Ombre is one colour choice that's still going strong - over five years since it first hit the scene. Check out our favourite celebrity ombre hair styles...
Ombre hair came onto the style scene a few years ago and after raising some eyebrows, was thoroughly accepted by the A-list. But no-one could have known that it would sit on the top of the hair colour throne for so long.
As lengths du jour come and go, ombre dyeing is a constant. Gracing every style, from Beyonce’s Grammys bob to Olivia Wilde’s mermaid-inspired Golden Globes ‘do, this hair colour is a celebrity staple. Everyone star works the look at some point in their lives.
And, while dip-dyeing leaves an obvious edgy line, ombre hair is the more subtle option. Think naturally sun-kissed. The kind of hair colour technique that looks as though your summer ends have grown out.
As well as allowing you to experiment with different colours, it adds depth and definition to curled, waved and tousled styles. Jessica Biel makes this case in point. And if you ever need to add volume to a bob, this technique works wonders. A trick Alexa Chung – who pioneered this very trend – employs.
How to do ombre hair
The good thing about this trend being so popular is that most salons now cater for the look. If you have time to visit your hairdresser, take a few images of what you want to achieve. This will show them whether you want your ombre ends to stop quite low down, or work their way up towards your roots.
Ombre hair dye
If you’re happy with a DIY job, invest in the right tools and hair dye for ombre hair. First, choose your colour. Ombre doesn’t just have to be blonde to brown, it can be pink, blue, purple, even green. Just remember, if you want to add a colour other than a lighter version of your natural colour, you’ll have to bleach the ends. Unless you have blonde hair.
Next, decide where you want the fade to stop. Then, brush your hair thoroughly, so there are no knots. This will ensure that your hair colour is even. Once your hair is prepped, follow the direction from your hair dye. L’Oreal Paris Preference Hair Dye, £7.99, is a great one for beginners because it comes with everything you need for a professional look.
If you only have a regular home hair dye at hand, use a paddle brush to apply it. Simply saturate the top half of your paddle brush with your hair dye and then carefully brushes through the ends of the hair. This will give you a natural highlight effect.
Ombre hair extensions
If you want to test whether you’ll suit ombre hair or not, try extensions. Paul Hair World stocks a great selection of human hair extensions in all shades. And because they’re made from human hair, you can wash and style as you would your own. All you nede to do is choose your extension colour and then clip them into your natural hair. To make it look natural, use them sporadically.
Now, that you know how to do ombre hair, check out our favourite celebrity ombre hairstyles. They’re enough to make you get down to your favourite salon stat…
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Emily Blunt debuted her ombre locks while promoting her film, The Huntsman, in April 2016.
Kate Beckinsale showed off her ombre hairstyle while out and about in NYC in April 2016. Dyeing her brunette locks a shade of blonde at the ends, Kate proved the ombre trend is still in season…
Kim Kardashian is putting her new Snapchat to good use, showing off her brand new ombre hair, with blonde highlights breaking up her raven locks.
Emma Watson was in London for ‘An Evening With Gloria Steinem and Emma Watson’, and updated her new bob with an ombre dye.
Drew Barrymore was one of the pioneers of the ombre trend. The
casual coolness of the merging colours suits her boho style, and it’s
worked for her glamorous red carpet hairstyles as well as her more
low-maintenance looks through pregnancy.
The most gorgeous pregnant women we have ever laid eyes on, Blake was pictured here at her first film since the birth of her daughter James. Worn in a relaxed wave Blake looks a natural beauty in Beverly Hills.
Pictured here on the red carpet for her role as X Factor co-host. Caroline’s hair looks funky and choppy in a blunt long bob.
Now officially a US citizen, Ms Blunt looks comfortable in her glamorous LA surroundings at the Critics Choice Awards. Loose and tousled was the style of the day for Emily.
Ombre hair was just made for Christy! Her thick locks looked glossy and healthy. Paired with a bright white smile and jacket, this is one of our favourite looks for the actress.
For the 50 Shades of Grey Premiere, Dakota Johnson’s blunt straight cut showed off her ombre tips to full effect.
Looking radiant at the Cannes Film Festival Miranda opted for a very subtle ombre tone, which complimented her glowing tan.
The queen of cool, Jourdan rocked a super sleek bob with graduated ombre tones for the Burberry show. We love the contrast between her eyebrows and hair, giving a punky effect.
Nicole Kidman proves that blonde ombre hairstyles are the new way to do a colour fade. Her strawberry blonde tips fade elegantly into a bright blonde style to lighten her look on porcelain skin.
Lily Aldridge keeps her model look chic with some subtle ombre action, worn in a sleek straight blow dry.
Who knew ombre and crimping would work together? We certainly didn’t think it would but Behati Prinsloo makes us want to be much more adventurous!
Alexa Chung is the original ombre queen. She championed blonde tips way back in 2009 with this much sought after medium style that’s only gained popularity over the last five years.
Rose Byrne turns heads at New York’s Tony Awards with her on-trend wavy ombre tresses.
The ends of Cara Delevingne’s tumbling brown tresses have a chic ever-so-subtle caramel hue.
Making a departure from her former dark hair days, Cheryl Cole champions a summer-ready blonde colour fade with this long, ombre style.
Jessical Biel has warmed up her dark blonde hair with ombre toning for years. Her long sleek hair is almost brown at the roots, merging into a honey blonde with no obvious dye line.
Joan Smalls has dipped the tips of her long hairstyle into a champagne shade to give her that highly sought-after blonde ombre style.
Lauren Conrad worked multi-tonal blonde hair for a long time and when it was time for a change she went for an drastic ombre look. The light colour at the tips would be way too much but the fading allows for bolder tones.
Olivia Wilde has dabbled with block colour honey blonde and brown ‘dos but faithfully returns to ombre, every time. The warmer tones add depth to her short, long, tousled and straighter styles alike.
Lea Michele’s ombre hairstyle perfectly suits her olive skin making it a choice hairstyle for summer (just add a holiday bronze).
Kim Kardashian’s blonde phase featured this gorgeous blonde dip-dye to contrast her former characteristically-Kardashian deep dark tresses.
Brooklyn Decker hit our radars with bright blonde locks but this darker ombre ‘do is certainly more complimenting of her fair complexion as it means she gets the darker tones near her face and can go blonder where it won’t wash her out.
Amber Heard has experimented with pretty much every colour under the sun, from raven black to full-on bleached blonde. This elegant ombre look warms her complexion more than the stark all-over dye jobs.
Doutzen Kroes could work a buzzcut and still be one of the most beautiful women on the planet, so the fact she’s got on the ombre bandwagon is just too bad for everyone else. Though her blonde hairstyle was great, this look gives her the best of both blonde and brown worlds.
Nicole Richie is one of those poor souls who has been in the limelight forever so we can look back at pretty much all her hairstyles. But, lucky for her there’s been no total nightmares. From bright blonde to dark brown (and even grey), she’s experimented with everything but this warm ombre look is our favourite.
Sarah Jessica Parker nails pretty much every hairstyle she tries, though her curled, ombre looks undoubtedly suit her best. The warm blondes are complimentary to her complexion, while the volume flatters her face shape.
Camila Alves’ ombre is a subtle colour change from deep dark brown into lighter brown, giving it a highlighted, sun-kissed look.
Kate Beckinsale has experimented with her fair share of blonde and brown hairstyles, as well as everything in between, but this ombre look is our favourite by far. It’s perfect as she can keep her natural colour at the roots where it matters, and experiment with other colours at the tips.
Lake Bell’s firey ombre hair ‘do has copper tones to it to give it warmth. She curls her style to emphasise a subtle colour change.
Rose Byrne complements her blunt medium cut with a soft brown colour change giving it the effect of a longer hair look.
Rosie Huntington-Whiteley has stayed pretty loyal to a multi-tonal dark blonde ‘do, but this lighter ombre look compliments her usually curled hairstyles, and even the uncharacteristic straight ones.
Amber Le Bon has rocked an ombre do for as long as we can remember, and it’s rather more of a statement than most as her hair is just so darned long. Though she varies the colour of the roots, the blending colours are a constant.
Lily Aldridge never has an ombre hair out of place, proving the blending colours aren’t just for casual, messy looks. She has experimented with golden tips and warmer browns, and we just aren’t sure which we prefer.
Ciara proves that ombre dyeing isn’t just for long-haired girls. Her honey blonde hair suits her complexion perfectly but it would be too much for an all-over colour, as would the dark tone at the roots.
Sofia Vergara’s long locks used to be all-over brown, but it was when she started experimenting with multi-tonal blonde ombre that she really started hitting the ‘best hair’ lists. The Modern Family star’s dye job enhances the curly styles she favours for red carpet ‘dos.
Beyonce has been experimenting with ombre locks for years, with her long voluminous ‘dos (when she’s gone for a more usual lighter to darker look) and more recently her short bob at the Grammys.
Jessica Szohr had dark brown hair for her part as Vanessa in Gossip Girl, but since then she blended golden blonde tones at the tips for a warmer look.
Though Kim Kardashian has rocked many an all-over colour, she undoubtedly suits this honey blonde ombre hairstyle the best. It warms her complexion, as well as giving her wavy styles depth and definition.
Eva Mendes isn’t who necessarily springs to mind when you think of ombre hairstyles, but in recent years she’s been warming up her ‘do with subtle blonde tips blending into her dark brown roots.
Rachel Bilson was early on to the ombre hair bandwagon. She has naturally dark hair and a fair complexion so the golden tones at the bottom serve to give her more of a laid-back, summery look.
Penelope Cruz was blessed with the complexion most of us can only dream of. That said, this ombre dye warms up her skintone even more than her natural colour (and that is very rarely the case).