Stylish short brown hairstyles to see you through the year in style.
Got short brown hairstyles on your mind? With so many celebrities, from Bella Hadid to Lucy Hale rocking short dark hair, we can completely understand if you’ve been tempted to go for a cropped look.
But with so many styles out there, we know it can be a little overwhelming. So, to make sure you stay ahead of the trends, we have rounded up an edit of the short brunette hairstyles we predict will be huge this year.
Just see our gallery of catwalk-approved slick styles, French-girl bobs, bold bangs and more, above, or simply scroll down for our handy styling tips.
1. Blunt bob
You only have to look to the likes of Vanessa Hudgens and Lauren Conrad to see that short blunt cuts are some of the hottest bob looks for this year. Wear yours straight and sleek for a striking head-turning finish or with waves for a softer summer-ready look. Credit: @revelandrow
2. Split bangs
If you’ve been wanting to try a fringe for a while but aren’t sure you can commit, the split bangs trend is perfect for you. These blogger-approved, Brigitte Bardot inspired fringes add a retro flair to any short cut and pair perfectly with wavy styles. Credit: @sophia_rosemary
3. Slicked back
We love the slick back hair trend on everyone but it has to be said it works especially well on short dark hairstyles (think Dua Lipa vibes). Adding a high fashion edge to your evening get up, it makes dark hair shine and looks undeniably glam.
Editor’s tip: No sleek style is complete without gel and for ultimate hold, we love VO5 Wet Look Styling Gel. This gel gives you 24-hour hold and the formula features Aquascreen technology, so your style can last even in high humidity.
4. Side-swept lob
Craving all the volume? Side-swept styles are a surefire way to add body and bounce to your short brown hairstyles. Flipping your hair to the side with a side parting instantly gives you more lift at the roots and gives the illusion of longer locks. Credit: @petermenezes
5. Shag haircut
Looking for a total style overhaul? With stars like Anne Hathaway and Julianne Hough opting for shaggy, layered cuts recently, the ’70s shag haircut is all you need to transform your look and tick off this season’s biggest hair trend. Credit: @salsalhair
6. Pinned back pony
Anyone looking for short dark hairstyles will know that many updos just simply don’t work on shorter hair, which is where handy hair slides come in.
Style tip: For the ultimate trend status, opt for over the top hair accessories like statement slides or snap clips.
7. Curly shag
From Rochelle Humes to Chloe Lewis, everyone is embracing their natural curls and what better way to show them off than with a chic curly crop? In our book, it’s the epitome of coolness. Credit: @larilala
Editor’s tip: Want luscious defined curls? We suggest adding the TRESemmé Botanique Curl Conditioning Mousse to your hair routine. Simply scrunch 2-3 pumps through towel-dried hair before styling and work through with your fingers, then allow to air dry for natural-looking, defined curls.
8. French girl bob with bangs
For this next ‘do, we turn to our Gallic neighbours for inspiration. French women are known for being effortlessly put together and let’s be honest: once they’ve set a trend, we can’t help but follow suit!
So, in terms of short brunette hairstyles, what should you be on the lookout for? We suggest opting for the French-girl bob with bangs and topping your look with a beret to ensure you get all the double-taps. Credit: @maggie_emerick
Style tip: Keep your bob at a chic chin-skimming length and pair with a fashion-forward micro fringe.
9. Long pixie
Long pixie cuts have been and will forever be a staple for short hair – and when it looks this good, we can see why!
Expected to be a huge trend for the year, we predict that fans of last season’s buzz cut will soon be transitioning into long pixies, just like Katie Perry and Kate Hudson. So what are you waiting for? Get ahead of the trend and get this pixie cut now. Credit: @blushwithme_parmita
10. Half-up bun
11. Wavy bob
For the perfect everyday style, show off your glossy brown hue with soft waves for an undone but polished wob (that’s wavy bob, btw). Credit: @peachiehair
Style tip: Create lots of movement by curling your locks both towards and away from your face with your curling wand. This will help to make your hair appear fuller and really showcase any highlights or subtle balayage tones.
12. Wet look
Wet look styles have been spotted on the runway at Jason Wu and Prabal Gurung; not to mention they have been given the red carpet seal of approval by Kim Kardashian-West and Margot Robbie, among many others. So, needless to say, you’ll be in pretty amazing company if you rock this look! Credit: @brittsully
Style tip: The best way to work this wet look trend? Swept your hair straight back or with a side-parting. Got really short strands? Live your best wet-look life by discreetly adding bobby pins to hold your hair in place or go OTT with some funky hairpins.
13. Angled bob
The ultra glossy glass hair trend is still making waves and this sharp angled bob is the perfect way to show off your sleek, styled strands. Credit: @inmadelope
Editor’s tip: If you’re using straighteners to perfect your look, always remember to use a heat protectant to protect your strands. The TRESemmé Keratin Smooth Heat Protection Shine Spray is perfect for this look as not only does it protect hair up to 230 degrees, it’s also formulated with keratin and marula oil to fight frizz and keep flyaways at bay.
14. Textured choppy bob
Think you can’t rock short hair if your locks are naturally thin? Think again! Those with flat, fine hair will love the body-building benefits of this textured, choppy bob and you’ll never have to worry about it weighing down your look. @gkamaral
15. Short pixie cut
16. Curly pixie cut
Just because your hair isn’t naturally straight doesn’t mean you have to spend every morning straightening your hair in order to rock a pixie cut. Make the most of your curls with an adorable curly pixie like this Instagrammer and you’ll wonder whatever stopped you doing it sooner! Credit: @inmadelope
When it comes to short brown hairstyles, we think cornrows are one of the most practical and stylish ways to keep short strands at bay. On the fence? Just look at Gigi Hadid and Zendaya for #hairspiration. Credit: @songsofstyle
18. Retro bob
Thought you had seen all the bob hairstyles possible? Well, think again. The smooth frizz-free finish and flicked out ends of this ’60-inspired hairstyle will check off all your retro hair boxes. Add some cat eye sunglasses and you’ll be good to go. Credit: @delaphine_and_co
19. Half-up braids
If you love braids but don’t have enough length for a full braid, this half-up Dutch braid is the perfect antidote. We love the way the end of the braid has been wrapped around to create a cute little bun, too!
Editor’s tip: Thinking of creating this look at home? We suggest prepping your hair with the TONI&GUY Sea Salt Texturising Spray to add texture and give your braid more staying power. You can also make your braid appear fuller by gently pulling and loosening your braid (AKA pancaking) for the illusion of fuller and thicker hair.