Inspirational short ombre hair ideas

Ink | 13 April 2016

Who said ombre was just reserved for those with long locks? Here are 6 gorgeous ideas to help you rock the look.

Thought ombre was a technique reserved only for those with long, flowing locks? Think again. In truth, this subtler-than-dip-dye-but-more-striking-than-highlights colouring method works just as well on shorter crops. Actually – and as proved by a number of celebrities and social media influencers – there are plenty of short ombre hair ideas out there to rival even the coolest examples on dramatic, long tresses. And just between us, we happen to think shorter cuts make for the perfect blank canvas on which to experiment with more statement-making hues and combinations.

So what are you waiting for? Join the short ombre hair camp now with one of our top 10 inspirational picks, guaranteed to turn heads wherever (or however short) you go.

6 Short ombre hair ideas to try now

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Chocolate brown and honey blonde melt: Sophia Bush. Getty Images

1. Dark chocolate brown to honey blonde

Take a leaf out of actress Sophia Bush’s book and take your classic brunette bob to sophisticated new heights with a honey blonde ombre. The trick to achieving an ultra-flattering outcome is to work in some sunnier, face-framing highlights that’ll help to brighten up your complexion and enhance that sun-kissed glow.

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Ash brown to dirty blonde: Jessica Alba. Credit: Getty Images

2. Ash brown to dirty blonde

This chic, muted approach to ombre colouring is perfect for those with medium skin or warm undertones like Jessica Alba – not to mention both are brilliantly modern colours that are currently trending. Keep the graduation super subtle with a few face-framing highlights for the most elegant outcome.

Jourdan Dunn short ombre hair
Espresso to burnt caramel: Jourdan Dunn. Credit: Getty Images

3. Espresso to burnt caramel

Looking to give your naturally dark locks a summery spin? Then look no further than model Jourdan Dunn’s mane for a bit of #hairinspo. To get it right, work in a subtle, burnt caramel ombre that graduates all the way into a lovely golden blonde hue, right at the very tip. As long as the transition in colour is kept subtle (don’t skip out on a highly skilled colourist for this one), it works a treat on straight, wavy and curly hair.

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Subtle pixie ombre: Jennifer Lawrence. Credit: Getty Images

4. Subtle ombre on pixie cut

Who says you have to miss out on the ombre trend just because you’re rocking a cool little pixie crop. Take a leaf out of Jennifer Lawrence’s book and amp up your dark blonde locks with subtle sunny ombre highlights that’ll help brighten up your complexion in an instant.

Alexa chung short brown ombre hair
Barely-there brown ombre: Alexa Chung. Credit: Getty Images

5. Barely-there brown ombre

Alexa Chung’s barely-there ombre effect on her uber-short bob just epitomises the cool girl’s approach to this, now mainstream, hair colouring trend. To complete this effortless look, remember to work in soft layers and lots of texture for a lightly tousled effect.

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Dark brown to blonde ombre: Ciara. Credit: Getty Images

6. Darkest brown to dull blonde

The most effective way to work ombre on short hair if you have dark skin is to retain that naturally deep brown colour and build in lighter (though not necessarily brighter) blonde shades using balayage. The trick is to keep those golden tones more muted for the most elegant, natural-looking effect that makes your locks look like they’ve been kissed by the sun. And don’t forget those face-framing highlights, ideal for instantly brightening up your complexion.


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