The choppy bob is a modern bob that has many short layers. Adding choppy layers creates a textured bob that gives it more movement and definition. Choppy bobs are created using standard or razor shears to cut shorter sections of the hair. A bob with choppy layers is a great haircut for women with thin and thick hair.
This popular bob works best for short to medium-length hair. So, if you’re ready for a fresh look and some pictures of inspiration, then you’ve come to the right place!
Before your next hair appointment, check out this year’s most popular choppy bob hairstyles and haircuts.
Choppy Layered Bob Hair
A long choppy bob cut is a fun messy style. It has a casual lived-in look with a fair amount of layering. These layers can be tousled with a spray wax that is easy to apply, giving it a beachy vibe.
Chin-Length Bob with a Side Part
A chin-length bob with a side part for short fine hair is perfect for women wanting a little longer length and fullness. Adding choppy and invisible layers will create movement as fine hair can sometimes appear lifeless and unmanageable. For styling, use a ½ inch barrel curling iron for waves and volume. Then finish with Outer Space Flexible Hold Hairspray.
Chopped Bob with Blunt Ends
Consider a chopped bob with blunt ends for a great transitioning cut when growing out pixie cuts. It’s also ideal for ladies who have breakage from chemicals. Invisible layers create the illusion of movement, but they’re not as obvious as regular layers. A blunt cut overall makes the hair appear fuller at the ends. Add some soft waves and shine with R+Co Foil and Outer Space to finish it off.
Sun-Kissed Bob with Thin Hair
The beauty of a sun-kissed bob with thin hair is all the dimension of the tonal effect. Gold tones reflect a brighter blonde, which makes the hair stand out. Adding a strong line to a bob will bring another enhancement that creates life to the hair, making it look fuller.
Sweet Chocolate Brunette Bob
It’s all about brunette choppy bob haircuts these days, and this one is worthy to try! A cute fresh cut if you wanna feel light and breezy all summer!
Outstanding Mid-Length Messy Bob Haircut
A definite favorite among all women – the messy bob or the choppy bob is an easy haircut to maintain and style. The messy waves make it a beautiful hairstyle to frame the face and give your hair an effortless texture.
Splendid Short Choppy Bob
This wavy short choppy bob is a beaut that encourages all of us to opt for shorter hair! It’s an easy cut to work with and simple blonde highlights are all you need to get dimension.
Great Choppy Bob for Fine Hair
A secret for fine and thin hair to look gorgeous and fuller is to keep it short with waves and highlights. Plus, you can also style choppy hair with cute side-swept bangs for a complete textured look!
Choppy Inverted Bob with Curtain Bangs
A choppy inverted bob with curtain bangs is the newest trend. Inverted bob means the back is shorter than the front. A cut such as this has longer layers and is super low-maintenance.
Straight Cut Bob
Wanna change and cut some hair off for the hot summer days? This blunt straight medium bob with choppy layers would be a great changeover if you wanna look fresh and trendy this season!
Silver Wavy Choppy Bob with Bangs
The texture, the waves, the fringe – all do fantastically to complement this silver short bob haircut! Goes to show how youthful grey could also be when styled right!
Short Shaggy Bob with Bangs and Glasses
Who wouldn’t want a cute shaggy bob that needs little to no maintenance at all? This blunt yet soft cut offers you just that with its choppy bangs and layers, and easy natural color.
Short Wavy Bob
A short wavy bob gives off messy effortless waves. Subtle texturizing assists the hair to create movement, making styling easy. For softer waves, use a 1 1/4″ barrel curling iron and hairspray and tousle around for a not-so-finished look.
Perfect Choppy Bob for Thin Hair
A perfect choppy bob for thin hair is well-suited for women who like to appear stylish. Creating body and fullness in thinning hair sounds tough but it isn’t. Add some texture for the perfect choppy bob and part heavy on either side to give a fuller bang or side part. Add some waves to show off all the texture put in. You can use a razor or scissors to create a beautiful finish.
Choppy Short Bob
A choppy short bob is a versatile, edgy cut that works well on fine to thick hair. This cut is suitable for all ages, says stylist Nikita Fisher of London, UK.
When asked how this was created, Fisher said, “This haircut was softly graduated through the back. I kept the length at the front with soft internal layers. Also, I removed weight from underneath.”
Lovely Long Choppy Bob
This is a textured and piecey, tousled shaggy look. It was created by Aveda hair colorist and salon owner Alexa Frank of Bismarck, ND. “We styled her using a flat iron to create the beachy natural-looking waves and added some interest to her natural hair color by incorporating the rose gold color,” adds Frank.
“The styling portion of this look is very easy because it’s not supposed to look perfect, so don’t overthink curling it,” says Frank. “A texture/sea salt spray would be great to spray in after doing flat iron curls to give it that tousled look.”
Tousled Bob for Straight Hair
A tousled bob for straight hair at the chin looks beautiful with choppy layers. Try styling it with mousse and babyliss on the ends to create a messy look.
Cute Cropped Bob
Try a cute cropped bob with choppy ends and soft layers to create a more textured look. Add a few soft waves and spritz with Texture Tonic spray by Aveda.
Stylish Shoulder-Length Choppy Bob with Balayage
This choppy shoulder-length bob shag with a shadow root and cool blonde balayage and babylights was created by freelance stylist Breanna Keiter of Brooklyn, NY.
“The layers in a choppy bob are pretty weightless and soft on the ends to allow for maximum growth between cuts without it looking really awkward,” says Keiter.
Keiter explains, “a double process grown out lob was used to create something that felt very different but still maintain that wash-and-wear vibe. Plus I love bangs always and forever. They just frame a face perfectly.”
Bangs are tough if you have a major cowlick, but can be shaped to compliment anyone, and they really shake up a look. “Shags work best on women with even the smallest bend to their hair. It looks better on day 2 with a little texture spray but is pretty a wash-and-wear and low-maintenance except for bang trims,” she adds.
Choppy Layered Bob with Beach Waves
This choppy layered bob with a lived-in soft wave style was created by hairdresser Elvis Pesqueira of Long Beach, CA. “The way it’s cut is more of a modern day bob where it’s dry cut to really see the haircut being created and texturized for the choppy bob feel. I like the imperfect result and next day style! You can run your hands through your hair and not worry about messing it up,” explains Pesqueira.
Pesqueira says to use a 1 and 1/4 inch curling iron, alternating waves forward and back and leaving about an inch out. “Then use texture spray and run your fingers through to really create a soft lived-in feel. The great thing about this style is it doesn’t have to be perfect! It’s a sexy modern tousled look that can make anyone look great,” he adds.
Cute Choppy Short Bob with Bangs
Hairstylist Analicia Hunter Wilson of Chicago, IL created this undercut razored, short choppy bob with bangs. “I love how the angle accentuates her jawline and how the texturizing blended/updated her very old highlights,” adds Hunter.
Hunter says to be open to length that is complementary to your face shape and hairline growth patterns. An undercut is usually advisable for thicker hair types. “Product is key for styling to achieve your finished goal. Thinner and finer hair types need grittier products like a sea salt spray or texturizing creme. Thick and coarser hair usually needs a product containing wax to create a peicey type look,” she adds.
Choppy hairstyles can be air dried, hand dried, or smoothed to perfection. Have fun with it and don’t be afraid to show some neck!
Modern Medium Choppy Bob Hairstyle
This textured, medium choppy bob haircut was created by stylist and color specialist Erin Waller of Charlotte, NC.
“A one-length bob is effortless. It’s current and on trend of what is in magazines and on celebrities right now. It’s a fun way to make a change without having a lot of commitment,” expains Waller.
Waller also balayaged the hair and created a very “lived-in” feel with the dark blonde. “The dimension of the blonde and darker root gives her hair a lifted feel as well,” she adds.
Styling this medium choppy haircut can be super low-maintenance or can be styled every day if you like.
“My go to look with this bob is a loose curl,” describes Waller. “I use a one inch curling iron and take large sections. I use a texture spray and work it into the hair for a gritty, beachy feel. I then run my fingers through the hair to loosen the curl. The more you pull on it the looser the curl will be.”
This bob is great for fine to medium hair to create a thicker, fuller look. The thicker your hair, the more texturizing you may need to take out weight.
Sassy Stacked Bob
A modern take on a classic choppy hair cut that has been current since its creation almost 60 years ago, the graduated bob. “It’s a timeless look that creates shape, movement, and volume when worn straight or wavy,” says style creator Billy Keohane of Dallas, TX.
“The highlight of this stacked bob is the disconnected ban that runs through the lower half of the haircut, adding extra texture for softness without the need for texturizing and potentially collapsing the shape,” he explains.
Keohane also believes that sometimes women who see this shape think their hair isn’t ‘full enough for it’, or ‘my hair won’t do that.’ “This haircut creates the shape you’re lacking, creates weight through the bottom outline, and volume around the head. All of these ingredients help with fine hair,” he adds.
Cute Textured Bob With Highlights
Stylist Courtney Thomas of Marietta, GA created this textured bob with choppy layering. “I added layers and different texturizing techniques to create body and movement in the hair,” explains Thomas.
To give the brown choppy bob hair the beachy wave look, Thomas says to use a 1-inch curling iron in alternating directions for extra texture.
“If you have naturally curly or wavy hair, I would recommend a slightly longer styled bob so that when worn curly would look about this length, but when smoothed would be longer. Naturally smooth and fine hair would need extra attention with the curling iron,” she adds.
Thomas believes a bob works for any face shape. She recommends consulting with your hairstylist about routine and different versions of a bob that would fit you best.
Choppy Long Bob
This choppy long bob haircut with a soft internal texture was created by hairdresser Jessica Castillo of Fort Worth, TX.
“I love this cut because it allows for a lot of natural movement in the hair. It looks good both wavy and straight,” says Castillo.
For a smooth look, Castillo recommends Aveda’s Smooth Infusion Style Prep. For soft, undone waves, she loves prepping the hair with Sugar Lift by Wella and finishing it with Bedroom Hair by Kevin Murphy.
“This is a really versatile look that basically anyone can wear! This shape can be taken shorter or left longer to best suit the client’s hair type or lifestyle,” she adds.
Layered Choppy Bob
“This beach bob with choppy ends is one of my favorite short choppy haircuts to style,” says executive stylist Amanda Blass of Florida. “It is that effortless, lived-in hair that we all have been obsessing over recently! I don’t see this trend going anywhere, anytime soon,” she adds.
Blass says the 3 most important factors in achieving this beachy summer hair are length, styling, and products. “It is so important to make sure this bob is cut above the shoulders! Once the hair is hitting the shoulders, it tends to flip up and gives the cut and shape an entirely different look,” she explains.
Choppy Medium Bob with Bangs
Hairstylist Nikki Cregan of Sheboygan, WI created this modern take on the Joan Jett rocker chick medium bob. “A heavy fringe falls nicely into face-framing layers with lots of short to long layers throughout the cut,” she says.
Cregan explains that the style was cut completely by razor giving the hair movement and weightlessness and that edgy undone “choppy” look.
“I was able to blow the hair out with a paddle brush and lightly touch-up with a flat iron for a low-maintenance style. This style would also work well with natural texture. For more of a messy shag, I would just keep the fringe a little longer,” she explains.
Edgy Textured Bob with Bangs
Stylist Fendi George of the Philippines created this soft graduation bob with choppy layers and point cut bangs. “The combination is just great and easy to style,” explains George.
When it comes to short bob haircuts, George suggests you use the right styling product before drying the hair (for anti-frizz, humidity, heat, etc). “It will protect the hair and make the drying process much easier,” she adds.
Choppy Collarbone LOB Cut
Hairstylist Jo Johnson of Brisbane, QLD created this collarbone-length lob. “The best aspect of this choppy lob haircut is that I removed the bulk from the interior although it has soft edges and comes together beautifully,” explains Johnson.
Johnson says this cut and color are suited to any woman who has thicker hair. “It falls loosely so it’s perfect to wear with a natural wave or can be blow dried smooth for a change,” she adds.
Textured Bob for Thick Hair
This textured bob for thick hair was created by hairstylist Kim Erickson of Minneapolis, MN. “I love how the interior of this cut creates shape and the texture inspires movement on thick, fine hair,” she explains.
On this textured bob, Erickson says 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,” explains Erickson.
Erickson executed this bob 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,” she adds.
Shoulder-Length Bob with Choppy Layers
“I would describe this look as a lived-in style,” says salon owner Amber Jackson of Cary, NC.
Jackson’s favorite thing about this choppy bob with layers is the versatility of the cut and the many styling options that women 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,” explains Jackson.
“My advice for someone wanting this razor cut bob 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,” she adds.
Soft Ashy Brown Bob with Wispy Bangs
This minimally layered textured bob with a fringe was created by stylist Akasha James of New York, NY.
James says 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,” she adds.
Women with natural texture make this cut lower maintenance. James suggests adding a texture spray to really define the textured layers, and blow drying the fringe may be needed.
One-Length Bob with Soft Layers
Hairdresser Jessica Garnica of Houston, TX describes this look as a one-length bob with soft long layers. “They were created using carving, feathering, and channel cutting techniques to add maximum body and make the cut easy to style,” she explains.
Garnica likes 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,” explains Garnica.
Dark Brown Shagged Bob
This dark brown shagged bob is effortless in its appearance, yet still beautiful. It was created by master stylist Brittany Giles of Johns Creek, GA. “It’s one of my favorites to teach women because I feel like it’s one of the easier looks for them replicate at home,” explains Giles.
Giles says 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.
Platinum Pixie Bob with Blunt Layers
Stylist Stephanie of Vancouver, BC created this choppy pixie bob haircut. “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,” she explains.
Stephanie’s 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,” she states.
To style this bob, Stephanie 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,” she adds.
Textured Bob with Choppy Layers
Junior stylist Shannen Paterson of England created this choppy textured bob.
Paterson suggests you use lots of dry shampoo or a texturizing product like Kevin Murphy’s Bedroom.Hair. “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,” adds Paterson.
“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,” she explains.
Choppy Blonde Bob with a Modern Edge
“This woman had super thick hair, so we cut her hair into a straight choppy bob with a slightly disconnected layer,” explains stylist Sandra Peace of Ocean Grove, VIC. “We layered her hair this way so the thickness could be taken out without compromising the straight edge,” she adds.
Peace says 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,” she explains.
Medium-Length Choppy Bob with Blonde Highlights
Co-owner and stylist Abigail Ennis of Sumner, WA created this blunt, angled bob with surface layers and texturing.
Ennis says there are three things that 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,” explains Ennis.
Ennis goes on to say, “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!”
Auburn Choppy Bob for Thick Hair
Hairstylist Molly Tabor of Chino, CA describes this cut as an effortless, lived-in choppy bob for thick hair. “This particular cut has a bit of graduation and layering,” she explains.
Tabor says you can wear it curled, straight, wavy, or whatever your natural texture may be.
“I definitely recommend some kind of texture wax or defining cream,” says Tabor. “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 Bob with Choppy Layers
Freelance hairstylist Ramsay Ramirez of Chicago, IL created this disheveled black bob with choppy layers.
“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. Make an ‘L’ with your arm and spray both products from that distance, then blow dry them in,” explains Ramirez.
She suggests finishing the style with UNITE’s Texturiza to wave with. Then use 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,” she adds.
Blunt Bob with Choppy Layers
This concave blunt bob with choppy layering was creaeted by hair artist Elle Kress of Australia.
Kress’s favorite thing about the choppy long front pieces and overall cut is that it is so easy to style and make it look effortlessly beachy and chic. “I’m a big believer in keeping styling products to a minimum where you can,” she explains. “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!”
Kress says this is a super easy choppy bob style to maintain, so women who have 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.
Choppy Short A-Line Bob
This A-line bob with choppy layers is so fun and textured. It was created by stylist Rachel Webster of Greenville, SC.
“I love how versatile but simple choppy bob cuts 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,” explains Webster.
For a straight textured look, Webster says to 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,” she adds.
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.
Ash Blonde to Bright Blonde Bob
Stylist Lindsay Hare of Spokane, WA created this midi chopped bob. “It gives you the versatility of the blonde bob style with still being able to pull it back in a pony,” states Hare.
Hare’s favorite thing about choppy bob styles like this is that it’s effortless, regardless if it is worn straight or wavy.
“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,” explains Hare.
Fun and Flirty Shag Bob
This shag bob was created by owner and colorist Angela Bozman of Salisbury, MD.
“I recommend a good flexible hairspray to spray on each section before curling,” says Bozman. “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,” she adds.
Bozman believes this is a very easy hairstyle, but you’ll need to use a product if you want a nice sleek look or a beachy look.
Golden Blonde Layered Bob
This golden blonde choppy layered bob is now more than a shoulder-grazing chop. It’ll offer your mane a shape and volumized hairstyle, fueled by texture and hairspray. A gorgeous golden layered bob you’ll love to show off around!
Delectable Choppy Bob with Side Bangs
Swap your long hair for a chic choppy bob with side bangs. The black roots under that shiny icy blonde hair even make it more dimensional and edgy.
Straight Bob with Choppy Ends for Thin Hair
Opt for a long layered bob with a choppy cut at the ends for a not-so blunt finish. It’ll give your shoulder-length honey blonde locks a softer touch, for sure. This is the ultimate straight bob for thin hair to provide you a much more confident look.
Elevate your short haircut and style by adding texture and choppy layers that make magic all at once! The movement looks very much alive, supported by depth and highlights in this blonde hair. This feathered bob has a built-in sophistication to go well with your own classy style.
Asymmetrical Angled Bob with Blonde Choppy Ends
Don’t settle for your old long hairstyle. Be brave enough to take that big chop and consider a mid-length to short asymmetrical bob. The result will appear more exceptional on your natural blonde mane with choppy ends.
Hair stylist Kelsey Davenport of Crystal Lake, IL created this A-line/angled bob. “I would describe it as a more blunt look with minimal layering with lots or texturizing to take out weight and give movement,” says Davenport. “The best thing about this look is the uniqueness the asymmetry adds. Also, I love the blunt look but the texturizing added so much movement when styling or adding curls,” she adds.
Davenport says this bob works best for straight to wavy hair – minimal styling required for straight hair. “All face shapes would work, and that’s one of the reasons I love a bob haircut. They’re so universal and classic.