Ombré hair has been a crowd-pleaser for women of all ages with all hair types since it first came onto the hair color scene. Reverse ombré hair, the slightly more unique and daring sister of the classic ombré style, is exactly what it sounds like. Rather than the classic fade from brunette to blonde, reverse ombré hair does just the opposite. While there are some styles that work with that basic principle of that subtle fade from one color to another, others are a little more unique.
In this collection, you’ll find 10 ways to style your unexpected hair color and even some unique ways to make reverse ombré hair work for you.
Still haven’t taken the reverse ombre plunge? Scroll down for 7 looks on Instagram that will totally convince you!
10 Reverse Ombré Hair Looks
1. Tousled Texture
Use a small curling iron (about 1-inch) to create small curls all over your head. Then, use a teasing comb to gently pull the curls apart and create some added texture. Skip the hair product altogether to maintain an ultra-natural look.
2. Styled Curls
Follow the same instructions as the directions for the photo above but this time don’t brush the curls out. Then, mist the look with TRESemmé Compressed Micro Mist Hairspray Extend Hold Level 4 to keep the look in place.
3. Sleek Strands
To create this smooth and sleek look start by prepping your strands with Dove Style+Care Smooth & Shine Heat-Protection Spray. Then, run your straightener through your locks to create an ultra smooth and straight look.
4. Soft Waves
This reverse ombré color is as subtle as the waves in the style above.
5. Naturally Curly
Pair your new color with your natural curls and take them up a notch with Bed Head by TIGI Foxy Curls Mousse.
6. Messy Updo
Pull your second or third-day hair up into a messy updo. This look is ideal for any occasion: work, a party, or even date night.
7. Loose Braid
You can never go wrong with a classic three-strand braid. Pull the braid apart and flatten it to create an Instagram-friendly look you’ll come back to again and again.
8. Oversized Curls
Use a large barrel curling iron to create fun and bouncy oversized curls. We love how this style looks when worn down when used as a base for more intricate braided looks, or as the foundation for a fancier updo.
9. Brushed-Out Curls
If you’re regularly curling your hair and you’re looking for a way to change up your routine then use this simple trick. Brush through your curls with a hair brush or comb to create a whole lot of body and texture.
10. At-Home Blowout
Watch out with this style because as soon as you get the hang of the at-home blowout, your friends will be lining up and asking you to do their hair, too. The results are chic, and flawless, and will give you that coveted It Girl vibe in no time.
Still not convinced? Take a look below and you soon will be!
Reverse ombre inspo from Instagram
Gray and blue
Reverse ombre hair doesn’t have to be based on the usual combination of natural-looking colors, you know. In fact, we would suggest quite the opposite and embrace some bright, bold hues for this unique coloring technique!
And if shimmering icy tones are your thing, then why not try this silver and deep blue take on the reverse ombre trend? The mix of gray and blue tones, fading from light, silver-gray through to deep, inky blue creates an ultra-cool, metallic effect – honestly, we’re totally crushing on this one! Credit: @kellyvlass
Another bright, bold reverse ombre look, this mermaid-inspired take on the trend fades from pastel, mint green, through to rich, emerald green in the mid-lengths and ends. We don’t know about you, but it’s got us green with envy (sorry!). Credit: @hair_by_shaylynn
Did you instantly fall in love with this look? Well, before you take the plunge and opt for your favorite shades of green, you need to know how to pull it off best – there’s nothing worse than getting a bad dye job, so take note!
Got brown hair, but want to channel on-trend rose gold tones? Well, get ready to earn some serious style points this season, because we’ve got just the look for you. Simply take a leaf out of this reverse ombre look and fade from light, peachy hues into a deep, red-toned brown.
Thanks to the muting effect of the brown tones, this technique also works a treat if you want to take your already bright hair down a notch! Tempted? We know we are. Credit: @daphnee_h
As you will undoubtedly know, having a standard ombre look from brown into blonde works for just about everyone – and the same can be said for reverse ombre hair! Flip it around and gently fade from soft blonde, into a rich, brown.
This look is also ideal for natural blondes who want to embrace an ombre-inspired look without dying their roots dark. It may be a subtle change, but it’s one that’s sure to get your noticed! Credit: @etamez135
Lavender hair has been on our radar for a while now, and with this reverse ombre take on the trend, it looks like it’s here to stay. With its stunning, cool platinum and vivid purple tones, this reverse ombre hair takes the trend to a whole new level of awesomeness! Credit: @hairbylilrascals
From vivid red to deepest, darkest burgundy, the second we saw this radiant reverse ombre, it instantly captured our hearts.
Editor’s tip: No matter what ombre shade you go for, remember to adapt your usual shampoo and conditioner for one that is specially formulated for color-treated hair, like the TRESemmé Keratin Smooth Color Shampoo and Conditioner.
Subtle reverse ombre for brunettes
Reverse ombre doesn’t have to be all about lots of drama and high definition, you know – just take a look at this subtle example as proof.
Brunettes can also embrace the look by fading the mid-lengths and ends of their tresses into dark browns or black. The end result? A discreet look that’s got all the styling impact of brighter and bolder hues! Credit: @thehairslinger
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