Keratin Complex Smoothing Treatment Giveaway

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Two important things before I start with this long post about how much I LOVE the Keratin Complex Smoothing Treatment!   Tera Rae Stephens is going to be GIVING away a treatment!!!!! It is valued at $300!  So, please make sure you read at the bottom on how you can enter to win if you like wearing your straight, but don’t like spending hours blow drying and flat ironing.

Tera is also extending a special deal to first time clients that are Tiny Oranges readers! If you book a service and tell her you found her though Tiny Oranges, you will receive 20% off your first time visit! That is HUGE.  You can schedule online through her website and if you want to go directly to the page to schedule an appointment click HERE. You can enter promo code “tinyoranges” when booking! Or, give her a call at 714.614.5588.

Here is my Keratin love affair from start to finish…

I got this email from a dear friend from San Francisco several months back.  It was titled, “Keratin, here you come?” This is what she said:

“…What is so nice is your hair looks brand new – .. so SHINY, so undamaged -oooh you will love.  You can blow dry in literally 3-5 minutes (WOW) and if you have really good hair (not me) you can walk out the door with wet hair and not look like a homeless person(me again) . If you ever had fuzzy, frizzy hair you can say BYE BYE but it will cost you good $$$ – but hello never have to do your hair again – oh and say bye to the flat iron!  It lasts 3 ish months but I’m on month 4.5 –  it still only takes me 3 minutes to blow dry and my homeless hair has not come back.”

Sold.

I immediately went online to try to find a stylist that does the Keratin treatment here in OC.  My former salon offered the Brazilian Blowout, but that is different.  My friend stressed that the treatment of choice is called  “Keratin Complex Smoothing Treatment by Coppola.”

I couldn’t find much on Google so I put a tweet out there to see if there were any Orange County Keratin leads, and @whoorl who has the fabulous blog Whoorl and also Hair Thursday, tweeted back and raved about Tera.  Super conveniently located for me, so  I called immediately. Tera picks up the phone and we talk for 20 minutes.  I feel like she is an old girlfriend.   I make an appointment for a cut and color, but have to wait for the Keratin because I was still breastfeeding. This treatment is not recommended for pregnant or breastfeeding moms.

I was patient.   Then come last month when I finished nursing, I called to make my appointment and it has been one of the greatest things to happen to me since the invention of the DVR!

This is the step-by-step in what is involved, sorry in advance for the length of this post and for the endless pics of my mug.  Just look at the hair! HA!

Let me first say that I love curls and curly hair. This has nothing to do with being anti-curl.  What I have never loved about my particular hair is that I have a frizzy wave and I like to wear mine straight.  See, this is what happens when I let it air dry…

Here is another close up of the back before…

Okay, so this is the step-by-step breakdown!

Step 1 & Step 2

Wash with Clarifying Shampoo by Keratin and blow dry hair 100%

Step 3

Apply Keratin Serum to head, put on plastic cap & sit for 20 minutes

Lovely.  I can’t believe I am putting these up for all to see!  Oh well, want you to get an idea of the FULL experience!

Step 4

Blow dry 100% (the serum stays in your hair)

Step 5

Flat iron entire head – do each section thoroughly – the heat seals treatment into the hair

Tera was completely meticulous with this part.  She took so much time and care into the flat-ironing, which she says is the crucial part of the process.

Step 6

Done!

When the flat ironing is complete, you are finished!  You then cannot wash your hair for 72 hours and cannot put any clips in in, any sunglasses on your head, or any basically anything that would mess with the shape.   Here are the afters! Keep in mind, it is straighter than it will be normally because of the intense flat-ironing! And there were lots of fly away whispies up top which settled down eventually.

And the back…

The whole process takes about 2 – 3 hours and this treatment is supposed to last 3 – 5 months depending on how much your wash it.  The less you wash, the longer it lasts.  It is important to wash it with the special Keratin shampoo and conditioner as you cannot have anything with sodium cloride in it.

So then I waited the 3 days, and in those 3 days, I have actually never gotten so many compliments on my hair. From the preschool teachers to my doctor, every single person that saw me commented on how much they loved my hair. I even had people reach out to touch it!

Then the magic happens…

The first time I washed it, I wanted to cry because of how happy I was.  To blow dry my hair before with the round brush and then flat iron would usually take me about 25 minutes +.   Who has 25 minutes to spare when you are a mom?!  I wore a LOT of ponytails.

I timed it, to blow dry it quick, my hair dried from out of the shower wet to dry in 3 minutes and 43 seconds. When I want to spend a little extra care shaping it, it takes around 5 minutes and 30 seconds. SERIOUSLY!   Here is a picture just from this week, 3 weeks post treatment.  This took me 5 minutes with NO flat iron!

You guys, this is just WAY too many pictures of me, I am dying!  BUT I have to shout from the rooftops how much I LOVE THIS treatment!!!

I could never get my hair to go like that above, even with 30 minutes drying and flat ironing, it still had some frizz to it. To be able to style it like that in 5 minutes is seriously life altering!

So, in closing, for anyone who straightens their hair either by having to blow it out or use a flat iron, this will be a seriously miraculous treatment for you!    And, there is no better person to do it than Tera.  She is extremely knowledgeable and talented.  Plus, it helps when you actually really LIKE your hair stylist too! Since she has three kids, two of which are close to age to mine, it is just fun to chat about mom stuff for hours.

Here she is talking about this treatment…

Hooray!  It’s a Tiny Giveaway!

Tera Rae Stephens is giving away a FREE Keratin Complex Smoothing Treatment (valued at $300!)*  Here are the entry options, please leave a separate comment for each one.   You can also comment to ask Tera questions.

1. Simply comment below – 1 ENTRY

2. {Like} Tera on Facebook – 1 ENTRY

3. Follow @teraraestephens on Twitter – 1 ENTRY

4. {Like} Tiny Oranges on Facebook – 1 ENTRY

5. Follow @TinyOrangesOC on Twitter – 1 ENTRY

Contest runs all week, through 5pm PST on Sunday, 6/27.  I will Facebook & Tweet the winner on Monday morning! Good luck!

*Includes treatment only & not gratuity.  Tera didn’t tell me to add this, but I felt I should because of how much time and care she puts into her work!

{Disclosure: I received this treatment free of charge but this is in no way a compensated post.  Just ask my family and friends who cannot get me to shut up about Keratin!!}

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Wordless Wednesday – Oh Keratin, How I Love You

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A couple weeks ago I got the Keratin Complex Smoothing Treatment by Coppola done by Tera Rae Stephens at Ty Alexander Salon in Newport Beach. I am not being dramatic when I tell you that I love it so much it makes me want to cry! It is a busy mom’s dream. Takes me 3 minutes 43 seconds to dry my hair. I timed it.  No more flat iron either.

I am planning an entire post with the step-by-step and befores and afters in the next couple weeks. Stay tuned.

If you can’t wait for my next post and need to call Tera today to RUN and get this done, she can be reached at 714.614.5588. You can also find her here on Facebook.

Check out more Wordless Wednesday pics over at Angry Julie Monday!

{Disclosure: Tera is my hair stylist and does my normal cut and color.  Love, love, love, love, love, love, love her.  I received this Keratin treatment free of charge, however, this post and my upcoming post are in no way compensated. To say I love it is an understatement.  Just ask my friends and family who have not gotten me to shut up about it! }

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