Peter Coppola

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Peter Coppola
Born New York City, New York
Nationality American
Occupation hair stylist and salon owner
Known for Creator of the Keratin Complex and Keratin Concept lines

Peter Coppola is a hair stylist, salon owner, and businessman.[1][2] He has opened 34 salons throughout his career. He is also the owner of Peter Coppola Keratin Concept in Boca Raton, Florida.[2][3][4]

Early life[edit]

Coppola was born and raised in New York City, New York.[1] He is the son of Italian immigrants and grew up on 116th street in Manhattan.[5] As a child, he wanted to be an architect and played the drums.[5] As a teenager, Coppola worked at the Copacabana nightclub and was exposed to fashion and style by the venue’s famous and wealthy clientele.[1][6]

Coppola became interested in the hair industry during his time spent across the street from his childhood home at a neighborhood salon.[5] He credits the shop owners of his neighborhood salon and his mother as pushing him to attend beauty school.[5]


Coppola graduated from beauty school in the early 1960s.[5] Early in his career, Coppola worked as an assistant to stylist Paul McGregor (who created Jane Fonda’s signature shag cut).[5][6] Coppola also worked with stylist Vidal Sassoon early in his career and credits Sassoon as a mentor and inspiration.[5] Other stylists he admires include Frédéric Fekkai and John Sahag.[5]

In 1968, Coppola teamed up with stylist Paul Mitchell to open the first American hair cutting salon.[5] A year later, hair-care product maker Clairol approached him to collaborate on product development.[5] Coppola and Clairol worked together on Clairol’s Luminize product line.[5] In 1972, Coppola went to the New York Supreme Court on the ban on men's haircuts in beauty salons.[6] In 1996, Coppola received the Cosmair World Class Color Award.[6]

Coppola worked with television shopping network QVC early in the network’s existence.[5] He appeared regularly on QVC for five years and developed the Peter Coppola’s New York Soyagen Complex product line and a hair volumizing system specifically for QVC audiences.[5] He credits QVC with educating him on product development.[5] Coppola has also worked with the Home Shopping Network.[7]

In June 2013, Coppola introduced his Keratin Concept Hair Therapy Smoothing System product line at the Premiere Show 2013, an industry exposition in Orlando, Florida.[8][9][10] Coppola also gave away a 2013 Fiat 500 and hair-care products during the exposition.[9]


Coppola’s Keratin Concept Hair Therapy Smoothing System contains keratin protein, ceramides, collagen and other ingredients to “add volume, reduce damage and strengthen hair.”[1][2][11][12] Unlike similar products, Keratin Concept does not contain any formaldehyde.[2][7]

Personal life[edit]

Coppola’s parents were born in Naples, Italy and immigrated to Manhattan with their brothers and sisters.[5] He has a daughter named Francesca and a son, Peter Jr.[5]


  1. ^ a b c d "Peter Coppola Introduces Keratin Concept". Modern Salon. Retrieved October 2, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Meet Peter Coppola: Hair-Care Trailblazer". Beauty in the Bag. Retrieved October 2, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Masters at Work". Happi. Retrieved October 2, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Modern Reports: Perfectly Premiere". Modern Salon Magazine. Retrieved October 2, 2013. 
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p "Peter Coppola’s Career in Beauty". Modern Salon. Retrieved October 2, 2013. 
  6. ^ a b c d "American Idol: Peter Coppola". American Salon. 
  7. ^ a b "Peter Coppola at Global Beauty". Modern Salon. Retrieved October 2, 2013. 
  8. ^ "Inside Scoop: Peter Coppola". American Salon. Retrieved October 2, 2013. 
  9. ^ a b "Look Who Won the Peter Coppola Fiat!". Modern Salon. Retrieved October 2, 2013. 
  10. ^ "How Low Should You Go?". Short Hair Magazine. Retrieved October 2, 2013. 
  11. ^ "Prestige Hair Brands Mine Skin-Care Innovation". Women’s Wear Daily. Retrieved October 2, 2013. 
  12. ^ "Peter Coppola's New Take On Keratin". CEW Beauty Insider. Retrieved October 2, 2013.