12 Trending Short Brown Hairstyles and Haircuts

Leona | 01 January 2019

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

Short brown hairstyles: 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. Wears yours straight and sleek for a striking head-turning finish or with waves for a softer summer-ready look. Credit: @revelandrow

2. Slicked back

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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. Adding a high fashion edge to your evening get up, it makes dark hair shine and looks undeniably glam.

VO5 Wet Look Styling Gel

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.

3. Pinned back pony

Short brown hairstyles: side view of woman with short brown hairstyle in low ponytail with hair slides along her hairline wearing blue top holding red rose flower
Slide into everyone’s top name list with this ‘do. Credit: Instagram.com/karenwazenb

Anyone looking for short dark hairstyles will know that many updos just simply don’t work, 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 styles or snap clips.

4. Curly shag

Short brown hairstyles: woman with short brown curly hair with short curly 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 shag hairstyle? In our book, it’s the epitome of coolness. Credit: @larilala

TONI&GUY Curl Sculpting Spray

Editor’s tip: Want luscious defined curls? We suggest adding Toni&Guy Curl Sculpting Spray to your hair routine. Simply spray lightly over towel-dried hair before styling and work through with your fingers, sculpting your curls as you go.

5. Bob and bangs

Short brown hairstyles: Woman with a brunette French girl inspired bob with bangs, wearing a cream and black striped jumper
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 a fashion-forward micro fringe.

6. Long pixie

Short brown hairstyles: woman with short brown highlighted hair in long pixie cut with sweeping side fringe

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

7. Half-up bun

Short brown hairstyles: olivia culpo half-up, half-down bun short brown hairstyle with wavy finish surrounded by flowers
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

8. Wavy bob

Short brown hairstyles: woman with blunt cut medium brown wavy hair smiling wearing grey high neck jumper
Finish your blunt cut with wonderful waves. Credit: Instagram.com/peachiehair

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 ‘forward’ and ‘backwards’. This will help to make your hair appear fuller and really showcase any highlights and subtle balayaged tones.

9. Wet-look

Short brown hairstyles: side view of woman with short brown hairstyle in side-parting pinned back with big hair clips and wet look finish
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 Margot Robbie and Alison Williams. 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.

10. Cornrows

Short brown hairstyles: side view of woman walking with short brown hair in cornrows wearing sunglasses and long duster coat
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

11. Retro bob

Short brown hairstyles: woman with short dark brown shoulder-length hair with flicked out ends wearing large black sunglasses
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 tick all your retro hair boxes. Add some cat eye sunglasses and you’ll be good to go. Credit: @delaphine_and_co

TONI&GUY Primer Smoothing Spray

Editor’s tip: Thinking of creating this look at home? We suggest opting for the Toni&Guy Primer Smoothing Spray to help protect your tresses from heated styling tools and to achieve a gorgeously smooth and sleek finish.

12. Half-up braids

Short brown hairstyles: Short brown hairstyles: Woman with a short brunette wavy bob in a half-up braided bun, wearing a black and white spotty dress and gold accessories
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!

Style tip: 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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