These Stylish Celebrities Are Bringing Ombré Hair Colors Back For Summer

Long live.

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Throughout the 2010s, ombré hair — that is, hair fading from darker roots to lighter tips — ruled red carpets and real life, beloved for its sunlight-simulating effects and low-maintenance upkeep. With the technique back for summer, these celebrity ombré hair colors cover every shade and style.

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Forget a finger on the pulse — Vanessa Hudgens is the pulse, and her subtle brunette ombré could personally revive the entire trend. Her textured waves break up the color gradients to look even more low-key, a gentle fade from her rich, natural color to warmer, lighter ends.@vanessahudgens
If you’re looking to grow out highlights or other salon-administered shades, asking your colorist about darker-rooted ombré could be the key. As Margot Robbie brilliantly demonstrates, brunette roots with blonde mid-lengths and ends look so natural. Franco Origlia/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images
Few can consistently nail blonde hair color trends like Beyoncé, who’s favored warm shades of caramel and honey for years. Back in the B5 era, Bey experimented with an incredible blonde ombré bob at the Grammys — her short, voluminous cut shows off all the shades and tones in the gradient effect.Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic/Getty Images
One of the softest takes on ombré out there, Olivia Wilde’s hint-of-blonde tips and well-placed balayage recreate the effects of long days spent in the sun — minus all the UV damage.Clint Spaulding/Patrick McMullan/Getty Images
Ombrés with starker contrasts between lighter ends and darker roots are especially striking, whether they’re the result of grow-out or a mastermind colorist. Mindy Kaling’s take on the trend brilliantly flows into a soft caramel just past her shoulders like an extra accessory.Anthony Harvey/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images
Angelina Jolie shocked fans when she arrived at a White House State Dinner not with her usual medium-brown hair color, but blonde ombré with darker, smudged roots. As one of her most major beauty shakeups in years, the low-key technique is ideal for experimentation.STEFANI REYNOLDS/AFP/Getty Images
Protective styles like locs, braids, and twists show off ombré especially well, as evidenced by one of Ciara’s all-time great looks from a CFDA event. Not only do the lighter ends of her locs start above the elbows, but her glam top-knot shows off even more of the caramel-toned tips.Raymond Hall/GC Images/Getty Images
Ever-trendy Jennifer Lopez was an early adopter of 2020s-style ombré, made all the better by her ultra-precise, hand-painted highlights. Her roots-to-ends fade is incredibly well-blended, with the lighter shades started just a few inches from the scalp rather than past her shoulders.@jlo
Speaking of positioning, Laverne Cox is the ultimate spokeswoman for concentrating all of the color contrasts closer to the face. Not only does it add so much definition and detail to accessories and makeup, but it’s the best way to show off the shade blends.Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images
It’s not all about the blonde and brunettes, though. Red ombré can range from vibrant and bold to incredibly subtle, and young Rihanna proves it beautifully. The red tones in her highlights only get brighter the further from her scalp, a perfect nod to her red gown and lipstick.Steve Granitz/WireImage/Getty Images

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