Here's the thing about balayage and ombré hair color: It's effortless. We're not only referring to the relaxed vibe it gives off, although it does radiate a certain carefree energy that we love, but the post-salon upkeep and maintenance as well. Thanks to the seamless color transition between lowlights and highlights, ombré grows out naturally without the need for color-correcting shampoos, conditioning treatments, or toners. Anyone who has ever gone platinum or pastel knows that this is a major bonus.
Because of this, ombré hair color techniques are perfect for summer. After all, we spend a lot of time in the sun and water, whether we're on a beach vacation or just relaxing at the pool, and catering to a fussy hair color is the last thing we want to do. That's why we're rounding up our all-time-favorite looks. First we did a roundup of our favorite blonde balayage inspiration. Now we're moving onto brown ombré. Keep scrolling to see 25 stunning examples of brown ombré hair to show your colorist before your next salon appointment.
Cool-Toned Brunette Ombré
Stephen Garrison is an expert colorist who works between Los Angeles, New York, Miami, and San Francisco. He's responsible for this subtle, cool-toned brunette ombré look.
With curly hair, the line between balayage and ombre gets blurred, but that's clearly not a bad thing. Take Raven of helllosunshine, for instance. Her gorgeous natural texture is enhanced with a honey-blonde hue that concentrate at the ends of her hair.
Strawberry Blonde Ombré
The same goes for Janibell of @janibellrosanne. From this picture, her highlights could be balayage or ombré. Either way, we love the way her hair transitions from dark brown to caramel brown and strawberry blonde.
Ombré with Ringlets
Can we talk about Cleo Wade's brown ombré hair from her exclusive Self-Directed Byrdie shoot? Make sure to check it out to see more of her gorgeous curls, as well as some super-chic makeup looks and inspiring words.
This half-and-half color strikes the perfect balance between brown and blonde locks. Creating a half-and-half style has the potential to result in a boxy look, but the seamless transition here, along with the blonde framing her face and the lowlights in the bottom half of her hair, create the perfect balance.
Nikki Lee is an expert colorist and co-owner of Nine Zero One Salon. This walnut, toasted chestnut, and honey bronde ombré is subtle and perfectly melded. (And yes, the hue names are making us a bit hungry, too.)