Ombre hair is still oh so trendy, especially with balayage being used to create incredibly colored manes that look good on any length and texture of hair. The word “ombre” means shaded so we most often see dark color at the roots through the middle of the hair, which becomes lighter towards the tips.
Balayage is a free form technique of highlighting which focuses on individual strands rather than larger chunks. This allows for a smoother progression from one shade to the next.
The addition of this freehand color together with hip babylights is sure to keep ombres pouring out of the salon for quite a while still!
# 1 Sweet Chocolate to Honey Blonde Ombre
This long, wavy hair is the perfect base for this ombre style. Starting with a deep brown, the color has been faded to into milky chocolate hue. Freehand color has been used to further blend lighter streaks, ending with warm honey blonde.
This hair color is brilliantly shiny and eye-catching – she certainly couldn’t blend in with the crowd! It starts with a rich mahogany, that compliments her warm skin tone, which is then blended with raspberry babylights into an amber orange. Balayage has been used to create a soft blended look.
# 3 Dramatic Golden Strawberry Waves
Her shoulder length hair has been blow dried and ironed to create sweeping waves. The ombre begins with a sunset orange that melts lighter into mango and golden shades. The result is a beautiful red and orange palette that warms up her light complexion.
# 4 Walnut Brown Base Color with Golden Ringlets
The color seen here starts with a deep sable brown base. Biscuit-colored streaks cascade down from this base and fan out, continuing to become lighter until the color ends in a soft blonde. Her long hair has been curled into soft ringlets that are full of body and shine.
# 5 Lollipop Purple and Midnight Black Ombre
The first thing your eye is drawn to here is the electric hues of the purple locks that sweep over her shoulders. The colors vary from hot pink to lilac with a deeper mauve shade towards the back. The bright color is preceded by a matt black and freehand color seems to have been applied to the blending.
# 6 Subtle Red Wine to Smoking Black Sombre
This hair starts and ends with darker colors which add interest to the style. Deep chocolate brown strands have been blended into magenta waves which gradually tighten until they form sable black ringlets. The texture created by the waves and curls gives this hairdo bounce ability and looks incredibly smooth.
#7 Dark Sombre with Sparkling Silver Detail
A unique palette of browns and grays has been used to create this unusual ombre. The base color is a coffee brown which has been blended finely into a dark steel gray. Then there is a splash of unexpected silvery white hair across the shoulders with the final tips being a mixture of the dark and light gray colors. All her hair has been swept away from the face to fall gently down her back.
# 8 Pastel Rainbow Set Above Ash Blonde Base
Her darker roots softly give way to flaxen and wheat colored blonde hair which extends to the tips. Streaks of pastel colors including lilac, rose pink and aquamarine have been added and the hair has been blow dried with soft waves that add to the fairy tale feeling of this look.
# 9 Lengthy Ombre Bob with Sandy Blonde Tips
This hairstyle is professional looking without being overly serious thanks to the light color spread across the rounded tips of the cut. It begins with a burnished brown base that has been finely shaded into an earth hue.
# 10 Sweet Baby Blonde Locks
You can just feel the beach vibes coming from this graded blonde curtain! The base color is a milky chocolate brown that quickly blends into highlights of baby blonde hair. The tips are reddish blonde and rose colored, completing this amazing do.
# 11 Beautifully Shaded Blonde Hued Ombre
Freehand color has been used to carefully blend together the light blondes of this ombre creating a brilliant and shiny mane. The look begins with honey blonde color over dark roots and progresses to beige before giving way to icy blonde edges.
# 12 Lovely Light Hair with Loose Waves
Hand painted color makes this hairstyle look uber natural and sun kissed. Above a sorrel colored base coat, rich flaxen blonde has been expertly blended in before ending in shades of sandy blonde. The layered cut and parting help frame the face to show off this style to perfection.
# 13 Radiantly Sleek Sunset Ombre
Dark copper roots have been smudged seamlessly into a rose blonde splash. The tips are a lovely warm honey blonde and don’t you just love the golden highlight that flows down the cheeky flip?
# 14 Colorombre
The dark pigment of these rainbow colors gives this look a fantasy feel that is so desirable! The look starts with a natural blend of blondes and biscuit browns before smudging into ruby reds and purples. Loads of long curls have been added to the tips which have been colored a brilliant feather blue.
# 15 Rosy Red Balayage
This beautifully sleek and wavy hair is the perfect canvas for this artwork – glimmering strawberry gold color has been applied high up into the chocolate base color. This rich red color is further accentuated by a mahogany hue seen closer to the ends.
# 16 Wow Ombre Pixie
The long pixie cut is a trendy update on the 90’s classic pixie cut, which was just a bit too short for some ladies. This length allows for a little more styling and of course, color! Here a dark to light ombre looks stunning, especially with the ultra blonde tips.
# 17 Shades of Midnight Black
A palette of midnight blue and black have been used to color the hair up the shoulder level and as the hair begins to curl it fades back out into burnished shades of brown. Super light babylights have been added in places and help bring the style together.
# 18 Blazing Sunrise
This hairstyle begins with a mahogany hued base, streaked with red auburn. This color fades into a warm strawberry gold and the tips are tinted to an amber orange. The touchable curls add body to this look and showcase the shading perfectly. This would be a beautiful ombre for ladies with light skin tones and fine features.
# 19 Subtle Frosted Gray Ombre with Pastel Blue Streaks
What a unique and eye-catching spectrum of soft browns and grays! The hint of pastel blue and berry red within the hair are so flattering against the silvery base. The look starts with earth brown at the roots and has been gently faded into a smoky gray, which compliments her ivory complexion perfectly.
# 20 Radiant Natural Tones
Brushed and blow dried to perfection this soft hair is achingly beautiful and begs to be touched. Free-form coloring has been used to effortlessly blend this collection of sandy blondes and browns. Notice the dark lowlights added to the middle hair, which creates depth and gives the style its reflective qualities.
# 21 Long Tousled Hair with Dark Balayage
The style starts off with a sable brown base and is infused with light chestnut streaks. This hand painted color extends along the length of the gently curled hair, combining with a deep chocolate brown on the tips. Dark ombres like this one are very hot and happening right now.
# 22 Luxurious Golden Beige Swirls
The base hue for this classic dark to light ombre is a smoky brown that blends into gorgeous silver blonde tendrils which cascade down her back. It’s a cool but playful look and the waves provide additional contrast of the color.
# 23 Shadowy Black and Creamy Caramel Ombre
The deep charcoal base in this look extends further than usual, reaching past the middle sections of hair. Sweet caramel brown tones breakout from the base and we can see that balayage has been used to add this tint to small stands. She has a toned skin color and this ombre is warm against it.
# 24 Beach Blonde Shading Over Textured Bob
The bob is an easy-to-maintain hairstyle loved by women around the world and it’s just long enough to show off neatly blended shades. Golden blonde highlights have been added to the middle section of hair while the base and tips are a sorrel brown hue.
# 25 Banging Palette of Browns
This ladies light color skin is warmed by the scattered honey blonde babylights of this style. The ombre begins with a matte sable hue over the roots and is blended into a flattering array of sorrel and biscuit browns.
# 26 Deep Pink and Amethyst Waterfall
The contrasting shades of wild berry purple and sunset pink have been blended together beautifully using the balayage technique. The result is an eye-catching mane that looks ready for a night on the town!
# 27 Lovely in Lavender
A dark to light ombre over these shoulder length curls has been given a fresh look with the use of a muted tint. A light pastel purple has been gently blended into the sandy blonde middle colors. This use of color is subdued and therefore, could even be suitable for the office.
# 28 Juicy Strawberry Against Translucent Skin
This lady has chosen a bold ombre and it looks vibrant in relation to her luminous skin. The base is a russet brown which quickly glazes over into a bright wave of true strawberry red. The side parting helps add height to her look.
# 29 Multihued Mermaid Hair
A flattering rosy pink has been used to begin this hairstyle. This pink has been carefully blended into shades of ash and gray blonde and a section has been gathered into a loose braid. The tips are a smoky blue-gray, an enticing color that demands a second look.
# 30 Glossy Shoulder Length Hair with Classic Ombre
These swept back locks have been treated to beautifully melted together colors that have been expertly applied. Free form highlights have been used to smooth the transition from dark to light and if you look closely you’ll notice small stands of blonde.
# 31 Sweet Chocolate Sombre with Center Parting
A natural range of brunette tones have been used for this hair and the result is lovely light reflecting locks. The simple middle parting allows the hair to cascade down the shoulders and hug the face. Cappuccino colored highlights have been painted close to the skin and help brighten her olive tone.
# 32 Golden Waves
Isn’t it great how her honey highlights compliment her natural deep brown hair color? Love it! The loose curls and waves in this style give it an ultra laid back look while the hues have been expertly shaded together.
# 33 Glossy Chestnut Balayage
The incredible shine seen here has been created by hand painting chestnut tones into a dark coffee brown. This color has a reflective quality that looks beautiful with a center parting and neatly curled edges.
# 34 Royal Red Affair
This half up-half down style is a posh combination of red hues that will not fail to attract attention. A deep maroon base gives way to a generous splash of strawberry and the ends are blended into amber orange. Love the eye catching rose gold babylight in the small side bun!
# 35 Curls in Butterfly Orange
The most incredible detail in this copper-toned ombre is the way the muted sorrel color in the midsections has been shaded into a bright and shiny butterfly orange. The concentration of curls at the tips draw the eyes back to this vivid hue again and again – gorgeous!
# 36 Celeb-Inspired Bright Tips
The colors in short ombres flow together easily as we see in this palette of fiery blondes and fair amber. The waves intensify this spectrum and help to add shine. The brushed on bright blonde tips are very popular with celebs at the moment.
# 37 Dark, Dappled Mane
Dark mocha skin looks so radiant against warm browns like this. The base is a deep sable brown blending into a flattering nutmeg color. A middle parting and soft tendrils like she has can be used to frame any shape face perfectly.
# 38 Golden Seaside Splash
Here her cinnamon colored roots have been blended into bright beach blonde hues. A few ends have been given an ashy platinum finish and the hair has been styled in soft flowing waves. This is a beautiful look to warm up those pale complexions.
# 39 Long Bob with Gray Blonde Edges
This ombre seamlessly blends together shades of blonde, brown and black and works well when set against a sleek bob cut. The base color is a delicious chocolate brown and darker smoky gray has been painted towards the front strands. This base is then shaded into matt gray blonde up to the edges.
# 40 Brilliant Browns
Free hand color has been used here to create an ultra-smooth dark to light blend. It begins with a sable brown that fades into a light biscuit hue. There is a splash of luminous copper brown where these two colors meet, which makes the transition look wonderfully easy and natural.
# 41 Mahogany Base with Soft Curls
The luscious curls at the tips of her hair really help to showcase the final glowing color. The base is a deep mahogany hue that pours into waves of sandy colored locks. Her curls are tinted with a dark sandy blonde. Don’t they look soft and bouncy?
# 42 Loose Braid with Raspberry Flash
The colors of this ombre give it a wonderful reflective quality that also has dimension. A tawny shade is quickly blended into thickly saturated sections of deep pink, and rose gold babylights have been added. This stunning hair is shown off in a low loose plait.
# 43 Forest Green Colorombre
This long hair is deep burnt brown from the base just up to the shoulders where it gives way to a cascade of silky jade curls. The shade is eye-catching and really brings out the emerald in her eyes. We’re green with envy!
# 44 Fruity Fade
The hair seen here has been cut into different layers and lengths and it has a textured feel. The roots are a deep chestnut brown that is blended into mango and peach tones. Balayage has been used to add a strawberry gold tint to some of the tips.
# 45 Fire at Sunset
This intense ombre is simply breathtaking! It starts with a flaming red base that melts into a rich copper hue that extends to the tips. The middle portion of hair in the center has an iron gray undertone which adds contrast to the bright colors.
# 46 Classic Ombre with Ice Blonde Curls
A halo of smooth chocolate color is gently shaded into a mixture of dark steel gray and pale blonde locks. From there the long hair falls to the waist in soft icy blonde curls. The intense light color on the edges will help to brighten tired looking skin.
# 47 Pixie Cut with Thick, Silver Streaks
A chunky pixie cut is a perfect canvas for this cheeky ombre. Loads of silver highlights have been added to a dark gray-brown base and the hair has been blown out – giving it incredible body. Her warm skin tone glows under the ultra- light streaks.
# 48 Dark Roots with Pearl Braid
A striking style! Her look begins with a deep smoky black base. Over this base, striking pearl white has been applied with some light biscuit brown just visible at the transition. A loose French braid gathers the frosty colored hair together and shows it off wonderfully.
# 49 Midnight River with Dipped Tips
Creamy complexions like hers look gorgeous with deep hair colors. From an informal center parting her hair flows down in a midnight black river before curling into tight ringlets. These ends have been tinted in a red wine hue, adding a playful touch to her look.
# 50 Radiant Bangs
Short hair can look great when teamed together with classic ombre. Over a base color of deep sable brown, golden blonde highlights have been placed. The chunky layered cut helps give this hair loads of attitude!
# 51 My Little Unicorn
The roots have been dyed a blue-black color and then carefully graded into streaks of sandy blonde and rose pink. As this color continues down into a mass of curls we can also see some smoky gray lowlights towards the edges.
# 52 Dark Chocolate Roots with Baby Blonde Curls
This is another flattering example of a dark to light ombre. The wave of color begins with a smooth chocolate hue which has been blended into a mocha shade. Dramatic baby blonde swirls complete the look that is more than ready for the beach!
# 53 Elegant Ringlets with Free Hand Color
These curls have been collected and style together beautifully, making this hairstyle effortlessly elegant and just right for a special occasion. The locks gently progress from a deep coffee brown, into caramel strands before the edges are highlighted with a light golden brown. Balayage has been used to help these colors come together subtly.
# 54 Shaggy Red to Blonde Ombre
The roots are a rich mahogany tone and they have been faded into a light maroon. The color then warms up into fair amber and some edges have been tipped with a beach blonde tinge. A straight iron has been used to add waves to the angular bob cut.
# 55 Vibrant Golden Strawberry and Rose Blonde Curls
Someone call the fire department because this do is smoking hot! This red ombre blazes against the tight curls of her short hair. The base color is a deep crimson that burns into a soft strawberry gold, with micro lights of ash blonde in-between.
# 56 Glittering Golden Curtain
Lovely natural tones of brunette and blond have been blended by hand to create this gorgeous shiny mane. The wavy edges are a platinum ash color which is set on top of unexpected smoky beige. These hues are wonderfully reflective and head turning.
# 57 The White Queen
Blue eyes and gray hair are a great combination, especially when paired with light shades as we see here. The roots are an iron gray and they have been blended into smoky gray locks. The final color is a seashell white, giving this hair an airy, light feel.
# 58 Fire Ombre
This gorgeous and blazing color begins with a smoldering sable base which has been blended into a fiery ember orange. The edges have been dipped in rose gold, which is also seen on a few babylights. This bright shoulder length hair looks lovely against her milky skin.
# 59 Rivers of Brown and Gold
Balayage has been used to perfectly shade this mix of soft browns and blondes. The hair shifts from a deep chocolate into a walnut brown before being topped with sections of golden beige. A few twists were created with a straight iron to give this bob style extra texture and appeal.
# 60 Golden Strawberry Swirl
A wonderfully layered and textured bob cut is the base for this unique ombre. The chocolate brown base smudges smoothly into bright shades of strawberry gold. A few coppery pink highlights have been added which are eye-catching and reflective.
# 61 Waves of Classic Ombre
This look showcases hand painted color at it’s very best! Soft and shiny waves form the ideal canvas for this classic ombre. The roots are a glowing caramel brown which has been shaded into soft honey blonde. The crowning glory is the free form brushed on blonde streaks which complete the style.
# 62 Color Me Pink
Bold color ombres are all the rage, and is there anything sexier than girly pink shades? Candy cane pink and pansy purple has been used to infuse this mane, with light rose highlights that add contrast. It’s a magical mix of colors and full of fantasy.
# 63 Unicorn Dream
These long locks have been blown out and an iron has been used to create delicate waves. Luscious lavender hues emerge from royal purple roots and blend together into barely there pink and light pastel red.
# 64 Golden Beige Sheer
This waist length hair has been straightened and parted at the back, allowing it to fall across the shoulders in two sleek curtains. The smooth ombre blends effortless from a biscuit hue at the roots, then into lighter and lighter tones of muted beige blonde. The light colors stand out gorgeously against her darker features.
# 65 Peach Sorbet Over Dark Roots
This look starts with sable colored roots that are just visible beneath lighter locks. Pastel shades of peach, mango and rose gold have been blended together to create a warm ombre that works well with her porcelain skin tone.
# 66 Amber Updo with Long Loose Fringe
The detail that stands out in this style is the golden highlight which falls against her cheek. This color looks radiant next to her mocha skin tone. The walnut-hued hair has been collected and pulled into a folded over top hairdo that displays the light sorrel highlights fantastically.
# 67 Mouth-Watering Caramel Balayage
The hair seen here falls straight up to the shoulders where it has been styled in soft waves. The creamy brown tones of caramel and milk chocolate flow together, with an earthy brown hue that has been used to help transition the spectrum.
# 68 Romantic Red Ombre
This striking style starts with a deep maroon based with flows into strawberry and marigold hues. Baby blonde micro highlights have been scattered along the tips and the hair has been given a very soft wave which helps the warm colors glitter under the light.
# 69 Ginger Brown with Feathered Tips
To create this lovely layered look the stylist has trimmed the front section of hair to just touch the chin while the hair at the back has been left long and feathered to create body. Ombre color has been applied to the roots in a ginger brown and the tips tinted a rose gold. This palette would work well to warm up cool skin tones.
# 70 Wavy Blonde Splash
Free hand color has been used to blend together these gorgeous hues of honey and ash blonde. The shoulder length locks have teased into supple waves and the platinum blonde ends complete the vibrant style.
# 71 Midnight Fire
This hair looks as though it could be an artist’s rendering of the glow of a bush fire on a dark night. It begins with a shadow black base which has been delicately brushed into a crisp flaming red. The short structured bob is the perfect length to show off this ombre.
# 72 Warm Tones with Mirror Finish
This lovely long hair has been gently fashioned into waves and draped over her shoulder. From this position, we can see how the sable base tones shine with a mirror finish and melt away into a sea of deep cinnamon with copper streaks. The warm colors compliment her lip stain and smolder against her pearly skin.
# 73 Fair Amber Baby Lights Set In Curls
This ombre begins with a walnut hue and we can see that free hand color has been applied to blend this color into a wheat brown. Fair amber babylights have been scattered along the ends of the hair, which have been ironed into loose curls.
# 74 Sun Kissed Gold with Rosewood Base
In this multihued hued ombre, we see a rainbow of browns flowing into a tangled pool of ringlets. The base is a deep rosewood color that has been smudged into copper and ginger browns. Balayage has been used to apply a few ash blond streaks along the edges.
# 75 Goth Feel Ombre with Plaits
This long mane has dyed an inky black up to the chin. From there it becomes a smooth, smoky gray up to the tips. The hair is parted and set in two tight plaits that dangle past the shoulders. It’s a minimalist look ombre that is sexy and eye-catching.
There really is an ombre for everyone and there are so many good reasons to have one. Not only can you choose from an astounding array of natural and bright colors, but an ombre can also help to make regrowth less obvious. Thin hair can be colored to add volume and any length of hair works for an ombre. Balayage will ensure the transition from one shade to the next is smooth and flawless. If you haven’t tried an ombre yet, now is the time to do so!