Most of the time we associate long hair with the ombre trend. However, you don’t need long locks at all if you want to flaunt a fantastic gradient job. Short ombre hair also works wonderfully well, as proved by the 50 ideas we’ve chosen especially for you. Take a long look down the list because you might find exactly what you need.
1. Brown to Blonde Short Ombre Hair
Let’s begin with the most classic hair color combination of all time – brown and blonde. They are the two most typical shades found in nature which is why it’s so easy to blend them in an ombre.
2. Gray and Blonde Short Ombre Hair
If you want to take a little risk and show that you have some edge, try this mushroom brown or gray that melts into a superb blonde. It works wonderfully well with a dark, goth lipstick and very little eye makeup.
3. Grombre Hair
Are you curious to know what grombre hair is? Nothing easier. It’s a relatively new term that fashionistas have come up with to symbolize the symbiosis between gray and ombre. Get it? Grombre.
4. Ash Brown to Lavender Ombre
On paper, brown and lavender don’t seem to mix. However, when you see just how gorgeous these two shades are together, you’ll think again. This is an ash brown mixed with a desaturated lavender.
5. Brown and Yellow Short Ombre Hair
Butterscotch and sunflower yellow have been gaining a lot of traction on Instagram and Pinterest lately. This is a short ombre that begins with simple brown and ends in lovely yellow hair.
6. Peach Short Ombre Hair
Even though it’s not such a big trend anymore, peach hair was huge a few years ago. Everywhere you went, you could see girls sporting this exact shade whether it was an ombre or not.
7. Rose Gold to Hot Pink Short Ombre Hair
This is an interesting example because it has not two but three colors in it. The top shade is natural brown while the bottom two are rose gold and very hot pink. It almost looks like a chocolate and strawberry ice cream.
8. Cream Blonde and Orchid Pink
This is an outstanding combination of colors. It’s so soft and light that you almost can’t even see where the shades transition into one another. This is beige continuing into cream blonde and orchid pink at the bottom.
9. Burnt Orange Short Ombre Hair
The perfect color for fall is here. It’s a mix between auburn and burnt orange that is going to mimic perfectly the falling leaves outside pilling on the edge of the sidewalks on a cold, rainy day.
10. Pink and Peach Short Ombre Hair
We’ve already taken a peek at peach hair. Now let’s see what it looks like in combination with other colors. This is a very vivid orchid pink mixed with our very own peach. The results are scrumptious to look at.
11. Eggplant Short Ombre Hair
Eggplant belongs to the purple family and is one of the most beautiful and sought-after shades. It has a dusty yet rich quality to it that makes it irresistible and which allows it to be worn in both formal and informal situations.
12. The Alexa Chung
Alexa Chung is just one of the many celebrities who couldn’t say no to short ombre hair. She went for the classic brown and blonde combo in a choppy and messy short bob with baby bangs that she swept on both sides.
13. The Olivia Wilde
If you look closely, you will notice that both of these actresses have similar facial features. They both have very square faces with powerful and masculine jaws. A short haircut with small bangs will soften those features.
14. The Sophia Bush
This is how good a fantastic ombre job can look when transformed into Old Hollywood side curls. Sophia Bush dazzled the red carpet with her look from long ago that included smoky brown eyes and scarlet lipstick.
15. The Lucy Hale
Do you remember what we said above about square faces with powerful jaws? Here’s another example in actress Lucy Hale. Her stylist saw fit to give her a nice ombre since the blonde tips would sweeten her up.
16. The Emma Stone
Actress Emma Stone was caught between two looks here. This Oscar-winning thespian couldn’t make up her mind if she wanted to be a redhead or a blonde, so she opted for an ombre instead, which suited her perfectly.
17. Summer Short Ombre Hair
Not even hats can take away from the beauty of a well-executed ombre. In the summertime, you can protect both yourself and your hair from the heat, humidity, and harmful rays of the sun by wearing simple straw hats.
18. Minimal Short Ombre Hair
This could easily be mistaken for a dip dye job, but it’s not. The secret is that ombre blends in seamlessly with the base color while dip dye is very blunt. With the latter, you can actually see the line where the dip dye ends, and the base color begins.
19. Sleek Short Ombre Hair
Sleek hair is sometimes the best choice you have because it showcases so much better an ombre job than everything else. When the hair is straight, you can really see how an ombre works in terms of color.
20. Curly Short Ombre Hair
At the end of the spectrum is curly hair. The ombre is less evident here, but it’s still exceptionally beautiful especially if you choose colors that are now on trend such as brown and platinum blonde.
21. Winter Short Ombre Hair
Let’s take a look at another great seasonal idea. This time it’s winter. This amazing ombre consists of brunette hair mixed with a fantastic sleet gray that seems to be coming in from underneath rather from outside.
22. The Angular Bob
You can see the same color pattern here but in a different type of haircut. This is an angular bob which means it has two very long strands in the front that stand out much like two vs or two sharp angles.
23. Milk Chocolate Short Ombre Hair
Even if you decide to go for classic colors such as brown, that doesn’t mean you have to stick to boring shades. Instead, try new and exciting ones such as this chocolate milk one mixed with hot chocolate on top.
24. Two Color Short Ombre Hair
Here’s another example of two color short ombre hair that you can use as inspiration. It starts off with naturally dark hair, has a patch of café latte in the middle and milk blonde at the tips. Don’t be afraid to experiment!
25. Rainy Gray Short Ombre Hair
In fact, inspiration can come from everywhere. The most beautiful colors are always to be found in nature. This, for example, has been inspired by rainy and cloudy days. Therefore, it has an assortment of shades of gray.
26. Brown and Platinum
Short ombre hair can also come in this wonderful combination of sweet brown and platinum hair. We also like the makeup here that is absolutely on point with matte lipstick and eyeshadow shades all over.
27. The Kaley Cuoco
Here’s another celebrity that looks simply stunning with a gorgeous ombre job. The Big Bang’s Theory Kaley Cuoco is fantastic with platinum blonde hair because it highlights her beautiful green eyes and lovely golden tanned skin.
28. Brunette and Brown Short Ombre Hair
Another classic combination is that between brunette and brown hair. If the ombre job is done correctly, the two colors will melt into each other seamlessly, giving the impression of rich, dark chocolate.
29. The Ashely Green
Back in the day, actress Ashely Green used to be in the Twilight movies. She wore a brown and dark blonde ombre in a shoulder length bob with small curls and subdued makeup. She was very gorgeous!
30. Gray and Peach Short Ombre Hair
Peach is an incredibly versatile color. This is one of the reasons why it was such a huge trend a few years ago. This means that you can wear it with almost any color of your choosing, including this lovely gray.
31. Gray and Purple
Speaking of gray, here’s how it mixes with purple. You can choose any shades you like best, but this dark gray is perfect for winter time. Create some beach waves while your hair is still wet for some added volume.
32. Purple Sunset Short Ombre Hair
It’s very clear why this is called a purple sunset. This coloring job looks absolutely stunning as if the sun is going down at the end of the day through a surreal purple sky. We especially like the rose-pink middle part.
33. Dark and Green Short Ombre Hair
Here’s a great example of melting done right. You can see how the two strong colors, brunette and green melt into each other very high up in the hairline instead of just abruptly ending so that the other can begin.
34. Pine Green Short Ombre Hair
Speaking of green hair, here’s another shade which you can try. This is pine green on a very dark base cut into a jaw length, choppy bob. It’s perfect for those long summer nights at a music festival.
35. Lilac Short Ombre Hair
This long bob has a wonderful transition between brown and lilac that includes a patch of caramel blonde. If you want to copy this look, we suggest you don’t try this at home, because it might be hard to do.
36. White and Unicorn Short Ombre Hair
Here’s a wild combination for you. Meet unicorn hair, mixed here with white platinum blonde. This is the perfect combo between edgy and sweet that will make you look like a sassy angel. Plus, you can get away with no makeup!
37. The Jaw Length Bob
The ombre trend is so beautiful and versatile that it can even be used on hair as short as a jaw-length bob. Use half or three-quarters of your locks for the ombre if you want to breathe new life into your hairdo.
38. Mustard Yellow Short Ombre Hair
Mustard yellow hair and a mustard yellow shirt? Can anyone pull that off? Of course you can. This gorgeous ombre meets dip dye is every colorista’s dream come true. It’s as matchy-matchy as you could possibly imagine.
39. Café Latte Short Ombre Hair
Café latte is not just the delicious type of coffee that came to us all the way from Italy. Now it’s a shade of blonde as well, that combines a very soft and sweet brown with warm blonde. The result does wonders for tanned skin.
40. Wine Short Ombre Hair
As opposed to popular belief, wine is not a dark shade of pink. Instead, it belongs in the purple family, and it’s absolutely gorgeous. Pair it with a simple brunette, just like you would pair your favorite wine with food.
41. Dirty Blonde and Lavender
Just looking at this model can make you almost smell the lavender fields in the South of France. It’s such a watered down color that you can wear it at the office as well, even if you have a stricter dress code.
42. Asymmetrical Short Ombre Hair
This asymmetrical long bob hasn’t been seen making the rounds for a while, but you can restore its old glamour with a fabulous yet classy brown and blonde ombre. Go for a slight side part to keep things interesting.
43. The Kylie Jenner
How is it that Kylie Jenner can do no wrong when it comes to styling herself? Here she is with the same marvelous dark brown and golden blonde combo as above and a fantastic choppy long bob.
44. Gorgeous Short Ombre Hair
This deep side part is the secret to every gorgeous Instagram shot. It makes you look carefree and wild, sultry and sexy. Add some cat eyeliner and red lipstick, and you’ve got yourself a vixen look they will never forget.
45. Warm Short Ombre Hair
This artistic bob is one for the books. It’s very blunt and asymmetrical giving the illusion of geometry and volume. The color is warm and rich, perfect for autumn because it has the same colors as the leaves on the trees.
46. Bright Red Short Ombre Hair
If you want to copy this look, you need to start with dark cherry or dark burgundy on top for your base color. Let that melt into sour cherry in the middle and only then can you get to the bright red for your tips. Red ombre hair is so amazing in fact, we made a separate article for it!
47. Square Bob
This type of square bob is perfect for edgy girls who are not afraid to add a little spice to their styling lives. It’s also a brown and chai tea blonde ombre that has baby bangs cut to perfection.
48. The Miley Cyrus
Back in the days before her wild spree, Miley Cyrus used to sport an ombre as well. She went for the good girl brown and blonde combination which she then famously changed to a platinum blonde pixie cut.
49. Ginger Wavy Haircut
We say ginger but, in fact, this is more of a non-natural orange color which you can get out of a box right at home if you’re a fan. The hairdo consists of 1920s finger waves, very reminiscent of the flappers of the Jazz Age.
50. Muted Raspberry Short Ombre Hair
We are positively in love with this color. It’s called muted raspberry, and we think it would be perfect for your prom or even a garden wedding in late June where you could be surrounded by flowers all in the same tones.
Ombre is, without a doubt, one of the hair trends that has lasted the longest. Ever since it was introduced, women have fallen in love both with long and short ombre hair, making it their own in every way possible with classic combinations as well as non-traditional colors. Let us know in the comment section below which of these ideas you are planning on trying!