Here's the thing about balayage and ombré hair color: It's effortless. We're not just talking about the vibe it gives off, although it does radiate a certain carefree energy that we love… We're referring to post-salon upkeep and maintenance. 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. (That's major, as anyone who has ever gone platinum or pastel knows to be true.)
Because of this, these hair color techniques are perfect for summer. After all, we're in the sun all summer, whether that's at the pool, the beach, or on a well-lit outdoor brunch patio. 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 blonde balayage, and now we're moving on to brown ombre. Keep scrolling to see 25 stunning examples of brown ombré hair to show your colorist before your next salon appointment.
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 ombré situation.
He's even colored the hair of Byrdie's own social media editor, Olivia. Here she is pictured with her sun-kissed light-brown ombré hair. We love how the blonde streaks frame her face.
If you want to keep a dark mahogany tone, try this ombré color, which slowly melds into a light brown/ash blonde shade.
Garrison shows us how ombré short hair is done with this cool-toned color that ends in ash-blonde ends. It's edgy and perfectly tousled.
If your hair is naturally dark brown and you'd rather keep that as your base, look no further than this soft, subtle ombré courtesy of Garrison.
Anderson proves that ombré doesn't mean blonde. Here, he transformed a client's dark-brown hair by seamlessly melding in a dimensional honey brown.
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 love it.
The same goes for this look. Like we said before, we love when the blondest pieces are situated at the front. It makes the hair color look beachy and natural.
This client's hair starts out raven black and slowly transforms to a light oak-brown color. We're obsessed.
With curly hair, the line between balayage and ombre gets blurred, and we love it. Take Raven of helllosunshine, for instance. Her gorgeous natural texture is enhanced with bits of blonde that concentrate at the ends of her hair.
The same goes for Janibell of janibellrosanne.com. From this picture, her highlights could be balayage or ombré. Either way, we love the way her hair transitions from dark brown to caramel blonde at the ends.
You might recognize Kristin Ess from her namesake haircare line that's available at Target (shout-out to her Strand Strengthening Reconstructive Moisture Mask, $14, one of our all-time favorite hair treatments). She's responsible for this perfectly grown-out ombré.
Brown ombré combined with curls is a match made in hair heaven. Just look. That's all we can say about this.
More brown ombré and more curly hair. We love how the ends of her hair are almost bleach blonde, yet the color transition is seamless throughout the mid-lengths. (That half-up, half-down hairstyle doesn't hurt either).
We like how this client's ombré hair is perfectly parted from dark brown to light brown by the green-velvet scrunchie. It shows that good styling is everything.
Who said ombré has to be from brown to blonde? No one. We love this look that Ess posted to her Instagram feed, showing a bride with pink ombré hair. How chic!
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.
From this unique angle, you can see just how seamless the color meld is when ombré hair is done well.
We love how the golden-blonde ends complement her olive skin and brown eyes.
This striking half-and-half color strikes the perfect balance between brown and blonde.
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.
Nikki Lee is an expert colorist and co-owner of Nine Zero One Salon. To us, this color looks like it was a result of a mix of the balayage and ombré. We love.
The same goes for this dark brown take. Not only is the color amazing, but those glamorous barrel waves are too. ■
Inspired yet? While you're deciding which version of brown ombré hair you like best, check out one editor's rose-gold hair transformation.