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Old 02-16-2010, 11:08 PM   #361
 
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Im glad to hear of these life changing results. its good to hear the unhappy stories as well. I am a stylist with 2c/3a coarse coarse hair (think dental floss coarseness) i am ilalian and assryian, i have thick hair and i have a big head!!!!
I recently did the Coppola Keratin Treatment on myself 1/18/2010. I love it. I don't wear is curly anymore. It reduced my curl to about a 2a.. Im sure i could wear it wavy if i Tired but its cold in MI and i cant let it dry natural in this weather. (maybe i should try "plopping" it i just heard about this!!)
To style it i use the coppola shine serum- only 1-2 pumps.... ive learned. I was used to using like a quarter sized amount of frizz serum.
I cant stop touching my hair. I only wash it like once ever 4 days er so..more or less depending on my mood. I am obsessed with my new hair.it is shiney and silky. and make people in my salon touch it all the time. when i curl with big iron, they say i look like a Karashian (like 50 lbs heavier)
The cuticle is sealed, its shiney, frizz free and i can style it with a flat paddle brush(when im feeling lazy!!) and it looks great. i do not need to flat iron.which is way weird for my hair...
my hair used to feel and look like a horses mane with a perm...now people say it looks like i get it "blown out professionally everyday"(i roll my eyes cause i am a curly hair expert stylist)
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Old 02-17-2010, 12:11 PM   #362
 
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I've been lurking all 19 of these pages, contemplating whether or not I should get this treatment done to my hair... I felt good about it until I read about the hair loss. I have 3b/3c hair that mostly frizzes in the back. It's well past my shoulders, but it grows really, really slow (to give a visual, I made the mistake of cutting my hair chin length about 5 years ago, and it has taken this long for it to reach past my shoulders) I cannot handle hair loss, I cry when I get my hair trimmed!! I'm so soo torn about this. All I want is more manageable hair, I don't really enjoy spending 2+ hours on my curls only to end up putting them in a bun because they just don't look right. Sorry for my ramblings, I have gone through a wide range of emotions reading this thread! I love reading the success stories... I just wish I knew why some lost hair, and some had no problem at all. What is the deciding factor, and do I have it?
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Does anyone know where I can get the coppola keratin treatment done in South Florida?!
where in Florida? I had mine done in the Tampa Bay area. But I am assuming you mean farther south?

Just a side note-I love my Keratin treatment. But I realized how much better it is if you are in a less humid state. I was in Mass for a week and had less frizz and didn't have to flat iron at all. I even got caught in the rain and had no frizz. I have to fight a bit harder in FL to keep the frizz out but it is possible, but will do it again as soon as I have to. It has been 6 weeks right now and is the same as day 1
Where in Tampa did you go?

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Old 02-17-2010, 08:09 PM   #364
 
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My second Coppola relaxer. I am very happy with the treatment. Key is to have an experienced professional do it (my stylist is a certified trainer, to teach other stylists). Hair does not have to be bone straight... ask stylist if they can add a little bump (via flat iron) to the ends. My hair is flipped and bouncy at the ends, therefore I did not walk out the salon with straight, flat hair. If you aren't too picky on washing your hair on the 3rd-4th day, consider not washing it for another few days so that the relaxer really sets in. The last time I had it done I didn't wash it for a week and it stayed in my hair for over 4 months. Again, wouldn't advise this for anyone who can't wait that many days to have it washed. Just bought the L'oreal non-sodium shampoo/conditioner to retain the look (don't use sodium based shampoos!). At night, I sleep on a satin pillow case. Rather than wrap my hair to keep it straight without the creases, I lay with all my hair up. Also had it colored the same time (again, only a professional should do this) so with Coppola, a color touchup, and trim it set me back $ wise for a long time as my hair is long and thick....but well worth it. Second time I also had the Coppola, color touchup and trim. The first time I did it was scary at first, but after the results, I'm hooked. A few days of sacrifice (i.e., not washing hair for a few days, sleeping carefully, shampooing with a non-sodium shampoo) is really worth it. I would recommend it for anyone who wants to tame the frizzies. Again, you don't necessarily need to end up with straight hair after it's done. With an experienced stylist, they know how to give your hair some bounce without compromising the relaxer.
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Old 02-21-2010, 12:38 PM   #365
 
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Smile Coppola Keratin Treatment- 1st time (Relaxers vs. Coppola)

I am a multi-racial women with 3c curly hair and have used professional relaxers for the last 8 years. I have sworn by the relaxers and by my hair stylist and didn't think there was anything else out there that could give me the result of relaxed and manageable hair. The relaxers were giving me the smooth results but the damage was too much and my hair was at an unhealthy stand still and breaking off slowly everyday. I have shoulder length hair but it seemed I was losing hair daily and my hair wasn't growing any longer.
I had done some research on this product (Coppola) and felt I needed to try something that not only works for management but also helps my hair. After watching the new movie Good Hair and seeing the results of chemical damage on my own head, I decided to make a choice for a head of new healthy hair. As I was on my way to a new hair stylist and to try a new product I must say, I was very nervous. The process was just as I read and with my full thick head of hair it took 4 hours. I didn't have to make sure I didn't scratch my scalp before the process, it didn't burn at all, it smelled kind of fruity, and I actually enjoyed the long pampering process. It did make my eyes water briefly after the cap came off but it stopped within a minute or so.
After the application and the blow drying I must admit I was unsure of what it actually did or if it would do anything, I couldn't see instant results. I did trust my hair stylist though so I kept my mouth shut and continued to watch.
The final results were AMAZING! My hair was so smooth, shiny, weightless, and manageable. My husband came to get me and he was blown away and LOVED it.
I woke up today and brushed my hair and didn't lose any hair! It is still as smooth and as lovely as it was yesterday after the process.
I will return to the salon on Wednesday for a wash and style and am just hoping my hair keeps the results with just a little more body. I am a little concerned at how long this will hold up in my hair because my hair is so curly and thick but I have been amazed so far and have never seen my hair like this. At the moment I can say this- GOOD BYE CHEMICAL RELAXERS!
I will update this in 3 days and let you know how it feels and looks.
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Old 02-21-2010, 01:49 PM   #366
 
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Greetings everyone,
Just thought I'd come in with my update since I've stepped back and really looked at this treatment for what it is- I started with 3b/c hair and over the last 6 months I've done two keratin treatments 3 months apart first was the Coppola (1.6%) Aldehyde and second was the Chocohair by Bionaza (1.7%) Formaldehyde.
I will say so far I have noticed hair loss-- far more than normal, even though both were performed in accordance to instructions and such. I experienced irritation with both products, more with the Coppola for whatever reason. Initially the hair is very soft and flexible, with time it gets DRYER and splitting happens up the hair shaft, I've NEVER had split ends or splitting of hair like this. I rarely blow dry my hair and if I do I utilize a heat protectant serum to ensure my hair is coated before heat use.

While I was considering getting another treatment, I am stepping back and looking to see how SAFE this really is and I thought I'd share with all you beautiful ladies the serious potential risks since NONE of these products have been evaluated by the FDA. With every great trend I believe these manufacturers are trying to make a quick buck with disregard for our health and safety. Yes I recognize Formaldehyde is in just about EVERYTHING- but in such small quanities it is manageable the FDA says no more than .2% while many salons are using 10x if not more than that amount. Formaldehyde is verified as a Carcinogen- there is no IF'S or BUTT'S! Women I know we are all free to make the choices but I thought I'd give many a heads up as this is not safe--on any level.
I am currently talking to a lab which does formaldehyde testing and seeking to test a few popular keratin treatments to see if they are REALLY the %'s they say they are.
I truly wish there was a natural solution to loosening the curl but unfortunately there is not.
Here is the article I read this morning that really bothered me-
http://www.allure.com/magazine/2007/...?currentPage=1

I hope everyone is well.
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Old 02-22-2010, 05:07 PM   #367
 
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Question New Type of Keratin Treatment - need advice

I love my 3b hair but I hate the constant battle to get the curl to look just right, the fight against frizz and of course, the 90 minute blow out process to get it straight.

After much debate, I decided to bite the bullet and do it because I was introduced to a new system that is organic and has no formaldehyde. I met a couple of girls that had it done and they SWORE that it smelled great, no masks, no fumes, etc… and that this actually had something (I think it is L-systine) to help prevent breakage and hair loss.

Anyhoot, I did it and it is true – no burning of the eyes or funky smells. My hair is pin straight (not to crazy about that but I can’t wash it for 3 – 4 days and they SWORE I would not lose all my curl) and it feels very soft. Truly though, I cant wait to wash it to see if it works as well as all the other Keratin treatments I have read about.

My question is this: I am not to get any water on my hair, nor am I to clip it, wear it in a ponytail, tuck it behind my ears, etc… so how the heck do I was my face, much less take a shower?

Please, please, please let me know. Today I had my hubby hold back my hair while I washed my face but I don’t think he will want to wake up early tomorrow morning and help me get ready for work! LOL

Any advice would be great! I will keep you guys posted on my results.

Thanks!

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Old 02-23-2010, 01:52 AM   #368
 
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That sounds like an ad...it's the writer's first post!
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Old 02-23-2010, 06:17 AM   #369
 
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I’m really sorry as I can see how this could seem like an advertisement but I promise you it is not. Even if someone wanted more info there is not much I could tell them. I don’t even know if someone would be able to get it where they live b/c it is just now coming into the market (consider me a very nervous guinea pig if you will).
With that said, I will no longer speak of the treatment but I really would appreciate advice. I have lots of questions. If anyone can over some sage words of wisdom I would really appreciate it!
1. When I woke up this morning I had a kink in the back of my hair. I immediately flat ironed it and it seemed to straighten out. Did I do the right thing? Should I be getting a kink? I slept on a satin pillow case.
2. ALL Keratin treatments tout the fact that you will no longer have to put product in your hair to tame the frizz. I am a product junkie and I put lots of products in my hair to have a nice curl. This is what I would use (I am not advertising for any of these products!)
Tigi curls rock crème
Redken smooth down leave in conditioner
Pantene curl booster hairspray (the pump)
So my question is – what styling products do you ladies use post keratin treatment? I was told to use nothing and just but in a shine serum but that just sounds like way too little. I can’t wait to wash my hair on Thursday!!!
3. Please talk to me about your curl post treatment. Was it there, barely there, frizzy, wavy, what? I’ve heard so many different outcomes that I am just wondering what the “norm” is.
Thank you for your help and I swear, I am NOT selling anything!

Ps. If you’re wondering, this morning I pushed back my hair with a soft hair band and then I placed a shower cap over it to hold the back of my hair back and I bent down to wash my face. It worked pretty well!

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Thumbs up UPDATE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



I washed my hair and after being on pins and needles thinking that my curls would be gone (I read a lot of horror stories!) I was very surprised!

My curls are soft, bouncy, and looser! I am very happy that this treatment only enhanced what I had and made it better rather than changing my look completely!

I used the Pureology (hydrating) poo and conditioner and I really love it! The conditioner has a cool, tingly feel to it that I really enjoyed and yes, a little does go a long way so even though it is pricey, you can make it last.

Question: What hairspray/gel/mouse/creme did you ladies use after your treatments?

I am currently using the TIGI curls rock creme but I am at a loss as to what hairspray I should use.

Thanks guys!

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Old 03-01-2010, 08:44 PM   #371
 
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Default American Culture "Simply Smooth" vs. Coppola Keratin Treatment??

So I got the American Culture Simply Smooth treatment back around October. It. Was. FABULOUS. I felt like a new woman! Ever since I've been touching it up with "Liquid Keratin, 30 day straight, smooth, and long" treatment (ALSO fabulous...I highly recommend. It's basically a less intense version of any keratin treatment) ANYWAYS. My problem is...the keratin has now just about totally died off and I'm going to get another treatment before summer.

If anyone has gotten both the Simply Smooth and the Coppola treatment that would be AWESOME because I would love to compare and contrast them! I would be fine with getting simply smooth again, but if the Coppola's better than obviously I'd rather get that!

I realize Coppola has formhaldyde in it, but if it's stronger results, I would consider (sadly enough)

So if you've experienced any of these treatments, could you let me know!

THANKS GIRLS!
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Hi I just signed up so I could post! In in Melb Australia. I found the site a couple of weeks ago, but hadn't had the treatment yet. I had it on Sat 27th Feb and have just washed it out now after 4 days (I had the Coppola).
I have shoulder length naturally light brown, but highlighted to medium blonde hair. My hair has soft ringlets which frizzes easily, I think it's probably a 2c. It has been taking me an hour to do my hair and by the time I get to work it looks like crap - which is why I decided to try this treatment.
Waiting the extra day to wash it just about killed me, but I decided it would be worth it...and it was!!
OMG I LOVE my hair. I have a fringe (bangs) that is straight - even with an iron I can never get it straight normally, I just ran a quick round brush through it with a hair dryer and it looks and feels fantastic. I used the Coppola shampoo & conditioner that is recommended. I have no frizz at all.
Didn't have any hair fall out in the shower either.
For all of those who say it is no different, the stylist should:
1 wash the hair (no conditioner)
2 dry the hair
3 apply the solution to small sections of hair at a time covering it it fully with the Keratin solution
4 put a cap over it all when it is completely covered and leave it for 20 min
5 blow dry using only fingers until completely dry
6 flat iron small sections at a time, go over each section of hair with the iron 6-8 times

If they haven't done all of this then they haven't done it properly, maybe some of the posts weren't clear but it didn't sound like they had all followed the process, and maybe that's why some people didn't have such good results.

In the days I didn't wash it, I also went over it each morning with my GHD. By today it looked horrible and was plastered to my head and was starting to get itchy, but I'm glad I waited to wash it out.

I keep going to look at it in the mirror!! It's straight (but has body) it's shiny and swings when I move...and I used no product at all.
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Old 03-03-2010, 07:17 PM   #373
 
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Hey guys just wanted to give u all an update. My hair is till quite curly since I had virgin hair however I don't mind bc the curl is much softer. I still put some product in it and I love the way it feels. I blow dried it straight today for the first time and it took me about 20 minutes less which was great!
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Can you swim in a pool or ocean if you've had this treatment done?
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i was wondering how straight this will make my hair? i have pretty thick, curly, frizzy hair. How straight will this make my hair? and i have been googling this for awhile and some people are saying they have had big clumps of hair fall out after this. Has that happend to any of you?
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Im glad to hear of these life changing results. its good to hear the unhappy stories as well. I am a stylist with 2c/3a coarse coarse hair (think dental floss coarseness) i am ilalian and assryian, i have thick hair and i have a big head!!!!
I recently did the Coppola Keratin Treatment on myself 1/18/2010. I love it. I don't wear is curly anymore. It reduced my curl to about a 2a.. Im sure i could wear it wavy if i Tired but its cold in MI and i cant let it dry natural in this weather. (maybe i should try "plopping" it i just heard about this!!)
To style it i use the coppola shine serum- only 1-2 pumps.... ive learned. I was used to using like a quarter sized amount of frizz serum.
I cant stop touching my hair. I only wash it like once ever 4 days er so..more or less depending on my mood. I am obsessed with my new hair.it is shiney and silky. and make people in my salon touch it all the time. when i curl with big iron, they say i look like a Karashian (like 50 lbs heavier)
The cuticle is sealed, its shiney, frizz free and i can style it with a flat paddle brush(when im feeling lazy!!) and it looks great. i do not need to flat iron.which is way weird for my hair...
my hair used to feel and look like a horses mane with a perm...now people say it looks like i get it "blown out professionally everyday"(i roll my eyes cause i am a curly hair expert stylist)
I also live in Michigan. Do you no a salon where i could get this treatment dont at?
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Old 03-20-2010, 05:55 PM   #378
 
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Hey everyone! I just got the Keratin Complex treatment done at Azana Spa in Brookfield, WI. Right now my hair is absolutely stick straight with some flyaways on top just from the hairdresser straightening them up. She said they should go away after the 72 hour waiting period (hopefully!). I really think this is going to work and am excited for monday to see the results! (I will write again to let everyone know how it turns out). I was extremely worried to sleep on my hair during the first 3 days in case it creased in a weird way, but when I woke up this morning, I just re-straightened the nonstraight pieces and it has stayed straight all day. The process itself took about 2 hours and 30 minutes and was not at all bad except for the fumes making my eyes water a little. I will post back on monday when I wash my hair for the first time!
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Hey again. Just letting everyone know how goood this treatment works!!!!!! I just washed my hair today and it looks absolutely amazing! There is no frizz whatsoever and my poofy curly hair (probably 2b) is straight! It isn't as stick straight as it was right after I got it (which is good) but it looks like I have naturally straight hair. I let it air dry today, and if I were to blow dry it, it would be completely 100% straight. Sooo happy with this product!!
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Old 03-23-2010, 10:25 AM   #380
 
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poofball3,

So glad you like it. I had it done last summer, and I loved it, too. I also have 2b hair. I remember just letting it airdry much of the time. It was so easy, especially during our humid August and September.

I am debating whether to have it done again this spring. The only thing I didn't like was that it seemed to last only about 2 months for me. I'm not sure if that was because maybe I wasn't using the right products afterwards. Hmmm....

Oh well, keep us posted as to how you like it.
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