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.

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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!!

  5. 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.

  6. Heidi

    February 23, 2010 at 2:06 pm

    How long does this treatment typically last?

  7. 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!

  8. 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 :)

  10. Amy

    February 23, 2010 at 7:31 pm

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

  11. 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!

  12. Anh

    February 24, 2010 at 8:59 am

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

  13. 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 :)

  14. 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).

  15. 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!