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

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.

Airy Movement

Picture of an airy movement choppy layered hair
Instagram @kierslanehair

Q&A with style creator, Kiersten Lane
Hair Professional / Stylist @ Sterling Salon in Tulsa, OK


How would you describe this look?

I like to call this look “Airy Movement”. This kind of haircut is designed to showcase texture. My client a full head of hair with a beautiful naturally wavy texture. Even if her hair isn’t blown out at the salon the way I style it, she has the ability to put herself together and wear her hair multiple ways with various amounts of styling effort.

The razoring technique eliminates bulk and creates soft shapes with peaks and valleys. This allows the hair to collapse smoothly and flow softly, or to bend in waves and curls with lots of bounce. Instead of straight, boxy lines and building unwanted bulk, we eliminate a singular perimeter and allow the hair to move more freely. She now has plenty of negative space in her ends to allow versatility in the managing and styling of her hair.

Any advice for someone considering it?

A haircut like this works best for someone who might have trouble styling because of bulkiness and will benefit from eliminating excess hair. Having a cut with lots of layers can nicely frame your face, softening a spherical shape and intentionally accentuating your favorite facial features.

If you have natural wave, a simple smoothing cream or shine serum will tame your ends and give them the freedom to move with razored layers. If your hair is straight, you might like a blowout cream or wax spray to add texture and showcase the dimension of lengths throughout your razored hair.

Without hairspray and meticulous smoothing, a layered cut will make braids and buns look piecey and undone, but a nice cut with layers also makes for the most perfect ponytail.

Full, Texturized, Voluminous and Fun

Picture of a full, texturized, voluminous and fun choppy layers
Instagram @_hairbycat_

Q&A with style creator, Catherine Borchardt
Aveda Hairstylist @ Escape Salon Aveda in Nokomis, FL


How would you describe this look?

I would describe this look as full, texturized, voluminous, and fun. My favorite thing about this look is that it gives the hair some spunk when it’s styled or even when it’s not. The extra detail of the layers adds design and flow.

Any advice for someone considering it?

Some advice I would give to someone who wants this look would be to use a volumizing spray like Aveda Volumizing Tonic.

I recommend this look to someone with thinner hair to give it a fuller, thicker look. Any lifestyle could pull off layers considering you wouldn’t have to style it all the time if you didn’t want to because the cut alone is a style.

Mid-Length Textured Bob

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 (above the shoulder) 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.

Full of Sass

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 Dreamy Blonde

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.

Soft 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 & Fun

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

Q&A with style creator, Leslie Ortiz
Master Stylist @ The Hot Box at The Ubungalows in Encino, CA


How would you describe this look?

My client asked for a very piecey look without looking too thin on the ends. I cut her hair into long layers at first and then went in with a razor to give the effect she was looking for.

She doesn’t do much to her hair, so this look allows her to wash and go and still look like she did some kind of style to it.

Any advice for someone considering it?

The product I used was the Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil by Bumble and Bumble. I just applied 3 pumps throughout the hair. Then I rough dried and raked my fingers allowing the hair to naturally smooth out.

This is a style for any girl who isn’t very savvy with hot tools and is always on the go or just trying to achieve an effortless look.

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.

#4 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 Layers
Style by Planet Color Salon, Mokena, IL
Long Hairstyle with Soft Textured Layers Side
Style by Planet Color Salon, Mokena, IL

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 Shape and Hair Type:

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

#5 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 Hairstyle
Style by Yellow Strawberry Global Salon, Sarasota, FL
Choppy Undercut Short Hairstyle Side
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.

#6 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
Short Hairstyle with Wavy Layers Back
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.

#8 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
Style by Shontelise Crutch, Fabstylez Hair & Braid Studio, Columbia, SC

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 Shape and Hair Type:

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.

#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
Long Choppy Hairstyle with Volume Back
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.

#10 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
Choppy Layered Bob Side
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.

#11 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
Style by Royal Designs, Oklahoma City, OK

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 Shape and Hair Type:

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!

#12 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 Waves
Style by Vanessa, Beauty by Shali, Las Vegas, NV
Long Layered Hairstyle with Waves Side
Style by Vanessa, Beauty by Shali, Las Vegas, NV

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 Shape and Hair Type:

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

#13 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
Style by Melvin

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 Shape and Hair Type:

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

#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
Long Hairstyle with Layers and Texture Side
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.

#15 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
Style by Erma Stephens, Heads Above Hair Salon, Crestview, FL

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 Shape and Hair Type:

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

#16 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
Style by Kim Padgett, Elon Salon, Marietta, GA

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 Shape and Hair Type:

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

#17 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 Shape and Hair Type:

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

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

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
Style by All About You Salon, Peoria, AZ

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 Shape and Hair Type:

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

#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!