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Complete Guide to Ombre Hair

We are met with many different hairstyles and coloring techniques every year, but there’s one that’s here to stay: the ombre hair. It excels in creating a stylish color job that’s near-effortless in upkeep.

With ombre hair, the colors bleed into each other to create a gradient. The color transition is virtually seamless if done right, and you don’t need to go into the salon every other month for a touch-up.

What really gives it a more natural look is the sun! The sun can bleach out the colors, so the ombre looks even more like it’s your real hair.

You can pretty much do ombre with any color you choose! But for something natural that looks good with the roots grown out, we suggest choosing natural colors. Below, we’ve compiled some ombre hairstyles to inspire you before your next trip to the salon.

Brunette Ombre

Woman with Brunette Ombre Hair

The first one is one for ladies with darker hair. If your hair is a brunette or even raven black, you can choose to highlight your locks and brighten up your complexion with a brunette ombre.

Your colorist may give you a cooler tone, but some people love the reddish and orangey hues. Whichever you choose depends on your personal preferences, but we personally love the cool-toned platinum blondes or light blondes that can accompany a dark natural hair color.

Light Brown Ombre

You can choose to ombre your hair with three different colors. Go from your darker locks to a lighter brown and eventually fade out to a light blonde near the tips.

However, if you already have slightly lighter brown locks, you can just add lighter streaks. What’s great about an ombre is the streaks don’t all need to start in the same place.

We’ve seen styles that have two subtle streaks near the front that start from the roots – this has a framing effect for your face. The rest of the blonde locks started much further below that.

Ombre Bob or Lob

For those of you that aren’t sure, a lob is a contraction of the words “long” and “bob.” As you may have guessed, the lob is just a longer bob. A lob or bob is hard to maintain since it requires great skill to cut all the strands evenly, and you need to go to the salon quite often to get a trim.

A good way to tone down the maintenance and give your lob or bob a brighter spin is with ombre highlights. For some reason, it’s more socially acceptable for people to color shorter cuts, such as a pixie cut or pageboy cut, with brighter and more exotic hues.

You don’t need to stick with traditional brown tones. Feel free to pick something more daring in shades of blue, green, red, purple, or pink – the list is endless!

Brown Ombre

Ombres are generally known to color your hair with lighter shades. People that can pull off brown ombres need to have even darker locks. We’re talking to the ladies that have brunette or black hair. If you don’t want something as obvious or just want a simple brightening effect, you can choose a brown tone ombre. Go for one that’s just a shade or two lighter than your natural locks.

Warm Honey Brown Ombre

A honey brown shade is a warmer and slightly redder tone of brown. The tone of the shade of color you choose will also depend on your skin tone. The same shade will look different and have a different effect on two people with different skin tones.

Those with a cooler skin tone can pull of warmer tones, but you don’t want to go too cool since it may wash you out. If you have cool undertones, then gold, amber, and honey shades would look good.

Blonde Ombre

Blonde Ombre Hair


We use the term lightly since a blonde ombre can come in many shades. Again, refer to your skin tone guide to figure out which shade of blonde is best for you. We love blonde ombres in the summer because it gives you that carefree sunkissed look.

Also, blonde tones are suitable for almost any shade of natural hair. It just depends on which blonde tone you choose. Your colorist could even create a palette mixed with different types of blonde.

Adding some lighter shades, especially towards the front, can give you a layered look.

Grown-out Ombre

Blonde ombre hair

An ombre style can involve coloring your whole head. The difference between this and a dye job is that an ombre looks more natural grown out. The highlights and layers add dimension to your look. Sometimes ombres can also involve a mix of three or more colors.

A grown-out ombre takes the shade of color you want, and your colorist will work to create a look that is a little bit like highlights but with a better job of blending.

It will already look like your hair is grown out. Sheets of hair will be randomly colored at different heights, all congregating at the bottom in one solid (possibly lighter) shade.

For those who like blond locks but have dark hair, this is a good choice since it requires virtually zero maintenance and looks natural and stunning.

Daring Ombre

Woman with blue ombre hair

This ombre look is the same as any ombre; the only difference is it uses more daring colors (hence the name). You can choose vivid shades from greens, purples, pinks, blues, to greys.

Well Blended/Half and Half Ombre

This style looks like a solid sheath of color without any hints of highlights until the end. A skilled colorist will blend two colors, or even one with your natural hues (hence the half and half) together to create a look. They’ll make it look like your natural locks are gradually sunkissed, fading into the lighter color.

This takes ‘natural’ to a whole other level. It’s great for those who don’t want any maintenance at all.

Face-Framing Ombre

We have mentioned face framing a lot, so we decided to take out a section to explain it in further detail. A face-framing ombre just refers to your regular ombre dye job with lighter streaks at the bottom and also the locks surrounding your face.

This will work to brighten up your complexion no matter what shade of ombre you choose.

Chocolate Ombre

Chocolate ombre hair

This last one is often seen on the likes of Megan Fox, one of the most stunning actresses in Hollywood today. She has dark brunette hair, and she uses balayage and ombre techniques to highlight her dark locks.

Using chocolate as the complementary color, it gives a more natural and subtle look to her entire appearance.

What are the Benefits of Ombre Hair?

Woman showing her ombre hair

Other than looking good, an ombre dye job has a multitude of other benefits.

For one thing, it’s less of a commitment to regular upkeep. You can have the stunning colors you want without going back into the salon every other month.

This style, along with the balayage technique, seems to be classic staples in coloring style. You can also use a mix of your favorite shades if you can’t choose between them to create a wonderful palette of colors.

It adds layers and textures to your hair. It’s much trendier and in-style than regular highlights or dye jobs. You also have some sections of hair that remain undamaged; therefore, the ombre style gives your hair an overall healthy look.


It’s low commitment, an easy fix, low in maintenance, and allows you to experiment with different shades. This is all the while keeping your hair relatively healthy. Sign us up, please!

Even if you already have a dye job you’re sick of or have a color that you dislike, your colorist should be skilled enough to transform it into a beautiful gradient that will stun you.

For us, the biggest advantage of an ombre dye job is the low maintenance. Not only does it save you time and hassle, but it also keeps more money in your wallet. Dye jobs can get expensive, so instead of going every other month, you can go every half year or so and still look amazing.

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