19 Trending Short Brown Hairstyles and Haircuts

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.

Blunt Bob

Woman with straight blunt bob short brown hair wearing dark micro cat eye sunglasses
Be blunt with this bob haircut. Credit: Instagram.com/revelandrow

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

Split Bangs

Woman with a chestnut brown bob with retro split bangs
Try the split bangs trend on for size. Credit: Instagram.com/sophia_rosemary

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

Slicked Back

Brunette with slicked back bob length hair
Slick back your hair with gel for a glam evening look. Credit: Verity Jane Smith

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.

Side-swept Lob

Woman with a long bob haircut with chocolate brown and caramel highlights
Highlights are great for adding dimension to shorter styles. Credit: Instagram.com/petermenezes

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

Shag Haircut

Woman with dark brown hair with a layered shag cut
This year is the year of the shag cut. Credit: Instagram.com/salsalhair

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

Pinned Back Pony

Woman with short brown hairstyle in low ponytail with hair slides
Slide into everyone’s top mane list with this ‘do. Credit: Instagram.com/karenwazenb

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.

Simply tie your hair in a low ponytail and secure any loose strands with our fave new hair accessoryCredit: @karenwazenb

Style tip: For the ultimate trend status, opt for over the top hair accessories like statement slides or snap clips.

Curly Shag

Woman with short brown curly hair with a fringe
Embrace natural curls to ace this short style. Credit: Instagram.com/larilala

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.

French Girl Bob with Bangs

Woman with a brunette French girl inspired bob with bangs
This French girl fave will be everywhere this year. Credit: Instagram.com/maggie_emerick

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.

Long Pixie

Woman with short brown highlighted hair in long pixie cut with sweeping side fringe
You can’t go wrong with a classic long pixie. Credit: Instagram.com/blushwithme_parmita

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

Half-up Bun

Olivia Culpo with a brunette half-up, half-down bun
Join in all the hair fun with this half-up bun. Credit: Instagram.com/oliviaculpo

Don’t let long-haired girls have all the updo fun! Just join the hair gang by rocking short brown hairstyles like this half-up, half-down pony.

Believe us: shorter tresses can easily create this picture-perfect look, so channel your inner Ariana Grande for your next off-duty daytime look. Credit: @oliviaculpo

Wavy Bob

Woman with a dark brunette blunt cut bob
Finish your blunt cut with wonderful waves. Credit: Instagram.com/peachiehair

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.

Wet Look

Woman with short dark brown hair in a side-parting with bobby pins
Bold accessories can give your short hair a high fashion feel. Credit: Instagram.com/brittsully

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.

Angled Bob

Brunette woman with a sleek angled bob
The glass hair trend isn’t going anywhere. Credit: Instagram.com/inmadelope

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.

Textured Choppy Bob

Woman with a dark brunette choppy bob haircut
The more texture the better. Credit: Instagram.com/gkamaral

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

Short Pixie Cut

Woman with a very short brunette pixie haircut
Short hair, don’t care! Credit: Instagram.com/lalhou

Boyish cuts or sweeping and feminine, however you choose to style yours pixie cuts can open up the face and accentuate your features. @lalhou

Curly Pixie Cut

Brunette woman with a short curly pixie cut
Pixie cuts don’t just suit straight hair. Credit: Instagram.com/inmadelope

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


Woman with short brown hair in cornrows
Braids for days. Credit: Instagram.com/songsofstyle

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

Retro Bob

Woman with short dark brown shoulder-length hair with flicked out layers
This retro bob is back, and even better. Credit: Instagram.com/delaphine_and_co

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

Half-up Braids

Woman with a short brunette wavy bob in a half-up braided bun
It’s time to show off your braiding skills. Credit: Verity Jane Smith

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.

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