Ombre hair is a hair color that is usually a darker shade from the roots through to the mid shaft and gradually fades to a lighter color from the mid shaft to the ends. The word "ombre" is of French origin and means "to shade."
Ombre hair is usually achieved using a balayage technique to apply hair coloring to lighten the hair from mid-shaft to the ends. The technique uses a brush to apply lightener in a free-form manner to give a more natural appearance. The technique provides a similar look to that of a naturally darker haired person who is growing out a lighter hair coloring.