The Editors
Updated on December 21, 2022
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Many examples of ombre, implemented on short hair, look ok but not as impressive as on longer tresses. Nevertheless, there are some perfect examples, where shorter length is not an issue. Explore our hand-picked short ombre hair ideas, but be cautious – some will make you crave a salon visit right away.

Short Ombre Hair Inspiration

How long should you grow your tresses out to try ombre? Well, surprisingly, you can do fine even with a pixie. Both medium-length bobs and short pixies make excellent canvas for coloring short hair if you choose a flattering hairstyle idea. Better see with your own eyes!

1. Smooth Subtle Fade

Short ombre hair can be as beautiful as long ombre, and it’s also quite diverse. You may go for a bob length and try a soft color fade with trendy pastel or ash tones involved. With ombre you don’t even need any complex hairstyles. Soft waves would be the best to present your new color.

2. Sleek Silver

Is your very short hair dying for an attitude boost? A sprinkling of silver in a short hair ombre style, is awesome for a girl with a punk rock soul. Also, a silver pixie is lovely for ladies with small faces and big eyes.

3. Blue Beauty

If you like the look of ash blonde hair but want to take it to a new level in terms of color, pastel blue for the ends is a beautiful and fresh solution. Don’t forget the casual waves, a little bit shaggy and disconnected at the ends.

4. Ombre Balayage for Fine Hair

This is yet another way in which you can rock ombre for short hair without making a dramatic appearance. Whether you prefer straight or wavy hairstyles, it doesn’t matter; this balayage ombre for short hair will complement your bob in a super stylish way.

5. Rose Quartz Bob

Rose quartz hue is all the rage not only in outfits, but also in hairstyles this year, especially when combined with soft curls and ombre. This lovely bob style is sweetened up with the perfect pink cotton candy hues that will make you completely irresistible. Play around with your pinks and watch the magic unfold!

pastel pink ombre bob

Instagram/ @bescene

6. Short Haircut with Modern Color

This graduated haircut is a style that’s been through several trend cycles, but the color is what makes it modern and different. Short ombre hair is fun to wear and stylish for all seasons.

Ash Blonde And Brown Pixie

Instagram / @annikahair

7. Pastel Blue Fade for Brunettes

Going brown to blonde is perfectly fine, but how much more fun is it to get outside of the box with a vibrant hue like blue, purple or even green? Start with a dark, natural base color and fade hair into a bold shade.

Pastel Blue Ombre Bob

Instagram / @thejennshin

8. Color and Layers

If your hair texture is rather fine, you know how frustrating it can be to hold a style. Ombre hairstyles tend to look better on thin hair, as the color dimension adds the illusion of fullness. Want to beef it up further? Go for a layered cut with lightly feathered lengths.

Blonde Balayage Bob With Dark Roots

Instagram / @johnnyramirez1

9. Redheaded Fun and Stylish

A short ombre certainly doesn’t have to follow any rules, so if you feel like going big and bright – go for it! Chunky, naturally coiled curls are made extra fun with a bright red color fading into a deep burgundy.

African American Curly Burgundy Pixie

Instagram / @msklarie

10. Short Ombre with Bangs

Since some short haircuts can be too severe for certain facial shapes, soften up your look by adding some long bangs and layers. Don’t go shorter than shoulders starting out – you can always take away more later.

Medium Brown Ombre Shag With Bangs

Instagram / @salsalhair

11. Color Inspired by Mermaids

The subtle blue-green tint worked through dark brown hair is stunning and whimsical. Inspired by the love of the sea, this fun and funky mermaid hue will really refresh your style. The short bob cut with wispy layers looks exceptionally adorable with this color scheme.

Dark Brown Bob With Blue Gray Balayage

Instagram / @hairbykotay

12. Ombre Shoulder Length Style

Budget conscious women rejoice! There’s a way to make your hair look like it got an expensive makeover without actually spending a lot of money. If you are keeping your base hair color, an ombre short hair coloring job is much more affordable than an all over color. Best of all, as it grows out, it still looks amazing.

Angled Wavy Brown Bob With Blonde Balayage

Instagram / @buddywporter

13. Short and Sweet Style

Fun and fearless is the name of the game when it comes to this hairdo that goes very short but doesn’t overdo it. There are plenty of ways to rock short hair, but this classic cut is a breeze for your stylist, and the color is fun to wear no matter what the season.

Blonde Balayage Pixie With Black Roots

Instagram / @chiyukihair

14. Curly Ombre Hair

Show off gorgeous curls, waves or ringlets with an ombre hair color that defies beauty rules. Curly hair looks adorable with a dark base that fades out to the lightest of tips. Whether you have natural curls or need the help of some quality curling irons, ombre hair looks truly beautiful when all is said and done.

Brown To Blonde Ombre Bob

Instagram / @hair_with_mel

15. Ombre for Thin Locks

Fine haired gals understand that the struggle is real. Fortunately, short hair ombre styles look gorgeous on lackluster locks. Stick with natural hues and have some fun playing with different shades of blonde.

Wavy Shaggy Brown Blonde Balayage Bob

Instagram / @anhcotran

16. Purple Hombre Dream

Purple hair is no longer reserved for fairies and woodland creatures – you can easily pull off a candy colored, mythical hue any day of the year. Whether your hair is curly or straight, you can soften out the shocking harshness of a bright color by using an ombre coloring technique instead of an all over day-glo purple.

Pastel Purple Reverse Ombre For Bob

Instagram / @jaymz.marsters

17. Subtle Short Ombre

Although not mega short, this classic shoulder length style breathes new life into stick straight hair. Using just a subtle color variation, hair is modernized without going to any extremes. This is an ideal hairstyle if your place of business expects you to stay relatively straight laced around the office.

Blonde Ombre Bob

Instagram / @mehmetflzz

18. Short Ombre Darkness

Going from black to brown is truly beautiful as this ombre for short hair showcases. Dark ombre is very popular right now both due to its ease of application and low cost results if you naturally have a darker base hair color. This style works well on ethnic hair as well as Caucasian hair textures.

Black Bob With Light Brown Balayage Highlights

Instagram / @beautyby_tk

19. Punk Ombre Style

Short hair can be easy to maintain without lacking in self-expression. Check out this punk-inspired pixie cut that bursts into a fun tuft of hot pink up top.

Pastel Pink And Brown Pixie Fauxhawk

Instagram / @beautybylena916

20. Creating Colorful Curls

If you’ve grown weary of styling your naturally curly hair into hairdos that just don’t last, consider a cropped cut that still lets your curls be the center of attention. You can choose from many different color options and really brighten up your look.

African American Brown And Blonde Pixie

Instagram / @khimandi

21. Dark and Light Ombre Contrast

Make a bold statement with an ombre bob that utilizes the darkest and lightest dye shades available. This style looks great on both men and women who tend to go between a positive and melancholy outlook on life.

Two-Tone Black And Blonde Pixie

Instagram / @heymissmandy

22. Short Curls and Waves

After your hair has been cut to a short length, add some gel to it while it’s still damp to create these curls and waves throughout. You can also blowdry it and then use a small barrel curling iron to pull off this look.

Blonde Wavy Ombre Balayage Bob

Instagram / @femmekuafor

23. Deep Undercut Drama

By cropping the hair beneath and stretching the top layer into a gorgeous burgundy ombre color, you will bring new meaning into what it means to be a redhead. This style is fun, flirty and fiery.

Auburn Pixie With Temple Undercut

Instagram / @hairbyinger

24. A Touch of Lavender

An ombre on short hair doesn’t have to be overly dramatic OR plain and simple – you can have the best of both worlds with pastel pink or purple hues. Be sure to experiment with some fun makeup too.

Pastel Purple Pixie With Pompadour Bangs

Instagram / @aprillikesstuff

25. Unconventional Ombre Coloring

When you have short hair with ombre goals, you don’t need to stick to traditional shades of blonde and brown. In fact, even very young women have been embracing “granny” hair in shades of white, grey and silver. Pair a rich silver hue with a basic black for a gorgeous contrast.

Black And Gray Pixie

Instagram / @simplicitysalon

26. Electric and Extraordinary

Now this shade of electric blue will definitely take your breath away. The way that this scattered ombre hair style spices up the dark locks is amazing! If you want to make a statement and be original at the same time, go for this one.

27. Outstanding Orange

Another way in which you can spice up a pixie cut is by going for another popular color: orange, for example. What makes this style so special is that the orange brushstrokes are unevenly spread throughout the top part of the pixie cut, adding to that effortless look everyone wants to have today.

short choppy hairstyle with light copper balayage

Instagram/ @princessstiefel

28. Fantastic Flames

Your long bob is longing for a color combo like this one. Get inspired from the alluring shades of fire and burgundy. This hairstyle works equally amazingly for straight, wavy or curly hair, so don’t worry about your hair type if you’re digging it.

29. Distinct Ombre for Shaggy Bob

Actually it’s quite complicated to implement the blend of 3 colors on relatively short hair. But this bob proves it’s possible and worthwhile: dark burgundy (almost black) melts into medium brown, which, in its turn, resolves in very light hues of blonde. This look is quite dramatic but you can, certainly, try the subtler versions as well. By the way, if you look for a great shag haircut, welcome here.

30. Gilding for the Bangs

Even very short haircuts like pixie can embrace ombre ideas. Long asymmetric bangs dyed with the most beautiful golden blonde tones and pale blonde at the very ends are going to make your brown pixie much sharper and more eye-catching.

Oh, well, these gorgeous hairstyles are so exciting that I can’t wait to try something similar on my hair. If you are like me, I bet you don’t mind to see more. No problem: versatile coloristic solutions are always waiting for the interested visitors in the Ombre Highlights Section.

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