Since the peak of popularity, the ombre technique on blond hair has undergone many changes, and modern variations are somewhat different from what we saw, say, five years ago

What is ombre coloring?

The word itself in French means "shadow" . Coloring in this way implies a smooth transition of color from dark roots to light ends without clear boundaries between shades. As a result, we seem to observe the play of light and shadow on the hair - hence the name. This effect looks most expressive on the hair of dark and medium shades, so trying on an ombre on light brown hair is a winning decision.

Pros and cons of dyeing blond hair using the ombre technique


  • Perhaps the main plus is the natural effect, because when dyeing light brown hair in this technique, the natural color of the roots is preserved, and the tips look as if burnt out in the sun.

  • The hair is not dyed along the entire length, which significantly reduces the damage from the effects of dyes on the hair and scalp.

  • The combination of dark roots and light ends adds visual volume to the hairstyle. Dyeing hair in one color along the entire length does not give such optical illusions.

  • Regular repetition of the procedure is not required. The length of the hair increases, but the result of dyeing at the same time continues to look natural.

  • A wide range of options, taking into account a wide palette of possible shades, different lengths and textures of hair. You can choose the right ombre color for light brown hair for any specific type of appearance.

  • If the light tips get bored, they can be tinted in a darker color or just cut off.


  • For dry and damaged strands, such coloring (like any other) will not work, as the effect of the paint will aggravate the unfavorable condition of the hair.

  • You will have to style your hair often, which means more intensive care.

  • It is quite difficult to achieve a natural transition from dark to light, so many do not dare to do this procedure at home.

  • Ombre coloring is quite time consuming and requires certain skills.

Who suits ombre?

We will not deceive if we say that almost everyone. Taking into account the peculiarities of appearance, you can choose the best option for yourself.

On light brown hair, ombre almost always looks advantageous. If you are more of a brunette by nature, then light ends can create too much contrast. It is better to give preference to a soft transition from light to dark shade or risk making colored strands.

Ombre coloring based on the shape of the face

The shape of the face is of great importance when choosing the right color. Find out how to define this shape here.

To visually elongate a round face, do not lighten the strands framing it. Another tip: start the gradient transition as low as possible along the length of the hair and try to achieve the maximum contrast of dark roots and light tips as a result of the procedure.

For a triangular face, it is necessary to optically reduce the forehead. Light highlights on the bangs help to achieve this.

The emphasis on light strands near the face will help soften the sharp contours of a square face.

Oval shape will suit any kind of ombre - why not experiment with bright curls near the face?

Ombre coloring based on hair length

Short haircuts and ombre, alas, are almost incompatible, the gradient effect will be barely noticeable. In this case, we advise you to slightly lighten individual strands so that the hairstyle looks new.

On light brown hair of medium length or bob, you can already play with beautiful transitions that can be emphasized with styling.

Long blond hair is great for experimenting with a variety of ombre techniques. The border between the two colors can be moved closer to the roots or, conversely, to the ends of the hair. The length allows you to use not two, but several shades in gradient coloring.

Choosing a color for ombre on light brown hair

Let's move on to the most interesting thing - the work of the colorist, look at the palette and share ideas of suitable colors for the fair-haired ombre.

Ombre on light blonde hair

Ash-blond or cold blond are shades that will look great on both fair-haired and completely fair-haired girls. Suitable colors are in the palette of cream-paint without ammonia Casting Crème Gloss from L'Oréal Paris: light light blond mother-of-pearl, light light blond ash and mother-of-pearl blond.

To get a gradient characteristic of a classic ombre on light blond hair, you will most likely have to resort to partial bleaching of the strands. Garnier Color Naturals cream paint in the shade E0 "Superblond" will help to do this as carefully as possible. She takes care of the hair and nourishes them in the process of bleaching.

Here we detail how to lighten your hair yourself.

Ombre on dark blonde hair

For dark hair, it is optimal to choose warmer tones, with a soft golden tint. To create a natural gradient and the effect of regrown roots on dark blond hair, use the color "Spice Caramel" in the Casting Crème Gloss paint palette from L'Oréal Paris.

Reverse Ombre

Casting Crème Gloss from L'Oréal Paris will help blonde girls to try a reverse ombre with light roots and dark tips - choose the shades Light Chestnut, Frosty Chestnut, Chocolate Glaze.

Features of bright color ombre

Juicy colors can also be used in gradient coloring. The lighter the hair, the brighter the strands will look.For example, Olia Garnier's "Metallic Pink" gives a true pink color to light blond hair, and reddish pigment will appear more on dark blond curls. Another beautiful shade from this line is called "Smoky Silver" : it will color light blond hair in lilac tones, and on the darker strands it will cast silver.

For those who, for various reasons, are not ready to use permanent paints, we advise you to try temporary staining. Colorista Washout by L'Oréal Paris makes it easy to find an interesting shade. The effect will last until the first wash of the head, and then you can start new experiments on the selection of the next original color. Maybe yellow or fuchsia?

Types and techniques of ombre on light brown hair

Classic Gradient

This is the look we most often imagine when it comes to the ombre technique. There are two colors at the base, the border between which is blurred. Undeniably organic and win-win.

Clearly defined borders

Many people will refer this variation to color blocking, because it is this technique that implies the presence of clear boundaries between areas of different colors. In this case, colorists are advised to make the transition from one color to another by varying the height of the borders from strand to strand. But in general, these multilevel borders should be closer to the ends of the hair.

Regrown roots

If earlier regrown roots were a terrible nightmare, now it is a kind of fashionable coloring. Therefore, we boldly darken the roots on lighter blond hair, but we only realize the consequences - the need for tinting.

Burnt strands

Summer sun and holiday mood will stay for a long time if you add a few highlighted strands near the face to the classic ombre.


The essence of the transverse (it is also called multitonal) technique is that paint is applied to pre-highlighted hair and shaded along the length with a brush or a special comb. It turns out the most imperceptible transition between shades. This procedure at home is quite difficult to perform - it is better to trust the professionals.


Turning the usual ombre upside down - we get dark ends and a light crown. Here it is important to choose the right tones in order to avoid the effect of baldness - a risk that appears when choosing very light roots.

Coloring features and life hacks

  • Hair color before dyeing should ideally be uniform and the same along the entire length.

  • Apply paint first to the part of the hair that should become the lightest (usually the tips, and with a reverse ombre, the roots).Then “stretch” the coloring composition with a brush along the strand (gradually reducing the paint to nothing) to blur the borders. To fix the result, paint over the lightest area again with the brush.

  • For home coloring, try L'Oréal Paris Colorista Ombré Ombre Effect. The Expert Comb will ensure easy application, and the result will be quite comparable to the salon."

Features of care after ombre staining

Despite the fact that the hair is not dyed along the entire length, dyeing can cause undesirable consequences in the form of dryness and brittleness. L’Oréal Paris products, such as the Elseve Luxury 6 Oils Mask and Balm, will help to regularly nourish the hair with vital energy after the procedure.

Do not forget about thermal protection for hair - without this, hot styling is absolutely not recommended. Elseve L'Oréal Paris anti-breakage cream withstands temperatures up to 230 degrees and facilitates combing.

Shampoos should be chosen based on the property of protecting against washing out of pigments. For example, Kiehl's Sunflower and Apricot Kernel Color Preserving Shampoo.

To prevent unwanted yellow tones from appearing on bleached hair, it is necessary to use special products several times a week that neutralize yellowness. With this task in the complex cope purple shampoo and mask Elseve "Color Expert" , L'Oréal Paris.