Dare to Flair: Short Ombre Hair

Short hair can have fun too! Jump into one of the longest lasting color trends and add some ombre’ to your cropped locks.

Bright, blonde, caramel, sombre’, or even blue, whatever your style, there is a short ombre hair look for you! Check out these looks!

Balayage Ombre Bob

Balayage Ombre Bob hairstyle Instagram @kountz32

Q&A with style creator, Kiersten Kountz
Hairstylist @ About Face in Lynchburg, VA

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

I would describe this as a subtle, longer bob haircut with balayage ombre. My favorite aspect of this style is how well it blends. The colors, although drastically different, melt effortlessly into each other.

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

I achieved this color using Aveda Color, although whatever line you use could work. I used a green blue base to cut the red orange tones in her hair to produce a cooler-toned outcome.

I recommend a color conserve everyday shampoo and a blue/purple-based conditioner to use once a week to maintain the ashy blonde.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

This style is perfect for clients who have busy schedules because this cut looks great styled straight, curly, scrunched or air dried.

The color is very low upkeep, especially if you have darker roots already. It allows you to let it grow out without seeing the line of demarcation as opposed to regular highlights, but still looks sassy by adding so much blonde.

Ombre Balayage

Ombre Balayage hairstyle Instagram @leslie_hairdesigns

Q&A with style creator, Leslie Barr
Stylist @ The Processing Bar Salon in Meridian, ID


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

I love balayaging on short hair! Not many people think that they can achieve a lived-in look with short hair. I love this look because it gives you a flawless look without it looking like you put a ton of effort in.

My favorite thing is the contrast that it gives you with a low maintenance color.

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

I used Kenra Express 10 Minute Color on the regrowth in 4n and hand-painted mid-shaft to ends with Kenra Clay lightener, leaving out some of the previous blonde to add a little depth within the color. I allowed it to process for 20 minutes, then rinsed and toned with Guy Tang’s Mydentity Titanium for five minutes on towel dried hair

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

I think this look is great for a client with more of a medium to thick hair type. My client pictured is on the thick side. It is a greta look for the busy mom who doesn’t want to come in and see her stylist every six weeks for a touch up.

It’s the ideal look for someone who loves to get her hair done, but doesn’t have to ability to get in so often.

Red to Blonde Balayage Ombre

Red to Blonde Balayage Ombre hairstyle Instagram @lauraleiaverette

Q&A with style creator, Lauralei Averette
Owner / Stylist @ Shear Bliss Salon in Tuscaloosa, AL


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

I’d describe this look as a red to blonde balayage ombre. It’s great for girls who love their blonde but want to change it up some by adding some color!

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

I used Matrix Total Results Brass Off shampoo to keep her blonde bright. I recommend switching out between it and Matix Color Obsessed shampoo and conditioner to maintain the red.

I also used It’s A 10 Miracle Styling Potion, It’s A 10 Miracle Blow Dry Volumizer, and Design Me Dry Me Powder Blowdry In A Flash, as well as curled her hair with a 1-inch iron.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

I recommend this color and cut for just about anyone! I think it is very versatile.

Lived-In Ombre

Lived-In Ombre hairstyle Instagram @glamhairbyruth

Q&A with style creator, Ruth Curran
Hairstylist & Educator @ Velvet Lounge Hair Parlour in Vancouver, BC


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

This is the perfect lined-in ombre look. I love it because it’s versatile, giving you the perfect fun beachy look for spring/summer. We all would rather spend more time outside than in the salon, and having a bit of a root shadow is perfect for that.

This is also a perfect length and color for sweater weather. The length is fabulous with higher necks and chunky sweaters, the color brightens up those grey days with the beauty of the blonde on the ends.

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

I strongly recommend that every blonde out there invests in a purple shampoo and conditoner. Imagine a pothole. The shampoo fills it like large rocks and the conditioner fills in gaps with the pebbles. I recommend Kevin Murphy’s Blonde.Angel shampoo and conditioner.

Use a sea salt spray to get that textured finish on wet hair. I used Davines Sea Salt Spray before I blow dried. Generally, I recommend blow drying straight first to smoothen out the hair. Once dry, I add Kevin Murphy Young.Again oil and using a flat iron, I make waves in a halo section, leaving the underneath straight to maintain length. Once finished, ignore all the bits you think you need to go over and flip your head upside down and spray a texture spray. I love Kevin Murphy Bedroom.Hair or Davines Dry Texturizing Spray.

Once you flip your head up, smooth everything out with your fingers for the “perfect” lived-in look!

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

I recommend this look for anyone that has an on-the-go lifestyle. It is great for someone who doesn’t have too much time for the salon because this look only requires a visit once every three to six months.

The great thing about this look is that no matter what texture your hair is, the cut will look fabulous. Even if you have finer hair (this client has quite thick hair), just don’t add layers but add different tones of blonde to make hair appear thicker.

It’s also a great look for ladies with dark hair as it still keeps that beautiful natural color without overdoing the blonde. This look is so versatile. I play around with this look on all clients with every beautiful skin tone out there!

Fall-Inspired Ombre Bob

Fall-Inspired Ombre Bob hairstyle Instagram @hairbylima

Q&A with style creator, Janay Lima
Balayage Specialist @ Hair By Lima in South River, NJ


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

This is a staple fall look. Our guest came in with a heavy blonde balayage, which was great. However, fall was quickly approaching and she wanted to darken her look while still maintaining some dimension. Together we decided on a rich level 6 brown where I created a heavy shadow root. Not only did we decide to bring the darker, richer tones all over her roots, but we also decided to reverse-balayage in order to bring a few darker strands down towards her ends.

Our favorite thing about this look is that we were able to preserve some of the blonde while also creating a completely different and dimensional brunette look.

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

We truly believe in preserving the overall integrity of our guests’ hair. That being said, there are a variety of products that we use to maintain and build healthy hair while preforming color services. Treating your hair should not stop there, however. We recommend that every guest invests in a quality leave-in conditioner that they can use at home. This will help your hair in more ways than one! For example, after you shampoo and condition, apply your leave-in throughout your ends before you brush it.

“It’s a 10”  has a really great line. Their leave-in is our absolute favorite because it adds so much shine while also repairing, protecting and untangling your hair. Our guests notice a drastic difference in their hair after using this product and it is definitely worth a try!

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

We have created this style in very similar ways for guests of all ages with very different hair textures! It is considered a low maintenance style because we are not directly lightening the roots. In past times when committing to a different style (i.e. highlights), you were also committing to coming into the salon every six to eight weeks to get it retouched.

As our lives become more hectic, we stylists are completely aware. With both ombre and balayage, the upkeep is minimal and we provide a look where our guests have the liberty, freedom and control as to when they would like to get their hair done again.

I recommend this look for anyone, no matter what age, who would like to change up their color as well as add some dimension. It is important to note that each guest determines how subtle or how drastic they would like their change to be. With ombre and balayage, stylists can customize their technique in order to please their guests.

1. Face Framing

Show off your best feature with an ombre’ that frames your face. Paired with a rich red, this look is sure to turn heads!

Face Framing Ombre Hair ColorShort Ombre Hair

Best Skin Tone and Hair Type:

Skin tones that are light to medium and look great in warm browns, dark violets, and reds wear this color well. Hair that is cut with a bit of face frame displays this ombre’ highlight perfectly.

Tip:

Not looking to be a redhead?  That’s ok, pair this ombre’ technique with shades of brown, violet, golden, or even beige!

2. Blazing Ends

Copper brightens up this short ombre hair with a subtle edge. Perfectly placed ombre’ brings out the fun texture and separation of this haircut.

Subtle Copper Ombre Haircolor

Best Skin Tone and Hair Type:

Light skin tones that go towards wearing oranges and warm yellows wear this color perfectly. Hair that is naturally wavy and medium to thick will make this an easy style to achieve.

Tip:

With this particular ombre’, you don’t want to overdo it. Adding just enough gives the pop of color without creating an all-over color.

3. Curly Q’s

Voluminous short curls with slightly lightened ends create a fun look that is perfect for a night out!

Curly Hairstyle with Lightened EndsCurly Short Ombre Hairstyle with Lightened Ends Side

Best Skin Tone and Hair Type:

Cooler skin tones wear this beige color best, while hair that is naturally curly or wavy will give you a great base to create this exciting curly style.

Tip:

To keep this look soft, make sure your ends don’t get too light. This will create a more dramatic effect.

4. A Touch of Apricot

Love your bright blonde hair, but want to give it a trendy ombre’ effect? Try adding pastel apricot, pink, yellow, turquoise, mint or lilac through your ends!

Blonde Ombre Haircolor with Pastels

Best Skin Tones and Hair Type:

Light skin tones that are already bright blonde are the best starting point for this color.  Straight hair that is medium to thick make these waves easy to style.

Tip:

Not sure about coloring your blonde hair? Try using hair chalk! It comes out after one to two washes and can be changed to match your outfit.

5. Soft Golden

Soft, sweeping ombre‘ with a honey gold tone looks fabulous with rose gold (colored or natural). Adding more blonde on the longer side of an asymmetric haircut adds extra fun too!

Soft Golden Short Ombre Hair Color

Best Skin Tone ad Hair Type:

Natural redheads, or those of us that should be, look amazing in this color, while hair that is wavy to straight will keep a hold on the soft waves best.

Tip:

Keeping your blonde on the golden side is best when pairing with this shade of red. If it gets too blonde, have your stylist apply a glaze to give you a golden glow and mega shine!

6. Wild Orchid

Don’t let blondes have all the fun with ombre’! Adding a bright orchid color to dark hair is a bold and beautiful statement.

Bright Orchid Short Ombre HaircolorBright Orchid Ombre Haircolor Side

Best Skin Tone and Hair Type:

Just about any skin tone can wear these orchid dip-dyed ends. If you tend to wear violet, crimson and navy blue, this is the color for you. Hair that is starting off with a dark base is best for this look, while hair that has had a previous ombre’ makes it a breeze to achieve!

Tip:

Keep your color bright by skipping the daily shampoo! Opt for a dry shampoo on “no wash” days and a gentle color shampoo that is specific to your type of color on wash days. For bright fashion colors I recommend Pravana’s Vivids shampoo and conditioner.

7. Just a Bit

With ombre’ there are no rules, so if you want to just add a small bit for a soft effect, go for it!

Soft Effect Short Ombre HaircolorSoft Effect Ombre Haircolor Side

Best Skin Tone and Hair Type:

Rich brown with soft copper is paired best with light to medium skin tones that look best in warmer colors like oranges, reds and magentas.  Naturally straight hair helps to make styling this slightly angled bob a breeze.

Tip:

You can go sublte with this bit of ombre’ or bold with more! Discuss how light of a look you are looking for with your stylist to find the perfect color.

8. Hollywood Ombre’

Here’s the look that started it all! Blonde beachy highlights that fade down from your natural color are easy to maintain and look fabulous on everyone.

Blonde Ombre on Natural ColorBlonde Ombre on Natural Color Side

Best Skin Tone and Hair Type:

Light to medium skin tones wear this beachy look best, while hair that is naturally light brown to dark blonde creates a perfect base to lighten ends.

Tip:

Not every stylist is the best at ombre’. If you are looking for a new stylist, ask to see pictures or check out their Facebook, Twitter or Instagram to scope out their work.

9. Short and Sassy

Adding ombre’ to a short asymmetric haircut gives it all that much more sass!

Ombre Haircolor on Short Asymmetric HaircutOmbre Haircolor on Short Asymmetric Haircut Side

Best Skin Tone and Hair Type:

Medium to dark skin tones that look great in reds, oranges and mahogany wear this color well.  Medium to dark natural hair color is a great starting point for this color.

Tip:

Be prepared for maintenance with both this cut and color. It looks best if touched up every six to eight weeks.  With short ombre hair, your color may not last as long as longer hair as it’s trimmed off more regularly.

10. Sombre’

The sister version of the ombre’, the sombre’,  is softer and less defined. But don’t let that make you think it’s any less fun!

Soft Sombre Haircolor
Best Skin Tone and Hair Type:

Just about any skin tone can wear this soft and versatile look, while hair that is straight or slightly wavy will be perfect to create this no fuss style.

Tip:

If you are looking to soften out your ombre’, make sure to bring pictures to your stylist so they can see what you want. This way you will both be on the same page!

11. Berry Blue

A bright blue overlay on your ombre’ is a fun way to change up your color for something a little more exciting!

Bright Blue Ombre Haircolor

Best Skin Tone and Hair Type:

Beauties with a cooler complexion wear this blissful blue best, while hair that has been lightened into an ombre’ style previously gives an easy base to overlay with a bright hue.

Tip:

Bright colors fade quickly. Help to prolong your blue (or pink, purple, green or yellow) longer by only shampooing hair every two to three days. On “no wash” days, refresh your hair with a dry shampoo!

12. Sun Kissed Glow

Pretty golden ombre’ highlights brighten up any color. Keep your natural look with an easy to maintain ombre’.

Golden Ombre Highlights

Best Skin Tone and Hair Type:

Medium to light sun kissed tones look best with this golden glow, while hair that is straight to wavy will help to create the soft wavy look.

Tip:

Although this is a low maintenance hair color, make sure to still stop in for regular trims. This will keep your ends looking healthy and fresh!

13. Melted Blonde

This is the perfect blend of brunette and blonde! This short ombre hair look is soft yet bold at the same time, so it’s perfect when you can’t decide!

Brunette and Blonde Ombre HaircolorBrunette and Blonde Ombre Haircolor Back

Best Skin Tone and Hair Type:

Medium skin tones wear this color best, while hair that is light brown to dark blonde is the best starting point to achieve this ombre’ color.

Tip:

Ombre’ colored hair always looks best when some curl or wave is added. Make sure to protect your lightened ends by using a leave-in treatment like Pravana’s Intense Therapy daily.

14. Sandy Ombre’

This soft and sandy color is perfect for a bronzed beauty! Light ends that are brought up into the fringe brighten your face as well.

Sandy Ombre Haircolor

Best Skin Tone and Hair Type:

Darker skin tones that bronze easily look fabulous in this sandy beige ombre’, while hair that is medium to fine and naturally straight makes it easy to achieve this sleek style.

Tip:

When choosing the perfect shade combination for your ombre’, consult your stylist. He/she can look at you and be able to tell you the perfect color for your skin tone.

15. Soft Caramel

Adding soft caramel toned ombre’ highlights through the ends of your hair gives it a touch of summer all year long.

Soft Caramel Short Ombre Hair

Best Skin Tone and Hair Type:

Light to medium skin tones that look great in purples, reds and browns wear this color beautifully. Hair that is medium to thick and holds a curl well will make it easy to achieve this softly curled style.

Tip:

To create these soft curls that really show off your ombre’, try using hot rollers! Section out hair and roll sections just from your ears down.

16. Oh So Natural

Look like it’s summer time year round with these natural looking ombre’ highlights. Pairing this color with fun flirty curls is the perfect look for a night out.

Natural Ombre HighlightsNatural Ombre Highlights Front

Best Skin Tone and Hair Type:

Light to medium skin tones look amazing in this summer fun ombre’, while hair that is medium to thick and has natural curl or wave will help to hold your flirty curls all day!

Tip:

Even with short hair you can still use a lot of “no heat” curling options. Look online for rag rollers, headband curls, or even sponge roller techniques to save your hair from heat damage.

17. Rose Gold Glow

Adding soft blonde through the ends of a gorgeous rose gold shade brings it to a whole new level! This technique brings your curls definition and creates extra texture.

Soft Blonde Ombre Color on Curly Hair

Best Skin Tone and Hair Type:

Soft porcelain skin tones that look great in light pinks, corals and greens wear this color great. Hair that already has a natural curl will help with this springy look, and hair that is naturally (or colored) medium copper is the best starting point.

Tip:

To achieve these fabulous curls, get your one-inch curling iron or wand heated up. Section hair and begin curling underneath in small sections. Make sure to let each section cool before manipulating.

Once every hair is curled and cooled, apply a pomade to your hands and rub them together. Then run your fingers through the curls to break them up. Set with a spritz of your favorite hairspray and you’re good to go!

18. Ever So Slight

Sometimes you want just a little bit of color, and this style is a perfect example of that! Having your stylist paint soft ombre’ highlights through your cropped cut gives it dimension and style.

Cropped Haircut with Ombre Color FrontCropped Haircut with Ombre Color

Best Skin Tone and Hair Type:

Any skin tone can wear this color! Finding the right brown base for your skin tone is key (psst ask your stylist for help). Hair that is medium to thick and has a bit of wave will make it easiest to style.

Tip:

When going in to have your ombre’ painted on, make sure to come with your hair styled. This gives your stylist a better idea of exactly where to put the color so you get better results!

Adding ombre color to your short hair can be subtle, loud, or somewhere in between. Consult your stylist, find your pictures, and go for it. You’ll wonder why you waited so long to rock one of these short ombre hair looks!