Which hair colours will rock 2019?

Who needs Mystic Meg to tell you what’s coming? With Living Coral as Pantone’s 2019 colour of the year, we asked some of our favourite colourists for their shade recommendations too…

Jayson Gray – Wella Professionals global creative artist and colour director at Cahoonas, London

"I predict a return to soft-focus hair, and a revival of rich tones that embrace the heritage of colour. A return to seamless blondes and a block fusion of tones. Rich and fabulous, colour will be more ‘thought out’. "

"I’m also predicting that there will be more botanical vibes – deep earthy browns with underlying sage and fennel notes that shine through. Rich berries and rustic reds that also have matt composites that add texture and nuance will also prove popular."


"On the brighter end of the scale things will be more mixed and candy-esque, more reminiscent of old fairgrounds and seaside rock. Very pretty and soft, a lot less grunge than in previous years."



Casey Coleman – founder of CHAIR Salons, Cardiff

"Rich magentas, aubergines and burgundy tones paired with soft pink blushes will take to the streets next year – whether that be soft accents in hair, punchy tones in make-up or boundary-pushing garments."




Patrick McDougall – art director at Rainbow Room International, Glasgow

“For the last few years individualism, such as embracing natural textures and experimenting with hair colour has been massive. I don’t see it going anywhere soon, but I do think other elements are coming into play."

"2019 is going to be a massive year for bleaching – think Troye Sivan or Issa Lish recently for Alexander Wang."

"Pastels are also going to remain a constant, but to stay cool they need be rawer, more lived in like Simona Kust at Saint Laurent. It’s also a similar story for balayage, where the direction will continue to be more about lived in, seamless painted effects rather than high contrast dip and dyes."


Amy Fish – colour queen at Larry King Salon, London

"There is a huge hype for block and bold colours next year. People want to make a statement, and are starting to embrace warm tones in their hair."

"Rich chocolate brunettes, bold bright golden blondes, stand out coppers and auburns are making a comeback."



Neil Barton – owner of Neil Barton Hairdressing, Edinburgh

"Red hair has blown up over Instagram recently and is always a winner for the colder months, and there are lots of hair inspiration images for clients to choose from."

"From strawberry blonde to deep auburn, no two shades of red hair are the same."

"Metallics remain popular for 2019. Think shades of silver, rose gold and metallic opals and purples – hair colour that really shines and stands out from the crowd. Always visit a reputable salon for these hair colours to ensure as little damage as possible to the hair. For blondes, these shades are particularly great and are a brilliant way to update your look and add some drama!"