Although it has been hot popular for a couple of seasons, ombre is still extremely faddish and in great demand. Actually, it’s a superb opportunity to express yourself and add that very special extra glow to your looks. Most women want to have ombre because it’s considered very beautiful, low-maintenance and can fix some hair issues: to disguise the damaged ends, for instance. With a professionally performed ombre the ends do really appear thicker, the rest of the hair – more dimensional, the eyes brighter and the skin younger and fresher. We are going to share 50 versatile ombre looks. Many of them breathe with natural grace, sophistication and elegance, while others are with a more dramatic bent. We’ve tried to cover very different color solutions. Whatever your natural hair color is, you will find here some really cool ideas with highlights or solid color.
What Are the Upgrades of Today’s Ombre?
So, what are the fresh takes on the trend? Today’s ombre tends to appear more natural, being less drastic than it has been in the previous seasons. Now the choice for the ends would often be only 2 tones lighter, not as contrasting as before. Brunettes look especially flattering in so called sombre looks with less drastic change of color, such as medium brown and honey hues blended with dark brown roots. Blondes with cool skin undertone seem extremely charming with natural beige fading into icy blonds up to almost silvery shades.
Ombre Hair Colors to Inspire Everyone
The choice of colors for ombre is, certainly, determined by your skin undertone and, to some extent, your natural hair hue. Women with cooler skin undertones, paired with medium brown hair color, may decide on icy brown and cool chestnuts. As for the reds, they are always on a big way and are so presently in particular. Redheads with warm skin tones look pretty awesome with peachy and golden ombre shades.
Another spin on ombre still offers us bolder glamorous solutions, when you are going from very dark to very light. There always will be ladies who want more contrasting shades for their hair and their demand is also satisfied. Let’s see some photos.
#1: Red Hot Ombre
Red and black hair is hard to pull off because it can look like a costume or too unnatural. With an ombre dye job, you can gradually fade dark hair into a lighter vibrant shade. Plus, by keeping the roots dark you don’t have to worry about the awkward growing out process.
#2: Soft Red Ombre
Many people believe that ombre red hair is only for tough punk rockers or biker chicks. But, the reality is your red coloristic solution can also be soft depending on the saturation of color you use and how you style your hair. Loose layered curls create a subtlety and femininity that’s refreshing for such a fairly bold hue.
#3: Beach Blonde Ombre
One of the most traditional ombre styles involves a fade from dark to light to give a lived-in appearance to your mane. Pair with beachy tousled waves for a low maintenance look that is appealing in many different settings.
#4: Two-Tone Neutral Ombre
Blending shades in the same color family may seem counterproductive, but in this brown ombre hair style it works. Contrasting a warm copper shade with a cool toned chocolate, allows the hues to complement each other but still stand out in a way that feels natural.
#5: Shimmering Wavy Ombre
Women who want a more natural look should opt for a balayage ombre. The painted on method creates softer lines like the caramel ribbons shown here. It’s perfect for those who want a sun kissed glow year round.
#6: Sunny Ombre
Brown to blonde ombre is the most common solution when it comes to this dye technique because it allows women with dark hair to lighten without the excessive bleach and routine maintenance. Plus, it provides warmth and brightness to light complexions.
#7: Textured Ombre Lob
If you want a la natural look, like the sun lightened your strands over the weeks spent at the beach, blonde tips are your best bet. You can go for a bit subtler version of the style seen here.
#8: Champagne Ombre
Subtle ombre hair, or “sombre,” is a softer, updated version of the popular trend. It melts highlights into a lighter hue at the bottom for the overall silky color that blends better with your base.
#9: Icy Purple Ombre Hair
If you are looking for some outside of the box color ideas, this is a great place to start. By mixing purple with the soft, washed lilac, you get a current and fresh look. Skip this if you’re low maintenance, with the colorful hue at the top you will definitely have to visit the salon regularly.
#10: Purple Passion Ombre
Ombre hairstyles can come in a variety of different shades. By sticking with dark hues on dark hair, you can add color without having to use bleach or harsh chemicals.
#11: Auburn Ombre
Long hair can seem lifeless without shape and dimension, so make sure to incorporate razored layers to give your style structure. Red and black together is an edgy color combination, but it can look rather sophisticated depending on the hue you choose. Auburn, a warm mix of red and brown, is a good color to compliment black hair.
#12: Light to Dark Ombre
Reverse ombre happens when colors go from light to dark instead of the opposite. This is not recommended for thin strands because it will emphasize fineness throughout the crown, but it is a fun ombre hair color for blondes with medium to thick hair.
#13: Chocolate Ombre
If you just want a subtle lightening of the ends, you can use hair dye instead of bleach which is a safer bet if you are attempting to create your own ombre at home. The color will not be as bright or drastic, but it will create a noticeable difference.
#14: Strawberry Blonde Ombre Hair
Although ombre hairstyles typically have brown or black roots you can fade from red to blonde as well. The pale highlights against the muted red roots create a softer contrast than darker colors would.
#15: Smoke and Silver Ombre
Ombre color can be as creative or as natural as you want it to be. The concept still remains the same – fading one color into the next one from top to bottom. Smoky grey and silver blue make a trendy color combination for a lady looking to update her hairdo with a fresh hair color solution.
#16: Natural Long Ombre
Dark ombre hair is a great look for women who are easygoing and just want a quick update to the hairdo they already have. Light brown will give your style warmth and depth, but won’t take as much effort to maintain as blonde.
#17: Glamorous Bronde Ombre
Blonde and brown ombre styles are not “one size fits all”. The shades and tones depend on the complexion of the wearer and should be custom-blended. A crisp cool champagne hue will really pop against olive and dark skin tones. With such a soft gradual ombre, this is not a style for those with short hair because you won’t be able to get the full effect.
#18: White Blonde Ombre
Many people would not think of blonde as edgy ombre highlights, but white or platinum hair colors create a nice contrast against a dark brown base. You can also go for a black and blonde solution, if you want a starker contrast.
#19: Gorgeous Golden Ombre
Looking for a style to stand out in pictures? This is a romantic and trendy hairdo that will look amazing no matter what the occasion is. It’s beautiful and non-trivial because it blends warm and ash hues into a harmonious whole.
#20: Casual Beach Wave Ombre
A blonde ombre with beach waves styling gives off the quintessential girl next door vibe—gorgeous hair that seems carefree and easy, but still looks polished and inspirational. A middle part is ideal for slimming round faces or chubby cheeks.
#21: Crimson Ombre Hair
Get a hair color worthy of a rock star with this “bleeding red” ombre. Pair with tough leather and lace-up accents, and you will command attention the second you walk through the door. If you actually perform on the stage, dark roots are ideal for maintaining your style on the road.
#22: Golden Brown Ombre
If you want a more natural ombre hair style, opt for complementary colors. Dark mahogany and mute copper both have warm tones that work well together without clashing within your look.
#23: Platinum Ombre Curl
Long loose curls are romantic and universally appealing because the style looks good on most face shapes and hair textures. But, after a while the hairdo can get a bit monotonous. Revamp the look with blonde tips to give it more of an edge.
#24: Pretty Purple Ombre
Take your ombre hair color to the next level with a cool-toned purple hue. The shade is perfect for ladies who don’t take life too seriously and just want to have a good time. It is also a great way to show off depth and dimension within thick and dense curly hair.
#25: Sunny Blonde Ombre
If you want to lighten your dark hair for the summer, or just need a change, a brown to blonde ombre variation is your best bet. It helps to brighten dull complexions and provide a more youthful appearance without taking you too far out of your comfort zone.
#26: Drastic Ombre
The great part about any style that uses this dye technique is that it’s easily personalized to suit your preferences. While it may be soft and subtle, it can also become dramatic by quickly changing from a rich brown at the roots to bright platinum at the ends.
#27: Strawberry Siren Ombre
Give a whole new meaning to the name strawberry blonde with this gorgeous blonde and red style. What makes it really unique is that it effectively contrasts warm red tones at the roots and middle with a cool silvery rose blonde at the ends.
#28: Rosy Brown Ombre
Blonde is not the only shade that works with a faded strawberry blonde color, it also can incorporate well into brown ombre hair. The key is to lean more towards a deep mauve color than a light golden pink. Because it’s such a complex shade, it’s best to have this done by a professional stylist.
#29: Wavy Ombre Lob
Nothing is more current than a wavy lob. It is the number one most requested style at salons currently because it flatters most face shapes, and even though it’s short, it still feels feminine. By introducing a light brown hue at the ends you can uplift your tousled lob style.
#30: Rock and Roll Balayage Ombre
In the same way the nineties have made a comeback, you can see the resurgence of early 2000’s trends on the horizon. The two-tone black and blonde look that was made popular by pop-goths of the decade like Avril Lavigne, has returned with a modern ombre edge.
#31: Natural Brown Ombre
Nice and natural is the theme of the look. Ombre hairstyles are perfect for women who work in conservative jobs because you can add some flair to your look without being too over the top. Just make sure to stay within the same color family.
#32: Punk Purple Ombre
On its own, this long and straight hairdo would leave much to be desired. The easiest way to transform a basic hairstyle is with a fun pop of color. The best part is that many of these hues come in temporary paints and chalks that can be washed out.
#33: Sunset Curly Ombre
Take a cue from nature the next time you want to rock light red or blonde ombre hair. Mimic the shades of a sunset within your style and fade your colors from a vibrant red to a sweet strawberry blonde. Textured layers and choppy fringe are on trend for the season.
#34: Platinum and Purple Ombre
This dye technique does not always fade from dark to light, even though that is the most common iteration; a reverse ombre, like the one shown here, moves from light at the roots to dark at the ends. While the effect is definitely cool, it requires a bit more maintenance at the roots than a typical ombre would.
#35: Full and Flirty Ombre
Ombre hair works on any hair length or texture because it is universally flattering. You can make it as intense or as subtle as you want. Here, it is used as an accent for big bouncy curls.
#36: Medium Brown with Auburn and Pale Blond Ends
Medium brown hair often looks boring, but it can be easily enlivened with harmonious color solutions, such as auburn highlights melting into very light brown and pale blond.
#37: Bright Blond Ombre
There are so many girls with cool skin undertone and mouse-grey natural hair, who always wish to look brighter. Well, this is a very worthy idea to consider.
#38: Dark Bitter Chocolate with Caramel Flair
“Delicious” hair colors always have an extra chic. This dark brown into caramel ombre is not only very appealing to the eyes, it lightens up the face with special glint, amicable for its natural undertone.
#39: Black Rose with Burgundy Petals
Here is a stunning idea for black hair ombre. Clean, saturated but elegant burgundy hue is a worthy rim for beautiful black locks. Although this look is bold, it’s actually anything but garish.
#40: Flamingo Feathers
More daring color choices blend better with darker hues of basic hair colors. There are periods in life when we crave for brightness. Demi-permanent dyes would be ideal to quench the thirst.
#41: Black into Extravagant Cold Pink
Black hair takes more effort to be lighted, but it does look showy in combination with a wide array of hues, even some truly resolute as this provocative icy pink.
#42: Golden Blond into Dark Chocolate
Long hair is a paradise for blonde to brown ombre. Actually it even allows showing the evolution of color in more than 3 shades: red, very light brown, mixed with golden blonds, medium brown, evolving into chocolate and dark chocolate with black at the very ends.
#43: Cinnamon Fade
Reddish brown or cinnamon hair hues work fantastic for fall. Kate Walsh offers a great idea of sombre that lights up her overall look with its delicious honey and caramel mix on her beautiful long curls.
#44: Dark Brown into Caramel
This famous look of Rihanna from Elle`s issue has got into all possible charts and top lists. The gorgeous red dress and no less gorgeous hairstyle turned so many heads! Well, they were discussed at numerous Internet resources.
#45 : Medium Brown into the Golden Blonde
Olivia Wilde presents one of the most beautiful ombre variations for long brown hair. Her initially cool medium brown base melts into the warm and sunny brown blondes which look fabulous in the background of her emerald green sequin dress.
#46: Ombre Highlights
These amazing golden and pale blond highlights create an illusion of reverse ombre with darker ends. This is another way of how you may appear “blondier” if you are a natural brunette.
#47: Dark Brown Hair with Golden Ombre Highlights
Golden ombre highlights are the sparkles, illuminating this look. The color streaks on one side start very high, practically at the roots to enhance the incredible sun-kissed effect, many of us strive to achieve with different solutions.
#48: Dark Brown into Blondish Brown
This spectacular shiny ombre with paled out ends seems pretty awesome. We would say this look is our top favorite for women with dark-brown and black hair.
#49: Toffee-Hued Strokes for the Edges
Welcome one more confectionary-inspired look. Soft and sweet toffee turns out very natural in a combo with dark brown and does a fantastic job of ends revival.
#50: Wine Red to Sunny Golds
This luxurious bright ombre is an idea for dark-haired women who do not mind adding some shade to the roots as well. Rich red wine hue blends harmoniously with sunny golds and gives its very final chord in pale blonds.
If you still haven’t tried 2016 ombre trend, before going to a salon make sure that you’ll look through as many pictures with ombre styles for your hair color as you need to feel confident about what you’d like to see as a result. Once you decide on certain colors for your ombre, take the chosen picture to the colorist you’ll work with. The practice shows that the idea of what is, for instance, “soft chestnut ribbons”, “sweeping highlights in medium rose gold tones” or “toffee-colored highlights throughout” differ significantly from person to person. So, better be prepared and good luck!