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!
#1: Short Ash Brown Wavy Bob
One of the best ways to add interest to a haircut is to add dimension with color. Balayage is hand-painted pieces of hair that can bring lightness or depth depending on the type of look you’re going for. I always like to pop a few hand-painted pieces in front of my clients with blunt cuts to brighten around the face and give the cut a bit more interest.
#2: Brown Highlights on Short Hair
Adding brown highlights to short hair can transform a plain style. Brown highlights on straight hair create depth and dimension. They add interest to the hair without looking too overdone. Consider asking about adding highlights to frame the face to give a pop of color and shine. This look is best for those with short, straight brown locks who want to enhance their hair with a touch of color. Ask your stylist for fine highlights that blend into your natural hair color.
#3: Short Brunette Layered Pixie Bob
A short brunette layered pixie bob may be the perfect choice if you want a new look for your chin-length hair. This versatile cut provides a modern and fresh take on traditional bobs. It works best for those with finer hair, as the layers will create the illusion of more volume. One of the best things you can do when it comes to styling is to apply a light volumizing mousse to damp hair. Then use a blow dryer with a round brush to add volume and texture. Finish with a light-hold hairspray that can help you achieve the perfect look. This cut works well for busy women who want a stylish but easy-to-maintain hairstyle.
#4: Soft Mushroom Brown Bob Cut
The number one, most requested hair color is a natural hue. If your hair has a medium color, your best bet is a soft brown. A chic style like a bob cut would be great to accent your features and showcase your color.
#5: Sleek Golden Brown Bob
A sleek golden brown bob is a professional, yet fun style. It’s a good idea to add a little warmth to your hair in the winter months when you’re getting less color in your skin. Going from a really dark brown or a really light blonde to a warm brown will give your skin a glow and your hair a break. You must use a professional color care shampoo and conditioner in between appointments. It will help to keep your color fresh.
#6: Adorable Brown Bob Cut
If you plan on warming up the color of your short cut, ask for a soft-toned ombré. For the most natural look, only go 2-4 shades lighter than your natural base color. If you’re a stylist, consider melting your toner for a more seamless look.
#7: Messy Angled Bob Cut
Give your brown-colored bob a subtle pop of dimension with a golden balayage. When styling, use a 1 1/4-inch curling iron. Only curl the midsection of your hair to achieve a wave. Look for a texture spray like Kenra 6 dry texture spray to add more definition to your waves.
#8: Light Brown Bob with Feathery Layers
Did you know that it’s a myth that short hair is low maintenance? A light brown bob is best suited for the guest that has a maintenance schedule and styling routine. Disadvantages are using varying water temperatures and certain haircare formulas. Creative methods of styling may be a disadvantage, too. This is a polished and artfully crafted style.
#9: Short Brown Cut with a Middle Part
Short brown hair paired with a middle part is a cute style for the mom on the go. Effortlessly adorable and easy to style with air drying and a little round brushing at the crown of the head for some volume. Let your stylist know if you’d like to have it cut long enough to wear in a low or high pony/bun, or a trendy claw clip as well.
#10: Tousled A-Line Bob
Tousled bobs are very trendy and always look like effort has been made even if you’re not sure how they did it. This haircut is one that looks good straight but generally looks the best wavy. Give your stylist pictures of how you would like it styled and ask them to teach you how to do it.
#11: Short Brown Sleek Bob with No Bangs
A short brown sleek bob with no bangs is a great style for ladies that want to keep it simple and easy to maintain. It suits more face shapes except for round because it creates the illusion of fullness to the sides. Style using a round brush flicking the sides inwards.
#12: Ash Brown Pixie Undercut
An ash brown pixie with a faded undercut is absolutely gorgeous. Unlike most brown hair colors, ash brown is a gray shade that will bring out the cool tones in your complexion, making it best for neutral to cool-toned ladies.
#13: Lived-In Light Brunette Balayage
Be a trendsetter with a lived-in, light brunette balayage. To ensure your color stays low maintenance, the balayage should be placed softly at the root and blended to perfection for the softest grow-out. If you want to kick it up a notch, do a bold money piece around your face to brighten your complexion and make that color really pop.
#14: Caramel Brown Ear-Length Cut with Bangs
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.
#15: Short Brown Bob
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.
#16: Short Dark Chocolate Layers for Thin Hair
Perfect texture comes from an exquisite short haircut with a dark chocolate brown base. With little to no effort, you’ll have a chic look instantly.
#17: Short Light to Dark Brown Ombre
A short light to dark brown ombré has a beautiful brunette base with lighter ends. Ask your stylist to leave dimension in the hair by leaving out some dark with the light pieces. A color melt after the lifting process will give the perfect blend from brown to blonde.
#18: Neck-Length Cut for Brown Curly Hair
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.
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.
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.
#19: Honey Brown Hair with Beachy Waves
A honey brown hair with beachy waves is a gorgeous blend of warm blondes and browns. Alternating foils or a balayage can achieve this color and a brown root smudge for that lived in low maintenance color. A short shoulder-length cut with textured ends works great with medium to thick tresses.
#20: Mocha Brown Textured Cut for Thick Hair
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!
#21: Balayage Chin-Length Textured Cut
Combining balayage with a chin-length textured haircut adds dimension and fullness to your cut and color. Warm-toned balayage highlights on brown hair are subtle yet striking and add shine to renew your hair color. Together with balayage, a chin-length bob haircut with layers, adds texture and fullness to fine hair. Blow-dry your hair upside down to add volume and smoothness. Add texture at the same time using a flat iron to give your hair messy waves.
#22: Short Brown Hair for Women over 50
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.
#23: 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.
This light brown asymmetrical pixie is an undercut pixie.
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.
Related: Short light brown hair ideas.
#24: Dark Brown Edgy Pixie Cut
A dark brown edgy pixie cut is sophisticated and timeless. An edgy undercut pixie is a great option for women looking for a shorter cut that shows you’re not afraid to try out a funky haircut. Ask your stylist to use clippers to undercut your hair from below the parietal ridge and curved below the occipital bone and then use a razor to cut the remaining hair to add texture to your haircut.
#25: Brown Choppy Crop with Highlights
The dark brown short cut is perfect if you’re growing out an 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!
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!
#26: Chocolate Brown Jaw-Length Bob
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.
#27: Shorter Layered Cut with Mahogany and Caramel
A mahogany-brown short layered textured bob is low-maintenance due to the mahogany and caramel balayage. You can style it straight, curled, or with just a quick bend with the curling iron which is nice for ladies who don’t want to spend a ton of time styling their hair every day!
It can be chic, flirty, and low-maintenance depending on how you want to dress it up or down for your day or occasion!
#28: Very Dark Chestnut Short Shag Cut
A very dark 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.
If you decide to get this cut, it’s so low maintenance. All you need is a good sea salt spray or dry texturizer spray for that lived-in look.
#29: Brunette Pixie Shag
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.
#30: Very Short Medium Brown Cut
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.
#31: Long Pixie on Natural Brown Hair
Look at this long pixie on natural brown hair. Breathtaking, huh? The texturizing on this short brown hair requires 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.
#32: Short Brown Bob with Bangs Haircut
Consider a short brown bob with bangs haircut if you’re looking for a sleek and dramatic change to your look. Perfect for medium to thick hair densities, a short brown bob with fringe is great for a sophisticated and polished low-maintenance look.
#33: Short Brown Pixie Cut with Bangs
A short brown pixie cut with bangs is perfect for the woman who’s ready for an effortless look. A pixie cut shows off cheekbones, and gives a youthful style. Pixies are great for any age and easy to style. Bangs are a great way to softly frame your face, too.
#34: Extra Long Pixie with a Deep Side Part
If you have shorter, fine or thin hair, you should try an extra long pixie with a deep side part. A deep side part can help to create a fuller, voluminous look to the hair and compliments all face shapes. An extra-long pixie cut will also help to create a fuller effect in the hair.
#35: Short Brown Blunt Bob Haircut
Try a short brown blunt bob haircut with tousled waves for that perfectly undone contemporary bob. The key to this haircut is extra texturizing in the interior for movement and softness. Tell your stylist that you prefer a lived-in cut and want lots of texture. To style, apply an air-dry cream to wet hair and use your hands to add waves as it dries, or mimic the same wave style with a flat iron and texture spray on dry hair.
#36: Brown Short Bob with Micro Bangs
Consider a brown short bob with micro bangs for a modern twist on a classic shape. Great for fine hair, this low-maintenance look gives the appearance of density and volume. Blow-dry with a texture cream and spritz in a sea salt spray for the perfect lived-in texture.
#37: Healthy and Dimensional Brown Bob
A rich, dimensional brown bob hairstyle can make stressed tresses appear healthier and fuller. This color and length change will do wonders for damaged hair. The depth of color alone will help fill strands and give them new life, while the shorter length ensures that any and all dead ends have been removed.
#38: Cute Sleek Bob with a Side Part
A sleek bob with a side part is so cute while still serving up classic and polished energy. The sleek look is easy to maintain and style, and the bluntness of the bob looks thick, healthy, and striking when cut properly. Having a side part with a sleek bob opens up your “good side” and can take attention away from any asymmetry in the face. For best results, use a heat protectant blow dry cream and dry hair smooth with a round brush and a slight bevel under the chin.