20 Fabulous Ombre Hair Color Ideas

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Purple rain hair ombre

The term “ombré” comes from the French Language. Literally translated, it means “shaded.” As a hairstyle, Ombre came into its own in the late 2010s. It’s still one of the most sought-after looks for women (and now, men too!).
This style is easy to DIY or have done professionally, and it maintains the look without much upkeep. This is probably why the trend really took off during the great financial upheaval of 2008-2009; women simply didn’t have the spare cash for expensive highlighting and let their roots grow out for a couple years. In Fall 2016, the ombre look is desperately in. We’ve collected some of the best ombre looks for you, keeping it fresh and new for your hair.

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The ombre hair colour that began to gain more prominence at the start of the new millennium seems to be in no hurry to leave anytime soon. Celebrities like Jessica Alba, Jennifer Aniston, Ciara and Beyonce have all jumped on the ombre hair bandwagon at one time or the other. It gives the wearer some form of edginess and swank to their look. From the barely there “sombre” to the more imposing “balayage”, the ombre hair trend has no plans of packing up and leaving just yet.

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Purple Rain

A tribute to the late, great Prince? Perhaps. This ombre is subtle and easy to add to an existing color palette. The lilac of the tips needs to blend seamlessly in the middle of the strand, which means you may need to pre-dye your hair a rosy color. Luckily for you, Amber Rose is a huge hair color trend for 2016, so it wouldn’t be a problem even if you had to wait to add the ombre to this look.
Use a brighter purple for even more effect!

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The term “ombre” is French word that means to shade or graduate in tone. It is characterised by usually a darker colour at the root of the hair, graduating into a much lighter colour towards the tip of the hair. The result is a brilliant highlighted effect with an illusion of volume.

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Just the Tip

Ombre started out as a look that started halfway down the hair and made a not-so subtle transition. This has softened for 2016 into an ombre that involves only the ends of the hair. This look is popular among professional women who need a look that is polished but still want to follow trends.
Ask your stylist to highlight only the tips of the hair, but not in a 1990s “Frosting” way. This style can be adapted to any color for an ombre, including the lovely Rose Gold hue in this image.

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In selecting ombre shades for your hair, there are a couple of things one needs to consider to avoid a weird, awkward looking result.

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Not Your Granny’s Gray

In most cultures, gray hair is considered a hard-won symbol of wisdom and experience. In our society in 2016, it’s only a bottle away! Gray is a trend that is huge in Europe, and heading for other parts of the Globe, too. This subtle and sweet gray ombre style is just right to split the difference between those two fashion statements.
Bonus: for those ladies who’ve actually won their gray through hard work and years of experience, this is a style that would look great! Gray ombre on a real grandmother would be epic!

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You want to check to make sure that it is suitable with your complexion – a great way to do this without going through the stress of testing a few strands on your hair is by getting a couple of your pictures, some pieces of hair extensions which would be dyed in the pattern you were going to try on your hair. When done, put this against your picture, if you think it looks right to you, then off you go to get your tresses done. A much easier way will be to stop by a wig shop and try out the different ombre coloured wigs they have got on display.

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Red Ombre Red Ombre

This is a fireball of an ombre! So beautiful and unique, it might just break your friends’ faces. Ombre is at its best in this look, which could be achieved using red henna as well. Ask your stylist for help with this one, and don’t try to DIY it! You need a professional to pull this one off.
This look is best on long, relatively straight locks. If you have a short afro or curls, it might end up a little too close to Ronald McDonald. Be brave!

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Another thing you want to look at is your personality – Not everyone can rock the turquoise ombre trend like Kylie Jenner. Whatever option you go for should be a direct reflection of your personality; for a just a wee bit of edginess, you can do a light brown and black hair combo and if you live on the extremes then purple/ash combo may be just the thing for you.

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K-Pop Inspired Copper

This look is subtle and professional, achieved through the process of “balayage.” Once ombre hairstyles became popular in the 2010s, a more subtle version also came into practice. This is a freer, more natural coloring process that involves actually painting the dye onto the strands using a paintbrush.
For this style to be successful, you should aim for a more natural tone. Stay within a couple shades of your natural tone (or your natural’ dye preference).

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You should also ask yourself how much lighter you are willing to go because too much could be not only shocking to those in your world of contact but to you as well.

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Sombre

In a bizarre linguistic twist, this newest incarnation of the ombre trend made its name from the words subtle’ and ombre.’ The result is that the word means shade/shadow’ in Spanish! Hilarious.
Sombre styles work really well on blondes, for whom the ombre look has been a bit difficult to pull off. The idea is that the ombre is very subtle and not showy. Ask for a very very subtle ombre look, and if you can barely see the difference, that’s perfect.

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Finally, be prepared to ask yourself if you are willing to bleach your hair. Bearing the above mentioned points in mind, it’s time to look at the advantages of this trend. Quite a number of people favour this style because it is very low –maintenance. Most times you would notice that it even begins to look better as your edges grow out. Secondly it is quite stylish and creates a sort of girl-next-door appeal without looking too drab. It is effortlessly chic in an elegant sort of way and awesome for face framing techniques.

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Reverse Ombre

Most ombre styles go from dark to light, but this is a clever rethinking of the popular style. In a reverse ombre, the color at the top of the head is lighter than the one at the ends. This style can be used on any hair color, including red, brunette, or black. It is most striking on blonde hair, where the ends contrast sharply with the roots. If your hair is naturally light-colored, it will be easy to maintain, too.

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Finally, be prepared to ask yourself if you are willing to bleach your hair. Bearing the above mentioned points in mind, it’s time to look at the advantages of this trend. Quite a number of people favour this style because it is very low –maintenance. Most times you would notice that it even begins to look better as your edges grow out.

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Versatility – It is suitable for all persons, Caucasian, Hispanic, black, men, women; you name it, it’s perfect. It is a hair style with a multiple range of options. You can wear it cropped, curly or wavy. You can even try blending in three to four different shades if you are willing to part with a little more money.

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Secondly it is quite stylish and creates a sort of girl-next-door appeal without looking too drab. It is effortlessly chic in an elegant sort of way and awesome for face framing techniques. It’s quite easy to do at home; even the most novice attempt often comes out looking great because there was no intention to colour the entire head of hair at the onset but for a more professional look, you really should visit a salon.

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Finally, it’s also very trendy and quite modern. If you were thinking of something different for your hair without necessarily giving it a cut then ombre is the way to go.

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It can do a little bit of hair damage because it involves colouring or bleaching. If you are not one to deep condition often, then you should make this a priority for your hair to avoid getting split ends or dry, brittle hair. It can be quite expensive – this is because you will need to get more than one hair colour, sometimes three. To have it on for a long period of time would require a couple of trips to the salon. Despite the cons, it’s a great way to express yourself so here are a few tips to help you pick out hues that are suitable for your skin tone.

If you are mid toned – You also fall into this category if your skin looks like that of Beyonce or Jennifer Lopez. You should go for a more muted blonde, throw in a couple of light brow highlights or some golden hues.

Dark-toned individuals can comfortably get away with a deep shade of red, caramel, some ash and even brown. If you can, try picturing Jaden Smith’s ombre coloured dreads or Jennifer Hudson’s caramel infused ombre hair.

For more lighter skinned folks, you almost have nothing to worry about because anything from red to blue will certainly do you justice. Having highlighted all these, going ombre subsequently depends on how much you are willing to accept a change in your appearance and what you would be willing to do to welcome that chang

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