25 Short, Light Brown Hair Ideas to Inspire Your Next Cut & Color

Avery Hunt
Avery Hunt Hair Colorist

Short light brown hair is a faded brunette color paired with a cropped pixie or a bob cut. This low-maintenance look benefits all hair textures and suits most face shapes.

Stylist McCall Dunn of Theory Hair Salon in Bozeman, MT, shares a few tips relevant to this hair idea.

“Take your face shape, hair density, and lifestyle into account when choosing the cut,” says Dunn. Moreover, consider your budget, as short haircuts require frequent trims, especially with a thicker mane.

Ladies with pin-straight hair must avoid getting a pixie. These strands tend to stick out everywhere with a shorter-length cut. Dunn suggests “\a length between the ear and under the chin, then add some fringe.”

Short hair opens up the face, giving prominence to ladies’ facial features. If your facial structure has strong attributes, consult your stylist before moving forward.

“As for the shade, look what flatters your skin tone, eye color, and overall style,” Dunn recommends.

Women of any age can pull off this look if the execution is flawless. Styling tips and product knowledge are also crucial to get the style that best expresses you!

Explore a new hair color and cut. Check out these inspiring photos of trendy short, light brown hair ideas for inspiration!


#1: Long Chestnut Brown Bob with Blonde Streaks

A long chestnut brown bob with blonde streaks brings the 90s back. This short, light chestnut brown hair is a bold take on light brown hair with blonde highlights, making this more than your average everyday look.

Light Brown Short Hair with Natural Dimension
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#2: Brown Short Hair with Natural Dimension

If you want a hint of color, try this short brown hairstyle with a natural look. Let your hairdresser know you want to add color to your hair, not full-blonde highlights. Talk with your stylist about the wide range of colors that match your natural hair. This will help you get the look you want.

Brunette Short Hair with Light Brown Highlights
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#3: Brunette Short Hair with Light Brown Highlights

For short brunette hair, a good option would be light brown highlights. The subtleness of the brown hue offers brightness while still blending with your overall brown hair.

#4: Light Reddish Brown Bob

If you want a warmer style, try a light reddish-brown bob. Short crops look particularly lovely in this caramel tone.

#5: Honey Brown French Bob with Shaggy Layers

A honey-brown French bob with shaggy layers is a 70s-inspired dream. This feminine crop and a funky light brown dye are retro and stunning.

Very Short Light Brown Hair
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#6: Very Short Light Brown Hair

Very short, light brown hair is a beautiful way to open up the face. Lighter tone highlights add more texture to the cut and elevate the lighter brown.

Ash Brown Balayage on Short Hair
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#7: Ash Brown Balayage on Short Hair

Getting a short hair balayage to achieve a light ash brown hair color can look amazing, especially on a shorter cut. Light ash brown on short hair that’s naturally dark could take several appointments to achieve. Plan for color touch-ups every 6-8 weeks.

Related: Best brown balayage hair ideas.

#8: Beige Brown with Dark Roots on Short Wavy Hair

Beige brown with dark roots on short wavy hair makes light eyes pop. This short hair with dark roots and light ends is a bolder ombre vibe.

#9: Short Chocolate Brown Balayage Hair for Women Over 40

Here’s a nice short brown balayage hair idea! This is light chocolate brown hair, perfect for women over 40. Try this short light brown hair with highlights throughout at your next appointment to add brightness and break up your base color.

#10: Mushroom Brown on Textured Wavy Bob

Mushroom brown on a textured wavy bob makes this cut more unique. This brunette bob cut is classic but stands out.

Short Light Golden Brown Hair for Women Over 60
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#11: Short Warm Golden Brown Hair for Women Over 60

Short hair with a light golden brown hair color for women over 60 is fresh and adds a warm glow. This flippy hairdo is a great short haircut and full of style.

Ash Light Brown on Short Feathered Pixie Hair
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#12: Ash Brown Dye on Feathered Pixie Hair

Ash brown hair color on feathered pixie hair compliments cooler skin tones. Light brown hair color can complement a wide range of skin tones. This depends on the amount of warmth or coolness within the color. A pixie cut can be done regardless of the color.

Ginger Light Brown Curly Bob for Short Hair
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#13: Ginger Brown Curly Bob

Go for a ginger brown curly bob because it’s trending. Ginger brown is the perfect baby step into the copper color family. This light brown short curly hair is chic and playful.

#14: Brown Curly Hair with Blonde Highlights

Try blonde highlights on brown curly hair for extra definition. This light brown shade makes this short cut more interesting and fun!

#15: Wavy Brown Ombre Lob

A wavy brown ombre bob will have women ready for summer. This light brown balayage hair looks natural and sun-kissed. Great for ladies wanting something low-maintenance.

#16: Short Bob with Light Brown Babylights

A short bob with a light brown color enhances this fun cut. Warm light brown hair with highlights is easier to maintain than reds or blondes. This is a great step into hair color if you’ve never done it before.

#17: Light Brown Bob with Soft Waves

Try a light brown bob with soft waves at your next appointment if you want to give being blonde a break. Usually, a few a few lowlights and a gloss to tone the brown color down will do the trick to get a gorgeous shade of light brown hair.

#18: Short Brown Layered Hair with Subtle Purple Highlights

Short brown layered hair with purple highlights adds a fun pop to your regular color. Short hairstyles are the perfect time to play around with different hues. The colors wash out over time and are easily changed.

Neck-Length Light Brown Blunt Bob
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#19: Neck-Length Brown Blunt Bob

A neck-length brown blunt bob is great for fine hair. The blunt cut helps hair look fullest and gives natural brown hair a chic style.

Light Bronde Color Melt on a Short Lob Cut
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#20: Bronde Color Melt on a Lob Cut

A bronde color melt on a lob cut is the ultimate low-maintenance pair. The light brown ombre color melt gives a lived-in feel, and a lob hair cut has room to grow out.

Chin-Length Light Bronde Hair
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#21: Chin-Length Bronde Hair

Chin-length bronde hair is daring and feminine. Short hair with light brown highlights looks fresh and stylish. The highlights add more texture and dimension to the haircut.

Related: Stunning brown hair with highlights ideas.

Light Brown Straight Bob on Short Hair
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#22: Light Brown Straight Bob

A light brown straight bob on short hair is shiny and dimensional. This soft brown hair color would compliment both warm and cool skin tones.

Light Sandy Brown Color on a Jaw-Length Shag
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#23: Sandy Brown Color on a Jaw-Length Shag

A sandy brown color on a jaw-length shag adds softness to the sharp texture. A round haircut complements a square face shape.

Ear-Length Bob on Light Brown Hair
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#24: Ear-Length Bob on Light Brown Hair

An ear-length bob on light brown hair is the perfect duo. The natural light brown hair color stands out from your typical brunette. This is great for ladies who want to be lighter without being blonde.

Related: See more ear-length bobs.

#25: Choppy Brunette Lob with Caramel Highlights

Mix a choppy brunette lob with smooth caramel highlights for a dreamy hairstyle. This light brown hair with caramel highlights warms up any skin tone with its glowy, golden hues.

#26: Tousled Caramel Brown Pixie for Women Over 50

A tousled caramel brown pixie for women over 50 is playful and fun. Short brown hair with highlights and lowlights adds youthfulness to a shorter hairstyle.

Related: Best short hair with highlights ideas.