Pretty, polished hairstyles have reigned supreme for just about as long as we can remember. A decade ago, having a single strand out of place was all anyone needed to declare it a bad hair day. These days, however, some of the most popular hair trends are all about lived-in looks with lots of movement and texture—and nothing embraces those trends more than choppy hairstyles!
Whether you havetons of curls or pin-straight hair, a choppy hairstyle lends itself to effortless, breezy style that exudes confidence, edge, and that carefree spirit. Don’t believe us? We’ve rounded up 22 choppy hairstyles below that are bound to change your mind (and your ‘do).
What is a choppy layered haircut?
A choppy layered haircut is a bold, voluminous chop in which a stylist cuts your hair in asymmetrical, layered portions to create blunt, edgy texture. Much like asymmetrical haircuts, choppy layered hairstyles require regular salon visits to stay in tip-top shape, but those willing to take on the challenge will be rewarded with a head-turning style that will rake in the compliments.
How do you style choppy hair?
There are an endless amount of ways to style a choppy haircut but if you’re new to choppy styles, meet your new best friend: Matrix Style Link Over Achiever Hair Cream + Paste + Wax. The product spreads like a cream, texturizes like a paste, and holds like a wax. Never tacky, never sticky, this formula is a reworkable wonder. Whether you’re sculpting a polished style or completely embracing your choppy texture, this paste, cream, wax hybrid is the only styling product your choppy haircut needs.
If you’re looking for more of an apply-and-run situation, you can also try a texturizing spray like Redken Triple Dry 15 Dry Texture Finishing Spray. This product creates a lighter texture that still allows for a lot of movement.
How do you cut a choppy layer?
As much as we’d love to get into the ins and outs of hair cutting, the truth is, haircuts—choppy, layered, or anything in between—are best left to the professionals. There is no one-size-fits-all choppy haircut, so what works for you may not work for your friend. If you’re interested in a choppy layered cut but want to know more about the process before you commit, be sure to schedule a consultation with a trusted stylist.
What is a choppy bob style?
A choppy bob simply takes your traditional short bob—which typically hits between your jawline and ear—and infuses it with some glorious texture. This short choppy hairstyle can work for thick, wavy, and curly hair, and it can add dimension to pin-straight hair, as well.
How do you get rid of choppy layers?
No sense in walking into a commitment unless you know how to get yourself out, right? Getting rid of choppy layers is a matter of allowing your hair to grow out. Your stylist can help you do this in an expedited way that’s still flattering, which usually means micro-trimming the layers while cutting the rest of your hair per usual until all of your hair is the same length again. Dusting cuts that focus more on creating shape and cleaning up dry ends might also be a good option depending on your hairstyle.
Since you won’t be cutting your hair as aggressively, it’s important to make sure you’re routinely moisturizing your ends with a deep conditioner to keep them shiny and healthy looking. Try the Redken All Soft Mega Mega Deep Conditioning Treatment Mask or L'Oréal Professionnel Absolut Repair Instant Resurfacing Masque, both of which infuse deep hydration to help nourish damaged or weakened hair. A split end healing product such as Pureology Strength Cure Split End Salve Treatment can help, too. This leave-in treatment works by reinforcing the hair shaft to visibly smooth damaged ends.
Ready to try a choppy hairstyle? Keep scrolling for 22 ideas you’re going to be obsessed with.
The Best Choppy Hairstyles to Try Now
Choppy A-Line Bob
A-line bobs already have tons of movement but if you want to take your style to the next level, opt for a choppy A-line bob. The choppy ends will add more texture and movement than you ever thought possible and give your run-of-the-mill bob some real cool-girl edge.
Choppy Asymmetrical Bob
Your hairstyle is often an expression of who you are and if you’re someone who likes to live (and think!) out of the box, you need an equally unique hairstyle. This choppy asymmetrical bob combines some of the most outrageous and artistic hairstyles into one out-of-this-world style.
Choppy Inverted Bob
The inverted bob takes your typical graduated bob and flips it backwards, keeping long hair in the front while the back is shorter. It looks even more chic with those tousled chops added in.
We love pixie hairstyles but with such little length, it can be hard to create and maintain any meaningful texture. If you want to shake up your pixie with a textured style, ask your stylist for a choppy pixie.
The pageboy haircut really hit its stride in the '50s and '60s and has since made a comeback—only with a much edgier twist.
Choppy Modern Mohawk
You definitely need to be of bold spirit to pull this off, but if that describes you then go for it. This textured, modern take on the mohawk is one of the coolest messy short choppy hairstyles out there.
We argue this is one of the best choppy short hairstyles for thick hair since people with this hair type have excess to spare! It also takes some weight off your head and helps you keep cool. Not to mention: it looks super edgy and cool.
Choppy Modern Mullet
Mullets are without a doubt one of the most polarizing hairstyles around. Luckily, for those of you not willing to give up the heydays of the ‘80s, there are a few ways to modernize this haircut. The modern mullet is all about texture—and what better way to embrace texture than with a choppy style? Business in the front, party in the back is old news, because this style is party all over!
Shags are one of our favorite choppy hairstyles and one of the biggest hair trends of the year, so there’s no time like the present than to schedule an appointment. Don’t worry, you’re going to be just as obsessed with your style as we are!
Medium Choppy Hairstyle
Medium-length hair is a sweet spot for choppy hairstyles. It instantly infuses movement, dimension, and texture to elevate an otherwise usual ‘do.
You don’t have to opt for a short haircut to fully embrace a choppy hairstyle. If you’re more into long choppy hairstyles, ask your stylist to maintain your length but cut slightly choppy ends. This will give your style some extra texture and edginess without compromising your signature length.
Choppy Long Layers
Here’s another way to keep your length while still satisfying your choppy hair desires. With this style, you’ll still be able to pull your hair up into a ponytail whenever you want.
A v-shaped cut also maintains length while creating some beautiful dimension. When choppy layers are added, it allows for more movement—a major plus.
If you love the texture and movement choppy hairstyles afford but aren’t ready to completely commit to a choppy ‘do, opt for choppy bangs. Your textured fringe will give some much-needed edge to your otherwise polished style.
Choppy Pin Up Girl Bangs
Take your cue from American pinup queens via short, thick fringe. The choppy spin makes it feel fresh and modern.
Choppy Long Bangs
If you’re looking to edge into bangs length but aren’t ready to completely commit, consider some long choppy bangs. Allowing your fringe to grow out will give you more length to play around with styles and colors and the choppy cut will take your look to the next level.
Choppy Curtain Bangs
Curtain bangs are one of our favorite ways to frame your face and add some much-needed movement to your style. Looking to take your fringe to the next level? Give them some texture with a choppy cut. These bangs are the perfect blend of femininity and edge.
Choppy & Feathered
This modern take on ‘70s feathered hair feels ultra-fresh. It’s a bit rock and roll and a bit modern babe rolled into one.
Choppy Punk Haircut
This style is proof you can take choppy hair into full-blown punk status. The key is to go extra bold, so add an unexpected color into the mix like electric blue, inky black, banana yellow, or platinum.
Choppy Curly Hair
Naturally curly hair really lends itself to a choppy style. Your stylist will let the twists and turns of your strands guide them as they create the perfect cut for you.
Subtle Choppy Lob
If you love the look of choppy haircuts but aren’t sure if you’re ready for such a drastic change, take a subtle choppy lob for a spin.
Wondering what your choppy haircut will look in one of your go-to styles? This choppy, textured ponytail is perfect for any occasion.
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