1973, celebrity hairstylist Peter Coppola has been a beauty industry
icon. Peter Coppola enlisted D’Arcy Laboratories to create his
professional hair care line so consumers around the country could use
the same innovative products historically available only at his Madison
Avenue salon in Manhattan.
Peter Coppola New York designer hair care
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1. After so many years in the business,
what keeps you interested/inspired?
New York City has always
inspired me. The spirit of the City and its people is just unbelievable.
I notice an amazing sense of style everywhere—the
people, the clubs, the restaurants, the architecture—everything
starts in the City and then filters out to the rest of the world. In
fact, D’Arcy Laboratories and I just created a Flavors of New York
gift set as a sensory exploration of the City. The scent of each shampoo
and conditioner is inspired by the energy and creativity of New York’s
most well-known neighborhoods; SoHo, Chinatown, Wall Street, and Central
Park. When I walk around Chinatown, I notice that even the air seems
spiced with mystery. The shampoo and conditioner for that neighborhood
is scented with green tea and ginger. The whole kit is truly a unique
aromatherapy experience and a celebration of New York.
2. Do you have a favorite hair color?
I think any color that makes the skin look beautiful is my favorite
hair color. I maintain a very natural approach to beauty. That’s
the main reason I work with D’Arcy Laboratories. They are well-known
in the beauty industry for developing products using high-quality natural
ingredients, and they’ve successfully maintained those standards
to develop my hair care line.
3. What do you see the look shifting into for summer and fall?
Hair will keep a natural shape, with loose curls and a healthy shine.
4. How do we achieve this look if we aren't able to get into
The 6-piece Essential
Body Building Kit, which sparked a 7,000-name waiting list at QVC,
is the ideal collection of designer hair care products to achieve this
hairstyles. The Kit gives hair a thicker, fuller look, and it contains
Pump-Up Shampoo, Xtra-Body Conditioner, Structural Thickening Cream,
Extra-Body Styling Myst, Body Heat Thickening Treatment, and Hi-Define
Styling Mudd. When used together or separately as needed, these products
can change the way your hair behaves.
5. With curls
back "in" for
the last few seasons, do you think advertisers/taste makers are
more accepting of all hair textures; or do you think it's just
a passing phase and we'll go back to everyone trying to straighten
Yes, there is definitely more acceptance of different types of hair
and textures. Healthy, bouncy curls are hot again, shiny straight hair
is always chic, and ethnic women are realizing the beauty of their natural
6. Who is
the "ideal" client? The one who comes in
and says, "Do whatever you want" or the one who shows you
a picture and has a definite idea in her head? Neither or both?
ideal client has an idea in mind. For example, if a client comes
in and tells their stylist that they want to be a redhead or have
short hair, there is no way to know if the stylist can visualize
the same image. If a client shows the stylist a picture or names
a well-known hairstyle, it’s easier to replicate. But at
the end of the day, the adventurous client who is willing to take
risks is always my favorite.
7. When you started, did you envision the success you have now;
and would you have done anything different?
I’ve always felt grateful that my designs are appreciated by so
many people. And, the fact that I can help so many people feel beautiful
is very rewarding. Thankfully, D’Arcy Laboratories has developed
and manufactured my products at such a high level of quality and innovation.
Enhanced beauty can give people the confidence they need to take chances;
their lives may even be changed. I’m happy to play a part in
when we discuss beauty 99% of the time the focus is on women; but
with the whole acceptance of the "metrosexual" more
and more men are caring about their appearance. Hair-wise, many men
have stepped up past the barbershop and are going for a "style".
What's "the cut" for men this season?
I think the
same style principles apply to a man’s cut. Male hairstyles
will have more texture and the length will be a little longer than we’ve
seen traditionally. To create that texture, men need to use a styling
paste or shaping product. The Peter Coppola Essential Body Building
Kit and the Makeover products were designed for both men and women.
I also recommend my Xtreme Shaping Myst and Hi-Define Styling Mudd.
9. Many women abuse their hair by over styling with heat or
products. Any suggestions of things these women could stop doing which
would help their hair, without completely sacrificing style control?
with over styled hair are usually using too much of the wrong products.
The hair must be protected and supported with styling aids such
as the Peter Coppola Makeover System. This 7-piece style-altering complex
is formulated with ceramides—complex compounds of oils,
minerals and proteins—to maintain moisture levels and bind the
hair’s keratinic fibers. This unique formula will transform your
hair. The treatment kit is a complete makeover system, designed to
take hair from limp and boring to dynamic and full. Even in extreme
humidity, hair will retain controlled style and motion.
10. Everyone always asks, how often should one wash her hair?
The answer depends on the scalp. People with normal to dry scalps only
need to wash hair two to three times a week. If you have an oily scalp,
you need to wash your hair four to five times a week. However, my Damage
Control Double Latte Shampoo and Conditioner are gentle and nourishing
enough to use everyday.