34 Top Short Ombre Hair Color Ideas

Short ombre hair colors

A short ombre hair color is gradually blending from one color to another on short hair. Having an ombre on short hair is becoming more popular.

Jump into one of the longest-lasting color trends by going with one of these popular short ombre hair ideas! Bright, blonde, caramel, sombre, or even blue, whatever your style, there is a short ombre hair look for you.

There is so much variety when it comes to an ombre idea and the color combinations are endless. You can go with popular ombre tones like dark brown and golden honey, or spruce it up with more unique shades like cherry, pink, cotton candy, or the super-hot rose gold color. There are even particular creations like mermaid, unicorn, rainbow, metallic platinum, and fiery fire burgundy to red to try. Although it’s tempting to do ombre short hair yourself, you’ll get better results having a professional colorist do it for you.

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Unicorn Pink Ombre for Short Hair

Unicorn Pink Ombre for short hair
Instagram @katieloveshair

Q&A with style creator, Katie Walters
Independent Salon Suite Stylist @ Katie’s Hair Loft in Cincinnati, OH

How would you describe this?

This is a fun mix of bright pinks and purples, placed together under a deep violet shadow root. The best thing about this color is the few hidden pops of blue! Adding a shadow root makes the short ombre hair color appear more lived-in and organic and makes the bright colors really pop. All products used were Pulp Riot.

What’s your best advice?

If you are thinking about having a fun unicorn pink ombre like this, consider the commitment it will take. Ask your stylist what you can do at home to best maintain these colors! Before committing to vivid colors, you have to make sure they fit into your lifestyle and budget!

A texture spray is key, and a great dry shampoo is a must to get you through with fewer washes to keep the color as long as possible!

Short Black to Cherry Red Ombre

Short Black to Cherry Red Ombre
Instagram @montanatayylor

Q&A with style creator, Montana Daniels
Hairstylist @ Shannon Aleksandr’s Salon in Evansville, IN


How would you describe this?

This is a fashion color melt black to cherry red ombre. Don’t you love how the reds and violets blend and intertwine together? This works wonderfully and gives it that pop of contrast because there is a darker base going into those bold ends.

What’s your best advice?

It is a lot of maintenance. Expect to go into the salon between 3-6 weeks to get it touched up. If that’s not in your beauty budget, look at something not as bold as this. Use a color maintenance shampoo/conditioner and moisturizing shampoos and conditioner. Alternate between both to boost the shine and softness. Try Redken products on your hair. Colors like these love any product that is protein/moisture based. The color molecules are attracted to that hair which helps prolong your color.

We use a heat protectant, leave in conditioner, and do deep conditioning treatments in the salon. Your hair needs to be healthy for these ombre colors. If you aren’t already a lighter brown or blonde, you’ll have to lighten your hair to achieve these fiery red ends.

It’ll bring out the pink in your skin, so be prepared to change your makeup routine or get a different foundation. It can be a huge shock if you’ve never had red hair before.

Sandy Blonde Ombre on Short Hair

Q&A with style creator, Giselle Ramirez
Owner @ Studio G in Pasadena, CA


How would you describe this?

This is a sandy blonde ombre on short hair. While toning, ask for a darker tone at the root area, then have it melted it down to this pretty sandy color.

What’s your best advice?

Use Paul Mitchell Blonde Me Shampoo and Conditioner or the Blue Joico Moisturizing Deep Conditioner. The hair will change texture after getting a style like this.

Black to Silver Ombre Hair

Black to Silver Ombre Hair
Instagram @maloriemhair

Rock this two toned short ombre hair color for a next level confident look. The longer bob cut retains the classic quality of this modern hairstyle.

Chocolate to Toffee Ombre Hair Color

Short Chocolate Ombre Hair Color
Instagram @hairbyannem

A highly contrasting combination of dark and light brunette is an exciting one to try! These hues would complement tan and warm undertones beautifully.

Copper Brown to Copper Blonde Ombre

Copper Brown to Copper Blonde Ombre
Instagram @lynniekjones

One of the hottest trends in the ombre world is this fiery copper color-melt that looks totally impressive on any length – short, medium, or long! This shade works best on warm to neutral skin tones.

Purple to Sapphire Ombre on Short Hair

Purple to Sapphire ombre on short hair
Instagram @____________han

Strong fashion colors like a wonderful sapphire hue is a bit hard to maintain, so a great way to wear this is with a short haircut like this flattering straight bob.

Sun-Kissed Blonde Ombre for Short Choppy Hair

Sun-Kissed Blonde Ombre for short Choppy Hair
Instagram @stephengarrison

Get the cool ombre beach waves on your short hair for a great summer look! These trendy sun-kissed short ombre strands would look best on any textured wavy hair.

Natural Dark Roots to Light Blonde Ombre

Natural Dark Roots to Light Blonde Ombre
Instagram @lemynkhair

Q&A with style creator, Jaz McMillan
Stylist @ leMYNK Hair in Cairns, QLD


How would you describe this?

Soft-toned textured bob, effortless but stylish. This bob can be dressed up or dressed down and is perfect for any occasion or personality. The melt and blended ombre colors + healthy shine was created by OWAY’s Hcolor.

Any advice for someone considering it?

This beautiful colorful ombre and cut create a shape to flatter the neck and collar bone while still leaving length to frame the face.

Short Black to Cherry Ombre with Fringe

Short Black to Cherry Ombre with Fringe
Instagram @natjtmhair

Q&A with style creator, Natalie Morrow
Aveda Stylist / Colorist @ Leading Edge Salon in Santa Rosa, CA


How would you describe this?

This short ombre hair color is a good balance between classic and edgy. The textured bob is timeless, low maintenance, while bright red ombre is pretty daring and a high commitment. The simple cut makes the bold ombre color very wearable and not so shocking. If your base is a dark natural color, it’s pretty low maintenance as far as reds go.

What’s your best advice?

For the color, lighten the ends before applying the red. Bright red fades very quickly but is difficult to get out completely if you decide you want it gone. Visit your colorist every 6 weeks to refresh your red ends, and use a color-safe shampoo. Wash your hair as little as possible. To rinse it, use as cold as you can tolerate to seal in the color. Bright red hair is a lifestyle, to say the least! Every 12 weeks you’ll need to bring up your grown out ombre with some highlights. This will keep the transition point between your base and the red right around your eye level.

Short Burgundy to Honey Blonde Ombre with Bangs

Short Burgundy to Honey Blonde Ombre with Bangs
Instagram @hair_with_mel

Q&A with style creator, Melissa Johnson
Master Lead Stylist and Educator @ Designers Salon Spa in Chisago City, MN


How would you describe this?

This is a short hair ombré – a pop of an intense red at the regrowth for vibrancy and depth. The ombre fades into a light caramel color which melts into a soft blonde onto her ends. These colors melted together so beautifully! This matched perfectly creating wildfire ombre hair colors!

What’s your best advice?

The most ideal face shape would be oval but heart, round, and square can also work wonderfully with this short hair ombre melt.

Products used are Davines treatment oil, Davines curl building serum, and Aveda air control for a light hold with a shiny vibe. Extremely coarse and curly hair might have a harder time with this color because it wouldn’t blend as easy, but if done right you can make it work!

Short Hair with a Mint Ombre

Short hair with a Mint Ombre
Instagram @alex_coloriste

Q&A with style creator, Alexandre Gregoire
Colorist @ PRIVÉ Par David D’Amours in Montreal, QC


How would you describe this?

It’s an edgier take on a classic short ombre hair color. A semi permanent color was used, so it washes out fairly quickly. Short hair with mint ombre is super hot right now!

What’s your best advice?

Keep your ombre color and hair this length by getting a haircut more often.

Rose Gold Color Ombre

Rose Gold color Ombre
Instagram @southmarksouth

Q&A with style creator, Mark South
Master Hairstylist / Owner @ M&K Studio Salon in Albuquerque, NM


How would you describe this?

This rich rosy ombré color for short hair is not only fun, but has its own personality! It features an amazing combination of color with the length of the haircut. It’s a perfect way to add some flavor to a shorter style.

What’s your best advice?

Go for it! Have a thorough consultation with your stylist who you can trust with their honest opinion regarding your skin type and style and whether or not you can “pull it off.”

Something to keep in mind: Rosier tones tend to fade faster so expect to come in to refresh your toner about a week sooner than you normally would in order to keep your new ombre color on point!

Black to Blue Ombre on Short Hair

Black to Blue Ombre on a woman with short hair
Instagram @spicyburrito

Q&A with style creator, Talisa Correa
Stylist @ B-Bombshell Salon in New Westminster, BC


If you love how bright color melts into the base then this dark ombre hair color is for you.

What’s your best advice?

Get a quality shampoo and conditioner.

For this ombre hairstyle specifically, it is an excellent choice for women with short hair wanting a bit of something extra without going crazy. Jewel tones work amazingly well on all skin types, and are a great choice for darker hair since they don’t require such extensive lightening to achieve. An ombre hairstyle is also an awesome way to add lots of color without having to deal with roots!

Mocha to Raspberry Ombre Mermaid Hair

Mocha to raspberry ombre mermaid hair
Instagram @madbydesign

Q&A with style creator, Madelaine Green
Stylist @ Hair Fx in Winnipeg, Manitoba


How would you describe this?

This mocha to raspberry ombre mermaid hair is a great blend of natural hair color/root, fading into the raspberry-colored ends.

What’s your best advice?

This ombre color is a lengthy process. The girl in this photo started out at a level 4/5 dark brown (natural).

To lift the hair light enough for the fashion colors to show up their true color the hair has to get quite light. This can take 2-3 sessions, so be patient! One issue with lightening the hair so much is that is can get quite porous, and although the color deposits nicely onto it, it will also fade a lot faster.

Sleek Short Bob Ombre

Sleek short Bob ombre
Instagram @karaleexhair

Q&A with style creator, Kara Morgan
Hairstylist @ Laura Bell Nails Hair and Beauty in Falmouth / Penryn, Cornwall


How would you describe this?

This is a sleek ombre bob. If you want to stay light, ask for more of a root shadow in your hair rather than bringing the short ombre root down too far.

What’s your best advice?

Don’t take the root down too far. Because the hair is shorter, you’ll would need to bring the blonde higher a lot quicker.

Don’t you love the blend from the root black to blonde? It’s a seamless blend and the hair sits perfectly at this shoulder length!

Subtle Reverse Peach Ombre for Women with Short Hair

Subtle Reverse Peach Ombre for women with short hair
Instagram @kazu_bonds

Q&A with style creator, Kazuma
Stylist / Colourist @ Good Day Hairshop in Toronto, ON


How would you describe this?

This is a reverse ombre with a subtle peach gradient. Notice the root’s pink slowly transitioning into a more natural color. Reverse ombre is a trending combination that creates a very different color from conventional ombre hairstyles. The red to blonde gives a slight transition at the top.

What’s your best advice?

Pastels are notoriously difficult to maintain as it fades and may become brassy with each shampoo. This is totally fine for women who are okay with a gradual change in their hair’s color. If you’re not one of those women, one way to maintain the initial color would be to use a pink shampoo and pink conditioner.

Additionally, since the hair becomes dry and damaged during the bleaching process, it is also recommended to care for the hair at home. This can be done by applying a hair repair mask or any hydrating leave-in treatment (typically an oil or cream). Most salons can provide this treatment service as well.

Rooty Platinum Blonde Ombre on Short Hair

Rooty Platinum Ombre on a short haircut
Instagram @_isabellehair

Q&A with style creator, Isabelle Hermo
Colourist @ La Unica Salon in Drummoyne, NSW


How would you describe this?

Ombré hairstyles are something that will be on-trend for many years to come!

This is a flawless blend of a rich brown root melting into a beautiful creamy blonde. If you are looking to try a brown to platinum blonde, this one shines.

This gorgeous ombre color seamlessly melts into each tone from dark to light.

What’s your best advice?

An ombré is a style that allows you to be that fun blonde and also a shiny, healthy brunette.

If you want to be this color without the high maintenance of coming every four to eight weeks, this is definitely the style for you. Warmer skin tones should stick to a cool-toned blonde (ice * white). Cooler skin tones should stick to warm-toned blondes (sandy & beige).

If you want to try shorter ombre hair use professional products to ensure your hair doesn’t go brassy from day to day lifestyle choices. The Nova Fusion De Lorenzo Silver Shampoo and Conditioner are a great product line for all blondies! They provide the best long-term results for women between visits.

Dark Brown to Light Brown Ombre on a Shorter Haircut

Dark Brown to Light Brown Ombre on a shorter haircut
Instagram @colorbydd

Q&A with style creator, Dominique DeFrancesco
Color Specialist @ De La Mer Salon in Bellmore, NY


How would you describe this?

This brown ombre look on a shorter haircut is effortless and chic.

What’s your best advice?

This color is considered somewhat low maintenance. It will make you feel lighter and brighter without having to get a touch up so frequently.

Short Cut Shadowed Root Brown to Ashy Blonde Ombre

Q&A with style creator, Shelby Stevens
Hairstylist @ Monroe on Mane in Sturbridge, MA


How would you describe this?

This is a shadowed root blonde ombre short hair style. The added depth at the root creates a bolder effect than the natural tone in most cases.

This look is extremely low maintenance due to the fact that the root area has a super seamless smudged effect for little to no grow out.

Most of the time this ombre on short hair can be maintained with the proper at home care and salon visits three to four times a year!

What’s your best advice?

This style is an ideal option for women wanting ombre highlights!

Short Hairstyle with Dark Black to Metallic Ombre

Q&A with style creator, Tenille Mellan
Owner @ Imperial Hair Studio in Penrith, NSW


How would you describe this?

Silver ombre hair can be funky but elegant. It starts with the grey balayage which gives it not only lightness on the ends, but blended depth throughout the top. The ombre hair color for short hair has a beautiful dark/light contrast.

The blunt cut to the shoulders enhances thickness for a client with such fine hair. Styling with a loose wave gives it more body and texture.

What’s your best advice?

As seen in the picture, a little trick is to finish this ombre off is with a little sea salt spray. The spray added some much needed edge and texture to this amazing ombre style. The metallic color is hard to polish off but when done right, looks absolutely gorgeous.

Chestnut to Caramel Brown Ombre on Short Hair

Chestnut to Caramel Brown Ombre on a woman with shorter hair
Instagram @designsbywhit

Q&A with style creator, Whitney Carroll
Hairstylist / Balayage Specialist @ Em Salon and Spa in Salem, OR


How would you describe this?

This ombre color is a first session balayage working to remove previous box color. It’s a combo of balayage and foilyage to add some extra dimension.

With balayage, there are no lines as it grows out.

What’s your best advice?

When going lighter from any box color, it’s always a process. The same goes if your hair is super dark or coarse/resistant.

If it is your first balayage service, it’s important to remember it can take a few sessions to build the dimension and give you the lightness you desire to get the overall ombre-ish color scheme. Trust the process! It really all depends on the haircut and color. The stylist should be able to place the lightener where it will accentuate your features or haircut best.

This color will definitely work best when used in conjunction with professional products to maintain the color. A good professional moisture shampoo, a professional leave-in conditioner, a heat protectant, and a styling side will help the style look the best and maintain the hair’s integrity. Brown ombre hair is a solid choice.

Short Cinnamon Red to Peach Blonde Ombre

Q&A with style creator, Tanya
Hairdresser @ Hair by Tanya in Broadbeach, QLD


How would you describe this?

This is a warm, autumn-toned red with tones of peach and cinnamon with a rich warm brown base. The best part of this red ombre is the warm tones.

What’s your best advice?

Go for it! Ombré works with all hair lengths. Short, cropped hair with a shadowed root area will give depth to the root area, adding texture and the illusion of thicker hair. Medium length hair is great for the same reason and you can wear it in a sleek bob or curl it for some extra texture. And we have all seen the perfect ombré on long, lush hair.

This ombre color is also relatively low maintenance if you match the darker base to the level of your natural color. If you have greys, it is an easy job to just touch up the root area every five to six weeks, along with a toner through the lightened ends.

Short Mermaid Green to Neon Green Ombre

Short hairstyle with Mermaid Green to Neon Green Ombre
Instagram @pink.dagger

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


How would you describe this?

If you relate color to food, you could describe this as Fun Dip Ombré!

The coolest part about this green and blue ombre style has to be the neon ends. Who doesn’t love neon?!

What’s your best advice?

This neon ombre color is high maintenance. It’s important to use cold water, sulfate-free shampoos, and heat protectants with ombre hair colors this vibrant. This color will fade over time so you have a blank canvas for your next hairstyle!

Dark to Light Purple Ombre on a Short Pixie

Dark to Light Purple Ombre on a Short Pixie
Instagram @hairxariana

Q&A with style creator, Ariana Castiglia
Hair & Wig Stylist @ Hair by Ariana in Orange County, CA


How would you describe this?

This is a punk pixie look that is a combination of edgy and whimsical. Dark to light purple ombre on a short pixie? Yes, please!

What’s your best advice?

Take this journey with a stylist you trust. The day to day maintenance is pretty low (put in a little product, ruffle and go), but it does require a visit to your salon every four to six weeks to maintain the color and cut.

All women can rock a short pixie with funky colors like this blue to purple to silver color combination, you just need the right stylist to specialize the ombre/cut for you. A good stylist can give you the color and pixie cut in the picture. Purple ombre hair color ideas for short hair might be harder to find, but it can be worth it.

Brown to Golden Brown Ombre on Short Layered Hair

Brown to Golden Brown Ombre on Short Layered Hair
Instagram @hairwithhart

Q&A with style creator, Georgeanne Harter
Stylist @ Statements The Salon in Woodbridge, VA


How would you describe this?

Brown to golden brown ombre on short layered hair is a hot color trend at the moment.

What’s your best advice?

This ombre color is ideal for women who more warm tones in their hair.

With lightened hair, it’s important to use some kind of thermal protectant before applying the heat. The key to perfecting this style is using an oil or serum when finishing the style to piece out the curls, loosen them up, and make them appear softer. This also doubles as a gloss to make the hair look smooth, sleek, and finished.

Dramatic Brown to White Champagne Ombre

Q&A with style creator, Leeann Tumidanski
Hairstylist @ Blush Salon in Goodyear, AZ


How would you describe this?

This is a dramatic brown to white champagne ombre hair color.

What’s your best advice?

For this one particular color, the natural base was kept for a more dramatic feel, making the ends almost solid blonde. Yes, you can do this with short hair!

Use a great beachy sea salt spray like Rockaway salt spray from R+Co. After curling, I mess it up a bit with your fingers and you’re done!

This brown ombre is great for almost every hair type and can be done with a variety of colors.

Espresso to Beige Ombre on a Short Bob

Espresso to Beige Ombre on a Short Bob
Instagram @kountz32

Q&A with style creator, Kiersten Kountz
Hairstylist @ About Face in Lynchburg, VA


How would you describe this?

This is an espresso to beige ombre on a short bob. The best part about this style is how well it blends. The colors, although drastically different, melt effortlessly into each other.

What’s your best advice?

Ask your styles for Aveda Color. Then ask her/him to use a green blue base to cut the red orange tones in your hair to produce a cooler-toned ombre.

Use a color conserve everyday shampoo and a blue/purple-based conditioner once a week to maintain the ashy blonde.

The color has a very low upkeep, especially if you have darker roots already. It allows you to let it grow out without seeing the line of demarcation as opposed to regular highlights, but still looks sassy by adding so much blonde.

Short Chin Length Hair with Ashy Blonde Ombre

Q&A with style creator, Leslie Barr
Stylist @ The Processing Bar Salon in Meridian, ID


How would you describe this?

Not many women think that they can achieve a lived-in look with shorter hair. But you can!! The best part about the contrast is that it gives you a low maintenance color.

What’s your best advice?

Use Kenra Express 10 Minute Color on the regrowth in 4n and hand-paint the mid-shaft to ends with Kenra Clay lightener. Then leave out some of the previous blonde to add a little depth within the color. Process for 20 minutes, then rinse and tone with Guy Tang’s Mydentity Titanium for five minutes on towel-dried hair.

It’s the ideal ombre color for women who love to get their hair done but don’t have to ability to get in so often.

Short Wavy Bob with Red to Blonde Ombre

Q&A with style creator, Lauralei Averette
Owner / Stylist @ Shear Bliss Salon in Tuscaloosa, AL


How would you describe this?

This ombre is best described as a red to blonde. It’s great for girls who love their hair but want to change it up some by adding some color!

What’s your best advice?

Use Matrix Total Results Brass Off shampoo to keep it bright. Switch out between it and Matix Color Obsessed shampoo and conditioner to maintain your red ombre.

Short Cut with Lived-In Dark Black to Blonde Ombre

Short cut with a Lived-In Dark Black to Blonde Ombre
Instagram @glamhairbyruth

Q&A with style creator, Ruth Curran
Hairstylist & Educator @ Velvet Lounge Hair Parlour in Vancouver, BC


How would you describe this?

This short cut with lived-in dark black to blonde ombre is versatile. We all would rather spend more time outside than in the salon, and having a bit of a root shadow is perfect for that.

This is also a perfect length and color for sweater weather. The length is fabulous with higher necks and chunky sweaters. The color brightens up those grey days with the beauty of the blonde on the ends.

What’s your best advice?

Every blondie out there needs to invest in a purple shampoo and conditioner like Kevin Murphy’s Blonde.Angel shampoo and conditioner.

It’s great for women who don’t have too much time for the salon. This ombre features tones of blonde that only require a visit once every three to six months.

It’s also a great color for ladies with dark hair as it still keeps that beautiful natural color without overdoing the blonde.

Fall-Inspired Red and Brown Ombre on a Short Bob

Middle part bob with a Fall-Inspired Red and Brown Ombre
Instagram @hairbylima

Q&A with style creator, Janay Lima
Balayage Specialist @ Hair By Lima in South River, NJ


How would you describe this?

This is a staple fall inspired red and brown ombre on a short bob. A rich level 6 brown was used to create a heavy shadow root. Not only did the hair bring out the darker, richer tones all over the roots, but a reverse-balayage was also done to bring a few darker strands down towards the ends. This gave it a very dimensional brunette look.

What’s your best advice?

Always preserve the overall integrity of our your hair. That being said, there are a variety of products to maintain and build healthy hair while performing color services. Treating your hair should not stop there, however. Buy a quality leave-in conditioner to use at home. This will help your hair in more ways than one! For example, after you shampoo and condition, apply your leave-in throughout your ends before you brush it.

With ombre’s, the upkeep is minimal.

This ombre is for any woman, no matter the age, who would like to change up their color as well as add some dimension.

Black to Teal Blue Ombre Hair Color

Black to Teal Blue Ombre Hair Color
Instagram @crazyforuuus

Own your boldness with a sleek bob haircut. Keep it straight and side-swept for a sizzling finish.

Dark Brown to Blonde Ombre

Dark Brown to Blonde Ombre
Instagram @amyfewster_hairstylist

What a great way to represent two colors in one. With this kind of ombre, upkeep and maintenance will be the least of your problems. And grow out is effortless too!