41 Hottest Ombré Hair Color Ideas of 2022

Ombre hair colors

Ombre hair has a color melting effect, in which the root area is dark and gets lighter towards the hair ends. The root shade is usually closer to your natural color, making it easier to maintain with a nice grow-out.

Stylist Kira of Helsinki, Finland tells us what you must know before getting your hair colored.

“For any chemical procedure, health comes first,” she points out. “Ombre is a lightening technique. It requires hydration for properly bleached hair, before and after,” she adds.

A strand test is recommended. This tells the stylists what the actual condition of the hair is and how the current color lifts. This discerns how light they can go in one session.

The result also allows the stylists to estimate the cost and the length of the total process. What can we say? Communication and consultation with the expert are absolutely essential!

Ombre is low-maintenance. However, the upkeep may depend on the base, whether it’s your natural color or not.

“A root touch-up is a must within 5-8 weeks, but the ombre itself can last up to 6 months or longer. You may have the option to use a toner mask at home or refresh the tone monthly at the salon,” Kira suggests.

As for the hair products, Kira loves the ones from Kevin Murphy, Davines, and K18 brands.

It’s always nice to have a little drama in your look. Try any of these photos of trendy ombre hair colors to amp up your style!

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Sexy Dark brown to caramel ombre hair color
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#1: Sexy Dark Brown to Caramel Ombre Hair

This dark brown to caramel ombre hair idea makes a simple yet striking color melt! If you wanna join the golden ombre hype, dark auburn brown plus caramel absolutely offers a vibrant contrast that needs serious maintenance.

Popular Red Ombre Hair
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#2: Popular Red Ombre Hair

Red ombré is a staple color technique that remains increasingly popular. If you’re looking for hair trendy enough to sport on any occasion, red ombré hair is a go-to.

#3: Bold Pink to Yellow Ombre Color Melt

Stand out from the crowd with a bold, pink to yellow ombre color melt. Fashion colors are one of the best ways to turn heads. In my professional opinion, however, if you’re going to commit to fashion colors you need to be willing to spend money and time maintaining your tresses. Bolder and brighter shades tend to fade fast and need frequent refreshes.

#4: Transitional Dark Auburn to Bright Plum Ombre

Nothing is braver than an auburn to plum ombré on straight hair where a smooth transition is key for pulling off a in-demand glamorous style.

#5: Stunning Black to Silver Ombre Hair Color

Black hair is optimal for every skin type, and if matched with a silver ombré? The result is going to be a stunning work of art you should try! If you’re longing for variation, go for a sexy and fashion-forward ombre option to satisfy your desire.

Related: More black ombre hair ideas.

Melted Dusty Lavender to Rose Gold ombré
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#6: Melted Dusty Lavender to Rose Gold

Here’s a trendy pastel ombré dye job with a relaxed wave ombré. The combination of dusty lavender and rose gold hues creates a gem you should go for!

#7: Unicorn Rainbow in an Ombre Style

You should go for long sleek hair that has ombre pastel colors of blue, yellow, green, pink, and purple.

#8: Delicious Espresso to Brown Mocha Ombre

A tousled ombré hair dye that brings out your natural hair colors!

#9: Vibrant Dark Blue to Purple Hair

A perfect example of another trendy ombré style. Dark blue and purple hues on dark roots really go well together.

#10: Multi-Tonal Dark to Blonde Ombre

These oh-so-dreamy waves with a dimensional ombre are what every girl wants right now! You’ll absolutely turn heads with a flawlessly transitioned buttery blonde ombre on your naturally dark brown hair.

#11: Perfect Brown to Golden Blonde Hair Extensions

If you’re considering ombré hair extensions, a wavy golden blonde look is perfect. The light brown roots make a brown ombre hair color low-maintenance.

#12: Waved Ash Brown to Ashy Blonde Ombre Ends

A long and tousled style with an ashy blonde ombré hair ends? Why not? Feel free to style your blonde ombre hair with waves to boost your color’s dimension and texture.

Stylish Medium-Length Brown to Caramel Ombre
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#13: Stylish Medium-Length Brown to Caramel

A mid-length brown to caramel ombre is so in style nowadays! It’s easy to achieve and will require lower maintenance if you have darker roots. Doesn’t it remind you of a nice golden brown hair color?

#14: Gorgeous Dark to Icy White Balayage Ombre

This dark to icy white balayage ombre only needs upkeep to come in every 10-12 weeks. The current state your hair is in is extremely important to consider before getting an icy blonde ombre. The lightness is usually achieved over multiple sessions, so patience is key. Working with your natural color will always go with your skin tone. Unless you’re willing to change everything around it like makeup, eyebrows, and all the products you use, then I don’t recommend going more than 2 shades lighter or darker than your natural on the roots! I always recommend a take-home deep treatment when you lighten your hair because even oily hair needs moisture on the ends.

Unique Dark to Auburn Copper Color Melt
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#15: Unique Dark to Auburn Copper Color Melt

Opt for a chocolate auburn color melting into a rich copper ombre using Wella. It works for most skin tones, ethnicities, and face shapes. There’s a huge copper craze going on right now and if you try it, you will have a lot of fun with it!

#16: Fashionable Dark to Light Mint Green Ombre Hair

Here’s a medium-style minty ombré that medium skin types with warm undertones look best with. Jewel tones, particularly an Emerald look, have the most longevity out of all the fashion colors. Most importantly, you should seek out a professional that’s very familiar with these colors to avoid unwanted results.

Burgundy Red to Red Wine Reverse Ombre
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#17: Burgundy Red to Red Wine Reverse Ombre

A reverse ombré dyeing process that goes from a lighter burgundy to a darker red wine hue! If you are considering a color scheme that doesn’t fall into the “natural hair” category, you should be educated on the upkeep. For example, how often you’ll need your roots done or a color gloss to freshen up the overall look?  I recommend Colorphlex home care products because they not only protect your color, but they strengthen and add bonds to your hair each time you shampoo and condition. You’ll get a dose of the vegetable-derived protein in the Colorphlex ColorStrong Complex, improving your condition, texture, and shine.

Dimensional Ash Grey to Platinum Ombre
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#18: Dimensional Ash Grey to Platinum Ombre

An ash grey to platinum ombre is a favorite among iced-blonde looks. It’s a cooler-toned blonde and very ashy! It’s made of RuskAsh (.11) and just a little bit of Rusk Beige. The dimension looks stunning. The shadowed roots and contrast give those ashy/gray tones more depth and make the highlights more pronounced.

Along with the beauty of this kind of cool-toned ombre, comes the maintenance to keep it. I suggests using Olaplex because it’s a must. You want to keep the integrity of the hair at all times! You’re looking at a standing appointment for every 6-8 weeks to touch up the roots.

lived-in brunette to blonde hair ombre
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#19: Lived-In Brunette to Blonde Hair Ombre

These medium-to-long tresses have a gorgeous natural darker to lighter look, where it’s brown at the roots with light blonde ombré tips. Add loose beachy waves to emphasize your ombre effect very well.

Dark roots to silver ombré
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#20: Dark Roots to Silver Locks

Try dark roots to silver ombre. When you think about ombré, it’s hard to imagine using silver in the mix, but when done pristinely, can produce such a refined shade. The colors selected definitely define how your look will come out and this one counters natural brown with an almost ashy, shiny silver.

Sultry Black to Cherry Red Ombre
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#21: Sultry Black to Cherry Red Ombre

Try a black cherry red ombré hair color idea because it’s rich, black melts into vibrant red tones. Redken was used to achieve this look. When doing reds, try using two different tones to show your dimension between the cool and warm reds. If you love dark hair with some jazz, this would be the look for you! Long hair is the biggest canvas for a beautiful ombré, but with some altering, short haircuts would be gorgeous with this color combo as well. To maintain your red hair, use Pureology’s product line called Reviving Red. It will keep your reds red!

#22: Multi-Dimensional Dark to Light Brown Ombre

Go for multi-dimensional soft brown ombre hair that has a soft gradual lightening of the overall look. Colorwise, I recommend a medium natural brown by Paul Mitchell XG for your roots and mid-shaft, Lightener by Paul Mitchell and a Paul Mitchell Shines for toner. Use Paul Mitchell Super Skinny Serum cocktailed with their Neon Line Sugar Cream while wet. Stay within three-level shades from your base color. To maintain, use a color-safe/treated shampoo and conditioner and to come in every so often for a refresh toner for shine and fading.

Black to Blue Ombre Hair With Bangs
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#23: Black to Blue Ombre Hair With Bangs

Try a mid-length blue ombré because you still get the depth of the natural coloring at the roots, but also that super fun pop on the ends. Before blow-drying, I recommend using Kevin Murphy’s Staying.Alive. It’s a leave-in spray that protects and smooths your hair. After drying, use Design.Me’s product called Puff.Me for volume and to give texture to your waves.

Yummy Dark to Light Chocolate Brunette hair
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#24: Yummy Dark to Light Chocolate Brunette Hair

Opt for a natural, sexy, carefree chocolate brunette ombré because it’s easy to achieve. When you wear it sleek and straight it’s sassy and sophisticated. If you curl it, it becomes beach-like with more of a seductive look. Use a product line called Surface. It’s a high-performance, salon-exclusive haircare and skincare line that respects personal health and the earth. The great part about a balayage ombré appearance is that it’s a natural look. It’s all about a sun-kissed style that gives you the natural beach look.

intense black to pink ombre
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#25: Intense Black to Pink Ombre

Go for an intense pink hair color in an ombre style.  The best part of the look is the contrast of the natural base up against the pink. To achieve a black to pink ombre, lighten your hair with Blondor powdered lightener with 30 vol. developer and add drops of My Amazing Repair And Shine. For the pink, use Rusk Pink with Demi developer, plus some drops of My Amazing Repair and Shine again. To keep your look vibrant, use cooler water when washing and professional hair care products! Your touch-ups would be every three to five weeks but talk with your colorist first.

Fire Red to Burnt Orange Ombre
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#26: Fire Red to Burnt Orange Ombre

Go for a “fiery ombré” with a vibrant bright red color plus amber-orange hues. The product used to obtain the color was a mix of Schwarzkopf colors, and for the styling, Unite hair products. More specifically, use a combination of Unite’s Laser Straight Elixir, Smoothing Cream, and Argon Oil. After styling with a large barrel wand, finish your hair off with flossing spray and hairspray.

For recreating that reddish amber ombre, start by lightening your mids to ends, then melt three shades of red, starting with a deep dark red at your roots and melting down into the brightest lighter red, then going in and adding the gold into the bottoms.

soft dark to auburn copper ombre
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#27: Soft Dark to Auburn Copper

Try a soft dark to auburn copper ombré if you have sleek, straight hair. The best thing about this style is that it’s perfect if you are wanting to spice things up a bit but still remain subtle. It’s a great way to add warm tones and a fun style to your look. Fair or lighter skin tones look best in a lighter red color such as this copper shade.

Effortless Chestnut to Red Color Melt
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#28: Effortless Chestnut to Red Color Melt

Opt for a red ombré or a red color melt, but definitely make sure you have enough of your formula mixed so you won’t have to re-mix and risk the outcome being consistent. Also, add Redken’s PH Bonder to ensure the longevity of your look.

Walnut Brown to Dark Blonde for Long Hair
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#29: Walnut Brown to Dark Blonde for Long Hair

Try a classic design of a brown to blonde ombre if you have long hair.  Use Redken 25 Benefits for protection and Pillow Proof to help speed up blow-drying if you have thick and longer-length hair. Also, use Olivia Garden hair brushes because they give such a nice smooth finish. Ombré looks good on most hair types, but the process will differ for each kind. This overall haircut/design fits all face shapes and is perfect if you like low-maintenance color care and can’t make it to regular haircut appointments often.

Sophisticated Black to Light Brown Tips
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#30: Sophisticated Black to Light Brown Tips

Opt for a beautiful sombre look, which is basically a more subtle version of an ombré. Use Schwarzkopf lightener/olaplex. Then use a backcombing technique with babylights around your face. With your natural color at your roots, it allows you to play around with the colors on your ends. This is a long-lasting color and only needs to be maintained if a darker root or lighter/darker end is desired.

natural dark to light ash brown-blonde waves
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#31: Natural Dark to Light Ash Brown-Blonde Waves

These ombre waves are a very natural blend with highlights around the face line to mimic what the sun would naturally enhance. Maintenance for this look is very simple. You need to come into the salon for a toner and face line foils every four weeks. Then every 12 weeks, ask your stylist to pull all the balayage up. As long as this look is maintained at home, not much re-lightening will need to happen. For maintenance at home, try Fanola No Yellow Shampoo, Olaplex #3, and a soft blowdrying lotion-like Redken Satinwear.

Magical Black to Lavender Purple Ombre
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#32: Magical Black to Lavender Purple Ombre

Raven-colored hair ombre gives off a mystic vibe! Combine your long hair length with beach waves for a magical effect.

#33: Melted Dark to Ash Blonde Ombre Hair

Try a melted blend ombré style.  Use Fanola No Yellow Shampoo weekly to maintain your bright blonde hair and to keep it brass-free.

Caramel Brown to Champagne Blonde for Straight Hair

#34: Caramel Brown to Champagne Blonde for Straight Hair

Try a champagne caramel ombré with lighter pieces that are hand-painted. I recommend a smoothing styling cream like Aveda’s Smooth Infusion Nourishing Styling Cream. The Aveda Light Elements Smoothing Fluid can be added to your ends to give them shine and more control. Darker tones can pull it off because it’s not too light and still has a lot of depth to it. Lighter tones will only be complimented due to the warm hues. This style is best on naturally straight to wavy hair.

#35: Green and Teal Mermaid Ombre Hair

Emerald and azure ombre colors will make most women feel like they are living in the lost city of Atlantis!

Versatile Dark to Purple Pink Ombre Hair
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#36: Versatile Dark to Purple Pink Ombre Hair

Wanna switch your hair color to this dark to purple pink ombre?  Ombré is very versatile. As long as you use a semi-permanent color on your previously lightened ends, it’ll fade back to the pre-lightened blonde and leave you with a blank canvas. Use a Hot Tools 1 1/2-inch barrel curling iron to curl everything. If you have long, thick hair that doesn’t always want to hold a curl, let the curls cool down and set before using a bit of styling oil to gently finger brush through them to soften the look.

A lot of different skin tones can get away with the color, especially if you have your natural color at the top. You just want to be careful of going too vibrant with the pink if you have a lot of pink undertones in your skin. Try a more muted rose gold hair color if you have pink undertones in your skin.

Luscious Dark to Pastel Purple Ombre Hair
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#37: Luscious Dark to Pastel Purple Ombre Hair

Consider luscious ombre hair, which are grape-colored locks that turn to an ashy color towards the ends. Loosely curl your ends to make the dynamic color transition better.

Fresh Light to Honey Blonde on Short Hair
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#38: Fresh Light to Honey Blonde on Short Hair

Go for a very fresh, stylish, natural light honey sombré look on a bob cut.  Use Davines Mask hair Bleaching Powder for your babylights, highlights, color gradient, and blonde. Tone your hair with Davines A New Color, Mask With Vibrachrom and Finest Pigments. For blondes, the best product is the silver conditioner Davines’ Alchemic. Also, with this type of blonde coloring, your hair should be toned once a month.

#39: Natural Dark Roots to Chocolate Brown Ombre Hair

Get dark roots with an ombre by opting for a rich tinge of a deep luscious brown color from your mid-lengths to ends. This makes your hair look super shiny and full!

Seamless Light Brown to Mauve Ombre
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#40: Seamless Light Brown to Mauve Ombre

A light brown to mauve ombré hair creates a seamless blend into the blonder side of life. Ombre is a technique used to achieve an all-over lighter look but without being high-maintenance. Leaving your darker tone toward your root creates more depth in your hair, which is great for adding in fullness. Aftercare would be a moisturizing shampoo and conditioner to keep your hair looking hydrated and silky smooth.

blunt bob with ombre for short hair
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#41: Blunt Bob with Ombre for Short Hair

Try a blunt bob with ombre for short hair that will turn heads everywhere you go. A blunt bob with ombre has pops of lightness around your face and looks stunning at every angle. If you have naturally dark hair and want a low-maintenance blonde color, the ombre effect is perfect. With an ombre color, your roots stay darker and the lightness is at the ends of your hair, so it continues to look seamless as your hair grows out. Ombre hair color really shines when styled with soft waves or curls because it beautifully showcases the cascading color.

Readers Also Ask

  • An ombré is essentially 2 colors; one color on the top of your hair and a different color on the bottom of your hair. Typically, an ombré transitions from a dark color to a light color, but can also be considered a reverse ombré if done from light to dark. This is a great hair color option for anyone that wants a lower-maintenance color, as it can grow out for a long time and maintain its style if matched to your natural hair color on top. It can also be a great way to branch out and try new hair colors without committing to coloring all of your hair at once.

  • An ombré can last anywhere between 2-10+ months, depending on what color your ombré is and how you take care of it. If you stick to more natural colors, your ombré can last up to 10+ months. For fantasy colors or high-maintenance blondes, you may need a retouch on color/toner after 2-3 months.

  • An ombré is the blending of one color to another, usually processed open-air or with just the ends of the hair in foils to help the color process. Highlights are either sliced or weaved precisely in foils and taken all the way up to the root of your hair. An ombré is a more bold color approach, with the secondary color on the ends being drastically different from the top.

  • The difference between a balayage and an ombré is that a balayage is a hand-painted technique that is somewhat of a mix between highlights and an ombré, where it’s gently painted onto the surface of the hair. An ombré is a bold color technique that is usually darker on top and lighter on the bottom. An ombré will give you a more distinguished appearance as where a balayage will look more lived-in.

  • A sombre is a softer version of your classic ombré color. When you combine the words “soft” and “ombré” you get “sombre!” Sombre color looks very soft and natural whereas a normal ombré is a bit bolder, disconnect between 2 colors.

  • Yes, your ombré needs bleach. You will more than likely need to lighten the bottom half of your hair to your desired shade to create the contrast between the 2 colors for your ombré. Unless you are already a natural blonde that just wants to add a fantasy color to the bottom, you could use a semi-permanent color on the ends to create an ombré without needing to use bleach.

  • Depending on the colors of your ombré, it may take longer to fade than other colors. For the traditional dark-to-light ombré, the bottom section of your hair that is lightened will not just fade away on its own. Once the hair has been lightened, it will need to be filled with a demi-permanent color and then recolored dark again or grown out.

  • Ombré hair grows out very well. It should almost look no different as it grows out than when you first got it done. The bottom color will just get longer over time and as you get haircuts, the bottom color will eventually be cut out.

  • Ombré hair color pricing can range anywhere between $100-500 at a salon depending on your location, salon pricing, and the process your hair needs to go through to create your desired finished look. Sometimes more than one process is required in order to achieve super light blondes or fantasy colors. You could also opt to color your hair at home with an ombré color kit if you’re looking to color your hair on a budget, but is not always recommended.

  • Ombré hair can be done at home but can be tricky to do all by yourself. There are at-home ombré hair color kits you can use or you can also do dip-dye yourself. This will create a more harsh line between your 2 colors. If you would like a more blended ombré, getting it professionally colored in a salon is recommended.

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