25 Dark Ombré Hair Looks to Try in 2021

Say hello to your new favorite look: ombré dark hair.

One of the hottest-trending hairstyles of the year, just as it has been in years past, is the ombré look. The drastic gradient from light ends to a dark-rooted ombré is too captivating for anyone to pass up, and is one of the reasons it’s stood the test of time for several years now. Its versatility means it works on just about any hair color or skin tone, and one of our favorite spins on this hot trend is the dark ombré hair look. This dark ombré style goes from deep, dark roots to drastically lightened ends, and honestly, this might be our favorite way to wear the style thus far.

If you’re looking for a chic new hair color trend to try out, we definitely recommend trying out this ombré dark hairstyle:

1. Classic

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Nothing beats this classic dark ombré hair look.

A classic look for a classic girl. To get healthier, shinier hair like above, try using Suave Professionals Keratin Infusion Smoothing Hair Serum after styling your hair.

2. Blue Ombré

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Make your ombré dark hair stand out with this vibrant blue color.

Want your dark ombré hair to really pop out from the crowd? Then try out this cosmic-blue tone for your ends.

3. Loose Waves

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Keepin’ it wavy with these loose waves.

Give your ombré locks a bit of body and volume with these loose waves. To give your waves some texture, try using the Bed Head by TIGI Stick when styling.

4. Tight Curls

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Tight curls with dark ombré hair is all you need for the ultimate style.

Go full-on voluminous and funky with these tight, bouncy curls!

5. Multi-Toned

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Make a statement with your locks by adding multi-tones to your hair!

Why only have two shades when you can have three? Adding an extra color (or two) gives your hair a style that’s as unique as you.

6. Subtle Ombré

dark ombré hair subtle
A simple, low maintenance style for the girls who enjoy the simple things in life.

If you’re into a more low-profile look, then lightening up your ends with a soft blonde color is the best choice for you.

7. Yellow

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This pop of yellow will surely get some heads turning.

We’re keeping our style mellow with this yellow hue.

8. Chocolate Brown

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This dark hair ombré look is one of the sweetest styles out there.

Ready to create the sweetest look around? Then try out some chocolate brown ends for a simple and sexy ombré. If you want big, bold curls like the ones above, then try adding some volume to your hair with the TRESemmé Pro Pure Volume Invisible Styler.

9. Black Cherry Ombré

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From jet black roots to cherry red ends, this style screams badass.

This sultry red pigment is perfect for girls who want to add some attitude to their style.

10. Black to Copper Ombré

gurl with black and copper ombré hair
Lighten your dark ombré look with copper.

Black ombré hair has been gaining lots of popularity. If you want to stay clear of transitioning to blonde tones, but still want to lighten up your shade, opt for a black to copper dark ombré look.

11. Sleek Ponytail

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An ombré style paired with a sleek ponytail is hard to beat.

This sleek, glossy ponytail reaches new levels of posh with this drastic ombré effect. Give your ponytail the ultimate sheen by using Bed Head by TIGI Headrush Shine Hairspray.

12. Retro Curls

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Give this retro style a modern spin with dark ombré hair.

This vintage style is getting a major upgrade with dark ombré hair. Make sure your curls stay in place all day long without any crunch or residue by using TRESemmé TRES Two Mega Firm Control Gel.

13. Middle Part

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A simple style with a pop of color.

Give your average middle part the style makeover it deserves by creating a dark ombré hair look. When coloring your hair, it’s important to take care of it properly so your strands stay fresh between touch-ups. We love Nexxus Color Assure Shampoo and Conditioner because it keeps your color looking vibrant for up to 40 washes.

14. Light Brown

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This subtle ombré hair dark to light look makes a major impact on your hairstyles.

If you’re not a fan of the drastic dark brown to blonde look, then go for a subtler appearance by dying your ends a light brown shade.

15. Caramel

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Satisfy your color cravings with caramel ends.

These caramel ends have us drooling for more hot hairstyles!

16. Updo

dark ombré hair updo
Make any updo stand out with dark ombré hair.

Even the simplest of updos can get a major style upgrade with some lightened ends and dark roots.

17. Oil Slick

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Go for oil slick ends to get a truly rebellious look.

One of the hottest hair trends is the “oil slick” color, which is a combination of softened ultraviolet, blue and green hues (much like the hues you’d find in—you guessed it!—the reflection of gas or oil when dropped on water). We’re completely enamored by the look, and it gives any dark ombré hair a cool edge.

18. Millennial Pink

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Get Insta-worthy locks with this soft pink color.

One of the top colors that has been taking over the world and our Instagram feeds is millennial pink. From shoes to nail polish, and even home décor, the color is a hit with just about everyone on the Internet. Of course, we can’t get enough of this millennial pink ombré hairstyle!

19. Dark Ombré on Natural Hair

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Wear it loud and proud. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

Whether you wear your hair blown out or curly, trying an ombré look on your hair can enhance the look of your hairstyle. For a subtle look, go just a few shades lighter than your natural hair color.

20. Ash Blonde on Long Hair

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Update your long dark hair with a pop of blonde.

Platinum blonde can feel like a drastic change on a really dark base. Ease your way into a new hue by opting for muted tones. This ash-blonde ombré is a great place to start.

21. Black to Pink Dark Ombré Hair

girl with black to pink ombré braids
Try an ombré look with braids.

Want to add a bold color to your hair, but still keep some of it dark? A dark ombré hairstyle like this is the perfect way to keep your dark hair while trying out a bright, bold color.

22. Red Velvet Ombré Hair

girl with black to red ombré hair
Transitioning black to red looks stunning.

Want to go for dark ombré hair, but aren’t sure what to pick? We love how this black to red velvet color looks! It’s the perfect dark omnbré hair for fall!

23. Ombré Ends

dark brown ombré hair
This classic look focuses on coloring the ends.

If you’re wanting to try out this gradient hue, but don’t want to commit to dyeing a large portion of hair, test the waters by dyeing just the ends of hair. This is a great way to see if the ombré look is something you want to stick to.

24. Dark Grombré Hair

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Go for a grombré look.

Opting for dark ombré hair where your strands transition to gray is the perfect way to hop onto the gray hair trend. Gray and silver hair have become so popular over the past few years, but we completely understand if going full gray isn’t exactly on your radar right now. However, opting for a grombré look is the best way to test it out if you’re curious about it.

25. Dark Ombré Hair to Blonde

classic dark to blonde ombré hair
Try a dark ombré style on a bob.

Just because you want a dark ombré color doesn’t mean you can’t have fun with some blonde. Start out with a dark brown shade and then transition the look into blonde. We love how this style looks with a bob haircut too!

Whether you go for a dark brown ombré hairstyle or a black to red velvet shade, there are so many ways you can try out dark ombré hair this year.

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