Hair Colour Ideas For Short Hair

Hair Colour Ideas For Short Hair

Find out the types of hair colour that works best on short hair from the expert colourists here at L'Oréal Paris. Read more to discover new ideas!

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Short hair, do care! We’re showing short hair some love – from pixie cuts to blunt bobs, ‘the chop’ has never felt so stylish. Choosing a hair colour for short hair can be tricky; do certain colours need more maintenance? Can shorter lengths accommodate certain techniques? It’s hard to know what will give you the best result.

We’ve created this guide to answer some of those questions, packing it with information on some of the best trends and hair colour ideas for short hair, including why they’ll work for you and which L'Oréal Paris products you can use to get the look.


Reinvent your short hairstyle with a bit of balayage – the French freehand highlighting technique taking over the world of hair colour. Balayage is designed to mimic a naturally lightened appearance, as if your hair has soaked up the sun’s rays. Pieces of hair around the face, ends and mid-lengths are ‘painted’ with a lighter colour, resulting in a soft, quietly-enhanced effect. If you’re looking for a way to update your hair colour that’s low-upkeep but high-impact, this is the one for you.

Balayage works particularly well on chin-length and shoulder-grazing bobs. Styles like these are long enough to create a distinction between the darker and lighter hues effectively, showing off a flawless tonal transition.

Get the look at home with L’Oréal Paris Colorista Effects Balayage. It includes a gentle lightener and comb applicator, so you can customise how much colour you apply depending on the length of your locks.


Ombré – the gradual blending of colours from the top to the bottom of hair – has exploded over the past few years, but now a more understated version has emerged. Enter: sombré, the more discreet interpretation. It uses the same idea of dark roots and light ends, just more subtly. And it works on shorter hair better than classic ombré as there is less length to play with to create an obvious colour transition.

As sombré isn’t meant to have as natural a result as balayage, you can experiment with bolder and brighter colours. We love seeing a rich red sombré on shorter styles, with chin-length bobs that have vibrant copper ends.

Platinum blonde

One of short hair’s greatest assets is its resilience, and when it comes to going platinum you need hair that can play a little rough. Platinum blonde is a timeless look on shorter hair, as it works for just about any style possible. Whether you’re going for creamy Hollywood curls or a silver rock-chick crop – it always finds a way to fit.

When taking the platinum plunge, a frosty-white shade should be your goal – brass is a big no-no. This especially applies to shorter looks as there’s little room for hiding any colour faux-pas. Regularly touching up with a semi-permanent cool shade of toner and using purple shampoo will help keep the colour looking fresh and avoid any unwanted yellow coming through.

For lighter base colours, you can try platinum at home by using shades like L'Oréal Paris Préférence Infinia Stockholm Blonde. If you need to pre-lighten for darker hair colours, find out more about how to bleach your hair in our step-by-step guide.

Bold blacks

While going very dark can sometimes be unflattering on certain lengths, it works incredibly well for shorter styles. Dark hair colours create an obvious silhouette, so if you’ve got a blunt or structured haircut, it’ll help to show off the shape and define the neckline. Don’t worry if you have a more choppy or textured finish, going dark can add some drama to your style too, giving it a punk-rock edge.

We love shades of black that have a hint of another colour such as L'Oréal Paris Préférence Infinia in Starry Night for an iridescent blue-black look. Or go for a classic glossy black by using products like L'Oréal Paris Casting Crème Gloss in Liquorice which gives hair a gorgeous shine.


Now that you’ve found your perfect hair colour, discover how to make it last with our guide on how to wash dyed hair and how to care for dyed hair.


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