The ombre hair trend is the way to update your look, minus the commitment. The dip-dye look proves especially popular for those who don’t want a drastic hair dye job and the tie of regular salon visits.
Made popular by stars like Drew Barrymore and Caroline Flack, ombre techniques traditionally involve going a couple of shades lighter on the ends. Think super-blogger Zoella’s ombre hair for inspiration. A good ombre will be graduated so the two colours join seamlessly. The bigger the contrast, the more statement your look.
For a cooler take on dip-dye, experiment with pastels, brights or this season’s granny grey with lilac undertones. The latest ombre brigade includes Gigi Hadid’s blue dip-dye and Kylie Jenner’s on-trend grey. We love!
So how to do ombre hair? If you’re thinking of going ombre, consider the salon if your hair is already bleached or dyed so you’ll end up with your desired colour.
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There are no rules when it comes to the length of your ombre. Just tint the tips or change the majority of the length. If you’re an ombre newbie, try dying the ends first and move up the hair as you feel more confident.
If you’re a pro at DIY dye, look for ombre home kits with specialist brushes to achieve a natural, sunkissed effect that you can build up. Check out ombre hair YouTube clips for application tips from the hair pros.
Don’t panic if your hair lacks length. You can now buy cheat and buy ombre hair extensions that do all the colour graduation for you. Just make sure you get the right colour match with your hair and the adjoining extension for the most realistic result.
Want some hairspiration? Here’s our round-up of the hottest celebrity ombre styles.
Zoe Sugg Shows Off Her Signature Ombre On Instagram, 2016
Ariana Grande Debuts New Lightened Blonde Ends, 2016
Charlotte Crosby Makes A Statement With Long, Ombre Extensions, 2015
Caroline Flack Dirties Up Her Bright Blonde Bob With Chocolate Roots, 2015
Drew Barrymore Is Styling Flying The Flag For Ombre Hair Queen, 2015
Nicole Scherzinger Lets Her Roots Grow Out To Create The Perfect Subtle Ombre, 2015
Katy Perry’s New Warm Brunette Dip-Dye Look Is Subtle And Totally Gorgeous, 2015
Hilary Duff Works A Sleek New Ombre Hair Look, 2015
Lucy Watson Boasts Summery Extensions, 2015
Lucy Watson proved she was a real hair chameleon in summer 2015. First adding extensions to her shoulder-length lob, she then mixed things up again with a blonde ombre look.
While away in America, The Made In Chelsea girl captioned this Instagram shot: ‘LA style.’
Kylie Jenner With Long Grey Ombre Hair, 2014
Kylie Jenner debuted grey ombre hair on Halloween 2014, but it wasn't just for trick or treating. She showed off the super-long extensions at plenty of events, including French Montana's 30th birthday party.
Vanessa Hudgens Works A Dark Red Ombre ‘Do At Knott’s Scary Farm Opening Night, 2014
Vanessa Hudgens ditched her blonde ombre hairstyle for a spooky Halloween-themed dark red at the opening of Knott’s Scary Farm.
Amber Le Bon Rocks The Ombre Hair Trend With Style At The GQ Men Of The Year Awards, 2014
Supermodel Amber Le Bon curled her gorgeously long ombre locks for a glam night out at the GQ Awards, and talk about a hot red carpet hairstyle. Recreate this look at home by putting the ends of your hair in curlers in the morning.
Khloe Kardashian Works An Awesome Blow Dry For Her Birthday Party At TAO Nightclub, 2014
Talk about a show-stopping ‘do! We love Khloe Kardashian’s fantastic blow dry – it made her ombre locks look even more fantastic for her 30th birthday party at TAO nightclub.
Sam Faiers Ties Her Ombre Back At The Graduate Fashion Week Awards, 2014
Sam Faiers went for a dressed down hairstyle at the Graduate Fashion Week Awards, tying her hair back into a lose ponytail. We love.
Drew Barrymore Rocks Gorgeous Ombre Hair, 2010
Drew Barrymore was one of the first celebrities to get on the ombre bandwagon and my, does she do it well.
Lea Michele Adds Ombre Hints To Her Mid-Length ‘Do, 2012
Lea Michele loves an ombre hairstyle no matter what her hair length. Here she is rocking a gorgeous dye job with her mid-length ‘do.
Lily Aldridge Goes Straight And Sleek With Her Ombre Hairstyle, 2013
Lily Aldridge lightened the tips of her long hair to give a more understated ombre look. Check out how sleek and straight her hair is too.
Vanessa Hudgens Debuts Her New Ombre Hair At The Young Hollywood Awards, 2014
Vanessa Hudgens rocked the ombre hair trend to perfection at this year’s Young Hollywood Awards with her short and funky hairstyle.
Jessica Alba Adds Waves To Her Ombre Long Bob, 2013
Jessica Alba always has gorgeous hair and her ombre look is no exception. This short wavey hairstyle goes perfectly with her complexion.
Kate Mara Goes Grunge With Her Messy Ombre Hairstyle, 2014
Kate Mara teamed super blonde tips with darker roots for an awesome ombre hairstyle.
Chanel Iman Gets In On The Ombre Hair Trend, 2011
Model Chanel Iman made sure she didn’t miss out on the ombre hair trend by adding a lighter colour to the bottom of her long curly hair.
Christina Applegate Opts For Subtle Ombre Highlights, 2011
Christina Applegate worked the ombre hair trend with a subtle mix of high and low lights. What a pro.
Ciara Makes An Impact With Her Statement Ombre Bob, 2012
Ciara framed her face with a fantastic ombre bob, which complimented her complexion perfectly. Not that we’re jealous or anything…
Audrina Patridge Goes For Ombre Tips, 2011
The Hills star Audrina Patridge worked ombre hair like a pro, teaming her glossy dark roots with bright blonde tips. Gorgeous.
Amber Le Bon Add Ombre Hues To Her Seriously Long Locks, 2011
Even Amber Le Bon couldn’t escape the call of the ombre hair trend, and lifted her dark long locks with lighter tips.
Caroline Flack Is The Queen Of Ombre Hair, 2012
Caroline Flack loves an ombre hairstyle and is often seen with her dip dyed hair in waves.
Nicola Roberts Does Ombre Hair Like A Pro, 2011
Nicola Roberts proved once again that being a redhead was awesome, when she worked the ombre hair trend to amazing effect.
Olivia Wilde Rocks Golden Blonde Ombre Tips, 2014
Olivia Wilde injected some seriously sass into her long brown locks with a golden blonde ombre dye at the tips.
Lauren Conrad Does Seriously Bright Ombre Hair, 2012
Lauren Conrad went for a seriously bold ombre dye job with her roots remaining a brown tone while her tips were platinum. She demonstrates what a style-saver ombre styles can be at letting you keep your natural colour where it matters, and experimenting through the length.
Jessica Biel Goes For A Subtle Ombre Hairstyle, 2013
Jessica Biel looks even more glowing and gorgeous than usual with her ombre hairstyle.
Brooklyn Decker Loves Her Red Carpet Ombre Curls, 2013
Brooklyn Decker went for an all-out Hollywood look with this subtle ombre hairstyle.
Kim Kardashian Amps Up Her Caramel-Toned Ombre Hair, 2013
Kim Kardashian’s ombre locks seriously warm up her skin tone, in comparison to her block colour brunette look.
Sofia Vergara Goes Glam With Ombre Swept-Over Curls, 2014
Sofia Vergara seriously boosted her glossy locks when she added some subtle ombre dye to her dark brown all-over colour.
Beyoncé Rocks The Reverse Ombre Look, 2013
Beyonce rocked this interesting reverse ombre dyed look at the Met Ball. Weird, but it works.
Ciara Opts For A Stunning Ombre Bob, 2013
Ciara’s caramel ombre dye perfectly complements her gorgeous warm complexion.
Kimberley Walsh With A Long Ombre Bob, 2013
Kimberley Walsh rocks the hairstyle of the moment: a long bob with an ombre dye, and it looks fabulous.
Khloe Kardashian With A Hot Ombre ‘Do, 2013
Khloe Kardashian wisely kept within her natural hair colour spectrum when she opted for caramel ombre tips in her chocolate brown hair.
Eva Mendes With A Honey Brown Ombre Bob, 2013
Eva Mendes gives her brown hair more depth and definition with ombre dye.
Sam Faiers With An Ombre Curled Do, 2014
Shunning her past all-over bleached blonde in favour of a more elegant ombre dye.
Nicole Richie With An Ombre Bob, 2013
Nicole Richie has experimented with pretty much every hair colour under the sun, but our firm favourite is her ombre style.
Jessica Alba With Warm Ombre Locks, 2013
Jessica Alba has been dip-dyeing her hair for years now but this more subtle ombre look is a real favourite of ours.
Penelope Cruz With A Hint Of Ombre, 2013
Penelope Cruz proves that natural colour isn’t always best by warming up her dark brown locks with a little ombre tone as the tips.
Rosie Huntington-Whiteley With Slicked Back Ombre Locks, 2013
Rosie Huntington-Whiteley’s blonde ‘do is given depth and definition by her ombre dye, for her straight and curly styles.
Lily Aldridge With Long Ombre-Dyed Hair, 2013
Lily Aldridge warmed up her dark brown hair with some warmer tone at the tips.
Amber Heard Warms Up Her Brown Hair With Ombre, 2013
Amber Heard’s hair CV is seriously varied. From blonde to brown to raven black, she’s tried everything – but this elegant ombre look is definitely one of our absolute favourites.
Doutzen Kroes With Glossy Blonde Ombre Locks, 2013
Doutzen Kroes shied away from her past all-over ash blonde looks with this more elegant and subtle ombre look.