The first time I got blonde ombré hair, it was life-changing (an expression I usually reserve for things like a cup of pour-over coffee from Blue Bottle). It perfectly evoked the cool, beachy vibes I wanted—despite being a person who didn't and still doesn't go to the beach. That's because when ombré is done right, it's effortlessly chic.
The other amazing thing about blonde ombré hair? You can go months without touching up your color, and your hair still looks like 10 fire emoji. And roots? Sorry, I'm so busy running my own business (or, more realistically, hanging out with my dogs) that I just don't have time to go to the salon every few weeks.
Ready to lighten up? Here, 25 blonde ombré hair inspirations for your next salon appointment.
Anything we can do, Queen Bey can do better. But still, if our blonde ombré turned out half as great as this, we'd be thrilled. The recognition is due to her longtime stylist, Rita Hazan, for perfectly placed highlights and lowlights.
An ashy blonde ombré from celebrity colorist Cassondra Kaeding.
Kaeding also created this naturally sun-kissed look.
Kristin Ess created this rooty look on Lauren Conrad, and we're obsessed.
Ess also did this lightened-up blonde ombré on Lucy Hale.
Cherin Choi, co-founder of Nova Arts Salon in DTLA, is the master behind this artfully executed blonde ombré hair.
This ashy version was also created by Choi.
Shay Mitchell is always #hairgoals, but this blonde ombré hair look was particularly enviable.
Another perfect blonde ombré from Choi.
We love how blonde ombré can add dimension to fine hair.
Beachy perfection brought to you by Ess.
A golden-blonde iteration by celeb colorist and DpHue co-founder Justin Anderson.
Anderson also created this mermaid-esque ombré look.
Ciara's expertly melted honey color is a complete work of art.
Face-framing highlights brighten your features.
This ashy blonde ombré color would look amazing on a variety of skin tones.
This was quite the hair transformation. Before, this woman had beautiful chocolate hair, but this wash of blonde adds dimension and brightens up her features.
Christine Silverman at Ramirez Tran Salon in Beverly Hills is known for her stunning blondes, so obviously she excels at subtle blonde ombré.
The lighter ends give this short haircut an extra playful edge.
Rich brown roots fade to gorgeous, buttery blonde.
Khloé Kardashian is one of the unofficial queens of ombré, and we love how amazing it looks pulled into a high ponytail.
Proof that blonde ombré looks just as great on beachy waves as it does on straight hair.
Chrissy Teigen's highlights are a subtle example of blonde ombré hair.
The only thing better than blonde ombré hair? Windblown blonde ombré hair, as evidenced by Laverne Cox.
Four words: blonde ombré with bangs.
Next up: Check out these stunning brunette ombré hair ideas.