Somewhere along the way, ombré hair got a questionable reputation. Like, between the streaky hair-color craze of the early 2000s and the celeb endorsement of bold, not-at-all blended highlights, ombré quickly became an example of what not to do with your hair. That is, of course, until 2019 rolled around, and chunky ombré hues were replaced with soft, smooth, and super inspo-worthy shades of blonde. Don’t believe me? Ahead, I rounded up 20 ridiculously modern blonde ombré hair color ideas that’ll have you rethinking your entire summer vibe.
You definitely don’t need to start with a blonde base if you’re after ombré hair. This deep-brown hue looks ridiculously pretty with white and golden blonde highlights weaved throughout.
This classic, ash-blonde ombré will look so freaking pretty for summer (and your dark roots will actually blend fairly seamlessly in between salon visits).
Want something a little more low-key? A few golden-ombré highlights on your ends will brighten up any hair color.
How cool is this strawberry-blonde ombré? You can totally tailor this look to your natural hair color, opting for either super-subtle streaks or crazy-bold highlights (or a combination of both!).
The best part about this bright-blonde ombré is that the grow-out phase is super manageable. Feel free to grow your roots out long, like this look, if you’d rather skip that touch-up appointment.
Have you ever seen a more flattering hair color? Recreate Beyoncé’s subtle ombré by opting for soft, honey-blonde highlights that rest on your face.
You know that perfect, white-blonde hair color you had as a little kid? This baby-blonde ombré is the modern, grown-up version you definitely need.
This beige-blonde hair color—cutely nicknamed champagne hair—is arguably one of the prettiest ombré ideas, thanks to the warm highlights and creamy base.
Soft, blended highlights not totally your vibe? Opt for this bold blonde ombré with dark, contrasting roots for an equally as cool look.
Ombré doesn't need to require all-over color, as proven by these laid-back, face-framing blonde highlights.
Jessica Alba is the unofficial queen of ombré hair colors, and this smooth, caramel-blonde hue is one of her most inspo-worthy looks yet.
Natural blondes can get in on the ombré trend too. Ask your colorist to paint a few gradual, blended highlights throughout your ends to brighten up your look.
Would this even be a hair-color roundup without mentioning Lucy Hale? The hair chameleon has tried out a number of blonde ombré colors, but this chestnut-brown and sandy-blonde combo was one of her subtler looks.
A full-on platinum dye job is a biiiiig commitment, so dip your toes into the trend with this bleach-blonde ombré. Pro tip: If your dyed ends start to feel a little, well, dead, just chop them off and start over.
There's something so summery about this warm-blonde ombré—it makes me want to crack open a bottle of rosé and take a nap on the beach.
The 2019 version of chunky highlights from the early aughts, this piece-y blonde ombré makes noticeable highlights look super pretty (and intentional!).
Love the pastel trend? Look toward this rose-gold blonde ombré for a playful nod to one of the year’s biggest hair color trends.
This blonde ombré hair color blends so seamlessly, people won’t even know you paid for it at the salon (unless, like, you want them to).
Not only is this cool, icy-blonde ombré a great hair color for the summer, but it’ll also wear so perfectly into the fall and winter.
The placement of these sunny highlights makes this blonde ombré look so damn natural, especially on medium-brown bases.