The fact that ombre hair has been in for so long absolutely, positively thrills me. I’m an ombre’ed girl and I adore that it brightens up my hair a little for a summery feel (no matter the season) and is so easy to maintain. Whether you’re thinking about getting in on the action for the first time or just want to switch up your color, I’ve found some pretty fantastic examples to share with your colorist.

The most common fade, from medium brown to blond, has a total surfer-girl vibe (especially when done with waves or curls).

If casual on-the-street observation is to be believed, it’s definitely more dangerous to go ombre if you have naturally dark hair. With the right example, though, it can look beautiful.

Already dirty blond? Going even lighter on the tips achieves the brightened look you’re after.

The perfect subtle color fade of this blond is so seamless, I almost don’t believe it.

There’s a reason ombre and beach waves tend to go hand in hand—the undone curls are perfect for showing off the color.

And if you’re blond blond? You can still get the same look by going platinum on the bottom part of strands. Just call it bl’ombre.

Darker-haired ladies can skip blond altogether and try a reddish hue instead.

Which one of these are you liking most?