pantone color of the year ultra violet hair

Pantone's announced the Color of the Year for 2018, and it's ultra-special.

Ultra Violet, PANTONE 18-3838 to be specific, was chosen as a symbol of artistic intuition, resistance to the status quo, and creative freedom which we'll all ideally bring with us into the new year. With rebellion on our minds going into 2018, why not reflect that in our coils as well? These five did, and they did so magnificently!

And yes, FINE, color purists, maybe I shimmied around the PANTONE number itself to Ultra Violet's extended purple family, but this color royally rocks, so I have 0 regrets. Fight me.

Or better yet, take a look at these beautiful 'dos!

Color Shift Box Braids

A post shared by TB:) (@tekema31) on Dec 11, 2017 at 5:32am PST

Tri-Color Tekema went IN on these box braids, they go from deep deep dark to vividly violet, and down into the Ultra Violet territory in an incredibly hypnotizing effect. You can never have too many colors at once, and this galaxy hair did not come to play with ANY of us. Stellar work!

Twistouts to Dye For

Y'all already know how scared I am of lifting my color or dying my hair in any way. Yes, even that spray that comes out around Halloween. But Patrice here did her WHOLE. HEAD. In this gorgeous color. And then she took it on VACATION, you guys. Big hair, big statement necklace, big fun? It's a triple twistout threat.

Crafty Coordination!

A post shared by Megan Renee' (@blackactuary) on Nov 14, 2017 at 6:25pm PST

I'm not saying you all need to start your own businesses to match your accessories with your protective styles, but I'm also not saying you shouldn't, okay. Megan runs Sweet Looks Collection and she's officially taking over in her lavender bowtie/suspenders combo with color-coodinated pops of violet in her crocheted puffy screws.Too cute, can't take it. But I can take a pair of her studded suspenders, I've been very good this year, hint hint...

Color on Loc

A post shared by Tenecia T. (@liveandlearn219) on Jul 20, 2015 at 1:10pm PDT

Tenicia hasn't had this look for a minute, but now that the weather's gotten cold, aren't we ALL imagining a holiday with white sand? These ultraviolet spiral locs would make just about any day feel like a vacation, even if the ocean is a ways away. Who needs a coastline with the waves these coils are making? I do. But she looks fantastic.

Peekaboo Purple

Editor Gerilyn Hayes scrunching her face at the camera in purple & black box braids and matching purple lipstick

Remember G's first braids? It seems like only yesterday she was nervous about traction alopecia and butt-numbness, and now look at her. She's grown up so fast! But this first set had her in a mix of black and purple in her debut, PLUS a pop of matching lipstick (yet another thing I'm pushing on her, muahahahaha). If matching your accent color to your lip color isn't already A Thing™, it should be. Picture it: #accentmatching. It's perfect.

So what do we think of wearing this shade? Would you try it? Or have you already?

You can't say the coilies aren't killing it, but we want to see ALLLLL Y'ALL. Tag us @naturallycurly with your Ultraviolet locks, and let us see how our curly community does color RIGHT!