16 Great Ideas for Choppy Bangs

Bada…bang! Everyone from Reese Witherspoon to Jennifer Lopez has had them and you can too! They draw attention to the eyes, they make almost all styles more modern and they are a fun way to change your look without committing to a totally new haircut. So chop, chop and go get some choppy bangs!

Earthy Pixie

Earthy Pixie hairstyleInstagram @crambert

Q&A with style creator, Corey Lambert
Hairstylist @ Tease Salon in Knoxville, TN

How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

This look is Lydia Deetz meets earthy pixie. It’s playful yet edgy.

What products do you recommend to maintain and recreate this look?

I recommned Kevin Murphy Night.Rider because it separates and holds. Pair that product with a few days of not washing your hair to avoid too much fluff!

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

I have found that baby bangs go surprisingly well with so many face shapes! They are feminine and bold. I would say they are for girls who don’t care to stand out with their hair and also like it out of their face.

Textured Lob with Choppy Bangs

Q&A with style creator, Cara Robertson
Holistic Hair Designer @ Spatacular Escapes in Mechanicsburg, PA


How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

I would describe this look as a textured lob with choppy bangs. My favorite thing about this look is the chopped bangs because they enhance the cut, giving it a soft yet edgy feel.

What products do you recommend to maintain and recreate this look?

To recreate this look, I recommend using a pomade and a texture spray. I used a 1-inch Marcel curling iron to give some movement in the hair, then defined the waves and bangs with Oway Boho Pomade to give it a more piecey look. I finished with Oway Salt Spray for texture and hold.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

This look is great to soften someone with a more square or round face shape, and also give a client with a finer hair texture more volume and fullness. I feel that it is very universal look and can be finished with a smooth or fun textured style.

Brow-Skimming Bangs

Brow-Skimming Bangs hairstyleInstagram @kandcohair

Q&A with style creator, Kelly LaPointe
Hairdresser and Founder @ K&Co Hairdressing in Edina, MN


How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

The look we were going for when creating this shape was an undone, effortless and modern shape. The loose, brow-skimming bangs give this style an added level of chicness.

My favorite thing about this haircut is that the haircut will do all of the work! Her wavy texture will add ease when styling so she won’t be slave to it. Also, the bangs are cut in a way that allow her natural movement to work easily while framing her beautiful face.

What products do you recommend to maintain and recreate this look?

To recreate this look, begin by applying UNITE 7-Seconds Leave-In Conditioner to protect the hair and add shine. The most important thing is to dry your bangs shortly after shampooing using a small cushion brush to control cowlicks and tame them into shape. Allow the rest of your hair to air dry or dry on low speed with high heat while blowing down the strand and shaking texture into it.

Finish this look by working UNITE Texturiza through the shape to build up the lived-in finish. This look can also be polished by incorporating a flat iron into the mix, creating soft S-waves and a loose bend. For off days, the essential product is UNITE Refresher Dry Shampoo. This saves loads of time each day since you can skip shampoo and drying the hair and just freshen up the bangs!

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

I recommend this hairstyle for the majority of face shapes. A knowledgable stylist will know how to tailor the bangs to contour all face shapes so they draw attention to the best features. Straight and wavy hair would benefit the most from this shape.

Also, for anyone who wants to have bold style with minimal work, this is a great route to go.  You can throw your hair into a messy pony and let the choppy bangs be the focal point!

Modern Bob

Modern Bob hairstyleInstagram @peachiehair

Q&A with style creator, Jenna Pitocco
Hair Colorist/Stylist @ Pembley Salon in New York, NY


How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

This look is for my clients who sit down and say, “I’ve been doing the same thing forever and I just need a change.” The classic bob will never go out of style, obviously, but the way to keep a classic look modern is by changing the way you style it (beachy waves) and accessorize it (bangs).

My favorite thing about this haircut is how it translates into so many styles and looks. This client is one of my coolest clients. You should see her in her leather coat with this hair! Another client with a similar haircut to this rocks it in a topknot all the time, but it doesn’t look lazy, messy or forgotten.

The bangs add a whole new element to keep the hair looking put together. It’s amazing for those days you have to rush out and don’t have time to style your hair down. Whether your wear this haircut with beachy waves, straight, or up, the texture in it adds the modern element needed to update a classic look.

I always say that bangs warm up a face so much. I feel like they make you more inviting and approachable!

What products do you recommend to maintain and recreate this look?

As far as products go to recreate this look, I want to give a few options. Some of my clients take the time to properly style their hair in the morning, and the other half is the air dry crew. I keep this in mind while I’m cutting so that the haircut is functional either way. The way the texture is put in, it’s perfect for air drying, but looks so cute if styled.

For anyone who likes to just let their hair air dry, my go-to product is Wella’s Ocean Spritz. I tell everyone to tousle their hair after the shower, make sure your part is correct, and let the hair get to about 40% to 50% dry. After that, go in and spritz away! This way there’s more product than water taking up the majority of each hair strand, it won’t cause as much frizz, and the product will work to its full ability.

For those who like to properly style, assuming a blow dryer will be involved, I’ll share two things. Regardless of a rough dry or a blowout, I’d again start with the Ocean Spritz. For these beachy waves, you want to have that little bit of texture added from a product because not everyone has hair that can hold a wave or curl! You can create this look using a Mason Pearson brush or a round brush along with a blow dryer, twisting the brush as it goes through the hair. Once the hair is dried like that, end the look with Evo’s She-Bang-A-Bang Dry Spray Wax. This product is awesome! It’s a spray wax that will help hold a look and define the waves, but it won’t feel like hairspray is in the hair.

If someone is rough drying their hair, once it’s completely dry they can section it off and use either a curling iron or wand on medium heat. Taking small sections at a time, alternate the direction of each curl. This way the waves will collide and get a messier look, looking like a beach wave. Finger comb afterwards and again, throw in the Spray Wax!

I want everyone, regardless of what their routine is, to have an option to create a desired look. Anyone who lets their hair air dry or they want to put in minimal effort, I make sure they know they might not achieve the exact look unless they want to put in the extra time using a dryer or hot tools. The longer styling method can be worth it because it’ll last for a few days!

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

I recommend this look for a wide range of clients. As long as you’re seeing the right person for the job, this cut can work with many hair textures. This client has very fine hair. Keeping the cut blunt with a heavy weightline creates a fuller look to her hair. She had been debating the bangs for a little while and we finally cut them. I don’t think she’ll be without them for a while!

Honestly I’ve cut all other hair textures into this look and it works! The only difference between each head of hair is the techniques you’re using to cut, that’s why I express the importance of seeing the right person for the job. Each cut could look identical, but it was not the same journey to get there. For example, if someone with curly hair sat down and someone with fine hair sat down and both asked for this cut, they would each get an entirely different cut but a similar end result.

For face shapes, this cut can be used to accentuate certain angles or to eliminate them. For someone with a square shape, this works awesome to show off that jawline with the line of the bangs and the lines from the bob. For someone with a round face, this will help to cut into the shape and if you keep a little more length in the bob itself, it’ll “elongate” the face some.

Clients often talk about their forehead during consultations. My recommendation? Do what you want! Bangs can work on all foreheads! All that is altered is the style, whether you get curtain bangs, baby bangs, blunt bangs, or textured bangs. A popular inspiration for this cut at all different lengths, all different styles and all different bangs is Alexa Chung. I reference her a lot to show how versatile “a bob with bangs” can be. She’s done it all!

Now for my favorite part about this haircut? It literally goes with any lifestyle. No kidding. I have clients that are managers at trendy NYC music halls, lawyers, jet-setters, even fitness instructors. There will always be maintenance with the bangs so not only do I offer complimentary bang trims to my clients, but I also show them ways to carefully trim them at home if need be. My girls always gotta be looking good!

Choppy Baby Bangs

Q&A with style creator, Angela Guariglia
Hairstylist @ Fringe Baltimore in Baltimore, MD


How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

This cut features textured layers and choppy baby bangs. I love the movement the razor gives to her layers and the “piece-yness” in her bangs.

What products do you recommend to maintain and recreate this look?

The products I used were Volume Whip and Undone Texture Spray, both Paul Mitchell products from the Invisiblewear line. I love to use this line on people who don’t like to FEEL product in their hair. It is also great for fine hair as it gives that textured and effortless look without weighing the hair down.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

My client is a musician. Her hair had grown out and she was feeling a little too “blah”. We brought her baby bangs back to give her that edge again.

Bangs are a commitments o I always ask the client their styling habits before taking the plunge. A little effort is required, even for effortless looks! I recommend this look for someone who wants a funkier style, but doesn’t want to spend hours styling.

A chip in the curls

This is a beautiful, long layered haircut with choppy bangs and highlights to accentuate the layers.

Medium curly hairstyle with choppy bangs

How To Style:
Blow-dry with a large round brush then curl with a medium curling iron. Tousle with a working spray.

Recommended Hair Products:
Tigi’s Rock Curl Amplifier, Tigi ‘s Catwalk Work It hairspray

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:
Oval, diamond, and square face shape. Fine to medium density or curly hair.

Tip: Curl hair in one-inch sections, for maximum control.

I’m just fine!

A square layered haircut, heavily colored for emphasis on texture and layers, with a light wispy bang.

Squared medium length hairstyle with choppy bangs

How To Style:
Use a square vent brush and blow dry for volume.

Recommended Hair Products:
Kevin Murphy’s Anti-Gravity Gel.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:
Oval face shapes and really fine or medium straight hair.

Tip: Use a flat iron for maximum shine.

Extreme choppy!

This is a super stylish, layered haircut. Last years shags have gone straight, and here’s how…

Medium length hair with choppy bangs

How To Style:
Blow-dry this cut with a flat or vent brush, then flat iron

Recommended Hair Products:
Aveda Confixer gel and finish with Oribe crème for style.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:
Oval, diamond, square face shape, medium to coarse straight hair type.

Tip: After the style has dried and been flat ironed, separate ends with styling crème for maximum texture.

Jersey score!

This multi texture haircut is big and full of life. It is loaded with color and has a peek-a-boo bang, that’s been highlighted for extra impact.

Textured haircut with choppy bangs

How To Style:
Apply a light gel at the roots. Blow this haircut out with a medium round brush, finish with a working/ finishing spray and make it big!

Recommended Hair Products:
Kevin Murphy’s Anti-Gravity, finish with Rob’s working spray.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:
Oval, round face shapes, thick, coarse hair, curly or wavy.

Tip: Tease the crown before spraying for maximum volume.

Right side swpet bangs

This asymmetrical cut has had some heavy texture and a heavily textured bangs.

Asymmetrical haircut with side swept choppy bangs

How To Style:
Using a flat brush, blow the hair from right to left, and up, finish with a heavy hold spray.

Recommended Hair Products:
Rusk Mousse, Oribe Superfine Strong Hairspray.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:
Oval, diamond, triangular face shape, fine to medium hair.

Tip: Lift roots on the shorter side, and then spray with heavy hold hairspray.

Too hip to be square

This is a layered bob with a heavy straight bang.

Medium layered bob hairstyle with choppy bangs

How To Style:
Using a light gel, blow-dry with a medium round brush. Separately blow-dry the bangs with a small round brush.

Recommended Hair Products:
Redkin’s Layer Lift Elevate Spray Gel.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:
Oval and round face shapes. Thick to medium density hair.

Tip: Spray with a light shine spray like Aveda’s Brilliance Spray Shine for maximum shimmer.

From soccer mom to soccer bomb!

This is a basic bob that has been softened around the bottom and around the face with a choppy diagonal bang.

Medium bob hair with small choppy bangs

How To Style:
Use a light spray gel or mousse, then blow dry with a medium round brush.

Recommended Hair Products:
Aveda’s Flax Seed Aloe spray gel.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:
Oval and round face shapes, with medium density and wavy to straight hair.

Tip: Spray light spray gel at roots for maximum volume.

And just a hint of color…

This little shag has just a hint of color on the ends for maximum impact, with a light and choppy bang.

Medium shag hairstyle with choppy bangs

How To Style:
Use a medium flat brush and a light gel or mousse. Finish with a flat iron.

Recommended Hair Products:
Aveda’s Confixer Gel.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:
Oval or diamond face shape. Fine or medium hair.

Tip: Spray Aveda’s Brilliance Spray Shine for maximum shine.

What next?

This haircut is an angled bob, shorter in the back, with a wispy bang.

Angled bob with choppy bangs

How To Style:
Blow-dry with a gel, using a medium round brush.

Recommended Hair Products:
Sidlab’s Haute 3 hair gel.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:
Round and oval face shapes work great. Wavy, straight, fine or medium hair types.

Tip: Smooth out the ends with a flat iron.

Looking bright

This little boy’s haircut looks great on a girl. Short on the sides and the crown, longer on top, with a really choppy bang.

Super short haircut with short choppy bangs

How To Style:
Less is more. Blow-dry with your hands and style with light pomade.

Recommended Hair Products:
Try Prive Men’s Grooming Crème.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:
Oval, and square face. Virtually all hair types.

Tip: Run fingers back and fourth across the top for maximum visual texture.

Va va volume!

This bubbly, asymmetrical hairstyle is layered to the hilt, with choppy bangs to prove it.

How To Style:
Use a heavy volumizer then blow-dry with a medium round brush. Finish with shine drops and spray.

Recommended Hair Products:
Phyto Actif Columizer and Sidlab Rain Drops.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:
Oval and round face shapes are best with fine to medium hair.

Tip: Finish with a light styling cream to tousle the ends.

These bangs really pack a punch! Whether its wispy, diagonal, choppy or blunt, bangs really change the look of any haircut. Bangs can be styled with a curling iron for volume, or straightened with a flat iron for a totally different look. Best of all, they can be side swept and blended into any haircut when less is more. So what are you waiting for? Chop, chop those bangs!

Looking for more chop? Check out these choppy hairstyle ideas and for short choppy hair too.