27 Top Blonde Ombre Hair Color Ideas for 2018

Take your unnatural or natural blonde color to the next level with one of these popular blonde ombre hair colors! The ombre is still one of today’s trendiest hair coloring techniques and they are getting more creative as time passes. From hair that’s braided, wavy, straight or curly, you’ll find an ombre hairstyle that will be sure to inspire your next look. This year, popular blonde colors include platinum, ice, titanium, sun-kissed, champaign, ash, light and dark blonde. Whether you’re growing your short hair out and want to cover up your roots or you want to change up the color for your medium length or long hair, there’s something here for you. Enjoy!

Natural Blonde Curly Hair

Natural Blonde Curly Hair
Instagram @hairsba

These cute luscious curls start naturally as a deep dark color and ends with a warm blond that adds dimension and definition to her style.

Must-try Creamy Blonde to Cherry Red

Must-try Creamy Blonde to Cherry Red
Instagram @shauna_salon27eleven

You can have sweet pops of color if you don’t want to go all the way with this bold shade. This combination is truly stunning with the brightness and contrast it creates especially on lengthy waves.

Top-notch Beige Blonde to Blue

Top-notch Beige Blonde to Blue
Instagram @jenna.withthegoodhair

This dreamy ocean blue is definitely tough to wear, but if you have blond hair, you can easily own it. To add more drama into this beachy mix, wave your hair at the bottom for a cool finish.

Mesmerizing Sun-Kissed Blonde to Lavender

Mesmerizing Sun-Kissed Blonde to Lavender
Instagram @sincerely__melissa

This gorgeous work starts with a natural root going down to a magical purple ombre with silver undertones, then styled with a double-braid crown to complete the enchanting fairy look.

Trendsetting Blonde to Silver

Trendsetting Blonde to Silver
Instagram @angie_likes_color

A super charming hairstyle to wear is this metallic color melt that combines modern and classical at the same time! It’s perfect to show off with lengthy locks and a fair to medium skin tone.

Flawless Brown to Blonde

Flawless Brown to Blonde
Instagram @unfade_royren

This pretty bronde color is perfect for natural brunettes for a low maintenance advantage. This makes it ideal for a woman who doesn’t like the commitment of regular salon visits.

Outstanding Light Ashy Blonde to Violet

Outstanding Light Ashy Blonde to Violet
Instagram @carltonhairmontclair

This delicious lavender shade is a totally adorable way to amp up a simple straight medium length hair. Leave your roots with you natural shade so you won’t have to worry about the grow out phase.

Hot Titanium Blonde with Dark Roots

Hot Titanium Blonde with Dark Roots
Instagram @caroline.anythingbutbasic

Combine beachy vibes with an icy white hue to get a stunning contrast for your long wavy mane. This perfect blend of warm and cool tones will suit any skin tone beautifully.

Iconic Honey Blonde to Chestnut Brown

Iconic Honey Blonde to Chestnut Brown
Instagram @azza_salon

If you’re curious about owning a naturally deep dark brunette hair but don’t want to let go of your beloved warm locks, this combination is a must-try for you! That beautiful shade on those wavy ends add dimension and definition to the style.

Brilliant Red to Blonde

Brilliant Red to Blonde
Instagram @buxomblossom

That envy-inducing warmth going down smoothly through those thick luscious waves defines a perfect gradient. Going from a deep burgundy to a pale blond, this combination complements any skin color with pink or warm undertones.

Cute Light Brown to Blonde

Cute Light Brown to Blonde
Instagram @elinarawet

This features a color blend that proves the meaning of ombre hair with its soft yet sensational transitions from brunette to fair shades. You can best show-off these beautiful colors with a medium to long hair that’s styled wavy for more dimension and volume.

Loveliest Dark Blonde to Light Blonde

Loveliest Dark Blonde to Light Blonde
Instagram @hairbyshawna_russell

This is the perfect ombre for anyone worried about making a big step to their hair game! Vanilla locks on a fresh wavy cut with dirty ashy roots look most gorgeous on neutral to tan skin.

Edgy Blonde to Black

Edgy Blonde to Black
Instagram @ashleyortonartistry

This bright golden mane makes a statement with a heavy dark ombre that makes light and darkness meet. This blend will grow out flatteringly for natural blondes, making salon visits not as frequent!

Delicious Champagne Blonde to Warm Caramel

Q&A with style creator, Christine Garner
Freelance Hair Artist in Long Beach, CA

How would you describe this look?

We went in with a heavy highlight to brighten up and blend her root. My client naturally has very dark curly hair and we have been working on getting blonder over the past year.

I love the brightness of the blonde with still a tiny bit of her natural base showing through. It gives great dimension and will make the grow-out just a bit easier.

Any advice for someone considering it?

If you are considering going blonde and are naturally dark, it’s good to know that it could potentially take multiple sessions from your stylist to reach your desired result. Make sure to always add a bonding/strengthening treatment to your overall lightening service. In the long run, you want healthy hair no matter the color.

A sulfate and paraben free moisture/repair/strength shampoo and conditioner are essential. I have a few favorite brands that I love and alternate between (Pureology-Amika-Redken). Also a take-home pre-shampoo strengthener like Redken Ph Bonder or Olapex once a week to bimonthly along with a high moisture deep conditioner is recommended. Morrocan oil treatment is a favorite of mine as well for a fresh-out-of-the-shower look or replenishing the ends with moisture on non-shampoo days.

Heat protection is also important for when styling curly hair straight. I love the Brazilian blowout straightening serum or Sexy Hair Concepts heat protection line is great too.

Being blonde when naturally dark is completely achievable but will take patience and the proper aftercare. It is a more high maintenance choice, so be prepared to be in the salon more often as 4-8weeks is the proper time to come in for a touch-up.

Bold Blonde to Red

Bold Blonde to Red
Instagram @_amber_pro

Q&A with style creator, Amber Dziekan
Hairstylist / Makeup Artist @ Excuria Salon and Spa in Williamsville, NY


How would you describe this look?

This look is perfect for that person looking for something fun and different but doesn’t want the maintenance. It’s so low key! This was done on a young girl, first time putting any hair color on her hair, who wanted to spice up her hair color for the first time. I didn’t want to take away from her natural but we did want to do something fun for her.

The greatest thing about this look is how seamless it looks and how fun it is for her. I love the vibrancy without being overpowering. The transition was on-point!

Any advice for someone considering it?

Her hair is naturally straight so it may look a little different if your hair is curled or textured. She also has virgin hair so this look was easily achieved without damaging the hair.

Sizzling Blonde to Brunette

Sizzling Blonde to Brunette
Instagram @finechick112

Q&A with style creator, Jennifer Crossman
Hairstylist / Colorist @ Fine Lines Hair Salon in Danielson, CT


How would you describe this look?

This look is done on her natural blonde hair level 8-9 blonde. She wanted a look to give her some red color for her ends. I used Paul Mitchell’s shines line which is a semi, demi-permanent line. The color I used was 3rv chocolate cherry. I brushed it into her mid shaft by a balayage technique to not have a line of demarcation in dry hair. Balayage is a technique used to paint color on hair for natural looking highlights. I cut her hair and layered at 90 degrees and put in extra body sculpting foam to style it with and used a Paul Mitchell curling iron.

What I love most about this look is the balayage technique that really shows off her natural blonde hair.

Any advice for someone considering it?

This look can be versatile because the color line used was a semi-permanent color and can be changed as it washes out. High school students like different colors and styles and this is the best way to show them something different for each time they want something new. Face shape for this color technique is best used on oval and round face shapes as it defines their facial features around the cheeks.

Strikingly Bleached Blonde to Dark Brown

Strikingly Bleached Blonde to Dark Brown
Instagram @deryndaniels

Q&A with style creator, Deryn Daniels
Senior Stylist @ Chrome Salon in Evergreen, CO


How would you describe this look?

This is a medium to dark reverse balayage. For this, I used two different colors, one only a few shades darker than her natural and the final color at the very ends at least 5 shades darker than her natural level.

The coolest thing about this look is how the blonde blends into the dark color. That’s always the key with any balayage, blend blend blend!

Any advice for someone considering it?

I would recommend this look for any natural blonde, who doesn’t want to fully color their hair. This is a great way to try something new and express yourself through hair color for someone who doesn’t want to fully commit to coloring. This particular client loves the color of her natural hair (with reason!) but still wanted a way to spice it up, so we thought up a great way that if at any point she wants to go back to all natural. It’s still an easy fix, just trim the color off.

I think this look could be pulled off by almost any kind of hair texture. Someone with thinner blonde hair could try this and find that this look adds dimension to their hair and can even make it appear thicker.

Fresh Blonde to Brown

Fresh Blonde to Brown
Instagram @kolorsbykayla

Q&A with style creator, Kayla McConnell
Hairstylist / Student @ Phagans’ Cosmetology Colleges in Corvallis, OR


How would you describe this look?

I would describe this look as a reverse ombré going from light to dark. The thing I love most about this hair is the seamless blend color melting down and the bold statement it shows, as well as the soft beach waves enhancing the beauty of her hair.

Any advice for someone considering it?

How much maintenance are you willing to have? If you’re wanting a low maintenance hairstyle then this is the one for you. Keeping your natural hair at the roots and coloring the mid to ends keep a low maintenance look while still making a statement.

If you’re wanting to have those beach waves, you definitely need a Babyliss pro curling iron. Use Moroccan oil texture sprays for finishing touch.

Fab Dark Blonde to Caramel Brown

Q&A with style creator, Kendall Peters
Independent Hairstylist @ Glamour Salon in Salem, OR


How would you describe this look?

Blunt bobs are so popular this year! I’m loving this trend because precision cutting and bobs/ lobs are my absolute favorite. They are not only classic but they look amazing on every face shape. They are very versatile between length, texture, and styling.

Any advice for someone considering it?

This look was created for my client’s daughter who is 13. It was extremely important for it to be super low maintenance. She wanted something different from her level 9 blonde hair. We chose Kenra’s 6RB for her reverse ombré, a versatile red-brown, adding depth while keeping it low maintenance.

I use Kenra’s color and product line for all of my work. Kenra’s color line is consistently true to tone which makes coloring hair so easy to formulate. The products I used specifically for this look were the color charge serum for protection from the heat of the blow dryer and the curling iron (this is my favorite product, you can use it on wet and dry hair!), a 1 1/4″ curling iron, and finished with a dry texture spray. It was absolutely perfect!

Anyone wanting low maintenance color should definitely consider this look. You should come in every 6-8 weeks to maintain the cut, and the color is dependent on fading and how far you want it to be grown out. It can be anywhere between 12-20 weeks.

Cool Ice Blonde to Lilac

Q&A with style creator, Ryna Jerrick
Stylist & Redken Artist @ Logan Parlor in Chicago, IL


How would you describe this look?

This is a vivid reverse ombre or pale smoke into bold violet. The best thing about this look is the soft transition of tones. We cut off about 8 inches as well, and I feel like this length/style is really flattering on my guest.

Any advice for someone considering it?

Take into consideration what your favorite facial features are. That can help determine where you want the graduation of color to start. If you want to dip your toes into the world of vivids, purple is a good starting point.

It’s fairly easy to remove or let fade out. Please keep in mind though that these types of looks require a lot of maintenance (every 2-4 weeks to be exact). These types of looks also require a hefty amount of lightening in most cases. The darker you are, the more sessions it will take to get to the end result.

Also keep in mind that your texture and pre-existing artificial color will play a role in how your hair will react to the lightening process. My go-to products for maintaining the hair’s integrity are all part of Redken’s Extreme line. To be exact, I would recommend Extreme Shampoo, Conditioner, CAT, and Mega Mask. These all balance out and replenish the protein chains in the hair.

My biggest advice to someone seeking out this look is to find a trusted professional who utilizes Redken’s pH Bonder System. PH Bonder does an amazing job in strengthening the hair’s chemical structure through the lightening process, so it will feel stronger than before!

Gorgeous Blonde to White

Gorgeous Blonde to White
Instagram @zoewiepert

Q&A with style creator, Zoe Wiepert
Hair Colorist / Educator @ Bumble and bumble. in New York, NY


How would you describe this look?

This look is done on one of my long-time clients, who finally let me dye her icy vanilla blonde. Her natural hair color is a level 8, so this makes it so much easier for the transition to be so seamless. When doing this technique, I foil to the root with 20 volume and the ends right underneath that foil. I tease it and use a blue based bleach with a stronger developer 40vume, and I put that in a foil as well to hold the heat in and create more heat on the ends. I specialize in blondes, and it always upsets me when people think there is just a golden blonde or an ashy blonde. There are so many tones in between – baby blonde, vanilla, creamy, wheaty, beige, sunny, caramel, butterscotch, apricot, pinky, rosy, etc.

I love that it’s seamless. Most of my clients come in every 6 months, and it stays looking beautiful the whole time with the soft transition.

Any advice for someone considering it?

Take into consideration skin tone, eye color, eyebrow color, and how you wear makeup. If you have pinky or golden undertones in your skin, having a hair color that’s too gold will make the pink stand out more. The gold in the skin will blend with the hair, and it will be too much all over one color. If you go ashy, it would make your skin look shallow or you would appear to look older. With that being said, if you have pinky/golden undertones, you would be best with a more baby blonde or beige blonde or do what I did in this picture – beige on the top that slowly transitions to a baby icy blonde.

I also use Olaplex on all of my highlighted clients because you also have to consider that the texture of the hair is going to change. I want it to stay healthy. You also will have to change your products and use something more moisturizing on the ends of the hair, seeing how the hair is essentially just dead cells anyhow and the ends are the oldest and thinnest. It can also make the ends thinner when you lighten them, so using the right products are always important!

It is possible to make Asian hair this light and have a soft transition as well but that will take time, and patience is also important when going from dark to light. Picture the hair shaft as a tree ring when going from dark to light. As it gets lighter and lighter, the cuticle of the hair gets thinner (or looses a ring), but with the right products you can strengthen the hair. It will still be shiny and all there!

Also, heat tools should definitely be used with a heat protectant after being lightened this light. Otherwise, the heat will cause breakage in the hair.

Inspiring Blonde to Dark

Inspiring Blonde to Dark
Instagram @linzdinant

Q&A with style creator, Lindsay Dinant
Master Stylist @ It’s A Secret Beauty Lounge in Bradenton, FL


How would you describe this look?

This is a platinum blonde with a chocolate brown ombré transitioning from such a light to dark color. I would recommend a shoulder length cut or longer for a nice transition. Layered or nonlayered cuts will still complement the colors. This particular client has one length with face-framing layers. I love that this look is different from the normal (brown to blonde). I call it a reverse ombré, and it can be worn straight or wavy!

Any advice for someone considering it?

I would definitely take into consideration maintenance. Depending on your natural color, you would only simply need a root touch up about every 4-5 weeks to maintain the platinum blonde, and for healthy hair about every 4-6 months to freshen up the brown ombré. If you have porous hair, the ends may need to be touched up more often, taking into consideration that porous hair fades quicker.

This look can be worn on any hair type. This client has a lot of naturally curly hair, so I styled and smoothed with beach waves.

Stylish Dirty Blonde on Black Hair

Stylish Dirty Blonde on Black Hair
Instagram @crystaldquach

Q&A with style creator, Crystal Quach
Hairstylist @ Essence Salon in San Diego, CA


How would you describe this look?

The best thing is all the dimension that seamlessly blends. It’s a lived-in natural tone blonde that melts from her natural roots.

I did do the cut 2 months ago, and I feel like it sits well with the color by having certain pop-bright pieces (that’s why I usually cut first, so I can paint those in).

Any advice for someone considering it?

Use the Framesi color lover purple shampoo once a week to make sure it doesn’t get too brassy. The Amika Kure shampoo & condtioner is for daily use because it is sulfate free and full of moisture.

I love the Pureology 21 benefit spray for a heat protectant and shine and Everything spray for everyday use.  It’s a very low maintenance color (client usually comes 3-4 months), so as long as my clients uses the right products at home, they can go a long time without having to come in!

Exceptional Ash Blonde on Brown Hair

Q&A with style creator, Rachel Menchken
Designer @ Hair To Dye For in Easton, PA


How would you describe this look?

This is a dimensional blonde balayage. I took panels of hair and painted them using a clay lightener. I love the tonality and how all the colors blend seamlessly into one another.

Any advice for someone considering it?

Balayage is so universal and can be done on all different colors and types of hair. However, if someone is looking to go this light from darker hair, it can take multiple sessions.

Balayage is very low maintenance, so it is good for people who have a busy lifestyle and aren’t looking to come in every 6 weeks for touch-ups. Because the hair is lightened, I always recommend using a good moisturizing sulfate-free shampoo and heat protecting spray when using hot tools.

Head-Turning Black to Blonde

Q&A with style creator, Nga Bui
Hairstylist / Makeup Artist @ Creations Unisex Salon in Philadelphia, PA


How would you describe this look?

I did a bleach balayage on her black hair then toner with 9n + 9v + 9t (Redken shades), and it came out like this.

Any advice for someone considering it?

Use purple shampoo every time you wash your hair. It will take the yellow out and make your hair blonder. Her hair is curly and really thick, so having a keratin treatment regularly will make her hair smoother and shinier. Also, use a deep conditioner.

We are a Paul Mitchell salon, so all products we use are theirs. Some products we use are also from Redken and Brazilian Blowout.

Marvelous Vanilla Blonde to Rose Gold

Q&A with style creator, Nikki Parsons
Certified Colorist @ Spa Bella Salon & Boutique in Point Pleasant Beach, NJ


How would you describe this look?

I consider this look to be a vivid reverse ombré. This means the root area is lighter than the ends, which are a fantasy color.  I love the rose gold trend because it’s a way for my clients to have a special color that stands out but is still somewhat conservative for work.

It’s important to make sure an ombré looks good straight or wavy, but I prefer it wavy. It shows off the dimension and the color itself.

I am also currently loving the lob trend and I think the rose gold looks best with it. It’s a fun and romantic style when it’s all tied together.

Any advice for someone considering it?

If you are considering this look and you aren’t blonde, check with your stylist to make sure this is a look you can obtain. If so, start with a few full highlight sessions and be patient. Your ends need to be light enough and healthy enough to accept and hold the rose gold.

I recommend purchasing the Olaplex Steps 3-5 System through an Olaplex salon. This is your hair bond building/strengthening treatment and your shampoo and conditioner.  You can break some of your hair bonds by twirling your hair. The Olaplex will strengthen your strands and bring them back to life. The healthier your hair, the better your color holds.

Rose gold can fade extremely easily. Any of my guests who have gotten this color are urged to wash their hair in cold water exclusively. I always recommend a good heat protector with UV protection, because excessive heat and sun will cause the color to fade. My favorite heat protector is Living Proof’s Restore Instant Protection Spray. It is a light spray suitable for all hair types. You still may need a touch up on your rosy ends within a few weeks of getting it done, or you can enjoy the different looks you get as the color fades!

I personally feel that most workplaces are being a little more lenient when it comes to color trends like this, but make sure your boss is cool with it. As long as you don’t mind the maintenance of this color, I think it works for anyone.

Eye-Catching Blonde Balayage

Eye-catching Blonde Balayage
Instagram @elyserox00

Q&A with style creator, Elyse Rox
Hairstylist @ Rockit Studio in Schaumburg, IL


How would you describe this look?

This look is a non-committal look. There is very little upkeep on it as you can grow it out, and it will still look flawless because of the seamless blend.

This is a very neutral blonde and will look great on anyone wanting to be blonde. This cut and color will look amazing curled with beach waves, and it will really show the dimension within the color.

Any advice for someone considering it?

This look is for someone who doesn’t like to get their hair done often or moms on the go. The most upkeep you would have is a toner refresher and a trim every 6-8 weeks.

My favorite products for this look is Olaplex for all my blondes (a must!). For styling I love Matrix miracle treat 20 and Kenra blow dry spray. Both will protect your hair from heat styling. Blondes need extra at-home care!

This look is almost great for people with thin hair.