23 Long Ombre Hair Ideas That Are Swoon-Worthy

Long ombre hair colors

Ombre hair has been around a while now and it doesn’t appear to be going anywhere anytime soon. It is a hair coloring technique that starts out darker at the roots and gradually get lighter towards the ends.

It’s low maintenance hair, especially when you keep your base color close to your natural hair color. This color technique looks especially gorgeous on long hair. Check out these swoon-worthy long ombre hair ideas and get inspired for your next trip to the salon!

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Black to Silver Ombre on Long Hair

Black to Silver Ombre on Long Hair
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With super long hair, you can do all fifty shades of grey perfectly! The grey ombre is one of the trendiest fashion colors this year and it’s not a surprise because of how cool this color really is.

Sandy Brown to Dusty Pink Long Ombre Hair

Sandy Brown to Dusty Pink Long Ombre Hair
Instagram @embuck716

Q&A with style creator, Em Buck
Aveda Stylist @ Aquaria Salon in Olean, NY

How would you describe this?

This dusty rose ombre features transitions of tone and level and is very gentle and fluid from top to bottom. There’s a warm base flowing into a coppery pink midshaft and finishing with a soft pink at the ends.

What’s your best advice?

During your consultation, have your stylist inform you about the upkeep of a style and color such as this one. The dusty rose color would need to be refreshed monthly to keep the vibrancy and integrity of the ombre hair colors. A color conserving shampoo and conditioner would help to increase the colors longevity between services. This color service isn’t for women with no, to low maintenance hair goals. Time and financial commitments involved with the upkeep of long hair with ombre hair color can be too much for some.

Long Black Roots to Violet Metallic Ombre

Long Black Roots to Violet Metallic Ombre
Instagram @hairby_yv0

Q&A with style creators, Yvonne & Tina
Junior Stylist / Assistant @ Ave 65 Salon in San Gabriel, CA


How would you describe this?

This ombre color is typically called a “Rooty Ombre”, which is a rooted color melt. 2-3 inches were left out of the roots.

For this ombre hair color, the grow-out is seamless. When the hair grows out you won’t see a line of demarcation. Something cool about doing color/purples is the fade out is absolutely gorgeous. You end up with a nice ashy beige blonde once the purple fades from the ombre hair dye.

What’s your best advice?

This technique is good for women that aren’t comfortable with bleaching out their entire head. You also have to take into consideration that doing ombre fantasy colors like these are really high maintenance. For those of you that wash your hair every day or every other day need to cut it down to once or twice a week or the color is going to fade faster.

You definitely need to stay away from drugstore brand shampoos (Pantene, Dove, etc..) and start getting professional color-safe shampoos for ombre hairstyles.

Dry shampoo will be your best friend. Try KMS Dry Shampoo – it’s the best of the best! There are also color depositing shampoos and conditioners out there that you can get as well for home maintenance. But keep in mind that any color depositing shampoo is super drying because it opens the cuticle to deposit the color into the hair. So make sure you close that cuticle back up with a hair mask to keep your hair healthy. For a hair mask, try Formula 18.

Medium Brunette to Peachy Pink Ombre Hair

Q&A with style creator, Danielle Gorewitz
Hairstylist @ Salon Couture and Spa in Mooresville, NC


How would you describe this?

This is a “Peach Candy” ombré. You get the natural vibe by having your root color as the base, but still the fun and creativity of the peach as the ombré.

What’s your best advice?

This ombre color requires bleaching for most women. Plus, creative colors/vivids need shampoos and conditioners that help maintain the longevity of the color.

A peachy ombre long hair like this means touch-ups on the color every 4 weeks, but you do get less maintenance on the bleach because of the ombré!

Most ombrés can go a year or more without a touch up with bleach. “Peach Candy” or peachy ombrés can fit a wide variety of women because you get not only your natural color but also a young and stylish fashion color on the ends.

Mocha Brown to Beige Blonde Long Ombre Hair

Mocha Brown to Beige Blonde Long Ombre Hair
Instagram @hairgirl541

Q&A with style creator, Miranda Hyde
Stylist / Hair Perfectionist @ Devyani Salon in Grants Pass, OR


How would you describe this?

This long blonde ombre maintains length with the best hair integrity.  Normally, structural damage to the hair happens on the ends due to the environment, over washing, over coloring, and pro tool damage.

Create a lived-in style utilizing Paul Mitchell Sky Lights and Olapex. Using the best products produces the best results. With the right cut and style, it will showcase your ombre hair!

What’s your best advice?

Depending on the fabric of the hair and pre-existing color, this might be the low maintenance stunning hair color of your dreams or a very long journey.

With the right tools you’ll have the opportunity for success to recreate the style. Not all women can support the amount of lightning in their ends to achieve this goal.

With the right stylist /client relationship, possibilities are endless and styles like this stunning ombre dye color melt are achievable!

Jet Black to Vibrant Metallic Blue Ombre on Long Hair

Jet Black to Vibrant Metallic Blue Ombre on Long Hair
Instagram @mindy.n and @ultrafadebyrich

Q&A with style creators,
Rich – Salon Owner & Director @ Ultrafade by Rich in Sefton, NSW
Mindy – Fanola Educator & Stylist @ Miju Van Salon in Los Angeles, CA


How would you describe this?

Naturally dark-brown/black Asian hair takes multiple sessions to create a clear, silvery blonde base. Ask your stylist to create a beautifully light and healthy base for you so that any toner applied will fade gracefully over time.

This metallic blue would be perfect for silver undertones. Although the colors from root to tip are of high contrast, they blend seamlessly into each other.

What’s your best advice?

For prospective women who are interested in this ombre color for long hair, be prepared for a longer session in the salon (four to eight hours depending on your length, thickness, and current hair condition). Depending on your color or current condition, it may take one or more sessions to achieve this silver and black ombre. If you have fine, platinum blonde hair, you may only need a toner to achieve this ombre. If you have thick, dark hair, it could take a couple of sessions to lift your hair to this color.

Invest in good salon-quality shampoo and conditioner to nourish and maintain your hair. Try Eleven Australia. Their range is cruelty-free and smells amazing! Stay away from cheap supermarket hair products as most contain silicone and additives that coat and suffocate your hair over time. They will also make coloring your hair really difficult!. Use a purple shampoo once or twice a week to remove any brassiness.

Long Violet to Rich Burgundy Ombre Hair

Long Violet to Rich Burgundy Ombre Hair
Instagram @mrscissors89

Q&A with style creator, Austin Walsh
Master Stylist @ Catwalk Salon Spa in Lethbridge, AB


How would you describe this?

This is a violet ombré with a fiery red “camera flash” or “diffused” shine line.

It seamlessly blends from a deep violet root into a bright fire red ombré, and then back into a violet at the ends.

What’s your best advice?

Think about how much maintenance you’re willing to commit to. With an ombre as fashion-colored as this one, you’ll have to re-gloss the red quite frequently because it will fade. The violets tend to fade to brown as well.

To achieve this style, use a good root volumizing product and a 1-inch barrel curling iron. Curl all of the hair away from the face and make sure you use a good heat protectant first. Break up the curls with some sea salt spray and you’re ready for success!

The great thing about this long layered look is that it gives easily achievable volume that’s appropriate for any face shape.

Long Black to Amethyst Purple Ombre Hair

Long Black to Amethyst Purple Ombre Hair
Instagram @jessyssalon

Q&A with style creator, Jessy Graham
Hairstylist @ Jessys Salon in Plano, TX


How would you describe this?

This is an amethyst ombre. The variations of this color mirrors a raw Amethyst stone caught in the sunlight.

What’s your best advice?

If you are considering this ombre color for long hair, keeping your natural color mixed in the root area makes for a pretty growout. Also, violet-based tones are a great option for women wanting the best fade out with a vivid color. It will eventually fade to a pretty blonde/soft lavender.

To style, I used a thermal spray on dry hair (like Aquage Beyond Body) and set it with a 1-inch styling wand. After your hair is set, use a hair rake to shake out the waves.

Dark Red to Fiery Strawberry Blonde Ombre

Dark Red to Fiery Strawberry Blonde Ombre
Instagram @ginabarnes_

Q&A with style creator, Gina Barnes
Hairdresser @ House Of Hair And Beauty in Peterborough, England


How would you describe this?

This is a bold, fiery hair color that is perfect for a woman who wants to express their individuality without going too crazy. These colors speak for themselves and the warm tones will brighten your day.

What’s your best advice?

Use a good, salon-recommended color shampoo and conditioner to help maintain the beautiful and radiant tones that can often fade over time.

Long Umber Brown to Caramel Blonde Ombre Hair

Long Umber Brown to Caramel Blonde Ombre Hair
Instagram @mane.tamed

Q&A with style creator, Amber Carey
Stylist @ Salon Fiber in Phoenixville, PA


How would you describe this?

This is a more modern ombré. When ombré first made its appearance, it was a very stark difference from dark to light, with a harsh line separating the two. Now, everyone wants a more seamless transition from their natural color to a blonde tone. Leaving the rich brown tones through the ends gives the ombré a more natural and dimensional appearance.

What’s your best advice?

This ombre long hair is for women who can’t get into the salon very often. Ask your stylist to color your hair once every four to six months.

Keep the ombre hairstyle more bright around the face and focus the blonde toward the ends in the back to ensure a longer-lasting color. Lastly, use a color-safe shampoo and conditioner, or anything that will give the hair a little extra moisture since lighteners can be rough.

Long Ombre Jet Black to Coffee Brown

Long Ombre Jet Black to Coffee Brown
Instagram @hairaffinatalie

Q&A with style creator, Natalie Gomez
Balayage Specialist / Booth Renter @ J Anthony Salon in Whitter, CA


How would you describe this?

Women who want a pop of color, but low commitment, is perfect for this long ombre hair.

The best part about this specific long brown ombre is how shiny it is and that the maintenance level is low.

What’s your best advice?

This color suits all skin types, specifically adds color to the fair skin tones, and adds an chic shimmer to the hair for those who have a more olive complexion. If you’re on the fence about going for a change, this long ombre is perfect for you.

If you want an ombré like this and want to maintain the color in between visits, you have to use a sulfate-free shampoo and conditioner. Try Redken Color Magnetics shampoo and the Redken All Soft conditioner. You get both the color protection and nourishment for those dry strands after the lightening process of an ombré on longer hair!

Deep Cherry to Medium Red Long Ombre

Deep Cherry to Medium Red Long Ombre 
Instagram @rrreggad

Q&A with style creator, Paige Brueck
Hairstylist / Owner @ Pink Dagger Studio in Atlanta, GA


How would you describe this?

This ombre is a deep cherry red, mixing red with cool tones for an overall “berry” hue.

What’s your best advice?

If you’re seeking this color combination, make sure you’re a woman who regularly maintains their color. To keep it looking fresh and vibrant as possible, wash with cold water and a sulfate-free shampoo.

Dark to Light Ombre on Long Hair

Q&A with style creator, Ashley Reynolds
Stylist / Manager @ Isle Of You Hair Color Studio in Pittsburgh, PA


How would you describe this?

This is a dark to light ombre. Don’t you love the three different colors? You can see the beautiful transformation from a darker brown to a medium brown to a lighter blonde.

What’s your best advice?

Always use a color-safe shampoo! If you aren’t sure which brand to choose, ask your stylist. Always use a really good conditioner since the ends have been lightened. You want to keep them healthy. Deep condition once a week if possible!

The best thing about long blonde ombre is that it works for any and all hair types, hair colors, and skin types.

This ombre is best for those who do not keep a scheduled appointment and are not the best with maintenance. The natural root allows the hair to continue to have a natural growout.

Long Rich Brunette to Golden Blonde Ombre Hair

Long Rich Brunette to Golden Blonde Ombre Hair

This high contrast ombre starts out rich brunette at the roots and melts into a golden blonde in the ends.

Best Skin Tone and Hair Type:

Skin that is warm and medium with hair that is naturally medium in color and in texture is ideal.

Tip:

The ends of the hair are the oldest and most fragile part of the hairstrand. When lightening the ends, make sure to take this into consideration.

Ash Brown to Ash Blonde Long Ombre Hair

Ash Brown to Ash Blonde Long Ombre Hair

This ombre hair color starts out with cool brown roots and blends into a neutral blonde on the ends.

Best Skin Tone and Hair Type:

Cool medium skin tones with hair that is naturally ash brown and medium in texture is ideal.
Tip:

If you are planning to go ombre, try to stick with your natural color for the roots. This will keep you from having to go back to the salon for root touchups.

Middle Part Brown to Golden Blonde Ombre Hair Color

Middle Part Brown to Golden Blonde Ombre Hair Color

This ombre starts out darker brown on the roots and blends into a golden blonde on the ends.

Best Skin Tone and Hair Type:

Warm medium skin tones with hair that is naturally darker in brown and medium in texture is ideal for this ombre hair combo.

Tip:

An ombre doesn’t always have to be curled! A good ombre should look chic and seamless when styled straight as well.

Long Light Brown to Cool Blonde Ombre Hair

Long Light Brown to Cool Blonde Ombre Hair

This ombre looks very natural. The roots are cool light brown and blend into a cool blonde.

Best Skin Tone and Hair Type:

Cool medium to lighter skin tones with hair that is naturally light brown and medium in texture is ideal.

Tip:

Ombre hair that doesn’t create too much of a contrast will give you a natural, more up-to-date vibe.

Black to Caramel Blonde Ombre Hair Colors

Black to Caramel Blonde Ombre Hair Colors

This high contrast ombre starts out black and blends into a warm, caramel blonde color.

Best Skin Tone and Hair Type:

Warm medium skin tones with hair that is naturally black and medium in texture is ideal.

Tip:

It’s important to perform weekly conditioning treatments on your hair to keep your lightened ends healthy.

Long Chocolate Brown to Dark Blonde Ombre

Long Chocolate Brown to Dark Blonde Ombre

This ombre only has a few inches of medium brown hair at the roots and blends into a ton of warm, dark blonde.

Best Skin Tone and Hair Type:

Warm medium skin tones with hair that is naturally medium brown and medium in texture is ideal for this color.

Tip:

Contrary to what you might think, the part where the color transitions to a lighter color can start anywhere at the hair. It can be higher or lower!

Long Black Roots to Deep Red Ombre Hair

Long Black Roots to Deep Red Ombre Hair

Here’s another high ombre. It starts out black on the roots and immediately transitions into a bright red.

Best Skin Tone and Hair Type:

Cool medium skin tones with hair that has naturally black roots and medium in texture is ideal.

Tip:

You might not have to go back to the salon for retouches if you keep your roots natural, but you may have to get the lightened pieces re-toned. If this is not something you want to do often, make sure to let our stylist know during your consultation.

Brunette to Light Blonde Ombre

Brunette to Light Blonde Ombre

This ombre starts out as a lighter brown at the roots and transitions into a lighter blonde around the eye area, really highlighting the face.

Best Skin Tone and Hair Type:

Cool medium to lighter skin tones with hair that is naturally light brown and medium in texture is ideal for this.

Tip:

If you are planning to get a high contrast ombre, try to keep the lighter part a few inches lower than your eyebrows so you wont have to worry about changing your eyebrow color.

Long Espresso Brown to Light Brown Ombre Hair

Long Espresso Brown to Light Brown Ombre Hair

This seamless, natural, and rich looking ombre is espresso brown at the roots and light brown towards the ends.

Best Skin Tone and Hair Type:

Medium skin tones with hair that is naturally brown and medium in texture is ideal.

Tip:

If your colorist asks you if your hair is virgin, that means you have no artificial color in your hair at all. Having an artificial color that is the same as your natural color in your hair no longer makes your hair virgin. Some women make the mistake of assuming their hair is virgin just because they “colored” it back to their natural color. This could cause the colorist to formulate and plan wrong, ending in a serious color disaster.

Long Ombre Dark Chocolate to Deep Auburn

Long Ombre Dark Chocolate to Deep Auburn

This gorgeous natural-looking ombre is dark chocolate brown at the roots and transitions into a deep auburn towards the ends.

Best Skin Tone and Hair Type:

Warm medium skin tones with hair that is naturally dark chocolate brown and medium in texture are ideal.

Tip:

It is best to get a trim after getting an ombre done. And always talk with your colorist about all of your ombre hair color ideas beforehand.

Mix and match placements, tones and levels of lightness and darkness to create the perfect ombre colors for yourself.