om-bray) is from the French word meaning shaded or shading. Ombre hair colours became popular in the early 2000s with stars like Aaliyah, Vanessa Hudgens and Ciara championing the look.
Ombre is hair that is darker at the roots and blended getting lighter at the ends. Variations of this technique include balayage and dip-dye.
Balayage is a freehand colouring technique that adds dimension and frames the face. While dip-dye is a two-tone colour that gives the appearance of hair that has been ‘dipped’ into colour.
Ombre hair has a universal appeal and there’s a colour to suit everyone. Find our top ombre hair colours, below.
Proving that ombre colours look amazing on blonde hair, this Instagram babe added a bright platinum ombre to her
ash tones. Credit: @oladementeva Brown
Rich shades like
chocolate, caramel and chestnut work perfectly with a brown base. Credit: @judy.mai.hair Grey
Combine dark roots with a
silver ombre and you too can be rocking this blogger-worthy hue. Credit: @ultrafadebyrich Dark
dark brown ombre colour melt is perfect for those who are a little colour shy but still want to make their tresses pop. Credit: @marion.stylist Red
When subtle just won’t do, go bold and take on this statement
red ombre shade. Credit: @thefoxandthehair
Editor’s tip: Gently cleanse hair without stripping your colour with the and TRESemmé Colour Shineplex Shampoo . Conditioner
The unique low-foaming formula helps you get a vibrant colour and shine for up to 12 weeks without the use of parabens, dyes or sulphates.
dark tresses but want to give your look a seasonal update? Then look no further than this gorgeous espresso ombre hair colour. Credit: @hair__bydemib Purple
purple ombre hair colour will require regular root touch-ups so it’s ideal for those who are not afraid of a high maintenance hue. Credit: @michellesbeauty926 Blue
Stand out from the crowd with this show-stopping
blue ombre complete with an icy silver finish. Credit: @notanothersalon Pastel pink
We all know that pastel hues are huge (especially at summer). So update your style for a fun,
pastel pink ombre. Credit: @blondingnbalayage Silver
silver hue will look incredible come festival season. Credit: @guytang_myidentity
Editor’s tip: Due to the use of bleach and other colourants used to achieve this ombre hair colour it’s more important than ever to help restore the health of your hair.
We suggest using the
1-2 x a week to give your tresses a hit of moisture. Love Beauty And Planet Hope & Repair 2 Minute Magic Masque Ginger
ginger hair with an ombre colour for a gorgeous sunkissed finish. Credit: @constancerobbins Rose gold
We’re seriously loving this
rose gold ombre for an all year round hue that’ll sparkle come rain or shine. Credit: @kimwasabi Ash blonde
The cool tones of an ash blonde ombre will give your tresses a grey tint that’s moody and sultry.
Credit: @hairtalkbymigo Brown and blonde
Brown and blonde shades like this ombre above are like a match made in heaven.
Credit: @thebangbangcollective Caramel
Caramel ombre hair colours are always sought after and look especially great on those with warm tanned skin tones. Credit: @beautybyshorty Copper
Be the envy of all your friends with this glossy
copper ombre hair colour. Credit: @natostylist Light brown
Ombre hues can be as bold or as subtle as you like. So if you want a more natural finish this is the perfect example to show to your hair colourist.
Credit: @thefoxandthehair Green
From the cut to the colour, this poker straight
green ombre bob is ticking all our hair boxes. Credit: @notanothersalon
Editor’s tip: Want to show off your new ombre colour with a poker straight style? Be sure to use a heat protect spray like before heat styling. VO5 Heat Protect Spray Lilac
Get straight to point with this cool-girl
lilac ombre dip dye. Credit: @emmadavisonhair Auburn
Auburn hair is a reddish brown hue that looks amazing when paired with a soft blonde ombre. Credit: @izzyhairstylist Burgundy
Burgundy ombre hues have great universal appeal and will look lovely on those with darker skin tones too. Credit: @fortheloveofreds Black and red
This black and red
dip-dye ombre is giving us serious ’90s grunge vibes that we just love. Credit: @emmadavisonhair Black and silver
The fashion world can’t get enough of silver hair right now so nor should you.
Credit: @emmadavisonhair Orange
Nothing screams autumn like this
pumpkin-spiced orange ombre. Credit: @salon167 Black and orange
Not ready to go for an all over colour? Give this black and orange ombre hue a whirl.
Credit: @hairbymeaganhannon Blue and purple
This isn’t an ombre colour for the faint-hearted, but don’t let that put you off. The results are worth the high commitment.
Credit: @hairbeautybybri Brown and burgundy
This gorgeous red
wine colour melt goes really well with dark roots and will look amazing on both light and dark skin. Credit: @beautybyshorty