26 Chic Choppy Bob Hairstyles for 2018

These chic choppy bob hairstyles are your answer to a hot new style!  Thinking about taking the plunge to short hair? Maybe you already have shoulder-length tresses, but want to change it up a bit? Then check out the gorgeous photos below for your next choppy bob inspiration ❤️

Textured Bob for Thick Hair

Textured Bob with Movement hairstyleInstagram @kimmdidit

Q&A with style creator, Kim Erickson
Hairstylist @ evolution in Minneapolis, MN

How would you describe this look?

I love how the interior of this cut creates shape and the texture inspires movement on fine hair.

On this textured bob, the weight is lifted by texture. I sliced shallow Vs into ends to preserve the integrity of the shape, being careful not to collapse shape by over texturizing. I like to keep the weight higher on most face shapes to lift the sightline rather than drag it down. I was mindful to keep the widest portion of the haircut away from the widest portion of the face shape for balance.

Any advice for someone considering it?

This look was executed with a round brush blow out, using a golfball-sized amount of L’anza Design Foam with one pump of L’anza Healing Oil mixed in. We finished by massaging a small dab of L’anza Taffy to give a sexy, undone look.

Shoulder Length Bob

Lilly Pulitzer meets Michael Kors hairstyleInstagram @vanillacake718

Q&A with style creator, Amber Jackson
Salon Owner / Stylist @ Eloquence Hair Bar in Cary, NC


How would you describe this look?

I would describe this look as a lived-in style. This look portrays sophisticated, fun, and elegantly messy. I love to create styles that tip the scales of both spectrums and can be worn anywhere from slightly edgy and tousled to very clean. I call it Lilly Pulitzer meets Michael Kors.

My favorite thing about this choppy bob is the versatility of the cut and the many styling options that clients have with it. Depending on the hair texture, I prefer to use a razor to remove weight and add definition to the haircut. I like to think of it as incorporating “invisible layers” throughout the haircut. This makes it easy for my clients to style this at home with minimal effort.

Any advice for someone considering it?

My advice for someone wanting this look would be to first find a stylist that is comfortable with using a razor or knows how to use shears to create the look of a razor cut. This haircut is suitable for pretty much all hair types, textures, and face shapes with only slight modifications.

This look would be perfect for someone with thick hair because the whole cut is pretty much weight removal and the effect is going to give you a very textured look. In terms of someone with thin/fine hair, again, it’s perfect because this gives you added volume throughout the entire haircut to amp up those sad strands. It’s like putting air in the haircut. Someone with curly hair would also benefit because this haircut is mostly worn with some type of curl or added texture, so that’s one less step for the curly girls.

Very few are able to roll out of bed with the “I woke up like this” look. Hats off to those who can, but to those who can’t, consider using a large barrel curling iron. Start in the middle of the hair strand, alternating directions and leaving the ends of the hair out. Finish with R+Co Dry Shampoo Paste to break up the look and add volume, or use the Soft Wave Spray for conditioning the beach wave effect.

As always, the key to a great haircut or style starts with a great consultation. Ensure you and your stylist have a complete understanding of what is expected and how attainable it is. Confidence is KEY and that’s where it all starts. Look good, feel good!

Soft Ashy Brown Bob with Wispy Bangs

Minimal Layers hairstyleInstagram @akashajameshair

Q&A with style creator, Akasha James
Stylist @ Shampoo Avenue B in New York, NY


How would you describe this look?

This is a minimally layered textured bob with a fringe. She already had fringe, but I went a bit thicker with this look and I think the whole cut with frames her face so well.

Any advice for someone considering it?

If you already have some wavy texture to your hair, this look is great for bringing that out, but otherwise, it may be a little high maintenance. I wouldn’t necessarily suggest this look for someone with extra curly hair, for example.

My client’s natural texture makes this cut lower maintenance. I suggest adding a texture spray to really define the textured layers, and blow drying the fringe may be needed.

One-Length Bob with Soft Layers

One-Length Bob with Soft Layers hairstyleInstagram @jessicagarnica_

Q&A with style creator, Jessica Garnica
Hairdresser @ TONI&GUY The Galleria in Houston, TX


How would you describe this look?

I would describe this look as a one-length bob with soft long layers that were created using carving, feathering, and channel cutting techniques to add maximum body and make the cut easy to style.

My favorite thing about this looks is that its’ super easy and quick to style!

Any advice for someone considering it?

I like to use the Small Talk cream by Bed Head on wet hair to give it shine and body before blowdrying, combined with the Salt Spray from Catwalk to give it an extra boost for volume. After blow-drying and flat ironing, I like to use the Hard To Get clay from Bed Head to mess up the look. Scrunch the hair to spice it up and create a more effortless yet sexy look!

Effortless Dark Chocolate Brown

Effortless & Beautiful hairstyleInstagram @bgilesprinceton

Q&A with style creator, Brittany Giles
Master Stylist @ Princeton Salon and Spa in Johns Creek, GA


How would you describe this look?

I love this look because it’s effortless in its appearance, yet still beautiful. It’s one of my favorites to teach clients because I feel like it’s one of the easier looks for them replicate at home.

Any advice for someone considering it?

This look is achievable with texture products such as Aveda’s Texture Tonic prior to blow drying, and Aveda’s Dry Shampoo after blow drying and thermal styling. This style is best for someone with little “get ready” time that still wants to look put together.

Platinum Bob with Blunt Layers

Choppy Bob with Blunt Layers hairstyleInstagram @speakeasysalon

Q&A with style creator, Stephanie
Owner / Stylist @ Speakeasy Salon in Vancouver, BC


How would you describe this look?

This look would be described as a choppy bob. It contains lots of blunt layers throughout, giving it a very texturized look. This look is perfect for those with thick hair that want to remove some weight.

My favorite thing about this look is the versatility of it. It can be worn polished and straight, waved with a curling iron, or tousled into a funky style. This particular cut has texturized side bangs, but will also work on those wanting to keep the front longer.

Any advice for someone considering it?

The ideal hair type for this look would be someone who has thick/dense hair. You can achieve this look on finer hair as well, but it will require more attention in the styling department. This style is fairly easy to maintain on a daily basis but requires a bit of effort to refresh the cut every eight weeks or so.

To style this bob, I used a styling cream on damp hair then blow dried rough. Using my flat iron, I straightened the hair, flipping it out slightly to make sure it didn’t curl under. I finished it off with a sea salt texture spray to give it the piecey look. If styling on finer hair, I would start with a root-boosting mousse before blow drying upside down.

Most face types can pull this off, however, I would not suggest bangs to someone with a rounder face shape.

Choppy Textured Bob

Q&A with style creator, Shannen Paterson
Junior Stylist @ Bluebird in Bedfordshire, England


How would you describe this look?

This is a choppy textured bob. My favorite thing about this look is how versatile it can be. If you’re someone who gets bored with your hair easily, then this look is for you.

Any advice for someone considering it?

Don’t be scared to get creative! This look can be worn in different ways, so have some fun with it. Put in loads of dry shampoo or a texturizing product like Kevin Murphy’s Bedroom.Hair and mess it up for a disheveled look that accentuates the choppy cut. Or, apply a smoothing product and blow dry with a round brush to create a sleek and classy look.

If you simply don’t have the time or energy for either of those options, run some serum through with your hands if you have slightly frizzy hair, or spray in some salt spray for finer hair, then twist the ends with your fingers for an “I woke up like this” kind of look.

Classic Bob with Modern Edge

Classic Bob with Modern Edge hairstyleInstagram @kalohair

Q&A with style creator, Sandra Peace
Owner / Stylist @ KALO Hair Beauty in Ocean Grove, VIC


How would you describe this look?

This client had super thick hair, so we cut her hair into a choppy bob with a slightly disconnected layer. This look is very chic. We layered her hair this way so the thickness could be taken out without compromising the straight edge.

This look can be done on all types of hair. I love the texture (deep slices) in the hair because it shows off the depth of the tones.

Any advice for someone considering it?

This style is definitely low maintenance for straight hair, although it can be worn curly or in waves as well.

Product is a must. We used ELEVEN Miracle Hair Treatment before blow drying. It is a multi-use lightweight treatment that is suitable for all hair types. We also used Kevin Murphy’s Bedroom.Hair once the hair was dry to give a grunge feel to roots and ends. Only the ends were straightened with a GHD iron in order to leave the root area with lift and body. Always blow dry down the hair shaft for minimal frizz.

This look can be pulled off by most face shapes. If you have a square jaw, however, simply leave the cut a little longer. This is a classic bob with a modern edge!

Medium Length Bob with Blonde Highlights

Q&A with style creator, Abigail Ennis
Co-Owner @ Society, a Salon in Sumner, WA


How would you describe this look?

This is a blunt, angled bob with surface layers and texturing. I wanted to create a strong baseline with light layering that was sleek when straightened, but had a ton of movement and “choppiness” when curled.

My favorite part of how this turned out is how much TEXTURE and volume the final result had! This totally sums up my aesthetic as a stylist and how I would actually wear my hair.

Any advice for someone considering it?

There are three things I would say are a must to achieve this look: a wet texture spray, a 1-inch curling iron, and a dry wax finishing spray. I start building the texture and choppiness of this style when it’s toweled dry by spraying L’Oreal Professionnel Perfect Texture from roots to ends throughout the entire head. I then rough dry the hair, meaning I don’t use a brush, and over-direct the hair to each side while drying. This allows for the end result not to be so “perfect.”

I then curl two-inch sections starting at the nape of the neck and work my way up the head, leaving about an inch of the end of the hair out and alternating directions with each curl. I curl everything around hairline away from the face. I run my fingers immediately through each curl when released from the curling iron to create a very loose wave instead of a curl. Another trick is curling everything with a middle part, then flipping everything to one side to create even more volume.

At the very end, I generously spray L’Oreal Professionnel Next Day Hair throughout the finished look. This is a must-have product because it gives A TON of texture, has a little bit of hold like a hairspray, keeps waves separated, and smells like a day at the beach!

Lived-In Auburn Bob

Lived-In Choppy Bob hairstyleInstagram @manely.molly

Q&A with style creator, Molly Tabor
Hairstylist @ Manely Molly Hair in Chino, CA


How would you describe this look?

I would describe this look as an effortless, lived-in choppy bob. This particular cut has a bit of graduation and layering.

My favorite thing about this haircut is that it’s actually quite versatile. Wear it curled, straight, wavy, or whatever your natural texture may be. You can even hop out of bed, throw in a little product, and be good to go!

Any advice for someone considering it?

My advice to someone considering this look is to not be afraid to experiment with it. Change your part, play with headbands, tuck one side behind your ear, use different sized curling irons there really are tons of options.

I definitely recommend some kind of texture wax or defining cream. Rub some between your hands when you’re done styling, then put it through the ends and piece everything out to give it that intentionally messy look.

Disheveled Jet Black

Disheveled Style hairstyleInstagram @hairbyramsay

Q&A with style creator, Ramsay Ramirez
Freelance Hairstylist @ Ramsay Marston Hair in Chicago, IL


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

I would describe this look as effortless and perfect for someone who has five minutes to get out the door in the morning. I love that it’s put together but disheveled at the same time. There’s balance in the style, and it’s also very trendy.

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

While wet, I used a leave-in conditioner/heat protector called UNITE 7 Seconds. I also added some UNITE Boosta which is a volume spray that adds touchable texture and hold. It smells amazing! Make an “L” with your arm and spray both products from that distance, then blow dry them in.

I finished with UNITE’s Texturiza to wave with. I used a flat iron to create the undone waves, sectioning in only 2/3 sections and alternating the wave pattern (back/forward).

You don’t want this look to be perfect, so some pieces might be straighter than others and that’s ok. Finish by spraying it all over with the Texturiza, comb through with fingers, and you’re done!

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

I feel like anyone could wear this style, you just may need to tweak it for your texture. It’s easy, low maintenance, and will last all day!

Slightly Concave Blunt Bob

Q&A with style creator, Elle Kress
Hair Artist @ Elle Kress Hair in Sydney, Australia


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

I would describe this cut and style as a slightly concave blunt bob with choppy layering.

I think my favorite thing about this look is that it is so easy to style and make it look effortlessly beachy and chic.

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

I’m a big believer in keeping styling products to a minimum where you can. For this particular texture, all I would use is a heat protector. My favorite is Revlon Professional Unique One. After styling, add just a few sprays of sea salt spray. I really like the salt spray by Fudge!

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

I think this look suits so many different hair textures, face shapes and colors, however relatively straight textured, medium density hair would probably be ideal. As far as face shape, I love this look on people who have a rounder or oval face shape. I think the angle at the front elongates the face and complements softer features.

This really is a super easy hairstyle to maintain, so someone who has the time to do a rough blow dry and twist out the top layers with a hair straightener (approximately 20 minutes) after they wash their hair would be able to maintain this look quite well.

Short A-Line Bob

Short & Textured hairstyleInstagram @rwb_hair

Q&A with style creator, Rachel Webster
Stylist @ Blend Hair Salon in Greenville, SC


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

This look is so fun and textured. I love how versatile but simple it can be. It can be worn straight, with a little bit of curl, or you can let your hair do its own thing! No matter what, the shape of the cut gives it an effortless style. This cut makes it easy for anyone to get a salon-styled look at home!

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

Spray Anti.Gravity by Kevin Murphy on wet hair and dry it into the hair. This product adds light hold and heat protection. After hair is dry, use a curling iron or flat iron to create waves in the hair.

For a straight textured look, use a brush or flat iron to smooth the ends. Finish off with Kevin Murphy’s Doo.Over for added texture and hold. If you want a lot of grip and texture, use Puff Me by Design Me. This look is perfect for a night out!

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

This is such a universal style and it looks fabulous on anyone! This style is best for fine or medium hair.

With this cut, hair doesn’t need to be shampooed every day and is effortless to style. It’s the perfect cut for those who don’t always have time to style their hair. To maintain this style, it should be cut every six to eight weeks.

Midi Ash Blonde to Bright Blonde Ombre

Midi Chopped Bob hairstyleInstagram @hairbyhare

Q&A with style creator, Lindsay Hare
Stylist @ Craft Studio in Spokane, WA


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

I would describe this look as the midi chopped bob. It gives you the versatility of the bob style with still being able to pull it back in a pony.

My favorite thing about this bob is that it’s effortless, regardless if it is worn straight or wavy.

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

For this look, I love KMS Hairplay sea salt spray and Kevin Murphy Volume.Mousse. I usually like to throw in a leave-in conditioner like KMS Moist Repair as well.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

I recommend this style for fine hair and any face shape. I think this looks fabulous on so many of my clients with different lifestyles because it is so versatile.

Fun Flirty Shag Bob

Fun Flirty Style hairstyleInstagram @haircandymd

Q&A with style creator, Angela Bozman
Owner / Colorist @ Hair Candy LLC in Salisbury, MD


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

I would describe this look as a fun flirty style for women of any age. My favorite thing about this cut is that it looks great straight or curly. It’s a very versatile style.

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

I recommend a good flexible hairspray to spray on each section before curling. I also recommend a good texturing powder for the root area and throughout for volume and texture, as well as a smoothing serum to smooth any frizzy ends and reform curls.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

This haircut would look good on any client. The length may need to be adjusted for clients with certain features to avoid showcasing things the client wants to diminish.

This is a very easy hairstyle, but clients will need to use a product if they want a nice sleek look or a beachy look.

Golden Layered Bob

choppy bob hair layered

This style is perfect for those who are constantly on the go! Choppy layers in the back are complemented by a smooth fringe.

How To Style:

  1. This cut looks best “undone”, so blow drying will be a cinch!
  2. Using your fingertips, distribute a nickel-sized amount of styling creme throughout hair.
  3. Using a paddle brush, blow dry fringe forward, then gently push to the side.
  4. Blow dry the rest of your hair using your fingers to tousle as you work around your head.
  5. Finish with a texturizing spray wax.

Recommended Products:

Paul Mitchell Spray Wax is great for adding flexible texture!

Best Face Shapes:

oval, round, square, heart

 

Dimensional Blonde and Chocolate Brown

diva choppy bob

In this look, choppy, stacked layers are accentuated with a gorgeous chocolate and cool blonde color pattern. Ask your stylist for a medium, neutral brown lowlight with pale cool blonde highlights. Darker layers underneath give extra dimension.

How To Style:

  1. Work a golf ball-sized amount of styling mousse or foam throughout hair, concentrating at the roots for extra lift.
  2. Beginning at the bottom of the neck, use a 2-inch diameter round brush to turn hair under as you blow dry.
  3. As you work up to the crown of your hair and the hair gets longer, switch to a 3-1/2 inch diameter round brush. Turn brush to the side just a bit as you blow dry the fringe area.

Finish with a bit of flexible hold hairspray.

Recommended Products:

Sebastian Shaper gives touchable, brushable hold.

Best Face Shapes:

oval, square, heart

Brick Red Asymmetrical Bob

auburn choppy bob side

Bold red shows off the shape of this cut beautifully! When you have a strong angle or shape to your cut and lots of texture, a single overall color is best.

How To Style:

  1. Apply a nickel-sized amount of styling creme to towel dried hair.
  2. Using a medium sized paddle brush, blow hair dry in a downward motion.
  3. Add an extra straight touch by running a flat iron through the ends.
  4. Finish by adding a pea-sized amount of light texture pomade through the ends for separation.

Recommended Products:

OSiS Aqua Glide infuses hair with lightweight texture and high shine.

Best Face Shapes:

round, oval, square, heart

Tip:

This red hue looks best on those with cool-toned pale skin. Opt for something richer and a bit darker if your skin tone is tan or medium olive.

Sleek Bob for Thin Hair

sleek choppy bob 2

Multiple tones of blonde really show off this long layered, choppy cut. Pale cool blonde is bright against medium beige blond!

How To Style:

  1. Blow dry hair from the bottom of the neck up to just below the crown with the “wrap technique”, which means using fingers or a paddle brush to wrap hair around your head as you blow dry.
  2. Use a 3-inch round brush to blow dry the crown area, lifting the sections high and concentrating air to the root area for volume.
  3. Apply a small amount of matte texturizing powder to the root area of your crown for extra lightweight volume and separation.
  4. Grab a teasing brush and back brush the root area.
  5. Smooth some hair over the section you back brushed for a finished look.
  6. Secure with some flexible hold styling spray.

Recommended Products:

OSiS Dust It mattifying powder packs a punch of volume without weighing hair down.

Best Face Shapes:

round, oval, square, heart

Tip:

Turn ends around your face under with your flat iron so they accentuate your face shape.

Lovely Long Choppy Bob

long blonde bob 2

A longer bob style can still have choppy layers! Infused with tons of movement, this cut is perfect for those who want to try a longer version of the classic bob.

How To Style:

  1. Distribute a pea-sized amount of styling gloss or oil throughout hair.
  2. Blow hair dry using a 4-inch round brush or large paddle brush.
  3. If you’d like the ends turned under a little more, use a 1-1/4 inch barrel iron to curl them.
  4. Finish by applying a bit of texture cream to your ends.

Recommended Products:

Go for Paul Mitchell Re-Works texture cream for clean, moveable texture.

Best Face Shapes:

round, oval, pear

Tip:

You can always add more styling gloss or oil, but if you add too much to begin with, you may end up with too much shine or a greasy look. A little goes a long way!

 

Flipped Up Chocolate Brown

choppy bob hairstyle auburn

Chocolate brown shows off its shine with this cut! Flipped up ends provide the perfect amount of toned-down glam.

How To Style:

  1. Distribute a golf ball-sized amount of styling mousse to the roots of your hair for volume as you blow dry.
  2. Blow hair dry while using your fingertips to lift the root area to ensure volume throughout the finished style.
  3. Use a flat iron to smooth your fringe over one eye and to the flip ends up.
  4. Add some medium shine pomade on your ends for a polished look!

Recommended Products:

Use Straight Sexy Hair Smooth & Protect before flat ironing to protect from high iron temperatures.

Best Face Shapes:

heart, square, oval

Dark Brown Bob with Purple Highlights

dark choppy bob violet

This look has lots of layers and tons of shine! Dark brown all over color shows off the shape of this cut. If you like dimension, go with highlights and lowlights to add movement with color.

How To Style:

  1. Spray volumizing root booster to the roots of your hair.
  2. Use a 1-1/2 inch round brush to blow dry hair. Start in the area of the bottom of your neck and work your way up.
  3. For fringe area, blow that section straight up and out from your forehead then sweep to one side.
  4. Finish with a shine serum for a healthy look that’s full of volume!

Recommended Products:

Big Sexy Hair Dense thickening primer spray is perfect for creating any voluminous style.

Best Face Shapes:

oval, long, heart

 

Bob with Side-Swept Bangs

Sophisticated Sweep Short Style with Fringe Forward Swept

A modern cut with a retro feel to it, this cut is amazing for those with larger foreheads. The light but full side-swept fringe accents eyes and cheekbones.

How To Style:

  1. Run a dime-sized amount of shine serum throughout hair.
  2. Use a medium-sized paddle brush as you blow dry hair using the wrap technique described in “Sleek Volume”, above.
  3. Finish with a pea-sized amount of high shine pomade to ends for a sophisticated polish.

Recommended Products:

Try OSiS Aqua Glide to infuse hair with lightweight texture and high shine.

Best Face Shapes:

pear, oval, long

Short Blonde Bob

Sexy and Sweet Blonde Layered Bob Side View

This cut is perfect for those who love to curl their hair! Layered hair holds curl better because it’s not as heavy. Show off your eyes with a shorter fringe or accentuate your cheekbones with this longer fringe.

How To Style:

  1. Work some volumizing mousse throughout hair, concentrating product at the roots.
  2. Blow hair dry while lifting roots with fingertips.
  3. Use a 1-1/2 inch curling iron to curl ends under. For the fringe area, curl that section back away from the forehead then gently push to the side to create a dramatic side sweep.
  4. Finish with an aerosol shine spray for lightweight polish.

Recommended Products:

Try OSiS Sparkler for the perfect shiny (yet airy) mirror finish!

Best Face Shapes:

pear, oval, square

Auburn and Copper Layers

Rounded Texture Smooth choppy Bob

Choppy internal layers and a slightly stacked back give this cut tons of versatility! Wear it disheveled for a casual or fun night out. Straighten and wear smooth for an elegant style switch during those special events.

How To Style:

  1. Apply a quarter-sized amount of styling cream throughout hair.
  2. Blow dry the back bottom of hair using the “wrap” technique as described earlier in “Sleek Volume”.
  3. Use a large round brush to blow dry hair in the crown. Using a large round brush will ensure you give your hair volume with just a bit of bend which will round out the look of this style!
  4. Finish by applying matte texture wax to ends which will give your hair a disheveled look.

Recommended Products:

Try KMS California Hair Play Paste Up Spray for exaggerated texture and lasting, flexible hold.

Best Face Shapes:

round, square, heart

Neck Length Bob with Bangs

A Bit of Both Side Layers Side View

A full fringe coupled with lots of textured layers in the back makes this cut modern yet sweet. Opt for a single color with this cut or some simple highlights in the fringe area to lighten things up a bit.

How To Style:

  1. Work a nickel-sized amount of gloss through hair, concentrating on the mid-lengths and ends.
  2. Tousle hair in the back as you blow dry to create haphazard texture.
  3. Use a medium paddle brush to smooth the top of the crown back and fringe area forward for a glass-like finish.
  4. Top it off with some semi-matte texture paste in the back and shine spray on the fringe.

Recommended Products:

Aveda Light Elements Shaping Wax is perfect for texture in the back while Sebastian Halo Mist gives the fringe a heavenly, luminous shine.