23 Long Ombre Hair Ideas That Are Swoon-Worthy

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 is 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!

Silver Ombre

Picture of a silver ombre
Instagram @nessathehairdresser

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

Dusty Pink Goddess

Picture of a dusty pink goddess long ombre
Instagram @embuck716

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

How would you describe this look?

My favorite aspect of this dusty rose ombre is how the transition of tone and level is very gentle and fluid from top to bottom. I love the warm base flowing into a coppery pink midshaft and finishing with a soft pink at the ends.

Any advice for someone considering it?

During your consultation, have your stylist inform you about the upkeep of a style and color such as this one. The light dusty rose color would need to be refreshed monthly to keep the vibrancy and integrity of the colors. A color conserving shampoo and conditioner would help to increase the colors longevity between services. I would not recommend this color service to a guest with no, to low maintenance hair goals, because of the time and financial commitment involved with upkeep.

Violet Metallic

Picture of a violet metallic long 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 look?

This look is typically called a “Rooty Ombre”, which is a rooted color melt. We left out about 2-3 inches of the client’s roots.

What I like most about this look is that the grow out is seamless. When the hair grows out you won’t see a line of demarcation. Another one of my favorite things about doing this color/purples is because the fade out is absolutely gorgeous and you end up with a nice ashy beige blonde once the purple fades.

Any advice for someone considering it?

This technique is good for clients that aren’t comfortable with bleaching out their entire head. You also have to take into consideration that doing fantasy hair colors like these are really high maintenance and 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 hair 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.

Dry shampoo will be your best friend. I love the KMS Dry Shampoo – it is 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 also 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, I recommend Formula 18.

Long Peachy Pink Ombre

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


How would you describe this look?

The “Peach Candy” ombré is one of my favorite colors I have done. You get the natural vibe by having the clients root color as the base, but still the fun and creativity of the peach as the ombré. I would describe this look as one that is definitely romantic, springy, and obviously fun!

Any advice for someone considering it?

If a client is considering a look like this, it’s best to keep your desires and lifestyle in mind. It requires bleaching for most clients and creative colors/vivids need shampoos and conditioners that help maintain the longevity of the color.

A peachy look like the one I did does mean touch-ups on the color every 4 weeks, but you do get less maintenance on the bleach because of the ombré! (Hint: hello less damaging salon trips! Calls for a win, in my book!)

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 clients because you get not only your natural hair color but also a young and stylish fashion color on the ends. It fits both the classic and the adventurous clients.

Straightened Golden Ombre

Picture of a color melt perfection long ombre
Instagram @hairgirl541

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


How would you describe this look?

My favorite part of this look is the haircut my guest loves maintaining 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.

I have been able to create a lived-in look utilizing Paul Mitchell Sky Lights and Olapex. I always believe using the best products produces the best results. We took her natural level 7 and added dimension by adding a 1oz 5N and 1/2oz 5A at her roots, then I feathered in a 7NB on her mid-shaft and Skylighted her ends with 20v and then toned with UTP. The formulations are key and to have the right finesse with the application is where the magic happens!! With the right cut and style, it will showcase your work!

Any advice for someone considering it?

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. I always advise my guest that they will miss there hair more than the dreams of having their Pinterest goals. But with time, confidence, and communication, hair dreams and goals can be created!

I believe with the right tools our guests have the opportunity for success to recreate the looks we give them and trust me, I sell them all.. but not all guests can support the amount of lightning in there ends to achieve this goal, but possibilities are endless in our industry and my arsenal is stocked to achieve anything.

I feel like lived-in looks like this are possible and our ability and knowledge is going to evolve with proper education! It helps us showcase our guest’s lifestyle and personality. There is an opportunity and a technique to handle all looks that are trending in the current market.

I believe with the right stylist /client relationship possibilities are endless and looks like this stunning color melt are achievable!

Vibrant Metallic Blue

Vibrant Metallic Blue hairstyle
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 look?

This look was actually a collaborative effort with LA stylist Mindy. We were inspired to create a vibrant yet wearable look for our model. I have worked on my model’s naturally dark-brown/black Aasian hair over multiple sessions to create a clear, silvery blonde base. I always strive to create a beautifully light and healthy base for my clients so that any toner applied will fade gracefully over time.

We thought this interpretation of metallic blue would be perfect for our model’s silver undertones. I love how although the colors from root to tip are of high contrast, they blend seamlessly into each other.

Any advice for someone considering it?

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

We recommend investing in good salon-quality shampoo and conditioner to nourish and maintain your hair. Our favorite brand at the moment is 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.

I personally believe anyone could rock this color. Don’t wait for a festival or birthday bash to go outside your boundaries! Confidence in yourself should be embraced every day, and your hair is merely an expression of your radiance. Our model is the sweetest shy girl who works in a corporate field. Her hair is a great conversation starter and she loves that.

We hope that our look can inspire women out there to feel confident in their skin no matter what age or ethnicity they are.

Violet Ombre

Violet Ombre hairstyle
Instagram @mrscissors89

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


How would you describe this look?

I would describe this look as a violet ombré with a fiery red “camera flash” or “diffused” shine line.

I love how it seamlessly blends from a deep violet root into a bright fire red ombré look and then back into a violet at the ends.

Any advice for someone considering it?

My advice to a client considering this look is to think about how much maintenance they are willing to commit to. With a look 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.

This look is for someone who wants to look fresh and trendy but still appear business professional. To achieve this style, I recommend 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. This is a great look for easy and on-the-go glamour!

Amethyst Ombre

Amethyst Ombre hairstyle
Instagram @jessyssalon

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


How would you describe this look?

This is an amethyst ombre. I love all the variations of this color because it mirrors a raw Amethyst stone caught in the sunlight.

Any advice for someone considering it?

This look is perfect for an adventuresome, carefree babe who is not afraid to be bold. If you are considering this color, keeping your natural color mixed in the root area like she has in the picture makes for a pretty growout. Also, violet-based tones are a great option for someone 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 (I like Aquage Beyond Body) and set it with a 1-inch styling wand. After the hair was set, I use a hair rake to shake out the waves.

Fiery Ombre

Fiery Ombre hairstyle
Instagram @ginabarnes_

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


How would you describe this look?

This is a bold, fiery hair color that is perfect for a client who wants to express their individuality without going too crazy. My favorite thing about it is how these colors speak for themselves and how the warm tones will brighten anyone’s day.

Any advice for someone considering it?

My advice for a client who is considering this look is to use a good, salon-recommended color shampoo and conditioner to help maintain the beautiful and radiant tones that can often fade over time.

Modern Ombre

Modern Ombre hairstyle
Instagram @mane.tamed

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


How would you describe this look?

I would describe this look as a more modern ombré. I remember when ombré first made its appearance and 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.

My favorite thing about this look is how dimensional it is. Leaving the rich brown tones through the ends gives the ombré a more natural and dimensional appearance.

Any advice for someone considering it?

I recommend this look to someone who can’t get into the salon very often. I balayage this client once every four to six months. She is also in college, so a dimensional balayage is perfect for her.

I keep the balayage more bright around the face and focus the blonde toward the ends in the back to ensure a longer lasting look. Lastly, I always recommend color-safe shampoo and conditioner, or anything that will give the hair a little extra moisture since lighteners can be rough.

Subtle But Chic

Subtle But Chic hairstyle
Instagram @hairaffinatalie

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


How would you describe this look?

The best way I would describe this look is subtle but chic. Anyone who wants a pop of color but low commitment is perfect for this look.

My favorite things about this specific look is hpw shiny it is and that the maintenance level is low which a lot of clients like.

Most of my clients are working and are very busy. I also have clients like this one who are in school and on a low budget. I see her every three months for a quick toner and she’s set!

Any advice for someone considering it?

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 look is perfect for you. You get a change without the drama!

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. My favorite right now is 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!

Deep Cherry Red

Deep Cherry Red hairstyle
Instagram @rrreggad

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


How would you describe this look?

I would describe this look as a deep cherry red, mixing red with cool tones for an overall “berry” red!

Any advice for someone considering it?

My advice to anyone seeking this color combination would be to make sure you’re someone who regularly maintains their color. To keep it looking fresh and the red as vibrant as possible, I tell my clients to wash with cold water and a sulfate-free shampoo.

Other than that, this is a great look to wear straight or wavy and is definitely a great color for fall or winter. But let’s be real, red hair can be rocked anytime!

Dark to Light

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


How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

This is a dark to light ombre. My favorite thing about this look would be the three different colors. You can see the beautiful transformation from a dark brown to a medium brown to a light blonde.

What products do you recommend to create and maintain this look?

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!

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

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

This look is best for those 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.

1. Adrienne

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

Long Ombre Hair

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 for this hair color.

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.

2. Bernice

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

Cool Dark Brown Ombre Haircolor

Best Skin Tone and Hair Type:

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

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.

3. Celine

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

Dark Brown Ombre Haircolor with Golden Ends

Best Skin Tone and Hair Type:

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

Tip:

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

4. Denise

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

Natural Light Brown Ombre Haircolor

Best Skin Tone and Hair Type:

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

Tip:

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

5. Eloise

This high contrast long ombre hair starts out dark brown and blends into a warm, dark blonde color.

Dark Brown High Contrast Ombre Haircolor

Best Skin Tone and Hair Type:

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

Tip:

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

6. Fleur

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

Medium Brown Ombre Haircolor with Warm 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 hair color.

Tip:

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

7. Georgine

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

High Ombre Hair Color with Black and Red

Best Skin Tone and Hair Type:

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

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.

8. Giselle

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

Light Brown Ombre Haircolor for Long Hair

Best Skin Tone and Hair Type:

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

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.

9. Lourdes

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

Natural Rich Looking Dark Brown Ombre Haircolor

Best Skin Tone and Hair Type:

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

Tip:

If your colorist asks you if your hair is virgin, that means you have no artificial color in your hair at all. Having artificial color that is the same as your natural hair color in your hair no longer makes your hair virgin. Some people 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.

10. Mabelle

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

Dark Brown Ombre Haircolor with Natural Transitions

Best Skin Tone and Hair Type:

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

Tip:

It is best to get a trim after getting an ombre done.

Mix and match placements, tones and levels of lightness and darkness to create the perfect long ombre hair look for yourself. Have fun!