With Pantone’s color of the year setting the “tone” for 2019, find out how to maximize this shade for your colour services.
From pastel pinks to peach to “blorange,” we’ve been seeing hair colour trends inch closer and closer to Pantone’s 2019 Color of the Year: Living Coral. While thoughts of summer may come to mind, the shade is a lot more versatile than you may think—allowing you to create something that’s beachy and beautiful for all seasons.
Watch Your Tone
To achieve Living Coral, it’s all about hitting that sweet spot between pink and orange that will have your clients rocking 2019’s “it” shade—the right way.
“It can definitely be a bit trickier to find something that’s not too orange and not too pink,” says Krysten-Ashley Garrod, a colourist at Studio Fontana in Toronto, and guest artist for Goldwell. “I think the biggest thing is understanding the level that you’re putting the colour on, and what you’re starting with. If you’re starting with a completely clean, [lifted] base, it’s a lot easier to achieve. But if you’re starting with something with more of an orange or pink base, then it’s about figuring out what you are missing.”
Making it Work
With the rise of pastel, mermaid and unicorn hair, it’s been easier than ever for clients, of just about any age (and gender), to feel comfortable with. But for those that might not be ready for #allcoraleverything, it can be an easy addition to a balayage or ombre.
“It’s a really fun colour that can be taken in different ways—brighter or muted,” says Pamela Adam, a colourist at Bloom Hair Studio in Edmonton, Alta. “Utilizing balayage techniques to incorporate coral into hair is really important to stay on trend, so it’s more wearable for more clients. You can go all over, especially with your blush clients that might want to ramp it up a bit and be more on trend. You can ‘pastelify’ the colour as well so it’s more suitable for each client, or you can also have something really subtle by incorporating extensions for a more temporary look.”
For something a bit more daring, Garrod suggests colour-blocking (another trend we’re continuing to see into 2019) with “lots of different sections, but the ends are nice and squared across the bottom with Living Coral. That could be really fun.
Photo credits: Hair: Roxanne Benli, Rokk Ebony, Australia, Colour: Elena Nardone, Makeup: Sarah Baxter, Photo: Elizabeth Kinnaird
Get the Look:
Members of the Pravana Collective share their take on this year’s must-have shade.
- Peach: 20g VIVIDS CRYSTALS Sunstone
- 10g VIVIDS Neon Pink
- 1-inch ribbon VIVIDS Neon Orange
- Natural level six, pre-lightened with PURE LIGHT Creme Lightener + 20 vol
- Base: VIVIDS Garnet
- Mids: VIVIDS Purple Tourmaline + Clear
- Ends: VIVIDS Sunstone
- Pre-lifted to a level 10 using PURE LIGHT Creme Lightener
- Formula 1. VIVIDS Sunstone (at ends)
- Formula 2. VIVIDS Too Cute Coral & 1 gram of VIVIDS Neon Yellow (at roots and mid)