The only thing cooler than a fresh short haircut is a look that includes short hair highlights too! Now, maybe it’s the new season that’s giving us “what should I do with my hair” funk, but we have the slightest obsession with short hairstyles, from pixies to bobs that have a unique look to them, with the help of highlights.
Tips for Short Hair Highlights
Not sure where to start? Don’t worry; we’ve got you covered!
What to Keep in Mind
When picking out the best highlights for your short hair, it’s best to think about your complexion. You’ll want to match your highlights to your skin tone for the most flattering look. This means, that if you have a warm undertone, stick to warm highlights and if you have w cool undertone, stick to cool highlights.
You’ll also want to think about how much maintenance and upkeep you’re willing to do for your style. Balayage may be the best option if you want a very blended look that can go longer between touch-ups. If you don’t mind regular touch-ups and you want a big change, a chunkier highlight
20 Short Hair Highlights Ideas
Since we know we can’t be the only ones obsessed with this look, we share some of our top favorite short hair highlights. Scroll through to get inspired:
1. Ash Blonde Short Hair Highlights
If you’re looking for short hair highlights with a very muted yet dramatic impact, go for ash blonde tones. We love how the color pops on this short cut. Mix light brown hues with dark blonde highlights to create a gorgeous dimension.
2. Asymmetrical Blonde Highlights
Asymmetrical haircuts stand out on their own, but that doesn’t mean you can’t add something a little extra to make your look the center of attention. Add a few highlights to update your look.
3. Auburn Curls
There’s nothing like giving your curly textured hair an update with a pop of color. A few highlights can add dimension to your look and make your curls pop. Get your style on point with some Dove Curls Defining Mousse to nourish and protect your curls.
4. Blonde Bob
Go full-on with short hair highlights to revamp your entire look. We adore the dramatic effect blonde highlights lend to this textured bob. Wearing this style in layers is another great way to amp up this look.
5. Blonde Fringe
Looking to make a low-key statement on your short crop? A few strips of blonde highlights on your fringe area are all you need. If you want to go for a look like this, we recommend more detailed and thinner strands of ash blonde spread more evenly throughout your mane.
6. Glossy Blonde Bob
Create a high-shine impact with blonde highlights on dark hair. Style your hair with Suave Professionals Sleek Anti-Frizz Smooth & Shine Cream for a glossy and smooth finish. Add some edge to your look with dark hair roots for this look.
7. Blonde Ombré
Spoiled for choice when it comes to short hair highlights? Keep it simple. You can’t ever go wrong with an ombré dye job. For warmer seasons, we recommend going from dark to light in your ombre. For cooler seasons, we recommend going from light to dark. However, ultimately it is up to you to choose the ombre style that suits you best!
8. Pixie with Blonde Highlights
A mixture of colors creates a more unique and interesting look. Mix blonde and light brown tones to create dimension on a short and voluminous pixie cut. Further, elevate your look with gelled-up bangs.
9. Blonde Highlights Dark Roots
Tired of sporting dark hair? Lighten your look with a fresh set of blonde highlights. We love a gorgeous and timeless balayage look. This highlight style looks stunning on various hair textures, lengths, and more.
10. Blunt Bob with Blonde Highlights
Let’s face it, although a blunt bob is chic; you might easily grow tired of the look. Revamp it with blonde highlights so you’ll never get bored. Wear it in an ombre formation, in streaks, or spread evenly throughout your locs – whatever you choose, there is a highlighting method perfect for your day-to-day.
11. Brassy Brown
Sometimes the brassy finish can work in your favor. We love the glistening effect these brassy highlights give to a dark brown base. You can even get creative and do the reverse of this style, where the brassy blonde is the base with hues of light-medium brown highlights.
12. Brown Highlights on Afro
Looking for a new way to style your short and natural hair texture? Add a touch of brown to the ends of your hair to create dimension to your look. If you are currently sporting a teenie weenie afro, this is also a great way to keep track of your hair growth as your new roots grow in and show you a line of demarcation between the dyed hair and your natural hair color.
13. Brown Streaks
How to make your signature bob hairstyle new again? Besides getting a fresh trim to maintain the shape, you can also treat yourself to a fresh set of short hair highlights. This style is also an excellent look for medium to long hair textures.
14. Highlights on Brown Pixie
You don’t necessarily have to go all out when adding highlights to your short hair. A subtle hint of highlights is enough to create a noticeable and stylish update.
15. Golden Highlights
Rose gold, golden brown, or golden brown, take your pick. These hair colors never seem to go out of trend, regardless of the season. Golden tones are a surefire way to create a fun and refreshing look on your hair.
16. Blonde on Chocolate Brown Hair
Having trouble figuring out what colors work best together on warm brown hair? The contrast of blonde against a milk chocolate base creates a dramatic, stylish yet natural-looking effect.
17. Pink Highlights
The strategic placement of this hair color is key. This is literally pop of color! Comb your hair down and it’s gone; tease and add volume… whoop, there it is! Try this look with pink dye, blonde, or a bold color that helps you get out of your comfort zone.
18. Platinum Blonde Short Hair Highlights
If you’re looking for short hair highlights with a cross between platinum and blonde, look no further than this look. The ombré effect starts off as a platinum hue and gradually transitions into a yellowish-blonde tint. We love the mod 1960s vibes too!
19. Rainbow Short Hair Highlights
In the mood for fun short hair highlights? Give your angled bob a fun twist with every color from the rainbow. Keep your color fresh by washing with a color-safe shampoo and condoner duo, like Nexxus Color Assure Rebalancing Shampoo and Restoring Conditioner.
20. Wavy Blonde Highlights
Three words that best describe this look: crazy, sexy, and cool. The crazy comes from the textured, mussed-up ends, the sexy comes from the sultry blonde streaks, and the cool is simply how chic this hairstyle is.
Are you thinking about trying out one of these styles? Be sure to grab a picture and tag us over @AllThingsHairUS!