38 Hottest Ombré Hair Color Ideas of 2018

An ombré hair color is when your hair gradually blends from one color at the top to another towards the bottom. It comes from the French word that means “shadow” or “shade” and is one of the most popular ways to color your hair right now. It can often be confused with balayage, which is a hair coloring technique.

Gradient ombrés (sombré) are a great way to rock a low maintenance look that doesn’t sacrifice style. Go bold, soft, colorful or natural with endless choices.

If you’re wondering what one of the coolest styles looks like and if you can pull it off, then scroll down to see pictures of the best ombré hair colors for 2018!

Dark Brown to Caramel

Dark brown to caramel ombré
Instagram @jaclyn_rozman29

A simple yet striking color-melt to try if you wanna join the ombré hype, dark auburn brown plus caramel absolutely offers a vibrant contrast that needs serious maintenance.

Dark Auburn to Bright Plum

Dark auburn to bright plum ombré
Instagram @chaunah_speichert

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

Black to Silver

Black to silver ombré
Instagram @jadeslaterhair_

Black hair is optimal for every skin type. If you are longing for variation, an ombré is a sexy and fashion-forward solution to satisfy your desire.

Dusty Lavender to Rose Gold

Dusty Lavender to Rose Gold ombré
Instagram @guy_tang

A trendy pastel ombré dye job with a relaxed wave look.

Unicorn Rainbow

Unicorn Rainbow ombré
Instagram @caitlinfordhair

This long sleek hair has pastel colors of blue, yellow, green, pink and purple. Catlin is well known for her unique & colorful hair color technique.

Espresso to Brown Mocha

Espresso to Brown Mocha ombré
Instagram @the.blonde.chronicles

A tousled ombré hair dye that brings out her natural colors.

Dark Blue to Purple

Dark blue to purple ombré
Instagram @katchbeautylounge

A perfect example of this year’s more trendy ombré styles.

Multi-Tonal Dark to Blonde

Multi-Tonal Dark to Blonde ombré
Instagram @shae_stylist

These oh-so-dreamy waves are what every girl wants right now! You’ll absolutely get everyone’s eyes with these flawlessly transitioned blonde ombré.

Dark Brown to Golden Brown Extensions

Dark brown to golden brown ombré extensions
Instagram @apyelentstrands

If you’re considering ombré hair extensions, this curly golden brown look is perfect.

Waved Ash Brown to Ashy Blonde

waved ash brown to ashy blonde ombré
Instagram @vasiliychinihin

A long and tousled style with an ashy blonde ombré ends.

Medium Length Brown to Caramel

Medium Length Brown to Caramel ombré
Instagram @texasbalayage

Dark to Light Mint Green

A medium style minty ombré.

Q&A with creator, Caroline Guiney
Color Specialist / Blonde Specialist @ Butterfly Loft Salon & Spa in Encino, CA

Can you tell us about this look?

When my friend Nicole first started seeing me, her hair goal was always to have an Emerald green color-melt. We had quite a journey getting her to this target color due to a previous fire engine red color.

My favorite part about this was the client herself and the processes getting to the target color. Seeing the happiness in her eyes when we finally achieved it made me so happy. It’s a beautiful hue and one that isn’t requested frequently, so it was definitely a fun challenge to take on.

Any advice?

Medium skin types with warm undertones look best with jewel tones and particularly this Emerald look.

For any client considering this, green has the most longevity out of all the fashion colors.

Cold water, low heat, dry shampoo and sulfate free shampoos are your best friend if you want to keep your hair vibrant.

Most importantly, seek out a professional that is very familiar with these colors to avoid unwanted results.

Burgundy Red to Red Wine

Burgundy Red to Red Wine ombré
Instagram @jlucywoods

A reverse ombré dyeing process that’s lighter to a darker look.

Q&A with creator, Lucy Woods
Master Stylist & Color Specialist @ Hair Villa in Villa Rica, GA


Can you tell us about this look?

The vibrancy of the level 7RS (red-scarlet, All-Nutrient with the 30 volume) at her root, against the depth of the 6EP (eggplant, All-Nutrient with CP L(Color Processing Lotion, aka demi developer) on her midshaft and ends, reminded me of the contrast between the seeds and the skin of a pomegranate. I always thought pomegranates were much too pretty to eat! So my Instagram post was titled “The Perfect Pomegranate.”

I don’t think this trend of naming our color services after food & drink will fade. Good food releases serotonin into the brain, making us feel happy, and every colorist knows how a great service can completely elevate someone’s mood and even their self-worth, so I think it’s just natural to want to relate the two.

I also pride myself on using organic, vegan products, such as All-Nutrient and Colorphlex, so the fruit reference just goes hand-in-hand.

Any advice?

Of course, any client who’s considering a color scheme that doesn’t fall into the “natural hair” category should be educated on the upkeep, such as how often she’ll need her roots done or a color gloss to freshen up the overall look. I use All-Nutrient Keratint color-glosses. They are organic demi glosses that seem to never lose their vibrancy!

I like for my clients to use Colorphlex home care products because they not only protect the color but they strengthen and add bonds to the hair each time they shampoo & condition. They get a dose of the vegetable-derived protein in the Colorphlex ColorStrong Complex, improving the condition, texture, and shine. Let your clients know that using cheap home care products will dull down the beauty or strip their hair of all the hard work you’ve put into it. No one wants to dull their sparkle! Plus, using professional home care products can keep them from needing additional services, such as clarifying treatments, protein treatments, and can even cut down on how often they need a toner/gloss to refresh the ends.

Ash Grey to Platinum

Ash Grey to Platinum ombré
Instagram @hair_by_vetty

Q&A with creator, Yvette Contreras
Hair Artist @ The Hair Studio in San Jacinto, CA


Can you tell us about this look?

This is one of my 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 (.13).

I love the dimension of this look. The shadowed roots and contrast give those ashy/gray tones more depth and make the highlights more I pronounced.

Any advice?

Along with the beauty of this look, comes the maintenance to keep it. It actually took my client three sessions to achieve this look. This is a really good outcome for a third session.

Olaplex is a must. We 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 and trim.

You should also invest in some good hair care products at home. There is a lot of lightening involved and without the proper hair care, it will break and become dry and porous. Joico color endure shampoo and conditioner is my usual reference. It’s much softer on the hair because it’s sulfate free.

I always recommend a good leave in conditioner. In addition, I always advise women to use Olaplex No. 3 in between appointments.

I honestly believe that it’s a look that can go on anyone. But I would say that the placement of contrast and highlight around the face plays a big factor.

Lived-In Brunette to Blonde

Lived-In Brunette to Blonde ombré
Instagram @johnnyramirez1

Style creator, Johnny Ramirez
Colorist & Owner @ Ramirez|Tran Salon in Beverly Hills, CA

These long tresses have a gorgeous natural darker to lighter look, where it’s brown at the roots with light blonde ombré tips.

Dark Roots to Silver Locs

Dark roots to silver ombré
Instagram @theladyofhair

Q&A with creator, Chelsea Redman
Hair stylist @ Prim Hair Salon in Roanoke, VA

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

Black to Cherry Red

Black to Cherry Red ombré
Instagram @cnkirby52

Q&A with creator, Christa Kirby
Hairstylist at Vanity Salon in Plymouth, MI


Can you tell us about this look?

This is a black cherry ombré. I love how the rich, black melts into vibrant red tones.

Which products would you recommend for this look?

I used Redken to achieve this look. When doing reds, I love to use two different tones to show the dimension between cool and warm reds.

Any advice?

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.

Any tips?

Ombrés are a great low maintenance option. This client in particular actually has lighter hair than the chocolate brown on top, so maintenance would be a routine eight to six weeks root touch-up, along with a red refresh on the ends if desired.

To maintain red hair, I love Pureology’s product line called Reviving Red. It will keep your reds red!

Mermaid Black to Green

Q&A with creator, Krista Amira
Freelance Master Stylist in New York, NY


Can you tell us about this look?

I would definitely describe this look by putting it in the realm of “mermaid vibes”. It has a beachy, seafoam-y aura and is great not only in spring and summer, but it brightens up the dreary winter days as well. Winter is when we took this client’s hair from virgin brown to this lovely shade!

My favorite thing about it is how unique it is. I try to use several similar shades on all my fashion color balayage clients to create dimension. It makes the it fade more fun!

Which products would you recommend for this look?

For this look I used Arctic Fox in Iris green and Neverland. I also added a little bit of Aquamarine to Arctic Fox Sterling. For her style, I rough dried the hair and spritzed it Davines Salt Spray for a beachy finish.

Any advice?

I would stick with fair skin colors or tones that have a bit of underlying pink. The green and the warmth balance each other out beautifully. I also suggest this look for finer textured hair that has a bit of a beachy wave already and is between a level 4-7 naturally.

Any tips?

I always implore women to purchase the color I used on them and mix it with a nice leave-in conditioner. That way when they wash, it puts back a touch of the color that faded from the wash. I also highly recommend Overtone Conditioner for upkeep. The style is easy to maintain (depending on the hair type) and can be air dried and finished with a beach spray to achieve the look.

Multi-dimensional Dark to Light Brown

Dark to light brown ombré

Q&A with creator, Francesca Kane
Master Hair Stylist @ The Colour Parlor in Wildomar, CA


Can you tell us about this look?

This is a multi-dimensional soft brown ombré hair. My favorite thing about it is the soft gradual lightening of the overall look.

Which products would you recommend for this look?

Colorwise, I recommend a medium natural brown by Paul Mitchell XG for roots and mid shaft, Lightener by Paul Mitchell and a Paul Mitchell Shines for toner. I used Paul Mitchell Super Skinny Serum cocktailed with their Neon Line Sugar Cream while wet. I blow dried with a large round brush and curled with a 1 1/4-inch curling iron.

Any advice?

I would say anyone in the olive and tan skin tones and any type of hair can achieve and pull off this look with the right styling products.

Any tips?

Stay within three level shades from the base color. To maintain, I would say to 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 With Bangs

Black to Blue ombré With Bangs
@hairbykristinamarie / Instagram

Q&A with creator, Kristina Dunn
Hairstylist @ Raven & Sage Collective in San Diego, CA


Can you tell us about this look?

This is a blue ombré. My favorite thing about this look is that you still get the depth of the natural coloring at the roots, but that super fun pop on the ends.

Which products would you recommend for this look?

Before blow drying I recommend using Kevin Murphy’s Staying.Alive. It is a leave-in spray that protects and smooths the hair. After drying, use Design.Me’s product called Puff.Me for volume and to give texture to the waves.

Any advice?

I think any skin color or hair texture could pull off this look. This look is great for straight hair and would look equally as awesome on curly hair.

Any tips?

Fashion colors always need to be washed with cold water and washed as minimally as possible if you’re wanting it to last. A dry shampoo like Sebastian’s Dry Clean Only is great for in between washes.

I used a 1.25-inch curling wand to create these curls, then ran my fingers through the hair to loosen them up.

Dark to Light Chocolate Brunette

Dark to Light Chocolate Brunette ombré
Danielle Badger / Instagram

Q&A with creator, Danielle Badger
Hair Designer @ This or Die Salon in Los Angeles, CA


Can you tell us about this look?

This is a natural, sexy, care-free brunette ombré. I love this look because it is so 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.

Which products would you recommend for this look?

I only use a product line called Surface. It is a high performance, salon-exclusive haircare and skincare line that respects personal health and the earth. For this look, I round brushed the hair and used the Awakening Thickening Creme. Then I curled the hair with a 1-inch curling iron and spraying it with Swirl. Surface is all about having a quality and natural performance. It actually achieves its goals which is why I love using it! It’s easy and it actually improves the hair.

Any advice?

The great part about a balayage / ombré appearance is that it is a natural look. It’s all about a sun-kissed style that gives it the natural beach look. It’s about customizing it for the client. Many different tones can work with this technique, from a natural look to a more of an experimental and edgy fashion.

Any tips?

Always learn from other stylists because it is an art and it’s always evolving. Balayage is pricey because if it is something that is done right, it will last a long time and the look will fade out naturally. 

Intense Black to Pink

Intense black to pink ombré
Yvette Contreras / Instagram

Q&A with creator, Yvette Contreras
Hairstylist @ The Hair Studio by KC in San Jacinto, CA


Can you tell us about this look?

This is an intense pink. I wanted a layout that gave the illusion that my client’s hair was fuller. My favorite part of the look is the contrast of her natural base up against the pink.

Which products would you recommend for this look?

I lightened her hair with Blondor powdered lightener with 30 vol. developer and added drops of My Amazing Repair And Shine. For the pink, I used Rusk Pink with Demi developer and added My Amazing Repair and Shine drops again.

Any advice?

My client actually has a natural tanned skin tone, and I think the colors together complimented her a lot. That being said, this look is actually very diverse. If it was on someone with a lighter complexion, I would probably bring the ombré up higher up around the face.

Any tips?

To keep this look vibrant, use cooler water when washing and professional hair care products! Your touch ups would be every three to five weeks.

Fire Red to Burnt Orange

Fire Red to Burnt Orange ombré
Leila Vance / Instagram

Q&A with creator, Leila Vance
Hairstylist @ Kokopelli Salon and Spa in Vancouver, British Columbia


Can you tell us about this look?

This is a “fiery ombré” with the vibrant bright red being my favorite aspect.

Which products would you recommend for this look?

The products I used to obtain the color were a mix of Schwarzkopf colors, and for the styling I used Unite. More specifically, I used a combination of Unite’s Laser Straight Elixir, Smoothing Cream, and Argon Oil. After styling with a large barrel wand, I finished it off with flossing spray and hairspray.

Any advice?

Luckily, red is one of those colors that goes with every skin and type of hair, you just have to fine the right shade. For this look specifically, it works best with medium (past the shoulders) hair or longer because of how many colors were used.

Any tips?

For recreating the color, I started by lightening the mids to ends then melted three shades of red, starting with a deep dark red at the root and melting down into the brightest lighter red, then going in and adding the gold into the bottoms. Using a color-safe shampoo and conditioner combo, heat protecting products, and lower heat settings will all aid in maintaining the bright colors. Using cooler water when washing will help the colors not bleed into each other.

Peacock Purple & Green

Peacock purple and green ombré
Ania Wazny / Instagram

Q&A with creator, Ania Wazny
Hairstylist in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada


Can you tell us about this look?

This look is bold and beautiful like a peacock tail. Gorgeous!

Which products would you recommend for this look?

For stylists trying to achieve this look, I would recommend using Schwarzkopf BlondeMe lightener, and for the fashion colors I recommend Pravana. I also use Brazilian Bond Builder in all my formulas to maintain the integrity of the hair.

I use Schwarzkopf Split End Mender on all my clients to create a smooth look and for volume, I love Sebastian Professional Volupt Spray. It never fails!

Any advice?

I feel that anyone can pull this look off. It has more to do with personality! You have to be an expressive person to carry this look with confidence. You also have to be willing to maintain this every four weeks to keep it looking fresh.

Any tips?

Aside from using a professional sulfate-free shampoo and conditioner, the most important thing to do is not to wash your hair too often and when you do, use cold water. As unpleasant as it sounds, the cold water keeps the hair cuticle sealed and prevents the color from washing out and fading. I find my clients who follow this advice have the most success with maintaining the color.

Black to Silver for Short Hair

Black to Silver ombré for Short Hair
Carla Alejandra / Instagram

Q&A with creator, Carla Alejandra
Hairstylist @ bubble pop electric salon in San Francisco, CA


Can you tell us about this look?

This is a chrome melt! This was done in two sessions because, ultimately, I love happy and healthy hair. I absolutely love how I was able to kick out the warmth while maintaining the level of lightness on the ends, especially considering how dark of a level his hair was to begin with.

Which products would you recommend for this look?

I used Olaplex in the lightener, which is a must for me. I always strive to keep the hair’s integrity as healthy as possible. I toned the hair with a combination of Redkin shades EQ 09B/09P and Goldwell 5A.

Any advice?

I personally feel that anyone can pull off silver hair. Just like a lot of the wild fashion colors you see out there, it comes with an attitude! If you have the confidence to rock it and a will to maintain it, go for it!!

Any tips?

Similar to my bleach and tone clients, if you want to maintain the look, coming back every four to five weeks is what I suggest. Always use a bond builder to protect the hair and keep up with healthy trims. One of the beauties of the ombré and balayage melts is that they grow out nicely if you can’t come in to touch it up. I suggest home care like Olaplex No. 3 with a custom Pravana mix added into it or Overtone (a color creme conditioner) used weekly to maintain the silver.

Soft Dark to Auburn Copper

Soft Dark to Auburn Copper ombré
Kelly Nord / Instagram

Style by Kelly Nord
Hairstylist @ Salon Trendé in Waconia, MN


Can you tell us about this look?

This is a soft red/copper ombré with loose curls and a shoulder length cut. My favorite thing about this style is that it is perfect for someone wanting spice things up a bit, but still remain subtle. It is a great way to add warm tones and a fun style to their look!

Which products would you recommend for this look?

This color was created using the Lanza Healing Color line. I recommend the Lanza Healing Color Care System to maintain the color. The system includes shampoo, conditioner, Color Guard, and Color Illuminator.

For styling, I used Icon Welder thermal protectant by EVO, Moroccan Oil Dry Texture Spray, and finished with Lanza Keratin Healing Oil Finishing Spray.

Any advice?

Fair or lighter skin tones look best in a lighter red color such as this copper/red.

What is your best tip in regards to recreating/maintaining this look?

Do not wash your hair with hot water! Hot water can lead to colors fading much faster, especially with reds.

When asking your stylist about this color, take into consideration that it will require monthly upkeep to maintain the vibrancy and shine and prevent it from dulling.

When asking about style, ask your stylist about which iron to use to create different curls. Also, ask about products to help maintain your style and protect it from everyday heat styling. It’s important to use correct products to help maintain and care for your beautiful hair!

Chestnut to Red

Chestnut to Red ombré
Tara Nichole / Instagram

Style by Tara Nichole
Redken Colorist & Makeup Artist @ Lavish Salon in Rancho Cucamonga, CA


Can you tell us about this look?

This is a red ombré or a red colo-melt. My favorite thing about this look is the high contrast and the intensity of the brighter red!

Which products would you recommend for this look?

I am a Redken certified colorist, so of course I would recommend the Color Fusion line. I used 3rv and 4rr at the top, melting in 6rv and 6rr with R hi fusion for an extra kick!

Any advice?

This color would gorgeous on many skin tones, but mostly ones with warm undertones. I am a firm believer that anyone can rock any color that makes them feel good. It’s all about how YOU feel.

What is your best tip in regards to recreating/maintaining this look?

Definitely make sure you have enough of your formula mixed so you won’t have to re-mix and risk the outcome being consistent. I also added Redken’s PH Bonder to ensure the longevity of the look.

Always protect and maintain your color by using cool water, a color-safe shampoo and conditioner, and a heat protectant to help with fading.

Walnut Brown to Dark Blonde for Long Hair

Walnut Brown to Dark Blonde ombré for Long Hair
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Q&A with creator, Victoria Ashton
Hair & makeup artist in Los Angeles, CA


How would you describe this cut and color and what’s your favorite thing about it?

This is a classic design. She has very long and thick hair and likes to keep the back of her hair clean and full. The front was cut to frame her face and enhance the side part she prefers, and the overall look was thinned it out a bit using an internal texturizing technique. My favorite part of this look is the overall fluidity of the color on her hair. ombré creates a soft blend of color that is so luxurious.

Which products would you recommend to help create and maintain this look?

I love Redken 25 Benefits for protection and Pillow Proof to help speed up blow drying on thick and longer length hair. I also use Olivia Garden hair brushes on all my clients because they give such a nice smooth finish.

What type of person would this look work well with?

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 fitting for women who like low maintenance color care and can’t make it to regular haircut appointments often. The client’s skin pigment would determine the hue of ombré you choose meaning warm or ash colors.

What’s a tip you’d give to someone who’s considering this look or already has it?

It is so important to keep up with regular conditioning treatments before and after lightening hair so that it stays healthy. Always use some type of leave-in treatment and heat protectant before styling so as to not damage lightened hair areas, and make sure that if you’re not going to keep lightening the hair, at least keep up with toning appointments to maintain the hue.

Black to Light Brown Tips

Black to Light Brown ombré
Instagram @lovesofhair

Q&A with creator, Lacey Valdez
Master Stylist @ AVE Salon in Ogden, UT


Can you tell us about this look?

This is a beautiful sombré look, which is basically a more subtle version of an ombré.

Which products would you recommend for this look?

I used Schwarzkopf lightener/olaplex. I used a back combing technique with babylights around her face. She has been coloring her hair dark for so many years and I felt like I needed the heat from the foils to help lighten her.

Any advice?

Because you have your natural color at your root, it allows you to play around with the colors on your ends.

Any tips?

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 Waves

Natural Dark to Light Ash Brown ombré
Instagram @rw_hair

Q&A with creator, Rachel Willis
Owner of Rachel Willis Hairdressing in Perth, Canning Vale, Australia


Can you tell us about this look?

This look is a very natural blend with highlights around the face line to mimic what the sun would naturally enhance. I love this look because straight or curly, it is still very blended, but not too harsh or bright for my guest’s tone.

Which products would you recommend for this look?

For maintenance at home, I recommend Fanola No Yellow Shampoo, Olaplex #3, and a soft blowdrying lotion like Redken Satinwear.

Any advice?

People with light peachy pink tones can go as ashy as this. I used my guest’s natural ashy tone for the base because it was too soft and beautiful to cover up.

Any tips?

Maintenance for this look i very simple. You need to come into the salon for a toner and face line foils every four weeks, then every 12 weeks I would pull all the balayage up. As long as this look is maintained at home, not much re-lightening will need to happen.

Black to Lavender Purple Bob

Black to Lavender Purple ombré Bob
Instagram @davis.wg

Q&A with creator, Davis Wong
Celebrity Hair Artist @ Scissors Palace in West Malaysia


Can you tell us about this look?

ombré has definitely made an impact in the beauty and fashion industry. It is an easy, low maintenance look for women. My favorite part of ombré is that the color selection varies, so customizing the color [to something like this purple] is the fun part. Clients always enjoy the variation that gives a prompt personality to their hair!

Which products would you recommend for this look?

I’ve always enjoyed using Philip Martin’s as a core color chart for my clients to select. Its organic and safe for their hair.

Any advice?

Ombré kicked off earlier on and trend as for longer length hair, but now any length of healthy hair can rock it. There are no specific rules to creating a certain look for my clients. It all depends on the individual and the acceptance toward a high fashion color like this.

Any tips?

My best tips on maintaining the color depend on if it’s a warm series or cold series color. If it’s a warm series, the color last longer as there are more red tones in the shade. For cold series, I recommend a color shampoo to lock in the blue shade.

Melted Dark to Ash Blonde

Q&A with creator, Juana Reyna
Senior Stylist @ Jay Rua Glam Hair Salon in Las Vegas, NV


Can you tell us about this look?

This look is a melted blend ombré style. My favorite thing about it is the seamless blend going from her dark tone at the roots to the lightest shade on her ends.

Which products would you recommend for this look?

I would commend these following products to keep up with this gorgeous transformation:

*Repair Shampoo and Conditioner by Moroccan Oil Products – Now that her hair is lightened, it is very important that we repair her hair and mend the ends with moisture and reconstructive keratin to prevent any breakage.

*Fanola No Yellow Shampoo – Used weekly, this will maintain her bright blonde hair and keep her brass-free.

*Moroccan Oil – This magnificent oil is a treatment all on its own. I strongly recommend using it as a heat protectant as well as a daily leave-in. It won’t leave hair oily or heavy, which is my favorite thing about it. It dries nice and soft and additional products can be used after applying the oil.

Any advice?

Anyone with any hair length or texture can pull this look off. This shade of blonde might not work for everyone, but the blend definitely will. The best skin tones to pull off this exact color would be medium to light.

Any tips?

This was an ombré color correction, so I had to cover it all with a darker level 5N base to tone out unwanted tones. After she was blow dried and sectioned off, I proceeded with the ombré technique to re-lift her and give her a high blend. When it came time to tone, I used a level 7 beige blonde toner to give her that creamy, even blonde tone. To keep the color and integrity of the hair, use the recommended products and come back to the salon in a month or two to re-tone.

Caramel Brown to Champagne Blonde for Straight Hair

Brown to Blonde ombré for Straight Hair
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Q&A with creator Mish Jolie

Hairstylist @ Envee Salon and Spa in Southington, CT


Can you tell us about this look?

This is a champagne caramel ombré with lighter pieces that are all hand painted. She likes her upkeep minimal, so it’s painted to keep her natural hue at the roots. My favorite thing about it is how naturally and beautifully it blends into her natural look.

Which products would you recommend for this look?

I recommend a smoothing styling cream like Aveda’s Smooth Infusion Nourishing Styling Cream. I also added Aveda Light Elements Smoothing Fluid to the ends of this client to give it shine and even more control.

Any advice?

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.

Any tips?

The maintenance is very minimal. I would suggest balayage every eight to ten weeks with a color gloss to keep the color and shine. Recreating this look is an easy blow out and flat iron.

Metallic Lilac & Lavender

Metallic Lilac & Lavender ombré
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Q&A with creator Lestat Saenz

Hairstylist @ Escape Salon in Claremont, CA


Can you tell us about this look?

The cool-toned color palette that I drew inspiration from was amethyst stones. The earth provides a natural array color that is transferable into hair and fashion tones. Bright yet subdued, this look is easy for pushing trends, but is soft enough to not overpower her lifestyle. My favorite part of this style is the soft blend from her natural tones to the lilac metallic.

Which products would you recommend for this look?

From bleach to tone is all thanks to Schwarzkopf. To achieve her lavender locks, I used a custom formula of 9.5-29, inch of extract 0-11, and 9-18 with ten volume. Then in subsections, I toned out my balayage with 8-11 10 volumes again.

For her styling, I used a combination of my two favorite styling products from Living Proof — Prime Styling to prep and Dry Volume Blast for extra volume.

Any advice?

A majority of my clientele are of Latino origin so I commonly work with olive to warm tones. When working with cool/ash tones, I tend to stick with blue – violet bases to counteract yellow undertones. I believe hair texture/types should not discourage women from trying something vivid and exciting. It’s important to emphasize your client’s positive features, and color is my favorite way of achieving that.

Any tips?

I create a custom conditioner for all of my clients who leave with vivid, fashion-toned colors. I will use a conditioning treatment that’s white and mix in the Joico Intensity colors that match best to their color. The color conditioner is included in my price of the service as well to maintain their style and keep them happy after their first wash.

Dark to Purple Pink

Dark to Purple Pink ombré
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Q&A with creator Andrea Albanese

Hairstylist @ Regis Salon in Sammamish, WA


Can you tell us about this look?

I’ve been a huge fan of the ombré and balayage techniques since they came out because of how low maintenance they are! I actually have the same style on my hair as well. My roots are my natural color and my ends are lightened to a light pale blonde. I like playing around with different colors on the ends and switching to a new color after the first one fades out!

ombré is very versatile. As long as you use a semi-permanent color on the previously lightened ends, it will fade back to the pre-lightened blonde and leave you with a blank canvas.

Which products would you recommend for this look? 

For the color, I lightened my client’s hair to a level 9 using Matrix Light Master, then toned her hair with the Silver Mink formula from Matrix (1 oz 10A, 3/4 oz 10P) to cool down any warmth and give it a silvery look as it fades. I used a mix of Pravana Pink and Magenta on top of that.

For styling, I used a Hot Tools 1 1/2-inch barrel curling iron to curl everything. I do the curls in different directions. Since she has long, thick hair that doesn’t always want to hold curl, I let the curls cool down and set before using a bit of styling oil to gently finger brush through them to soften the look.

Any advice? 

I believe that 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 color if you have pink undertones in your skin. The style is also very versatile, you would just want to adjust the application depending on the length of hair. This style can be done with almost any color though, so get creative!

Any tips?

If you want to do something like this to your hair, I always recommend seeing a professional. Find photos of styles that you do like and even some that you don’t. The more photo examples you provide, the clearer the picture your stylist will have of what you want. This technique is low maintenance, but the know that these fun, bright colors can fade fast. They are a semi permanent dye. Using color-safe shampoos and conditioners, washing your hair in cool water, and washing it as little as possible will help keep the color lasting longer!

You can also use a colored shampoo or conditioner, like Viral or oVertone to keep the color bright. Also, stay out of the pool! The chlorine will pull the color right out. But remember that the fun part is that once the color on the ends is gone, you can try another one!

Opal to Pastel Purple

Opal to Pastel Purple ombré
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Q&A with creator Autumn Miller

Hairstylist @ Two22 Salon in Chico, CA


Can you tell us about this look?

This is an opal pastel ombré! I love the different dimensions and tones of color in her hair.

Which products would you recommend for this look?

I used Joico Intensity Direct Dye Colors in their pastel line and added Olaplex to all formulas.
Any advice?

I think just about anyone can look amazing with this color, but I would not recommend it for someone with reddish-pink skin hues because there are lots of pink-light colors that could enhance that.
Any tips?

If you plan on getting a color done like this pastel opal, I would recommend alternating using a sulfate-free shampoo and a dry shampoo. Using Olaplex in between appointments will help your hair tremendously to keep it shiny and healthy as well! These types of colors really last longer if you use cold water to rinse. Turn down the temp on your hot tools to keep the color vibrant!

Short Light to Honey Blonde

Short Light to Honey Blonde ombré
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Q&A with creator Alexandra Lishchinskaya

Owner and Hairstylist @ Change in Kiev Ukraine


Can you tell us about this look?

This is very fresh, stylish, natural, and free sombré look. I adore the highlights and how they reflect light.

Which products would you recommend for this look?

I use Davines Mask hair Bleaching Powder for making babylights and highlights, color gradient and blonde. I like to tone the hair with Davines A New Color, Mask With Vibrachrom and Finest Pigments.

Any advice?

All skin/color types can wear a sombe or ombré. The most important thing is to detect the right color/hair/skin type of your client.

Any tips?

For blondes, the best product is the silver conditioner Davines “Alchemic”. Also with this type of blonde coloring, the hair should be toned once a month.

Dark to Chocolate

Dark to Chocolate ombré
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Q&A with creator Meghanne Miller

Hairstylist @ Pure Bliss Hair and Nail Salon in Louisville, KY


Can you tell us about this look?

This is a beachy, long and textured angled bob hairstyle that is colored with a soft and subtle caramel ombré technique. It will grow out nicely and it is a great style and color for all seasons.

Which products would you recommend for this look?

To achieve this look I would first apply Redken’s Aerate volumizing cream/mousse to damp hair for fuller hair. After blow drying your hair, spray a light mist of Redken’s Hot Sets thermal protectant to your hair that you will be curling away from your face. Once you are finished, break your curls up with Redken’s Mess Around and finish off with Redken’s Quick Dry.

Any advice?

This is best for medium to dark skin tones, but can be customized for lighter skin tones as well. This style will look great with all types of hair.

Any tips?

There are so many variations of an ombré. Make sure you bring pictures of your expectations to your stylist.  The color is perfect for someone who wants low maintenance hair.