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20 Choppy Layered Hairstyles Anyone Can Pull Off

Chances are if you are reading this, you probably have some kind of layering going on in your hair. Most all haircuts have some layering to create a specific shape or silhouette. A lot of what people first notice of a particular haircut is how it is styled. You could have a less than perfect cut, but a great hand with your wand, and make it look completely fabulous. One of the key elements to creating a choppy, textured look is the right products. Choppy layered hairstyles can look very soft and blended without any styling or product — that is the opportunity to make that look your own. Here we have some great choppy layered hairstyles and cuts that really show off their texture with the right styling!

Long Choppy Layers

Long hair doesn’t all have to look the same. Stand out by adding some texture and playful layering. The right styling and product is essential to pulling this look off.

Long Hairstyle with Choppy LayersLong Hairstyle with Choppy Layers Side

How to style:

  1. Apply styling product to damp hair.
  2. Spray with texture spray.
  3. Dry hair with diffuser attachment until completely dry.
  4. Finish with wax or texture paste.

Recommended Products:

Bumble and Bumble Surf Spray creates a textured body look on hair and can be used on wet or dry hair.

Best Face Shapes and Hair Types:

Finer hair types with little to no layers may want to curl dry hair instead of diffuse to recreate this look.

Medium Textured Layers

This is a great length to start experimenting with styling! You can get maximum benefit and effect for minimal effort here with any touch of product or heat tools.

Medium Hairstyle with Textured LayersMedium Hairstyle with Textured Layers Side

How to style:

  1. Apply styling glaze to damp hair.
  2. Spritz hair with heat protectant.
  3. Blow dry hair in neat sections going back with medium-sized round brush.
  4. Section hair into two-inch sections.
  5. Spray sections with styling hairspray. Curl sections away from the face with flat iron.
  6. Loosely break up curls with shine serum.

Recommended Products:

Pureology’s Nourishing Nectar Sculpting Gel creates fullness and volume with radiant shine.

Best Face Shapes and Hair Types:

This style works well on leaner facial shapes. This also is a great fit for curly and wavy hair types as well as the thicker and coarser hair.

Short Textured Layers

Short hairstyles like this one are for the bold. Be aware that sometimes with shorter haircuts, styling is an absolute must on a regular basis. But guess what? It’s totally worth it!

Short Hairstyle with Choppy LayersShort Hairstyle with Choppy Layers Side

How to style:

  1. On damp hair, apply a smoothing cream or gel and comb through.
  2. Smooth down sides and back with a blow dryer and brush.
  3. Blow dry the top with small round brush.
  4. Spray with hairspray and comb through.
  5. Flat iron pieces to add texture.

Recommended Products:

L’Oreal Liss Unlimited Thermo Cream is a cream styler that protects from frizz for up to four days.

Best Face Shapes and Hair Types:

This cut works well with lean facial shapes and nearly all hair types can style this easily.

Long, Soft, Textured Layers

This is a sassy spin on regular long layers. Here we get to see the details of the actual haircut. This is a perfect example of a little product giving a simple style a totally different look.

Long Hairstyle with Soft Textured LayersLong Hairstyle with Soft Textured Layers Side

How to style:

  1. On damp hair, apply a styling foam and comb through.
  2. Blow dry with large round brush.
  3. Comb hair in direction of part.
  4. Finish with a cream wax for the ends.

Recommended Products:

Thickening Form Mousse by Bumble and Bumble \inflates the hair with lift and hold when you add heat from the blow dryer.

Best Face Shapes and Hair Types:

This look works well on most everyone and will give finer hair types more natural volume.

Choppy Undercut

Short hair is all about the attitude. Here we have a very popular rendition of the undercut styled out with lots of texture and volume.

Choppy Undercut Short HairstyleChoppy Undercut Short Hairstyle Side

How to style:

  1. Apply styling gel to damp hair.
  2. Blow dry hair into shape with small brush.
  3. Flat iron hair upward.
  4. Finish with a texture product and a medium-firm spray.

Recommended Products:

Kenra’s Styling Gel 17 provides fullness, shine and a medium-firm hold.

Best Face Shapes and Hair Types:

For this particular style, hair texture and face shape play nearly no role as this look is all about confidence!

Tip:

When going dramatically short, strong makeup and accessories are a must to keep your new short do from looking boyish. Bold lips are an easy way to enhance the femininity of a super short look.

Choppy Mid-Length Layers

If you want be a punky rockstar for the day (or night), give this style a try. This look works really well for the ladies who like that messy finish and have a tendency to spread their wash days farther apart.

Midlength Hairstyle with Choppy Layers

How to style:

  1. On dry hair, spray a dry styler or dry shampoo.
  2. Blow dry hair with a large round brush.
  3. Lightly apply powder volumizer throughout hair and rough it up with your fingers.
  4. Finish with a matte hairspray.

Recommended Products:

Dust It By Osis Schwartzkopf is a dry volumizing powder that creates volume, texture and grit. Be cautious though because a little goes a long way!

Best Face Shapes and Hair Types:

All face shapes can wear this type of style. For curly and wavy types, less is more when it comes to creating texture and volume with dry products as too much may cause frizz

Soft Wavy Layers

Not all texture has to be styled straight. Here is a very sweet look with some well-defined choppy layers on shorter hair.

Short Hairstyle with Wavy LayersShort Hairstyle with Wavy Layers Back

How to style:

  1. On dry hair, spritz with styling spray.
  2. Blow dry with a medium-sized round brush.
  3. Spray hair with light hairspray.
  4. Select pieces from the front to curl back with a large wand or curling iron. Add pieces from the top for more volume.
  5. Break the curls up with fingers and finish with a shine cream.

Recommended Products:

TIGI’s Bedhead line carries a fabulous shine cream called After Party. This product works great on all hair types and doesn’t weigh down the hair.

Best Face Shapes and Hair Types:

This style works well on most everyone!

Tip:

Finer hair types may want to try rollers to keep the style in longer.

Longer Textured Layers

Here is a very flirty hairstyle with lots of choppy layering. The styling for this is pretty simple, giving the overall look a pop of flare and fun.

Flirty Hairstyle with Long Textured Layers

How to style:

  1. On damp hair, apply a styling cream throughout hair and comb through.
  2. Lightly mist with a volume spray.
  3. Blow dry hair with medium or large round brush, working the hair back and away from the face.
  4. Using a flat iron, pick out some pieces to curl back.
  5. Brush through with fingers.
  6. Finish with hairspray.

Recommended Products:

Sebastian’s Whipped Cream is a light styling foam cream that adds shine and softness to the hair.

Best Face Shapes and Hair Types:

Finer and straighter hair types may have to style this cut out a little more frequently and may want to opt for a styling spray instead of cream before the blow dry.

Long Choppy Layers

This particular haircut lends a lot of versatility for styling. The layering here is very close together and covers the majority of the length. This could make creating volume very easy, but watch out for frizz!

Long Choppy Hairstyle with VolumeLong Choppy Hairstyle with Volume Back

How to style:

  1. Apply root volumizing product to root area of damp hair and massage in with fingers.
  2. Apply volumizing gel or foam throughout hair and comb through.
  3. Blow dry hair with a large round brush.
  4. Pass a flat iron through the ends.
  5. Finish with hairspray.

Recommended Products:

Sexy Hair’s Style Sexy Hair line has a product called Blow It Up Volumizing Gel Foam. It is a liquid spray that creates serious volume and is perfect for blowdry styling.

Best Face Shapes and Hair Types:

This look is great for finer and straighter hair and most all face shapes.

Choppy Layered Bob

The classic bob comes in many variations, this one being very popular as of late. This may be among the most popular of the low maintenance choppy layered hairstyles. Styling is key on making this look your own!

Choppy Layered BobChoppy Layered Bob Side

How to style:

  1. Apply styling gel to damp hair.
  2. Blow dry hair with a round brush.
  3. Comb hair in direction of part.
  4. Spray with a light texture spray.
  5. Finish with texture product.

Recommended Products:

Conundrum Paste by Unite is a versatile styling aid that acts like a paste/wax/cream all mixed into one.

Best Face Shapes and Hair Types:

This look works well on all face shapes. Finer hair types may want to use a little less product to avoid flat hair.

Choppy Short Crop

This super cute comeback style was popular in the 90’s and seems to be on the rise recently. The texture on top is more of the modern edge, making this a definite head turner.

Short Crop with Choppy Layers

How to style:

  1. Apply styling gel to damp hair.
  2. Work gel through hair, shaping the top upwards and sides downwards.
  3. Blow dry hair in direction of style.
  4. Rough up top layers with fingers.
  5. Finish with soft texture paste.

Recommended Products:

CHI has a new Styling Cream Gel that gives a soft medium hold without feeling sticky or crunchy.

Best Face Shapes and Hair Types:

This look is very versatile and will sit well on most all face shapes. Curlier and thicker hair types may want to add texture or remove weight from the top at the salon.

Tip:

The hair color in this style is what adds drama to this look. Hair that is all one color will look softer. If you want to add a little flare, ask your stylist about some color!

Long Texture

Maybe you are a little nervous to take a dive into cutting more choppy layers. Lucky for you, we can fake it! The styling here will work well for those with longer layering to create the effect of more texture and body.

Long Layered Hairstyle with WavesLong Layered Hairstyle with Waves Side

How to style:

  1. Apply volumizing foam to damp hair.
  2. Blow dry hair back with a round brush.
  3. Using either a curling iron or wand, hold hair straight out and wrap hair around the iron or wand in the middle, keeping the ends in your hand. Repeat throughout hair.
  4. Break up with fingers, finish with hairspray.

Recommended Products:

Mousse Forte by Sebastian provides a strong hold for building all day volume. It also protects the hair from heat styling and has all day frizz control.

Best Face Shapes and Hair Types:

Curlier and thicker hair types may want to smooth out their hair before styling .

Textured Bob

Here’s another spin on our favorite classic. This haircut may require a more experienced stylist to give you this, but it will be worth it! Just a little product and this layered look can be worn many different ways.

Short Textured Bob Hairstyle Side

How to style:

  1. Apply smoothing cream to damp hair.
  2. Blow dry hair with a round brush.
  3. Pass a flat iron through the hair.
  4. Piece out some hair with a dry wax and your fingers for added texture.

Recommended Products:

Pureology’s Super Smooth controls frizz, intensifies natural shine and protects from heat.

Best Face Shapes and Hair Types:

This style will look great on most all face shapes. Finer and straighter hair types will have to style more often to keep the body and shape of this look

Tip:

Hair color adds a lot of dimension and texture to a look. If you want your haircut to stand out a little more, ask your stylist about color ideas

Layered Soft Texture

Layers and texture don’t always have to be the predominant features of a haircut. They can be used to create movement and volume without being too severe so as to add versatility to any hairstyle.

Long Hairstyle with Layers and TextureLong Hairstyle with Layers and Texture Side

How to style:

  1. Apply styling cream throughout damp hair and comb through.
  2. Lightly mist with volume spray.
  3. Blow dry hair back and away from the face with a medium or large round brush.
  4. Finish with a shine texture paste.

Recommended Products:

Kenra’s Platinum Dry Thickening Spray provides 24 hour flexible hold, heat protection and thickens the hair for added body and volume.

Best Face Shapes and Hair Types:

This look works great on most all face shapes. Frizzy hair types may want to opt for smoothing products instead of volume.

Long Choppy Layers on Curly Hair

Many girls with curly hair are utterly terrified of getting haircuts! This is probably because they have had one too many salon visits that ended with a frizzy, chopped haircut. Curly hair cutting is an art form and when done properly as it is here, yields beautiful results with the proper styling.

Long Choppy Layers on Curly Hair

How to style:

  1. Spray thermal protectant and setting spray on dry hair.
  2. Curl hair with a medium curling iron or wand in one-inch sections all over.
  3. When hair is all curled, spray with hairspray.
  4. Apply a shine serum to hands, then shape the curls with your fingers and work the serum throughout.

Recommended Products:

U Luxury Oil by Unite gives long lasting moisture, weightless shine and frizz control.

Best Face Shapes and Hair Types:

This is among the most universal looks out there and works well on most everyone.

Medium Soft Textured Bob

This variation of the choppy layered bob works well on women of all ages. It can be low maintenance, but also incredibly versatile in styling. Fringe or no fringe, this look can easily translate from work professional to girls’ night out.

Medium Soft Textured Bob

How to style:

  1. On damp hair, spritz with styling spray.
  2. Blow dry with medium round brush.
  3. Spray hair with light hairspray.
  4. Select pieces from the front to curl back with large wand or curling iron. Add pieces from the top for volume.
  5. Break curls up with fingers.

Recommended Products:

Bumble and Bumble’s Styling Lotion is a great prep product for starting a fresh style, but also works to refresh and revive hair without weighing down the hair .

Best Face Shapes and Hair Types:

This look will work well with most all face shapes and hair of all textures.

Short Choppy Waves

Here is a fun spin on some short layers. This would also work really well as a transitional style when trying to grow out a shorter haircut.

Short Choppy Hairstyle with WavesShort Choppy Hairstyle with Waves Side

How to style:

  1. Apply volumizing foam to damp hair.
  2. Spritz hair with a heat protectant.
  3. Blow dry hair in neat sections going back with small round brush.
  4. Section hair into one-inch sections.
  5. Spray with sections with a styling hairspray and curl each with a small curling iron, going back.
  6. Loosely break up curls with a shine serum.

Recommended Products:

Pureology’s Silk Bodifier Volumizing Mousse gives the hair shine, volume and softness with a medium hold.

Best Face Shapes and Hair Types:

This look can be flattering on most all face shapes and works for most all hair types.

Medium Choppy Layers with Bangs

Medium length hair is a fun place to be because if you want to try a fringe, a new shape or funky layers, it doesn’t take very long to grow out and switch it up again. Here is a very classic style that can be personalized and played with in the salon.

Medium Choppy Layers with Bangs

How to style:

  1. Apply smoothing cream to damp hair.
  2. Blow dry hair with small paddle brush or Denman brush.
  3. Dry side part into hair and follow the shape of the head with brush.
  4. Smooth with a flat iron if needed.
  5. Finish with a high shine hairspray.

Recommended Products:

Eufora Illuminating Shine Mist creates weightless shine and frizz control for all hair types.

Best Face Shapes and Hair Types:

Curlier hair types may want to invest in a smoothing treatment if they wanted to commit to this style.

Choppy Face Framing Layers

This particular style of layering is reminiscent of the 90’s when the girls from popular tv shows all wore face framing layers at different lengths. Lately, it has become a staple in the hair world all over again!

Choppy Hairstyle with Face Framing Layers

How to style:

  1. Apply styling cream and damp hair and comb through.
  2. Blow dry with a medium round brush.
  3. Comb hair in direction of part.
  4. Curl hair in towards the face with round brush.
  5. Finish with a shine serum.

Recommended Products:

Unite Creamy Paste adds weightless volume to the hair and thickens the overall look of the hair.

Best Face Shapes and Hair Types:

Finer and straighter hair types may want to try volumizing products for this style

Choppy Pixie

As if short hair wasn’t fun enough, let’s really spice it up with fun color and dicey layers! This is also a style of layering that would be a good starting point for transitioning into growing out shorter haircuts.

Choppy Layered Hairstyles

How to style:

  1. Apply smoothing cream to damp hair.
  2. Blow dry hair with a small paddle brush or Denman brush.
  3. Dry side part into hair. Follow the shape of the head with brush .
  4. Smooth with a flat iron if needed.
  5. Finish with a texture paste

Recommended Products:

Eufora’s Piece Works Defining Paste adds definition to layers and creates pliable texture without build up.

Best Face Shapes and Hair Types:

This look works well on most all face shapes. Curlier, coarser hair types may want to look into smoothing treatments for this style.

There are many different variations of layers out there and just as many different ways to style them. Choppy layers create a fun, flirtatious flare for all lengths and hair types. Just remember that it is very important to do some homework before selecting what looks to try as different layering sits differently on different hair types. Work with your stylist and find someone you trust to take care of your hair. It takes a couple visits for someone to completely get to know your hair, just as it takes a few products to find what works for you. Together, you will both have lots of fun with any of these choppy layered hairstyles!