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Guide to ombre hair: From dark to light in a perfect fade

by Lotte Lindgren on Jun 24, 2023

Read through by Dorthe Kristensen

Hairdresser and former co-owner of the award-winning hairdressing chain Zoom by Zoom
With many years of experience in the hairdressing industry, Dorthe has advised many customers about hair and hair care. Dorthe has read through this blog entry to ensure high quality and professionalism. This blog post is professionally updated on February 8, 2024.

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Welcome to our guide to ombre hair! Ombre is a popular hair coloring technique where the color goes gradually from dark at the roots to lighter tips. This creates a beautiful and natural effect that looks great on all hair lengths and can be adapted to any style. In this blog, we'll go over everything you need to know about ombre hair, including benefits of the technique, tips and tricks, and how to do it yourself at home. Read on to learn more!

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What is ombre hair?

Ombre hair is a hair coloring technique where the color gradually goes from dark to lighter in a nice fade. It can be achieved with different colors and intensities according to the desired look. The technique was popular in the 2010s and still has great appeal with many women.

The dark top and light bottom create a natural look that's perfect for those who want to experiment with their hair color without going too drastic. Ombre hair can be done on both short and long hair and incorporated into different hairstyles for a unique style.

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Definition and history

Ombre hair is a coloring technique that creates a gradual transition from dark to light in the lengths and tips of the hair. It gives a natural and soft effect, where the color looks as if it fades into a perfect fade. Originating from the French word "ombre" meaning shade or tone, ombre became popular in the mid-2010s.

Ombre hair is a popular color technique with a natural transition from dark to light, which originated in ancient Egypt and is still a favorite among celebrities such as Beyoncé and Jessica Biel.

The history behind ombre hair goes back to ancient Egypt, where women used plants and other natural materials to color their hair. Today, ombre is still among the most popular hair colors on the market - both famous celebrities and ordinary people choose this trend for its beautiful result with minimal maintenance.

Different types of ombre hair

Natural brown to blonde ombre is a classic style that gives a natural and delicious look. This style is best for people with dark hair who want to lighten without making a drastic color change. It works well on long hair and creates a soft transition from dark to light.

A popular trend at the moment is the pastel color ombre. This involves coloring the hair with pastel shades such as pink, purple or blue along the ends to create a unique and feminine look. This style often requires bleaching the hair first to achieve the desired shades.

Reverse ombre goes in the opposite direction and involves coloring the top darker than the ends to create a reverse effect. This allows for more depth and dimension to the hair color while still looking natural using the perfect fade between colors from light tips to dark roots.

Benefits of ombre hair

Ombre hair is a great way to accentuate your facial features. By creating a gradual transition from dark to light color, ombre can make your face glow and give you a more youthful appearance.

Another advantage of ombre hair is that it requires less maintenance than traditional hair coloring methods. Since the roots are not dyed, you will have fewer visible outgrowths and thus longer time between each dyeing session.

Highlights facial features

Choice of color shades, placement of the ombre effect and blending are all important factors in highlighting your facial features with ombre hair. The key to a natural look is to carefully consider these elements to achieve the perfect dish.

To achieve the best effect, take the following steps:

  • Choose colors that go well together and complement your skin tone.
  • Place the lightest shades around your face frame for a more slimming effect.
  • Blending is essential to create a smooth transition between the colors and avoid sharp lines or sudden contrasts.

With these tips, you can be sure that your ombre hair will highlight your beautiful features in the most natural way possible.

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Requires less maintenance

Avoid coloring the roots often, use appropriate hair care products and spare the hair from unnecessary treatments to reduce the maintenance of your ombre hair. With these simple steps, you can achieve a beautiful and durable look with less effort.

To avoid frequent coloring of the roots, choose an ombre style with a gradual transition from the natural hair color to the desired shade at the bottom. Also use products designed for colored hair to maintain color intensity and shine, as well as protect against drying out or discolouration.

Finally, stay away from unnecessary heat styling or chemical treatments, such as permanent curls or direction. These processes can weaken the hair and increase the risk of damage or split ends, resulting in more time-consuming maintenance.

  • Choose gradual transition between natural hair color to desired shade
  • Avoid unnecessary heat styling or chemical treatment

Suitable for different hair lengths and textures

Adapting to shorter hairstyles can be challenging, but with the ombre technique you can still achieve a nice and natural look. It's about having a smooth transition from your natural hair color to the light end of the color spectrum. Ombre on wavy or curly hair adds even more depth and dimension to your hair while still looking natural.

Different techniques work best for different types of hair. If you have straight and thick hair, you can use a more dramatic ombre effect to create a statement look. If your hair is more fine or frizzy, a subdued ombre will give you a beautiful result without weighing down the hair with too much color. By taking these factors into consideration, anyone can achieve the perfect ombre look regardless of their hair length or texture.

How to do ombre hair

To make ombre hair, you must first choose the colors and the technique. Choose a color that is lighter than your natural hair color for the desired result. Then use the chosen technique to apply the color from the middle of the hair down towards the ends.

Once the color is applied, it is important to soften the transition between the two colors using a blending technique. A good way to do this is by gently pulling the color upwards with your fingers or a comb. We would definitely recommend having ombre done by a hairdresser, as you will get the best result.

Finish the process by washing your hair gently and styling it as desired for a beautiful result in a perfect fade from dark to light.

Step 1: Choose colors and technique

Decide which color palette suits your skin tone and personal style. When choosing the color of your ombre hair, it is important to consider your natural hair color, skin tone and personal style. Choose between warm or cool shades to create the desired effect.

Choose between the classic ombre or balayage method to achieve the desired look. Ombre can be achieved by either a classic fade technique or by using the balayage method, which is more subtle in the transitions between the two colors. Consider your preferences and then decide on the right technique for your hair.

Step 2: Prepare your hair

Decide if you want to cut your hair before you start or if you want to keep the length. If your hair is damaged or has split ends, it may be a good idea to have it trimmed before coloring for a healthier and smoother result. On the other hand, preserving the length can give you more options for styling after the coloring process.

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Moisturizing treatments can help prevent damage to the hair during the coloring process. This includes applying a deep conditioning treatment, hair mask or oil treatment a few days before colouring. A moisturizing treatment will not only protect the hair from drying out during the process, but also contribute to a softer and shinier result.

  • Decide on a haircut
  • Consider moisturizing treatments for damage prevention

Step 3: Apply the color

Use a brush to apply the color evenly to the base of your hair. Work upwards towards the top and avoid overlapping the colors as this can result in unwanted streaking. Be careful and patient during application to achieve the desired ombre look with a perfect fade from dark to light.

Step 4: Soften the transition

Use a wide tooth comb to gently 'blend' the two different colors together. This will help soften the transition between the two shades and create a more natural look. If you use lighter tones, a toning shampoo can help further bleed the contrast between the two shades.

Additional tips:

  • Avoid brushing or pulling your hair too hard so as not to ruin the gradient effect.
  • Use a hair oil or serum after washing your hair for extra shine and care.
  • For lasting color and avoiding discoloration, avoid chlorinated pools and excessive sunlight.

Step 5: Wash and style your hair

Seal the new hair color with a moisturizing conditioner after washing. This will protect your hair from damage and at the same time improve the durability of the color. If you want to style your ombre look with spring curls, you can achieve the perfect result by using the 'Spring Curls' technique. This technique gives a soft and natural look which is ideal for ombre hair.

Keep in mind that styling your ombre hair takes a little practice and patience - but with these tips, you'll definitely achieve the desired result! Also, make sure you choose the right products for the care and styling of your hair in order to maintain the beautiful color for as long as possible.

Tips and tricks for ombre hair

To achieve the perfect ombre hair, you should always start with a good haircut. It is important that the hair has an even length to ensure a uniform result. When coloring your hair, it can be advantageous to use ash or platinum blonde color instead of golden shades, as these often give a more natural look and make the transition from dark to light more fluid.

Another good approach is to apply the color gradually using foil or freehand techniques. In this way, you avoid sharp lines and instead get a soft and beautifully faded look. Also remember to always use a moisturizing conditioner after coloring for optimal care of your hair.

This is how you keep the color fresh and beautiful

To keep your ombre hair nice and fresh, we recommend that you use a shampoo specially developed for colored hair. It helps protect the color from smudging and discoloration. In addition, it is also important not to wash your hair too often, as this can strip the hair of natural oils and thereby ruin the color.

The sun's harmful rays can also negatively affect the color of your ombre hair. A simple way to avoid this is to protect your scalp with a hat or a scarf when you have to be outside for long periods of time. This will protect both your skin and your hair color from sun damage.

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How to avoid mistakes and discoloration

To avoid mistakes and discoloration when coloring ombre hair, it is important to follow the instructions on the color product carefully. It is also important that you avoid overlapping the colors when you apply them. This can result in uneven color distribution and a less satisfactory fade effect.

If this is the first time you are trying ombre, then it is recommended to consult a hairdresser and have them carry out the treatment, as it can be a difficult exercise to achieve the right result. In addition, home dyeing can also damage the hair quite a bit more than if you have it done at a hairdresser's.

How to care for your hair after dyeing

After successfully dyeing your hair to the ombre style, it is important to take good care of the hair to maintain the beautiful color. Use a conditioner specifically designed for treated hair and avoid hot styling products for the first week after coloring to minimize damage to the hair. Give your hair regular deep treatments for extra moisture and nourishment so your ombre hairstyle lasts longer and looks healthy.

We can highly recommend our Healthy Hair Kit, which gives your hair maximum care and moisture in depth.


After going through the step-by-step process to achieve the perfect ombre hair, we can conclude that it is a technique that requires both time and patience. The essential of this hair coloring technique is a gradual transition from dark to light for the desired effect.

We highly recommend getting help from a professional hairdresser for best results. Also remember the importance of proper finishing and care of your ombre hair, for example by regularly using moisturizing masks and avoiding excessive heat styling.

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