Pantone Colour of the Year: The Influence of Peach Fuzz on Hair Trends

Published 08th Dec 2023 by Josie Jackson

Peach Fuzz is the new Pantone Colour of the Year – a velvety gentle peach whose all-embracing spirit enriches mind, body and heart. Pantone describes the new shade as being warm and cosy, highlighting our desire for togetherness with others and the feelings this creates. It represents a fresh approach to a new softness. The heartful peach hue brings a feeling of tenderness and communicates a message of caring and sharing, community and collaboration. To uncover the role Peach Fuzz will play in hair trends throughout 2024, we spoke to some hairdressers to hear their thoughts on the new shade...

Marlon Hawkins, Artistic Director, Brooks & Brooks London, says: "It's the perfect warm tone for colourists. The new Pantone Colour of the Year, Peach Fuzz, is a playful, delicate tone that is so beautiful. I am obsessed with warmer tones, colours and palettes – and Peach Fuzz encompasses everything I love about warmer tones. It's soft yet bright and saturated.

"Peach Fuzz is it a great hair colour for colourists because warmer colours are always softer and forgiving when doing transformations or transitions. They hold a lot more shine and richness, giving the hair an expensive sheen. When using it on clients, I personally find warmer colours the bridge between
commercial and creativity. Clients aren’t afraid of colour anymore and by asking the right questions in the right order you can bring out someone’s colour palette and range in the consultation."

Suzie McGill, Artistic Director at Rainbow Room International, shares: "The introduction of Peach Fuzz as the Pantone Colour of the Year for 2024 is a delightful transition from the vibrant Viva Magenta of the previous year. This warm and soft hue carries a gentle energy, providing a refreshing change from the bold tones we've seen. Its subtle peach undertones bring a sense of tranquillity, making it universally flattering and perfect for a spectrum of styles."

Meanwhile, Seung Ki Baek, RUSH Artistic Team Member and winner of Southern Hairdresser of the Year at the British Hairdresser of the Year, sponsored by Schwarzkopf Professional, explains: "We're stepping into a new era of colour with Peach Fuzz as the Pantone Colour of the Year 2024. This playful and animated shade opens up a world of possibilities for experimentation. Unlike the deeper tones of the past, Peach Fuzz offers a softer, more delicate palette that's versatile across various hair shades. Its gentle warmth is especially fitting for the transitioning seasons, adding a touch of fun to both dark and light hair."

Dan Spiller, Marc Antoni Colour Expert, Art Director Marc Antoni Fleet Salon and JOICO EMEA Creative Colour Team Member, adds: "I am excited to see what I can create with this soft, warm shade. As a colour technician, I appreciate its versatility and the precision it offers; I believe this colour can be a tool for creating multi-dimensional, personalised looks that stand out. Peach Fuzz has a mixture of both pink and orange tones that would mix well with a lot of other pastel shades and tones on hair. As we embrace the trend of peaches and warmth in 2024, clients can expect a spectrum of possibilities, from flashes of Peach Fuzz to global applications, creating an endless mix of opportunities for a truly colourful year ahead."

OSMO Ambassador Adele Clarke, owner of Spectrum Hair in St Helens, also shares her thoughts, adding: “Peach Fuzz is a beautiful soft calming shade that will be a delight to colour technicians wanting to create a light soft tone for our pre-lightened clients in a healthy, nourishing way. We will be embracing and making the most of the warmth that we usually think of as the enemy and using it rather than neutralising it away in this pretty, velvety tone."

Image credits: Marlon Hawkins

Josie Jackson

Josie Jackson

Published 08th Dec 2023

Josie supports the team with content for the print magazine, website and social media channels at HJ. Having grown up in a salon environment (thanks to her hairdresser mum) and even working as a Saturday girl before getting her degree in English Literature, Josie feels right at home in the industry. Although she’s experimented with a few creative colour looks in the past, she always comes back to blonde, and loves all things hydrating and bond building.

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