Yesterday I went to get my first Coppola Keratin Smoothing Treatment. After a year of researching, I decided to do just it because I wanted to wear my hair straight this summer without the frustration of battling frizz and humidity. So when my trusted stylist Keenya told me that she was a Coppola Keratin trained professional, I knew it was time.
The Coppola Keratin Treatment is a smoothing system that infuses Keratin into the hair folicle to eliminate 95% of frizz and curl from the hair. It boasts to keep the hair straight and frizz free for up to 3 months.
There are a lot of mixed reviews on this products and a few horror stories, so I wanted to make sure that (1) the product was safe and (2) that it would not damage my natural hair. Also that I was having the service performed by a trusted stylist-check.
Since this is my first experience, I can only blog about the application phase and kill some of those myths and horrible stories I read out on the web. I will continue to blog about the experience as the time passes.
The whole process only took 3 hours. I was in the salon at 2:30 and out before 5:30. My stylist started by shampooing the hair. Then she completely blow dried my hair and proceeded to apply the keratin in small sections-similar to a relaxer application. She covered my hair with a plastic cap for 25 minutes. Then removed the cap and blow dried my hair again with a paddle brush. During this second blow dry, my hair was noticeably softer and the brush just glided through my hair. She proceed to flat iron my hair in very small sections using heat of approximately 400 degrees. She used the blow dryer and flat iron once more as a finisher for the styling.
As you can see in the photos, my hair is very straight. And over the next 36- 48 hours, I have to keep it straight and prevent any moisture from touching it. So that means no hair pins, ponytails, sunglasses, or anything that will dent or bend the hair. However, I can wrap it, so that's a relief.
In 48 hours, I will return to the salon for her to shampoo and condition my hair. She decided to extend it from the normal 36 hour follow-up appointment to allow more time for the Keratin to settle. I will keep you posted.