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α-KERATIN TREATMENT CERTIFICATION

Become certified to successfully utilize the Peter Coppola® α-Keratin Smoothing & Refinishing Treatment and the α-Keratin Express Smoothing Treatment. Help your clients by repairing damaged or color treated hair while building a smooth, sexy shine. Study both treatments by watching the videos and take the quiz provided below!

This certification is available only to licensed Salon Professionals who have a valid License #. This is a professional service and may not be performed by those without a cosmetology/hair license. 


After reading the study materials below, click the "Start" button above to begin your quiz to become certified for the application of the Peter Coppola® α-Keratin Smoothing & Refinishing Treatment and Express Smoothing Treatment. You may refer to the professional instructions at any time. Upon completion, your certification will be sent to the email provided.  

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SECTION 1: UNDERSTANDING THE α-KERATIN TREATMENTS

Formulated to change the texture of all hair types semi-permanently, the Peter Coppola® α-Keratin Smoothing & Refinishing Treatment nourishes, repairs and shields the hair against the harmful effects of chemical processing, heat styling, UV exposure and daily styling. Designed to create the canvas for straight, smooth, curly or voluminous looks and styles while providing stronger, age-defying hair, this treatment restores the hair's youthful look and texture for up to three months when your client uses the proper Peter Coppola® α-Keratin after-care regimen at home. 


The Peter Coppola® α-Keratin Express Smoothing Treatment has been formulated to change the texture of all hair types temporarily to allow your clients to wear their hair straight, smooth, curly or with volume. Formulated to nourish, repair and shield the hair with the unique Peter Coppola® α-Keratin Repair System™, this unique service defends against the harmful effects of chemical processing, heat styling, UV exposure and daily styling while restoring the hair's youthfulness and texture for up to 1½ months when your client uses the proper Peter Coppola® α-Keratin after-care regimen at home. The treatment allows for express application and easy processing without sacrificing high-quality results and ingredients. 

SECTION 2: REFERENCE TOOLS

Curl Key:

Recommended Processing Times:

*Be mindful of the integrity of the clients’ hair when selecting processing time.

SECTION 3: α-KERATIN SMOOTHING & REFINISHING TREATMENT

ITEMS NEEDED: Chemical Cape | Protective Stylist Apron | Wide Tooth Comb (Optional) | Wet Brush (optional) | Color Tint Bowl | Color Tint Brush | Tail Comb | 4 Non-Metallic Duckbilled Clips | Round Brush | Hair Dryer | Flat Iron | Curling Iron (optional)

NOTE: Before beginning your process - lay out your tools for easy access during application and processing.

1. CLIENT CONSULTATION: We always recommend that you begin with asking questions about the client’s desired outcome and utilizing the Peter Coppola® Curl Key to help you determine the best steps in moving forward with your treatment service.

PRO TIP

Explain the difference between a non-formaldehyde smoothing treatment vs. a straightening service that may contain harsh chemicals and formaldehydes.

LIFESTYLE

It is always good to ask the client to share more about their lifestyle. Example: How active are you with your daily routines? How often to wash/style your hair? The answers to these questions can supply information regarding their expectation of a smoothing system treatment and its longevity. This can also reveal if they are using professional products which will be essential to maintain their smoothing system treatment.

HAIR TRAITS

Determining the hair’s traits, such as natural texture (such as wavy, curly, coiled etc.,) and density, can help decide what is or is not beneficial as a treatment service and style.

HAIR CONCERNS & CHEMICAL HISTORY

Discussing the client’s hair concerns and history can help determine the integrity of the hair. In most cases, it will be necessary to physically analyze the client’s hair in order to gain a clear understanding of any previous chemical services that have been done to the hair instead of depending on the client to tell you. Having this knowledge will make it easier to treat and prescribe additional chemical services needed, as well as being extremely important in finding the best processing time for optimal treatment results.

DESIRED RESULTS

Knowing the style desires of the client might require pictures for complete identification and professional guidance. Maintaining a collection of your own “before & after” success results can offer your client confidence during the consultation.

CLIENT’S COMMITMENT

Service maintenance requires commitment from the client. From regular, scheduled salon visits to a home maintenance regimen. Be sure to get a commitment prior to the treatment application to ensure proper care for the client’s hair.

2. CLARIFY THE HAIR: Using the Peter Coppola® α-Keratin Clarifying Shampoo, gently cleanse the hair, then, gently towel dry, leaving the hair slightly damp.


For Virgin and hair with heavy product build up shampoo first with a retail shampoo like the Peter Coppola® α-Keratin Smoothing Shampoo, for all other hair types shampoo once with the Peter Coppola® α-Keratin Clarifying Shampoo.


For detangling prior to sectioning and treatment application - you can use a wet brush or wide tooth comb to detangle the hair.

3. SECTION THE HAIR: Section the hair into standard 4 quadrant sectioning. This will allow for complete control in your application.

4. APPLY THE TREATMENT: SHAKE THE PRODUCT WELL. Start with 1-2 oz. for the entire application, adding more as needed, depending on the hair length and texture. Take your first section starting in the nape, horizontal to your parting, approximately ¼ inch. Starting ⅛ inch from the root, apply a thin layer, saturating evenly to the ends. Thoroughly comb each section to evenly distribute the product with a fine-tooth tail comb. Utilize excess product that floats on your comb for your next section. 


*You should only have about a bead size of product left on the comb, to ensure your section is fully saturated.

5. PROCESS: Utilize the Peter Coppola® Curl Key as your timing guide to determine processing, between 20-50 minutes. Comb the hair every five minutes with a fine tooth tail comb while processing. This will evenly distribute the product throughout the hair and ensure the smoothest results. 


PRO TIP: If your client has a very heavy curl pattern, the hair is in excellent condition and curl reduction is the goal - You may place them under a medium temperature hood dryer (with loosely fitted plastic cap) for the first 10 minutes of processing. Then, remove the cap and comb every 5 minutes into a smooth position for the remainder of the processing time.

6. RINSE: Rinse the product completely from the hair with lukewarm water. Rinse for a minimum of 5 - 7 minutes.

*For thick and coarse or more porous hair types - after rinsing the hair thoroughly, you may want to fill your sink and bathe the hair in clean, lukewarm water for another 5 minutes. This will help to ensure the hair is completely free of the treatment product.

7. BLOW DRY: Section the hair, and blow dry the hair 100% into desired shape with a round, vent or paddle brush depending on hair type and texture. For more coarse, curly or resistant hair types and desired results, round brushing may be more suitable for finishing. 


PRO TIP 1: We highly recommend using a round boar bristle brush on ¼ inch sections while using heavy tension when blow drying, to stretch the cuticle into a smooth position. 


PRO TIP 2: For clients with gray, resistant or heavily highlighted hair - allow the hair to completely cool prior to flat ironing or curling to avoid color shift or lift.

8. FLAT IRON OR CURL: Flat iron or curl the hair depending on the client's desired results. Section and flat iron or curl at a heat setting of 350-430 degrees Fahrenheit, using ⅛-inch – ½-inch horizontal sections - depending on the client’s hair type and texture.


Always perform a strand test to assure heat will not lift color. If color is lifting, lower the flat iron or curling iron to the lowest setting to minimize color change. Gradually increase temperature to minimize lift and obtain the smooth, shiny results your client desires. 


PRO TIP 1: When using the flat iron, it is recommended to make between 3 - 8 passes, or until the hair is silky and smooth.


PRO TIP 2: Pay close attention to the root area during ironing as it often has more texture or frizz. If the client’s hair is compromised, fine, or heavily processed, keep the iron temperature setting low. If the client has virgin, coarse, very dense or heavily textured hair, raise the temperature gradually up to 430 degrees.

9. FINISHING (optional): After Flat Iron work is complete, to add moisture and smooth any fly-aways, you may add a few drops of the Peter Coppola® α-Keratin Smoothing Serum for a polished finish. 

SECTION 4: α-KERATIN EXPRESS SMOOTHING & REFINISHING TREATMENT

ITEMS NEEDED: Chemical Cape | Protective Stylist Apron | Wide Tooth Comb (Optional) | Wet Brush (optional) | Tail Comb | 4 Non-Metallic Duckbilled Clips | Round Brush | Hair Dryer | Flat Iron (optional) | Curling Iron (optional)

NOTE: Before beginning your process - lay out your tools for easy access during application & processing.

1. CLIENT CONSULTATION: We always recommend that you begin with asking questions about the client’s desired outcome and utilizing the Peter Coppola® Curl Key to help you determine the best steps in moving forward with your treatment service.

PRO TIP

Explain the difference between a non-formaldehyde smoothing treatment vs. a straightening service that may contain harsh chemicals and formaldehydes.

LIFESTYLE

It is always good to ask the client to share more about their lifestyle. Example: How active are you with your daily routines? How often to wash/style your hair? The answers to these questions can supply information regarding their expectation of a smoothing system treatment and its longevity. This can also reveal if they are using professional products which will be essential to maintain their smoothing system treatment.

HAIR TRAITS

Determining the hair’s traits, such as natural texture (such as wavy, curly, coiled etc.,) and density, can help decide what is or is not beneficial as a treatment service and style.

HAIR CONCERNS & CHEMICAL HISTORY

Discussing the client’s hair concerns and history can help determine the integrity of the hair. In most cases, it will be necessary to physically analyze the client’s hair in order to gain a clear understanding of any previous chemical services that have been done to the hair instead of depending on the client to tell you. Having this knowledge will make it easier to treat and prescribe additional chemical services needed, as well as being extremely important in finding the best processing time for optimal treatment results.

DESIRED RESULTS

Knowing the style desires of the client might require pictures for complete identification and professional guidance. Maintaining a collection of your own “before & after” success results can offer your client confidence during the consultation.

CLIENT’S COMMITMENT

Service maintenance requires commitment from the client. From regular, scheduled salon visits to a home maintenance regimen. Be sure to get a commitment prior to the treatment application to ensure proper care for the client’s hair.

2. CLARIFY THE HAIR: Using the Peter Coppola® α-Keratin Clarifying Shampoo, gently cleanse the hair, then gently towel dry, leaving the hair slightly damp.

For Virgin and hair with heavy product build up shampoo first with a retail shampoo like the Peter Coppola® a-Keratin Smoothing Shampoo, for all other hair types shampoo once with the Peter Coppola® a-Keratin Clarifying Shampoo.

For detangling prior to sectioning and treatment application - you can use a wet brush or wide tooth comb to detangle the hair.


3. SECTION THE HAIR: Section the hair into standard 4 quadrant sectioning. This will allow for complete control in your application.

4. APPLY THE TREATMENT: Starting in the back, lightly mist into each quadrant aiming towards the mid-shaft (be mindful not to oversaturate compromised ends). Once spray application onto all sections is completed, release all quadrants and comb through with a fine tooth tail comb for even distribution of the Express Smoothing Treatment.

5. PROCESS: Utilize the Peter Coppola® Curl Key as your timing guide. Process all hair types and textures for 20 minutes. Comb the hair every five minutes with a fine tooth tail comb while processing; this will evenly distribute the product throughout the hair and ensure the smoothest results.

6. RINSE: Rinse the product completely from the hair with lukewarm water, ensuring a minimum of 5-7 minutes rinsing. No shampooing is required.

If needed, following 5-7 minutes of rinsing - lightly condition the hair utilizing the Weightless Smoothing Mask - gently massage a quarter sized amount onto hair focusing on ends. Leave on for 3-5 minutes and then rinse off thoroughly.

7. BLOW DRY: Section the hair, and blow dry the hair 100% into desired shape with a round, vent or paddle brush depending on hair type and texture. For more coarse, curly or resistant hair types and desired results, round brushing may be more suitable for finishing.

PRO TIP 1: We highly recommend using a round boar bristle brush on ¼ inch sections while using heavy tension when blow drying, to stretch the cuticle into a smooth position.

PRO TIP 2: For clients with gray, resistant or heavily highlighted hair - allow the hair to completely cool prior to flat ironing or curling to avoid color shift or lift.

8. AT IRON OR CURL: Flat iron or curl the hair depending on the client's desired results. Section and flat iron or curl at a heat setting of 350-430 degrees Fahrenheit, using ⅛-inch – ½-inch horizontal sections - depending on the client’s hair type and texture.

Always perform a strand test to assure heat will not lift color. If color is lifting, lower the flat iron or curling iron to the lowest setting to minimize color change. Gradually increase temperature to minimize lift and obtain the smooth, shiny results your client desires.

PRO TIP 1: When using the flat iron, it is recommended to make between 3 - 8 passes, or until the hair is silky and smooth.

PRO TIP 2: Pay close attention to the root area during ironing as it often has more texture or frizz. If the client’s hair is compromised, fine, or heavily processed, keep the iron temperature setting low. If the client has virgin, coarse, very dense or heavily textured hair, raise the temperature gradually up to 430 degrees.

9. FINISHING (optional): After Flat Iron work is complete, to add moisture and smooth any fly-aways, you may add a few drops of the Peter Coppola® a-Keratin Smoothing Serum for a polished finish.


WHEN NOT TO PERFORM THE α-KERATIN SMOOTHING TREATMENT: 

  • Hair that is damaged or compromised, it is best to recommend a product like the a-Keratin Smoothing Mask to get the hair back to optimal integrity prior to applying and processing the a-Keratin Smoothing Treatment.
  • Hair that is permed, previously relaxed or straightened with a Japanese straightening product. 
  •  Hair that is colored with Henna. 
  • The treatment is not recommended for clients aged 12 and under. 

WHEN TO PERFORM ADDITIONAL IN-SALON SERVICES:

COLOR - Due to the higher acidic content of the α-Keratin Smoothing Treatment - hair color can lift or brighten during processing - so we recommend performing color services after the α-Keratin Smoothing Treatment is complete.

HIGHLIGHTS - Highlighting services should be done at least one week prior to the Smoothing & Refinishing Treatment. This is highly recommended to maintain the hair’s integrity and ensure you are not over-processing hair that is not in optimal condition to receive the α-Keratin Smoothing Treatment.

CLIENT AT HOME / AFTER CARE:

Ask clients to wait for 24 hours before shampooing, conditioning and restyling

For Thick, Coarse, Curly Hair (Medium - Coarse): α-Keratin Smoothing Shampoo and a-Keratin Smoothing Conditioner 

For Straight, Fine, Wavy Hair (Fine - Medium): α-Keratin Hydrating & Repairing Shampoo and α-Keratin Hydrating & Repairing Conditioner.

Always use a shampoo that is Sulfate-Free and Sodium Chloride-Free to maintain your in-salon Keratin Smoothing Treatment. Treatment can last up to 3 months.

With proper processing and use of Peter Coppola® α-Keratin after care regimen and shampooing 3 - 4 times per week.

SECTION 5: WHEN NOT TO PERFORM THE α-KERATIN SMOOTHING TREATMENT:

WHEN NOT TO PERFORM THE α-KERATIN SMOOTHING TREATMENT:

  • Hair that is damaged or compromised, it is best to recommend a product like the a-Keratin Smoothing Mask to get the hair back to optimal integrity prior to applying and processing the a-Keratin Smoothing Treatment.
  • Hair that is permed, previously relaxed or straightened with a Japanese straightening product. 
  •  Hair that is colored with Henna. 
  • The treatment is not recommended for clients aged 12 and under. 

SECTION 6: WHEN TO PERFORM ADDITIONAL IN-SALON SERVICES:

WHEN TO PERFORM ADDITIONAL IN-SALON SERVICES:

COLOR - Due to the higher acidic content of the α-Keratin Smoothing Treatment - hair color can lift or brighten during processing - so we recommend performing color services after the α-Keratin Smoothing Treatment is complete.

HIGHLIGHTS - Highlighting services should be done at least one week prior to the Smoothing & Refinishing Treatment. This is highly recommended to maintain the hair’s integrity and ensure you are not over-processing hair that is not in optimal condition to receive the α-Keratin Smoothing Treatment.

SECTION 7: CLIENT AT HOME / AFTERCARE:

CLIENT AT HOME / AFTERCARE:

Ask clients to wait for 24 hours before shampooing, conditioning and restyling

For Thick, Coarse, Curly Hair (Medium - Coarse): α-Keratin Smoothing Shampoo and a-Keratin Smoothing Conditioner 

For Straight, Fine, Wavy Hair (Fine - Medium): α-Keratin Hydrating & Repairing Shampoo and α-Keratin Hydrating & Repairing Conditioner.

Always use a shampoo that is Sulfate-Free and Sodium Chloride-Free to maintain your in-salon Keratin Smoothing Treatment. Treatment can last up to 3 months.

With proper processing and use of Peter Coppola® α-Keratin aftercare regimen and shampooing 3 - 4 times per week.