27 Flattering Haircuts with Choppy Layers

Picture of movement and texture choppy layered hair

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. Here we have some great choppy layered hairstyles and cuts that really show off their texture with the right styling!

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Choppy Layers with Movement and Texture

Picture of movement and texture choppy layered hair
Instagram @maddieatthemae

Q&A with style creator, Maddie Shaffner
Hairstylist @ The Mae Salon in Indianapolis, IN

How would you describe this look?

This is a short, textured haircut that is shorter in the back and slightly longer in the front with longer layers for movement and texture.

My favorite thing about this haircut is that it’s easy to style and super cute!

Any advice for someone considering it?

I highly recommend Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray for this look!

To style, apply your desired wet products to damp hair. Blow dry with a large round brush to smooth the hair. For the waves, use a 1-inch curling iron, alternating the direction of the curls to create movement. Run your fingers through the curls to create more of a wave. Finish with texturing spray to create fullness and texture

This haircut works well with most face shapes and hair textures. The cut can easily be altered to your shape and texture.

Mid-Length Textured Layering

Mid-Length Textured Bob hairstyle
Instagram @hairbyrobbin1

Q&A with style creator, Robbin Johnson
Owner / Master Cosmetologist @ The Lex Studio in Martinez, GA


How would you describe this look?

This look is best described as a mid-length textured, layered bob that was cut with shears and a feather razor.

My favorite thing about a razor cut is the movement and volume that it creates for heavy, thick, and bulky virgin hair.

Any advice for someone considering it?

I would first consult about the client’s styling habits and also make sure the texture of their hair could handle a textured cut. Thick, curly hair is not the best texture for a razor cut!

I always give product advice for these looks, such as a good hairspray or spray wax to define layers. I also teach them how to blowout with a round brush to add volume.

Sassy Layered and Choppy Cut

Q&A with style creator, Niki Wilkinson
Hairstylist @ The Hair Lounge Salon in Yorba Linda, CA


How would you describe this look?

This look is fun, flirty, and full of sass. It has choppy layers that are concentrated throughout the back and gradually become a bit longer toward the front. The perimeter length is all the same creating a blunt bottom length, but the movement comes from the style of the cut and the layers throughout.

Any advice for someone considering it?

This client had fine hair that had a tendency to lay flat and lifeless. This cut gave her hair texture and movement, allowing for the body and volume that she was struggling to achieve.

After a round brush blowout, I curled her with a 1 1/4-inch curling iron leaving the ends out. After curling, I used my fingers to brush through those curls and relax them into a wave. To finish her off, I sprayed her with a bit of texturizing spray and a gloss to piece out her ends.

Choppy and Texturized Long Layers

Q&A with style creator, Niki Wilkinson
Hairstylist @ The Hair Lounge Salon in Yorba Linda, CA


How would you describe this look?

These are choppy and texturized long layers. The look has a modern shag appearance that is effortless and holds its shape. I love how it moves and has body and bounce.

Any advice for someone considering it?

This cut is perfect for someone who has a lot of hair! Its layers come from the inside out, removing weight and bulk. Once the weight was removed, the hair only needed a good texturizing spray and some waves to give it that lived-in look.

Effortless Choppy Layers

Effortless Choppy Layers hairstyle
Instagram @dooz_n_rouge

Q&A with style creator, Christy Sattler
Hairstylist @ Salon Dulay in Windermere, FL


How would you describe this look?

I absolutely love this cut, and loved cutting it! My favorite thing about it is how easy and effortless it is to style. It looks great sleek and straight, but a few days dirty gives it that stylish bedhead look!

It’s not quite a pixie but not quite a bob, falling somewhere in between. It’s the perfect cut for those clients who want a pixie but are too afraid to take the leap!

Any advice for someone considering it?

This cut can work on many hair types and face shapes. My philosophy is that if you are confident with who you are and you want to rock a cut, go for it. Throw the rule book out and try something new!

This would look adorable on someone with naturally curly hair who wears it curly, but I think this look is really ideal for those with fine, very straight hair. It gives so much volume and texture and air dries perfectly. Those with very thick hair, like my lovely model, need to know beforehand that weight removal is absolutely necessary so it doesn’t get poofy!

My favorite products to use for this style would be a strong clay for a piecey textured look, a good root lifting spray, and dry shampoo! I cannot live without dry shampoo!

Textured Lob with Face-Framing Fringe

Textured Lob with Face-Framing Fringe hairstyle
Instagram @kyxtiastyle

Q&A with style creator, Ericka Kyxtia Ramirez
Master Stylist / Colorist @ Mirror+Mirror Salon in Kansas City, MO


How would you describe this look?

I would describe this look as a textured, piecey lob with a face-framing fringe.

Any advice for someone considering it?

I would definitely recommend this to someone with enough density for bangs and someone willing to invest the time to style a fringe every day.

Choppy with Layers

Q&A with style creator, Kayleigh Archer
Senior Stylist @ Fuzion Hair and Beauty in St Austell, Cornwall


How would you describe this look?

My favorite thing about this look is the color and the choppy layers!

The layers gave my client’s super thick hair some movement. This look is great if you want something that you don’t want to style to precisely and it’s kind of the sort of cut that you don’t have to spend too much time on. The choppier the better!

Any advice for someone considering it?

It is important to purchase good products to look after the color and keep it bright, clean, and fresh looking. I recommend a toning shampoo as well as a texturing hairspray to style. Additionally, using a good hair mask weekly will keep your color looking moisturized and vibrant.

Lightly Textured Bob

Lightly Textured Bob hairstyle
Instagram @cutcolorlauren

Q&A with style creator, Lauren Melendez
Hairstylist @ Edo Salon in San Francisco, CA


How would you describe this look?

This is a lightly textured medium length bob. Cut with a straight razor, the curtain fringe and face-framing wisps add movement to otherwise very straight, fine hair.

Any advice for someone considering it?

This length works for finer hair that is straight or has a slight wave. Salt spray at the roots and mid-lengths adds texture and grit for a little volume, and the hair can be air dried or blow dried without a brush.

This length is great for someone who wants their fine hair to feel and appear fuller.

Layered Shag Lob

Soft Shag Lob hairstyle
Instagram @kyxtiastyle

Q&A with style creator, Ericka Kyxtia Ramirez
Master Stylist / Colorist @ Mirror+Mirror Salon in Kansas City, MO


How would you describe this look?

I would describe this look as a soft shag lob. The added softly textured layers are my favorite part because they are like invisible layers that are there for movement and body when curled, straightened, or worn naturally. They are totally foolproof and fuss-free!

Any advice for someone considering it?

I feel like this look is very versatile. Any hair texture can benefit from a cut like this. Someone that is low maintenance can spray a good texture spray on and be done. On the other hand, someone willing to invest a little bit more time can use a barrel curling iron to achieve effortless beachy waves, or a flat iron to achieve a sleek and chic look.

Trendy Choppy Texture with Movement

Trendy & Fun hairstyle
Instagram @kimkirklandhair

Q&A with style creator, Kim Stanton
Independent Hairstylist @ Kim Kirkland Hair in Chemainus, BC


How would you describe this look?

I️ would describe it as trendy and fun! My favorite things about this haircut would be all the texturizing that goes into the layering and the fun styling afterwards.

Any advice for someone considering it?

Remember that messy and not so perfect is best for this look! I️ like to style with a 1-inch wand, taking big sections and leaving the ends fairly straight. I️ think it looks the best when your hair hasn’t been washed that day and has a good texturizing cream or sea spray in it.

I️ love mid-length styles because it’s still long enough for the busy woman to put up into a ponytail if she needs to!

Choppy A-Line Bob

Q&A with style creator, Christine Sauers Thein
Hairstylist @ La Pomponnee in Canonsburg, PA


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

This is an a-line bob with layers cut shorter at crown and longer toward the face. I love how this cut shows off both colors.

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

On towel dried hair, apply Aveda Nourish Cream from roots to ends, then Volumizing Tonic at the root to give lift. Blow dry to at least 85% using your fingers before using a large round brush, and complete the look with 1 1/4-inch curling iron, leaving the ends out. To complete the look, run your fingers through the curls and spray all over with a light finishing spray.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

I recommend this cut for someone who has medium to thick textured hair. This cut goes well will most face shapes and is also great for all lifestyles because it can be styled natural, blown out or curled.

Layered Textured Cut

Layered Textured Cut hairstyle
Instagram @kmd218

Q&A with style creator, Krystal Dent
Hairstylist / Makeup Artist @ Calma Salon in Cranston, RI


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

I would describe this look as a layered, textured haircut that is ttyled with a simple beach wave.

My favorite thing about it is that it is super simple to style like this when you have layers in your hair already!

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

To recreate this look, I recommend using a 1-inch curling iron and some sea salt spray. You can also use hairspray and a frizz serum for smoothness.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

The type of client this would be good for is someone who isn’t afraid of trying new things! It is also great for someone who is low maintenance and doesn’t have a lot of time to spend styling, but wants a little more body to their hair.

Long Choppy Layers

long choppy layers
Instagram @thehairtrainer

Long choppy layers create a more textured effect to a sexy long-length haircut. The layering, if added with waves, makes the hair’s volume easy to boost. For an extra spice, soft baby highlights does some magic, for sure!

Textured Medium Choppy Hair

Textured Medium Choppy Hair
Instagram @laurenpies

Q&A with style creator, Lauren Carlson
Hairstylist @ Snips Hair Salon in Riverside, CA


How would you describe this look?

It’s a short wispy “lob.” What I definitely love about this cut is that I had full freedom and was able to do freehand layers and add a ton of texture.

I am really into the messy look right now and the layers I added gave the perfect touch. The color I kept very naturally to keep that beachy California feel.

Any advice for someone considering it?

This cut is very fun! For a client looking for this style, I’d recommend investing in a good curling iron (I used 1&1/2″) and texture spray.

Short Choppy Layers

Short Choppy Layers
Instagram @cutnj

Q&A with style creator, Lauren
Stylist @ CUT artisan. hair. design. in Flemington, NJ


How would you describe this look?

I would describe this cut as a razored bob with a more defined length line. Her color is a full head of pale ash blonde baby lights. She also has a disconnected side bang that was kept softer with the razor.

The thing I love most about this look is that it’s fairly simple but high in style which allows it to be a classic cut for more conservative clients but also a fun, edgy cut for more trendy clients. This kind of cut and color combo also grows out beautifully because of the razoring and baby light technique.

Any advice for someone considering it?

It’s probably not the best cut for coarse curly hair. I blew her out with a light anti frizz gel and lightly ironed her ends to showcase the weight I left in the length.

My model has naturally straighter hair. This cut would work well air dried or left wavy as well but someone with super curly hair would benefit from more layering than this provides. The color is perfect for anyone who loves the softness of balayage but wants a little more pop to their blonde. The beautiful thing about this style though is that it is timeless and ageless, appealing to all.

Choppy Short Shag

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. If this look is appealing to you, then come see more choppy short shag haircuts.

Choppy Undercut Short Hairstyle
Style by Yellow Strawberry Global Salon, Sarasota, FL

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 Shape and Hair Type:

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
Style by Yellow Strawberry Global Salon, Sarasota, FL

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 Shape and Hair Type:

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

#7 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 Layers
Style by Hair and Nailz by Fela, Laurel, MD

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 Shape and Hair Type:

This style works well on most everyone!

Tip:

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

#9 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 Volume
Style by Julie McClelland and Melissa Ngo, The Brown Aveda Institute, Rocky River, OH

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 Shape and Hair Type:

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 Bob
Style by Liz Reddick

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 Shape and Hair Type:

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

Long Texture

layered long texture
Instagram @vdahair

Long texture on a hairstyle is one of the best styles to go for when you don’t want a drastic change. Diving into cutting more choppy layers can be scary, but don’t be. Longer layering is a perfect option to give tresses more body and volume. This style even adds dimension to hair with babylights and highlights. It suits the curlier and thicker hair types, yet smoothing out hair before styling is crucial.

#14 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 Texture
Style by Leslie Ownes, Kenneth Shuler School of Cosmetology, Spartenburg, SC

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 Shape and Hair Type:

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

long choppy layers on curly hair
Instagram @tomsmithhd

These long choppy layers on curly hair are so beautiful, they look like they’re made in heaven! The chopped haircut is what ensures that the finish won’t look lifeless and bulky at the ends. Curly hair cutting is an art form. It’s best to do it when tresses are dry so that you see the shape of the canvas. Shout out to girls with curly hair, this must be your next signature style!

Short Choppy Waves

layered short choppy waves
Instagram @keey.styles

Short choppy waves that are a bit messy look super chic and cute. The movement gives the short layers more emphasis. This works so well as a transitional style when trying to grow out a shorter haircut.

Medium Choppy Layers with Bangs

Medium Choppy Layers with Bangs
Instagram @swatchbysam

Q&A with style creator, Sam Johnson
Owner / Stylist @ Swatch Hair in Minneapolis, MN


How would you describe this look?

This look is a little bit edgy and sassy (with the red color and the short choppy bangs), but it can also double as cute and simple because it’s almost a one length haircut. I added a few piecey layers just at the very bottom to give it some movement.

As for color, we’ve always stayed in the red family with her because it goes very well with her features and her personal style!

Any advice for someone considering it?

Styling this hairstyle at home should be very easy. Because of the length, one could either air dry and try to bring out any natural wave or curl they may have or it can be worn straight.

If someone wanted to use a curling iron, taking bigger sections and wrapping around an iron about 1.25 in size once will give that effortless wave that everyone is seeking!

The short bangs can be styled straight down or even slightly pushed off to one side. It’s a very versatile look!

#19 Choppy Face Framing Layers

choppy face framing layers
Instagram @turningheads2012

Choppy face framing layers offer a subtle ’90s vibe. It has a modern style of layering that goes well with a mid-length cut. Girls and the rest of the hair world can go crazy over this trend’s versatility and stylishness.

#20 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
Style by Flonnie Westbrook, Elon Salon, Marietta, GA

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 Shape and Hair Type:

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!