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CMC - Indigo paste thickener

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Ancient Sunrise® CMC Powder Indigo Thickener

Use 1/2 teaspoonful of Ancient Sunrise© CMC Powder per 100g of Ancient Sunrise© indigo, The texture of indigo paste is more difficult to handle than henna paste, and can be a nuisance when dyeing your hair. If you add CMC powder, the texture is much easier to work with. CMC is carboxymethyl cellulose, a product of cornstarch, often used as a thickener. It will help smooth out your indigo paste.

Adding CMC to Indigo
Put your dry indigo powder into a bowl, and add in the dry CMC powder.
Use a half-teaspoonful CMC powder to thicken 100g of indigo.
Stir the dry indigo and CMC powders together. The CMC powder
must be completely dispersed into the indigo powder, or it will
form thick lumps that cannot be stirred out.
Add distilled water to the indigo and CMC mix and stir until the mix is thick and creamy.
CMC powder will make your indigo mix more manageable, and will help prevent
little trickles of indigo water from separating out of the paste and running down your neck.

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  2 of 2 people found the following review helpful:
5 of 5 Great Product for Indigo Hair Dye June 9, 2023
Reviewer: Sissy from VA  
I had been informed of this product when I first started using indigo dye & henna many years ago.  I had convinced myself that there was no need for the CMC powder and it probably was just another way to make a sale. I hennaed my hair & then used the indigo hair dye w/o the CMC powder.  The entire 2+ hours that the indigo sat in my hair, I was constantly wiping dripping blue water from the sides of my face & hoping that none would get in my eyes.  I was tired, miserable and upset with myself.  After that exhausting experience, I ordered the CMC w/o any prompting and mixed into the indigo dye.  WOW, what a difference!!!  No drips and the mixture of the indigo and the CMC powder was nice and smooth.  I try not to run out EVER.    Take it from me if you are going to use the indigo dye, YOU NEED THIS PRODUCT.  I will be ordering more soon.

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  10 of 11 people found the following review helpful:
5 of 5 CMC Powder – a great addition to indigo hair dye August 30, 2021
Reviewer: Carol from San Diego, CA.  
I dye  my graying brown hair every 2 to 3 weeks with a combo of henna and indigo powder to get a dark brown. I weigh the indigo and henna in grams on a scale to get (essentially)  the same results every time. My ratio is about 30 g henna and 25 g indigo. I have long hair. I prefer adding CMC powder to the indigo mix portion before mixing the two together. (Please note I mix henna 6-8 hours ahead of time to let the color develop, as it is slow to develop and the indigo is mixed at the last minute as its color develops quickly) If you’re new to this, you might want to try a premixed kit first, or read about the two so you can understand how they work and how to use them together for best result. (It feels like a science experiment at first).  CMC keeps the indigo mix from separating and running down my neck. So little CMC powder is needed, that it lasts a long time. Well worth purchasing.

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