Long gone are the days where the blonde ombre hairstyle was the hair don’t of beach babes that had forgotten to touch up their roots. This style has made a comeback in a major way and proves that blondes really do have more fun! Stylists are creating different variations of this flirty style that prove that this trend doesn’t have to be so boring and flat. Braids, waves, curls and cut along with different dimensions of blonde amp up this style and instantly make you look like a runway angel. The possibilities are endless, to see some of them keep scrolling!
55 Stylish Blonde Ombre Hairstyles that You Must Try
If the finer points of balayage vs ombre hair color leave you scratching your head and wondering where the heck these terms came from, you are not alone. The best hair color trends of 2018 practically come with their own vocabulary! Not to worry, we’ll get you up to speed.
Ombre hair color describes the color that gradually changes from one darker shade at the roots to a different lighter shade at the ends in an even gradient. Reverse ombre, on the other hand, goes from light roots to dark ends. An ombre hairstyle can look natural (like the sun slowly lightened the ends of your hair) or bold (think bright colors or striking contrast).
Balayage is a technique for hair highlights that entails hand-painting the highlights. The result is a beautiful look that typically goes from darker roots to lighter ends. In addition to a lovely, natural effect, balayage color is easier to maintain than full color or traditional highlights because roots are not as noticeable.Balayage is always ombre, but not all ombre is necessarily balayage. Now let’s look at some hair ideas and find your best hair colors.
1) Blonde Balayage Has More Fun
Girls just wanna have fun and with this beautiful blonde balayage, they’ll have all of it! The effortless transition from brunette to soft blonde is so smooth, you’d think she was born with it. While you’ll want to use the best products to keep your hair from drying out after it’s done, this style makes any upkeep worth it.
2) Balayage Looks For the Fast-Paced Chic
A career woman is a lady who knows what she wants and how to get it and this high-contrast balayage screams, “I know my stuff!” Strut into any room with confidence with this creamy brunette-to-blonde balayage that will look as amazing in an up-do as it does free and loose.
3) An Ombre That Never Goes Out Of Style
The high-contrast of brunette falling into blonde is something that we never expected to still love these days, but with a professionally-done job like this, this is one of those “Wow, girl!” looks that simply doesn’t fade into the past. We’re glad it’s here to stay and if you’re the lady who simply can’t commit to a full blonde job, try this style on!
4) Oh, Honey—Ombre On Point!
For the girl afraid of too much commitment, we’ve got you! This honey blonde ombre allows enough change without compromising your original color. You can tell this stylist had a light hand with her coloring touch, making this a beautiful ombre for the woman who wants to try on some honey-blonde.
5) Do Go Chasing Waterfalls With Ombre Styles
To use creative license and change the lyrics of TLC, DO go chasing waterfalls, at least if it’s a look like this charming blonde ombre that cascades gently from dark to light. The blonde at the ends is heavy but because it transitions so smoothly and effortlessly from brunette to blonde in the middle, this look is obviously done by a stylist who knows their stuff.
6) Fishtail braids spice up this blunt chopped look
This is one of those cute easy hairstyles that add instant polish. The balayage color goes from a warm amber blonde to bleach blond ends – color that is just perfect for beauty waves. Taking 2 small sections of hair from the temple, braid them in a fishtail braid and connect them in the back with a hair tie. Wrap the tie in the braid and secure with a pin.
7) A platinum version of the blonde ombre hairstyle
If you want to try platinum blonde but you are not 100% sold on root-to-tip color, then this is a great place to start. The ash blonde roots subtly fade to platinum ends for a more subtle version of platinum that is just as lovely. This cut can be styled in loose waves, or straightened to really bring out the brightness of the color.
8) Messy, wavy tendrils make for an effortless look
These balayage highlights are just the epitome of “sun-kissed.” The length and color of this style are perfect for fine hair, as both add some volume and thicken up the appearance of the hair. Loose, finger combed curls are simple to style and maintain.
9) You can never go wrong with an icy balayage
Balayage is an awesome way to incorporate multiple hues and play with some pops of color. This style has an ombre blonde but with some very subtle strawberry accents. It creates a fun hint of pink that is playful yet totally works appropriately at the same time.
10) Deep dark roots plus super light ends equals perfection
This ombre blonde hair is gorgeous! Having high-contrast ombre like this is great if you like to be a little daring with your color. In this style, the dark roots gradually fade into a buttery cream and then bright blonde ends. This kind of color is totally glam and so fun – everyone should try it at least once!
11) Warm blonde ombre bob with face-framing highlights
This is ombre with an edge. You can see that the gradient (the transition from the lighter color to the darker color) is much shorter here which creates more of a “grown out roots” look than some of the other ombre hairstyles. This kind of blunt color would be easier for DIY ombre hair since it doesn’t require as much technical skill to create a long fade.
12) Tons of ash blonde dimension in this shoulder length do
Aren’t these pretty hair colors? The platinum highlights absolutely sparkle. The ombre hairstyle here is closer to the roots which feel more like highlights, but you can see the transition from darker roots to lighter ends is definitely ombre. The hand-painted balayage technique is best for shorter hair because its easier to maintain. It’s evident here in the many shades of blonde you can see throughout the color.
13) A sexy cool tone bed head channel surfer girl vibes
This sexy beach hair is sure to turn heads. The color of the ends perfectly mirrors the way the sun and saltwater would lighten the ends of your hair after a summer in the sand – minus the damage, of course! Choppy layers perfectly compliment the loose waves and beauty ombre.
14) Warmer tone ombre that fades to icy tips
Pretty hair colors of deep, dark roots fade to super-light tips in this long ombre style. Hair dye like this is simple and gorgeous. This color really makes the most of the length of a long transition from dark to light. A great ombre hairstyle can really bring out the texture and length of longer styles.
15) Super ashy highlighted strands blended throughout
Ashy blonde balayage hair highlights add the beautiful dimension to naturally blonde hair. Multiple shades of the ash blonde hair dye are applied from roots to tips in this pretty lob. This color is simple, cool, and easy to maintain. Just make sure that if you go this cool with your color that it complements your skin tone.
16) A long medium blonde ombre hairstyle
If you are into hair that is nice and easy, this color is for you. It’s also great for teens who want to try hair color without going too crazy. You can see her natural color goes from the roots all the way to the shoulders, where it fades into a single bright blonde hue. This is another great DIY ombre hair idea to try your hand at applying balayage color at home.
17) Medium length cut with piecey ombre strands
If you have fine or thin hair your stylist has probably told you about the benefits of highlights or balayage. It can thicken the strands of hair to give the appearance of more thickness than you have naturally. This style makes great use of color, layers, and wavy styling to create fullness.
18) Barely there ombre with face framing layers
This unique hair color is barely there, but it makes a statement. There are about 4 to 6 inches of ombre tips just a few shades lighter than her natural hair color. Blunt cut ends and choppy layers add to the look. It’s a creative way to use the trend without looking “trendy.”
19) A cute honey blonde ombre hairstyle
Ombre and balayage are just so great for short hair. Short hair is already more to manage with frequent trims and noticeable growth. Make your life easier with these techniques for hair highlights that compliment your natural growth. The light pieces right around the face also give the cut added shape with color.
20) A modern ombre bomb with lots of layers
The shades of blonde in this cute hairstyle come together just so to make a simple, subtle style that adds shape to the cut, too. If you like more natural color, this is a great template to follow. The middle and highlights are in the same family as the base color so it looks like the hair just happens to be light at the ends. Roots? What roots?
21) Beachy ombre color on a fiercely cut bob
You can never go wrong with unique hair color and a fierce cut. This style has both. A bob with blunt ends and perfect long bangs. Brunette-to-blonde ombre with a shape that frames the eyes and makes the face stand out in the most beautiful way. This is ombre hair color perfection!
22) A Super warm and sunny ombre bob
This style makes use of balayage to sprinkle in buttery blonde into the dark brunette. Face-framing pieces blend into ombre blonde through the middle and back of the style. The balayage technique is just perfect for this “messy on purpose” style because it feels less precise and more organic.
23) Silky straight bob with extra grown out roots
This style is a little bit dramatic, so get ready! Dark, natural roots are out to shoulder length where bright honey blonde ombre begins. The transition is pretty short, creating a more noticeable break from dark to light. This is pretty worn down, and it’s also a fun way to shake up your up-dos since you get such contrast of the colors next to one another.
24) A Glamorous take on golden blonde ombre hair
Hollywood glamour meets up with 2018 chic in this long bombshell ‘do. Isn’t that color just delicious?! Starting very high in the cut relative to the long length, a warm blonde color with reddish undertones sets off the glamorous, silky waves. Treat yourself to this tempting color.
25) Textured strawberry blonde ombre “lob”
You would be hard-pressed to find another ombre hairstyle out there that is more on-trend than this. A simple lob, parted down the middle, cut with blunt ends, and colored with honey blonde ombre with face-framing highlights. No doubt about it, this is effortless style at its best.
26) Beachy balayage hairstyle with tons of dimension
This is such a fun departure from classic bouffant curls that is still a little reminiscent but totally made over for today’s style. The side-swept part is simple and feminine. The hair is curled from nape to ends, but then finger-combed to give it a loose, undone quality. Platinum ombre tops it all off by adding the best hair color style while still looking completely natural.
27) Deep brown with ginger blonde streaks
This is another cute hairstyle that uses subtle ombre to perk up the base hair color. The cut is simple enough – a pretty lob with some short layers at the ends and around the face. The ginger color gradually changes to deep brown as it goes from the ends up to the roots. This is a great ombre hairstyle because it’s easy to do but it looks totally chic!
28) Dark brown base with white blonde pieces
It’s the ombre hair version of dirty blonde. Start with dark ash blonde roots. Then add hand-painted platinum blonde highlights that get more concentrated toward the ends, creating an ombre effect that is gorgeous and totally liberating. With cute hair color like this, “your roots are showing” turns into a compliment!
29) A Flirty beach wave ombre hairstyle
Talk about simple, this cute hair color could not be easier to wear or maintain. The cut is pretty but also basic so you don’t have to go through a whole lot of styling to make it look nice. The color is total “beach blonde” at its best – dark honey roots with bright sunny ends. Nothing like a great easy hairstyle!
30) Platinum blonde ombre with cute top knot
Glam and girly? This is your look. The ombre has a nice, even transition from sandy roots to buttery blonde ends starting about 6-7 inches down. Add some finger-combed curls and a half-up top knot and you are out the door! This is one of those cute easy hairstyles that are perfect for students who want a young, fresh style to look put together without a ton of work.
31) Curly blonde that’s perfect for date night
Beautiful blonde, meet romantic waves. This is such a cute hairstyle for date night, or really any time you want to look your best. There is so much color in the ends that you can hardly tell that it’s “ombre,” and that is what makes it so awesome! The bright sunny color starts a couple of inches from the roots and quickly saturates each strand.
32) Beautiful golden ombre with tons of volume
You can really appreciate the balayage technique in this cute hair color. The noticeable ombre effect starts about halfway down the hair, but there are a handful of strands that carry the lighter blonde color nearly to the roots, as well as a face-framing highlight. The combination of the cut, color, and styling is so pretty and timeless.
33) Blunt Blonde Bob with Ombre Hair Color
This ombre hairstyle is modern, chic, and perfect for fine hair. The bob with blunt ends lets you have a little longer while making the most of your natural texture. A couple of slight layers in the front frame the face, and the ombre blonde color adds some depth and thickness to round it all out.
34) Bright Blonde Cute Cowgirl Curls
The strawberry blonde base color on this style is left to shine through all the way to the ends on some strands, while an ombre effect takes the rest of the hair to a bright platinum hue. The ombre is also a little a-symmetrical to compliment the movement of the cut, which is perfect for styling with curls.
35) Quick Beach Blonde with Texture
Lucky for us in this day and age, there’s a way to look like you just came from the beach every day of the year. This ombre hair and tousled cut are reminiscent of the effects of salt and sand. It’s an instant pick-me-up for your entire appearance.
36) Silky, Shiny Silver Ombre Hair
The “gray hair” trend lives on in this unique hair color. The roots are a silvery gray and the tips are a cool whitish gray. The ombre hair technique and color really shine in this silky straight style. If you’ve got long, luxurious locks and the gumption to pull off silver hair then good on you!
37) Some Fine, Blonde Hair Ideas
There aren’t many long cuts that fine or thin haired ladies can rock, but this is one of them! The ombre hair goes from a light shade of auburn to white blonde tips. When you lighten the hair it roughs up the strands and makes them look thicker than they are. Add in some loose curls and you’ve got a winning look!
38) Nothing but White Hot Ombre Hair
This is the perfect sexy combination of a lob cut, some deconstructed curls, and ombre white blonde hair. The choppy ends and subtle layers totally set it off. This is city chic hair to be sure, and it’s easy to boot! Ask your stylist to show you how to curl your hair to get this look, and once you get it down you’ll be in hair heaven.
39) Head-turning Ombre Hair for Olive Skin
The dark roots and warm, golden blonde end with plenty of hair highlights to blend the two are gorgeous for olive-toned gals. Think of it like going blonde and just taking ownership of your roots. Yes, I’m a bottle blonde, and proud of it!
40) The Perfect Ombre Blonde Hair
Isn’t this one of the best hair ideas you’ve ever seen? If you’ve got the right hair texture (medium thick and mostly straight) this is one of those cute easy hairstyles that will give people hair envy! The blonde subtly goes from cool ash to cool honey, and the blunt layers set the look with perfection.
41) Bouncy and Voluminous Warm Ombre Curls
The way this look is cut with soft ends and styled with big, bouncy curls really brings out the shine of the ombre hair. The color goes from light brunette to a rich honey blonde. This style beautifully combines old Hollywood glamour and fresh current trends.
42) Cool Minimalist Ombre Blonde Color
This is one of those cute easy hairstyles that you can easily maintain because the ombre hair is so close to the base color. Can’t make it back to the salon for a touch-up? No problem! The ash blonde roots and nearly platinum tips are still in the same family and they blend perfectly together. They’d simply grow out into a longer version of this gorgeous color.
43) Sexy, Cool Blunt Ombre Bob
It’s the perfect storm of short, choppy layers, beachy waves, and ombre style cool blonde. The way this artful ombre is done on the shortcut is almost as if her hair has its own professional lighting. Who doesn’t want to walk around like this all day?!
44) Beautiful Cascading Blonde Ombre Curls
Naturally brunette but you have a hankering for some blonde? This is a great way to do it! The warm blonde balayage color is delicate and still bold. The cut and curls certainly mean business, and the color only takes the glam up a notch. There’s no reason to fear a new color with balayage. It really is an antidote to some of the worst color nightmares.
45) Modern and Unique Hair Color
This ombre hair has a lot of contrast from very dark roots to white blonde tips. There’s also a blend from warmer to cooler colors which is interesting really pretty. This takes your typical “sunkissed” balayage and kicks it up a notch…or five. While this color is daring, it’s fabulous if you are willing to style outside the box.
46) Cute Short Platinum Ombre Choppy Bob
Keeping with the trends of the moment, the base color on this style is almost a silvery gray hue. The tips are a true platinum blonde. Unlike ombre that uses the base color God gave you, this style includes allover color, which means you could also do this combo as reverse ombre. It’s beautiful, but its also a little more high-maintenance than many of the other balayage or ombre hair looks.
47) Ultra Glam Black and White Ombre
Move on over, the diva has arrived! There are so many awesome things about this hairstyle. Let’s start with the color. Almost black brunette roots to shimmery platinum blonde. Amazing. Then there’s the style. It’s a shiny blowout that perfectly shows off the daring color. Wallflowers need not apply.
48) Baby’s First Ombre Hair Dye
If you are wondering how to ombre hair and make it look good on you, just keep it simple and look at this perfect starter style for inspiration. You’ve got a basic shoulder-length cut and light brunette hair. A touch of honey ombre on the last 6-8 inches is a perfect ombre starter style.
49) Bombshell Ombre Hair in White Blonde
If you have been blessed with naturally blonde hair, then you are already pretty special. This version of ombre will just top you off. The mink blonde roots are only a few shades off from the white blonde ends, bit the contrast adds a vibrancy to the hair that is just spectacular.
50) Ombre All Day Every Day
The beauty gods have spoken and this might just be the ultimate quick, easy hairstyle. Long layered hair that you can wear down or pull up in a snap? Check. Positively sun-kissed, effortless ombre in a golden blonde color? Yup. Wanting to wake up looking like this every darn day? You betcha.
51) Charming Curls and Precision Color
It takes a confident lady to pull off big bouncy curls like this. The color is simply gorgeous. Amber blonde roots, buttery blonde ends, face-framing ombre highlights, and balayage effect. It’s all pulled together in this precision style that makes masterful use of curls and layers. The result is romantic and pulled-together.
52) Transformation from Tawny to Terrific
This is proof positive that damaged hair and unsightly roots can, in fact, be saved. A brighter blonde and some toner take this borderline orange to a cool silvery blonde. The ombre is a lot closer to the scalp and is used to expertly blend the roots so they can grow out healthy.
53) Layered Ombre Hair with Silky Waves
Another long, layered look for the fine haired ladies! The Ombre color comes in full force from the shoulders down, and a few strategic ombre highlights are brought up toward the face. This creates a really pretty effect with the face-framing layers all around the front of this cut.
54) Totally Gorgeous Ombre Blonde Curls
First and foremost, if your hair is naturally curly like this then you should win a prize. The color and layered cut keep the curls from looking bulky and really plays up her natural texture of the hair. Since curly hair tends to be drier, just be sure to deep condition on the regular when you lighten the color.
55) Like, Whoa, Precision Blonde Ombre
OK, ladies, this is some Kim Kardashian level glam so get ready to work that hair! The ombre fade from light brown to white blonde is absolutely flawless. Notice that you don’t see the signature hand-painted balayage highlights in this style – it’s true ombre color. Wearing it perfectly straight and with a bold blunt cut just lets everybody know that your beauty means business.
55 Pretty Blonde Ombre Hairstyles
There you have it, ladies. The next time you hear one of your friends wondering, “what is ombre,” you can let them in on the deets. As you can see, these hairstyles are gorgeous and so versatile. Ombre can work on short or long hair and can look really organic or very glam. If you want to take the dive into ombre color it’s not a bad idea to look into salons that specialize in the ombre hair dye technique, particularly if you want a style that is a little more precision. Go simple and subtle, or dive in! You’ll have a fresh new style and it will grow out beautifully (without roots).
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