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Classic Blue: Pantone’s Color Of The Year Makes For Seriously Stunning Hair Color

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The end of the year is full of traditions such as trimming the Christmas tree, caroling with our friends and family, and consuming a dangerous amount of holiday cookies. There’s one tradition, however, that we no-so-patiently wait the entire year for: The unveiling of Pantone’s Color Of The Year. Pantone colors don’t just dictate what’s hot in makeup and fashion, they also inspire hair colorists around the world and, we’re absolutely obsessed with 2020’s color, classic blue.

If 2019 stressed you out, fear not, classic blue is here to make sure 2020 is as calm and carefree as possible. Looking to make a drastic change with your hair color next year? Continue reading for everything you need to know about the color that’s going to dominate the beginning of the new decade.

What is classic blue hair?

Classic blue hair is the shade of blue you’ve known and loved your whole life. The vibrant cerulean hue has been a staple since you used your free time to fill in coloring books, and now it’s one of our favorite hair colors.

To achieve this vibrant hue, your colorist will have to begin by lifting your hair color to create a base on which to paint your new shade. It’s important to note that bleach will always cause damage, but a professional colorist can help you improve the look and feel of your strands. Once your base color has been lifted, your colorist will paint on the vibrant primary color.

How do you care for classic blue hair?

Anytime you color your hair, you should expect to make a few tweaks to your hair care routine, and classic blue hair is no different. In fact, vibrant shades like classic blue require a bit more TLC than natural hues like brunette. The first thing you’ll want to do is swap your shampoo and conditioner system for one formulated for color-treated hair. We recommend Matrix Keep Me Vivid Shampoo and Conditioner. Specifically formulated for high-maintenance hair colors, this shampoo and conditioner system gently cleanses and moisturizes to maintain the vibrancy of fast-fading hair colors.

While absolutely stunning, fantasy shades like classic blue tend to fade faster than other salon colors. To combat premature fading, we recommend adding an extra step to your hair care routine with Matrix Keep Me Vivid Lamination Spray. Spray the formula on your strands a few times a week to help seal in your color.

Color-treated hair can sometimes look and feel dry and fragile, add a weekly deep conditioning mask to your hair care routine to help improve the look and feel of your strands. We recommend Matrix Total Results Miracle Creator Multi-Tasking Hair Mask. Inspired by Korean skincare, Total Results has created the Miracle Creator Multi-Tasking Hair Mask to repair damaged hair.

At-home care is only half of the battle; vibrant colors like classic blue require regular salon upkeep. If you want to keep your color looking as fresh as possible, we recommend heading back to the salon every six to eight weeks for a root touch-up.

Sound like classic blue is your next hair color? We’ve rounded up six looks we can’t get enough of.

The Best Classic Blue Looks To Try Now

Good hair day by  @annwilsonhair_.

Classic Blue Hair

With a color as cool and calming as classic blue, you can’t go wrong with an all-over look. Ask your colorist for this show-stopping classic blue for a color that’s bound to turn head all 2020.

Pop Of Color Classic Blue Hair

If an all-over color is more than your ready to commit to, ask your colorist to add a pop of classic blue hair color to your mane. This low commitment look is a perfect way to try out a fantasy hair color.

Good hair day by  @shell.vega.

Purple To Classic Blue Ombre

Classic blue is stunning on its own, but it’s even better when paired with another fantasy color like purple.

Good hair day by  @harry_andreou_hair.

Classic Blue Roots

You may have heard of dip-dyed ends, but what about vibrant roots! We love this ombre look with super saturated roots.

Good hair day by  @mariactmtx.

Classic Blue Bob

Wondering what the best way to showcase your new color is? With an on-trend and super flattering bob, of course!

Good hair day by  @msnataliejean.

Dimensional Classic Blue

If you’re worried about your new hue coming off more crayon than work of art, ask your colorist for a dimensional classic blue shade. Strategically placed highlights and lowlights will give your shade some much-needed depth and movement.

Interested in classic blue hair? Use our salon locator to book an appointment at a salon near you.

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