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10 Chic Short Hair Colors to Consider If You Want a New Look

Because your hair length shouldn't stop you from getting a statement dye job.
10 Chic Short Hair Colors to Consider If You Want a New Look
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Because your hair length shouldn't stop you from getting a statement dye job.

People usually say short hair is limiting, but we beg to differ. Sometimes, short hair suits your face shape so much better than lengthy locks that can weigh down your features.

That said, if you have yet to try a lob or pixie, this is definitely a clear sign for you to make the cut during your next salon visit. But don’t just settle for a daring short haircut, make the most out of your time in the chair and couple it with a beautiful color that would complement your new shoulder-baring hairstyle.

How to Choose a Color for Short Hair

Though looking for a new color can be daunting considering the amount of options you can scroll through on Instagram or browse on Pinterest, there are specific colors that look particularly beautiful on short tresses. After all, the bolder the hue, the more attention-grabbing it is! Bright colors on waist-length hair could drown you out, while more natural-looking shades like warm brown won’t do much on mid-length hair with barely any layers.

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The trick to picking a hair color for a short ‘do is to go bold! Since you have less hair on your head to frame your face, anything eye-catching won’t look too extravagant. Though if you aren’t a fan of brights, you can still opt for lighter and ashy shades of safe colors like mahogany and brown as an alternative.

To jumpstart your search, here are 10 undeniably flattering and stylish hair color ideas you should consider if you’ve got short hair. Be warned, you’d want to try more than one color from this list!

10 Flattering Hair Colors Perfect for Short Hair

1. Soft Auburn Brown

Looking for a safe warm hue that still makes a statement? A toned-down auburn on a boyfriend bob looks chic and pretty feminine even without highlights! This is also a low-maintenance color since the red tones will stay longer on virgin Filipina hair.

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2. Bark Brown

Yes, bark as in like a woody tree trunk! This dark brown shade is the subtlest shade you can get. It's only a level lighter than black, so it'll brighten your complexion a little while still making your haircut look sleek.

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3. Mushroom Brown

Love ash shades? Then go for mushroom brown! This natural-looking ash hue is right between chocolate brown and milk tea brown. It’s the perfect color to get if you have wavy hair or if you’re sporting a layered lob! This hue will definitely highlight your natural hair texture!

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4. Golden Ash Blonde

Want to go blonde but aren’t ready to commit? Then opt for a golden color with a wash of grayish brown tint.

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5. Milky Beige

This creamy hue that sits between ash blonde and rose gold is a great alternative to pastel pink if you’re looking for a more natural-looking "creative color." This shade is an instant skin brightener and will definitely soften up your features if you’re fair to medium toned.

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6. Ash Brown Balayage

The key to transforming a single-length bob is to opt for a hair color that would add texture and depth optically. A balayage is a strategic way to do this since the dye job would transition from dark roots to lighter ends with highlights spliced throughout. A beautiful color combo would be ash brown and blonde if you want to really some volume to your ‘do!

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7. Ash Purple

The beauty of a cool purple is that it’ll fade out nicely into either a platinum blonde or gray! This hue is incredibly high--maintenance because it washes out almost completely after three to four shampoos. The trick is to wash your hair less frequently and use dry shampoos when your tresses become oily! It's a lot of work, but worth it if you want your hair to look fresh for about a three weeks to a month!

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8. Light Ash Blonde

Blonde looks sleek and fresh on short hair—especially if you have a one-length chop! This stylish hue is perfect if you want your complexion to pop. Just be sure to fill in your brows and add blush when you’re going out to add balance to your features!

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9. Pastel Pink

Pink is a neutral in our book! It works on almost every skin tone, whether your fair-skinned or have a deep complexion. By far the most universally flattering is pastel or ash pink, thanks to its balance of both cool and warm undertones.

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10. True Blonde or Yellow Blonde

Mullets are here to stay and a great way to amplify those textured layers is to opt for a bold yellow blonde color! A true blonde such as this could look flat on haircuts of a single length but are best paired when you’re sporting a shaggy or layered ‘do!

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