Behind The Box: What Do Some Hair Coloring Terms Mean

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Here at HairMNL, we believe you should have a full understanding of how your professional hair color works. As we adjust to life under quarantine, you may find yourself staring down at a box of hair dye unsure of what some of these professional hair coloring terms mean.  So we’ve collated a list of common hair coloring terms you’ll find in most box dye instruction manuals. No need to get lost in the lingo with these essential hair color terms
Ammonia
An alkali agent/chemical that helps in the depositing hair color molecules into the hair. Ammonia is effective in busting through the hair cuticle, but this controversial gas has been in disrepute in the hair community for its pungent smell and damaging effects on the hair over time.
Base Color
The hair color that is applied at the root area or all over before a dimensional/creative color technique is done.
Colorant
A formula that includes the pigment used for hair coloring. 
Coverage
Coverage is a measure of a hair color’s ability to cover gray. Some hair color formulations are too weak to effectively cover gray.
Developer
A hydrogen peroxide, when mixed with an alkali, oxidizes hair color, allowing the mixture to penetrate the hair.
Dimensional / Creative Color
A kind of color placed over a base color that creates depth and body on to hair. 
Double Process
The double process is typically used when lightening hair by more than two shades. First, the hair is bleached to lift the hair color. Then, the pigment is added into the bleached or lightened hair to create the desired shade. To avoid damaging your hair best to leave this one to the professionals and visit a hair salon.
Single Process
Color is applied to the entire head in one step. The single process will not have as much variety as a double process but is useful for covering gray hairs.
Emulsify
 A process of adding a small amount of water to the hair massaging the hair and color together, creating a nice lather. Doing so helps to break up the oil-based color and ensures that the