29 Gorgeous Examples of Reverse Ombré Hair


Reverse Ombre

Should you’re an avid Byrdie reader, it is protected to imagine you are already acquainted with what ombré hair is. (And when you’re not, this is a fast breakdown.) Lengthy story quick, ombré is a hair-color impact marked by two, or greater than two, hair colours blended to create a two-toned impact.

And whereas conventional ombré hair usually options pure, darker roots that fade into lighter, highlighted ends, “reverse ombré hair”—because the identify implies—is the reverse. As in, the next hairstyles have completely flipped the world of ombré on its head.

“The reverse ombré, much like the normal ombré, may be low upkeep so far as repairs goes,” says celeb stylist and colorist Bradley Leake.  “You possibly can let the colour develop out or trim off the ends with out the excessive upkeep repairs of some conventional blonding or fantasy hair colours.” Leake recommends utilizing a color-safe shampoo and conditioner similar to Coloration Wow Coloration Safety Shampoo ($24) and Coloration Safety Conditioner ($24), as it’s mild and will not strip the hair of any hair shade whereas leaving hair shiny, wholesome, and clear.

So when you could be stunned by how simple a reverse ombré could be to tug off your self—even when you’re barely skeptical studying this, and we do not blame you—we requested the specialists.


Put together to get impressed by 29 of our favourite examples of reverse ombré hair beneath.

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Shades of Grey

Stand out with a couple of gorgeous shades of grey—like this stylish, wavy fashion, with the assistance of some extensions.

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Lovely Burgundy

burgundy ombre hair

It is no secret that we love burgundy hairstyles right here at Byrdie, and we’re throughout this easy beach-wave fashion.

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Soiled-Blonde Roots

Preserving the pure shade on the high supplies the final word low-maintenance repairs, so when you love a sure hair shade however hate the touch-ups that associate with it, maintain your roots naturalwhile nonetheless having enjoyable together with your ends, like this soiled blonde-meets-auburn creation.

“Should you love your pure shade and it really works with the colour on the ends, I say go for it,” says Swinney. “No two hair colours are alike; it is all about customization.”

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Blonde to Black

If you cannot select only one hair shade, reverse ombré might be for you. This blended, blonde-to-brown-to-black state of affairs achieves each hues flawlessly.

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Colourful Ideas

Blonde to purple reverse ombre hair

Cannot fairly decide to allover daring hair shade? A reverse ombré with brightly-hued suggestions—like these violet ones—could be precisely what you’ll want to ease into it.

Based on Leake, rinsing with cool water is a good way to assist shade keep vibrant longer, locking it in.


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Blunt Bob

Woman with blonde reverse ombre bob

You actually cannot go unsuitable with a blunt bob, ever—however we love this blonde reverse-ombré look that includes platinum roots and deep-blonde suggestions.

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Strawberry Desires

We love a very good pink second, and this candy to sultry reverse ombré—that includes peachy pink roots blended into berry crimson ends—is simply that.

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Platinum Perfection

Woman with blonde to dark brown reverse ombre hair

Platinum blonde will all the time be one in all our favourite, daring hair colours. And right here—mixed with a hotter, darker hue for a reverse ombré impact—the colour has us critically swooning.

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Making Waves

Woman with white to black reverse ombre hair

Depart touch-ups behind with cascading, pure grey roots cascading into jet-black.

“It’s essential to decrease the warmth setting in your sizzling instruments to keep up shade in addition to attempt to decrease how usually you shampoo your hair,” Swinney says.


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Blonde to Caramel

Tami Roman wears blonde to caramel reverse ombre hair

Heat issues up with an sudden reverse ombré that includes gentle, faceted blonde, and caramel tones. “To take care of vibrancy in a reverse ombré, you will desire a color-protecting and increasing shampoo conditioner. I just like the RUSK PUREMIX Contemporary Pomegranate Coloration Defending Shampoo ($18) and conditioner ($18) for true shade safety,” Swinney says.

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Purple Alert

An allover daring, vivid hue will all the time make a press release—and you’ll take it even additional by going the reverse ombré route. We love this look that options pinkish-red roots fading into darkish crimson ends.

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Icy Gradient

black and white curled reverse ombre hair

Going from icy white to jet black, this black-and-white gradient is a monochrome lover’s dream.

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Stylish & Delicate

woman with golden reverse ombre hair

You may assume this development is out of the bizarre, however you’ll be able to really do it subtly. Right here, a pure brown very faintly fades into darker ends for a livened-up on a regular basis look.

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Blonde Mix

Blonde to pink reverse ombre hairstyle

We’re all the time suckers for a very good white-blonde second. And this blended, reverse-ombré look with cool, strawberry blonde balayage is giving us life.

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Mushroom Tones

woman with platinum to black reverse ombre hair

Exhibit a mushroom-toned reverse ombré—like this smooth grey blonde to brown mix—with a smooth fashion. (Strive one in all our fave smoothing serums for assist).

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Black & White

Talking of beautiful gothy appears—right here, an icy white meets jet black.

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Cash Piece

Blonde to dark brown reverse ombre hair with money pieces

A “cash piece” is a face-framing chunk of hair that begins on the roots and continues to the ends—and we love the way it enhances the reverse ombré right here.

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Blended Browns

This stylist used the airbrush method to realize a blended brown balayage, with chocolate strands blended into darker ends.

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Fired Up

These sizzling, fiery hues are sizzling on their very own however even cooler with a light-to-dark impact.

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Colourful Braids

woman with ombre pink braided hair

Feeling like a risk-taker? Go for a vivid and daring shade up high whereas preserving it pure on the backside. Bonus factors for these braids that add a contact of glam with beaded suggestions.

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Extremely Vibrant

Get heads turning with vivid orange roots, darker ends, and a reverse ombré impact that’ll have everybody asking, “Who’s your colorist?”

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Daring Orange

Platinum to red reverse ombre hair

Orange hair is definitely simpler to tug off than it sounds. Plus, we love how vibrant and completely satisfied this multi-shade reverse ombré feels all smooth and clean. “I like a reverse ombré when it is flat ironed when the applying is appropriate. I additionally assume braids are given a fantastic impact by the sort of hair shade,” says Swinney.

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Platinum to Pink

Embrace your interior pink girl with a hair shade that’d positively make Frenchy proud. This platinum-to-pink-to-red state of affairs is about as cool because it will get.

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Blonde to Blue

Are you able to say ice princess? Whether or not it is a common ombré or a reverse one, we all the time love the look of a pure hue mixed with an out-of-this-world one. This white platinum blonde-meets-ice blue creation is sudden but wonderful.

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Barely Lightened

Should you’re attempting to work your manner up right into a lighter look slowly, a reverse ombré could possibly be the proper option to ease right into a hue in a manner that also appears pure.

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Rainbow Brights

Rainbow to gray reverse ombre hair with star barrette

This reverse ombré look options rainbow roots and mid-lengths that fade into stormy, grey ends for one thing distinctive, recent, and simply plain gorgeous.

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Lavender Gorgeousness

Bored of your blonde or pondering of protecting up grey roots? We’ll help your resolution both manner, however you may need to think about replicating this gorgeous lavender look with a reverse ombré impact as a substitute.

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Contact of Lavender

Our new favourite three-in-one particular: Blonde roots and brown ends complemented by a contact of lavender highlights.

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Heat Auburn

Whether or not you need to name this shade honey, auburn, or chestnut, one factor’s for sure—the lighter blonde roots and darker ends are beautiful collectively. And, in fact, we will not get sufficient of these good seashore waves, both.


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