Ombré Hairstyles: My 19 Favorite Examples of Ombré Color

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Lily Aldridge ombre hair

Model Lily Aldridge. Lorenzo Santini / Getty Images

Ombré is a French word that literally means "shaded like a gradient." Roots remain dark while the rest of the hair becomes lighter mid-shaft using a balayage technique. Check out this photo of model Lily Aldridge. Her dark to light color is a great example of ombré. This trend is also referred to as "surfer strands."

“Surfers have the best natural highlights—there’s no stop or start to them,” says Stuart Gavert in Elle Magazine. “The sun lightens their hair in such a way that it’s the perfect graduation from dark to light.”

To get this look, ask your stylist to keep roots dark while lightening the rest of the hair starting from about mid-shaft with the Balayage hair coloring technique.

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Khloe Kardashian's Amazing Ombre Hairstyle

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Khloe Kardashian with ombre hair color. Ethan Miller for Getty Images

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Jessica Biel ombre hair color

Jessica Biel ombre hair color. Carlos Alvarez/Getty Images

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Katherine McPhee ombre hair color

Katherine McPhee. Getty Images

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Miley Cyrus Platinum Ombre

Miley Cyrus. Jamie McCarthy for Getty

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Jamie Chung ombre hair

Jamie Chung. Kevork Djansezian // Getty Images

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Sarah Jessica Parker ombre hair

Sarah Jessica Parker ombre hair. Rob Kim/Getty

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Ciara ombre hair

Ciara. Mike Coppola for Getty Images

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Olivia Wilde ombre hair

Olivia Wilde ombre hair. Valerie Macon/Getty

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Lily Aldridge (on left) ombre hair

Nicole Trunfio; Lily Aldridge. Lorenzo Santini

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Laya Marti's Ombre Hair Color

Laya Marti. Juan Naharro Gimenez

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Lauren Conrad ombre hair

Lauren Conrad ombre hair. Christopher Polk/Getty

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Jamie Chung ombre hair

Jamie Chung ombre hair. Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty

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Whitney Port ombre hair

Whitney Port ombre hair. Bryan Bedder // Getty Images

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Vanessa Hudgens ombre hair

Vanessa Hudgens ombre hair. Jason Merritt // Getty Images

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Cameron Diaz ombre hair

Cameron Diaz ombre hair. Stephen Lovekin // Getty Images

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Keke Palmer ombre hair

Keke Palmer ombre hair. Jason Merritt/Getty

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Rachel Bilson ombre hair

Rachel Bilson ombre hair. Frederick M. Brown // Getty Images

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Kristen Wiig ombre hair

Kristen Wiig. Michael Buckner/Getty Images

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Drew Barrymore ombre hair. Jason Merritt/Getty

This was gallery 1. See Gallery 2: My Favorite Ombré Hairstyles.