25 Stunning Examples of Brown Ombré Hair to Bring to Your Colorist

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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.

"Ombré is a technique of hand-painting color from dark at the roots to gradually lighter on the ends. This color change includes all of your hair going from dark to lighter, subtly starting around the mid-shafts," explains Erica Conan, Director of Education at ColorProof. "Most ombre colors are based off of your natural hair color to allow for easy maintenance and give dimension throughout your hair."

According to celebrity colorist Denis de Souza, ombré is "low maintenance and looks good on pretty much everyone." He adds that the look is highly customizable because "it’s a smooth transition from your natural hair color that melts into subtle highlights and the brighter pops towards the end."

Choosing a Shade: The most important aspect is talking to your stylist about the end result you hope to achieve with ombré. "Your stylist will be able to help you choose colors that not only compliment your complexion but also base the decision on how much maintenance you want to commit to," says Conan.

Maintenance Level: Low-to-medium. "By design, ombre is going to be a lower maintenance color choice allowing you to go longer between salon appointments, so long as the root color you choose is similar to your natural hair color," says Conan.

Goes Great With: Hazel, brown, or green eyes, olive-toned complexion

Similar Shades: Balayage, lowlights, babylights

Price: "On average, you can expect a starting price around $160 for the color service alone (meaning cut not included)," says Conan.

Keep scrolling to see 25 stunning examples of brown ombré hair to show your colorist before your next salon appointment.

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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.

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Light-Brown Ombré

Garrison has even colored the hair of Byrdie's former social media editor, Olivia. Here, she's pictured with her sun-kissed, light-brown ombré hair. We love how the blonde streaks frame her face, and that the overall look feels attainable and elevated at the same time.

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Ash Blonde Highlights

If you want to keep a dark mahogany tone, try this ombré color, which slowly melds into a light brown/ash blonde shade. The waves also provide some welcomed volume and texture.

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Ombré Lob

Garrison shows us how short hair ombré is done with this cool-toned color that ends in a beautiful ash-blonde. It's edgy and perfectly tousled. "I recommend shoulder length being the shortest [for ombré]," says de Souza.

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Long Brown Ombré

If your hair is naturally dark brown and you'd rather keep that as your base, look no further than this soft, subtle ombré also courtesy of Garrison. Her raven locks are perfectly melded with chestnut highlights that frame the face and fan out to the tips.

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Golden-Brown Ombré

Justin Anderson is an expert colorist from Nine Zero One Salon in Los Angeles. His Instagram feed is full of ombré hair perfection, like this golden-brown ombré that looks almost luminescent.

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Honey Brown Meld

Anderson proves that ombré doesn't have to end in blonde. Here, he transformed a client's dark-brown hair by seamlessly melding in a dimensional honey brown.

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Summer Blonde Waves

To us, this is the epitome of summer hair goals. The color transition is a little more intense than others we've seen before, and we absolutely love it.

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Toasted Blonde

The same goes for this look. We love when the blondest pieces are placed at the front. It makes the hair color look beachy and sun-kissed.

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Influencer Amy Serrano's hair starts out black and slowly transforms to a light oak-brown color. Warning: this style will certainly make you want to run your fingers through your tousled waves constantly.

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Strawberry Blonde Ombré

We love the way Janibell's (of @janibellrosanne) hair transitions from dark brown to caramel brown and strawberry blonde.

Ombré works on most hair textures, however the end result may vary.  "When going to your consultation, you should arrive with how your hair looks most of the time to give your stylist an idea of what is realistic," suggests Conan.

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Grown-Out Ombré

You might recognize Kristin Ess from her namesake hair-care line available at Target (Shout-out to the Strand Strengthening Reconstructive Moisture Mask, $14, one of our all-time favorite hair treatments). She's responsible for this perfectly grown-out ombré.

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Curly Ombré

Brown ombré combined with curls is a match made in hair heaven. We love how the hair texture makes for an edgy short cut, with highlights adding even more dimension.

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Bronde Ombré

A caramel brown ombré and more curly hair. The ends are blonde, yet the color transition is seamless throughout the mid-lengths.

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Cool Brunette Ombré

Who said ombré has to be from brown to blonde? No one. We love this dark brown to honey brown style with '90s-inspired face-framing pieces.

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Pontytail Ombré

We like how this client's ombré hair is perfectly parted from dark brown to light brown by this dark green bow.

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Ombré with Ringlets




Can we talk about Cleo Wade's brown ombré hair from her exclusive Self-Directed Byrdie shoot? Her ringlets are accentuated by honey blonde tips.

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Face Framing Ombré

Johnny Ramirez is an expert colorist and co-owner of Ramirez Tran Salon. His Instagram account is another must-follow for anyone who is devoted to ombré and balayage hair.

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Melded Ombré

From this unique angle, you can see just how seamless the color meld is when ombré hair is done well. Bravo!

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Golden-Blonde Ombré

The golden-blonde ends complement olive skin and brown eyes, while the side part helps create an ombré wave beside her face. "Color safe shampoo is a must" for keeping ombréd hair in tip-top shape, says de Souza. We like Verb Ghost Shampoo ($18).

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Half-and-Half Ombré

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.

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Coffee-and-Cream Ombré

Here's another half-brown, half-blonde ombré color. Even though the two colors are distinct, the line between them is blended and diffused in true ombré fashion.

According to de Souza, "hair when highlighted is like a sponge." He recommends avoiding any shampoos, conditioners, or styling products that are not clear in color. "Using pigmented products will eventually darken your highlights."

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Mult-Brown Ombré

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 hungry, too).

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Chocolate Ombré

Another mouth-watering hue of chocolate brown with bronze ends. To keep dyed strands healthy and soft, consider adding a shine serum like the Kristin Ess Weightless Shine Working Serum ($14) to your routine.

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Subtle Brown Ombré

Many ombré styles showcase fairly dramatic transitions from brown to blonde, but this style is a much more understated chestnut to toasted coconut. Be sure to let your stylist know if you don't want the color shift to be bold.

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