18 Coolest Reverse Ombre Hair Color Ideas

Pictures of the best reverse ombre hair colors

A reverse ombre is a hair coloring technique that features a lighter tone on top gradually transforming into a darker one toward the ends.  With the endless combinations of hues you can choose from, it’s a marvelous and exciting way to kick things up a notch for your new hair color!

A-list personalities Gwyneth Paltrow, Miranda Cosgrove, Michelle Williams, and Amanda Bynes recently gathered everyone’s attention with their trendsetting reverse ombre looks, and women all over have been curious ever since!

Because of its versatility, you can customize the shades according to your skin tone, so it’s key to consult with your hair colorist about which colors can complement your complexion. Another thing to be thankful for is that reverse ombres work well on all types of hair – straight, thin, wavy, or curly.

Hair artist Kay L. Townsend shows off how soft and transitional a reverse ombre is with her amazing hair creations using beautiful color palettes! These are the major reasons why it’s unique and on top of the must-have hairstyles since its conception.

Begin switching up your look by seeing these popular photos of reverse ombre this year!

Dark Purple to Light Purple Pixie Cut

Dark Purple to Light Purple reverse ombre Pixie Cut
Instagram @hairlust__

What could make a lengthy pixie with an undercut more extravagant? Having two tones of violet as its color, I suppose!

Blonde to Red

Reverse blonde to red ombre
Instagram @hairstylist_julialind

Dip dye seems to be the rising trend nowadays. What a way to try it than some peach ends on lightly colored hair, don’t you think?

Cool Platinum Blonde to Silver

Cool Platinum Blonde to Silver reverse ombre
Instagram @lively_looks

Go all the way with a lighter hue with a nice bleaching job. As damaging as it may be, this reverse ombre will help with the healthy grow out.

Burgundy to Auburn

Reverse burgundy to Auburn ombre
Instagram @mikemihay

Burnt mahogany to a lighter caramel looks so freaking sassy!

Caramel Blonde to Chocolate Brown

Reverse Caramel Blonde to Chocolate Brown ombre
Instagram @honeybeehair_mandy

Such a wicked color pair! And the coloring job is insane too!

Dark Red to Copper

Reverse ombre red to copper
Instagram @stylebarclt

Get those light scarlet hair creeping in with this wonderful balayage style.

Brown to Black

Brown to black reverse ombre
Instagram @hairby_meggray

Back to black, I say? The right ombre for you may be an unusual color but with the proper balayage, it would turn out as smoking as this.

Red to Black

Red to black reverse ombre
Instagram @marmbrister7

Post up with dark hair like this phoenix blend on ebony tresses.

Light Brown to Dark Brown

Light Brown to Dark Brown reverse ombre
Instagram @misscharlottehair

An unusual take on a very natural color. It still looks very different and one of its kind.

Grey to Black

Grey to Black
Instagram @ssscoundrel

Q&A with style creator, Alaina Walker
Independent Hair Stylist @ Headlines Hair Design in Denton, TX

How would you describe this look?

This look is what I would like to call “the dark side of the moon” because this color was definitely inspired by our moon! My favorite thing about this style is the contrast between the two colors along with the drastic angle of the cut.

Any advice for someone considering it?

If you are considering this look, I would look into a purple shampoo to keep the hair nice and silvery! Barcelona by Pulp Riot is one of my favorite purple shampoos to use. I would also definitely recommend using cold water for shampooing and rinsing for two reasons. The black is a semi-permanent color over pre-lifted blonde, so this would fade after each shampoo. Cold water will help minimize any color running into the rest of the hair!

As far as hair type and face shape, my client’s hair is pretty straight and has a little wave to it. Her face shape is round, and I kept the length around her face and took it really short in the back not to bring attention to her face but draw more attention to the drastic angle of the cut.

Blue to Brunette

Blue to Brunette
Instagram @rycnyc_hair

Q&A with style creator, Russell Cordeiro
Master Stylist / Educator @ Art and Autonomy Salon in New York, NY


How would you describe this look?

My client is totally down for sporting a more androgynous look and she does it extremely well. I explain to clients that there’s a balance to a look. If you’re gonna have a crazy color, the cut should be a bit more subdued and vice versa. If you want a crazy artistic cut, the color should be simpler.

Any advice for someone considering it?

Make sure you have the personality for it or are willing to get outside your own box. A very thorough consultation is a must. How will you style? How much time are you willing to put into this on a daily basis? If you are going from long to this short, do you want all that attention? Are you willing to blow dry or flat iron to achieve this look?

It’s also important to explain the different products that can be used to achieve this look. I always recommend a texture spray or product to start with, then I use a medium hold clay pomade or paste. I like the idea of being able to run your fingers through your hair throughout the day. If you need a stronger finish, I recommend using a matte finish hairspray as well.

If you have a long face shape, for example, a high pompadour is only going to exaggerate that. Be aware of what the final look will be and embrace your hair texture. Not everyone can have this exact look, but everyone can have something similar tailored to their lifestyle, hair type, and head and face shape.

Ash Blonde to Gray Balayage

Q&A with style creator, Joni Davenport
Stylist / Colorist @ Juno Salon in Portland, OR


How would you describe this look?

This is a reverse ombre in soft muted tones. I love this look because it reminds me of winter. My favorite thing about it is the color palette. It can be worn on many different skin tones.

Any advice for someone considering it?

If a client is wanting this look, there is definitely maintenance involved. Since semi-permanent colors were used, it needs to be refreshed every 6 to 8 weeks. I always recommend a gray-silver depositing shampoo to keep the color fresh in-between appointments. Keep those hot tools on low heat, and always use a heat protectant to avoid fading.

Pink Reverse Ombre

Pink Reverse Ombre
Instagram @miriahxxhair_

Q&A with style creator, Mariah Degraffenried
Stylist @ V Vegaz Salon in St. Louis, MO


How would you describe this look?

The client was inspired by one of her favorite anime characters. She wanted a color that would show off the highlight and brightness of an anime character.

We went for a lighter pink at the roots to showcase the light hitting her base and then melting it into a darker but neon bright pink! I decided to style her hair mainly because she doesn’t curl her hair often! I thought it would be a nice touch to finish the look.

Any advice for someone considering it?

Understand that some colors take time to achieve. The process can be long but it’s worth it to save the integrity of their hair. To maintain the color, buy color safe and sulfate free shampoos. It’s better to use higher end products to achieve longevity with the color. Of course, use customized color conditioners!

Blonde to Purple

Blonde to Purple
Instagram @hairbynivein

Q&A with style creator, Nivein
Artistic Director @ Natural Solutions Salon & Spa in Kitchener, ON


How would you describe this look?

We started looking up purple ombre’s, and she fell in love with the look. The best part is that she can hide it in a ponytail or a bun (if her boss isn’t a fan). Because it’s a fashion color, it will fade out of her hair. Not only does she get to try her absolute favorite color in her hair but she also doesn’t have to worry about making too big of a commitment.

The process for this look was very simple. I used my 100 foil technique, lol! (Because it literally took 100 foils) to lighten her. Basically, it was back to back fine slices of foiling. Then we fiberplexed (it’s a fiber treatment to maintain the integrity of the hair after lightening). Then blow dried the hair, sectioned the hair starting from the back, then, using my ombre technique, applied the purple color.

I used Prevana fashion color and had to mix 3 different shades to get this color. Then we washed with a simple layered hair cut after (she wanted to keep her length).

My favorite thing about this look is the versatility. I absolutely love how it can be fun and elegant at the same time. It can really show off someone’s personality and add a lot of excitement to the hair, especially for clients who love to be daring.

Any advice for someone considering it?

Do it! This technique allows you to try something fun and different for a short period. Fashion colors typically fade out, and they’re easy to remove. Maintenance can be strategic, as with proper shampoos and conditioner and low use of hot water, you can keep this color for a lot longer.

I don’t recommend this if your an everyday washer! Only because you won’t get the longevity of this hair color. Also, keep in mind these colors do stain (not permanently) showers, pillowcases, etc. I have clients that range from 9 to 50+ that get these colors. Fashion color speaks to a large audience.

In order for the color to stain, the hair needs to be prelightened. The porosity of the hair does play a huge factor. Typically, these colors are not pre-formed without proper consultation. Understanding maintenance and expectation are very important when working with fashion colors.

Strawberry Blonde to Red

Q&A with style creator, Rebecca Curtis
Hairstylist @ Salon Rouge in South Bend, IN


How would you describe this look?

This look is a fire red reverse ombré. It’s rich, vibrant, and high in shine. In the formula, I added a couple of drops of Goldwell pure pigments red which amplifies the vibrancy and shine of your hair color. I just love the color of the red so much. Also with this look, I love loose waves. The waves are a great way to show off all the dimension.

Any advice for someone considering it?

Red fades pretty quickly, so to ensure it stays vibrant longer you need to: rinse with cooler water (warm water opens the cuticle of the hair causing the red molecule to come out faster, cold water keeps the cuticle closed), use a sulfate free shampoo and color locking conditioner to keep the color lasting longer (I really love the shampoo from Kerastase Bain Chromatique and the conditioner Fondant Chromatique as it preserves hair color and prevents it from fading), shampoo less often, and turn down the temperature of your styling tools to much heat will fade the color.

Styling products I used for this look were Nectar Thermique from Kerastase, Elixir Ultime original oil from Kerastase, and L’incroyable also from Kerastase. These products help with the moisture and shine of the hair. This style is great for someone who is energetic, spunky, and wants something edgy. It is a great way for someone who wants red but doesn’t want the high maintenance of it. It will grow out without any line of demarcation, so you don’t have to touch it up often.

Someone who has lighter hair naturally will not have to lighten the hair first you can just deposit the red. Someone who is darker naturally or has a darker color previously on the hair would have to lighten first then deposit the red.

Light to Dark Blonde

Light to Dark Blonde
Instagram @ashleykcromer

Q&A with style creator, Ashley Cromer
Hair Artist @ The Powder Room in Corbin, KY


How would you describe this look?

This reverse ombré was one of the hardest colors for me to do because at first, it was hard to envision darkening the ends of blonde hair. My client usually stays on the buttery blonde side but with wanting to have chocolate ends, I wanted to change her blonde up and cool it down a bit.

The color selection was the most important part of this color. Not only the technique you use, but the tones you choose is what will make this look seamless. I wanted the blonde to be complemented by the dark colors, not taken over. So I chose a softer warm naked blonde in Mydentity color to melt into her milk chocolate ends.

Any advice for someone considering it?

When considering this look, the client needs to remember those ends most likely will never be blonde again, so be prepared to cut them off when you’re tired of this look. Remember though this color is unconventional, so be prepared to stand out! Reverse ombres prove different is good.

Red to Brown on Short Hair

Q&A with style creator, Kristi Richards
Lead Stylist @ Palace Flophouse Salon in Grand Rapids, MI


How would you describe this look?

I really love the simplicity of a short hair cut. It can definitely cut down on your styling time and is perfect for someone with a busy schedule that doesn’t want to have to fuss with their hair. Once we introduced the pop of color, it really helped to show off my client’s fun style, without being too in your face or inappropriate for work.

Any advice for someone considering it?

I feel that anyone can rock a short haircut, as long as it’s the right cut for their face shape and hair texture. This haircut, in particular, is great for many different people as the bangs balance out most face shapes. They could easily be grown longer or cut shorter for a softer or funkier look. Just be prepared to visit your stylist every 4 to 6 weeks. Short hair will save you time with daily styling but will require a little more maintenance to keep everything trimmed and looking polished.

Blonde to Brown Bob

Reverse ombre bob blonde to brown
Instagram @celyscissors

Now, this is revolutionary! Even greater for thin-haired gals because of the weightier appeal of the reverse ombre with semi-tight curls.