Don't think that the whole variety of coloring techniques is available only to girls with long hair. Modern coloring has many solutions for owners of stylish haircuts. Is it possible to try on an ombre for short hair? Don't hesitate!

Features of ombre for short hair

Ombre is a coloring technique that involves a smooth transition between shades. As a rule, they create a gradient from dark roots to light tips.Before trying on ombre coloring for short hair, evaluate the advantages and disadvantages of choosing this technique.


  • The result will be spectacular regardless of the original color: you can try on ombre on light, dark and even red hair.

  • The ombre technique involves partial coloring of strands.

  • Gradient makes short hair look more voluminous.

  • This coloring allows you to grow your hair without having to regularly update the color.

  • Working in the ombre technique on short hair is more difficult than on long hair.

  • The wrong shade can create an unnatural contrast between the crown and the ends.

  • Despite the fact that with this coloring only part of the hair is lightened, the hair is still exposed to the traumatic effect of the coloring composition.

Who would suit ombre?

Ombre coloring refreshes the look without a radical change in hair color. This is a good choice for girls who want to try something new, but are not ready to risk too much.There are no strict contraindications to this type of coloring, but there are nuances that are important not to lose sight of.

Shades for ombre on short hair should be selected taking into account the base color of the hair. In particular, if you are a brunette, you should not make the ends ash white. Better look at caramel, beige and honey shades.

For fair-haired girls, we recommend choosing cooler options: light tips will be in perfect harmony with light-haired roots.

One more hint also lies on the surface. More precisely, under it is the undertone of your skin. The rules are quite simple: the darker the skin, the warmer the shade of paint should be. For swarthy girls, golden, amber shades are suitable.

Peach skin with "pink" will be in harmony with wheat and cream tones.

Fair skin pairs well with cool blonde tones with ashy notes.

In any case, be guided by your color type. If you don't know how to identify it, take our quiz.
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What kind of skin do you have?

  • Warm tone, closer to peach
  • Cool tone, slight contrast between skin and hair color
  • Warm tone with golden undertones, slight contrast between skin and hair color
  • Cold, "porcelain" tone, great contrast between skin and hair color
2 / 3

What color is your hair?

  • Lighter, closer to golden hue
  • Light blonde to chestnut, cool undertones with ashy undertones
  • Brown to black. Golden or red undertone
  • Dark chestnut to black with ashy undertones
3 / 3

What eyes do you have?

  • Blue, green, light brown
  • Blue, gray-blue, gray-brown
  • Hazel, dark brown, olive or warm green
  • Medium brown to black, blue-grey, cool green

Warm and golden shades are good for "spring" and "autumn" , and the cold range is shown for "summer" and "winter" .

Photo ideas for short ombre haircuts

We offer to see how the ombre technique looks on short haircuts.


Ombre on the square looks very noble. For lightening, choose soft and natural colors. And if you want to add “peppercorn” to the image, make the ends of your hair copper.

Kare with bangs

Short hair with bangs is one hundred percent compatible with ombre. Straight and short bangs are best left unpainted.


Owners of this trendy haircut are advised to color the tips in ashy blonde colors (if this does not argue with the color type).


Smooth stretching of color from the roots will add zest to the current bob haircut.

Short cascade

With this haircut, it is important to avoid sharp boundaries between two colors. The dark to light gradient is better to start almost at the very roots.

Choosing a shade depending on the base hair color

Which shade is best? Focus on the main hair color.


Blondes who decide to dye their short hair using the ombre technique will get the most natural, but no less spectacular result. Suitable colors can be found in the Préférence range from L’Oréal Paris, in particular shade No. 10.1 “Helsinki”. Beautiful mother-of-pearl overflows will be provided by paint No. 8.12 "Alaska" .

Dark hair

For brunettes with short hair, we do not recommend choosing too contrasting shades for ombre. It is better to look at the natural light brown range. Great option - No. 8.1 "Light Blonde Ash" from L'Oréal Paris Excellence.

Short dark hair will also suit hot shades. Recommended 7.4 Golden Copper by Garnier Color Naturals.

L'Oréal Paris Préférence's rich palette of colors even includes a special brightening dye for creating a gradient on dark hair - Préférence Wild Ombrés, shade No. 1, from light to dark chestnut. The kit includes a special comb that helps to cope with color stretching.

Dark Blonde

There are colors that seem to be created for ombre on short blond hair.These include a palette of platinum blonde as well as soft cream shades. Why not consider options with special effects? For example, No. 9.13 "Creamy Mother of Pearl" from Garnier Color Sensation will give dark blond curls a pearly glow.

On light blond hair, Garnier Olia No. 9.132 “Light Smoky Beige” ammonia-free paint will work great.


Ombre on short red hair will absolutely attract attention if you choose paints one or two shades lighter than the main color: fiery flashes will play on the curls.
Keep in mind that, most likely, red hair will need pre-lightening.In addition to an interesting and rich color, incredible shine and silkiness will give hair hair dye Garnier Color Sensation in the shade "Amber bright red" No. 7.40.

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Ombre technique for short hair

Even if the hair is long, not everyone can cope with the ombre technique at home. On short haircuts, making an ombre look so that the result looks beautiful and natural is even more difficult. Therefore, for those who do not have relevant experience, it is better to turn to professionals.

If you are still willing to take the risk and want to color at home, it is wise to start with a paint specially designed for the ombre technique (these are brightening paints).

But our instructions are quite universal and suitable for using any home coloring products, it should help you.

  • For 48 hours before the procedure, test the paint on a small area of skin to determine if there is an allergic reaction to the coloring composition.

  • Immediately before dyeing, comb your hair and divide it into several equal parts.

  • Apply paint to each part in a row, stepping back from the roots of 3-10 centimeters (the shorter the hair, the smaller the indent).

  • To make the transition smooth, use a wide-toothed comb to stretch the color.

  • After holding the paint for the time specified in the instructions, wash it off with warm water, then be sure to use a caring balm.

Ombre on short hair: answering the most popular questions

Can I do ombre on short curly hair?

Stylists do not advise curly girls with short hair to do ombre: you cannot achieve a noticeable gradient on such curls. It is better to try other techniques. Highlighting, shatush or balayage will do.

Does ombre dyeing harm short hair?

Let's not dissemble: any coloring is a test for hair. Note that it is categorically not recommended to dye initially damaged and split ends. And after dyeing, hair of any length needs gentle care with the help of special products.

Can I wear ombre on dyed short hair?

At home, the result can be unpredictable, so it's best to turn to experienced stylists in this case."

How to maintain color saturation and brightness after ombre dyeing on short hair?

In addition to using special shampoos designed to protect color, colorists recommend toning procedures.

How to make an ombre look stylish on short hair?



Features of hair care after dyeing

L'Oréal Paris Elseve's Color Expert range of products for color-treated hair has a laminating effect that protects the color of color-treated hair. Special components nourish curls, give them shine and shine.

The purity of the color in case of choosing a light ombre on short hair will be supported by shampoo and mask with purple pigments from L’Oréal Paris Elseve. They are usually used once a week to neutralize unwanted yellowness or redness.

Garnier Botanic Therapy Smooth & Shine Oil is recommended to be distributed over damp curls for thermal protection before styling. If you want to add shine and silkiness to your hair, apply oil to dry strands.