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:

1. ’90s Bob

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

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

2. Asymmetrical

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

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

3. Blunt Bob

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

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

4. Bowl Cut

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

Edgy, directional and unironically retro, a bowl cut 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.

5. Rose Gold Lob

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

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.

6. Burgundy Lob

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

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 Conditioner, helps keep your red vibrant and long-lasting.

7. Ombré Flip

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

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

8. One Length

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

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

9. Shag

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

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

10. Concave Bob

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

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

11. Stacked Bob

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

12. Tucked Bob

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

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.

13. Wavy Bob

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

A chin-length bob that has a bit of an air-dried curl or body perm 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 Suave Professionals Captivating Curls Mousse Cream, to create that under-curl while blow-drying.

14. See-Through Bangs

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

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.

15. Blown-Out Lob

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

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

16. Blunt Bangs

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

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

17. Add Layers

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

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

18. Half-Up Style

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

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

19. Side-Swept Bangs

Bob with Bangs
Add swooped bangs to a classic bob for a unique twist!

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

20. 1920’s Inspired Cropped Cut

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

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

21. Light Pink Locks

light pink
Make a statement with pink hair!

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

22. Collarbone Length Hair

Collarbone Length Hair
Collarbone Length hair is extremely flattering!

Add face-framing layers to collarbone length hair!

23. Caramel Colored Highlights

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

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

24. Add a Side Part

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

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

25. Golden Colored Hair

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

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

26. Slicked-Back Style

Korea Short Hairstyles Slicked-Back Short Style
Slick back your short hair for a sleek look! Photo credit: Indigitalinages.com

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

27. Classic Bob

Korean short hairstyles middle part bob
You can never go wrong with a sophisticated look!

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

28. 2000s Updo

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

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.

29. Pixie Cut

korean short hairstyles pixie cut
Take a leap and try the trending 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.

30. Half-Up Top Knot

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

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

31. Wavy Lob

korean short hairstyles wavy lob
Beach waves instantly give you that effortless vibe.

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!

32. Curl the Ends

korean short hairstyles curled lob
Curling the ends of your hair is a great way to switch up a straight lob.

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!

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