19 Trendsetting Short Brown Hair Colors to Consider

Short brown hair colors

Short brown hair is the ultimate canvas for any dye job or cutting style without the worry of upkeep. From balayage highlights to subtle ombrés, you can take your basic brown hue to the next level.

Who wouldn’t want a look that could save you time and budget without sacrificing your sense of fashion? Although, styling and maintenance really depend on your lifestyle. If you plan on keeping a short brown haircut, then regular visits to your hairdresser are a must, but if you’re up to adjusting with the grow-out then this look would be a wonderful choice for you to try.

The marvelous thing about a short chop is the edgy and dramatic change it gives to its wearer. A brunette-based pixie or bob makes the cut even more voguish and dimensional, as it provides a natural shadow.

Give yourself a lovely treat by clicking through this updated compilation of different ways to cut and style short brown hair of various textures, lengths, and colors!

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Ash Brown Pixie Undercut

Ash Brown Pixie Undercut
Instagram @emilyandersonstyling

Chop chop! This beautiful ash brown pixie undercut with a deep side part and long side bangs will bring out your inner chic.

Caramel Brown Ear-Length Cut with Bangs

Caramel Brown Ear-Length Cut with Bangs
Instagram @hair.cutcolor

Embrace a caramel brown ear-length cut with bangs as it’s fun to wear! Its creamy color can enhance a lady’s fair skin tone. The haircut would look natural on a fine, wavy texture. It sets out a movement to make tresses seem fuller. These cute short caramel brown tresses aren’t complete without the fringe.

Short Brown Bob

Short Brown Bob
Instagram @angelo.baiunco

A short brown bob as beautiful as this turns out lustrous on fine and straight hair. The vibrant brown hue gives the tresses a thicker illusion. Like any classic bob haircut, this one displays a simple yet glamorous finish. It works as a go-to hairstyle.

Short Dark Chocolate Layers for Thin Hair

Short Dark Chocolate Layers for Thin Hair
Instagram @heygreathair

Perfect texture comes from an exquisite short haircut with a dark chocolate brown base and subtle blonde highlights. With little to no effort, you’ll have a chic look instantly.

Short Light to Dark Brown Ombre

Short Light to Dark Brown Ombre
Instagram @prissyhippiebeautyshop

Spice up your brunette base with a light to dark brown ombre for the fall season. Get an angled textured cut to highlight all of the dimensions.

Neck-Length Cut for Brown Curly Hair

Neck-Length Cut for Brown Curly Hair
Instagram @aboutthecurl

Here’s an astonishing neck-length cut for brown curly hair. Applying a combo of moisturizing curl cream and control gel can define the curls and add shine to the brown hue. Get regular trims, as a short brown hairstyle like this requires shaping and layering.

Q&A with style creator, Hannah Lloyd-Jones
Hair Stylist @ Hair by Hannah in London, UK

How would you describe this?

It’s a neck-length cut for brown curly hair. It’s super voluminous and for women with naturally curly, thick hair. The color is a medium warm, auburn brown – perfect for autumn.

What’s your best advice?
It takes a little time to figure out what products work best on your hair. What works for one curly girl may not work for another. Use a sulphate-free shampoo or a co-wash (a cleansing conditioner).

If you decide to embrace the curly girl method, give it time. It takes a few weeks to a few months for your hair to transition.

Honey Brown Hair with Beachy Waves

Honey Brown Hair with Beachy Waves
Instagram @ashhastings_hair

Own this natural short haircut from this vibrant honey brown hair color with warm tones! This textured and dimensional bob is proof of how this stunning shade can transform a classic haircut.

Mocha Brown Textured Cut for Thick Hair

Mocha Brown Textured Cut for Thick Hair
Instagram @angela_skullptures

Look at this mocha brown textured cut for thick hair— it appears chic and bold! A mocha brown dye job makes a short layered bob look richer. Adding all the layers is perfect for women with thick hair. They keep it in shape and with the body. Hair like this is simple, easy to maintain, and effortless to style!

Balayage Chin-Length Textured Cut

Balayage Chin-Length Textured Cut
Instagram @_girlthatcuts

Complement a brown layered bob with some caramel highlights for added depth. It also helps accentuate those precisely done layers.

Short Brown Hair for Women over 50

Short Brown Hair for Women over 50
Instagram @annamarie_chemistry

This short brown hair for women over 50 is a fun, stylish short haircut with styling versatility. It features plenty of layers for a more textured finish. This short hairdo is easy to maintain, which is perfect for an everyday look.

Light Brown Asymmetrical Pixie

Pick a light brown asymmetrical pixie if considering going from a longer length to a shorter one. When wearing short hair, styling products are necessary. Sea salt or thickening spray offers texture and grit. A pomade or wax, meanwhile, gives life to a lived-in, messy hairstyle.

Q&A with style creator, Nicole Leadbeater
Creative Colorist @ Braxen Hair in Baltimore, MD


How would you describe this?

This light brown asymmetrical pixie is an undercut pixie.

What’s your best advice?

This short style is suitable for most hair types. You could adjust the size of the undercut to tailor to different hair thickness. If you have thicker hair you could have a bigger undercut. For finer hair have less of an undercut.

Dark Brown Edgy Pixie Cut

Dark Brown Edgy Pixie Cut
Instagram @hairbylezleigh

Q&A with style creator, Lezleigh Marshall
Master Stylist @ Ihloff Salon and Day Spa in Tulsa, OK


What’s great about this look?

This edgy undercut pixie with a natural dark brown color has diffused, grown-out highlights on top.

The best part of this shorter cut is that a woman with lots of dense thick hair who wants a pixie tend to look like a helmet head really quickly, and the undercut is a perfect way to get rid of weight and have a cute pixie cut that lays nicely for them.

What’s your best advice for it?

This short haircut is great for women with really thick hair. Using a smoothing product to help frizz and to help make the hair nice and flat is key. Also, don’t forget to use a heat protectant! Go in with a blow dryer and a flat brush and blow dry the hair flat onto the head following the head shape.

You can follow with a flat iron for extra smoothness and then piece it out for my texture and funkiness with some sort of paste to hold it in place. This cut will need to cut every 3-4 weeks to keep this still fresh and in shape.

Brown Choppy Crop with Highlights

Brown Choppy Crop with Highlights
Instagram @katieealm

Q&A with style creator, Katie Alm
Stylist @ The STORM Salon in San Dimas, CA


What’s great about this look?

The brown short cut is perfect if you’re growing out old pixie cut. Ask your stylist to shape up the back to meet the length in the front.

To style, use a flat iron to crafts the waves and finished the look with Joico Beach Shake which is a texturizing spray to break up the waves and give it a very lived in look!

What’s your best advice for it?

This short hairstyle was created to slowly and safely remove box dye out of the hair.

If you have super straight, thick hair, adding a wave texture will add some extra drama. It’s for ladies who have a sassy personality who needs a sassy short cut!

Chocolate Brown Jaw-Length Bob

Chocolate Brown Jaw-Length Bob
Instagram @hair.by.mel.darmody

A chocolate brown jaw-length bob requires a small amount of maintenance. The brown color on this short hair benefits dark-haired bombshells the most. To keep and boost its gloss, use a shine spray or oil when going out. That should also give hair a sleeker effect.

Shorter Layered Cut with Mahogany

Shorter Layered Cut with Mahogany
Instagram @mabstyling

Q&A with style creator, Melissa Ashley Burlington
Owner @ Urban Palette Salon in Medford, OR


What’s great about this look?

A mahogany-brown short layered textured bob is low maintenance. You can style it straight, curled, or with just a quick bend with the curling iron which is nice for ladies who doesn’t want to spend a ton of time styling their hair every day!

What’s your best advice for it?

It can be chic, flirty and low maintenance depending on how you want to dress it up or down for your day or occasion!

Chestnut Short Shag Cut

Chestnut Shag Cut
Instagram @hairbybethany

Q&A with style creator, Bethany Duffy
Hairstylist @ Salon De Moda in North Providence, RI


What’s great about this look?

A chestnut short shag cut will look good on any face shape by detailing the front face-framing pieces to the individual’s facial structure.

The brown color also helps accent certain aspects of the cut by popping in balayage pieces around the face.

What’s your best advice for it?

If you decide to get this cut, it is so low maintenance. All you need is a good sea salt spray or dry texturizer spray for that lived in look.

Brunette Pixie Shag

Brunette Pixie Shag
Instagram @hairbysamhostad

Notice how this brunette pixie shag results in a chic, trendsetting hairstyle. This shag is a great choice for women who don’t want to commit to a short pixie cut. It makes a nice wash-and-go style that only demands low maintenance. A short pixie shag can look great on all hair types but is best for women with medium to thick hair.

Very Short Medium Brown Cut

Very Short Medium Brown Cut
Instagram @fusehairstudios

Opt for a very short medium brown cut to add interest to your entire appearance. A little product always helps to define and polish a brown crop like this. A light pomade, wax, or texturizing product would all work depending on the hair type and what style to go for.

Long Pixie on Natural Brown Hair

Long Pixie on Natural Brown Hair
Instagram @randa.rivera

Look at this long pixie on natural brown hair. Breathtaking, huh? The texturizing on this short brown hair require a lot of slide and point cutting techniques. If going for a more lived-in look, Paul Mitchell’s Invisible Wear Pump Me Up hair powder is a good product.