PANTONE REVEALS ITS 2021 COLOURS OF THE YEAR

The future is bright with Ultimate Gray and Illuminating. But what does that mean for hair colour trends?

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Ultimate Gray paintbrush on Illuminating yellow background for Pantone 2021 colours of the year

According to the Pantone colour experts, who annually get together to make this choice, 2021’s vibe will be expressed in not one, but two separate hues. This has only ever happened once before, which is perhaps reflective of these unprecedented times.

The chosen colours are ‘Illuminating’ (Pantone 13-0647, a light yellow), and ‘Ultimate Grey’ (Pantone 17-5104, the clue’s in the name). The two independent colours highlight how different elements come together to support one another, and this best expresses the mood for the Pantone Colour of the Year 2021.

WHY ULTIMATE GREY AND ILLUMINATING?

PANTONE 13-0647 Illuminating is a bright and cheerful yellow sparkling with vivacity, a warming yellow shade infused with solar power. PANTONE 17-5104 Ultimate Grey symbolises solid and dependable elements, providing a firm foundation. It is assuring, encouraging feelings of strength and resilience.

The two colours work in contrast and harmony when placed side-by-side, creating new meanings and implications for each hue, and looking into this effect perhaps reflects the confusing time we’re enduring.

We are very proud of TIGI US Technical Education Director, Renee Valerie, who must have been looking into her crystal ball, as she was way ahead of the game here, already developing formulas for sunny yellows and mellow greys earlier this year.

“We started to see both of these shades coming through a few months ago and I think it’s a natural progression, especially with yellow being such a happy and optimistic shade, whilst grey creates a sense of stability. And we certainly need both these things in our lives after this year.”

SO HOW CAN YOU USE ILLUMINATING AND ULTIMATE GREY IN YOUR HAIR COLOUR WORK?

“We will definitely see both of these shades coming together in hair colour next year, as they complement so well, although they are also striking on their own.” explains Renee. “Whether by adding Illuminating yellow inspired ribbons through a buttery blonde or creating Ultimate Grey toners for your global blondes, there’s so much creative freedom and customisation you can do with these new Pantone shades.”

Here, Renee shares her favourite Illuminating and Ultimate Grey hair colour formulations using TIGI Copyright Colour.

Illuminating
20g Gloss 10/03
+ 30g Mix Master /33
+ Activator 5vol/1.5%

(on a pre-lightened yellow undertone)

Ultimate Grey
50g Gloss 10/08
+ 5g Gloss 6/08
+ 2g Gloss 3/0
+ Activator 5vol/1.5%

(on a pre-lightened yellow undertone)

PUSH YOUR ARTISTRY

With many clients embracing and experimenting with colour shades and toners this year, there’s a great opportunity to push your own creativity. With TIGI Copyright Colour’s intermixable range, you can create customised colour services to inspire your clients, as they hopefully look forward to a sunnier 2021.

Not a colour stockist? Speak to your TIGI representative or contact us toget creating!