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How to Use Funori Japanese Seaweed Hair Care

Cleanse and Condition • Control Oil • Reduce Hair Loss

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Japanese are famous for the beauty of their hair, which typically retains its health and sheen well into old age. 

They have been using natural ingredients such as various seaweeds to cleanse, beautify and nourish their silky, flowing hair since the 8th century "Heian" period and possibly before.

In fact, shampoos were not known in Japan at all up until modern times. Liquid shampoo was invented in Germany in 1914. In Japan, the first shampoo was marketed by a company called "Honpo" under the brand name "Nandemo-Araeru" in 1931. The present day KAO Cosmetics company began selling shampoos under the brand name "Kami-Arai" in 1932.

Application Methods

Seaweeds are marine algaes belonging to several groups, each with its own unique list of benefits for hair.

Funori is an all-in-one hair cleanser and moisturizing conditioner formulated from 3 powerful seaweeds used by Japanese for generations: 

  • Fukuro-Funori, also known as jelly moss,
  • Ma-Kombu, the edible kombu, and
  • Mekabu, the nutrient-rich roots of Wakame seaweed.
Funori Japanese seaweed hair cleanser and conditioner

Funori comes in fine powder form. The traditional way of using Funori for cleansing and conditioning is by making a mixture with water only. You can add shampoo to the mixture if you like to have lather.

When mixing, it is important to use just enough water so that the mixture feels a little gel-like. Properly mixed, the mixture should feel a little viscous.

You can also apply Funori as a deep treatment pack to treat damaged hair by using more powder to make the mixture pasty.


How to Use as Cleanser / Conditioner

1. Mix with Water

Directions are for 5 uses for typical shoulder-length hair. Adjust measurements as needed for your hair length.

Add 1 rounded teaspoon of Funori to 1 cup hot water (200 ml) in a container such as a squeeze bottle (use your own, or buy one here).

mixing funori

Mix in steps. First, add a small amount of hot water to the squeeze bottle. Then add a little powder. Mix well. Repeat until you get the consistency and amount you like. Let mixture cool before use.

2. Apply

Rinse hair with lukewarm water Rinse hair with lukewarm water.
Dispense a small amount Dispense a small amount.
Apply mixture gently onto scalp. Apply onto scalp and massage.
Apply Funori to hair starting at roots. Apply to hair.
Start at roots and then down to ends.
Rinse well Rinse well.

Keep the unused mixture in refrigerator for next use.

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How to Use as Deep Treatment Pack

Use as deep treatment pack to restore damaged hair.

Prepare mixture as in above using a little less than half as much water. This will make the mixture a little more gel-like, so that it will not drip down your neckline.

  1. Wash hair as normal (without using the mixture).
  2. Towel dry.
  3. Apply mixture.
  4. Cover hair with cap for 15-20 minutes.
  5. Rinse well.

How to Use Mixed With Shampoo

Funori cleanses and conditions hair. You do not need to mix it with shampoo. However, if you like foam and lather, or if you have a favorite shampoo you like to use, you can add the benefits of Funori to your shampoo:

  1. Make a Funori mixture with water as above.
  2. Add 2 to 3 teaspoon of shampoo and mix well.
  3. Wash and rinse hair.

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Ingredients

Funori contains 3 types of powerful Japanese seaweeds, Fukuro-Funori (Gloiopeltis furcata, also known as jelly moss), Ma-Kombu (Saccharina japonica, the edible kombu) and Mekabu (Undaria pinnatifida, the nutrient-rich roots of Wakame seaweed).

Each has its own unique concentration of vitamins, minerals, polysaccharides and antioxidants. Notable among these are calcium, magnesium, iron, vitamin K, and the all-important iodine and Fucoidan.

Funori is a pure, all-natural formulation and contains no additives, preservatives, colorings or fragrances.


Moisturizung and Reducing Hair Loss

Funori cleanses hair by its viscous (gel-like) properties. It almost acts like "blotting" dirt and other unwanted particles from hair, instead of stripping them off chemically like shampoos do. Its hydrating properties condition, moisturize and relieve itchiness and dry scalp.

Due to its high iodine and Fucoidan content, Funori is known to reduce hair loss and promote new growth.

Iodine

Seaweeds are one of the most abundant sources of iodine, the deficiency of which causes the thyroid to under-produce an important hormone called thyroxin, resulting in dry hair, thinness, poor hair growth and hair loss.

Fucoidan

Fucoidan is an important polysaccharide mainly found in seaweeds. Fucoidan, which is subject of intense scientific studies, has demonstrated abilities to retain moisture, alleviate dryness and promote healthy hair growth cycle.

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1(a) - Young teenager

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1(b) - 30 minutes after washing hair with Funori. Hair was blow dried without any straightener.

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2(a) - Lady in mid 50's. Picture was taken in February 2008.

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2(b) - 30 minutes after washing hair with Funori .

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2(c) - 6 months later.
During this time she did not use shampoos or other cleansers except Funori (occasionally mixed with additive-free soap).

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How it Works

Mixed with water, Funori produces a surfactant-free, non-alkaline viscous mixture, with a near-neutral pH of 6.5.

Dirt and pollutant particles rest mostly on top of the of the hair shaft. They are not "dissolved" in hair's natural oils.

Funori cleanses hair by mechanically separating and rinsing-off dirt and pollutants from the hair shaft, without chemically throwing off the healthy balance of hair's natural oils.

Contrast with Shampoos

Shampoos which are alkaline and contain surfactants, chemically strip hair's oils and rinse it off along with any present dirt particles. They do not discriminate between the "bad" dirt and the "good" hair oil, and strip both. 

With typical shampoos, you get "clean, squeaky" hair. Clean, because the dirt is gone, and squeaky, because hair's natural oils are gone too.

In contrast, while Funori cleanses hair as well as shampoos, it does not alter hair's sebum balance. 

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Shampoos and Oil Control Myth

The oil glands (sebaceous glands) in healthy scalp have a built-in regulatory control mechanism, and "know" how much to produce and when to stop. They do not keep producing oil (lipids) all the time without end.

Glands sense whether scalp and hair are dry or oily, and by how much. If dry, glands produce enough oil to alleviate the dryness and waterproof hair and scalp. Once they have produced a sufficient amount, they slow down.

This control mechanism is nature's way of keeping a balanced, healthy level of necessary oils.

Shampoos Confuse Our Oil Glands

Shampooing chemically strips hair's oils and throws the balance off. Glands sense this unnatural lack of oil, become active and produce more oil to compensate.

The result is a vicious cycle in which confused oil glands over-produce, and we feel the need for constant shampooing to "control" oil.

It is a known fact that with the reduction in shampoo use, scalp's oil production stabilizes automatically.

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Importance of Regular Grooming (Preening)

Regular grooming is key for keeping your hair healthy. It also cleans hair and reduces the need for frequent washing. You should not have to wash your hair more than 2-3 times per week.

The process of grooming hair to keep it in good shape and to clean and distribute hair's oil is called "preening". We have all seen birds preen their feathers with their beaks to keep them in good order and looking beautiful. All living things with hair, fur or feathers do similar things as a matter of instinct.

Preening Reduces Need for Frequent Washing

You preen your hair by regular combing as well as by running your fingers through your hair. Hair is oilier near the roots and gets drier towards the ends. Hair oil does not travel along the hair shaft evenly by itself. Regular combing and grooming distributes hair's oil evenly and reduces the "oily" scalp feeling.

Regular grooming also untangles hair and makes it smoother, making it more difficult for dirt particles to stick to the hair shaft, and easier to wash them off by rinsing.

Additionally, regular combing mechanically "wipes" dirt particles from hair, reducing the need for frequent washing.

You should also protect your hair to all extents possible. It's a good idea to wear a trendy hat or a scarf when going to places which are dusty, and protect your hair form accumulating pollutants by coating and conditioning it with Camellia oil.

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Going Shampoo-free

Going shampoo-free has many obvious benefits such as healthier look and feel, and not having to use and spend money on chemical products. The "no-poo" movement has gained substantial attention worldwide in recent years.

If you have been using shampoos and conditioners frequently for years, there can be an adjustment period of a few weeks during which time scalp can over or under-produce sebum, and make hair feel too dry or too oily. 

After the adjustment period, sebum levels tend to stabilize to their natural rate.

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