32 Trendy Korean Short Hairstyles to Try in 2020

Chic, on-trend, and most importantly, dripping with aegyo.

Some may say that short hair has been one of the dark horses of this year in terms of trends, but honestly, we kind of saw this coming. After years of super long extensions, over-the-top blowouts and waves and curls as far as the eye can see, it was certainly prime time for a palette refresh. We first flirted with the concept with some bangs, where we were able to play around with length without really sacrificing all that much. Then came that now-ubiquitous messy L.A. lob. Then came the ’90s redux—a wispy, staticky fringe, minimal layers—and then here we are, in blunt bob central. And you can believe that South Koreans, being the lightning-quick trend-adapters they are, were definitely one of the first on this retro-charming bob train.

Not to say that bobs are the only Korean short hairstyles making the hot circuit right now: Several iterations of cropped cuts have gone wildly viral, thanks in part to Asian celebrities, models and ulzzang (“best face”) influencers sporting the look. Scroll on to see if this trending look is one you’ll be bookmarking soon:

'90s bob Korean short hairstyles
You can never go wrong with a sweet, simple bob haircut. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

1. ’90s Bob

This charmingly simple, low-key bob features ends that are just slightly layered for an undercurve.

asymmetrical Korean short hairstyles
Tuck the minor part behind one ear for the full, face-flattering effect. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

2. Asymmetrical

A bob where one side is marginally longer than the other is ideal for those flattering, tilted-angle “selcas,” a.k.a. Korean selfies.

blunt bob Korean short hairstyles
Rounder faces get more structure at the jawline with a blunt bob.

3. Blunt Bob

Another 1990s-issue style, this look features ends that are relatively straight and unlayered—giving rounder faces more heft at the jaw.

bowlcut Korean short hairstyles
Bangs that lie just at the eyeline are most flattering.

4. Bowlcut

Edgy, directional and unironically retro, a bowlcut is a gender-neutral hairstyle that puts the spotlight on healthy, shiny strands. A serum, like TRESemmé Keratin Smooth Shine Serum, helps with that shiny gleam.

rose gold lob Korean short hairstyles
Experiment with other edgy, alternative shades too, like teal, lilac or blue. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

5. Rose Gold Lob

South Koreans are adept at experimenting with new hair colors and trends. A rose gold lob is one of those Korean short hairstyles you can sport that’s both feminine and still rather ahead of the curve.

burgundy lob Korean short hairstyles
Reddish color tones are a big hit in Asian markets. Photo credit: Dvora

6. Burgundy Lob

Another big shade for fall, burgundy and auburn are hot hues for South Korean markets—the warmth in the shades pop against yellow undertones. A color-safe system, like Nexxus Color Assure Shampoo and Color Assure Conditioner, helps keep your red vibrant and long-lasting.

ombre flip Korean short hairstyles
A middle part makes it even more exciting. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

7. Ombré Flip

Flipped hair gets an even flirtier twist with a caramel ombré at the ends.

one length Korean short hairstyles
An off-center parting gives this look a bit more polish.

8. One Length

A chic, elegant one-length bob is perfectly at home in more conservative or formal settings.

shag Korean short hairstyles
V is for very cool. ✌? Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

9. Shag

Alternatively, you can also certainly show your individuality with a bright blonde shag—a super hot look that hits two trends at once.

concave bob Korean short hairstyles
Blow-dry this haircut inwards to avoid flyaways. Photo credit: Suzanne Cohen Photography

10. Concave Bob

Round baby-faced shapes can play up their aegyo (winsome cuteness) factor with a youthful—and still somewhat slimming—angled bob.

stacked bob Korean short hairstyles
A slight tousled rumple texturizes a regular bob.

11. Stacked Bob

A stacked bob is similar to the concave bob, but with a tad bit more layering at the back. Add an extra something with a fluffy fringe.

tucked bob Korean short hairstyles
Keep your ears free for those stylish shoulder-dusters.

12. Tucked Bob

Speaking of the ’90s, where would we be without the tucked bob? This look shows off those wispy, see-through bangs the best, while also keeping those ears free for this season’s trendy earrings.

wavy bob Korean short hairstyles
The looser the blowout, the trendier.

13. Wavy Bob

A chin-length bob that has a bit of an air-dried curl at the ends is another trendy look that Korean short hairstyles have. Ed’s tip: Use a small round brush and a tiny dollop of mousse, like Dove Style+Care Curls Defining Mousse, to create that undercurl while blow-drying.

see-through bangs Korean short hairstyles
The quirky appeal of this resurrected 90s look is not lost on us!

14. See-Through Bangs

When a Korean trend goes viral, it goes viral—so much so that you actually get a weird sense of FOMO if you don’t partake. The wispy, see-through bang, particularly when paired with Korean short hairstyles, is one of those super-fashionable looks that has overtaken the landscape in a major way.

blown-out lob Korean short hairstyles
We can totes see ourselves pairing this hairstyle with all of the ribbons. Photo credit: Suzanne Cohen Photography

15. Blown-Out Lob

Even lobbed lengths get the wispy-bang treatment, but this time in a more ladylike, grown-up rendition: paired with flirty, romantic curls.

blunt bangs Korean short hairstyles
A bright red lip gives just the right contrast to this babydoll vibe. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

16. Blunt Bangs

Youthful looks reign supreme in this region, and this schoolgirlish concept of blunt bangs paired with a bob is still quite popular with those way past middle-school age.

short hair with layers
Switch things up by adding layers and piecey bangs!

17. Add Layers

Adding layers and piecey bangs to your shoulder-length cut creates more depth!

half up style
Pull back the top section of your short hair with this half-up style.

18. Half-Up Style

Not quite sure how to style your short hair? Pull back the top layer of hair for a half-up style.

Bob with Bangs
Add side-swept bangs to a classic bob for a unique twist!

19. Side-Swept Bangs

Do you want to switch up the classic bob style? Add side-swept bangs for a unique twist!

!920s Inspired Style
Opt for a 1920s inspired cropped cut with this ultra-short bob!

20. 1920’s Inspired Cropped Cut

Grab some inspiration from the 1920s with an ultra-short bob!

light pink
Make a statement with pink hair!

21. Light Pink Locks

Want to completely switch up your look? Dye your hair light pink!

Collarbone Length Hair
Collarbone Length hair is extremely flattering!

22. Collarbone Length Hair

Add face-framing layers to collarbone length hair!

Highlighted Hair
Add caramel-colored highlights brighten up your look!

23. Caramel Colored Highlights

Brighten up your look with some highlights! Opt for a caramel hue to add brightness without too much contrast.

Side Part
Opt for a side part to switch up chin-length hair.

24. Add a Side Part

Want to switch up your short hair, but aren’t sure how? Switch your part to the side. This can totally transform your look!

Golden Hair
A golden / caramel color will brighten your entire look.

25. Golden Colored Hair

Want to brighten up all of your hair and go beyond highlights? Dye your hair this caramel / golden hue!

Slicked-Back Short Style
Slick back your short hair for a sleek look!

26. Slicked-Back Style

If you have absolutely no idea how to wear your hair, try this slicked-back style! It’s chic and easy to do.

middle party bob
You can never go wrong with a sophisticated look!

27. Classic Bob

Show off the true girl boss you really are with this classic bob! Hey, this style is always on trend!

2000s Updo
Many 2000s styles are coming reemerging, so why can’t the hair trends come back to?

28. 2000s Updo

There have been so many trends from the 90s and 2000s coming back lately. So, why not bring back the are trends too? Opt for a messy updo with blunt side-swept bangs for all the early 2000s vibes.

pixie cut
Take a leap and try the trending pixie cut!

29. Pixie Cut

Want to be daring? Go for this flattering pixie cut with a side part! Adding the longer side-swept bangs is a great way to ease yourself into shorter cuts.

half-up top knot
A half-up top knot is a great way to keep hair out of your face!

30. Half-Up Top Knot

Keep your hair out of your face all day long with this half-up top knot style!

wavy lob
Beach waves instantly give you that effortless vibe.

31. Wavy Lob

A wavy lob is one of the most on-trend hairstyles right now. A style like this is definitely one of our go-to options!

Curled Lob
Curling the ends of your hair is a great way to switch up a straight lob.

32. Curl the Ends

So, maybe you don’t want a straight lob, but you don’t want a head full of curls. Curl just the ends of your hair. This will make your hair look very put-together when really, it took such minimal effort!