It’s no secret that the big F-word, “frizz,” can be one of the most annoying hair issues to deal with. Whether your hair is worn naturally coiled or pin straight, frizz can turn a good hair day into a nightmare.
One father got a taste of this ongoing issue while dealing with his daughter Alden’s unruly hair. Instead of just complaining, like most of us do, he decided to do something about it and developed a line of products to combat his daughter’s full head of frizzy hair.
Boyce Clark, a scientist with a PhD in biogeochemistry and the single dad of a 12-year-old daughter, began researching everything he could to get to the bottom of all the factors that actually cause hair to frizz. “My daughter’s hair would be OK when she would go to bed and in the morning it would be insane, it would literally look like the movie Predator, it was everywhere,” Clark tells Yahoo Beauty. “The more I would brush it, the bigger it would get, and I would think to myself, why?”
Clark and Alden are based in Baton Rouge, La., where the humidity is always high, and he really needed answers ASAP. After conducting his initial deep dive into trying out over-the-counter products that didn’t work and doing extensive research, it became clear to him that irregularities in the outer layer of the hair strand allow moisture, such as humidity in the air, to diffuse into the hair and cause it to swell unevenly.
“We started experimenting in the kitchen and as a scientist, I recorded and wrote everything down in a lab notebook,” he says. “I would number the formulas, and we would mix it up in the KitchenAid Mixer. [My daughter] would come in, and I would pull the comb through her hair and qualitatively determine how the resistance was. I would put one formula on one side of her head and one on the other. Then, we would wash it out, dry it, and then I would pull the comb through again to see if we improved the flow of the hair.”
After about nine months of trial and error, Clark became the proud founder and lead cosmetic chemist of a new line of products, Lubricity Handcrafted Hair Therapy, and his daughter’s hair troubles were solved once and for all.
“As I was conducting my research, I kept coming across statements such as ‘to increase the lubricity of your hair, you should use silk proteins,'” says Clark. “Lubricity is a real engineering term which means ‘to reduce friction.’ That’s why I named the company Lubricity, because I love the name of it and it’s what our products do. They add lubricity to your hair.”
One of the most essential game changers is the Penetrate/Encapsulate Treatment, which is loaded with fruit acids to permanently change the structure of natural hair. Clark explains, “The treatment is really like the flagship. It’s two steps. You apply Step One on dry hair and wait 15 minutes. You do not wash it out. Then, you put on Step Two. Those two chemically react to your hair and they are binding to the keratin protein that naturally occurs in your hair, and it’s changing the shape of that keratin slightly.”
“When that shape changes,” he continues, “it does not allow moisture to come out of or into your hair.” Because the Penetrate/Encapsulate Treatment is a clinical-strength product, it is recommended for use only every 6 to 12 months for best results.
After only 30 minutes of Clark using the treatment on his daughter’s hair, her locks were noticeably smoother — without having to add any additional products to touch up.
The Lubricity System is also beneficial on thicker African-American hair textures as well. Clients of Clark’s have tried the shampoo, conditioner, and Penetrate/Encapsulate treatment, and results have been impressive. For one of his case studies, a woman with naturally textured curls wanted to improve manageability and achieve a softer curl pattern. After only having to use the Q-Shampoo and Q-Conditioner, her hair appeared to be transformed.
“My products are designed to work on the chemistry of hair,” he explains. “So what we have seen is that the results on African hair have actually been dramatically more pronounced than it would be on European, Latina, or Asian hair. That’s because it’s affecting the core, and because African hair has a more exposed core, the protection is going to be even more pronounced.”
Clark’s daughter is also completely in love with her hair. “After we had the breakthrough, and now that her hair is silky, luxurious, lubricious, and beautiful, she doesn’t have to wake up with it being all over the place anymore,” Clark says. “She loves it! It changed our morning ritual of having 20 minutes of fighting and tears. Now, she just wakes up and goes.”
His keen curiosity to find solutions to his daughter’s frizzy hair have made their mornings together smoother, and Clark’s line of products just might help make everyone else’s hair care routine smoother, too.