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Unlike most hair color trends that come and go with the seasons, ombré hair has made it clear that it’s here to stay after remaining a go-to hair color of choice for many women for quite a long while now. Sure, there have been a few upgrades (like bronde hair and balayage highlights), but all in all, the basics that make ombré hair as popular as it is are all still there. So, what makes multi-dimensional ombré hair such a must-have hair color, you might ask? We’re here to let you know why you should consider ombré hair for your next hair color change, how to get ombré hair at home, and how to style your ombré hair in four pretty ways
One reason why ombré stands apart from other hair trends: It’s super-versatile! Here’s why we love ombré hair so much.
1. You don’t have to decide on one color. Having trouble deciding between two colors? With ombré hair, you don’t have to make that choice. Going for ombré hair allows you to seamlessly combine two of your favorite hues for one unforgettable look.
2. It’s easy to try. Since you only have to devote the ends of your hair to the ombré hair color trend, you don’t have to worry about it taking forever to grow out—or the hassle of handling grown out roots.
3. It's low maintenance. Root touch-ups aren’t necessary when you have ombré hair, which means this is a decidedly low maintenance hair color trend.
Not sure which shade of ombré hair you should try? Take your current hair color into consideration before going for an ombré dye job.
If you have black or brunette hair…the more work it will take for color to show up (meaning you’ll need to bleach your hair first). Stick to darker, more vibrant colors to really create a contrasting ombré hair color. Think: Toasty orange hues, classic reds, and deep blues. Try the L’Oréal Paris Colorista Semi-Permanent Hair Color in Burgundy, Tangerine, Red, or Teal. These shades for brunette hair don’t require bleaching beforehand.
If you have blonde or bleached hair…you’re one of the lucky ones—just about any color will be able to show up on your hair. If you want to really make a statement, try pastel hair or mermaid hair to complement your naturally light hue. To create this ombré hair look, use the L’Oréal Paris Colorista Semi-Permanent Hair Color in blue, soft pink, peach, indigo, purple, pink, or aqua. These shades work on blonde, highlighted, or bleached hair—if you’re starting with a darker hair color, you’ll need to bleach your hair first before use.
Like we said, ombré is pretty easy to try. Want to color your hair ombré is without hitting up the salon? Take these steps to color your hair at home.
Step 1: Choose your DIY kit. Try the L’Oréal Paris Féria Wild Ombré at-home hair color kit to get ombré hair at home. If a rainbow hair color is what you crave, then use the L’Oréal Paris Colorista Bleach Ombré and follow up with a choose a shade from our Colorista Semi-Permanent Hair Color range.
Step 2: Prep your hair. As with all coloring treatments, it’s important to give your hair a little extra TLC first. Try using a hair mask beforehand.
Step 3: Create your ombré. Follow the instructions on your chosen at-home hair color kit to lighten the ends of your hair.
Step 4: Add color. If you’ve opted for a rainbow hair color, choose your favorite Colorista Semi-Permanent Hair Color shade and follow the instructions on the packaging.
Now that you have getting ombré hair down pat, it’s time to learn all the best ways to show off your new look. Whether you like to leave your ombré hair down or have an occasion where you want to showcase your ombré hair in an updo, these are the styles you’ll want to know how to create.
Ombré hairstyle #1: Romantic ombré udpo. Delicate, romantic hairstyles are often a fab fit for ombré hair, making this mussed updo the perfect style for any occasion. Not only can this hairstyle add texture to your look, but it can let your varying shades take center stage.
Get the look by following these simple steps:
Step 1: Start with mousse. Massage a dollop of hair mousse into your hair before allowing it to air dry. Try the L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle AIR DRY IT Ruffled Body Mousse for long-lasting shape and frizz control.
Step 2: Twist with hairspray. Twist hair in two inch sections while spraying a hair spray, like the L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle AIR DRY IT Wave Swept Spray, for effortless style. Once you’ve finished twisting your whole head, don’t be shocked if you look a tad like an octopus—that means you did it right!
Step 3: Muss it up. Gently finger through your twists to unleash a head full of soft, tousled ombré waves.
Step 4: Make a low bun. Gather about half of your hair to create a low bun. Use the rest of your hair to wrap around and pin into your bun for a slightly undone, super-intricate look.
Step 5: Get piece-y. As a final romantic touch, gently pull a few strands out to frame your face.
Step 6: Seal your look. To ensure that your gorgeous ombré updo stays put, spray allover with a strong hold hairspray, like the L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle LOCK IT Bold Control Hairspray.
Ombré hairstyle #2: Ombré top knot. As one of the top trends of the season, top knots are super-stylish on their own. But when you add ombré hair to that mix, you only get trendier by emphasizing the contrasting shades of your coveted hair color.
Step 1: Gather hair. Flip your head over and brush all of your ombré hair into a smooth ponytail.
Step 2: Twist pony. Next, twist your ponytail from base to ends. After twisting, wrap your pony around itself to create your top knot.
Step 3: Secure with pins. Once you’re happy with the way your bun looks, use a few bobby pins to lock it in place.
Step 4: Make it shine. With a hairstyle that looks that good you want to make the absolute most of it, so be sure to top it off with a little shine spray for extra eye-catching hair appeal.
Ombré hairstyle #3: Tousled ombré waves. Ombré hair first made a name for itself for how flawlessly sun-kissed and beach-ready it made girls look when they let it flow freely in loose waves. So, to stay true to the classic, definitely keep this low-key hairstyle in your back pocket of hairstyle ideas.
Step 1: Protect your hair. As always, before styling your hair with heat tools, use a heat protectant, like the L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle SLEEK IT Iron Straight Heatspray.
Step 2: Grab your curling wand. In two-inch sections, wrap your ombré hair around the barrel of your curling iron, starting with the wider base of the tool at your roots and the tip towards your ends.
Step 3: Shake it out. Once you have curled your whole head of hair, flip your head over and gently shake it out for a ruffled, beachy effect.
Ombré hairstyle #4: side ombré pony with an accent braid. Whether you’re a fan of easy hairstyling, hiding bad hair days, or are on your way to the gym, this is the look for you! Perfect for showing off a two-toned ombré hair color, this asymmetrical voluminous, ultra-textured silhouette will look purposefully laid back and totally chic.
Step 1: Add some hair mousse. Starting with damp hair, massage hair mousse from roots to ends and style with a blow-dryer diffuser.
Step 2: Create a side part. Use a rat tail comb to create a part to one side of your head.
Step 3: Pull hair to one shoulder. Gather all your hair over one shoulder and secure it into a low ponytail with a clear elastic.
Step 4: Hide the hair tie. Using a small section of hair, conceal your hair tie by wrapping the strands around the base of your low pony. You can either tuck the ends into the underside of the pony or use a bobby pin to secure it in place.
Step 5: Tease it. To pump up the volume and texture on your ombré hair, use a rat tail comb to gently tug from the ends of your hair up towards the base of your low ponytail.
Step 6: Add an accent braid. To add a bit more texture and a touch of flair, weave a mini braid in your pony that can peek through your laidback style.
For another hairstyle idea for ombré hair, embrace this season’s favorite lived-in look. Read our article, How to Rock This Season’s Most Popular Carefree Messy Hairstyle, for an easy hairstyle tutorial that’ll look great on ombré hair.