Creatively Choppy Hairstyles You Have to See

Looking for a fun and flirty haircut? Try a choppy hairstyle! These looks are not only fun, but easy to achieve as well. This trend can be worn short, medium or long, and is super versatile.

Choppy Layered Bob

Q&A with style creator, Marci Jameson Krachie
Stylist @ Fox and Jane Salon in San Diego, CA

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

This is a choppy, layered bob. My favorite thing about it is its versatility. If you blow dry it smooth, it looks like a sleek bob. If you enhance your natural texture or use a curling iron, you get the cool and edgy look shown here.

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

If you want to wear it messy, I’d recommend a product that lets you air dry using your natural texture. I like Sail or Rockaway by R+Co. After it’s dry, I like to use something to give it a light grit like R+Co’s Trophy or Dry Wax by AG.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

This is perfect for the girls (like me) who love to air dry. Whether you have thick or fine hair, this cut lets any natural wave in your hair shine! It can be cut longer or shorter, so is great for any face shape. Long live the choppy bob!

Playful Choppy Bob

Q&A with style creator, Kari Hayward
Hairdresser @ Bria Beauty Boutique in Salem, OR


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

I would describe this look as a choppy bob. You can do so many versions of this haircut to best suit your client. You can make it a-line, square, play with the layering, or even add a fringe. I feel that as long as you keep those front corners in the perimeter it will be on trend and flatter all face shapes.

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

Most importantly, I tell my clients that they will need to style this cut with a curling iron, wand or flat iron to create those beachy waves. We would then scroll through Pinterest and note that each choppy bob has some sort of texture to it. I will always cut the bob with precision on the perimeter to allow for a straight look, but I feel that it will always look best with those undone curls.

The size of curling iron is up to the client on their desired look. Mostly I will use a 1-inch to an 1 1/2-inch iron, depending on the length and density of the hair. Curl the hair vertically in about one-inch sections, working away from the face and leaving the ends out. Let the hair cool for a few minutes and either comb through with fingers or a wide tooth comb.

My favorite product to show off the texture is from Kevin Murphy. It’s called Doo.Over and it is a dry texture spray. If the clients hair falls on the thicker side, a beach spray or a very flexible pomade can be scrunched in. Lastly, I give it a little hairspray. Loreal Professional Infinium 4 is my favorite because it is on the dryer side and not sticky.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

This cut can really be personalized to almost anyone. Fine haired clients love it because it can really make their hair appear thicker. With thick hair, you can cut out a lot of weight in the interior to make it feel lighter.

The look is supposed to look undone, so no need to spend a lot of time curling. If you can get away with not having to wash your hair every day, use the dry styling products like Doo.Over and the style will just keep getting better. You might just need a tweak here and there with the curling iron.

If you have a fuller face shape, having those strong corners in the front will give you more of an oval shape and if your face shape tends to be a bit longer, playing with the layers will give you the fullness on the sides for the perfect oval face shape. You can’t go wrong!

Rebel With A Cause

Rebel With A Cause hairstyleInstagram @nicolekiri

Q&A with style creator, Nicole Orzechowski
Director @ Rush Hair in High Wycombe, England


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

This look to me is a punk era, rebel with a cause. It means standing strong in knowing the power of one’s self and expressing it through this individual look. It means not being afraid to be exactly who you choose to be, wholeheartedly and unapologetically.

My favorite bit is the statement fringe!

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

To achieve this look, I recommend using a texture or salt spray whilst wet such as L’Oreal PLI Thermo-Modelling Spray. Rough dry the hair, giving a little root lift with your fingers. Straighten the hair, just don’t be too formal. Any direction works!

To finish I would use a texture dust through the top, L’Oreal Super Dust being my first choice. Rough it up a little and finish off with a little hairspray.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

This would suit an oval or heart shaped face best as the fringe is quite a statement and will balance out the face. It’s easy to fix up so isn’t too time consuming and could be versatile with most hair textures!

It’s all about the way you carry yourself when rocking something like this. In my opinion, confidence is the best thing to go with this look. As for age, there is no limit!

70s Rocker Vibe

70s Rocker Vibe hairstyleInstagram @klolorenzo

Q&A with style creator, Kristine Lorenzo
Senior Stylist @ Marin Hair Co. in Chicago, IL


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

I love this shag look! It’s got that 70s rocker vibe I’m really into, but has a modern softer texture. It feels really fashionable, but has an “IDGAF” edge to it. I also love that this type of cut allows for volume, but can maintain the overall length.

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

The softness is key to keeping it modern. It looks dated if it gets styled too “spikey”. I recommend drying with a diffuser to maintain or enhance natural texture.

I’m a fan of Davines products. The sea salt spray is VERY EFFECTIVE. In fact, use a little less than you think you need because you can layer more on later if you need to. Don’t overdo it right out of the gate thought! Get the hair a little dirty in a good way. It will work better and look way cooler.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

This suits most people as long as the elements are customized properly for the individual. Depending on what features of the face I want to highlight, I might change where the fringe/bangs hit and where the layers should start, or where on the body I want the length to reach. In the case of the client in the photo, I wanted to frame her cheekbones and add lift around the crown where her hair gets flat.

This would be lovely and very easy maintenance for a person with wavy hair. Very very straight hair might have a harder time achieving that “lived-in” texture, BUT this client has the THICKEST, STRAIGHTEST, DENSEST hair and it worked out well! Proper product application, a diffuser, and a good attitude really help.

Short and Sassy

If you love short hair, this amazingly easy and very stylish look is for you.

Short Choppy Hairstyles In Ash Blonde Pixie Style

Short Choppy Hairstyles In Ash Blonde Pixie Style - View 2

How to:

  1. Apply a small amount of thickening gel to damp hair.
  2. Blow dry using a vent brush. Make sure to brush hair in the direction you want it to end up in. Brush the sides towards your face and fringe straight down, all while lifting the top and directing it off to the desired side.
  3. Once hair is dry, apply a lightweight wax or pomade to palms of hands. Rub together to warm product slightly. To piece out hair, start in the back and scrunch ends of hair. With little product left on your hands, run all through hair.
  4. With a pinching motion, lift hair on top of head and arrange to the side. Continue on through the sides and fringe.
  5. For extra hold, mist the final style with your favorite hairspray.

Recommended Products:

One of the most important things to look for in a wax, paste, or pomade is that it is water soluble, otherwise you end up with a nasty build up! Try Pravana’s Detail Wax. It gives amazing shine, medium to light hold, and never builds up.

Best Face Shape and Hair Texture:

Heart shaped faces pull off this short crop amazingly, while medium to fine straight textured hair works best.

Tips:

‘Less is more’ is a great rule to follow when applying a wax to your hair. You can always add more, but you’ll have to wash it out if you go crazy!

Sophisticated Texture

Medium length beauties shine in this sophisticated yet fun style.

Choppy Brunette Flyaway Layers

 How to:

  1. Apply a volumizing mousse to damp hair.
  2. Blow dry 90% using a vent or flat brush.
  3. Once you reach about 90% dry, section hair into three sections, pinning up each side and back. Drop down a 1 ½ inch section. Using a medium sized round brush, alternate flipping hair under and flipping ends out with each section as you bring them down. Smooth fringe off to side.
  4. Once hair is completely dry, you’re ready to piece it out! Apply a lightweight wax or paste, mainly to the ends. Pinch and pull ends that are flipped out to get a long lasting choppy look.

Recommended Products:

You may like to use a dryer paste with this style. Label.m Power Paste gives great hold without feeling greasy.

Best Face Shape & Hair Texture:

Heart, diamond, and oval face shapes look amazing in this choppy look.   Medium to thick textured hair that is straight to wavy blows out to perfection with this how to.

Tips:

The base of this hairstyle is the cut. Ask your stylist for choppy, medium length layers, and ask him/her to teach you how they would style it too.

Sassy Chic

This sassy and stylish look will make any beauty look like they just walked off the runway! It’s a great style for day or night.

Cute Choppy Hairstyle In Blonde Pixie

Cute Choppy Hairstyles In Blonde Pixie Side View

How to:

  1. While hair is damp, apply a volumizing gel or mousse and comb through to ensure it is root to end.
  2. Blow dry hair using a small round brush through the crown, while the fringe will require a flat or paddle brush. Make sure to lift hair as you dry the crown area where you want the most volume. Smooth fringe and sides with dryer set on low to avoid frizz.
  3. With this look, a wax or paste is not always required. Try using your favorite working hairspray (medium hold). Use your fingers to piece out and place hair after misting hairspray. Once you have it looking just how you like, give it a final spray and youll be ready to go!

Recommended Products:

A working hairspray is a fancy way to say it is a medium hold and will not dry instantly giving you time to move hair around.  Pravana’s Super Shape hairspray will do just this for you.  As you layer the spray it builds up to give you more hold, while washes right out once you hit the shower!

Best Face Shape and Hair Texture:

Diamond and heart shaped faces carry this look off well. Fine to medium straight hair will make this a breeze to style.

Tips:

Make sure to hold your hairspray 12 inches away from your hair to avoid stiff spots.

Added Color

The easiest way to change your look is color! This red flair and choppy layers add dimension and interest to this wearable style.

Flyaway Brunette Hairstyle Layers Red Highlights

How to:

  1. Apply a volumizing gel to slightly damp hair.
  2. Begin drying hair with a paddle brush directing it straight up, then side to side. This will give you added volume and more of a tousled look.
  3. When hair is about 90% dry, begin flipping ends out with a medium to small round brush. Direct ends away from and towards face.
  4.  To piece out your ends, rub a wax or paste through palms, and begin to lightly grab and pull ends.  Arrange ends by pinching pieces ,and if needed, adding a light spray of hairspray.

Recommended Products:

A fiber paste helps to hold your hair all day while never drying to a hard finish. Try Pravana’s Twist – you’ll have a new favorite!

Best Face Shape and Hair Texture:

Heart and round shaped faces look great with this choppy flipped style. Hair that is medium to fine texture will work best, although with a few changes in directional blow drying, thick haired beauties can wear this too!

Tips:

If you’re not the best with a round brush, no worries. Plug in a 1 ½ inch curling iron and coax your ends into a flip.

Pixie Pieces

Short pixies are one of the hottest looks right now. Follow in some of your favorite celebrity’s footsteps and go bold!

Choppy Brunette Pixie - Side View

Choppy Brunette Pixie Sideswept Bangs

How to:

  1. Apply sea salt spray to damp hair. Blow dry with a vent brush in the direction you want your final style to be.
  2. Using a dry paste (such as Label.m Matte Paste), begin piecing out your funky layers. Pinch and pull slightly in the direction you want the hair to go. Make sure to use small pieces so that you can achieve a piecey look instead of chunks.

Recommended Products:

Sea salt helps to separate hair and give it a grittier texture that we sometimes need. Label.m has a fantastic sea salt spray that can provide just the right amount of hold and texture for this short and easy look.

Best Face Shape and Hair Texture:

Heart and diamond shape faces wear this piecey pixie well, while fine straight hair makes styling a breeze.

Tips:

If your fine locks start to feel limp, it may just be a little product that hasn’t washed out. Try using a sulfate-free clarifying shampoo once a week to lighten the load.

Chop it Up

Not all choppy looks need to be worn down. Try this piecey fun upstyle for your next party or night out!

Choppy Hairstyle Highlighted Brunette

Choppy Hairstyle Highlighted Brunette - Side View

How to:

  1. While hair is slightly damp, apply your favorite styling cream. Blow dry with a flat brush and sweep fringe off to the side.
  2. Apply a fiber paste to hands and rub slightly to activate fibers. Begin applying paste to ends by using a scrunching motion. Pinch ends between your pointer finger and thumb to create smaller pieces.
  3. Separate side hair that you will be pulling up. Hold the entire section between fingers and twist twice directing towards top of head. Secure with bobby pins in a crisscross pattern. Repeat on the opposite side.
  4. Smooth ends of hair left out around face, fringe, and any unruly ends with a flat iron. Mist with your favorite hairspray to hold all day (or night!).

Recommend Products:

A great smoothing, all purpose styling cream is Pravana’s Relax. It tames unruly curly hair, but also has a soft hold and smoothes wavy and straight hair too.

Best Face Shape and Hair Texture:

Any face shape can rock this funky layered upstyle. Medium to thick hair with wavy to curly texture works best.

Tips:

Add a flower, headband or sparkly clip to dress this look up for a wedding or special night out.

Choppy Curly Crop

Who says straight haired ladies get to have all the choppy fun? Take your curls to the next level with a funky layered crop.

Auburn Choppy Curly Cropped Style

How to:

  1. Apply your favorite curl cream (such as Redken’s Ringlet) and comb through. Next, take a small amount of a fiber paste, rub in your hands to activate, and scrunch through your ends.
  2. Dry hair with a diffuser attachment on your dryer. Arrange hair with your hands as you dry.
  3. Once you are completely dry, add a bit more fiber paste if needed. Rub in palms to activate and separate out your curls in a pinch and pull motion.
  4. Finish off with your favorite shine enhanced hairspray and you are ready to rock and roll!

Recommended Products:

Finding a hairspray that you love can be challenging. I keep a few in my cabinet, but my go-to is always Pravana’s Super Shape. If you only are looking for a light hold, mist hair from 12 inches away. For more of a medium to firm hold, I add a second spray. If I really don’t want it to move, one more spray and it’s not going anywhere until I wash it out!

Best Face Shape and Hair Texture:

Curly locks are a must for this funky style. Medium to thick hair works best as well. Round, heart, oval and even square face shapes look amazing in this easy and fun crop.

Tips:

Keep your curls hydrated! Always use a shampoo and conditioner that is specific to your hair type. If you’re not sure, make sure to ask your stylist. They would be happy to help you find the perfect regimen.

Edgy Ease

If edgy is how you roll, then this is a look for you! With minimal effort, you’ll look like you’ve spent all morning getting this perfectly messed up do.

Choppy Brunette Hairstyle Side Part Highlighted Style for Straight Hair

How to:

  1. Apply a straightening cream to damp hair. Make sure to comb through to cover each strand.
  2. Blow dry hair using a flat paddle brush. It is easiest to section hair up, secure with a clip and bring down smaller sections as you dry. This will keep hair smooth and straight.
  3. After drying, mist hair with a sea salt spray. This gives a light texture, almost like you’ve been swimming in the ocean. Comb through and let dry for a minute.
  4. Clip hair up and leave out a 1 ½ inch section to flat iron. Flat iron each section in a consistent, slow motion to avoid damaging hair.
  5. After you are done flat ironing the entire head, flip your head over and give it a shake to loosen hair up and give it an undone look.
  6. Piece out ends by misting with hairspray and pinching and placing the desired layers.

Recommended Products:

Sea salt spray sounds a little scary, like it would dry out your hair, but it doesn’t! It gives you a gritty texture that helps hair hold curl, flips and choppiness. Try Pravana’s Beach Wave Mist.

Best Face Shape and Hair Texture:

Round, oval and heart shaped beauties rock this edgy style. Any straight hair, whether it be thick, medium or fine, can achieve this look too.

Tips:

Your flat iron should never be turned up to the highest heat setting (unless you have extremely coarse, curly, unruly hair). Always start at a lower setting and turn it up slightly if your hair is not responding to the heat.  You’ll be happy you did when you don’t have crispy ends!

Bring on the Layers

Layers are a girl’s best friend! They help us achieve this cascading, choppy and quite eye catching look.

Retro Wavy Brunette Layered Choppy Hairstyle

How to:

  1. Apply a volumizing foam to damp hair and comb through to ensure entire head has even distribution.
  2. Dry hair, getting most of the heavy wetness out with your hands, then switch over to using a medium size round brush. Section hair and leave down 2 inch sections to make your round brushing easier to control.
  3. Once hair is completely dry, plug in your 1 inch curling iron. Section hair back off into 3, (each side and back), drop down 2 inch sections and begin curling alternating curls towards your face and away from your face.
  4. Shake curls out with your hands and piece out by misting with hairspray or working wax through your ends.

Recommended Products:

Hold is a must for this look! Try Pravana’s Density Volumizing Foam. It will give you shine, lift and hold.

Best Face Shape and Hair Texture:

Oval, diamond and heart face shapes work best with this look, while medium to thick wavy hair makes styling a breeze.

Tips:

Layers are the real star of this look! Ask your stylist for “piecy” or “choppy” layers that are best suited for your hair type. This will help to support your style and make styling a breeze.

Choppy hair can be fun, flirty and easy to style. It’s a great way to liven up your style without having to totally change your haircut. Try one of these cropped, layered, and just plain fun looks this season to really turn some heads. Working with your stylist will give you the best results for product selection and the right look for you!