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Ah, there’s so much to say about short hair. It’s stylish, flattering, and super easy to manage. Not to mention, short strands allow you to easily and instantly revamp your ‘do, thanks to a nearly endless number of hair color ideas you can pair with short hair. This is especially true if you opt for short hair highlights. Flaunted by A-listers and beauty gurus alike, it’s no surprise that short hair with highlights has become a must-have look. From blonde highlights on short hair to short, dark hair with highlights, there are so many chic variations to choose from. Ready to hop on the bandwagon? Follow along as we share the 15 best ideas for short hair highlights.
Short hair highlights are all the rage, but it’s important to know what to expect before stepping into the world of hair color. Since highlights are all about lightening your strands, you’ll need to use hair bleach to kick things off, and depending on the hair color you’re starting out with, it may require more work to achieve your desired look. With that said, it may be best to book an appointment with a pro-colorist for a seamless hair color process.
However, you can totally DIY your short hair highlights at home with the L’Oréal Paris Colorista Bleach in Highlights. The kit comes with a developer crème, bleaching powder, lightening crème, conditioning shampoo, and DIY highlight brush. Be sure to follow the directions listed on the packaging for desired results.
Of course, highlights aren’t a one-size-fits-all deal. Ready to jazz up your mane? Below, find 15 ideas for short hair highlights to take your locks to the next level, plus get more recommendations for at-home highlighting kits.
There is no better way to bring the short hair highlights trend to life than with a chic brown pixie with light blonde highlights. Serving up a truly stunning combination, brown strands with light blonde highlights add just the right amount of dimension to your mane for a refreshed look.
No wonder it’s a top pick for short brown hair with highlights! To DIY the look at home, use the L’Oréal Paris Super Blonde in Bleach Blonde.
Searching for the perfect option for rocking short dark hair with highlights? You may want to consider natural curls with caramel balayage highlights. A great way to add golden sun-kissed tones to your mane, this rich color will become your favorite in no time. Natural-looking highlights, here you come! If you’re all about at-home color, try using the L’Oréal Paris Frost & Design in Caramel to DIY the look.
Remember those blonde highlights on short brown hair we mentioned earlier? If you’re on the hunt for another chic way to get the look, consider trying the asymmetrical lob with platinum highlights. This super-light hair color is all about serving up dimension while giving you icy blonde strands to play with. Equal parts chic and sassy, this hair color will surely have all eyes on you. To give the trend a try at home, use the L’Oréal Paris Super Blonde in Super Bleach Blonde.
Step outside of your comfort zone, and switch up an A-line bob with pink highlights. Offering longer strands in the front that gradually build to short hair at the back, this timeless haircut will be given a playful and sweet touch when you add pink highlights into the mix. To achieve this color at home, you’ll first need to bleach your hair. Then, apply the L’Oréal Paris Colorista Semi-Permanent Hair Color in Pink for trendy, semi-permanent highlights!
For those who love to play with layers and hair color, the layered bob with chunky, warm honey blonde highlights just might be your hair color match. A step up from traditional bob styles, this option adds body, movement, and instant dimension for a well-rounded look. Now, that’s what we call a super sweet mane! If you want to DIY the look, use the L’Oréal Paris La Petite Frost in Creme Caramel.
As you can see, we have a thing for bob styles, and a chin-length bob with a lavender money piece is no exception. Featuring face-framing pastel lavender strands, this trend puts your short hair highlights front and center so you can master the cool-girl aesthetic with ease. Even better, you can test the waters when it comes to this hair color by using the L’Oréal Paris Colorista Hair Makeup Temporary 1-Day Hair Color Spray in Pastel Lavender to create temporary highlights that wash out in just one shampoo.
Who says you can’t play with angles and hair color at the same time? An undercut paired with burgundy sombré will make you a believer. Flaunting super short strands at the back of your head with a bit of length at the top, this haircut makes it easy to test out the short hair highlights trend without a full-on color job. This hair color requires major skill to create, so enlist the help of your colorist.
Prefer short hair highlights without any layers? Prepare to make a lasting impression with a blunt cut and rose gold highlights. A fabulous way to keep things simple with a tinge of edge, this look allows you to keep your strands at an even length while experimenting with the metallic hair color trend. To give it a try, use the L’Oréal Paris Colorista Hair Makeup Temporary 1-Day Hair Color Spray in Rose Gold for rose gold highlights that will last until you wash them out.
A faux hawk with mushroom blonde highlights is a great way to try out gray hair color without the full commitment. Featuring ashy gray blonde hues with dark undertones, this hair color adds a sultry and mysterious vibe to your ‘do for a head-turning look. The short sides and voluminous length at the top also work in your favor for the ultimate mane makeover—one you'll want to head to the salon for.
If you’re interested in adding a touch of hair color to a sophisticated short ‘do, a pompadour with dark blonde highlights is just the ticket! This haircut features short sides and length at the top with plenty of gorgeous highlights shining through. To color your strands at home, use the L’Oréal Paris Couleur Experte in French Éclair.
Ready to revive your short strands? A razor cut with purple highlights will not disappoint. An excellent choice for individuals who are dealing with dull-looking strands, this option allows you to rock various lengths, amp up the volume, and create a gorgeous contrast of color through your length. You can’t go wrong with giving this short hair highlights style a try! Not sure you’re ready to commit to purple strands? Use the L’Oréal Paris Colorista Hair Makeup Temporary 1-Day Hair Color Spray in Purple to DIY the look for just a day.
Sure, black hair alone is a major style win, but there’s something about pairing the hue with silver blonde highlights that elevates your look. Known as one of the most popular hybrid hues, silver blonde hair works double duty to give your strands a metallic finish while flirting with the holographic hair trend. If platinum blonde hues are your idea of a fun hair color, silver blonde will live up to the hype.
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