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No matter if you have shoulder-length hair, super short hair, or really long hair, ombre looks gorgeous. An ombre style is a wonderful way to ease into the fully-colored hair.

Perhaps you want to keep a shade similar to your natural color at the roots to make the growing-out process easier and more seamless without dealing with the blunt contrast of your natural versus dyed color. An ombre style makes it so you don’t have to keep going to your colorist to get touched up.

Not only is it a low-maintenance way to keep your hair colored, it looks extremely gorgeous!

Dramatic Brown to Blonde

Do you have dark brown hair naturally but want to add some spice to your look? Dark ombre hair definitely isn’t off limits, like so many believe!

If you have very dark hair, you’re still in the clear; you can definitely rock this hairstyle; in fact, it’s going to look stunning!

ombre hair blonde

The ends will be progressively lighter and lighter the farther away you get from your roots. The key to pulling this look off is selecting a wide array of shades which blend subtly and look natural.

The look below is a bit less dramatic than the one above, and the color starts higher up on the scalp, allowing for a slower progression of dark-to-light.

ombre hair straight medium length

Red/Blonde Ombre

If you’re looking for ombre medium hair or long hair, and love standing out from the crowd, then our next look may just be your next. Ombre works so well because there’s a natural progression of shades rather than chunky/harsh contrasts. However, that doesn’t mean that it has to only feature natural colors!

Express your inner artist with any shade of the rainbow you’d like. We personally love this combination of red with blonde. It makes it look super rich and almost prism-like with the perfect progression of colors.

dark red ombre short hair

If red isn’t your thing, that’s okay! Use your imagination; if you want to be a mermaid or just love the colors of the sea, then check out this next look.

best highlights for straight hair

Taking a journey from an almost lilac purple to deep blue, to a gorgeous sea green will have everyone turning heads, wondering why their hair doesn’t look as majestic as yours! Make sure to have this professionally done, as colors such as these can easily fade and alter if not applied with special care.

If you want to see if this looks good on you, then try the best hair chalk before having it done by a professional.

If you feel confident in doing yours all by yourself, then you’re not alone! There are plenty of women who actually create the look in their own home. Here’s a perfect example if you need some ombre inspiration!

does ombre look good on straight hair

This ombre starts very darkly, gently blending into a pastel blue with a seafoam green, once again. If you have naturally black hair, you could even keep that and watch as it naturally grows out!

Subtlety

Want to balayage dark hair or perhaps ombre it, but don’t want it to be as dramatic as some of the above examples? No problem!

The contrast definitely doesn’t have to be a dramatic change in color. Take some tips from the examples below. Even if you have super dark hair, you don’t have to add in blonde. You can go for a caramel color that looks more “sunkissed” than anything.

ombre colors

Long, dark ombre looks absolutely stunning and will look like you spent all summer at the beach. You also won’t have to worry about the color fading or turning brassy.

red and black ombre background

Here we have a barely-there ombre, where if you weren’t paying attention, you’d really think that it was just a natural lightning from the sun. If you’re just getting into ombre, then you could definitely start here and gradually lighten.

Medium Ombre

Want to balayage medium-length dark hair? Do you have a lob and don’t know how to spice up your look? Look no further. Balayage ombre will suit you perfectly.

best dark ombre for short hair

A common misconception about ombre is that you have to have long hair for it to look good. This couldn’t be further from the truth! It is a bit more complicated on super-short hair, but if you have a lob or medium-length hair, then there’s no need to fret. The point of the look is to gently meld multiple shades together to create a natural, eye-catching look.

If you want to step up the dimension, then take a wide barrel curling iron and wrap 1-inch sections loosely around it to add some volume and mystery to your look.

Short Hair

Remember before, oh, I don’t know, about 5 seconds ago, that I said ombre can sometimes be difficult to pull off with super short hair? Well, we didn’t say it was impossible; you just have to do it right with the right colors!

ombre hair definition

This look sure is unique, with the deep violet roots, progressing to an almost silvery-white that looks ethereal, almost.

brown to black reverse ombre

This short look is a little bit longer than the previous one but is still a great representation of how you can easily pull this look off with shorter hair. The progression of color may not be as slow or look quite as natural, but it still looks good if done correctly.

Blondes

Another common misconception about ombre, is that it can only properly be performed if you already have dark hair. This simply isn’t true! Now, while it may be a bit more complicated if you have platinum blonde hair, generally speaking, ombre is just the process of going from a darker to a lighter color by utilizing a wide array of different shades.

ombre hair technique

In the example above, the model has dark blonde hair, progressing slowly to an almost white/platinum blonde, and it looks beautiful! The gentle, beachy loose waves just add dimension and drama to the already-gorgeous look.

You can also tell that the transition between colors is more dramatic, due to her hair length being shorter.

Straight Hair

While most of our examples so far have only shown curly or wavy hair, straight hair also looks incredible with ombre.

how to do ombre hairstyles

Your colorist will obviously have to be even more precise with the blending if you have straight hair, or plan on straightening it with an iron because everything will be more noticeable.

However, if done correctly, it will be a stunning site to sport on a daily basis. We couldn’t leave this beautiful example off of our list; not only because of the straight look, because of the mystical deep purple-to-silver look!

very short ombre hair

Here’s another great example of an ombre hair, short look. It also ends up with silvery white, but the roots are a more reddish purple or almost a sienna red. The combination may sound bizarre, but the shades actually compliment each other perfectly and add a lot of dimension and volume to this short hair look.

Do you really want to see just how easily ombre coloring can transform not only your hair but your entire appearance? Check out this video to get a great idea of exactly what it entails and what a dramatic difference it can have on your look!

Conclusion

Now that we’re at the end of our list full of beautifully-locked beauties, which one was your favorite? We already know there are a wide array of options of the hottest ombre hairstyles for long, medium, and short hair.

The wonderful thing is, that you can be super versatile with your choices, and since your roots will be growing out easily, you can constantly be changing your hair without feeling locked into just one color or style.

No matter which ombre look you choose, we know that it’s going to look beautiful on you! Once again, thanks for tuning in and we’ll see you soon!

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A little over a year ago, Jennifer quit her job as a PR consultant to backpack through Europe and Southeast Asia, where she decided to turn her passion into a business and launched JustWomanThings.

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