Ultra Violet: How to wear Pantone’s 2018 color of the year on your hair

What better way to rock Pantone’s 2018 color of the year than wearing your hair ultra violet? Here’s how to incorporate this futuristic shade into your look!

The color gods at the Pantone Color Institute have spoken: Green is out, and violet—Ultra Violet, to be exact—is definitely, officially in! We actually did a little happy dance when we heard about the announcement because, purple hair! We’ve always loved how the purple hair color looks good on anyone, but now we’ve got an excuse to obsess over this shade even more!

According to Pantone, Ultra Violet suggests “the intrigue of what lies ahead, and the discoveries beyond where we are now.” Hmm, interesting, huh? It also notes that, “Enigmatic purples have also long been symbolic of counterculture, unconventionality, and artistic brilliance,” and that “Ultra Violet symbolizes experimentation and non-conformity, spurring individuals to imagine their unique mark on the world, and push boundaries through creative outlets.” How awesome is it to be able to communicate all of that with just a flip of your purple colored hair?

So in the spirit of Pantone, let us all enjoy the dramatic ultra violet-inspired shades below, shall we?

Pantone color of the year: How to rock ultra violet inspired hair shades

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Pair your ultra violet hair color with a blunt bob and blunt bangs for an edgy/hipster vibe. Credit: Shutterstock

Thanks to all the different awesome coloring techniques available to us these days—from highlights to ombre to balayage, there are many different ways that you can sport this hue. You can even choose to wear one single solid shade and match it with an edgy cut for effect.

Editor’s tip: Should you end up going for this hot-off-the-hair-trend-mill color, make sure your ultra violet hair lasts by conditioning it with Cream Silk Color Protect Conditioner. This sulfate-free conditioner is specially designed to protect colored hair from dryness and dullness, enhance your colored hair’s vibrancy, and give up to 80% color protection.

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Do the Ultra Violet, ombre style. Credit: Shutterstock

Ombre alone offers a variety of interesting ways to show off this shade. You can start with your natural color at the top and let it seamlessly blend into a beautiful purple shade at the ends, or start much higher like in the photo above, where only about two inches from the roots are a darker color, and the rest is a gorgeous violet hue.

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Violet balayage is a winner! Credit: Shutterstock

Or consider a balayage, with different tones of purple giving depth and dimension to your 2018 Pantone look.

Unlike with lighter hair colors, like last year’s “Greenery,” you don’t have to bleach your hair first to achieve this shade if you’re a brunette, so it works perfectly with everyone.

This dramatically provocative shade, as Pantone has put it, “communicates originality, ingenuity, and visionary thinking that points us toward the future.” So go be original and futuristic (not to mention gorgeous!) and slay 2018 wearing the color of the year on your hair!

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