Imagine ombré hair, and the images your mind conjures are likely of long, flowing locks that fade from brown to blonde. But the thing is, ombré short hair is just as worthy of recognition. While we love this gradated look on medium and long hair lengths, ombré highlights happen to be one of the best ways to add dimension to short cuts and styles like a bob, lob, or pixie cut. Want to get your short strands in on the sun-kissed fun? Keep reading for 31 short ombré hair ideas that will allow you to do just that.
SHORT OMBRÉ HAIRSTYLE #1: BROWN TO COPPER BOB
This pretty brown to copper color will take your bob to the next level. Featuring short layers throughout the back of the hair and loose curls that highlight the ombré transition, this hairstyle will definitely turn heads. Get the look by using L’Oréal Paris Féria in Power Copper to color your ends. This vibrant hue will add depth and a beautiful pop of color to an already brown mane.
Editor’s note: Most ombré hair colors fade from dark to light, which means you’ll need to start by lightening your ends to get the look. Keep that in mind if you want to try this brown to copper ‘do—or any of the short ombré styles that follow.
SHORT OMBRÉ HAIRSTYLE #2: GINGER TO PINK PIXIE
Calling all redheads! This chic ombré hair look is just for you. The perfect way to play with color, a ginger to pink fade is a super stylish look that will set your hairstyle apart from the rest. The perfect balance between edgy and trendy, this color duo will become your favorite in no time. Try out the look with shades of the L’Oréal Paris Colorista 1-Day Hair Makeup Temporary 1-Day Hair Color Spray. Once you fall in love with the color, make your ombré color last a little longer with the L’Oréal Paris Colorista Semi-Permanent Hair Color in Hot Pink.
SHORT OMBRÉ HAIRSTYLE #3: DARK RED TO COPPER BOB
You can never go wrong with a short hairstyle, but a red to copper ombré bob instantly ups the ante. Transitioning from dark red to copper at the tips, this look places curls at the ends to create a bouncy silhouette. A great way to play with levels in your ‘do, the final curly ombré look will easily transition from daytime to nighttime. Bring this color to life using a copper hair color on the bottom third of a naturally red mane. As for how to style the ‘do, apply the L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle Curve It Elastic Curl Mousse on damp tresses, scrunch gently, and air dry.
SHORT OMBRÉ HAIRSTYLE #4: DARK BROWN TO BLUE WAVY PIXIE
The perfect look for stepping into the winter season, this cool-toned hue will complement your pixie style perfectly. Complete with icy blue ends, the wavy look highlights your texture with little to no effort for the ultimate no-fuss look. Use the L’Oréal Paris Colorista Semi-Permanent Hair Color in Blue to give your dark strands a beautiful burst of color. Top off your look with a touch of hairspray, like the L’Oréal Paris Elnett Precious Oil Satin Hairspray, to add shine.
SHORT OMBRÉ HAIRSTYLE #5: DARK TO LIGHT BROWN CROPPED BOB
We clearly have a thing for dark hair hues, and this dark to light brown cropped bob is where it’s at. A great hue that looks amazing on all skin tones, this ombré look is definitely worth a try. To style this bob, apply an egg-sized amount of hair mousse to damp hair, scrunch, then air dry. You can also use a diffuser to speed up the drying process. One last thing, don’t forget to mist a hairspray evenly over your hair for natural-looking shine.
SHORT OMBRÉ HAIRSTYLE #6: DARK TO LIGHT CROPPED PIXIE
This stunning dark to light ombré commands major attention. With a smoky blue pastel hue blending into your dark roots, this color trend takes edgy styling to new heights. Get the look with the L’Oréal Paris Féria in Smokey Blue, then consider amping things up by defining your texture. Grab a dime-sized amount of the L’Oréal Paris Studio Line Overworked Hair Putty and work through your pixie for instant definition.
SHORT OMBRÉ HAIRSTYLE #7: BROWN TO BLONDE TOUSELED BOB
Looking for a classic ombré hue? Seal the deal with a brown to blonde shade. With longer blonde layers that shape the front of your face and transition to shorter layers in the back, you can prepare to get compliments on your ‘do all day long. To get the look, use the L’Oréal Paris Féria in Dark Gold Blonde for a vibrant finish. As for styling, grab a pump or two of hair cream, distribute evenly through damp hair, and air dry for a tousled effect.
SHORT OMBRÉ HAIRSTYLE #8: DARK BROWN TO COPPER TOUSLED CROP TAPER
Now, this is the true epitome of a head-turning look. This style highlights the brown to copper ombré color at the top, while the back of the head sports a natural brown hue. With more length on the top, you can pair your color with a pompadour or quiff for an elegant ombré hairstyle.
SHORT OMBRÉ HAIRSTYLE #9: CHOCOLATE TO CARAMEL LOB
What do you get when you blend sophisticated styling with a rich ombré hue? This chocolate to caramel shade will match the chic standards of your lob. With a gorgeous chocolate hue that starts at the top and blends down toward a caramel shade, this look is just as pretty as it sounds. Try the L’Oréal Paris Féria in Bronzed Brown for adding the perfect amount of warmth to your look.
SHORT OMBRÉ HAIRSTYLE #10: BLACK TO TURQUOISE TEXTURED LAYERS
Ready for a dramatic change? A black to turquoise ombré with textured layers is a great way to go. This color trend is designed to steal attention, and its textured layers add a level of movement that won’t go unnoticed. Top off the look with a blunt cut and naturally defined texture, and it’s definitely worth the hype. Use the L’Oréal Paris Colorista Semi-Permanent Hair Color in Turquoise to transform your look.
SHORT OMBRÉ HAIRSTYLE #11: BLONDE TO PINK RINGLET LOB
This sweet and ultra-feminine look will frame your face with thick colorful strands for a winning effect. Starting with gorgeous blonde roots and transitioning into a soft pink shade, this look puts your ombré hair color on full display. Vibrant and voluminous, we can bet you’ll be flaunting your mane all over town. Color your strands with the L’Oréal Paris Colorista Semi-Permanent Hair Color in Pink, then pump up the volume with the help of a curling iron and a touch of hairspray for a long-lasting look.
SHORT OMBRÉ HAIRSTYLE #12: BROWN TO ASH BLONDE BOB
One of this season’s hottest styles is the stacked bob. Great for those looking to add structure and shape to their hair, this look is a stylish step up from the traditional bob style. And if you’re a fan of color, the brown to ash blonde ombré hair color makes for the perfect finishing touch. Starting with a brown shade at the roots and ending with an ashy blonde hue, this look provides a playful vibe you won’t be able to get enough of. Get the look with the L’Oréal Paris Superior Preference Fade-Defying Shine Permanent Hair Color in Light Ash Blonde, applying the shade to the middle and ends of your hair for a delicate balance of color.
SHORT OMBRÉ HAIRSTYLE #13: HONEY BLONDE PIECEY BOB
A nice mix of traditional and modern styling, this honey blonde ombré will live up to all your expectations. Flaunting dark roots with a warm and vibrant blonde shade that cascades from close to the roots through the ends, this color will brighten up your mane without too much dramatic intensity. Want in? Use the L’Oréal Paris Excellence Age Perfect in Dark Soft Golden Blonde for a rich, warm glow.
SHORT OMBRÉ HAIRSTYLE #14: SILVER BLONDE OMBRÉ PIXIE
Ready to prep your strands for the winter season? It’s time to get acquainted with the silver-blonde ombré pixie. A stylish upgrade for your everyday pixie style, this winter hair color trend adds an icy yet frosty feel to your look that complements the chilly season pretty well. Starting with your dark brown locks, lighten up your ends with the L’Oréal Paris Excellence Créme Permanent Triple Protection Hair Color in Extra Light Natural Blonde.
SHORT OMBRÉ HAIRSTYLE #15: BOLD BROWN OMBRÉ BOB
Digging your brown hair but want to increase the color intensity? Look no further than the bold brown ombré bob. This chic hairstyle blends chestnut brown, honey brown, and golden blonde for a real crowd-pleaser of a hairstyle. Perfect for those with brown hair, all you need is a bronzed brown hair color on the middle section of your hair and a golden blonde hue on the ends to tie your look together.
SHORT OMBRÉ HAIRSTYLE #16: PASTEL BLUE FADE PIXIE
Dare to go bold? Give your naturally dark hair color a burst of color with a blue ombré shade. This look allows you to play with color without fully committing to a super bright hue. Start on dark roots and use the L’Oréal Paris Colorista Semi-Permanent Hair Color in Indigo for a blue-purple hue that doesn’t skimp on providing a burst of color.
SHORT OMBRÉ HAIRSTYLE #17: RED MAHOGANY TEXTURED PIXIE
If you like the idea of an ombré pixie paired with a hue that complements your skin tone, this red pixie look is just what you need. Providing a bright red shade that fades into a deep mahogany, you can liven up your thick textured hair and have all eyes on you. Start with the L’Oréal Paris Féria Rich Auburn True Red at your roots and have the color fade into the L’Oréal Paris Excellence Créme Permanent Triple Protection Hair Color in Richesse Collection Dark Mahogany Red for a unique finish.
SHORT OMBRÉ HAIRSTYLE #18: MERMAID OMBRÉ LOB
Mermaid hair is a trend that’s here to stay. While you likely have seen this color on long lengths, this trend can actually take your short look up a notch, too. With a beautiful mix of purples, blues, and pinks, you’ll love how this color blends with your naturally dark roots. For a quick taste of colorful hair, use a few hues from the L’Oréal Paris Colorista 1-Day Spray line.
SHORT OMBRÉ HAIR #19: PURPLE OMBRÉ LOB
Purple is, without a doubt, one of the most popular hair colors. With shades that range from pastel hues to vibrant violet colors, you can’t go wrong with giving this look a go. Best of all, you can customize this look to suit your needs. Give the trend a try using the L’Oréal Paris Colorista Semi-Permanent Hair Color in Purple to create an eye-catching look.
SHORT OMBRÉ HAIR #20: ROSE GOLD OMBRÉ PIXIE
There is a reason why this rich color is a top choice for a beautiful ombré. Luminous and vibrant, rose gold gives your mane a natural sparkle. Let your mane glitter like gold with the L’Oréal Paris Colorista Hair Makeup Temporary 1-Day Hair Color Spray in RoseGold.
SHORT OMBRÉ HAIR #20: PASTEL MINT OMBRÉ BOB
For those looking to take a break from traditional hair color shades, the pastel mint ombré trend will definitely spice up your look. Offering a nice touch of green sans the dark and bold color that you’re likely used to, this color takes on the green trend without giving off Halloween vibes. To play with the soft hue, try the L’Oréal Paris Colorista Hair Makeup Temporary 1-Day Hair Color Spray in Pastel Mint.
SHORT OMBRÉ HAIR #21: SILVER OMBRÉ PIXIE
You may not have considered trying the silver hair color trend before, but this hue has been getting a lot of attention on social media and IRL as of late. And it makes sense, the hue adds a gorgeous spin to your hair color without aging your look. If you’re ready to step outside of the box with your ombré hair color, the L’Oréal Paris Colorista Hair Makeup Temporary 1-Day Hair Color Spray in Silver is just what you need. Best of all, if you’re not digging the look, you can simply wash it out and try a different ombré color.
SHORT OMBRÉ HAIR #22: TEAL OMBRÉ LOB
Embrace your playful side with a touch of teal. This medium blue-green shade offers a nice contrast to your dark roots while adding a beautiful touch of color. Totally Instagram-worthy, this ombré look will make quite the statement. If you’re in need of a hair color change, try the L’Oréal Paris Colorista Semi-Permanent Hair Color in Teal.
SHORT OMBRÉ HAIR #23: NEON YELLOW BOB
If we had to name one bright color that’s been having a moment, neon yellow easily takes first place. While we’ve seen the shade used for various hairstyles, ombré hair is one of our favorites. This bright highlighter shade will definitely make your hair a conversation starter, so if you’re ready to take a walk on the wild side with beaming ombré strands, look no further than the L’Oréal Paris Colorista Hair Makeup 1-Day Color in Neon Yellow.
SHORT OMBRÉ HAIR #24: SILVER BLUE PIXIE
Cool tones are definitely on-trend, but that doesn’t mean you only have to flaunt traditional cool hair colors. Step out of your comfort zone and try an ombré hair color that provides the fresh look you love with a bit extra of oomph. Use the L’Oréal Paris Colorista 1-Day Makeup Hair Color in Silver Blue to stand out from the crowd. Best of all, this color will look amazing on any pixie, bob, or lob style.
SHORT OMBRÉ HAIR #25: COTTON CANDY OMBRÉ LOB
Cotton candy hair is another trend that’s alive and well. This fun looks features a beautiful mix of hair color shades for a soft and colorful finish. If you don’t mind taking risks in the hair department, why not give this popular trend a go? All you need are blue, lilac, and purple hair color sprays to create the ultimate trendsetting look.
SHORT OMBRÉ HAIR #26: BURGUNDY OMBRÉ BOB
For those who like to play it safe in the hair color department, why not stick to a warm shade that adds a subtle touch of color. Burgundy ombré is a great choice that allows you to play with the color red without going too bright. Try it out with the L’Oréal Paris Colorista Semi-Permanent Hair Color in Burgundy.
SHORT OMBRÉ HAIR #27: PINK OMBRÉ LOB
If you’re looking to try a playful ombré, a pink fade couldn’t be a better pick. This sweet and fun color allows you to embrace your girly side while giving your mane a truly stunning finish. Learn more about bringing this hot hair trend to life in our article on How to Get Pink Ombré Hair.
SHORT OMBRÉ HAIR #28: FUSCHIA OMBRÉ PIXIE
If pink is the hair color you desire, but you’ve been toying with a more bright and vivid finish, you may want to give a fuschia ombré a try. This vibrant hue blends a mixture of red and purple to amp up your mane. An excellent update for dark hair hues, use the L’Oréal Paris Feria Multi-Faceted Shimmering Permanent Hair Color in Fuschia to add a surprisingly sophisticated touch to your look.
SHORT OMBRÉ HAIR #29: MAUVE OMBRÉ LOB
Pink ombré is definitely here to stay, but that doesn’t mean you have to limit your options to either hot pink, pastel pink, or fuschia. Mauve ombré blends lilac and lavender shades to provide a soft and pretty hue that you wouldn’t mind rocking all year long. If you love soft ombré hair colors, the L’Oréal Paris Féria in Dusty Mauve will become your go-to in no time.
SHORT OMBRÉ HAIR #30: BRONZE OMBRÉ LOB
Looking for the perfect way to give your strands a sun-kissed look? You can always count on light brown shades to customize your look. A great look for those with black and brown manes, this ombré trend will instantly brighten up your strands. Add some warmth to your hair with the help of the L’Oréal Paris Colorista Hair Makeup 1-Day Color in BronzeAuburn.
SHORT OMBRÉ HAIR #31: PUMPKIN RED OMBRÉ BOB
Another popular hair trend is pumpkin red ombré. This look consists of coloring your ends with red-orange tones and leaving roots a black or brown shade. We love that this trend is customizable; it’s up to you whether you prefer a light orange and red shade or a bold auburn for your pumpkin-inspired ends.