It’s here – the new Pantone Colour of the Year 2020 has been announced, and it’s beautiful blue. Specifically, PANTONE 19-4052 Classic Blue. Pantone describe the shade as “A timeless and enduring blue hue… elegant in its simplicity. Suggestive of the sky at dusk, the reassuring qualities of the thought-provoking PANTONE 19-4052 Classic Blue highlight our desire for a dependable and stable foundation on which to build as we cross the threshold into a new era.
“Imprinted in our psyches as a restful color, PANTONE 19-4052 Classic Blue brings a sense of peace and tranquility to the human spirit, offering refuge. Aiding concentration and bringing laser like clarity, PANTONE 19-4052 Classic Blue re-centers our thoughts. A reflective blue tone, Classic Blue fosters resilience.”
Very nice too. Always ahead of the curve, we’ve seen the hair and beauty industry experiment with blues across the spectrum, so be inspired and scroll on for 20 of our favourite looks.
Taken from Ken Picton’s Pop Art Collection, this image was part of a Warhol-inspired series that bagged Ken and colourist Paul Dennison the prestigious BHA Schwarzkopf Professional Colour Technician of the Year award.
From a later Ken Picton collection, Technik, we love the use of blue on a darker base colour.
The subtlest pop of peek-a-boo blue from one of Jamie Stevens’ British Hairdresser of the Year collections.
Anthony Grant at Jamie Stevens Hair nails the blue trend in his Afro Noir Collection.
Beautifully understated, this blue blended with a hint of green is a really wearable look from P.Kai Hair.
Anne Veck demonstrates why she’s a formidable force on the awards circuit with this blend of blue – we love the juxtaposition of the extreme colour with the classic styled waves.
Look at the contrast of the shine on the fringe versus the matte look of the lengths – gorgeous blue ombre from Ashley Gamble.
A strong vibrant take on the look with a complementary green blend from Ashley Gamble.
Stunning shine and depth reign in this blunt cut bob from Joseph l’Anson and Lisa Graham at Mark Leeson’s Liquid Collection.
Channeling mermaid tones, this beautiful colour graduation from purple through blues and greens from stylists Joseph l’Anson and Lisa Graham at Mark Leeson is perfect on this textured length.
Major contrasts set against the yellow pop of the styling make this look stand out for Muse of London Art Team.
Regal vibes from this super blue short cut by the Mark Leeson Art Team.
Green meets blue in this soft, ethereal look by Olivia Nevill at Ashley Gamble – the soft hues beautifully complemented in the loose braided style.
Heavenly tones in this exquisite image from Harry Casey and Marney Lian’s Jewel collection at Jamie Stevens Hair.
Denim blue contrasts with a violet fringe on this wet look style from Leonardo Rizzo’s Splendour Collection.
WOW – Errol Douglas MBE’s show stopping royal blue look from the British Hairdresser of the Year finalist Infinity Collection epitomizes the Pantone trend.
A halo of textured blue curls set against a sleek rainbow fringe from Mark Leeson’s Art Team.
Rush one to watch Michael Rackett showcases a touch of royal blue on the tips of this precision cut.
Celebrating 40 years in the industry, Rainbow Room International demonstrate a pastel take on the trend in their Congress Collection.