Color How-To: Pantone Grey and Yellow Paneling Technique

A chic twist on Pantone 2021 color trend Ultimate Gray and Illuminating can be achieved using a paneling technique. Paneling is an internal detail that moves away from the surface color application, which was on-trend last year, says Toni & Guy International Technical Education Director Jo O’Neill. "This latest paneling technique focuses on internal strengths of tone creating a prominent distribution of color where needed," she adds. "A mixture of grey hues and pops of yellow to grab our attention, the color palette gives platinum blonds a mixture of on-trend tones grey with a playful juxtaposing pop of color, yellow.”



20g Platinum Plus + 60g Platinum Nutri Developer 20-volume developer

Masonry Grey

50g Dialight 7.12 + 75g Diactivateur 9-volume developer


50g Dialight 9.11 + 75g Diactivateur 9-volume developer


10g Dialight 9.3 + 10g Dialight Clear + 30g Diactivateur 9-volume developer



  1. A large rectangle section is taken on top of the head using horizontal partings on either side from high recession to meet the radial. The sides are then subdivided with a horizontal parting on either side to create two more rectangle sections. This parting is then continued through to the back of the head on either side creating two more sections. The first section is color-blocked with Silver. Once complete, isolated with clear meche and repeat this application on the opposite side.
  2. A shadow root technique is applied in Masonry Grey, firs applying to all the root area. Once completed, Silver is applied to the midlengths and ends. Isolate each section with clear meche and repeat application on opposite side.
  3. The section at the side is color-blocked with Silver. This is then isolated with clear meche. The next section, shadow root is applied using Masonry Grey. A panel of interior contouring is worked by applying Yellow directly underneath the Masonry Grey with no diffusion. The application of Silver is applied to the ends of the hair, repeat this application on the final side. Masonry Grey is applied to the root and Silver to the length and ends.
  4. The section at the side is color-blocked with Silver. This is then isolated with clear meche. Shadow roots is applied with Masonry Grey all throughout the remaining section, Silver is applied through the midlengths and a panel of perimeter contouring is applied in Yellow. Repeat this method of application until this section is complete. Isolate with clear meche.
  5. To create a panel, a diagonal-back parting is taken from the hairline. Shadow roots of Masonry Grey is applied and Yellow is applied to the midlengths and ends. Isolate with a clear meche.
  6. In the remaining section, apply shadow root in Masonry Grey and Silver through to the lengths and ends, isolating each section with clear meche.