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 @myvegasstylist

A little triangular graduation can add a lot of edge to your short caramel brown tresses. This short A-line bob could also look much more charming with some flirty side fringe pieces.

Short Brown Bob

Short Brown Hair
Instagram @hayleeannecorey

Even with neck-length hair, you can still have beachy sandy waves in it! Style with choppy ends and a shadow root for a stunning short brown bob with depth and texture.

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 @meages

This one’s a phenomenal short brown hairstyle using natural dark chocolate curly hair cut short to perfection! A shag with a cute fringe like this will save you the time of maintenance and styling.

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 @denyvir

Look fantastic with this cute mocha brown dye job on a short layered bob! Adding all the layers is perfect for women with thick hair. It’s 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

Golden Short Brown Hair for Women over 50
Instagram @salonxtaos

Q&A with style creator, Brooke
Stylist @ Salon X in Taos, NM

What’s great about this look?

This short hairdo is a long textured pixie cut with lots of point cutting to create a more piecey style. With both dark brown and light tones in the hair, it really brings out some nice contrast that makes the cut appear more choppy.

What’s your best advice for it?

This short brown hair is for women over 50 who want a fun stylish short cut with styling versatility.

It can be styled easily with a defining cream or paste for a tousled effect or for a more groomed look. You can blow it dry with a round brush. This style will take your hair to the next level and give it a contemporary look.

Light Brown Asymmetrical Pixie

Light Brown Asymmetrical Pixie
Instagram @val.vincent_

Q&A with style creator, Val Vincent
Stylist @ Raven Row Salon in Austin, TX


What’s great about this look?

A light brown asymmetrical pixie with an undercut add adds texture, movement, and interest.

It also removes any unwanted weight so it’s great for anyone with thick, coarse hair looking to get rid of bulkiness.

There is also great versatility with styling. You can wear a deep side part to expose the undercut, or you can move the part closer to the middle for a different look.

What’s your best advice for it?

If you’re a woman considering going from a longer length to a shorter style like this, gauge how ready they are for a shorter cut.

Depending on the hair texture, I will recommend appropriate products, which are a must with short hair!

If you’re going to have short hair, you need styling products like a sea salt or thickening spray for texture and grit and a pomade or wax to hold it in place or give a lived-in, messy feel.

If you have super fine hair use Dallas thickening spray from R&Co on wet hair, rough-dried with your hands, and then use a brand new R&Co product called Sandcastle to give it definition and texture.

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

Q&A with style creator, Matt Harris
Senior Stylist @ Tint Hair Salon in Leeds, UK


What’s great about this look?

A chocolate brown jaw-length bob with loose waves and fringe add a nice texture.

What’s your best advice for it?

This brown color on short hair suits most hair types and is quite low maintenance, excellent for women with little time to do their hair.

It was blow dried with styling mousse and a tiny drop of oil, then a curling wand was used to finish.

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 @themindfulmane

Q&A with style creator, McCall Dunn
Stylist / Colorist @ Theory Salon in Bozeman, MT


What’s great about this look?

This brunette pixie shag is a great style for women who don’t fully want to commit to a pixie cut and wants a low maintenance wash-and-go style.

The soft, yet longer, fringe around the face and hairline help to create a more feminine look and sets this cut apart from the standard short hairstyle.

What’s your best advice for it?

A short pixie shag can look great on all hair types, but is best for women with medium to thick hair who want to go short but are scared of feeling like a “mushroom” or those fine-haired clients that need a little bit more volume/fullness. It’s also best suited for the oval face shape or stronger jawline. I wouldn’t recommend it for the rounder face.

Very Short Medium Brown Cut

Q&A with style creator, Jill Lee
Stylist @ The Hive LA Hair Shop in Los Angeles, CA


What’s great about this look?

This very short medium brown crop has longer texturized layering throughout the top, a piecey fringe, and a blunt cut around the hairline for a little edge.

What’s your best advice for it?

Short hair is so fun. I think every woman should try some sort of short style in their life. Even if you think it wouldn’t suit you, you’d be surprised. There is a short style out there for every face.

Elements of the cut can be slightly altered with a style like this to customize it to your face shape, hair type, and lifestyle. A longer fringe, softness around the ears, or more length around the sides would all be things that could be changed to suit the wearer.

You should be prepared to visit your stylist often if you want to maintain the look of a shorter cut, at least every 2 months.

I think a little product always helps to define and polish a cut like this. A light pomade, wax, or texturizing product would all work depending on your hair type and what you like to use.

Long Pixie on Natural Brown Hair

Long Pixie on Natural Brown Hair
Instagram @cos.em.tology

Q&A with style creator, Emily Elwood
Hairstylist / Future Professional @ Paul Mitchell The School Orlando in Orlando, FL


What’s great about this look?

This short brown hair cut is a little edgy by adding in some layers and over-directing the hair on top to maintain the length.

The refinement and texturizing of this short cut required a lot of slide cutting and point cutting techniques.

What’s your best advice for it?

If you are going for a more texturized, lived-in look, I would definitely recommend Paul Mitchell’s Invisible Wear Pump Me Up and Undone Texture Hairspray for this styling this short haircut!