15 Long Ombre Hair Ideas That Are Swoon-Worthy

Ombre hair has been around a while now and it doesn’t appear to be going anywhere anytime soon. It is a hair coloring technique that starts out darker at the roots and gradually get lighter towards the ends.

It is low maintenance hair, especially when you keep your base color close to your natural hair color. This color technique looks especially gorgeous on long hair. Check out these swoon-worthy long ombre hair ideas and get inspired for your next trip to the salon!

Fiery Ombre

Fiery Ombre hairstyle Instagram @ginabarnes_

Q&A with style creator, Gina Barnes
Hairdresser @ House Of Hair And Beauty in Peterborough, England

How would you describe this look?

This is a bold, fiery hair color that is perfect for a client who wants to express their individuality without going too crazy. My favorite thing about it is how these colors speak for themselves and how the warm tones will brighten anyone’s day.

Any advice for someone considering it?

My advice for a client who is considering this look is to use a good, salon-recommended color shampoo and conditioner to help maintain the beautiful and radiant tones that can often fade over time.

Modern Ombre

Modern Ombre hairstyle Instagram @mane.tamed

Q&A with style creator, Amber Carey
Stylist @ Salon Fiber in Phoenixville, PA


How would you describe this look?

I would describe this look as a more modern ombré. I remember when ombré first made its appearance and it was a very stark difference from dark to light, with a harsh line separating the two. Now, everyone wants a more seamless transition from their natural color to a blonde tone.

My favorite thing about this look is how dimensional it is. Leaving the rich brown tones through the ends gives the ombré a more natural and dimensional appearance.

Any advice for someone considering it?

I recommend this look to someone who can’t get into the salon very often. I balayage this client once every four to six months. She is also in college, so a dimensional balayage is perfect for her.

I keep the balayage more bright around the face and focus the blonde toward the ends in the back to ensure a longer lasting look. Lastly, I always recommend color-safe shampoo and conditioner, or anything that will give the hair a little extra moisture since lighteners can be rough.

Subtle But Chic

Subtle But Chic hairstyleInstagram @hairaffinatalie

Q&A with style creator, Natalie Gomez
Balayage Specialist / Booth Renter @ J Anthony Salon in Whitter, CA


How would you describe this look?

The best way I would describe this look is subtle but chic. Anyone who wants a pop of color but low commitment is perfect for this look.

My favorite things about this specific look is hpw shiny it is and that the maintenance level is low which a lot of clients like.

Most of my clients are working and are very busy. I also have clients like this one who are in school and on a low budget. I see her every three months for a quick toner and she’s set!

Any advice for someone considering it?

This color suits all skin types, specifically adds color to the fair skin tones, and adds an chic shimmer to the hair for those who have a more olive complexion. If you’re on the fence about going for a change, this look is perfect for you. You get a change without the drama!

If you want an ombré like this and want to maintain the color in between visits, you have to use a sulfate-free shampoo and conditioner. My favorite right now is Redken Color Magnetics shampoo and the Redken All Soft conditioner. You get both the color protection and nourishment for those dry strands after the lightening process of an ombré!

Deep Cherry Red

Deep Cherry Red hairstyleInstagram @rrreggad

Q&A with style creator, Paige Brueck
Hairstylist / Owner @ Pink Dagger Studio in Atlanta, GA


How would you describe this look?

I would describe this look as a deep cherry red, mixing red with cool tones for an overall “berry” red!

Any advice for someone considering it?

My advice to anyone seeking this color combination would be to make sure you’re someone who regularly maintains their color. To keep it looking fresh and the red as vibrant as possible, I tell my clients to wash with cold water and a sulfate-free shampoo.

Other than that, this is a great look to wear straight or wavy and is definitely a great color for fall or winter. But let’s be real, red hair can be rocked anytime!

Dark to Light

Q&A with style creator, Ashley Reynolds
Stylist / Manager @ Isle Of You Hair Color Studio in Pittsburgh, PA


How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

This is a dark to light ombre. My favorite thing about this look would be the three different colors. You can see the beautiful transformation from a dark brown to a medium brown to a light blonde.

What products do you recommend to create and maintain this look?

Always use a color-safe shampoo! If you aren’t sure which brand to choose, ask your stylist. Always use a really good conditioner since the ends have been lightened. You want to keep them healthy. Deep condition once a week if possible!

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

The best thing about ombre is that it works for any and all hair types, hair colors and skin type.

This look is best for those do not keep a scheduled appointment and are not the best with maintenance. The natural root allows the hair to continue to have a natural growout.

1. Adrienne

This high contrast ombre starts out dark brown at the roots and melts into a golden blonde in the ends.

Long Ombre Hair

Best Skin Tone and Hair Type:

Skin that is warm and medium with hair that is naturally medium in color and in texture is ideal for this hair color.

Tip:

The ends of the hair are the oldest and most fragile part of the hairstrand. When lightening the ends, make sure to take this into consideration.

2. Bernice

This ombre hair color starts out with cool dark brown roots and blends into a neutral blonde on the ends.

Cool Dark Brown Ombre Haircolor

Best Skin Tone and Hair Type:

Cool medium skin tones with hair that is naturally dark brown and medium in texture is ideal for this hair color.

Tip:

If you are planning to go ombre, try to stick with your natural color for the roots. This will keep you from having to go back to the salon for root touchups.

3. Celine

This ombre starts out dark brown on the roots and blends into a dark golden blonde on the ends.

Dark Brown Ombre Haircolor with Golden Ends

Best Skin Tone and Hair Type:

Warm medium skin tones with hair that is naturally dark brown and medium in texture is ideal for this long ombre hair combo.

Tip:

A long ombre look doesn’t always have to be curled! A good ombre should look chic and seamless when styled straight as well.

4. Denise

This ombre looks very natural. The roots are cool light brown and blend into a cool blonde.

Natural Light Brown Ombre Haircolor

Best Skin Tone and Hair Type:

Cool medium to light skin tones with hair that is naturally light brown and medium in texture is ideal for this hair color.

Tip:

Ombre hair that doesn’t create too much of a contrast will give you a natural, more up-to-date look.

5. Eloise

This high contrast long ombre hair starts out dark brown and blends into a warm, dark blonde color.

Dark Brown High Contrast Ombre Haircolor

Best Skin Tone and Hair Type:

Warm medium skin tones with hair that is naturally dark brown and medium in texture is ideal for this hair color.

Tip:

It’s important to perform weekly conditioning treatments on your hair to keep your lightened ends healthy.

6. Fleur

This ombre only has a few inches of medium brown hair at the roots and blends into a ton of warm, dark blonde.

Medium Brown Ombre Haircolor with Warm Blonde

Best Skin Tone and Hair Type:

Warm medium skin tones with hair that is naturally medium brown and medium in texture is ideal for this hair color.

Tip:

Contrary to what you might think, the part where the color transitions to a lighter hair color can start anywhere at the hair. It can be higher or lower!

7. Georgine

Here’s another high ombre. It starts out black on the roots and immediately transitions into a bright red.

High Ombre Hair Color with Black and Red

Best Skin Tone and Hair Type:

Cool medium skin tones with hair that is naturally dark brown and medium in texture is ideal for this hair color.

Tip:

You might not have to go back to the salon for retouches if you keep your roots natural, but you may have to get the lightened pieces re-toned. If this is not something you want to do often, make sure to let our stylist know during your consultation.

8. Giselle

This ombre starts out light brown at the roots and transitions into a light blonde around the eye area, really highlighting the face.

Light Brown Ombre Haircolor for Long Hair

Best Skin Tone and Hair Type:

Cool medium to light skin tones with hair that is naturally light brown and medium in texture is ideal for this hair color.

Tip:

If you are planning to get a high contrast ombre, try to keep the lighter part a few inches lower than your eyebrows so you wont have to worry about changing your eyebrow color.

9. Lourdes

This seamless, natural, and rich looking ombre is dark brown at the roots and light brown towards the ends.

Natural Rich Looking Dark Brown Ombre Haircolor

Best Skin Tone and Hair Type:

Medium skin tones with hair that is naturally dark brown and medium in texture is ideal for this hair color.

Tip:

If your colorist asks you if your hair is virgin, that means you have no artificial color in your hair at all. Having artificial color that is the same as your natural hair color in your hair no longer makes your hair virgin. Some people make the mistake of assuming their hair is virgin just because they “colored” it back to their natural color. This could cause the colorist to formulate and plan wrong, ending in a serious color disaster.

10. Mabelle

This gorgeous natural-looking ombre is dark brown at the roots and transitions into a warm brown towards the ends.

Dark Brown Ombre Haircolor with Natural Transitions

Best Skin Tone and Hair Type:

Warm medium skin tones with hair that is naturally dark brown and medium in texture are ideal for this hair color.

Tip:

It is best to get a trim after getting an ombre done.

Mix and match placements, tones and levels of lightness and darkness to create the perfect long ombre hair look for yourself. Have fun!