Not too long ago, the gray-hair trend tore through the nation, much like Beatlemania did in the ’60s or Winter Storm Jonas did just this past weekend. Naturally it was only a matter of time before the “granny hair” movement joined forces with another beauty craze. Ombre, one of the breakout looks of 2016, was the ideal candidate. Some mad stylist put the two together, and voilà! An inspired trend collab was born.
Opting for ombre gray instead of all-over gray is a sensible way to ease into the style. You can give it a few weeks and then decide whether you’re ready to go full hog and commit with your full head. Until then, we recommend taking in the stunning 12 ombre gray/silver hairstyles below.
1. Two-Tone Gray Ombre in a Messy Lob
We’re suckers for messy hairstyles. The fact that it’s styled in a lob — or long bob, for those of you who have been dwelling in caves sans WiFi for the past year — is a major bonus. The gray color with an ombre effect earns it even more gold stars in our book.
2. Silvery Ombre Color for Long Black Hair
These long, straight, thick locks look magnificent in silvery, almost white ombre. We’re especially keen on the half-up, half-down ponytail, which is a genius solution for keeping your hair under control while still wearing it down.
3. Soft Ash-Gray Ombre Color for Long Straight Hair
This gray ombre effect is so subtle and well-blended that we almost thought it was natural! The long, straight ‘do, with its choppy ends, looks sleek and touchable.
4. Thick Wavy Black Hair with Well-Blended Gray Ombre
When you have pretty waves like this, you’ve got to find the perfect color to complement them. We think this gray ombre is excellent in its supporting role. The transition from black to gray is wonderfully soft and subtle.
5. Long Messy Brown Waves with Stark Gray Ombre
This pretty look is bold and beguiling. The messy, piecey waves really hit their stylish stride when worn long. Adding to the attractive look is the stark silver ombre, which gives off a goth effect when paired with fun, unexpected makeup colors.
6. Wavy Black Hair with Lots of Layers and Soft Silver Ombre
The layers throughout this style add incredibly movement, highlighting every strand of gray, wisp of white, and lock of black. Indeed, it’s the gorgeous texture combined with fantastic color that really wooed us here.
7. All-Over Gray with White Ombre for Wavy/Curly Lobs
This look has elements of balayage, with some of the lighter coloring extending up into the crown region. But it’s still a great example of two-tone gray, as well as an overall ombre effect that’ll really turn heads.
8. Long Chocolate Brown Hair with Full Blunt Bangs and Bold Silver Ombre
Those sweet, full bangs meet their trendy match with silvery gray ombre coloring near the ends of the hair. Ultimately, of course, the two characteristics of this style complement each other well, making for an overall look that’s darling but also daring.
9. Thick Curly High Ponytail with Gray Ombre
We love this big, dramatic ponytail hairstyle, with its bouncy gray curls and delicate wisps of baby hair framing the face. Another detail that’s insanely unique about this style? The subtle hints of green at the top of the hair.
10. Stark Gray Ombre with a Slight Pastel Purple Touch for Ravishing Long Black Curly Hair
Here’s another gray that veers ever so slightly into pastel territory. The silvery locks put out a sheen that dazzles the eye, and the long, tumbling curls look oh-so-romantic.
11. Big Waves and Two-Tone Gray Coloring for Long, Thick Hair
These big, bouncy curls are highlighted beautifully with silver. The overall gray coloring at the top, blended with the lighter shade, makes the look feel cohesive.
12. Pretty Long Black Hair with Gray Ombre
This ombre begins high atop the head, which means the contrast draws attention to the face—exactly where it should be for this lovely lass. The face-framing layers help to add dimension to the lengthy locks.