girls, rough for straighted-haired girls, too. Everyone always wants what they do not have.

    I have the best (ahem – cough cough) of both worlds – curly AND straight! (I even named my blog in honor of my hair.)

  • cindy

    February 24, 2010 at 6:26 pm

    Cindy here again. It is so funny how so many people like the ‘before’ curls. Please understand that I certainly don’t necessarily ‘hate’ the hair I have/had. When you have hair as curly and thick as mine, there are so few options as to how to style it, unless you want to spend hours blow drying and then flat ironing your hair, just so you can have a different look every now and then. I refuse to do this. Not only did it never come out very well, but it would be so damaging to my hair to do it on any sort of regular basis. The only time I had hair that I could actually run my fingers through, was right after I had it done by my awesome stylist, Tera. Now, I can do it straight myself (it takes a total of about 20 minutes from wet head to dry and straight – no joke!) or I can diffuse it to have the wavy curls, which I like just as well. That takes about 10 minutes total. What the process has done is given me options, which is sooooo nice. I am not a high maintenance girl and refuse to spend too much time primping! The best way to describe this is to say that it is still my hair, only BETTER. And, if for some reason I decide that I like the tight curls better, they will come back in about 6 months. For now, I am LOVING this :)
    @curlystraight – you are right, everyone always wants what they don’t have, but now I really feel like I have it all. I can even run my fingers through my wavy hair and not turn into a fur ball! NEVER can do that with the tight curls.

  • Frannie

    February 24, 2010 at 10:48 pm

    Cindy, I am so glad that you feel you can have the best of both worlds and still keep your hair so healthy. My problem is that I have really straight hair (attributed to being half Asian), and if I use a curling iron, despite protection products, it still damages my hair. Can anyone recommend a treatment for straight hair?

  • Sam

    February 25, 2010 at 6:15 am

    I had this treatment done in November. A common problem for curly haired girls is that to have nice curl you need to air dry and because its so coarse and thick that can take a long time, 3+hours. I live in the Boston area and this time of year its just cold for that. One of the biggest benefits of my treatment has been that it can air dry in well under an hour and still look great. My curl is slowly coming back but the texture is still softer and the dry time still low. I think I should get at least another month or two out of it.

  • Tera Stephens

    February 25, 2010 at 9:29 am

    @Frannie The first benefit we always talk about with this treatment is smoothing frizz but it can also be done on ALL hair types. At a recent hair show I was speaking with a Keratin educator who pointed out that everyone loves shiney, healthy hair. Because the keratin is sealed into the hair, all types would benefit. He says it is also great for people trying to grow out their hair because the hair is more protected and is less prone to breakage and splitting. My own hair is mostly straight but extremely overprocessed from being very blonde for years, it has given my limp, dull locks new life!

  • erika

    February 25, 2010 at 10:03 am

    This treatment sounds wonderful and I love the results. I wish I could get those waves with a flat iron or curling iron.

    I have a question for you Tera even though it doesn’t have to do with this topic.

    I have a ceramic flat iron by Hai and I am ready for an upgrade. What flat iron would you recommend?

  • Tara

    February 25, 2010 at 10:17 am

    Anyone have experience with the Keratin process & colored hair? I’m also almost totally grey, and I dye – and I get roots showing in about three weeks. I worry that putting dye over this process would ruin it. (I’m just not ready to go gently into that good night of grey!) I have curly/frizzy hair (more like Andi McDowell/Kim Delaney type of curl) so it’s curly (dry) and colored (dry). Currently I’m wearing it just above shoulder length, and I have never been able to do a decent blow dry/straighten at home. (Most of the time I just get a sort of pouf helmet.) Has anyone done this process on colored hair? Also, I’ve tried just about every curly hair product out there, and I’m always looking for “the one.” I will give the Kerastase Oleo Curl Creme a try!

  • Emily

    February 25, 2010 at 8:07 pm

    Ooo, my hair is so annoyingly wavy (and not in a cute way) – I might do this when my hair grows out. Is it good for hair that is fine? My hair is on the finer side but I have a lot of it.

  • Zoe

    February 26, 2010 at 7:38 am

    Tera – can this be done on seriously over-processed hair?

    I’ve been bottle blond, and flat-ironing for over 10 years, and have very damaged, FRIZZY hair. I’ve been looking into this for a while as it sounds like the perfect solution to my 5 hour weekly ritual of air drying and flat-ironing, but I have read some nightmares about lots of breakage near the root, and over-processing resulting in burned hair.

    Is this common, or due to a bad stylist? Or are there different types of treatment for super-processed hair?

  • tera Stephens

    February 26, 2010 at 3:05 pm

    @erika- I always tell my clients to buy an iron that has a thermostat so the iron can be controlled. Healthy hair can be ironed at about 300 degrees and more damaged around 275. The damage from ironing comes from going over and over the hair, usually with an iron that isn’t hot enough. Also, I highly recommend using a thermal protectant.
    @Tara- Cindy is also going grey and we tint her base. You sound like a great candidate for this treatment. I would recommend doing it the same day as color as you wouldn’t be able to color for at least 2 weeks after your treatment. You should also make sure your colorist uses a shampoo and conditioner that don’t contain sodium chloride as that is the one ingredient that will pull the treatment right out of your hair.
    @Emily- I just did a treatment yesterday on a client with very fine hair, I honestly can say that EVERY hair type would benefit from this treatment.
    @Zoe- Drum roll please!!! Keratin Complex recently released a new formula for your exact situation. It does exactly the same thing as the original formula but is formulated to activate at a lower temperature to prevent more damage to the hair. I think you would see a huge improvement in the condition of your hair, especially after a couple of treatments as it has a cumulative effect. I have also heard of some nightmares… it would be caused by improper ironing of the hair. We work with an extremely hot iron and moving it too slowly or going over the hair too many times could absolutely burn the hair. Make sure to see a stylist that is very experienced in this process!!!

  • Steph

    February 27, 2010 at 8:38 pm

    I am seriously scared now that I’ve read that some women are losing their hair at rapid rates after using this treatment. I’m also reading that it contains formaldehyde. I was so excited to try this but now I’m scared to.


  • Tera Stephens

    February 28, 2010 at 11:57 am

    @Steph I read the message board you linked as I hadn’t heard of this before and also contacted my Keratin educator. She is doing some research on her end and I will post what she comes up with. Two points I would like to make… Both women had issues with hair loss to begin with. One says she was doing hair counts even before her treatment and the other had already suffered alopecia (spots of hair loss). The other point is that any treatment, procedure, surgery, medication, etc. COULD have an adverse reaction in a FEW people. I have had excellent results with EVERY treatment I have done. This is something we are looking deeper into.

  • BB

    February 28, 2010 at 3:42 pm

    Couple of questions

    1. Does this treatment leave a chemical type of smell in your hair afterwards? If so does this go away?

    2.Any recommendations for a salon in nyc for getting the keratin treatment done.

    You look great!

  • Tera Stephens

    March 1, 2010 at 1:00 pm

    @BB- there is a fragrance to the Keratin but most clients comment that it smells really good. The fragrance goes away after the first washing.
    Also, there is a salon locator link on the site, http://www.keratincomplex.com

  • Lynne Lohse

    March 5, 2010 at 3:02 pm

    I have had the treatment done twice now and I love it. i will never use any other kind of straightner. My hair is extremely curly and nappy in some areas, but differnet curl all over. I color my hair right before I get the treatment and it is so shiny and healthy looking……

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  • Dacia

    March 9, 2010 at 11:36 am

    I keep coming back and reading this and and I am so tempted to do it. I live near Costa Mesa, my birthday is coming soon and I could afford it at least once. ahhh! So tempted.

    Having curly hair like mine – uneven curl that goes from wavy on top, to kinky underneath, along with some areas that are literally stick straight… I would love to try this but I’m worried about the 4th or 5th month afterward. I know I can afford it once, but can’t really afford to do this every 3 months if that’s what it takes.

    But ohhh, to be able to try it just once. If it does come out gradually over time, it might be the coolest thing ever to have manageable hair for just a little while at least.

  • Stacy Miller

    March 10, 2010 at 8:14 pm

    I had this treatment done 2 1/2 months ago. I love it. I have looked for a product to straighten frizzy hair all my life. Even had chemical process done only to damage hair more. With the keratin treatment, immediately this makes it look, act and feel like REAL HAIR. It takes less than 1/2 the time to dry, straighten and style now. Just a little bit of curl at least I have a choice now. And it is so much healthier it grows faster.. No split ends. The keratin really seals the cuticle! Don’t hesitate. Go for it!

  • cindy

    March 11, 2010 at 5:38 pm

    Cindy here again. So it has now been 6 weeks since I had my treatment. I still LOVE it!! As it is washing out, it is VERY gradual. Just had my base tinted again yesterday (I am on a 6 week schedule to cover the grey)and it is just fabulous! I plan on keeping this up, maybe repeating after about 4-5 months. I am still able to dry my hair with just my fingers and get a smooth result. Still have the waves when I want them too. This is truely the best thing ever!!!
    @ Dacia – DO IT, DO IT, DO IT!! You will not be disappointed!!

  • Dacia

    March 19, 2010 at 9:44 am

    All hesitating aside, I booked an appointment for next week! I’m looking forward to it.

  • Heather

    March 20, 2010 at 7:36 am

    I had this treatment done on February 10th and it truly has changed my life. I was my stylists hair model so I got it done for free. However, it will cost $450 from now on to have it done. I cannot afford that. I found the solution online as well as the flat iron. I studied and paid attention to the way my stylist did it and think I could have a friend do it and talk them through what to do. I don’t understand the special “training” you need to have done to do it. Please let me know!

  • Tara

    March 21, 2010 at 6:08 pm


    We got similar but different results, the stuff is amazing!

  • Diane

    March 21, 2010 at 7:13 pm

    Everyone, I recently had this done 2 months ago, it is fading but that’s probably bc I wash it everyday. I am also using the Coppola Keratin shampoo and conditioner. Don’t get me wrong, my hair is definitely not frizzy, just not as silky as before. It definitely blow dries straight.

    Here’s a tip, Ulta is currently offering a special for this treatment for $185, but if they have to use more than 2 ounces then it would be an additional $30.

  • Monica

    March 23, 2010 at 10:16 am

    I have some questions, I had the treatment done about 6 wks ago, I used the keratin shampoo/conditioner that my stylist told me to use for about 4 weeks when i had it done but it seemed to dry my scalp and caused it to break out. since then i switched to the Frederic Fekkai Au Naturel Gentle Shampoo and conditioner recommended by a stylist but honestly i hate it. do you recommend anything else that is safe and can actually give me some lather to where my hair actually feels clean? This new shampoo did stop the dryness but not the breaking out on my scalp. Also, can I box dye my hair? I’m hesitating thinking this will damage the treatment. Thanks for this website & postings!!! its giving me some great pointers and insights!!

  • esther

    March 27, 2010 at 6:39 pm

    I had this treatment done about two weeks ago. So far I LOVE it. I feel like i’ve been looking for this saving grace my whole life. I’ve been trying to tame, relax, blow dry and flat iron my crazy, thick, course curls into submission since i was 12. I’m now 32 and for the first time in my life my hair is soft, strait and managable from home. So I”m curious since this all seems to good to be true…is it?
    I just came across the nightmare stories of balding and breakage and I now i’m wondering what to expect in the coming weeks? Can the coppola treatments be used over and over? Because if i thought I could i’d do this forever!!!! But I don’t want to become Bald!
    How long has this system been around?
    I heard mention that the product was mabey altered after some issues. Does that ring a bell?

  • Dacia

    March 29, 2010 at 3:24 pm

    I had this done last week, and I LOVE my new hair. The hair itself is very soft, smooth and extremely easy to style. That alone is reason enough for me BUT the possibilities that are available to me now for things I can do with my hair makes it even better.

    I had grown to like my curls but only after accepting that there were just some things I would not be able to do with my hair. I accepted it, but I still gazed longingly at those other “non curl friendly” styles.

    This changes all of that and I could not be happier. As I told Tera: Single BEST thing I have ever done with my hair.

  • tera Stephens

    March 29, 2010 at 10:08 pm

    @Heather- As I mentioned before, I am a licensed stylist who had to be certified by Coppola to even purchase the product. It scares me that anyone who hasn’t been certified or is at least a stylist used to working with an iron at extremely high temperatures would even attempt this treatment. The iron temperature is determined based on the type and condition of the hair and simply won’t bond to the hair if the iron isn’t hot enough. But… good luck!
    @Monica- I don’t know where you live but I know the weather in So Cal is causing a lot of dry scalps right now. I’m not familiar with the Fekkai product you’re using now but just be sure it doesn’t contain sodium chloride as that will strip the treatment right out of your hair. I would recommend going back to the Coppola but adding a few drops of Tea Tree Oil to the shampoo. It is really great for all types of skin conditions and has helped my client’s dry scalp. As far as the box color, it shouldn’t cause any harm to your treatment.
    @Esther- I was turned onto this product by a girlfriend who is also a stylist. She had coarse, frizzy hair and used to Yuko. She has been doing Keratin Complex for almost 2 years now. She loves it so much she is now a trainer for Coppola and does up to 7 treatments a day and has been for the last year and a half. She has researched all of the various products and found the Coppola to be the safest with the best result. Don’t be afraid!!!
    @Dacia- It was so great to meet you and I’m so happy that you feel so good about having the treatment done! Happy Birthday!!!

  • erika

    March 30, 2010 at 9:14 am

    I have a question. To seal the treatment into the hair, can a round iron be used rather than a flat iron on some sections? I would like my hair to be smooth with some curl on the ends, not poker straight. Is this possible?

  • Tera Stephens

    March 30, 2010 at 9:41 am

    @Erika- I know Coppola is working with curling irons right now to tame and smooth crazy curls but not get such a straight look. If your stylist is experienced enough, I don’t see why not! The iron would just have to get hot enough, not all irons go as high as 450•.

  • barb

    March 31, 2010 at 8:11 pm

    I had the keratin simply smooth brazilian treatment done 5 months ago. I would like to try and compare the coppola product. Any comments as to useing differant product 2nd time around? My new salon uses coppola.

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  • Kanishka

    April 7, 2010 at 12:50 pm

    I can’t believe how late I am to this party! I always thought this treatment would completely straighten my hair and I wouldn’t have any curl or body left. This sounds amazing. As it is, I get $100 Deva curl cuts, and spend 1.5 hours blow drying and flat ironing or air drying for hours for curly hair. I’m so intrigued by this option.

  • May

    April 14, 2010 at 8:53 pm

    Tera, have you tried using any other keratin products other than Coppola? My stylist uses QOD Gold, and I just don’t know if it’s going to give me as good of a result as this one.

  • Cher

    April 17, 2010 at 5:30 pm

    Hi all, I had the Coppola treatment done just a few days back……..absolutely fabulous and I wish I had done it earlier!!!! Question – I only ever wash my hair 2 x weekly as it is quite dry but still wet and condition it each day regardless. So I am wondering shouls I still wet and condition each time I shower or wear a cap and only wet/condish when I actually wash it twice a week?? Your thoughts?

  • Suzanne

    April 18, 2010 at 1:44 pm

    can you still use other hair products when you have this treatment done? (eg: hair spray, dream drops…how about heat protectors?)

  • Kirsten

    April 21, 2010 at 1:57 pm

    Hey everyone! Just wondering, does anyone know for sure what products you can’t use when you get the BKT? I got it about 3 weeks ago and I have the correct sodium free shampoo and conditioner so I’m good with that. But I have truly curly, puffy, frizzy hair the likes of which most people can’t imagine and the BKT just kind of tones it down but it still looks horrible if I don’t use products! I’m asking mostly because after my weekly wash last week I straightened my hair and a couple days later I curled it and used aerosol hair spray to make it hold. I checked the ingredients and there was nothing untoward in it… But 2 hours later my hair was verrrrry frizzy and the next day it actually began to curl up on its own (in the FL humidity) like the way it would if I tried to wear it straight before I got the BKT! So I did my weekly wash last night and my hair is back to being in such tight curls that it shrinks up to my shoulders even though it’s really long enough to touch my butt! Did I strip out the treatment with aerosol hairspray? I’ve never seen/heard anything saying not to use it…

  • Maria

    April 23, 2010 at 12:46 pm

    I am considering doing the Keratin Coppola treatment; but, what should I do if my hair gets wet (not from washing it) and/or get wavy (overnight sleep)during the first 72 hours? Thank you.

  • Suzanne

    April 26, 2010 at 8:32 pm

    Kirsten: my stylist used hairspray in my hair right after she did the treatment, so I think it’s okay to use as long as there’s no sodium chloride in it (I personally haven’t been using any product with potassium, or chloride)

    I was just wondering if anyone knows how perspiration will affect the treatment since the main component in sweat is sodium chloride. If i work out regularly will the treatment break down sooner?

  • Jennie

    April 28, 2010 at 3:40 pm

    Tera, I’ve learned about the keratin treatment from my stylist. I then did some research on the web and found a ton of horrible stories about hair being fried (which I get being that a flat iron is used and some may not have had proper training) and many others had their hair fall out to the point that they were practically bald. I read somewhere that the product can cause some chemical imbalance in the scalp which causes hair to fall out. I of course have also read amazing success stories and wich I could do this treatment with the certanty that my hair will not be fryed, fall out, or completely damaged beyond repaid. I don’t live too far from you and would be willig to drive even a couple of hours to ensure that my hair will not be damaged but the truth is IM SCARED!!! Do you know why hair might fall out after this treatment? I still really would like to get it done and be one of the success stories but at this point I’m scared to take that chance.

  • tera Stephens

    April 29, 2010 at 8:48 am

    @Barb-Since these products are all temporary, I think it is perfectly fine to switch. I have a client who had a Brazilian Blowout at another salon before I did the treatment and we have since done the Coppola on her. She will be due for her next one soon!
    @May-I only use the Keratin Complex. I’m actually not familiar with the QOD Gold.
    @Cher-If you’re using shampoo and conditioner without sodium chloride, either would be fine whenever you get your hair wet! Another great product to try that works great with keratin treatments is Morrocan Oil. Try putting it in your hair before you blowdry. It is really moisturizing with out being oily and you may find that takes care of your dryness problem so you can throw a shower cap on the days you don’t shampoo!
    @Suzanne-Most hair products that keep the hair dry when you apply them should be fine. Coppola makes several styling products that are great if you’re being super cautious! Again, I would try to avoid sodium chloride just to be on the safe side!
    @Kirsten- I don’t use the BKT treatment so I can’t say for sure but hairspray really shouldn’t affect it… I’m kind of stumped on this one. I would talk to your stylist, she would want to know if you weren’t experiencing the result you both expected!
    @Maria- I recommend my clients wear a shower cap for the few minutes it takes to wash your face or shower. If it gets wet, you should quickly blow it dry and if it is wavy or curly lightly flat iron it smooth again. Most people have been extremely cautious and it hasn’t been a problem!
    @Suzanne- You’re right! Sweat is salt or sodium chloride. I have a client who was working out really hard on a daily basis and the treatment didn’t last nearly as long as it should have. I would say the best thing to do is rinse/wash your hair as soon as you finish working out. An even better solution, if possible, would be to wet your hair before you work out and even leave in a little conditioner in it to protect it. Another client is a surfer, she loves the result so much that she just does her treatments very frequently.
    @Jennie- As we know the internet is a blessing and a curse, there is so much information available and sometimes it isn’t accurate! I have been doing several treatments a week for almost a year now and haven’t had any problems with hair loss. I called Coppola after an earlier post regarding this and they hadn’t either. They told me that products that contain formaldehyde have been known to cause hair loss. So my recommendation is to know what your stylist is using and see someone who has been properly trained and certified! Hope to see you soon!!! ;)

  • Valerie

    May 4, 2010 at 1:30 pm

    I had the 6 week less permanent Keratin treatment.
    Now I’m contemplating doing the Coppola Keratin Treatment before the summer. I’m happy with the results so far, but am still concerned if there is any formaldehyde or harsh chemicals in this product.
    Has anyone had any side effects?
    I have lots of hair,,,fine strands, but plenty of them…get’s frizzy in humidity, and curls when left to air dry.

  • keratin shampoo

    May 6, 2010 at 8:58 am

    i have yet to try this brand even though its so accessible to me. i saw from the ad their range are suitable for asian hair..

  • StephersBahamas

    May 10, 2010 at 6:44 pm

    This has been a great website to review. I thoroughly enjoyed seeing Cindy’s before and after plus after/after photos. Most sites only show you when you are on the 72 hour holding pattern. I think her hair looks fantastic! I am scheduled to have mine done tomorrow morning and have immense reservations, and also huge excitement over the prospect of having a summer free of worrying about my hair, being able to let water from the pool splash on me instead of wearing a baseball hat in the pool with my 4 year old, and not battling the frizzies from 100 plus degree heat. I live in Arizona and it gets hot any my head sweats. My fears have all been mentioned in above threads…and it seems as if Tera has addressed most of them. My 3 big fears are 1. my hair will fall out, 2. it will leave my hair so stick straight that I will hate it (I have curly hair in the front and wavy/straight in the back but very thin and damaged), 3. my “regular hair” will never come back.
    From my extensive research, it seems as if many of the negative comments (hair falls out, bad smell etc) have come from people who have used a keratin smoothing therary…not the Coppola one (Keratin Complex smoothing therapy by Coppola). Most before/after pictures I have viewed show the client to have such stick straight hair after the process it scares me. My hair is thin and trying to grow back in, but I don’t think the stick straight look will be great. However!!!! I think I will go ahead (be brave) and have the treatment done tmw morning (instead of chickening out and just doing a color) and hope for the best. What I HOPE to see as a result is 1. No more frizzies and fly-aways, 2. the ability to let it air dry, or just dry my bangs and let the rest go, 3. still maintain some curl (not like I ever let it go cury as it is reverse…curly curly in the front bangs and temples and wavy in the back) so I can have some body instead of stick straight hair, 4. a treatment that leaves my hair healthier (as it is coated with keratin) which in turn will allow it to grow and become healthy as I won’t be needing to use heated elements as much and finally and most importantly 5. NO HAIR LOSS!
    If anyone has any comments to share I would be so appreciative!
    Tera…does the 450 degree heat of the flat iron used during processing fry the hair if it is already damaged? My stylist told me I would see steam but it is part of the process to “lock in” the keratin.
    Please…anyone write and help me so I am not up all night reading all the horror stories and I don’t go through with it. I PROMISE I will post my results and, hopefully, undying praise for the process. Am I right…it must be Coppola? Not the Brazilian or various other “keratin” treatments? Thanks…Stephanie

  • Sheree

    May 11, 2010 at 7:29 am

    Ok…….I have an appt for the treatment on Fri and I’m getting nervous. I have had my hair straightened every 4 months using the Chi system for several years now. In the beginning, it was soft and managable. It now is straight, but back to it’s original course nature, especially on the ends. I have it trimmed regularily. The last time I had it straightened was Jan. I now have enough regrowth to do again. I have an appt with an unknown stylist who does entire shop is certified in the Copolla keratin complex treatments and assured me that it would be ok. Has anyone else had a similar situation. Hurry, it’s Tues!

  • StephersBahamas

    May 11, 2010 at 4:26 pm

    Hi, it’s Stephanie. Well, I chickened out and only had a color done this morning. However, my stylist was ” ok” with that as he knows I have big fears. He has done 50 with not a single person losing any hair or having anything negative to say about the process. He told me that there are several “keratin smoothing treatments” out there and from the research I have done I see that the Brazilian blowout, Brazilian keratine treatment, keratin smoothing and coppola are all variations of the keratin smoothing therapy. He told me that if you google hair loss/damage and include Coppola you won’t find much negative feedback so I need to do that. Of course, as I sat in his chair I felt i should have gone through with it. My week for research and hopefully some feedback from people as to what the best and safest in terms of damahge to hair smoothing treatment is.

  • jackie

    May 13, 2010 at 4:55 pm

    Hi I have been a hairdresser for over 20 years and do several of the Keratin treatments as well as the brazilian blowout. I think that the short sticking up hairs just go unnoticed when your hair is in its naturally curly frizzy state. I do about one treatment a week and have not had any bad experiences. Some people do however seem to have more irritation than others, why I don’t know . And as for seeing more hair fall out well.. your hair is straight so it naturally falls off of the other hair with curly hair your hair falls out as well but it gets stuck in the curly hair and you don’t see it falling untill you wash your hair!! Try it if you are having a hard time with your natural texture…

  • Jacqui

    May 21, 2010 at 9:57 am

    I have an appt sched june 3rd for this treatment and I really need to color my hair asap. I want to use box color because 1) I have tons of hair and it is very costly to get it done at the salon. (since i am getting this treatment done I don’t want to do both) and 2) I just needs to cover my gray, nothing drastic. Is it ok to box color my hair before I get this done??

  • lamia

    May 25, 2010 at 7:50 am

    i’m thinking of getting the coppola treatment, my hair is very similar to cindy’s but longer, and is a little more frizzy. i too love my curls and would hate to loose them forever, i would like to have softer curls like hers for a while but i would like to see my natural tighter curls at some point. that’s the main concern i hacve. will the treatment permanentely affect the tightness of my curls or will it fade away?

  • Robin

    May 25, 2010 at 8:39 am

    I have naturally curly hair that was relaxed/defrizzed last year using Rusk Anti-Curl. It turned out great, but this summer as my curls were coming back, I had two textures going on…curly at the root, and straight everywhere else. I did my research and decided to go with a process called a digital perm that’s typically performed in Asian salons. I found a place through Yelp.com with great reviews, but when I had it done, my hair was seriously damaged. It is frizzy and feels almost like steel wool :-( I feel like I shouldn’t do a thing to it besides deep condition (and cut it all off). I would like to know if this treatment can be used to potentially save my hair length while I grow out the damaged stuff. Any more damage, I’d probably be bald :-( I’d appreciate any feedback!

  • cindy

    May 27, 2010 at 3:15 pm

    @ Iamia:
    Cindy here, the one in the photos. It has now been almost 4 1/2 months since my Keratin treatment. I still LOVE my hair, and yes, much of my curl has returned, but not all of it. Most people who see me now (if they did not see me immediatly post Keratin treatment) think that my curls just look softer and looser and still NO FRIZZ!!But definitely curlier than the photos posted on this website. I have noticed that the treatment has worn off over time, but I have LOVED the way it diminishes slowly. I am getting ready to get my second treatment next week. If I were to choose to NOT get the treatment, I think that my hair would be back to it’s pre-treatment state in another month or so. One reason that I think my treatment has held up so well is that I only wash my hair, at most, 3 times a week, and always using the Coppola shampoo and conditioner. If you really wanted to get back to your ‘old’ hair after getting the treatment, I think you could just wash your hair often and it would wear off much sooner. I have been trying to make it last as long as possible. I REALY REALLY REALLY love what it has done for me and my hair :)You should go for it. You will not be disappointed!!

  • Michelle

    May 27, 2010 at 7:14 pm

    Tera did this treatment for me a month ago, and it is seriously the BEST money I’ve ever spent on myself (well, except for college). I have naturally curly hair that I’ve been blow-drying straight almost daily for a decade. On the rare occassions when I used to wear it curly, the curls were always frizzy and limp, probably because of how often I straightened it. It used to take me 45 minutes to dry, and was a huge ordeal with a round brush, a very hot dryer, a flat iron, and hot rollers to bring back the volume that the flat iron destroyed.
    Since the treatment, my hair is a breeze to manage. If I let it air dry with a little product, I have shiny, frizz-free loose waves, and it’s dry in about half an hour. I can blow dry it straight in 10 minutes using a paddle brush. I’ve gotten tons of compliments on how shiny and healthy it looks, and I get an extra half an hour of sleep every night! If you’re thinking about it, DO IT! You are worth the investment!

  • Tera Stephens

    May 30, 2010 at 9:30 pm

    @Jacqui- Doing your own color isn’t a problem before a Keratin. I would do it right before since the Keratin helps seal the color into your hair so it lasts longer. You just can’t color for 2 weeks AFTER a Keratin treatment.
    @Robin- BUMMER ;( Sorry your hair is sad right now… Keratin Complex is awesome for restoring the health of hair. It smooths down the cuticle and makes hair shiny and soft. What’s great is that it doesn’t change the chemical bonds in the hair like a perm or straightener so you won’t see different textures as your hair grows out. It washes out gradually and slowly your hair returns to it original texture. Try this treatment, it should help a lot!
    @CIndy and @Michelle- Thank you so much for leaving your feedback. It’s hard to imagine a treatment could make such a huge difference until it is in your own hair! I always tell clients,”It’s still your own hair, only much better!!!”

  • Manda

    May 31, 2010 at 2:10 pm

    I was all excited to schedule my treatment with Tera today and when I chatted with her she told me that the treatment is not safe for pregnant or nursing women! BOO! I am so bummed! My baby is due in October and the minute he’s weaned I’m getting this done. My post-pregnancy hair is just strange (curly and frizzy in odd places after being stick straight my entire life!) and needs HELP! On a personal note, Tera is a miracle worker. She is the best hairdresser I’ve ever had! I drive 45 minutes to visit her and it’s worth every mile!

  • cindy

    June 5, 2010 at 8:41 pm

    Cindy here again-
    OK ladies! Had to post after I had my second treatment on Wednesday. If it is possible, I love it EVEN MORE!! I even have a new do – full front bangs!! I have never been able to have these before in my life! Not only is it a fun change of style, it also helps to hide some of my 45-yr old forehead wrinkles. Yes, I know that there is botox for that, but I am not quite ready to go there yet.
    Another great find: Morrocan oil that I bought from Tera. It really is a great styling/conditioning tool.
    I am one very happy lady :)

  • Suzi

    June 6, 2010 at 6:40 pm

    I was not one of the lucky ones here, my first wash with the keratin shampoo and I see fried strands of hair super dried out ends all where I have highlighted hair. Before treatment I was assured this was great to get on the same day if you color or highlight your hair. I was also told it was formaldehyde-free. Aldehyde is in the same family. Now I’m hearing horror stories about the formaldehyde levels and it’s not regulated by FDA, and horror stories of hair loss and fried hair. I call the company and there intelligent answer was “get a hair cut”….
    I did that day, then again 1 week later.
    My hair is damaged and I’m in tears. I wish I had a happy post here but just wanted to share. Any info would be helpful since I didn’t get any support from the company.

  • Tabitha

    June 7, 2010 at 4:32 pm

    So just had the Coppola treatment done on June 1st. So far I love, love, love it, but I am getting nervous because I exercise every day. I did not do any exercise for the first 72 hrs as instructed. Now, I am begining to notice tighter curls around my face and neck, I wonder if sweating will affect the Keratin. Would love some feedback if anyone has any….

  • tera Stephens

    June 9, 2010 at 9:04 am

    @Suzi- Where do you live? I would love to help you with your crispy ends… Coppola actually has some great products that will repair that hair. I’m bummed that you got such an unhelpful person on the phone. Also, this product does contain aldehyde. Coppola has a patent pending formulation that encapsulates the molecules so that it isn’t released into the air when it is heated with the flat iron. That is when it becomes dangerous, when you breathe it. I continue to have amazing results and hope that I can either see you personally or talk you through what you need to do to make your hair healthy again. Feel free to email me directly at teraraestephens@mac.com.
    @Tabitha- The only thing that shortens the length of the treatment is sodium chloride or salt. Sweat is salty! I tell clients that work out that they shouldn’t expect it to last the full 3-5 months. However, June 1st wasn’t that long ago and you really shouldn’t see it yet… How curly was your hair to begin with? Is your frizz still totally gone? Remember this is not a straightening treatment but a smoothing treatment!!!

  • Tabitha

    June 10, 2010 at 2:58 pm

    The frizz is probably 95% better than before the treatment, my hair was VERY curly to start. Thanks for the info, I still love it, so much eaiser to manage.

  • GreenInOC

    June 11, 2010 at 5:00 pm

    I am curious about the ingredients of the treatment products (not the at home shampoo and conditioners)?

    Why are they not listed on the website or the bottles?

    I love the idea of smooth, shiny hair but the lack of information the the “secrecy” make me suspect.

  • Brittney

    June 30, 2010 at 8:09 pm

    I have curly, unruly hair that I have been flat ironing and coloring myself since middle school (10 years). I have a flat iron that heats to 450*. I have also read the instructions for the keratin complex procedure and they seem pretty straight-forward. I saw that you said the thought of anyone doing this as home scares you, but with my past hair experience, would it be out of the question for me to try this at home? what kind of risk is there in doing so?

  • Althea

    July 7, 2010 at 8:52 pm

    Tera, can you explain why someone’s hair would “break off, or split” after the keratin treatment. I have read soooo many horror stories on line, some saying they had the coppola keratin treatment, stating their hair started falling out or splitting. There are too many to attribute it to one bad person’s horror story; it looks like it happens all the time. Any insight into why this happens? Thanks!

  • Althea

    July 7, 2010 at 9:11 pm

    Are you able to recomend a reputable salon on the east coast that does the keratin treatment. I live in Maine but would be willing to drive to Boston, MA if necessary. I want to get the treatment done but am scared because of all the horror stories I have read online. My hair is color treated all over and is straight on top and curly/wavy at the bottom and is prone to frizz and serious breakage. I don’t want to make it worse. Thanks for your input.

  • Janet

    July 8, 2010 at 9:42 am

    I had the Coppola treatment done on June 30th. I have wavy hair that tends to frizz a lot. Also, it was down to the top of my butt and I hadn’t had it cut in over 2 years.

    Had it cut and the procedure done. I can’t tell you how happy I am with the results. My hair is smooth and straight, and I love the way it moves now (it never did before). I’m using a shampoo and conditioner from my salon and since I only wash every 4-5 days, I’m hoping for long lasting results.

    The only downside…I had asked the salon the price and they quoted me $300. Well, when I went to pay at the end (and it was very late in the evening) it was $450. I don’t know what the difference was (maybe different products) but at that point, I didn’t have the strength to argue (had been in the chair from 5:30 until 9 PM).

    I’m hoping to find another salon around my area that charges a bit less, and then use my stylist for the cut. But really, it’s such a wonderful product and I’m thrilled.

    Tera, I have family out on the West Coast (I’m in NJ) and when I next come out to see them, I might have to look you up and have you take a look at my hair. Where is your salon located?

  • Jenifer

    July 12, 2010 at 2:06 pm

    Hi. I just had my treatment done today and am beginning my 72 hour waiting period. I love my ringlet curls and do not want to loose the option of going back to the that type of curl. Did Cindy’s hair eventually go back to its original state??? My stylist said it would but I am a bit of a worrywart!!!

    Thanks, Jenifer

  • Ladeeda

    July 19, 2010 at 1:51 pm

    I am 2 days into my 3 day wait to wash after my first treatment. I have kept my hair dry with the exception of some fairly aggressive sweating (EG at night)! I’ve blown my hair dry when possible, but worried about the impact on the process. Any information about this?

    Thank you!


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  • Heather

    July 21, 2010 at 1:08 pm

    I had the Keratin done June 11th and I am still loving it!! I can tell it has faded slightly but it still only takes 5-6 minutes to dry straight with just a brush and it looks like I used a flat iron and the best part is NO FRIZZ!!! even in the nasty humid weather here in MD. My question has to do with color, I do my own at home just to cover gray all over. I did it a couple weeks before I had the Keratin done but the grays are peeking out again…I’m nervous to to color it now and force the Keratin to fade out completely or quicker than if I didn’t color it. I love my “new” Keratin hair and for the money I spent on the treatment I’d hate to see it vanish early so I would live with the gray if I have to. Any experience or advice would be greatly appreciated!!

  • Lori

    July 27, 2010 at 12:39 pm

    I had the treatment done on Friday July 23rd. I’m not actually sure which company it was, but I was allowed to wash it after 24 hrs. So far I am thrilled. I have a lot of very fine curly hair that sometimes would look good with the right products. I only wash my hair once of twice a week, but condition every day. I am using the shampoo and condtioner that I bought from the salon and also a leave in keratin product. I too have read the horror stories and I’m still nervous that somehow it will fall out and just hasn’t happened yet. Just a worry wort I guess, but as far as my hair it still has a nice wave, but no frizz. So far so good…

  • cindy

    July 29, 2010 at 2:19 pm

    @Jenifer- Yes, my hair would return to its pre-treatment state, if I let it. I had a 2nd treatment done before the first one wore off completely (after 18 weeks), but I think it would be back to its original state at about 20 – 24 weeks. Have no fear, your curls will return if you want them to!
    @ Michele – I am not the professional here, only a satisfied client, but it sounds to me like your treatments are not being done properly. When I go out into humidity or moisture, my hair starts to behave only SLIGHTLY differently, but it certainly does not curl up or frizz. I may get a little bit of wave, but nothing like what you are getting. You especially should not be having those problems so soon after having the treatment done. I could understand if it had been 3 or 4 months, but not right after treatment. I hope you can find an answer!!

  • tera Stephens

    July 30, 2010 at 12:32 am

    @Tabitha- It sounds like your result was what I would have expected! Remember it builds on the hair so your next one will be even better!
    @GreenInOC- It has likely been difficult to find the ingredient list as it is a professional product and the info isn’t widely advertised. As a certified stylist I was provided with an MSDS sheet that lists all of the ingredients and the OSCHA rating. This contained the info I needed to make the decision that this product was safe enough for my use! Contact me directly if you want more info!
    @Brittney- The biggest risk would be burning your hair. There is a reason this is a professional and not at home product. I have been doing this treatment for nearly a year and there is no way I would attempt it on my own head. It would be impossible to iron your own hair the way it needs to be ironed for the product to work properly.
    @Althea- I have not had any complaints about breakage or hair falling out with the Coppola product. Keratin Complex actually strengthens hair and I have seen an improvement in the conditions of every single client I have done the treatment on. I would question if the people who have horror stories are positive that Keratin Complex was in fact used on their hair… As for a referral, I would recommend checking out the salon locator feature of the keratincomplex.com website. I don’t know any stylists in your area.
    @Janet- I charge $300 and would only charge more if the client had so much hair that I used a lot more product, which is very expensive. You can find all of my contact info on my website at http://www.teraraestephens.com. I would love to meet you!

  • tera Stephens

    July 30, 2010 at 12:44 am

    @Jenifer- Yes! Like Cindy said, you’re ringlets will return! This is not a permanent treatment.
    @Ladeeda- It is recommended that the hair stay dry. It was good that you dried it as soon as you could. I can’t say what the affect will be since I didn’t see how wet it was but I’m sure you will still see a huge improvement regardless! Let us know how it turns out!
    @Michele- The treatment can be done as often as every 4 weeks. I would have had you wait to re do it if you weren’t happy with the results. I wonder what temperature it was ironed at as it won’t bond to the hair at low temps.
    @Heather- You can absolutely color your hair. I recommend that color is done right before the treatment and then no sooner than 2 weeks after the treatment. This is only because the hair is so coated initially that the color may not turn out as expected.
    @Lori- I can’t really advise since I don’t know what was used. I know it was not Coppola’s product as it must stay in the hair for 72 hours. I would tell you that if you’re happy with the result just enjoy it rather than worrying about what you fear could happen!!!

  • Belinda Johnston

    August 8, 2010 at 10:50 am

    If you have normal hair not real thick you will start shedding and become noticeably thin. Comes out at the root eventually. You will see it in the shower, tricking down your arm. Please do your homework.

  • Belinda Johnston

    August 8, 2010 at 10:54 am

    Tera Stephens,

    You need do stop giving false information!
    Go to oprah.com hundreds of people are going bald and losing hair by the strands using Keratin complex Coppola products.

    Here is your first complaint personally!

  • Kristen S

    August 8, 2010 at 1:09 pm

    This is my 3rd time having the treatment done (over 2 year period). What will happen if I wash my hair after only 48 hours? I big event has come up for tomorrow and I can not bare going out with my hair greasy and pin straight. (My stylist used the Coppola product). Thanks for the advice!

  • […] written about keratin treatments here, and ultimately that would be a great choice for reducing frizz and decreasing drying time, but […]

  • tera Stephens

    August 12, 2010 at 10:27 pm

    @Belinda- I have read Oprah.com and there is a woman there who speaks of hair loss after a Keratin treatment. She doesn’t however speak about her possible health issues, medications, or stress which can also cause hair loss. It is possible that the treatment is not to blame. I wrote this post based on the experience and knowledge I have about this product and service. I have performed countless treatments in the time I have been doing them. I have not had one client complain about hair loss or anything else for that matter. Every single client has been extremely happy with her results.

  • tera Stephens

    August 12, 2010 at 10:28 pm

    @Kristen- You should check with your stylist but I would not guarantee the results of the treatment if my client washed her hair sooner than 72 hours after it was completed.

  • Laura L

    August 13, 2010 at 9:54 pm

    I live in south AL on the Gulf Coast and unless you have been here no one can really understand what humidity really is. Last year I had the full blown Copala Ker. treatment done and I liked it but not the cost (350) and the investment in time so my stylist suggested the new Copola Ker. product that is much quicker to apply, washes out in 24 hours, costs $75 and lasts up to 6 wks. I am going on 4 weeks and I am very impressed. I use the Morrocan oil and recently tried the Avon Lotus Shield (which is great)and my hair is soft and smoothe with just blow drying w/ a paddle brush. It has been a good alternative for me. In addition my stylist touches up another client’s hair in between the full blown treatment with just doing the front (bangs), top and sides (along the face)with the Kerotin b/c her client pulls her hair back a lot in the summer and this helps from having all those annoying little hairs sticking out everywhere. Tera, have you tried anything in between treatments as an alternative? I am also looking for a curl tamer that will define my curls and keep them soft and not crispy and stiff (b/c they are naturally a curly, wavy, frizzy mess)? Thanks for all the helpful advice.

  • Tera Stephens

    August 15, 2010 at 3:26 pm

    @Laura- I’m assuming your stylist is using the Intense RX treatment on you. This is a more temporary version of the Keratin Complex treatment that lasts about 6-10 shampoos. It is applied to the hair and then the hair is blown dry and flat ironed at a lower temperature. It is made up of 25% Keratin and the Original treatment is 41% Keratin. This is a great option for anyone who is not ready to try the Original treatment as you can get a feel for what the results would be with a lower time and cost investment.
    As for a curl creme, I love Bumble&Bumble Curl Conscious and Oribe Curl by Definition.

  • Daniela

    August 20, 2010 at 3:18 pm

    This is a really great post. Especially showing the three days later. I am still not quite convince though. My hair is naturally wavy with a bit of curl, without product it is frizzy and fine. I blow dry it all the time and because my hair holds a wave very well I have a tone of body. So I am afraid that my hair will be flat and without body if I do this treatment. I would love to see more posts like this so I can determine how it would look with someone whose hair is more like mine. Thanks.

  • maureen baumgartner

    August 24, 2010 at 11:45 am

    Tara: no one doubts you have had great COSMETIC results on all your clients. But you are not a scientist or a physician, and you simply are WRONG if you think it is “safe;” claims of “no formaldehyde” are false for ALL brands of keratin smoothers; they can say that, because formaldehyde is a gas, a vapor, and the product itself is a LIQUID, containing “aldehydes.” When the aldehyde is heated (iron, blow dry) it vaporizes and BECOMES formaldehyde, though many “aldehydes” are as bad or worse than formaldehyde. There is a stylist thread where MANY stylists, not clients, say they have SERIOUS respiratory problems from the Coppola complex applications. READ THEM, PEOPLE! Some have had to quit the business. NO, Tara, it is not a coincidence that their symptoms all started the DAY they used the Keratin Complex. Formaldehyde DOES straighten hair beautifully, people, it’s amazing, yes, but it’s a potent TOXIN, highly destructive in vapor form, which is the “steam” you are talking about. Tara has NOT read the Oprah thread fully, there are LOTS of women on it saying they’re going bald, and it started with their FIRST wash; it’s no coincidence. Their doctors back them up. A chemist tested the Coppola product, during usage (vaporing) and it DOES produce formaldehyde! Don’t believe the companies lies, they are being sued, not just by customers, but by stylists. This product is NOT regulated! Please, please people, do not listen to the “keratin educators” (Coppola employees), and the stylists that are making a ton of money off this, but can’t see beyond the beautiful hair results (that doesn’t mean you aren’t being poisoned; it’s a potent CARCINOGEN!), and READ the public (not company) threads, as I did; you will be SHOCKED! I hate my hair, and had an appt. for today, but I spent a weekend doing the research, reading both sides, and if you have any science background at all, the result is clear: it IS formaldehyde, and it is NOT safe, neither for the client or the stylists. I would LOVE to have had the beautiful straight hair it would have given me, but is it worth sacrificing your future health?? Stylists don’t even use the proper “source vapor extractors” and specialty masks for formaldehyde that they’re supposed to, and they sure aren’t giving them to YOU, the client. It’s criminal, but they have swallowed the Coppola companies wordplay and lies, all to make MONEY! Please do not listen to your stylists, who is not a chemist, without also listening to those stylists who have suffered serious health consequences, yes from Coppola. Look it up! There are LOTS of them, and they are all talking class action lawsuit. Everyone means well, and we all want beautiful hair, I know. But please do your own research first; the industry is biased! Listen to the chemists who have tested it for formaldehyde. (Try “Biolustre” instead, or at least research it; said to be much, much safer with beautiful, if not the straightest, results. There are safe alternatives!)Again, I don’t doubt your results Tara, but you don’t know the long-term health effects it is causing on you OR your clients. It hasn’t been around even 10 years! It’s irresponsible to declare it safe just because their hair looks pretty, or your “keratin educator” said so.

  • Laura

    August 26, 2010 at 4:11 am

    Maureen- I am glad that is your choice and u do have a choice of whether you get it done or not. But could u imagine what people would be saying if there was an internet when perms were introduced? They also contain chemicals that could be dangerous and very easily (if not done properly) could make the hair fall out. The same could be said for color or bleach. It is a personal choice and if you have been walking around with fuzzy hair your whole life, this adds so much time to your life, not having to do your hair everyday! Almost everything can cause cancer ..it is about your choices.

  • Laura

    August 26, 2010 at 4:12 am

    Tara- thank you for the site. I found it to be very educating.

  • Tried and Fried

    August 26, 2010 at 7:40 pm

    I had the Coppola six weeks ago at a high end NJ salon. First, my hair was fried so I had to cut it to just below my ears. I was sad but thought I was in the clear until last week when my hair started breaking. I called Coppola and in less than 24 hours they had sent me over $200 worth of products to repair the damage their product had done. There was no “wow, I never heard of this happening” because its happening to thousands of women across the country and this product will be off the market within two years guaranteed. I won’t even touch the.products they sent me if any of you.want them.

    When someone gets a perm (not me, I’m curly) or a highlight or a color, you expect a certain degree of minor damage. But when you go for a treatment intended and marketed to improve your hair and it gives you the ugliest, unhealthiest hair you’ve ever had in 39 years of life, that’s fraudulent advertising and I am still deciding who to take action against.

    Don’t do the Coppola unless you’re willing to risk losing a good deal of hair. Of course it doesn’t happen to everyone but its happening to thousands so just know the risk you’re taking with your hair. It’s like playing Russian roulette with your hair…unfortunately for me, I lost.

  • JoyAnna

    August 27, 2010 at 11:17 pm

    I’m a stylist who just ordered the keratin complex by coppola last week, tried it on a family member and already have 3 clients booked to do it!I’ve read these horror stories about it and I can admit that I’m truly scared! Right after I tried it on my sister in-law, I felt dizzy and sick to my stomach. Not sure if this is because of the new fumes I wasn’t used to or the so call farhmaladyhe used in it? Should I listen to the horrors and cancel these treatments I have scheduled, or go ahead with the treatments??

  • cj

    September 14, 2010 at 1:56 am

    Before having this Coppola treatment done, I discussed my concerns regarding the aldehyde/formalin concern that has been associated with this process, with my husband (he is a physician). He pointed out to me that living in a major metropolis with a great deal of air pollution, or the years we each spent in college hanging out in smoky bars, was far more dangerous than the few minutes of exposure I may have when inhaling the vapors that could contain a possible carcinogen. As a precaution, he suggested I bring a mask to wear during the flat ironing process, if it would give me a higher level of comfort, which I did.
    It has been a month, my formerly wavy, unruly hair is still bone straight! I can step out of the shower and directly into a 98% humid day knowing that all I need is a wide comb and some shine spray (well, and some clothes, of course!) You can’t beat that!

  • Bridget

    September 14, 2010 at 10:29 pm

    This is a GREAT thread…..I’ve spent the last hour reading! Very informative! -thanks Tara!
    I do like the negative as well. Helps me to generate more/better questions and keeps a healthy balance. I never trust threads without a protagonist or two :)
    I have previously studied chemistry in college and have recently changed gears in a major way, cosmetology school ! LoL. I have been considering this option for my hair and I think I’m gonna go for it! If I like my results I will be so excited to pursue Coppola training when I’m done with school !
    CJ – I couldn’t agree more!
    Tara – I have a consultation coming up with a stylist. What aspects of training, tools, # of references etc. are in your oppinion mandatory? I just want to make sure that I am absolutely comfortable with her performing this system. My regular stylist recently relocated out of state and this will be my first time meeting this new stylist. So stressful finding someone new!

  • Lori

    September 17, 2010 at 2:09 pm

    I originally sumitted a post back on July 27th 2010. It’s now about 8 weeks later and I am still happy with my results. I did not have any significant hair loss or breakage. I have actually been using a wonderful product called Brazilian Blowout anti-Frizz and it makes my hair continually soft and mostly frizz free. For those who have had bad experiences, hair falling out at the root is healthy hairloss. I had gone to a dermatologist many, many years ago because I mistakening thought I was losing my hair. I was only 13 years old. He showed me that if you look at a piece of hair that has fallen out if you can see a white bulb on the end that that is natural hair loss.

  • gia

    October 10, 2010 at 3:14 pm

    I have an appointment on Tuesday and am very excited!! I have been dealing with curly, course hair my entire life. When I fo actually straighten it, it takes forever and the weather conditions need to be perfect in order for me to enjoy the look! I have one question: The water in my home is supplied through a water softener. Will the salt that runs throigh the water have a negative effect on my hair?

  • Janet

    October 20, 2010 at 1:41 pm

    I got the Keratin Smoothing Treatment last week and I wanted to post my thoughts. I will try not to bore all of you, but I want to cover all the bases.

    Before getting the treatment, I researched a number of Web sites and read tons of posts in reference to the different types of Keratin treatments. The posts seemed to be split between positive and negative experiences. I started reading these posts about a week before I was scheduled for my treatment, and frankly, I almost changed my mind. I got really nervous, but I decided to rationally weigh out all the factors.

    Factors against included the price of the treatment and costs thereafter for additional treatments; needing to switch hair care products; and all the posts of those who had hair loss and hair damage.

    The factors in favor of the treatment included the number of posts of those who have not had problems with the treatment; that my stylist has been working with my hair for nine years and she knows what my hair can and cannot endure; and that I have a niece who has worked in a salon in New Jersey (where frizzy hair is almost normal) for a number of years and she told me that I would love it and never mentioned anyone ever reporting hair loss and damage.

    My hair is naturally dark, it is fine, very curly and quite frizzy. I get it colored and trimmed every four weeks, I use expensive hair products and my hair is kept very healthy. I decided to trust my hairstylist, who is not in her profession to get rich and force procedures on her clients, but to make her clients happy. She keeps up on all the current trends and techniques and attends regular classes. She was also recently certified in the smoothing treatment.

    Of course, I am still in the early stages and so no, I can’t say that I am not going to have hair damage, but so far, things have gone very well. I actually lose less hair now during each wash than I lost with each wash before the treatment. I am using all the Keratin products and I do like them. As I said earlier, I already use expensive hair products, so changing shampoo and conditioner was not a problem. I like the shampoo and conditioner, and I want to use products that are formulated to work with the treatment.

    I am also using the Keratin Complex Infusion after each wash, which I think is key (besides using sodium free shampoo) to the entire process of maintaining smooth hair. You can tell immediately after applying it that it starts taking control of your hair. This product is very expensive, but in reality, it is not much more than other smoothing products, as I use about a quarter of what I would use with other products that have never really done anything for my hair anyway.

    Of course my hair has not become perfect, but there is a huge difference in what it was like a week ago. I am 52 and I feel like I have 22-year-old hair again. The treatment did just what it said it was going to do: took out 40 percent of the curl (at least 40 percent) and 95 percent of the frizz. It is soft and so much more manageable. I can let it air dry, I can blow dry it and if I want I can flat iron it. I usually heat up the flat iron while I put on my makeup and do little fixes where needed.

    I think if you are interested in the treatment and you are nervous because people have had bad experiences, weigh the factors for and against and then make your decision. I think the most important thing is trust in your stylist and trust in his or her knowledge of not only this treatment, but of his or her overall knowledge of hair care.

    Also, if you decide to do it, I would suggest you use the products formulated for this treatment. I want to get the most out of this treatment, because it is expensive and unless it comes out in a very short amount of time, I will be doing it again. I am just going to have to stash some money away every week so that it doesn’t hit me hard in the wallet when I go back for round two, round three, etc.

    P.S. I am in Arizona and we do get some humidity. Today it has been rainy and quite humid (of course the true test will be during hot and steamy monsoon humid days) but I was outside for a while and my hair has held up quite well. It has picked up a little curl since I first left the house, but nothing compared to the kind of curl AND frizz it would have picked up had I not done this treatment.

    Hope my post helps some of you!

  • Melissa

    November 10, 2010 at 5:03 pm

    Hi hairy people!!

    Ok so I have like the oiliest hair in the world. Got bkt on Tuesday it is now Thursday. Hair dresser told me to wait till Friday afternoon to wash it. I have an exam on Friday morning. If people see me with hair like this they will seriously drop me off at mc Donaldson to use me in the deep fryer.

    Do u think my treatment will last if I wash it Friday morning rather than the afternoon?? Otherwise I’m going to be sizzling away with ur fries!!
    Any advice would be helpful

  • c

    December 27, 2010 at 10:59 am

    so Cindy, did you get the Brazilian blow out or the Keratin treatment cause I have heard that they are slightly different?

  • carpe_beadum

    January 2, 2011 at 4:17 pm

    I Have loved this site. I got the Coppola this summer and for my thin frizzy blond/grey hair it was wonderful. The smell and fumes just about killed me though. I went to an expensive Aveda salon, and I pd about 185 for short hair. The results lasted for 3 months and did fade away gradually. The question I have is why does my scalp still feel dry and my hair seems thinner than pre-treatment?

  • Sara

    January 20, 2011 at 9:17 pm

    Do not, and I mean DO NOT do this treatment. It destroyed my thick wavy hair, it is now limp and thin and the strands are breaking everyday. My scalp still burns a month later. Worst mistake ever.

  • Lorinda

    February 5, 2011 at 6:13 pm

    I had the 6- week Coppola Keratin treatment done about 6 months ago to try it. At first, the bottom of my hair (like the base of the back of the head) was still very wavy, while the top of the hair was much straighter. I wash my hair about 3 times a week, and within the first week it was wearing off. So, I went back and got another treatment done. Better luck the second time. It makes your hair have weight to it, it lays silky smooth, but not naturally. I still had to run a flat iron over it every day to get it all even. And YES, my hair started to break…..however, I think it’s due to using a flat iron EVERY DAY which is not something I used to do. I would wear curly hair for a few days, and straight for a couple of days…..so I think I let my hair recover. I don’t think the breakage is from the Keratin treatment at all. I really liked the results, I really liked how it faded into pretty beach-tress curls. It was lovely. Now, I am a little concerned because not all my curl has come back. I miss it, and it has literally been about 6 months. Anyone else had this experience? My curl is much looser than it was originally and very uneven. Any thoughts? Thanks!

  • Mary

    March 6, 2011 at 8:15 am

    Is there a dandruff shampoo that is safe to use after getting the keratin treatment?

  • j portz

    March 6, 2011 at 7:01 pm

    can i bleach/lighten my hair after i have already had the copella treatment done about 1 month ago. or will the bleach totally strip out the copella from my hair?

  • Merridith

    April 1, 2011 at 1:51 pm

    I have had the treatment twice now – three months apart. I am 59 years old and very grey naturally but dye my hair black. I get color touch-ups every 6 weeks. I was really nervous about it because I too read those reports on the internet. But I concluded that either the people alreadly had hair problems or the process was done wrong.

    Tera, I do note that my stylist is also trained and certified by Coppola. We do NOT iron my hair at 450 degrees. My stylist said that she was trained by Coppola that the iron should be set at between 375 and 450 depending on the person’s hair and the condition it is in. Since my hair is black and tends to break easily (also making it so that I always have lots of new hairs and MANY different lengths of hair at all times thus exacerbating the frizz) we chose to use the 375 temperature. (By the way, black hair gets much hotter more quickly than lighter hair. I have actually burned my hand touching my hair when it was flat ironed at 375!)

    Since I first had the Coppola Keratin treatment there has not been a single person who has seen me who has failed to comment on how beautiful my hair looks, how shiny it is, how silky and long it seems.

    I have battled frizzy, nappy, cowlicky hair all of my life. At the same time, I have always had fairly weak hair – it breaks somewhat easily and until recently it could never grow below my shoulders without it just breaking up so much that it looked like crap. Since the popularization of the flat iron (about 9-10 years now) I have been flat ironing my hair about 2-3 times a week. But as soon as I sweat, hit the humidity out doors or encounter the rain, my hair frizzes badly. If I air dry my hair (when it is shorter) it have and Afro – and I am not of African dissent!

    Now, my hair is smooth, long and silky straight. I even went to Jamaica a few weeks ago and I only had to use the flat iron for touch-ups after washing! It is now three or more inches below my shoulders and I am going to let it go as long as I want.

    I still do not have a great head of hair – but that is not the fault of Keratin. I have always had a thin head of hair. The individual hairs themselves are not thin or fine butI don’t have much of it. This has gotten worse as I have aged, too. (Fortunately for me, is not nearly as bad, and never has been thankfully, as people with alopecia.) I still have a rather skimpy pony tail and I will never have enough hair to make a generous bun or clip it up in a cute way with pieces coming out (I just love that look). Oh well, you can’t have everything!

    I will also tell you that when I had my second treatment (after three months) it was because I did not like the frizz that was happening at the base where my hair had grown out a few inches. There also were a couple of places underneath by my neck (where I perspire when I work out) that had started being frizzy again.

    My only concern now is that I really dislike the fumes that come off my hair while the treatment is being applied. It causes my eyes to burn and water and my eyes to run. I worry about this since it smells pretty toxic. But in the long run – this is a small price to pay. Unless I hear some real evidence that this treatment is bad for me and my hair, I will keep doing it!

    Finally, I heard a rumor that although the product has no formaldehyde, when the flat iron is applied, the product turns to formaldehyde. What do you know about this?

  • Jade

    April 5, 2011 at 8:10 pm

    I had this treatment done about five months ago, I had super curly hair. Now my hair is flat and I do not like it at all. I thought that this treatment was suppose to come out? None of my curl is back and all I want is for it to be how it was cause now I really miss my curls. Anything I can do to get this out of my hair?!

  • Jeff Cardarella

    April 16, 2011 at 6:39 pm

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  • Lisa

    April 20, 2011 at 11:29 am

    I just had my 3rd Coppola Keratin treatment last Thursday. During the 72 hour waiting period I did not feel as if the hair was as greasy or heavy as it was the first two times. When I washed my hair after 77 hours I was shocked that the treatment did not really take. I have frizz and curl that I did not experience the first two times. Has anyone had an experience where the treatment did not take? I am distraught because the first two treatments were life changing.

  • NINA

    April 26, 2011 at 9:29 am

    I have ethnic hair. It is fine but the roots grow out very frizzy and wavy.

    I had the the treatment twice. Because my hair grew out so fast, I had it applied the 2nd time a month later after the first application.

    I am noticing lots of breakage and thinning of my hair! HELP! I will not reapply this to my hair again.

    I have sent an email to the tech support at keratin complex for help on this matter but no word so far (1-1/2 weeks ago).

    Ethnic hair girls (Black) – do not get this! Stick with relaxers.

  • Rose

    April 28, 2011 at 4:39 pm

    Hi Curly Girls, I have had two Brazilian Blowouts and just got my first Coppola Keretin treatment. I have some advice. My first BB was great — the stylist was careful to notice my hair had different intensity of curl in different areas, so “passed” through with curling iron less often on the straighter hair. The second BB was disaster! I had it done 4 months after the first, and the stylist got it stick straight — it wouldn’t even hold a curl. Needless to say, big haircut! Now, six months later, I had the BCK — love it. I discussed with stylist to be sure he didn’t go thru straighter parts so heavily. I also asked him to be sure to “overdirect” my top, so I didn’t get flat (which is just not cute!) The smell is so much easier to handle than the BB. I know now that it is not a good idea to put more BB on top of the first one — at least for me. I think I will stick with BCK and always discuss with stylist the different textures in my hair. Good luck. For me, these products are a dream come true.

  • Jo

    May 6, 2011 at 10:35 am

    My daughter has extremely coarse, curly hair. Of course, she wanted straight, silky hair instead so after much research we had a keratin treatment. At first it was awesome, hair seemed much thinner (which is what we desired) and we were able to blow dry it straight. First of all, the smell never went away, each time heat was applied to it the hair had a foul smell. Her friends at school were constantly asking her why her hair smelled like that. A year later, she has extreme hair breakage all over and she is devastated. I would never, ever recommend a keratin treatment to anyone. Her hair is finally growing back in to its original curly state, but there is a distinct line where it is still straight. This, of course, is not very attractive. We are going to condition the heck out of it and try to get it back to its natural state, but it has been a long, painful road filled with many tears.

  • Debra

    May 11, 2011 at 2:21 pm

    I recently had a Coppola Keratin treatment and also love the way it makes my hair feel. I have very curly, frizzy hair, and the treatment made it soft and smooth. My problem is not with the product, and I wonder if someone can offer a suggestion. I have been taking some pretty harsh meds for a medical condition, which caused hair loss. The top half of my hair has now grown out straight as a board, and the bottom half is still curly. My stylist recommended the keratin treatment, which helped lighten the curliness of the bottom half… but the same problem is still there. When I straighten my hair, it looks ok but the ends look rough and it doesn’t look natural. I am wondering if I need a better flat iron, leave in conditioner, or some other product. Does anyone have a suggestion?

  • Beth-thin and devasted

    May 18, 2011 at 2:06 pm


    My hair before was straight and with, I guess you would say, a normal amount of frizz. In order to get the sleek style I desired (meaning bone straight), a small amount of flat ironing was needed….but this only happened MAYBE once a week as I am a stay at home mom and, unfortunately, rarely have a need to “fix” my hair. With that said, my hair was fairly healthy and never lacked shine. In fact, my sisters were heavily questioning my decision to even get a keratin treatment as they said I really didn’t need it. Boy I sure wish I had listened to them!! My treatment was only a little less than 4 weeks ago and my hair is noticeably thinner. Everyday is a challenge as handfuls just fall out and trickle down my arm or back and accumulate on the floor. I am scared to even brush it because that only makes it worse. My husband is scared to touch it as he fears it will fall out :( So for those who say that the hair loss after treatment is due to the condition of the hair before, that is a load of crap!!! Like I said, my hair was in good shape before….I only got the treatment to eliminate having to straighten my hair, or even blow dry it for that matter. Now I am left with a texture that is basically what I had before but now it is incredibly THINNER. Healthy hair loss is said to be about 50-100 strands a day, mine is more like 500…or more. My hair is definitely not “fabulous” and in the name of vanity and the seducing words of the coppola company, I am losing my hair. IT’S NOT WORTH IT!!

  • ShaylaCoops

    May 23, 2011 at 8:29 pm

    Hey I was wondering, in the last pics (the after one), was that the first time you did the treatment ? and how long after the treatment was that photo taken? Lastly, did you see any hair growth when you got the treatment, like did it grow faster then it did before the treatment ? Thanks for you time? and please respond ASAP

  • Beth Hunsberger

    June 1, 2011 at 2:29 pm

    I read the June issue of the “Oprah” Magazine and they had an article on page 96 that is title the Straight Truth. It talks about Formaldyehyde being toxic and a human carcinogen. If this ingredient is in the Coppoola Keratin treatment, you probably don’t want to have it done because of the cancer causing possibilities: Formadehyde, formalin, Aldehyde.

    I looked it up on line and found that these two products do not contain Formaldehyde: 2 Keratin Express treatments


  • Michelle

    June 7, 2011 at 5:32 am

    For those of you on here who have experienced the thinning/hair loss, do you know if there is a way to prevent or stop this? Just had my first treatment last week and I’m getting very very nervous. I did some research before the treatment, however the stylist assured me I would be fine. I already have very fine hair naturally and I’m so scared of losing even more. I’ve already noticed some hair loss but at this point I can’t tell if it’s what I normally would lose and I’m being paranoid or if it’s the beginning of this nightmare.

    And I agree with what others have stated, please don’t trust your stylists and salons. They are making money off of this and are looking out for their best interest, not yours. I’ve also heard that these treatments have been banned in Canada and other countries because of all of the issues!! If anyone has recommendations on how to prevent or shorten the hair loss time, please share!

  • Nevia

    June 17, 2011 at 1:13 am

    Today is my first day after washing the treatment. My hair feels so soft and healthy. I have very thick, coarse and wavy hair. My curl looks more defined, I love it so far…..I am just so concerned about the health issues with this product. I feel my eyes got irritated for couple hours after the treatment. Is inhaling the gases is the only risk with this product? How about penetrating the scalp?

  • Ella

    June 30, 2011 at 11:59 am

    hey everyone,

    So I really want to get my hair done as well. I have a lot of frizz– my hair tho is like a curly/wavy- its actually pretty nice but crazy frizz- Im the kind of girl who really dont like to straighten my hair to much cuz I truly love my curls.. ( and now that im getting married in just a couple of months ), i want something that would help my hair look frizz free- but still have my gorgoues curls. Im thinking to just leave it air dry–or after its semi dry add a curling creme, but has anyone air dried their hair before and noticed their curls still there? Id rather not straighten or curl my hair, I just wanna have manageable hair – with no frizz and look stunning. help (

  • C

    July 24, 2011 at 4:52 pm

    I haven’t used this one but I used a really cheap one from WalMart and I LOVED the results, completely shiny and way more manageable. The only cons were that the smell was nasty and you do have to deal with it feeling a little greasy until you can wash it out – also I noticed that it lightened my hair color a good amount. I have dark brown hair and had gotten highlights a few months back that Ive been trying to dye over and this brought those back out a little …a reddish tint. Anyone else notice the keratin treatments do this to color? Or know how to prevent that? I heard it was from the iron being too hot.

  • Sandi

    July 26, 2011 at 9:50 pm

    Never do keratin my hair start fall out too much I’m so scared , idont no what should I do

  • Sandi

    July 26, 2011 at 9:54 pm

    Please if someone no anything please tell. Me.

  • C

    July 27, 2011 at 3:18 pm

    Sandi – I have very thick but fine hair, and I noticed that my hair may have shed just a tad more after using the keratin treatment but not in drastic amounts as my hair sheds a ton everyday anyhow. I kind of liked it because it would thin my hair out a bit. Keratin isn’t permanent and it will wash out if you just use normal shampoo – anything WITH sulfates and sodium is supposedly known to strip the treatment out. I guess the treatment results really all depend on the person.

  • Brittany

    August 11, 2011 at 7:52 am

    Let me start off by saying, “WOW!” Cindy, you look great! And you’re rockin that hair, before AND after. LoL!

    Just like her, I have really thick/curly hair. (I LOVE MY CURLS) but during the summer it gets really frizzy. I spend about about 20 min blow drying and about 30 – 35 minutes straightening. After all that work (if I start to sweat or if it’s humid outside) it’s right back to those frizzy curls. Which is SO frustrating, because I like the straight look, too.

    I was thinking about getting this treatment done, but I have a couple questions about it…

    1) Will my REAL curls come back 100% after the 5 months or so? (I’d be sad if they didn’t) =)

    2) If I get the treatment and I straighten my hair, how long will it last afterwards? It’s really humid where I live, and I’d like for the straight look to stay for more than 20 min. LoL!

    3) Does it make your hair look greasy?

    4) Can I get highlights or color, afterwards? Or should I do it before?

    THANK YOU SO MUCH for posting this! And Thank you in advance for the info.

  • CTx2

    August 16, 2011 at 7:50 am

    I had this done about 3 weeks ago. Parts of my hair are silky soft and nice and others are a curl, burned mess. I have been really disappointed by this experience. I read into this treatment after the fact trying to figure out what the heck happened and saw that for my hair type the lowest temperature should have been used — 440 was used so parts of my hair that were highlighted actually burned and are now breaking off. The person who did it has since left the salon. I am hesitant to do this again because I may ruin the areas that are already crying for help after the first treatment.

    Any thoughts?

  • Aseel

    August 18, 2011 at 12:08 am

    My hair is like a baby hair so soft and I wold like to know if is it good for me and will not fill my hair and if I can color my har after the treatment

  • joanne

    August 21, 2011 at 6:11 am

    I had the Coppala treatment done last week at Ulta here in NJ. My hair (which is highlighted and down to my waist) looked fantastic the first few days. The trouble started after the first wash. I used all the “right” (read “expensive”) shampoos and conditioners, but my previously healthy, strong hair started breaking and falling out. I have only washed my hair one other time, and it just has gotten worse. My hair, now looks worse than before the treatment since it has broken in so many places. I didn’t have bangs before the treatement, but I almost do now as it broke along a line in the front.
    I could cry. I am getting married in a little over two months, and my hair is something I take pride in. I spent over $200 on this treatment, and I look like hell. I got no warning that my hair might break. I was told how wonderful this treatment would be for my ever frizzy hair. All I want to know now is how to stop the breakage. I don’t even want to brush, or touch, my hair. Even moving my head results in more hair breaking off. I am afraid I am going to have to cut off my once beautiful head of hair, that has defined who I am for most of my life. Anyone thinking of getting this treatment, don’t do it. I am paying my price for vanity. You can proceed at your own risk…

  • Janine

    August 26, 2011 at 5:44 am

     I tried the treatment at home…my results are good, but not great.  I have shoulder length hair, brown with highlights.  Course, wavy hair and it good condition.

    I have noticed my ends are somewhat bushy, but not split.  I do not have the air dry effect the rest of hair has…

    I let the product sit for 20 minutes, then dried, and flat ironed at 430 degrees. I waited the appropriate 72 hours.

    Should I do another treatment? Should I just leave well enough alone and commit to deep conditioning the last 2″ of my hair?

  • joy

    August 29, 2011 at 8:25 am

    In reply to Lisa on 20/4/11.

    Yes, I had the same.In 2009 /early 2010 my hair was poker straight-fantastic results.
    Late 2010 the results are poor in comparrisson-frizz is back etc…..
    When they put the product on originally(2009) it was more greasy and very strong fumes !!!!!!! now not so greasy and marginal fumes to before.
    I think the product was just called KERATIN COMPLEX BY COPPOLO and since the change it had SMOOTHING added to the label.More significantly the levels of formeldehyde would have been much stronger to get those results……….obviously the company are playing ignorant…they don’t want any more ? lawsuits!!!!
    A bit like them saying there is no formeldehyde in the product now ,when the Canadian government have tested the product and say there is 1.8% in it!!! OK Coppola maybe using another chemical trade name or aldehyde ….the safe level set by the Canadian government is 0.2%.!!!!
    When a company lies like this ,when do you trust their integrity???

    What i would like to know is how many other people have experienced this change in
    product from the early days?

  • hairismiamor

    September 7, 2011 at 12:49 am

    Hi I’m aa stylist working in Seattle, Wa and I have 3 questions Tera if u don’t mind. How do u think this product compares to the brazillian blowout, do u believe it is a safe transition from cheemical to overlap it with this product, and through what company would u recommend I go through in search of training for this service?

  • zuleima

    September 10, 2011 at 4:04 pm

    buenas tardes me gustaria octener el producto con quien me puedo comunicar para octener el producto

  • Shelly

    September 12, 2011 at 4:51 pm

    Please Help!!! Does anyone know after experiencing tons of loss and breakages daily, is there anything you all have found to make your hair quit falling out and breaking. I had my hair done in may and about eight weeks later it started falling out in clumps and you can now see my scalp. I do not have any health issues and have had blood test to make sure. My doctor said he has women daily coming in for test that have had these treatments as well. If u want to keep your hair don’t do it!!!!! I’m supposed to be getting married next week and am extremely upset and want to cancel my wedding. I am devastated and and in need of advice from anyone experiencing the same thing or what I can do about it. Also to anyone thinking about having this done don’t risk your health or your hair. Not all women experience these issues but at least twenty percent do according to my doctor. I have had severe adverse side effects in addition to the hair problem. And if you have had amazing results with these treatments that’s great for you but there are thousands who have had horrible issues. Guess you will never know until you try it….beware

  • Kim Albini

    September 29, 2011 at 4:29 pm

    It’s interesting to see the comments from last year to most recent this year. At first everyone loved this product…Coppola Keratin Treatment. A friend and I both had it at different salons last summer. After a few months, our hair began to fall out. It is a hair loss that starts directly at the root, so strands of hair fall out. If I brush my hand through my hair in the morning, there are at least 30-40 strands that I am holding. In March, 10 mths after the treatment, I began telling my hairdresser about the thinning and hair loss. Fortunately, I have very thick hair…or had! I have probably a 40-50% loss to date. I have had blood tests, seen doctors…no one knew why this was happening. I quickly began to research this treatment and have found tons of women that are experiencing the EXACT same symptoms, with the same time lines after this Keratin Treatment!!! So, in a desperate attempt to not deal with further hair loss, I am taking Biotin, Vitamin D and many other supplements. This product is banned in Australia, there are class actions suits in California, and Connecticut has strongly urged women not to use it. NEVER, EVER USE THIS PRODUCT!!!! Curly hair is better than no hair AT ALL!!!

  • Jane Doe

    October 3, 2011 at 5:19 pm

    Stylists who think that none of their clients have been adversely impacted by keratin treatments are kidding themselves, and doing a grave disservice to their business, their profession, and their clients. My hair thinned so much after treatment that I haven’t set foot in a salon ever since — I’m too ashamed of my hair, or lack thereof. Also, it took me this long to learn (from a dermatologist who specializes in female hair loss and who is seeing numerous clients exhibiting the same problems post-treatment) that the cause of my hair loss was the keratin treatment. Please, if you want to be bald, just shave your head. And hairstylists, take a stand, for the good of your clients, and for the good of your reputation.

  • Kim

    October 5, 2011 at 3:33 pm

    Jane…is there anything that your dermatologist said that can help the effects of this horrible nightmare caused by the Keratin treatment? Any time frame as to when it stops or gets better? It’s been over a year for me and my hair continues to fall out. Vitamins seem to help a little, but definitely not a cure. Any suggestions?

  • loosing it

    January 23, 2012 at 6:57 pm

    PLEASE be aware there is formaldhyde (cancerous) in most of these Keritan treatments and do a 24hr PATCH TEST before getting this treatment done.
    I had the GK keritan treatment done 4months ago and while it looked nice, three days later all the skin on my scalp came off in big chunks and HAIR started FALLIN OUT in droves. I loose 60-200 strands a day. I only started counting because I got sick of people telling me its normal to loose 50 strands. This way beyond normal and the loss has not slowed down. I see a dermatologist in a few days, hoping he can prescribe me steriods or something to help halt this loss.

    After googling about this online I am not the only one. Apparently some have a bad reaction to formaldhyde and/or allergic to keritan and the treatment leading to hair loss. I know man have success with these treatments but I post my story wherever I can to help prevent another victim of this kind of tragedy. Google “Keritan treatments and hair loss” and do the research, then if you decide yu still want to risk it, do a 24hr patch test first.

  • Teenz

    February 8, 2012 at 2:01 am

    I had this done yesterday but the stylist rinsed it out immediately after the ironing and said she had a professional kind that you didn’t have to wait. She also very quickly blow dried it (no brush) to show me how straight it would dry naturally. Since she didn’t dry it fully it ended up straightish with some frizz. Obviously a huge difference from my normal curly hair which would be a fro if I did that but it was still NOT what I was hoping for and I ironed my hair as soon as I got home so now it looks the same as when I used to iron/blow dry it, nothing special. I know there are express versions of the BKT but although my hair is straight and relatively soft it’s not shiny like I see in everyone else’s results, very worried she didn’t do it right and I guess I’ll see after washing it how my curls react or if they’re still there at all which is what I wanted.

  • Keisha Brown

    February 16, 2012 at 9:19 pm

    Hello I received the Coppala Keratin treatment in december, am I now able to relax my new growth? Please advise thanks!

  • hyemi

    March 16, 2012 at 11:01 pm

    i would like to perm my hair after this treatment. Wil the perm last?Should i perm before the treatment or after the treatment?Because i have damaged hair from perming and colouring and would like to recover the shine in it.

  • Stacey

    April 9, 2012 at 7:28 pm

    The Coppola Keratin treatment ruined my life! I was someone looking for the easy way out with my once-beautiful hair, but now it’s destroyed. It falls out from the rood all day long. I can’t escape the hair loss. This product should be banned!!!

  • Tara

    April 13, 2012 at 7:45 am

    Coppola treatment ruined my life too! I got it done 3.5 months ago and have been severly depressed ever since. My hair is half of what it was. And it was THICK. Now, its like paper and getting thinner everyday. I am losing roughly 100 hairs a day and sinking deeper and deeper into depression. HELP. I would love to talk to anyone going through this. I need support since no one understands.

  • Christina

    April 25, 2012 at 3:47 pm

    Hi ladies, I got the treatment done about 2 months ago. I loved it the day of and it looked great when I got it straightened again a few days later for my engagment pictures…then, my hair starting falling out. So, I have a lot of thick hair and naturally I would shed, never counted or anything but my fiancé would occasionally (ever3 months,) clean the drain. But, it was ridiculous the amount of hair I started losing. I started taking prenatal vitamins, and washed my hair with keratase Bain prevention shampoo (Which started to help immediately, ), and now also am using nioxin. Hoping the hair will start going back but I am definitely shedding closer to my normal amount. Hoping my hair will start going back by my temples (mostly my right side) soon! So, definitely spot test if you are interested or err on the side of caution. I am a medical student and failed to research the ingredients prior to doing this and would not have done it had I know it has a formaldehyde derivative.

  • askvivi

    May 1, 2012 at 7:37 pm

    I’ve been using Cocoa Keratin System and it’s been excellent for my hair, very long lasting and I do it myself. It contains the pre-treatment shampoo, smoothing treatment, daily shampoo and conditioner. It contains protein and argan oil so my hair is moisturised and nourished as well as smoothed, strengthened and softened. An excellent treatment for all hair types!