Yes, Ombré Is Still a Thing, But There's a Twist

Updated 10/02/18

Ombré hair these days sometimes gets bad press. The stand-out cousin of balayage, it's a more block-style coloring technique that usually consists of a lighter hue on the bottom half of the hair with a darker look on top. Balayage, in contrast, gives off a sun-kissed vibe—a much more subtle dye job combining highlights all the way through the hair. You might be forgiven for thinking that ombré is just the older, less cool version of balayage. But, over the past few years there's a new way to do it that's way more exciting and comes A-list-approved.

Instead of a classic transition from brown to light brown/blonde ombré, bolder colors are in. Think Gigi Hadid with pink hair (pictured above) or Irene Kim (below) and you're there. 


But it's not just pink; London-based salons Bleach London and Not Another Salon are forever our sources of inspo when scouting out bold-colored ombré looks.

Keep scrolling to see the new way to do ombré, and if that's not your thing you can check out the classic ombré looks on the A-list for more inspiration.

Bold Ombré Inspo

Not your average redhead, this fiery hue fades into bright orange tips. 

Not a fan of pastel? This smoky charcoal grey is a cooler way to wear the trend. 

This iridescent peacock-blue shimmers in the light and graduates from deep navy to dazzling jade. 

If you're a dark brunette but want to try out a color, look to this gorgeous hot red and purple ombré for inspo.

This tequila sunrise bleed is nothing short of a work of art. 

Looking to grow out your hair? Turn your roots into a pastel ombré like this grungy candy-floss pink.

This more muted pastel pink is gorgeous and perfect for darker blondes.

Not into bright colors? This brunette-to-blonde ombré is all kinds of perfect. 

Classic Ombré

ashley benson blonde ombre
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Ashley Benson

Ashley Benson's natural ombré proves growing out your roots can look chic. 

Jamie Chung Slicked Back Ombre Hair
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Jamie Chung

Jamie's subtle ombré is highlighted with this wet look hairstyle. We love. 

Ombre: Rihanna
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For anyone with dark hair, this is how to do ombré like Rihanna. 

Ombre: Ciara
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Proof that ombré looks great on shorter lengths too. 

Ombre: Emily Blunt
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Emily Blunt

If you want a more subtle ombré, then ask for pieces dyed around your face too. 

Ombre: Vanessa Hudgens
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Vanessa Hudgens

This is what we'd call an extreme ombré, but it looks good, no?

Ombre: Emma Stone
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Emma Stone

The slightly lighter shade at the bottom of Emma Stone's hair stops it from looking too one-dimensional. 

Ombre: Kylie Jenner

Kylie Jenner

Ok so this photo seems like another lifetime ago now but Kylie's 2014 blue ombré dye is still iconic in our eyes. Try Bleach London's dye kits to re-create the look. 

Ombre: Miley Cyrus
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Miley Cyrus

When do dark roots turn into ombré? Around about this look on Miley Cyrus. Side note: How incredible does the red lip look with this ombré?

Ombre: Ella Eyre
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Ella Eyre

Think ombré can't work on curly hair? Think again

Not convinced? Here's our guide to everything you need to know about balayage

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