Pantone Color of the Year: Living Coral – What This Looks Like for Hair

by akesha / last updated January 18, 2019

Pantone Color of the Year Living Coral

With the popularity of the 2018 Pantone Color of the Year Ultra Violet, it’s no surprise that everyone with a keen design eye has been waiting to find out exactly what 2019 colour is. And it have finally been revealed at Living Coral.

This gorgeous vibrate colour has been chosen as it, “embraces us with warmth and nourishment to provide comfort and buoyancy in our continually shifting environment,” describes the official Pantone website.

The executive director of the Pantone Color Institute said; “Colour is an equalising lens through which we experience our natural and digital realities and this is particularly true for Living Coral.”

What the experts think about the Pantone Color of the Year: Living Coral

“An animating and life-affirming coral hue with a golden undertone that energises and enlivens with a softer edge. Coral has always been a colour I’ve been drawn to because of its vibrant energising properties. I’ve always loved how you can place this within a haircut to add a pop of colour and this can be as vibrant or as soft as you or your clients want. It hasn’t got the vibrancy of pink, and it’s not got the punch of red, it’s just got that vivifying and effervescent feel which mesmerises the eye and mind.

I would use the golden undertone to add that rose gold expensive feel to a clients hair who is wanting something a bit different. This isn’t going to be for everyone, but definitely something all hairdressers can play with, adding richness, or just a hue, I can see this being diluted down to create a beautiful pastel or glossing on top of golden colours giving that must have rose gold.” – Paul Watts, Joico European Color Design team member

“Living Coral gives colourists an endless palette to play with. “When Pantone release the Colour of the Year it is our job to make it look expensive – the colour must never overpower the client. By diluting or intensifying the tone we can create a range of playful brights to soft shimmers, making bespoke colour that is wearable and suitable for all ages.”

“For your blonde clients that want a change without the commitment, we can tailor gloss varnishes for the hair to add a touch of coral which will fade into a beautiful champagne hue and last for about two weeks. If you’re working on yellow undertones, the result will be more orange based, so experiment by adding touches of pink to soften the result. The lighter the canvas the truer the coral result. Play around with adding yellow for a vivid statement and a true Living Coral.” Grace Dalgleish, Brooks & Brooks

“The newly released Pantone Colour for 2019, ‘Living Coral’ is a breath of fresh air and will be a huge trend within the hairdressing industry. It’s a colour that can be interpreted in many different ways. From rose gold to pastel tones it’s a colour that allows colourists to be creative with, and play around with creating new hues. I can see this being a hugely popular request within the salons, as it’s a bold change in it’s own right that can be tailored to each clients individual skin tone and complexion.” – Chris Williams, Rush International colour director


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