Pictures of Ombre Hair on Black Hair

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Pictures of Ombre Hair: Chanel Iman

Chanel Iman with ombre hairstyle
Chanel Iman at Sunglass Hut 5th Avenue flagship on September 8, 2011 in New York, New York. Gabriela Maj/Getty Images for Sunglass Hut

Hair color doesn't have to be flat and one-dimensional, as these ombre hair pictures show. As one of the hottest trends to hit the world of color, it offers nearly endless possibilities for color devotees. In a nutshell, ombre hair is usually two different shades, a darker one closer to the roots and a lighter (sometimes much lighter) one on the ends, or beginning midway down the hair shaft to the ends. One of the reasons this trend offers so much variation is that you choose where you want your complementary/contrasting color to begin.

Don't be fooled that ombre means you can simply let an old color grow out in a messy fashion, although some women happen upon it this way. Yes, it's a lower-maintenance process than others, but it's still wise to visit a stylist at your salon to have the service done, particularly if you want a drastic color that requires lifting more than two shades.

As model Chanel Iman shows here, a flattering darker hue at the roots gradually morphs into a lighter cinnamon color -- the color changes in ombre hair can be very dramatic, or more subtle.

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Melanie Fiona Sticks to the Ends

Melanie Fiona with ombre hair
Melanie Fiona attends Black Girls Rock! 2011 at the Paradise Theater on October 15, 2011 in New York. John W. Ferguson/Getty Images

Melanie Fiona chooses a subtle look, with her contrasting color focused mainly on the ends of her hair. Although you can definitely see the color shift, it's not nearly as bold as other ombre styles.

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Chanel Iman and a Gradual Color Change

Chanel Iman with ombre hair
October 24, 2011 - New York. Chanel Iman at an evening with Ralph Lauren at the Lincoln Center. Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images

While the lighter color isn't strictly placed on the ends of Chanel Iman's hair here -- see where lighter hues come into play around her face? -- it's where most of the focus lies.

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Raven Symone's More Drastic Ombre

Raven Symone with ombre hair
Actress Raven-Symone' during the installation ceremony on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on September 21, 2010 in Hollywood, California. Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images

Raven Symone chooses a more drastic difference between her dark hair color and lighter ends. As with many ombre looks, the shade difference begins about midway down the shaft.

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Ciara - Full of Volume and Color

Ciara with ombre hair
January 13, 2012, Los Angeles - Ciara at Vanity Fair & Fisker Automotive Toast Dreamworks Pictures Golden Globes Best Drama Nominations at Cecconi's Restaurant. John Shearer/Getty Images

Ciara is known for playing around with various looks, including different colors, so it's no surprise that she takes part in the ombre hair trend. Deep brown roots slowly morph into dark honey locks.

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Naomi Campbell's Curly Cut

Naomi Campbell with ombre hair
Naomi Campbell at the 'Pirelli Corso Venezia' flagship store opening on September 20, 2011 in Milan, Italy. Zunino Celotto/Getty Images

The trend doesn't only work on straight styles; Naomi Campbell applies it to this straight and curly combo. She keeps her bangs straight and one-color, but lets curlier lengths play with a lighter hue.

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Raven Symone - Full of Curly Color

Raven Symone with ombre hair
Actress Raven Symone attends the 2010 Soul Train Awards at the Cobb Energy Center on November 10, 2010 in Atlanta, Georgia. Moses Robinson/Getty Images

Another curly take on the trend, Raven Symone doesn't shy away from

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-long extensions, which offer a dramatic contrast to coffee-colored roots.

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Ciara's Bolder Take on the Trend

Ciara with ombre hair
Singer Ciara at the Valentino Rodeo Drive Flagship store opening on March 27, 2012 in Beverly Hills, California. Frazer Harrison/Getty Images

Unlike her previous look, this Ciara ombre hair picture offers much more contrast between colors. The hair closer to her head is nearly black, but once she hits the top of the ears, it's pale blonde all the way down! A savvy stylist can make sure such a bold color shift doesn't look like you simply missed several appointments.

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Jennifer Hudson - A Softer Shade

Jennifer Hudson with ombre hair
Jennifer Hudson at the American Music Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE on November 20, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. Jason Merritt/Getty Images

Jennifer Hudson plays it safe and soft with this ombre look that keeps some of the color on the underside of her tresses. She doesn't begin color changing until she's almost at the very ends of her hair.

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Chanel Iman - Lighter and Bolder

Chanel Iman with ombre hair
February 7, 2012 - Model Chanel Iman at a benefit for the United Way of New York City and the Shawn Carter Foundation in New York. Mike Coppola/Getty Images

A final Chanel Iman look shows just how versatile the ombre hair trend is, since she's spotted wearing no less than three variations, all of which are very different. This style features bangs and more contrast between a very dark root color and much lighter ends.

Don't want to color your hair, or just want to try the ombre look for a short time? Extensions are a great way to experiment without making a more permanent commitment. For the ultimate in quick changes and short-term fittings, use clip-on hair extensions, which will allow you to try out as many colors as you like without worrying about damage or being stuck with a color you don't like.