As we all know, highlights are the simplest, safest and most carefree way to spice up a hairstyle or a hair color. They can also be considered protective because you do not have to go for a whole dyeing or bleaching job if you want a change in your hair. And if you have short hair, they can really be fun and creative. Here is a list of 45 short hair with highlights ideas that range from the traditional blond, brown and red to purple, rainbow and sea colors. Happy surfing!
1. Short hair with red and blond highlights
The beauty of the highlights is that they are virtually unlimited. You can get as many shades as you like as long as you talk to your stylist and they all work together. This is an A-line Bob with red and blond highlights.
2. Marsala Short hair with highlights
Why choose the very traditional red if you can taste Marsala? It’s a funky approach to red hair with just a hint of purple in it, enough to make everyone ask – what exactly is this color? I love it!
3. Pink and blond short hair with highlights
This is a stacked bob that started with a blonde blonde. Then the stylist added some pink and purple underlays, which also led to the blonde turning pink. The result is really spectacular.
4. Indigo Short hair with highlights
Spicing up a traditional haircut and color has never looked better than with this idea. This is a short bob or overgrown pixie cut puffed on the back. It’s brown with different shades of blond highlights and just a hint of indigo carelessly thrown in it.
5. Dark short hair with caramel highlights
Caramel highlights were the first choice for the past few seasons, as women everywhere turned to this beautiful and safe color. You can start with a simple brown base or even your natural color if you do not want to dye your hair at all.
6. Short hair with ombre highlights
Ombre highlights? Is that possible? Yes of course. This is a light brown base with blond ombre highlights that range from sandy blondes on the back to chai blond for the front strands, where they bring out the color of your eyes.
7. Short hair brunette with blonde highlights
Another great combination you can try are brunettes and blondes. This is a shoulder-length bob with loose beach waves. It’s brunette on the back and opens to brighter blonde tones in the front.
8. Gold blonde short hair with highlights
There is no way we could have written this piece, talking about blonde highlights and not mentioning Gold Blond. It was one of the biggest trends we have seen in recent years. And while it’s hard to wear a whole head of golden hair, a few highlights will do the trick.
9. Peacock short hair with highlights
This long pixie cut leans heavily on the peacock palette. That is, the only colors it uses are those that can be seen in the tail of a peacock, namely green, blue, orange and yellow. It’s a fascinating trend, especially if you choose metallic hair dyes.
10. Lively short hair with highlights
The basic color here is the Teal, which you can see underneath. The highlights are the purple, which can be seen behind and in front, as well as the recognizable navy in the middle. Of course, you can copy the style as it is, or just pick a hue.
11. Copper and purple short hair
Now that the mat is as far away as the trends go, metallics have taken their place. And with them came copper and brass as the favorite shades of the world. Here is a very messy short bob, coppery with a few purple hues.
12. Short red hair with highlights
If you are a brave and confident woman, then you need a suitable hairstyle and color. This is a fiery red asymmetric bob with a few chunky black highlights. The strong counter color brings out each other.
13. Purple and purple short hair with highlights
Here’s an interesting way to make highlights. These are actually called underlights, obviously because they are placed under the main color of your hair. We recommend that you get the stronger color on the bottom and the brighter on the top.
14. The feathered pixie cut
What could possibly surpass a feathered pixie cut in terms of coolness? How about one that is canary yellow and has burgundy and turquoise accents in the front? This could just be one of the coolest haircuts we’ve ever seen.
15. Toffee Short hair with highlights
Always remember that even if you keep traditional colors, they do not have to be boring and old-fashioned. For example, instead of getting brown highlights on your dark hair, you can get toffee instead. Much warmer, cooler and tasty.
16. Grape Short Hair with Highlights
The purple family has no shortage of shades to choose from. This is for example the grape. It’s perfect as a shade for highlights if you have dark hair. Remember to add a handful of blondes for a touch of brightness.
17. Orange short hair with highlights
Nothing says Christmas better than this hairstyle. These orange, mandarin and blonde highlights and lowlights will really prepare you for the holiday season, so get ready to shine in the winter.
18. Lilac short hair with highlights
Even though the whole world is more prone to strong colors, pastels are still there because they fall under the non-traditional color category. This is purple with a few smoky blond and gray highlights.
19th day and night highlights
This amazing multi-layered bob is called “day and night” and it’s obvious why. The base layer is a dark brunette, which is why the upper part of the hair is milky white like the dawn. It looks extremely good, especially from the back.
20. Rainbow short hair with highlights
We can not express how much we love this idea. The bottom layer of peekaboo highlights consists of several strands that are rainbow colored. In addition, they are hidden so you can completely hide them when you feel the need.
21. The Rachel McAdams
Our Hollywood inspiration for short hair with highlights comes from the incredibly pretty Rachel McAdams. She wears a layered sandy blonde bob with just a touch of cotton candy pink here and there. We love it!
22. Blue short hair with highlights
It is really impossible to feel blue when wearing this hairstyle, simply because it is so great. However, you must pay attention to the type of makeup that you wear so as not to stagger the hair color.
23. Barely visible short hair with highlights
This could just be the epitome of peekaboo highlights. They are so small and subtle that one simply can not see them unless one pushes the hair behind the ear. Then you show that you actually have a secondary hair color.
24th 90s pink highlights
Do you remember the great pink hair color you always wanted in the ’90s, but your parents would not let you because you had school? Now you can. It’s called neon pink and you can either dye your hair or get extensions.
25. Dusty Pink Short hair with highlights
Still, if you are not in hot, neon colors but you still love pink and want it in your hair, you can go for a more muted version. This is dusty pink on a shaggy, stacked bob that you can wear with a bright red lip for a bit of contrast.
26. Cherry Red Chunky Highlights
There are many types of highlights, which means that you do not always have to resort to the classic guy. These are chunky highlights on a round, asymmetrical bob. They are cherry red and look great on dark, brunette hair.
27. Powdery Iris Highlights
Brown and irises seem like a strange combination at first glance, but it can work. But you should not try it at home. It’s best if you go to your stylist, because he or she knows how to mix the colors perfectly for you.
28. Short brown hair with highlights
Here’s the classic version or the one that started it all. It’s safe and low maintenance, and you can not go wrong with it. The base is a neutral but shiny brown, while the highlights are an elegant beige and sandy blonde.
29. Red Hair with Teal Highlights
It’s time to get creative. How about dark red hair with a touch of petrol highlights in the front? And what do you say if the haircut is a short and shaggy pixie with feather strands and dull cuts everywhere?
30. Silver hair with blue highlights
This is such a perfect highlight job that you can not really say what used to be the primary color – the silver or the Arctic blue. But that does not matter, because both look great. The back is entirely made of silver, while the front is arctic blue and has some silver accents.
31. Platinum and mint green
We can not express how much we love a good underlight job. In this case, it is mint green and platinum with the white strands carefully cut into a V shape so that they can reveal the beautiful green color underneath.
32. Navy, blue and glitter highlights
Here’s an idea for short hair with highlights for New Year’s Eve. You do not have to wait for snow because you can easily fake it with some hair glitter. The color combination is also amazing, blending forest green with midnight blue highlights.
33. Winter colors highlights
Let’s keep it cool for another minute with this fantastic display of cold colors interrupted by a single splash of warm color accents – sunny yellow. The choice as well as the color representation make it appear in an unforgettable way.
34. Atomic turquoise Short hair with highlights
In fact, this is a combination of atomic turquoise and psychedelic sunset on a shoulder-length chubby bob. The color combination is reminiscent of Morocco and its stained glass lamps, making it perfect for the summer.
35. Jungle Short hair with highlights
Inspiration can come from anywhere, as this jungle color pattern proves. It consists of jungle greens, lime, yellow, moss, lichen and some purple to mimic the water and warm it up a bit after all the greenery.
36. Colors of the sea highlights
This is dip-dye hair, not to be confused with ombre. It’s a special technique that hairstylists can use to bring some chunky, mass highlights into your hair, fill it with life and make it brighter. It’s different from classic highlights, but it’s also nicer.
37. Afro Short hair with highlights
You can get some blonde highlights if you have a short pixie cut afro. It wants to add some depth and dimension to it, making it a lot more interesting at the same time. The hair wants to be more voluminous and a lot more modern.
38. Dark blue short hair with highlights
A very restrained way to jump on the trend of the highlights is a color that comes very close to its own, but also the unconventional color. For example, this is raven-black hair with some navy blue highlights on the front. You can only see them in direct sunlight.
39. Sandy Blonde Short hair with highlights
You can find the same principle from the top of blonde hair here. This is sandy-blonde hair with beige blonde glowing highlights. The haircut is an overgrown pixie with an undercut.
40. Matte gray highlights
Matte is a fantastic trend and it works great on highlights. Here is an example of an over-long-haired pixie with a crest of pompadour and some dull gray highlights. The result is steel gray coolness everywhere.
41. Teal Green Lowlights
Want to spice up your hair a bit, but without big changes or a big splash? Teal is always the color to go. This combination of Raven Hair, Pearl Green Lowlights and Glam Gothic Makeup is a dream. We especially love the black lipstick.
42. Short hair with highlights and a weave
If you want to protect your natural hair, you can always get a short weave. That way, you have full control over your color choices, especially if you want highlights. Since everything is based on synthetic extensions, you can not go wrong.
43. Copper Short hair with highlights
If you’re watching the styling trends lately, then you know that the show’s star is copper and his friend is rust. Therefore, there is no point in waiting. Jump on this trend while it’s hot, and get some nice copper highlights.
44. Matted tips
Do you remember in the 90s, when all were wearing dull tips? They were real. You will be glad to hear that the trend is back. But it’s got a big makeover and that’s the way it looks now. World, meet the modern frosted tips!
45. Blue and Amber Highlights and Lowlights
The highlighting work for this pixie cut is exquisite. The base is a natural dark smoky brown. However, the highlights are blue with a touch of petrol, bringing them closer to the sea colors than anything else, while the sublight lights are yellow. They warm everything up from inside and shed light on what would otherwise have been a simple styling job.
As we all know, the use of color can definitely improve the attractiveness of not just the hair, but the overall appearance. Short hair is easy to wear, easy to care for and protects your hair locks, both thin and thick hair. But what happens if you do not want to dye your hair completely? Of course you decide for one of our great short hairstyles with highlights. Tell us in the comment section below which of your favorites was!