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Short Haircuts with Highlights in 2022

Short hair with highlights is any haircut that is neck length or more straightforward and is painted with lighter shades on a darker color base. This is undoubtedly the most effortless and fun way to jazz up dull hair!

Tips for short strands of hair

Worn by fashion icons Vanessa Hudgens, Katy Perry, and Miley Cyrus, cropped hair with strategically placed highlights is guaranteed to make a fabulous impression.

When planning this hairstyle, what to keep in mind is your face shape and skin tone. Short curls can be tricky to perfect as it depends on your facial features, hair density, and hair type. Matching the highlights to your complexion should also be considered.

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There are also different techniques for setting highlights. If you want a natural-looking dimension and a longer time between salon visits, a balayage is the way to go. You can also adjust the intensity of your highlights depending on how much contrast and brightness you want!

What more could you want from this super versatile style?! Scroll down to see the hottest short hair ideas with highlights!

Blue highlights on short black hair

These blue highlights on short dark hair look luminous. Colorist Jasmin did a great job on this neck-length bob.

trendy highlights for short hair

Brown short pixie with highlights

A naturally brown short pixie cut with blonde highlights offers incredible dimension and contrast. Ask your barber for an undercut to lighten it slightly if you have thick hair.

funky pixie brown hair with highlights

Pink highlights on short white hair

Deviate from your usual highlighted short hair by adding bold, pastel highlights on a ghostly shade of white.

dark brown hair with highlights

Short black hair with ash gray highlights

There are still many highlighting options for jaw-length hair. Switch it up with some ash gray short hair highlights on black hair and big curls for a tasteful take on short hair.

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Short dark brown hair with purple highlights

Purple highlights in short hair are a gorgeous and edgy shade that is not for everyone. Fashion color highlights short hair even more. So if you’re in your teens and 20s, this is a super attention-grabbing color combo.

streaked blonde highlights short hair

Chunky blonde highlights on shorter hair

Adding chunky highlights to short haircuts shows off the cut and style. So next time you get a short A-line bob cut, add thick strands of hair to make it stand out like this.

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Curly short hair with highlights

Highlighting short hair can be tedious, and you have to block your whole day to achieve it. Nonetheless, the results of this short hairstyle are fantastic and would be worth the wait.

caramel brown balayage short hair

Short brownish hair with blonde highlights

That brown hair with blonde highlights combo we’re used to never getting old. Perfection is truly timeless.

caramel highlights short hair

Concise brown hair with dark blonde highlights

Dark blonde highlights on short hair create a more dimensional look on an extra-long pixie cut.

black hair with highlights

Short wavy hair with light brown highlights

A natural brunette short haircut with highlights creates a blended dimensional color.

The highlight blend is lower maintenance than the traditional highlights. It’s a style/color for the girls who don’t want to be in the salon that often.

short dark hair with highlights and lowlights

Some women think that short haircuts with highlights are easier to manage. Maybe that’s the case for some, but fast, highlighted hair requires more effort in styling. The natural dimensional highlight looks like a shallow maintenance hair color. Nevertheless, it would help to come to the salon every 8 to 12 weeks to touch up the highlights.

Layered short hair with red highlights

The color placement on this short layered hair with red highlights adds many dimensions to the haircut.

This was done using balayage highlights instead of a traditional foiling technique, as you can have red patches without looking too streaked at the root. Also, it makes it more attractive when it grows out.

caramel short brown hair with highlights

A dark canvas will show off the vibrancy of the red highlights.

What’s your best advice?

When considering highlights for short hair, the first and most important thing is to consider the integrity of your hair and make sure it’s healthy enough to put highlights on. Use a moisturizing conditioner or mask after each highlighting service to prevent breakage.

Schedule a grooming appointment every four weeks to glaze the red and prevent fading. In between salon visits, home care is critical.

Short hair with ash blonde highlights

dark hair short hair highlights

It is a short graduated bob with ash blonde highlights making it more modern.

You can style it sleek/smooth with lots of volume at the roots, but this cut would also look great with some beachy waves.

What’s your best advice?

A little advice for short hair with highlights would be to get a good round brush. You’ll also need a volumizing product (mine is Short Sexy Hair’s Blow It Up) and some hairspray to finish.

Short hair highlights look fabulous with or without bangs. The ash blonde highlights are great for anyone dealing with gray. Use a good purple shampoo to keep the tone, like Redken Color Extend Blondage. Please leave it in your hair for a few minutes once a week. This will help maintain that icy tone between salon visits.

Short bob with highlights and lowlights

popular hair color for short hair

What’s great about it?

This short bob with lowlights has a few elements that make it trendy and low-maintenance.

Depending on your hair texture, shorter cuts with fewer layers are easier to wash and go.

What’s your best advice?

A darker blonde is a good candidate for lighter, more fabulous shades of blonde. You can do a partial highlight and pull through a lowlight to match your natural color to add dimension.

Women looking to recreate this style should consider their hair history! Lighter blondes are often made in multiple processes if you have dark or previously colored hair. Short bobs can be low maintenance and stylish, especially for women who cannot spend more than 10-15 minutes styling their hair.

Caramel balayage highlights on short wavy hair

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This short style is a dimensional caramel balayage highlight that has been cut into a beautiful short lob.

Hairstyles with highlights help accentuate your face, and the color adds texture through the different caramel tones within the style.

What’s your best advice?

Short hair with highlights can complement so many women! The lob can be customized for any woman by lengthening it or adding texture throughout.

The warmer color is more for, the warmer skin tones.

Use a heat protectant and a product with some hold to help the wave last longer in the hair. Follow with a light serum or cream to add shine and complete the look.

Short hairstyle with rose gold highlights

short straight hair with highlights

Rose gold highlights in short dark hair make a bold statement with lots of contrast.

The placement and technique will result in a softer, less noticeable regrowth line as it grows out, resulting in longer times between appointments. This short, structured cut is a no-brainer.

What’s your best advice?

You honestly can’t screw it up! A little volume and a hairdryer are finished with a slightly shiny pomade, and you have a perfectly tousled style.

If you’re looking for a bold, low-maintenance statement, short hair highlights are the way to go. Highlights grow out seamlessly, resulting in a few trips to the salon and more money in your pocket.

Short brown hair with caramel highlights

pixie very short hair highlights

These warm caramel highlights on short hair are for ladies whose goal is to go light blonde. These shades are perfect for women with medium to dark brows and a tanned complexion.

This short haircut is a one-piece cut and a pointcut at the ends to create a long bob cut without all the layers!

What’s your best advice?

This short hairstyle is ideal for any woman trying to brighten up her features with some warm caramel highlights on brown hair.

Peekaboo highlights on short hair

very short hair highlights and lowlights

What’s great about it?

Blue peekaboo highlights for short hair that is naturally a copper color offer a bold juxtaposition of tones.

Copper (orange) and navy are two opposite colors that work so well together.

What’s your best advice?

This short hair is excellent for women, especially those who want just a touch of edgy in their lives. Doing panels or peek-a-boos is a great way to add a splash of unnatural hair color without going over the top.

This short haircut is very suitable for someone with short, fine hair.

Be prepared for intermediate maintenance to keep sporting such a look. If you are thinking about keeping the length and color for a while, you will need regular haircuts (between 4-8 weeks). Copper also needs to be refreshed in this time frame. Dry shampoo is your best friend. The less you shampoo, the longer the color stays vibrant.

Short dark hair with highlights

dark brown bob with highlights

Short dark hair with highlights cut into a graduated bob creates volume and density, making it easy to add fullness in all the right places.

The short dark underside makes it look dense, while the highlights remain light and airy.

What’s your best advice?

This short hairstyle is more of a low-maintenance style. I recommend having a reshape done every 4-5 weeks to keep the shape sharp and polished.

Red hair with blonde highlights for older women

brown hair with blonde highlights

What’s great about it?

Short red hair with blonde highlights on a modern layered bob looks fantastic.

The color placement emphasizes the levels and frame around the face.

The combination of the warmth of the copper base color and the coolness of the blonde highlights gives it a look that ‘pops.’

What’s your best advice?

This short hair and highlights are ideal for women over 70. It ensures that age is just a number and you can always have fun with your hair.

If you have gray hair, root canal treatment needs to be done every 4-6 weeks. It’s not an easy-care color. It would help if you also used the right color shampoo and conditioner to keep the color and prevent fading.

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