Pantone Colour of the Year: CLASSIC BLUE

Pantone Color of the Year, Classic Blue

Each year, as Pantone releases their Colour of the Year, a wave of colour literally washes over the design community. Online retailers notice an upswing in sales of said colour and hairstylists everywhere are asked to recreate the latest drop. This year, they chose Classic Blue as the 2020 Pantone Colour of the year.

Curious about the hue? Similar to the theme of 2019 – Living Coral – representatives from Pantone stated that the inspiration was from the sea. “Instilling calm, confidence, and connection, this enduring blue hue highlights our desire for a dependable and stable foundation on which to build as we cross the threshold into a new era.” Setting everyone up for a serene season of success, this blue hue will bolster a brand new season of style. 

Pantone 19-4052 Classic Blue is a shade that’s elegant in its simplicity and offers the sense of peace and stability as we usher in a new era. We’ve seen celebrities like Billie Eilish rocking this creative colour, making it the perfect shade to make a statement this season. Staying ahead of the trend, our DESIGN.DIRECTOR, Kate Reid, has put together a COLOR.ME recipe to achieve this Classic Blue look. 


CLASSIC BLUE looks best on:

When asked who the best candidate for this shade of blue is Kate says, “Classic Blue is best suited for those with cooler skin tones. On pre-lightened blondes, Classic Blue can be added to create an edgy pop of colour. For those brunettes to dark hair, this shade can be worn as highlights in a more Ombré or Balayage overlay making it fashion-forward.” Additionally, if Navy or Classic Blue is too intense for your client, consider creating a pastel shade in ice blue or pearl for a subtle take on the trend. 

Colour maintenance: 

To help maintain the vibrant colour, Reid recommends using BLONDE.ANGEL.WASH and BLONDE.ANGEL treatment. This lavender-hued shampoo and treatment extend the life of a Classic Blue colour by eliminating any yellow tones which can make hair appear green over time. 

DESIGN.DIRECTOR Kate Reid @hairfashionstyler


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