19 Head-Turning Choppy Bob Hairstyles

Thinking about taking the plunge to short hair? Maybe you already have shoulder-length tresses, but want to change it up a bit? These amazing choppy bob hairstyles are your answer to a hot new style!

Disheveled Style

Disheveled Style hairstyle Instagram @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 liking 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 & Textured

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 Chopped Bob

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 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 Style

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 product if they want a nice sleek look or a beachy look.

Carefree and Casual

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

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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

Parting Ways

A deep side part is the perfect way to change up your look. Switch sides or just part farther over than you normally do for an easy style update!

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How To Style:

  1. Work a smoothing serum through hair with fingertips.
  2. Create a deep side part over the outside of one eye.
  3. Use a paddle brush to blow the fringe straight out and under, then gently sweep to the side.
  4. Starting in the back of the neck, work in sections to blow the rest of your hair dry. Aim the air stream from roots to ends to keep your style smooth. Use gator clips to help hold your hair sections as you work.
  5. Finish with a light reflecting shine spray.

Recommended Products:

Try Aveda Brilliant Spray-On Shine for a sheer, lightweight polish.

Best Face Shapes:

heart, oval, square

Dimensional Diva

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.

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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

Straight to the Point

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.

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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 more rich and a bit darker if your skin tone is tan or medium olive.

Sleek Volume

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

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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 a 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 Layers

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.

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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!

Flirty Curls

Dress up your choppy bob with some curls for a fun night on the town! Face framing texture “opens up the face” by perfectly accenting your beautiful eyes.

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How To Style:

  1. Blow your fringe dry with a large round brush. Roll the brush back and away from your face as you dry to create this look that flips away from the face. Dry the rest of your hair with the large round brush for extra volume throughout, or just tousle with fingers as you dry.
  2. Using a 1-inch barrel curling iron, curl hair away from your face for a flirty feel.
  3. Add a bit of texture paste for hold and separation.

Recommended Products:

Paul Mitchell Heat Seal protects strands from damage, as well as providing light hold and enhancing shine.

Best Face Shapes: round, oval

Tip:

Use a heat setting spray on each section of hair prior to curling to keep your curls from falling by the middle of the day.

Casual Chic

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

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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

Bold and Beautiful

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.

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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

Flippin’ Out

Honey and pale blonde hues give movement to the long choppy layers of this cut. Nearly one length, the layers were kept long but texturized so they hold a fabulous flip when styled!

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How To Style:

  1. Apply a bit of styling mousse throughout hair to ensure volume as you style.
  2. Blow hair dry using a 3-inch round brush to create lift and flip up as you near the ends.
  3. Blow dry fringe area straight out, then gently push to one side to create a side-swept look.
  4. Finish with a texturizing spray wax to add separation to the ends.

Recommended Products:

Pureology Texture Twist texturizing fiber paste enhances color and gives definition.

Best Face Shapes:

long, oval, heart

Sophisticated Sweep

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.

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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

Sexy N Sweet

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.

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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

Rounded Texture

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.

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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

A Bit of Both

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.

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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.

Best Face Shapes:

Oval, Heart

By now you probably have picked out one or two of your favorite choppy bob hairstyles! Take these pictures to your stylist so he or she can see exactly what you have in mind. Photos are a stylist’s best friend because we often each have a different way of describing the same style.

Also, be sure to invest in some fun new styling products to help you achieve your salon look at home. Using stylist-recommended products is key if you want these fabulous styles to last!