Ombré and balayage are two of the trendiest hair coloring techniques in the world of women’s fashion and hair. Ombré involves coloring hair in a graceful gradient from roots to ends, while balayage involves hand-painting the hair for a more seamlessly blended, natural-looking finish.
These ombré and balayage hairstyles are ultra-trendy and perfect for women with hair that is shoulder-length or longer. From fantasy colors like turquoise and electric blue to natural-looking shades of blonde and brunette, these diverse ombré and balayage hairstyles offer something for everyone.
If you want to do something different with your hair color but aren’t sure where to start, check out these 7 trendy ombré and balayage hairstyles for women with long hair to get some inspiration.
1. Dark Blue to Turquoise Ombré
This gorgeous bright blue ombré style starts with rich, electric blue roots and seamlessly fades into a gorgeous shade of turquoise. The colors in this ombré style are bright and eye-catching, and their rich, shiny finish of these shades brings a can’t-look-away luminous finish to this look.
Although it can accommodate any shade of hair from platinum blonde to black, this blue ombré style is perfect for natural brunettes. Its darker blue roots are still bright, but they allow brunette roots to grow out more seamlessly. That way, you won’t have to worry about running back and forth to and from the salon for root touchups every other week.
2. Dirty Blonde to Light Blonde Ombré
Ombré hair is a very versatile look. Not every ombré style has to include bright or unnatural colors. In fact, one of the advantages of both ombré and balayage styles are that these coloring techniques can help blend your natural roots more seamlessly into your colored hair.
This subtle ombré look seamlessly blends darker dirty blonde roots into warm light blonde ends with a bright, completely natural-looking finish. This look is perfect for light and platinum bottle blondes who want to grow out their natural roots but are worried about the root grow-out process.
3. Warm Blonde Balayage
So many highlighted blondes spend so much time trying to tone the brass out of their hair that they forget the advantages of warm blonde hair. This gorgeous, elegant blonde balayage shows just how beautiful warm blonde tones can be.
It blends cooler brunette roots into bright strawberry blonde at the mid-shaft and into warm honey blonde at the ends. This look blends together multiple gorgeous warm tones of blonde and brunette. It creates a shiny, elegant style that looks much more natural than most cool white blonde styles.
4. Ash Brunette and Cool Blonde Balayage
Ash shades–both blonde and brunette–are currently trending in the world of women’s fashion and hair. These cool-toned shades include the ash brunette and cool blonde shades that this balayage style blends together seamlessly.
This ash brunette and cool blonde balayage look combines some of the trendiest cool-toned shades available with gorgeous, stylish, and natural-looking results.
5. Dark Brunette to Light Blonde Ombré
Growing out your platinum blonde hair doesn’t have to be an awkward process. This gorgeous ombré style blends dark brunette roots into light, cool platinum blonde ends. It’s the perfect style for women who are growing out their lighter blonde hair. It’s also great long-term for women who want to keep blonde tones in their hair but don’t want to deal with the maintenance of all-over bleaching.
Keep your white blonde cool-toned and blend your ombré more seamlessly by using purple shampoo once or twice a week. It won’t affect the tone of your darker layers, but it will help blend your roots more seamlessly into your ends and will neutralize brassy tones to keep your blonde hair bright.
6. Dark Brown and Blonde Balayage
This dark brown and blonde balayage style blends dark brunette roots into super light blonde ends with amazing results. If you’re growing out light blonde hair and your natural hair color is much darker, ask your stylist to balayage your natural roots as they grow out.
This balayage technique is more low-maintenance than all-over blonde and can help you achieve the natural look you want. It will just help blend your darker roots into your lighter ends more seamlessly throughout the grow-out process.
7. Dark Brunette to Auburn Ombré
This unique ombré style blends dark brunette roots into warm auburn ends. The result is a one-of-a-kind look with a bright, fiery finish.
Plus, this style gives you the best of both worlds. It is bold, fun, and attention-grabbing. However, it is also a natural-looking, low-maintenance look. It doesn’t stand out too much and can look good for a few months without a touch-up.