12 Prettiest Ombre Color Ideas for Brunettes of 2018

If you’re a natural brunette considering an ombre, then you’ve come to the right place! There are so many options of colors to choose from, but the best place to start is with your natural brunette as the base and add color that gradually works its way down to the ends of your hair. Some popular ombre colors include light brown, blonde, copper red and dark cherry. Also, consider a reverse ombre if you have a lighter brunette color for a unique look. Get ready to be inspired by some of these popular colors below!

Subtle Brunette to Purple Lilac

Subtle Brunette to Purple Lilac
Instagram @kimstylesme

This lavender balayage is sure to make everyone’s head turn with its smooth transition and soft finish. It works beautifully well with light to medium brown hair.

Short Brunette to Red

Short Brunette to Red
Instagram @hairshaftbelle

This features a stunning combination of chocolate tones dipped in sweet cherry ends that looks great on any hair length and texture, straight or wavy.

Natural Brunette to Caramel

Natural Brunette to Caramel
Instagram @savvyhairdressing

If you’re the natural-loving type of girl, you can avoid harsh transitions and still get a marvelous ombre like this even on straight hair. This can also disguise any regrowth you’ll have making it a really low maintenance style.

Golden Brunette to Auburn Bob

Golden Brunette to Auburn Bob
Instagram @izzyhairstylist

Flaunt your vibrant red hair under the sun this season with this wavy long bob with choppy ends. This auburn shade with golden undertones will look most adorable on light to medium skin tones.

Light Brunette to Ash Blonde

Light Brunette to Ash Blonde
Instagram @xcellentbeautysalon

Straight and long is the best way to go if you wanna show off your shiny metallic ash blonde hair. Simply style using a flat iron for a sleek and elegant finish.

Espresso Brunette to Blonde for Short Hair

Espresso Brunette to Blonde for Short Hair
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Cappuccino Brunette to Copper for Straight Hair

Cappuccino Brunette to Copper for Straight Hair
Instagram @malcolmmurphyhair

This gorgeous long straight hair with a blunt cut and a center part really makes the ombré pop. The cappuccino brown on top blends beautifully into a lighter copper  color. All of a sudden I’m craving a warm cup of coffee!

Mocha Brunette to Pink Long Bob

Mocha Brunette to Pink Long Bob
Instagram @tigereye.priscilla

Pink hair is always pretty especially when melted with a soft brunette and a layered wavy shoulder-length cut. With this style, you can keep your natural color and not worry about that awkward grow-out phase.

Chocolate Brunette to Rose Gold for Medium Length Hair

Chocolate Brunette to Rose Gold for Medium Length Hair
Instagram @hairbynoora

Going for a fashion color is certainly not impossible for dark hair, leaving you with a noteworthy shade of rosiness without losing your natural color. Pair it with a medium length haircut for easy and versatile styling.

Black to Dark Brunette

Black to Dark Brunette
Instagram @hairbyskylak

Keep it low key with subtle ombre waves on your long layered mane. With long hair like this, you’ll have endless ways to style and play with this beautiful color.

Chestnut Brunette to Silver Lob Cut

Chestnut Brunette to Silver Lob Cut
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Q&A with style creator, Madison Baldwin
Hair Extension Specialist / Colorist @ Artistic Cutters Salon & Spa in Greenville, SC

How would you describe this look?

This is the “mushroom brown sombre.” Although the name isn’t pleasant, that’s what we call “the new brown.” It’s a very ashy brown with some silver notes. We did a blunt cut to achieve fullness and used a 1″ curling iron to achieve these waves.

Any advice for someone considering it?

If you’re going to invest in a good cut and color, always invest in good professional products!

One of my favorite products is Moroccan oil. I can’t keep the color protect spray or dry shampoo on the shelf. The dry shampoo feels like you’ve just washed your hair (no residue) and it smells amazing and comes in dark or light. For this look, you’d want the dark one.

Keep your hair smelling and looking fresh!

Toffee Brunette to Grey for Long Hair

Toffee Brunette to Grey for Long Hair
Instagram @hairbyshaylynn

Q&A with style creator, Shay Marley
Cosmetologist @ Hair by Shaylynn in Roy, UT


How would you describe this look?

I’d call this look a smokey gray ombré with a long and textured haircut. When possible I love using my clients natural color as their base or roots, so that way it’s a little less maintenance for them.

Any advice for someone considering it?

Fashion colors such as gray or silver are more maintenance than a natural color. At-home maintenance and product use are crucial in keeping the color vibrant.

I always recommend turning down your heat and make sure you are always using a thermal spray. When determining if the client is a good fit we have to consider what shape their hair is in.

Since I’m putting lightener on the ends of the hair which tend to be the driest, we have to take extra precautions to keep the hair in its healthiest state. Fashion colors are not for someone who isn’t prepared to take extra steps in there getting ready routine.

This color isn’t for everyone. In order to get the hair to show the correct tone, you have to achieve a really pale blonde, which could take multiple sessions to achieve.