19 Trending Black Ombre Hair Colors

Best black ombre hair colors

What is Black Ombre Hair?

A black Ombre hair color is when your hair is gradually blended from a black hue to another color hue. Typically, it’s blended from a dark color to a lighter color, starting at the top of the head and changing its shade down to the ends of the hair. If it starts with a dark color and blends to a lighter color, then it’s referred to as a reverse Ombre. Black ombre hairstyles produce some great contrast.

Don’t you think it’s time to elevate those dark strands and make a head-turning impression? If so, this is definitely a hair color that’s highly sought after for its high contrasting looks!

How else can you own a low-upkeep yet intensely glamorous hairstyle?! With your roots left naturally dark and shadowed, this striking dye job can last for months before you need to revisit the salon. Grow out is the last thing you need to worry about!

If you’re a firm believer that black hair shouldn’t be flat and dull then keep on reading to learn about the endless possibilities with one of these stunning photos of black Ombre hair colors!

Black to Blonde Ombre

Black to Blonde Ombre
Instagram @maddhairdesigns

Coffee-dipped ends are coming your way! Wear this revitalizing look suitable for any occasion!

Black to Violet

Black to Violet
Instagram @roguehairstudio

Go back to black (and purple) as you rock out super long hair with this color combination!

Black to Maroon Hair Color

Black to Maroon
Instagram @hairbynikkiwilmoth

Bloody black is back! Interspersed red and black locks look phenomenal on any hair type.

Black to Lavender

Black to Lavender Ombre
Instagram @bb.hair

Lovely lavender Ombre works with any previous hair color. With your natural black roots, growing the hair out is not a problem at all.

Black to Rose Gold Ombre

Black to Rose Gold Ombre
Instagram @demirae_theyoungamerican

Wavey hair that hangs by the shoulder will add character and shape to your dark to red Ombre. Rose gold has been a popular addition for black ombre hair.

Pastel Pink and Black Ombre Hair

Pastel Pink and Black Ombre hair
Instagram @natalie_ellens

Add this to your top list of to-do hairstyles as colorist Natalie shows you how pink and black Ombre hair color is done!

Black to White

Black to White Ombre
Instagram @theniksters

Cruella de Ville is in town! Show off that gorgeous monochromatic fade without the villainous aura.

Black to Purple Ombre

Black to Purple Ombre
Instagram @stylist.maddy

Breathtaking black to plump fade ending in waves never goes out of style. Enigmatic elegance in a modern variation.

Black to Blue Ombre

Black to Blue Ombre
Instagram @miguel6944

Change your look with new hair color! This blue-dipped ends is a color transition from jet black roots that you don’t want to miss.

Black to Gray

Black to Gray Ombre
Instagram @hairbyaubreybv

A beauty trend that will last ages. Jet black hair has cool companion in ash silvery hair.

Green and Black Ombre

Green and Black Ombre Hair
Instagram @mishane_walles

An unlikely pair that births a magnificent child of deep ivy locks. Colorist Mishane outdid herself with this one!

Q&A with style creator, Mishane Walles Capasso
Director / Hairstylist @ Hair by Épique in Northcote, VIC

How would you describe this look?

This look is called “dark forest”. It was created for a client who has a deep admiration of nature. I used a combination of 5 different direct colors by Pravana to create this.

The combination of denim blue and variations of green show texture and movement in the styling.

Any advice for someone considering it?

Anyone considering this color would be recommended to have their color retouched on a 5-6 week basis. A personalized color shampoo/conditioner would also be recommended (Pureblends). Also, Olaplex is a must when doing colors like this. A client considering this type of color would also need to have a layered haircut that would show off the ombré.

Products used were L’Oreal platinum plus Pravana, Olaplex, Pureblends, and Kerastase.

Light Brown to Black Reverse Ombre

Q&A with style creator, Jessica Woodason
Hairstylist @ Hair by Jessica Woodason in Terre Haute, IN


How would you describe this look?

I love this reverse black ombre hair color! I love that it is a little bit edgy and still really easy maintenance for my client. I started by giving her babylights through the top to create more contrast and blended down to a level 2N on her ends. For her cut, I gave her long, blended layers and then styled her waves with a 1.25 barrel.

Any advice for someone considering it?

This black ombre hair color is great for a client who wants something different from the norm and doesn’t want to damage their hair with a lot of bleach. You will want to use a sulfate-free color shampoo and conditioner to keep your color fresh! I also recommend a silkening mist or serum depending on your hair texture to keep it shiny. I think any style and hair texture could rock this look.

Black to Brown Ombre

Black to Brown Ombre
Instagram @beckped

Q&A with style creator, Becky Pedersen
Hair Artist / Colorist @ Becky Pedersen Hair in South Jordan, UT


How would you describe this look?

I love this look for my darker natural colored clients. It’s actually one of my favorite tones to work with. My client has beautiful thick hair, and I love that this color brings so much dimension to her lush locks! The cut we kept it with a longer lob with some longer layers to reduce the heaviness.

Any advice for someone considering it?

Keep in mind it’s a very warm tone. Make sure that tone fits your skin. I love this style it’s very low maintenance with the root shadow/Ombre effect. I always recommend a hydrating shampoo/conditioner with any of my Ombre clients to help keep shine after lightening the hair.

Black to Red Ombre

Black to Red Ombre
Instagram @cheveuxx.x

Q&A with style creator, Mariam Musaka
Hairstylist @ Aura St. Vital Centre in Winnipeg, MB


How would you describe this look?

This look has a “girl on fire” hint in the color with a smooth highlighted fade. What I love most about this look is, of course, the color itself. How it came from very dark hair to achieve that vibrant red.

Any advice for someone considering it?

This look can fit anyone bold enough to pull it off. Instead of the balayage technique all over, I did some highlights in between balayage to leave some dark pieces at the ends in order to give it a more of a natural transition for less maintenance and a fuller look at the ends.

For someone with damaged dark hair, I wouldn’t recommend because it will have to be lightened to a level 8-10 for the color to be vibrant. So I wouldn’t recommend bleaching/lighting that hair instead do some treatments prior.

This look would also look good on a shoulder-length bob with a lot of layers for that edgy look. Product wise, professional color safe shampoo and conditioners would do. For upkeep and long wear, I would take some Semi-P with me home and of course some gloves. When styling, either straight, wavy or curly, use a bit of light hair spray and Eufora beautifying serum.

This color would look neat curly or wavy than straight, so anyone can pull it off with a bit of layering to show dimensions. It could also be worn straight to show the transition of colors. As long as you give it the right maintenance, this vivid balayage/highlight is sure to serve you best.

Black and Dark Brown Ombre

Q&A with style creator, Jessica Lynn Rogers
Hair Artist @ Shanel Nichole Hair Studio in Dawsonville, GA


How would you describe this look?

In this look, the color blends from a deep and dark brunette root into a natural ash brunette balayage Ombre. In this particular case, the client had the previous balayage on her hair, which I was able to apply a toner/gloss all over for that natural tone without altering the integrity of her hair. I love the subtle dimension in this color and the amount of cool and beige tones that are in it! It takes the boring out of a traditional solid color!

Aside from the color, her hair is incredibly thick with a medium texture, therefore, I added several layers into the haircut to remove weight from hanging at the bottom of her hair and to help the curls stack more nicely. This client also has naturally wavy hair, so the cut helps with days that she chooses to wear her hair naturally as well. I’m also always a big fan of beautiful face-framing pieces, especially in long hair, because it highlights different structures in the face and adds more volume. It’s also another way of de-bulking the hair. This is what helps the hair lay in a U-shape in the back, instead of a straight line. The curls just sit so beautifully when the haircut is just right!

Any advice for someone considering it?

This hair color is certainly low maintenance. It is great for those dark-haired ladies that do not want to be in the salon every 6-8 weeks. With balayage, you can get away with going 3-6 months without needing it touched up, especially with this color because it is so subtle. I always recommend a color-safe and a sulfate-free shampoo. I love the Amika haircare line because each of their shampoo and conditioners is sulfate and gluten-free. Plus, they smell amazing! Due to the thickness and texture of her hair, I recommend the Repair Shampoo and Conditioner for added moisture.

I styled her hair using a 1 1/4 inch curling iron. After curling each piece by section, I used a working spray for light hold, and a shine serum for frizz, then combed through her curls with my fingers to give a softer look. This does take a little extra time in the mornings, therefore, it is not a “wash and go” kind of style, especially with this amount of hair. However, with thick and medium-textured hair I do not recommend washing your hair on a daily bases, so the style is great for second-day hair! You can simply wake up in the morning, use some dry shampoo, maybe refresh a few curls, and go!

Teal and Black Ombre

Teal and Black Ombre
Instagram @kelsiefae

Q&A with style creator, Kelsie Wearmouth
Stylist & Manager @ My Salon and Spa in Ames, IA


How would you describe this look?

The look is a black to teal Ombre. My favorite thing about it is the contrast between the colors, making the teal really pop! This color looks great curled or straight!

Any advice for someone considering it?

It’s a lot easier than it used to be to upkeep vibrant colors because major hair color companies have started selling permanent fashion colors. For Annie, I used permanent mermaid teal by Matrix Socult – it’s permanent color so it will last much longer!

Annie takes excellent care of her hair. She washes it every 3-4 days in cool water, uses color safe shampoo, uses dry shampoo to lengthen the time between hair washing, and comes to the salon every 8 weeks. Annie also uses a color specific conditioner, which is available in many different colors and is super affordable. She specializes in piercings at a tattoo shop here in town, so she really rocks fun hair colors!

Breakdown of products Annie uses: Hydrate shampoo and conditioner by Pureology, Hydrate air dry cream by Pureology, Pillow Proof dry shampoo by Redken, and when she curls or flat irons her hair she always uses Iron Shape by Redken.

Black to Silver

Black to Silver Ombre
Instagram @thiskittnkills

Q&A with style creator, Kristen Kimball
Stylist / Artist / Owner @ Kristen Marie LLC in Redwood City, CA


How would you describe this look?

I love the high contrast of this look! My client has naturally dark, level 3 hair. This platinum/silver balayage really pops against her natural root. We gave her a decent trim a loose beachy wave to finish her look here.

Any advice for someone considering it?

Because of her natural color being quite dark, I warn clients with similar hair that it may take a few rounds to achieve this level of lift. Keeping the health of the hair should be a priority! In fact, this client had been chasing a “full platinum blonde” dreams for about a year before we achieved her goals safely. What you see here is her decision to quit every 6 weeks root touch up for lower maintenance blended, rooty look. This way we can give her hair & wallet a break while she still looks fab! You can expect to come in for a toner & conditioning treatment about every 8 weeks and a highlight about every 12 weeks for this look.

Black and Burgundy Ombre

Black and Burgundy Ombre
Instagram @tmhairdesign

Q&A with style creator, Taylor Mostat
Independent Hairstylist / Owner @ TM Hair Designs in Sherwood Park, AB


How would you describe this look?

This look is a deep and sultry burgundy balayage! I absolutely love the depth to the color, as it takes on different tones in different lighting. It’s so perfect for anyone wanting those beautiful and deep rose/wine tones.

Any advice for someone considering it?

Things to keep in mind for someone considering this look. As beautiful as the burgundy, it is a fashion color which means it will fade faster than your average color. So upkeep with visiting your stylist to re-tone the burgundy ends every once in a while is essential to keeping the vibrancy! Pro tip: washing your hair at home less often and using cold water will help to keep the vibrant color in longer! But I find as this color fades out it looks gorgeous through every stage!

Secondly: Unless you have natural level 1 or 2 black hair you will have to get root touch-ups every once in a while to keep the look tied together and keeping the black ombre hair color seamless!

Pro tip: Ombre should always look good while straight but curling or waving your balayaged hair will turn heads for sure! Curling shows so much dimension in the color of your hair!

Black and Dark Blue Ombre

Black and Dark Blue Ombre
Instagram @cassandra_foehr

Midnight blue is the hottest color of the season. With shiny indigo tones peeking out of your normal black hair, you’ll definitely be serving looks with this one.