Ombre hair color, believe it or not, has only been around since 2012. Originally it was called “dip dye,” as the light brown ombre and dark brown ombre hair looked as if the hair was literally dipped in color at the ends.
Nowadays, the ombre hair color technique has become more refined and sophisticated. If you’re thinking about going lighter or trying out a different hue, you can use the ombre technique to give it a whirl. Have your colorist apply ombre heavily to your hair. That means starting the color higher up on the shaft as opposed towards the ends; the heavier the ombre is applied, the lighter, or darker, or redder your hair will look.
15 Light Brown Ombre Styles
Looking for some inspiration for your new look? Read on for some of our favorite ombre for brown hair ideas from light brown ombre ideas to darker shades:
1. Beachy Blonde Ombre
If you’ve been toying with the idea of going full-on blonde, but concerned about the commitment, road test the shade by finding a wig with heavy blonde hues down on light brown hair. This light brown ombre is your true shade by the crown then becomes very blonde.
2. Two-Tone Ombre
The two-tone ombre or dark brown ombre is a nod to the classic or original ombre style. Hair is treated with color starting at the cheekbone and gets lighter and brighter at the ends.
3. Caramel and Blonde Ombre
This soft, light brown ombre style is achieved by combining pale caramel and light blonde shades. Instantly, your hair has that cool surfer chick vibe. Keep the vibe going with a dose of salt spray for that wind-tousled look. A spray or two of Bed Head by TIGI Queen Beach Salt Infused Texture Spray, scrunch hair and go.
4. Face-Framing Ombre
Perfect for bobs, lobs, and well, any length of hair, this dark brown ombre style has face-framing ombre highlights near the face. For the rest of the head, the ombre starts lower on the shaft.
5. Blonde on Blonde on Brown Ombre
Curly hair and color-treated hair can become dry (or drier). To boost hair health, rotate TRESemmé Repair & Protect 7 Shampoo and Conditioner into your cleansing repertoire. The color-safe shampoo and conditioner boost moisture with the help of biotin into your hair.
6. Caramel Ombre
Dark hair can get a boost of color with subtle caramel shades. This take on light brown ombre hair color focuses on just the ends of the hair for a super subtle shift in color.
7. Red Brown Ombre
Punch up your hues with red-brown tones. Keep your brunette hue fresh and shiny. Add shine to your style with Bed Head by TIGI Masterpiece Shine Hairspray.
8. Mid Shaft Ombre
Try blonde tones only towards the end to create this ombre style. That mid-length transition color perfectly captures the light brown ombre trend.
9. Pale Pumpkin Ombre
Pale pumpkin shades create a light brown ombre look. Mix it with a bob with flipped ends for runway style.
10. Purple and Red Ombre
Wake up dark hair with an ombre combination of non-complementary colors like purple and red. This unexpected combination makes a major statement and works for virtually every season!
11. Icy Cool Blue Ombre
Take dark brown ombre to another level with blue tones. This unexpected twist on the classic ombre look is eye-catching and flattering on a range of skin tones.
12. Blorange Ombre
Be creative with ombre for dark brown hair with blorange hues. This fall-toned color is both super vibrant and unexpected!
13. Honey Blonde Ombre
Try this honey blonde ombre style by mixing light brown ombre on brown hair. A color expert will be able to create this perfect blend with ease!
14. Light Brown Ombre
To wake up dark brown hair, add in a few light brown tones to update the look. This look is ideal for someone looking to add some easy dimension to their strands.
15. Blonde Light Brown Ombre
Look outdoorsy with a light brown ombre that embraces blond, honey blonde, and light brown shades. Prevent color from going off or turning brassy when you style by spritzing on Bed Head by TIGI Dumb Blonde Toning Protection Spray before you style it.
Are you thinking about trying one of these styles? Be sure to take a picture and tag us @AllThingsHairUS!