A grey ombre hair is a two-toned hair color where the hair is generally darker at the roots and transitions into grey as it goes down to the tips.
Blowing up everywhere on Instagram and Pinterest, the grey ombre captures everyone’s heart because it matches every complexion there is, and two – no matter what type and texture of hair you’ve got, grey ombre always looks high class and glamorous.
As spotted on Ellie Goulding, Lady Gaga, Pink, and Kylie Jenner, grey ombre hair can be worn and styled in many exciting ways! Balayage ombre, reverse ombre, grey plus pastel ombre, and more – you’ll have fun using the hashtag GrannyHair on social media.
Although, you need to keep in mind that going grey is a major commitment. Achieving the perfect shade of grey means your tresses must be bleached, and lightened hair requires plenty of moisture and proper at-home care.
It sounds like a lot of work, but letting your strands go grey on purpose could be the most fun and fabulous thing you’ll ever do. Join the grey hair movement with one of these popular grey ombre hair photos I’ve gathered for you! See them now!
#1: Blue and Grey Ombre Hair Color
This blend of grey and blue magically produces an ethereal shade of periwinkle. A luminescent color, this light grey ombre hair is guaranteed to make you shine. A mixture of blue shades makes grey ombre hair appear mystical.
#2: Light Lavender Grey Ombre Hair
If you have dark hair, a light lavender-grey ombre would fit well. If your hair is light, you can also wear it. To achieve light lavender-grey ombre hair, your stylist will need to lighten your hair. So, make sure your hair is healthy and ready for a change. To keep your hair strong, use a hydrating mask each week. Use a purple shampoo to keep the hair color toned down and ashy.
#3: Dark to Light Grey Ombre
Stylist Summer knows her way around an ombre! This black-to-grey balayage ombre hair color combination is just divine!
#4: Black to Grey
Let those cookies and cream drip ever so smoothly. You can’t get any sleeker than this black and grey hair!
#5: Reverse Light to Dark
There’s so much you can do with this light-to-dark grey ombre hair color that you’ll be surprised by the tones and shades you can play with.
#6: Grey and Red Ombre
Give your monochromatic hair a sip of Sienna. It highlights that pastel color marvelously.
#7: Dark to Ash Grey Ombre
Sultry and surreal, ash-gray ombre hair is that color that is not as loud but will earn you several head-turns.
#8: Brown to Grey Ombre
Blunt balayage equals ombre! Your beauty is enhanced with an atypical smoky feature. Brown to grey ombre hair becomes more flattering with the smoky touch to the color.
#9: Grey to Blonde Ombre
A platinum bombshell we never knew we needed! Layers and layers of curls seal the deal on this new icy ombre grey hair.
#10: Grey to Pink Ombre
A candy floss kind of pink with a grey tone? Yes! This unlikely pair for grey ombre hair will make you grow your hair that long to be rocking this twice as much.
#11: Charcoal to Ash Blonde Ombre
Ooooh, this grey ombre hue has you getting some ideas. Get ready for some killer bleaching sessions to achieve this smoldering hair color.
#12: Purple and Grey Ombre
A smoky grey ombre style can only be pulled off by a smoldering beauty! The right mix of vaporous colors in an ombre style.
#13: Black to Silver Ombre
A dye job from the darkest to lightest of the color spectrum can be stressful. Good thing balayages are a trend to create that charcoal to pearly ombre.
#14: Dark Roots to Smokey Grey Ombre Hair
The is black and grey ombre hair with long layers and soft texture. Before considering a grey ombre hair color like this, it is crucial to have a healthy canvas. Remember, the darker the hair color, the harder it will be to lift to a blonde platinum silver, or charcoal. The process of achieving this color is quite abrasive and can take multiple sessions to preserve the integrity of the hair. If your hair is currently over-processed or damaged, I highly recommend waiting and using products like Olaplex or other bond builders to heal the hair prior.
Another thing to consider is that the ash and silver, and charcoal colors are very difficult to keep – I recommend the use of luxury brands like Kevin Murphy and R&Co, as well as keeping away from heat and chlorine and avoiding washing it every day. It’s important to remember silver, grey, and charcoal are fashion colors that are a lot like blues, violets, and reds. They are not meant to have a permanent life in your hair.
#15: Grey Silver Ombre Hair
This hairstyle is a smokey-silver grey ombre! I’ve always loved the trend of gray or silver hair color as it reminds me of a relaxing rainstorm or silver fox. My biggest advice is to understand that it will be more of a high-maintenance color!
I always try to explain to my clients a few things:
1. Depending on your starting canvas, a color like this may take several hours to complete, or in some cases, when you are working with previously colored hair, it may take several sessions. My number one priority when bleaching anyone’s hair out is to maintain the integrity of their hair as best as possible. Sometimes, they may not achieve this color without cutting some length off. Again, this all depends on their hair history!
2. Be prepared to spend money on achieving this color and maintaining it. Typically a service like this where I live will range anywhere from $250-$400, based on hair length and density. Not only do you have to be willing to spend the money getting you here, but once you’ve achieved any color of blonde (this includes silver or gray on a level 8-10), you need to be willing to spend money on products for the upkeep.
On top of that, silver/grey or any ashy hair color naturally fades from the hair quicker than warm tones, so expect to be in the salon every 6-8 weeks for a toner to keep the color looking fresh and new! Toners can range anywhere from $80-$150, depending on your location. Silvers are still an ongoing trend that I love performing in the salon, but clients must remember that it may take time. It may not be for them if they’re unwilling to spend the money on upkeep.