You really can’t go wrong with a wonderful combination between the good old ombre and short hair. It’s fresh, urban, sophisticated, cool, and, most of all, empowering to women everywhere. But we have to ask one question: will short hair ombre look good or will it bomb?
Well, we here at MyNewHairstyles asked ourselves this very question and came to the conclusion that the very best way to answer it is with visual aids.
So here is our selection of the best short hair ombre options complete with pics of the celebrities who sported it too!
1. Blonde Ombre Short Hair
We’re starting off nice and easy with the basics. This is a blonde short hair ombre option on a shoulder-length bob with choppy ends and some textured beach waves.
2. Auburn Short Hair Ombre
There’s no hair color for the fall like auburn. Once summer is gone and it’s time to say goodbye to those sunny tresses, it’s also time for auburn to shine. We suggest an ombre finish to your hair, starting with the darker base brunette that melts off into this lovely shade.
3. Evening Shadow Short Ombre
This combination of brown and blonde is called evening shadow. The reason is not hard to comprehend. The ombre itself is so perfectly done here that it actually looks like a setting sun on a cold winter’s day when the white light mingles with the dark.
4. Caramel Ombre Style
If you’re not a huge fan of the blonde, but you still want some ombre in your dark brown hair, we suggest caramel. It’s a sweet combination of blonde, brown, and red that results in a shade that greatly resembles the delicious caramel.
5. The Ashley Greene Ombre
The first celebrity on our list of short hair ombre options is Twilight star, Ashley Greene. She went for the very classic brown melting into a sun-kissed blonde version of this trend along with some mermaid waves which were made with some help from a curling iron.
6. Vanilla Streak Short Hair Ombre
Here’s an interesting take on the old ombre concept which you can definitely use to blow some dust off this trend. Instead of getting the lighter color on the bottom, place it in the front, near your face, so that it can lighten up your features and highlight your eyes.
7. The Emma Stone Bob Style Ombre
Even though funny honey actress Emma Stone is a natural blonde, she actually prefers to dye her hair in this shade of fiery ginger. Sometimes she goes darker but, occasionally, to our delight, she adds some blonde to it, making it an ombre lover’s dream. This is also a perfect dark to light ombre.
8. The Rose Byrne Ombre
This is how you do short ombre if you want to keep the natural color of your hair or if you have a very strict dress code in your office. The dirty blonde streaks in Rose Byrne’s hair are actually lowlights placed there to sweeten the look. The hair is also kept at medium-length straight perfection.
9. The Rosie Huntington-Whitely Short Ombre
Is there anything better than being a blonde? Marylin did say that blondes have more fun. How about having blonde hair with blonde ombre? Yes, this is a short hair ombre placed on blonde and with light blonde highlights.
10. The Miley Cyrus Ombre
Back in the day when Miley could still be “tamed”, she used to wear a long bob and sweetheart curls. She also had ombre hair which went from dark and natural brown hair to wet sand blonde.
11. Brown to Blonde Ombre Hair
Here’s actress and singer Jennifer Lopez displaying a very sexy case of brown to blonde short hair ombre. She wears it very tousled and messy, with feathery ends and asymmetrical strands. We are also fans of the metallic green makeup with nude lip gloss.
12. Short Wavy Ombre Hair
It’s incredible how many looks and styles the short hair ombre can cover. It goes perfectly well with this boho ensemble too, especially if you find the right accessories for it.
13. Black to Brown Ombre for Short Hair
Here’s another outstanding variation on the classic which is sure to put you light years ahead of everyone else who is wearing short hair ombre. This is a dip-dye job done to perfection. The bulk of the hair is black while only the ends are brown and just a tiny bit beige blonde.
14. Black to Blonde Ombre
Another celebrity who fell in love with short hair ombre is supermodel Kylie Jenner. Here, she wears hers in a slick and straightened up bob which starts off with a brunette base and continues with a nutmeg blonde shade. For the wet look, use some hair gel.
15. Rum and Raisin Short Hair
This ombre shade is called rum and raisin because it’s reminiscent of the ice cream flavor. It has a brown rum base with reddish raisin hues that sparkle in the sunlight and creamy vanilla highlights.
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16. Dark and Stormy Short Hair Ombre
Dark and Stormy is a cocktail made with rum and ginger which gave its name to this fantastic ombre hair color. It too has a very dark rum base and some gingery bits and pieces on the sides and in the front. Talk about yummy!
17. Ombre on Short Dark Hair
We just love this shaggy haircut more than we could possibly say. It has a very grungy feel to it, given the fact that it has such choppy ends and long bangs. It starts off with a dark base and melts into a pool of whiteish blonde.
18. The Jessica Alba Ombre
Here’s actress Jessica Alba showing us how to properly do the mommy short hair ombre. It’s a gorgeous and very low-maintenance bob with a simple side part and a slight curl to it.
It also has some blonde under lights that will sweeten up your features and save some extra time from going to the salon.
19. Ombre Short Hair with Bangs
Alexa Chung has some of the best bangs in the business and she knows it. That’s why she decided to highlight them by using some well-placed highlights in her hair. They are both blonde and red, making her hair look a beautiful mahogany brown.
20. The Sarah Hyland Ombre
We’ve watched actress Sarah Hyland for years on Modern Family sporting the same short hair ombre combination and secretly wished we could get it too.
21. Ombre on Short Bob
If you already have a short bob and you want to go for the ombre trend, don’t worry, you can still do it. Here is an example of an asymmetrical bob on very fine hair which went from dark chocolate brown to caramel to light blonde near the tips.
22. Pixie Cut Ombre
Yes, you can even get ombre on a pixie cut. There, we have answered this burning question once and for all. Short ombre hair works on tresses of all lengths. This is a metallic blonde that goes from a darker shade in the back to beige blonde on the front and on the sides.
23. Golden Honey Short Ombre
This is one glamorous look that we suggest you copy entirely, moreover if you have a special occasion to attend. This could be perfect for New Year’s Eve, the office Christmas party, or an Oscar viewing event among friends.
24. The Scarlet Johansson Short Ombre
Not only has she been portraying one of the most badass feminine characters, the Black Widow, for many years now, but Scarlet Johansson also has one of the most badass haircuts in Hollywood as well. It’s a short hair ombre pixie in a brown and blonde combination.
25. The Kristen Stewart Ombre
Kristen Stewart’s physical transformation from the fragile and feminine teenager Bella in Twilight to the edgy and punk rock goddess with short hair ombre she is today was hard to swallow for some of the old twi-hards but we love it.
26. Short Brown Ombre Hair
Tyra Banks, the ‘mother of the supermodels’, as she’s now known, and a former supermodel herself, has been wearing this fabulous short hair ombre idea for quite a while now and, frankly, we cannot get enough of it.
27. Ombre on Short Curly Hair
Queen Beyonce opted for short hair ombre too when she decided to cut down the mane and go for a much simpler bob. She went for a three-toned ombre that started off with an all-natural dark brunette, melted into nutmeg brown followed by white honey blonde.
28. Cute Tangerine Ombre Colors
This is where we begin the cute and unconventional short hair ombre colors section of our article. It’s good to know what colors you should actually wear to look your coolest and freshest.
29. Light Lavender Short Hair Ombre
This is a very light and pastel light lavender that has melted from the rainy-day gray on top. Both colors are metallic, as an homage to the fashion and beauty trend that has been sweeping the nation these past months and replacing the matte.
30. Taffy Pink Short Hair Ombre
Who doesn’t like taffy? Now you can use it as an inspiration for your next ombre color. Start off with a purple orchid as the basis of your roots and allow it to melt into taffy. Finish off near the tips with some plain, old iceberg blonde to keep things balanced.
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31. Iris Hair Ombre
This might just be one of our favorite colors ever. It’s called Iris, and it’s a mixture of lavender and plum. This particular purple ombre is actually obtained by using the same color. The only difference is that you use a darker shade on top and a lighter one on the bottom.
32. Cool Pink Ombre Hairstyles
Apart from the fact that it’s a mid-size bob with perfectly volumized beach waves, it has one of the most beautiful colors we’ve ever seen. It combines sweet rose with some hot pink and all on magenta.
33. Dirty Snow Short Ombre
Yes, we have found the perfect hair color for winter as well. Instead of the usual iceberg or platinum blonde, why don’t you try dirty snow blonde this year? It’s still white but with a tinge of nutmeg, ash blonde, and gray here and there to make it just a bit more interesting.
34. Red and Blonde Short Ombre Hair
Sure, this is red and blonde ombre short hair, but we prefer its more whimsical name: that is chocolate and strawberry ice cream ombre. It adds a lot more fun to all the hours you have to spend at the salon getting it.
35. Winter Slate Short Ombre
Here’s another appropriate winter shade for your precious locks. This particular gray ombre is called winter slate and we can definitely see why. We absolutely love the cut in itself, seeing as it is an angular bob with choppy and feathery ends.
36. Sonic Blue Ombre Hair
If you’re really bold or are simply looking for your next festival style, here’s an unconventional color for you. It’s called sonic blue ombre and it’s made of coral blue on the base and sky blue on top.
37. Marker Yellow Short Ombre Hair
Have you ever tried coloring your hair with the yellow marker when you were four or five? We bet you have. Now you can do it the professional way and get this fantastic shade of neon sunburst that starts off with a dark brunette base and makes for a very eye-catching hair color.
38. Tropical Blue Hair
The title for Miss Hawaiian Tropic is one step closer with this hairdo. It’s a typical shoulder-length bob that has been beautifully styled into classic curls. The color is this amazing tropic blue that will have all eyes on you faster than you can say Pina Colada.
39. Deep Sea Short Hair
This color is called deep sea and is presumed to be the next big trend as far as dyes are concerned. It’s basically a mixture of pastels and you can get it in any combination you want including all pastel pink. Either way, it will surely make your short haircut all the more special.
40. Fantasy Pastel Short Ombre
This color is a variation of the one described above. The colors are a bit more vibrant and well-defined, but the concept is the same. Take a handful of pastel shades of your choosing and spread them out onto your hair creating a beautiful impressionist canvas.
41. Seafoam Blue Hair
What about the perfect summer color? We think we found that one as well. It’s a gorgeous seafoam blue mixed with just the right amount of mint green and a healthy dose of milk-white for good measure.
42. Rain in the Night Short Hair Ombre
We’re back to autumn colors with this one. Is there anyone who doesn’t like the soothing sounds of rain falling in the night? Channel that feeling and wear it in your hair with this amazing darkish gray color that descends toward the tips in a very light version of the same gray.
43. Coffee and Cream Ombre
Is coffee and cream your life partner without which you could not start a single day of your existence? Great! Now you can take your union even further with this fantastic hair color. It starts off with a coffee bean brown, continues with a caramel foam middle, and ends on a note of milky blonde.
44. Light Ombre Short Hair
We also call this the tequila sunrise hair color because of the fiery reds, oranges, and tangerines in it make it look like the famous cocktail. It even looks delicious so why not give this special ombre idea a try this summer? You can wear it at the beach on your vacation.
45. Ombre on Short Layered Hair
Speaking of fiery bright red and orange, how about this ombre hair? It has much of the same shades, but the cut differs. It’s an asymmetrical, almost A-line bob, with very choppy and feathery ends. Because of that, when it moves, it actually looks like it’s on fire.
Ready to Change Your Look?
We’ve seen many variations of the classic bob and pixie cut and more color combos than you might have thought possible – brown to blonde ombre bob, dark to blonde pixie ombre, red and blonde ombre, unconventional colors, and so much more!
Write to us in the comment section below and let us know what you think of them and which of these short ombre looks you’d go for!
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Richard is fascinated by everything that has to do with styling techniques and how technology can play an important part in the industry’s development. He started out his career as a barber, and later found his passion for both men and women’s hairstyles. Richard now works as a writer for fashion magazines, blogs, and is actively taking steps toward launching his own online platform!