40 Best Short Hairstyles for Women with Highlights

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Short locks are in and rocking a short haircut with a splash of color can add dimension and accentuate the texture of a short hairdo. There is a fantastic variety of ways to go about it and is a great way to add a unique touch to your new or existing haircut. It adds an element of individualism, so you can get creative and design something unique to yourself. In a world where trends are circulating at lightning speed and are flaunted on most platforms, it’s hard to stand out from the crowd.

We have put together some edgy, chic, and elegant ideas to help inspire you to create the best look that will have you feeling your best self! Let’s have a look!

1. Ash Bob with Gray Highlights

Dramatic angles paired with dramatic color, this bob is so on point. The younger generation can enjoy this look because gray hair is so trendy, and the older generation can benefit from this hairstyle to blend and transition naturally graying hair.

2. Long Pixie Cut with Beige Highlights

A tousled and wavy long pixie cut is cute, chic, and fun. It looks great with a splash of beige highlights contrasted against a darker tapered neck and sides.

3. Platinum Pixie

I think it’s safe to say that we can all obsess over this whole look. The color is on point and flawless and is enhanced with some soft, tousled texture on the top. This platinum hue complements this haircut perfectly, and the subtle root smudge provides just the right amount of depth.

4. Subtle Copper Blonde on Short Dark Hair

Sometimes less is more and this is a fantastic example of how strategic placement of color can work wonders. Beautiful shades of copper blonde can be seen with every movement of the hair and are contrasted beautifully by a dark, rich brown.

5. Angled Bob with Face Framing Highlights

Take a classic bob up a level by adding a dramatic angle. This creates a beautiful and flattering shape and looks great with some subtle lighter tones to add some dimension. Focus the color around the face to add some softness and brightness.

6. Cute in Caramel

This shoulder-grazing bob looks fresh and warm for the winter. The dark base of chocolate brown is highlighted with some bold caramel balayage that blends seamlessly into the surrounding dark rich tones. These hues are showcased beautifully with the addition of soft waves to really help them stand out.

7. Dark Pixie Cut with Blonde Accents

Enjoy a soft rock and roll vibe with this short pixie cut. The coloring is minimal but effective as it is placed in all the right places to create some accent pieces. The contrast is fun and funky and levels up a classic pixie cut to a whole new genre.

8. Gray Babylights for Blending

Smokey gray hair has been a long-standing trend that is still rocking magazine covers and runways. Although on its own this is a stunning color choice, it is a great way to blend the few gray strands that are beginning to make an entrance. A shoulder-grazing bob is a great option for length to maintain the health and integrity of the hair.

9. Icy Waves

There is something about a wavy bob that awakens the urge to chop your locks and when paired with some platinum highlights, you just have to follow through with the calling and go for it! This is a decision I can guarantee will have zero regrets.

10. Shaggy Pixie Cut with Blonde Frosting

Just as frost rests on the tips of grass blades, these golden blonde pops of color look gorgeous scattered amongst a dark and choppy shag cut. The color enhances the texture of this choppy pixie style by creating a gorgeous pallet of contrast.

11. Short Bob with Blonde Babylights

This hairdo will have you feeling like a beachy bombshell. A great shoulder-grazing length, dressed up with some sandy and beige blonde highlights.

12. Tousled Teal

So you are ready to play around with some color and do something completely different? Ease yourself in with a few ocean blue highlights. This tousled teal look is beachy and fun with just a little bit of commitment. You can enjoy a massive change with a very low shock factor.

13. A-Line Bob with Warm blonde Highlights

This is a classic look that just can’t fail. A beautifully cut A-line bob with some hues of buttery blonde to brighten it up. It’s a conservative look but is still a head-turner.

14. Asymmetrical Honey Blonde

An asymmetrical cut is flattering for a round face, and they can look super chic. This gorgeous short bob has some added dimension with the addition of some subtle honey blonde highlights. A perfect look for the more conservative ladies who just need a splash of color to lift their spirits.

15. Blonde Bob with Subtle Highlights

The beauty of this versatile haircut is the way it looks like a completely different style from each side of the head. It’s a gorgeous precision bob from one angle and a short edgy pixie cut from the other. Add some subtle highlights throughout the length to add some depth and dimension.

16. Blonde Highlights to Blend Graying Hair

A youthful pixie cut can absolutely be pulled off on gray hair. If you are not entirely ready to embrace the gray then some fine dimensional highlights will welcome those silver strands in slowly and seamlessly while adding some brightness to your look.

17. Blue Steel Fauxhawk

Crushing hard on this blue and silver fauxhawk. I feel like there is so much I can say about this look, but at the same time, words evade me! Just try it, and you won’t be sorry!

18. Caramel and Fudge Tapered Bob

For easy maintenance and a warmer hue, opt for some beige blonde balayage against a warm, fudge-toned light brown base color. These two colors bounce off each other beautifully! Add some soft waves to your bob for extra movement and dimension.

19. Chic Pixie Cut with Bold Blonde Highlights

Pixie cuts don’t always have to be super short and highly textured. This long pixie is a great example of sleek and chic. The longer front creates a softer, more feminine touch, as well as the beige blonde to lighten up and create some depth.

20. Dark Pixie with Blonde Foilyage

Foilyage is a great technique on short hair to create that balayage look that everyone dreams of. This stunning and edgy pixie cut is complimented beautifully with the placement of color to accentuate the shape of the cut. With added contrast, the hair looks fuller and the texture of the cut is showcased in a fantastic way.

21. Edgy Tapered Bob with subtle Highlights

This one is all about the cut. The dramatic angle is what gives this look all its edge and personality. The layers provide a good blend to the tapering in the back and add a whole lot of dimension and movement. Adding some subtle blonde sunkissed highlights softens and brightness it up beautifully.

22. Funky Short Hair with Chunky Blonde Highlights

If you feel like something a bit bolder with high contrast, then this is a great option for you. Disconnected layers and strategically placed chunky highlights will provide that edge you are looking for.

23. Icy Blonde Bob

A head full of baby lights and teasy lights can create the illusion of an overall full blonde color. By doing this technique, the maintenance is easier to keep up with and there is a more seamless regrowth. Tone your lights with a metallic platinum blonde to flaunt a flawless icy look.

24. Light Brown Bob with Sandy Blonde Highlights

A well-cut graduated bob is so timeless. You will always leave the salon feeling chuffed with this beautiful shape. This color is more subtle yet so effective as the different tones are only a few levels apart, so they blend and work together so well. It’s easy to upkeep and is a stunning warm color choice for the winter.

25. Modern Mullet with Blonde Highlights

I will let you decide if this classifies as a short or long hairdo, in which case you get the best of both worlds! Nonetheless, the coloring and cutting techniques are on top form, and the overall look created by contrasting and disconnected elements are fashion-forward, trendy, creative, and fun!

26. Pixie Bob Cut With Bold Highlights

When you are feeling ready to enjoy some length, growing out a pixie cut doesn’t need to be an uncomfortable process. Keep up with regular trims and ask your stylist to start creating a bob shape. The short layers will begin to blend and you will grow length in no time. The addition of color is a great way to keep it interesting and fun so the growing out process doesn’t need to be painful.

27. Pixie Cut with Rusty Highlights

Such beautiful placement of this color on a beautiful haircut. The contrast created by the rusty copper hues stands out against the warm dark base. A simple and elegant pixie cut that is easy to wear and easy to maintain.

28. Platinum Balayage with Root Smudge

This bob is cute and chic and carries some extra personality with those soft waves. The flawless balayage makes the hair seem an overall hue of natural blonde, but look closer and you will notice naturally dark hair enhanced with the perfect amount of lightening.

29. Pretty Pink Pompadour

This hairstyle clearly exemplifies how a pompadour is not just for the guys. In fact, they can look very feminine and chic. If you really want to take it up a level and showcase this shape in the best possible way, then opt for some foilyage to create an ombre of baby pink prettiness.

30. Rose Curls

There is something so mesmerizing about curls on short hair. If you’ve got them, you need to embrace them! The level of bounce and personality is out of this world, and adding some pops of color, takes them to a whole new level that is deeply admirable.

31. Rose Gold Babylights and Bangs

Bangs are always a flattering feature to a haircut and they bring attention to your eyes which makes them pop. They can turn a boring haircut into something chic and fun as well. Opt for some dusty rose gold baby lights for some dimension and very little commitment.

32. Short Bob with Rose Gold Highlights

Rose gold is another on-trend shade that is gaining popularity. This short pixie bob looks cute and chic dressed up with some subtle rose gold highlights that add some dimension and warmth.

33. Short Brunette with Sneaky Golden Highlights

Adding some undone soft curls to a short blunt bob is a great way to add some dimension and soften the edges. These peek-a-boo golden highlights are a perfect example of the age-old saying less is more.

34. Short Copper Shag Cut

This haircut is so on-trend right now and is cute with a sexy edge. The texture can be showcased beautifully with some bright tones running through the layers. Warm coppers are also a trending color right now, so pairing the two together means hair that is totally on fleek.

35. Short Edgy Cut with Blonde Foilyage

We love this soft but edgy pixie cut that is a great balance of funky and sophisticated. Sharp and clean around the hairline with some contrasting bright blonde foilyage to enhance the texture and highlight the gorgeous shape.

36. Short Hair with a Buttery Blonde Frosting

Add some dimension to your natural locks by adding some buttery blonde highlights. Leave an inch or so of natural hair at the root to create some depth and contrast. This creates the illusion of fullness and softens up the overall style.

37. Short Wavy Bob with Blonde Babylights

I love everything about this hairstyle! The length, the curls, and the perfect amount of color. The overall look is fabulous with just the right amount of pop created by the baby lights placed beautifully amongst some tousled curls.

38. Smokey Balayage

A great way to amp up your short locks is with an interesting and unique color pallet. If you are a fan of cooler tones, try this smokey dark gray with some silver balayage. It is a color most can enjoy but is also a great choice to begin the transition to naturally gray hair.

39. Undercut with Highlights and Lowlights

Party on the top, business at the bottom. An undercut is great for thicker hair or anybody who enjoys wash and go styling. All that’s needed is a tousle of the fingers through the top and you are good to go. Some extra efforts can be made for a more intentional look and a combination of lowlights and highlights is great for extra dimension.

40. Warm Brown Bob with Blonde Balayage

Subtle and natural is the vibe with this cute wavy bob. Some sneaky and subtle balayage and babylights stand out against the warm chocolate brown base color which can be showcased by styling your hair with some soft waves.

Final Thoughts

It is truly amazing how a cut and color go hand in hand and complement each other. The color is like the frosting on the cake and can be the defining element of your amazing new style. There are a few details to keep in mind and consider when choosing your next hairstyle so that you can be fully confident to get your stylist on the phone and schedule your next appointment.

  • If this is your first time going from long to short and the nerves are still causing you resistance, then take some baby steps and start with a style that is a bit longer than the one you have your eye on. It will dilute the nerves a bit and you can go into your next chop with confidence.
  • Consider your schedule and the amount of effort you are willing to put in and have available to spend on your locks. Short hair doesn’t necessarily mean easy.
  • When choosing your next style, consider your hair texture. This is an important element in pulling off a short hairstyle.
  • Think about your features, for example, if your ears protrude a bit and are something you are self-conscious of, then choose a style that won’t draw too much attention to your insecurities.
  • Consider your budget. Some haircuts and colors require regular visits to the salon. If this is something your budget does not allow, then opt for a cut and color that is low maintenance.

Now that you are feeling more inspired and creative, and have fine-tuned your ideas to suit your desired look, get a spot with your stylist soon to really see how great short locks can make you feel.

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Author - Lauren Holland

Lauren always knew she needed to work in an industry that would nurture her creative and eccentric personality. She has run her own business for 7 years. After 2 years attending college, Lauren found herself an apprenticeship with one of the top salons in her province. This salon was popular for their more alternative and creative hairstyle ideas, taking part in many international competitions, photoshoots and shows where bright colors and Avant Garde styling were always the theme. She fine-tuned her skills throughout her 5 years there, achieving many awards including national finalist of the Goldwell Color Zoom competition. After qualifying, Lauren stayed on and grew in leaps and bounds in her art, training new apprentices and meeting some local fame and influencers. She got to experience various facets of the industry and built up a strong clientele. Lauren eventually found her way to owning her own salon and, in this time, she specialized in bridal and formal hair. Living in the Midlands meant she was in the hub of the wedding industry and was involved with collaborative shoots and bridal shows.