Top 31 Short Blonde Hair Ideas for a Chic Look

Short blonde hair colors

Short blonde hair is when hair is cut short and colored a shade of blonde. There are many short lengths to choose from such as a short pixie to neck-length. There’s also a wide range of blonde shades to add as either a full-color dye or highlights. The most popular short haircut for women right now is a neck-length layered bob. As for color, a platinum or ash blonde hue is totally trending this season.

When it comes to styling short hair, beach waves with a side-part is number one. Combined, a short ash blonde, beachy wavy hair is what’s is totally hot and I have lots of examples here.

Some of the best short hair ideas add a shade of blonde hues that will make the look pop even more. There are two keys to success with this look. The first is to choose a hairstyle that fits or balances your face shape. Second, a color that enhances your complexion. Keep it fresh by having fun with all your styling options – never be afraid to step outside the box!

Below, I’ve compiled these fantastic photos of short blonde hair colors for you to choose from to give your overall style a new life!

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Natural Short Blonde Bob

The cutest short blonde bob
Instagram @soulbeautifulsalon

This lovely short blonde bob hairstyle can be flattering on any face shape, depending on how you style or highlight it. Side bangs will be a perfect choice if you don’t want to deal with the grow-out stage. Plus, bangs on hairstyles for short hair offers a lot of styling options.

Platinum Blonde for Short Hair

Perfectly platinum blonde for short hair
Instagram @darby_fields

Who wouldn’t want this incredibly shiny short platinum blonde hair cut? Cute hairstyles like this chin-length bob are so trendy right now. This high maintenance color suits cool undertones perfectly and will need the right home care routine.

Short Blonde Hair with Rose Gold Highlights

Short blonde hair with rose gold highlights
Instagram @demirasso

Q&A with style creator, Demitrik Gorasso
Salon Manager / Senior Artist @ Clique Organic Salons in Kitchener, ON

How would you describe this look?

A short blonde color with soft rose gold hair is great for a wider range of ages and skin tones.

Adding a little pop to your already blonde hair color is easy and can still be sassy and classy!

What’s your best advice for it?

These types of colors can be soft and beautiful but do require maintenance. You are looking at being in the salon every 3-4 weeks to maintain your blonde hue.

If your hair is already light, it is effortless to add fashion shades, if not you will need to lighten your hair first before any bright or pastel shades can be added.

Fashion shades are not for everyone, and that is 100% OK. You have to ask yourself if you’ll feel your most beautiful with any type of color in your hair.

Very Short Hair with Caramel Blonde Balayage

Very short hair with caramel blonde
Instagram @irwant_erwan

Q&A with style creator, Erwan
Hairdresser / Makeup Artist at HairWorld in Sanur, Bali


How would you describe this look?

A long pixie cut makes very beautiful, very short hair with a caramel blonde balayage. It really makes it a dynamic cut.

What’s your best advice for it?

This is the perfect short hairstyle for women with blonde hair who don’t have a long time to regulate their hair.

Pixie blonde short hairstyles are great for women who have short thin hair at the top, so it will give the impression of thicker above and throw a heavy impression on the back below.

Honey Blonde Ear-Length Bob with Bangs

Q&A with style creator, Holly Seidel
Master Stylist @ Blackbyrd in South Pasadena, CA


How would you describe this look?

A short honey blonde ear-length bob with bangs can look edgy with a choppy fringe.

This blonde cut also has a soft, graduated undercut at the nape that shows some off some textured bits at the neckline.

This ear length cut was created with a straight razor for a textured look throughout, but there are no traditional blonde layers that would take away from the dramatic square shape.

What’s your best advice for it?

This short blonde hairstyle works best on medium textured to slightly thick hair. Straight hair or a small amount of wave will look amazing with this shape. If your hair is a bit on the finer side, you can still wear this cut, just without the graduated undercut, to keep your hair from looking too thin.

Choppy White Blonde for Fine Hair

Lighthearted Texture hairstyle
Instagram @elysemaree_hair

Q&A with style creator, Elyse Asher
Senior Hairstylist @ FMK Hair in Wetherill Park, Australia


How would you describe this look?

A short white blonde layered bob with bangs with texture is lighthearted and fun!

What’s your best advice for it?

A layered, short blonde hair with bangs works well for women with fine and limp hair. It will help to create dimensions and depths between the choppy layers and length. It’s a quick and easy short hairstyle for all types of lifestyles.

How to Style:

On wet and freshly washed hair, use Motor Mouth by TIGI. Using this thickening cream will enhance your texture and give you a full-bodied look while adding a little shine.

Once blow-dried and in place, add a bit of Kevin Murphy Powder. Puff on the roots through the ends. This will give you a bit of root lift (without going oily) and a soft fluffy texture to maintain the ends.

Finish with a lightweight hairspray like Kevin Murphy Do-Over powder finishing spray. This will keep your locks in place without that sticky, hard feeling.

A Cute Silver Blonde Pixie Cut

Short Silvery Blonde Pixie Cut
Instagram @sarahb.h

Smooth layers will show off a silver blonde hair when given a short pixie cut. For long, side-swept bangs, ask your stylist for a razor cut on the ends. It’s one of the trendiest short blonde hairstyles this season!

Messy Warm Blonde A-Line Bob Cut

Q&A with style creator, Lacey Lewis
Color Specialist and Extensions @ Muse Complex Salon in Orlando, FL


How would you describe this look?

This is a chic short haircut transformed into a blonde A-line bob.

It is super cute for any girl who likes a shorter cut but still wants it to look effortless.

What’s your best advice for it?

I recommend Kenra Dry Texture Spray or a curly hair mousse. The spray is fantastic for a piecey, messy look or to add definition to the layers in her hair.

For this warm blonde, a short haircut for women who has a triangular or oval face shape would benefit the most because the angle complements their shape. This short cut is ideal for a woman who has time to straighten and style her hair.

If you don’t have time to style, you can wear it wet and curled with some mousse or hair foam.

Blonde Undercut for Black Women

Short blonde undercut for black women
Instagram @salon_empyre

Q&A with style creator, Angela Craig
Master Stylist / Salon Owner @ Salon Empyre in Mobile, AL


How would you describe this look?

This short blonde undercut is a very trendy hairstyle this year.

The undercut is accentuated with 3D blonding to create dimension and movement.

What’s your best advice for it?

When going blonde, it is essential to use a sulfate-free shampoo and moisturizing conditioner to maintain the longevity of your hair color.

This blonde hairstyle on short hair is so versatile and can work for anyone from your professional working woman to your everyday mom who wants some edge!

Cool Honey Blonde Disconnected Pixie

Cool Honey Blonde Disconnected Pixie
Instagram @a_tony_s

Q&A with style creator, Tony Stavrev
Hairstylist @ Studio Nova in Astoria, NY


How would you describe this look?

A wash and go pixie makes for a gorgeous short honey blonde haircut.

You can easily style it for either a rock concert or a business meeting.

What’s your best advice for it?

This short hair for women doesn’t require many products to recreate or maintain it. Just blow-dry your hair for more volume and use a flat iron to create the waves. Finish with a light hairspray and a bit of hairstyling cream for hold.

Urban Dirty Blonde Pixie

Urban dirty blonde pixie
Instagram @barberiina

Q&A with style creator, Mari Kaukonen
Hairdresser / Entrepreneur @ Barberiina in Lahti, Finland


How would you describe this look?

This dirty blonde short haircut is great because you can create so many different looks even though the hair is short.

It’s an urban and bohemian cut for the woman that maybe has a little rock in her.

What’s your best advice for it?

This dirty blonde short hair is perfect for oval or heart-shaped faces. You can’t hide anything in this haircut.

Light Blonde Short Blunt Shag Cut

Q&A with style creator, Elsa Mitchell
Senior Stylist / Owner @ Spoilt Hair Retreat in Wembley, Western Australia


How would you describe this look?

This is a light blonde short shag haircut that’s very edgy. The blunt bob is super on-trend.

What’s your best advice for it?

For products, I recommend Kevin Murphy Resort.Spray and an H2d iron to add a half-wave.

This blonde short hair cut is definitely for the trendy gal with a lot of edge. It is best suited to thicker hair types, and it looks best on blondes for some reason.

Those with a square jaw or round face shape should stay away from this style.

Platinum Blonde Textured Pixie

Platinum Blonde Textured Pixie hairstyle
Instagram @jesscervihair

Q&A with style creator, Jess Cervi
Hairstylist @ Stella Luca Salon in Winter Park, FL


How would you describe this look?

Adding platinum blonde highlights on short hair that’s layered creates movement and the color really shows it off.

What’s your best advice for it?

For products, use Oribe Blonde shampoo and conditioner, Oribe Imperial Blowout before styling, and Oribe Texture Spray to give it the piecey finish.

Blonde pixie haircuts look great for a lot of hair types.

It does require styling, but women with some wave to their hair could diffuse it with curl products for a great curly look as well.

Versatile Blonde and Grey Pixie Color

Versatile Blonde and grey pixie
Instagram @jeida11

Q&A with style creator, Jeida
Hairstylist @ Glamour Hair Salon in Abu Dhabi


How would you describe this look?

A versatile blonde and great pixie has short graduation from the back and longer on the sides, so from the front, it looks like a bob.

This short cut gives excellent shape and fullness to the hair, making it easy to manage whether it is styled or not.

What’s your best advice for it?

I recommend a bodifying mousse or spray for root lift and a bit of volume and a serum to smoothen the ends after styling. Wax could be added if you wish to wear the hair a bit messy or give it that second-day look.

With short fine hair, this style could add volume and look thicker. With short thick hair, the hair could be texturized to take out the volume.

This is the perfect style for ladies that don’t have much time to style their hair as it is so easy to maintain and style.

Layered Ash Blonde Balayage

Textured Ash Blonde Bob hairstyle
Instagram @candiceambrose

Q&A with style creator, Candice Ambrose
Owner / Stylist @ Alchemy Hairdressing in Johannesburg, ZA


How would you describe this look?

A layered, short ash blonde balayage is sexy, fun and has lots of texture and movement.

This short sexy hair is still very feminine and long enough to style in various ways. No more boring hair days!

What’s your best advice for it?

The must-have product for any blonde hairstyles is a silver shampoo. The violet pigment in the shampoo cancels out any brassy tones and keeps your blonde cool. I recommend Paul Mitchell Platinum Blonde Shampoo as it has added nutrients to keep your hair feeling great.

The second necessity is to use the correct wax. Wax is what defines the texture and pulls the entire look together. It needs to be matte so as not to give a greasy appearance. Always remember a little goes a long way! My favorite wax is Paul Mitchell Firm Style Dry Wax.

The graduation of this short haircut softens the face shape, and as the longest part of the cut sits just below the jawline, it eliminates any facial roundness.

Textured Soft Blonde Lob Cut

Textured Soft Blonde LOB cut
Instagram @shades.ofwhite

Q&A with style creator, Jessica White
Hairstylist @ Urban Evolution Salon in Atlanta, GA


How would you describe this look?

A textured soft blonde Lob cut with minimal layers can be worn straight for a blunt cut or sleek to show off the angle of it.

When it is worn wavy, it shows off an edgy, fun side of the cut by exposing internal layers.

It can also look great parted down the middle or with a dramatic side part.

What’s your best advice for it?

This is a great short haircut for women with fine hair. Ask your stylist to keep the perimeter of their haircut blunt, which gives the appearance that you have more hair than you do. Then have them go through and dry cut the layers to give texture as well as the body and volume you want.

How can you style it?

– Start with a volumizing mousse at the roots while damp. Use Grandiose Mousse from Oribe.
– Use a heat protectant and texturizing lotion on the mid area to ends. Super Shine Light and Matte Waves from Oribe are great products for this.
– Once dried, use a 1 1/4-inch curling iron to create a slight bend on the hair (not curling every piece)
– Finish it off with Dry Texturizing Spray from Oribe. It is a combo of texture and hairspray, which is great for giving fine hair some life and body.

Chin-Length Icy Blonde Bob Haircut

Chin length ice blonde bob
Instagram @paulhenriaveda

Q&A with style creator, Simone Leigh
Creative Director @ Paul Henri Aveda Salon in Ipswich, UK


How would you describe this look?

A chin-length icy blonde bob is a modern version of the classic bob with hidden texture and a sharp clippered undercut.

Short blonde haircuts can either sleek or tousled and with the maximum weight left at the bottom. The sharp styled edges maintain the edgy, up-to-date look.

What’s your best advice for it?

Aveda Pure Abundance style prep spray is a go-to product for any look you wish to style as it provides weightless volume.

This short hairstyle is perfect on petite face shapes, although the versatility of how it can be styled allows many face shapes to wear it.

Women with short, thicker hair could get an undercut as it loses weight at the back for easier styling and shaping.

This shorter blonde color and cut is perfect for a busy mom who wants something edgier to replace the default ‘mom bun’ you might be rocking every day. It’s great for busy lifestyles!

Beachy Champagne Blonde Wavy Bob

Q&A with style creator, Misty Limburg
Freelance Hair & Make-up Stylist @ Blended Beautifully in San Diego, CA


How would you describe this look, and what is your favorite thing about it?

A short champagne blonde wavy bob is fresh, tousled, lived-in and beachy waves with all the textures.

This type of short blonde hairstyle has lots of wearability with all the texture built into the cut.

What’s your best advice for it?

You can easily re-style this yourself throughout the week or just wash and go. It requires minimal finishing effort for a highly sought after look.

The medium thickness, straight to slightly wavy hair types are what will give you this exact hairstyle.

A light styling cream like the one by Bumble & bumble or It’s a 10 Potion 10 is recommended.

After towel drying, the hair can either be air-dried or finished with a flat iron. After the style is set with an iron, a flexible holding spray like Kenra Professional Working Spray, as well as their Dry Texture Spray, works well. Bumble & bumble Surf Spray also works great for that wash and go look.

Brown Angled Bob with Blonde Highlights

Brown Angled Bob with Blonde Highlights
Instagram @tatydoeshair

Q&A with style creator, Tatiana Mendoza
Stylist / Colorist @ PR Freshlook Store Tyson Corner in McLean, VA


How would you describe this look?

This is a soft, modern short angled bob with blonde highlights. It’s been toned to create more dimension in the hair.

What’s your best advice for it?

Use Moisture Control shampoo and conditioner and Grandiose mousse by Oribe before curling with a 1 1/2-inch curling iron to create a soft wave. Freestyle Hairspray by Oribe was the perfect finishing touch to this look.

Short hair with blonde highlights like this are great because it can be adjusted in length to suit any hair texture and any face shape, especially since it’s below the chin.

Short hair like this is ideal for everyone from a high school girl to a working mom to a professional businesswoman.

Modern Steel Blonde Pixie Cut

Q&A with style creator, Elizabeth
Stylist @ VAIN Downton in Seattle, WA


How would you describe this look?

A way to make short pixie haircut modern is by adding a steel blonde hue. It is ultra-feminine but also edgy. It is one of those cuts that is short but still allows for different looks.

Blonde short haircuts can look ultra-chic and classic when it’s combed smooth with some shine, or rock the edgy do with some texture paste or clay.

What’s your best advice for it?

Get Kevin Murphy Night.Rider for a semi-matte stronghold. You can smooth down the sides with it after combing the product through, then piece out the top with a little on your fingers to get that structured, messy look. If you prefer the shiny, smooth and classic look, I love R+Co’s Motorcycle Gel. Put it in and comb the hair into any position you want.

Blondes, cool tones, pastels, vibrant colors, patterns, etc. are all amazing, but to maintain them means time and money. If you want to keep a steel blonde pixie cut, be willing to be in the salon once a month for two or three hours.

A-Line with Sun-Kissed Blonde Beach Waves

A-Line With Beachy blonde Waves hairstyle
Instagram @tara_artistry

Q&A with style creator, Tara Salem
Makeup & Hair Artist @ Rare By RD Salon in Walnut Creek, CA


How would you describe this look?

An A-line bob with beach waves on short sun-kissed blonde hair gives a very lived-in feel. That means that she also has a little bit of a shadow intentionally placed at her roots.

What’s your best advice for it?

I recommend a 1-inch curling iron and heat protecting spray. I also recommend that blondes use a styling creme with little conditioning oil mixed in.

While all face shapes work with this short hairstyle, this is best on women with fine to medium hair as it gives them extra body and texture.

This is a higher maintenance blonde color and cut, so it isn’t for a wash and wears kind of gal unless she has a natural texture to her hair.

Textured Sandy Blonde Blunt Bob

Textured Sandy Blonde Blunt Bob hairstyle
Instagram @haleynaulthair

Q&A with style creator, Haley Nault
Hairstylist @ Hedkandi Salon Bankers Hall in Calgary, AB, Canada


How would you describe this look?

This is a gorgeous textured sandy blonde blunt bob with blonde babylights packed in

What’s your best advice for it?

This short blonde hair was done on finer hair texture. I recommend blow-drying Bumble & bumble Thickening Hairspray into the hair. Spray in Bumble & bumble Dryspun to add grit, then curl leaving the ends out.

Finally, finish with more Dryspun layered with City Swept and shake it out!

You might want to stay away from this haircut if your face is wide, as the cut will just add to that width.

One-Length Cool Blonde Bob

Q&A with style creator, Laura Kelley-Hayes
Director of Education @ The East Studio Salon in Chicago, IL


How would you describe this look?

A short one-length bob with cool blonde highlights and soft undercut is super chic.

The juxtaposition between the soft fringe and the strength of the bob paired with shadowed root gives it a modern blonde look.

What’s your best advice for it?

This look does require maintenance about every six to eight weeks for both haircut and short blonde highlights. It is quick to style but will require some brushwork to polish truly. Most face shapes can also work, but rounder shapes will need to be sure the length stays right below the jawline to create visual length.

How can you style it?

– Start with Keune Volumizing Heat Protectant Spray all over.
– Add the Keune Design Line Gel to the mids and ends for control and volume
– Add Root Volumizer applied generously to the regrowth/root area.
– Blow-dry, the fringe with a comb back and forth, to create a swept look.
– Finish the style with an Olivia Garden Medium Oval Brush to give a lift (but not too much roundness) through the sides and back.

Beige Blonde Tousled Bob

Short Honey-Beige Blonde Tousled Bob
Instagram @jessraae

Q&A with style creator, Jessica Price
Licensed Cosmetologist / Salon Owner in Valparaiso, IN


How would you describe this look?

This lightly textured, short, honey blonde hairstyle is multi-dimensional. When the light hits it just right, you get the illusion of both warm and cool tones.

What’s your best advice for it?

To maintain the color and integrity of the hair, use Wella Brilliance shampoo and conditioner followed by Wella Perfect Me cream on damp hair before blow-drying. This product helps to tame flyaways and provides ultimate heat protection.

To get the waved look, use a 1-inch curling iron and finish with Wella EIMI dry shampoo.

This cut is great for fine to normal hair that is straight or curly.

It works well for women with round faces since there are face-framing layers, but works for oval-shaped faces as well.

Dark Blonde Undercut Bob with Bangs

Q&A with style creator, Tiffani Dougherty
Hairstylist @ Thrive Salon in Cherry Hill, NJ


How would you describe this look?

A dark blonde undercut bob with lots of internal short layers is best for finer to medium hair.

Blonde hair for short hair can still be styled in braids, waves, and even cute messy updos.

What’s your best advice for it?

I recommend this look for any girl with a round, oval, or square face shape. It’s great for the girl on the go that doesn’t have a ton of time but still wants to be edgy and on-trend.

How do you style it?

– Start with Bumble and bumble Prep throughout her damp hair.
– Add in their All-Style in the roots, combing it to the ends.
– Blow-dry the hair back and forth with the curve of the head.
– Finish the style with Bumble and bumble’s Thickening Contour Cream to enhance the layers and give her some extra volume.

Buttery Blonde Pixie

Buttery Blonde Pixie
Instagram @hairiswhatyoumakeit

Side part your short tresses and comb flat for a preppy look. A buttery blonde pixie cut with a tinge of yellow looks great on pinkish undertones.

Light Golden Blonde Crop with Bangs

Light Golden Blonde with Bangs
Instagram @miamihairmel

A light golden blonde crop with bangs and shaved side is super edgy! Colorist Mel did an amazing job with all of the layers, texture and all-over color on this short cropped cut.

Brassy Blonde with Side Swept Bangs

Brassy Blonde with Side Swept Bangs
Instagram @oliveryourmane

Q&A with style creator, Oliver Wietholter
Master Stylist / Visual Artist @ The Root Salon in Phoenix, AZ


How would you describe this look?

A brassy blonde with an undercut is for women who are strong, bold, and not afraid to try anything.

What’s your best advice for it?

This is a short hairstyle that needs some type of styling each day (even messy hair requires work). Remember to talk to your stylist about your face shape and the maintenance of this look.

Asymmetrical Bob Blonde with Glasses

Asymmetrical bob Blonde with Glasses

Here’s a fun take on the short asymmetrical bob cut that’s sure to earn you an A grade!

When requesting this cut, commit to which side you’ll be parting on and ask that your stylist leave the short side approximately three inches long at the top and tapered down toward the ear. The benefit of this cut is you can make both sides look the same length again just by switching your part to the other side!

How to Style:

  1. Work a palm-sized amount of styling mousse through hair.
  2. Part to one side using the outer corner of your eye as a guide.
  3. Use a medium-sized round or paddle brush to lift hair at the roots and bend ends as you blow-dry.
  4. Gently sweep fringe to one side.
  5. Finish with a light-hold hairspray for style control.

Brown Blonde for Women Over 50

Short brown blonde for women over 40

Simple yet stylish short bob is accented with natural texture and a soft brown blonde color that’s perfect for women over 50.

Shampoo and condition with anti-frizz products to keep curly hair and wavy hair in check.

How to Style:

  1. Work a quarter-sized amount of styling cream through towel-dried hair.
  2. Part hair to one side.
  3. Use a medium paddle brush to smooth the top layers of hair as you blow-dry.
  4. As you reach the bottom, use fingertips to tousle hair to let the natural wave show through in style.
  5. Finish with a bit of styling pomade to seal, protect, and give definition to the ends.

Edgy Platinum Strawberry Blonde Pixie

Edgy Platinum Strawberry Blonde Pixie

Platinum strawberry blonde is a perfect way to try the latest pastel color trend on your short blonde haircut!

Ask for Pravana Pastel Vivids at your favorite salon! This color line contains pastels and vivid colors that last.

Choose any pastel for your pop of color! Be subtle with peach or try a more daring pink or seafoam green hue.

How to Style:

  1. Work a quarter-sized amount of styling foam through towel-dried hair.
  2. Use fingers to lift hair at the roots as you blow-dry to give it volume and movement.
  3. Finish with a small amount of styling paste to separate ends. Add more styling paste if necessary.
  4. For extra hold, finish with a medium-hold hairspray.