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. 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
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.
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
Anyone looking for short dark hairstyles will know that many updos just simply don’t work, which is where handy hair slides come in.
Style tip: For the ultimate trend status, opt for over the top hair accessories like statement styles or snap clips.
4. 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 shag hairstyle? In our book, it’s the epitome of coolness. Credit: @larilala
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
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
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
8. Wavy bob
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.
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.
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
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
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
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.