46 Most Requested Shoulder-Length Choppy Haircuts for a Trendy Look

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Cindy Marcus
Cindy Marcus Hairstylist, Editor-in-Chief

Shoulder-length choppy haircuts are totally trending right now! Choppy cuts are all about textured layers and jagged ends. These create a fun, modern look that matches most women’s face shapes.

Stylist and salon co-owner Heather Psoras from Richboro, PA, agrees how this trend can work on any lady.

“It can easily be styled in many different ways. Whether you style it smooth, tousled, or with natural waves and texture, it looks great. It’s the perfect canvas for multi-dimensional and lived-in hair color techniques,” Psoras states.

The downside of a mid-length choppy mane is being unable to wear braids. Psoras says this type of cut “causes the layers to pop out of braids.”

This also compromises ponytail styles, as you have to trade your high pony for a lower one.

Hair density and texture are key factors to consider when getting a choppy cut, says Psoras.

De-bulking and texturizing techniques are ideal for very thick hair with a subtle texture. These create a movement in the hair. Finer locks would further benefit from blunt ends mixed with lightly textured layers.

Ask your stylist which products and tools you must use when styling. These will help you decide if your preferred style fits your daily routine. If not, make sure you’re willing to adjust to make it work.

Dive into this hair trend and be inspired to jazz up your look. Here are photos of how you can flaunt trendy shoulder-length choppy haircuts for your inspiration!

Fresh Mid-Length Choppy Cut with Blonde Ends
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#1: Fresh Mid-Length Cut with Blonde Ends

Try a fresh mid-length cut with blonde ends for a healthy, beachy vibe. This shoulder-length layered hair is one of the best lengths and types of cuts for manageability and to avoid feeling too short. With blonde hair, remember to deep condition and trim regularly to avoid damaged, split ends.

Reshaped Medium Choppy Haircut
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#2: Reshaped Medium Choppy Haircut

If you want a new look but still wish to tie your hair into a pony, a medium length gives the best of both styles!

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#3: Mid-Length Choppy Crop with Highlights

Try this mid-length choppy crop with highlights and bangs if you want a strong, dramatic look. For a textured crop that frames your face, ask for a darker color layer under your blonde hair. If you have an edgy yet sophisticated style and are looking for contrast, this color pattern suits you. Feel free to test your shoulder-length hair with layers and different shades to match your personality.

Popular Mid-Length Choppy Cut
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#4: Face-Framing Layers for Mid-Length Cut

This popular mid-length cut is a flattering chop for anyone and everyone! If you want to try this look yourself, take this inspo to the salon to achieve your style goals.

Choppy Mid-Length Flowyness for girls with straight hair
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#5: Mid-Length Flowyness

A mid-length cut with texture and flowiness can give you a light and airy look. Softness in texture can remove some bulk from a mid-length cut. This allows for more movement and avoids a bulky, triangular shape.

Mid-Length Warmer Blonde Choppy Hair for girls with messy hair
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#6: Warmer Blonde Choppy Hair

If your hair lacks volume, consider a choppy haircut in warmer blonde. Layered haircuts in medium length will give your hair fullness and movement. Meanwhile, a lighter blonde color will shimmer your hair, creating an illusion of greater volume.

Mid-Length Creamy Blonde Choppy Hair for women with a long face
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#7: Creamy Blonde Choppy Hair

A mid-length creamy blonde choppy hair is a great option. It adds dimension to the look while keeping the length to balance out the face shape. The choppy layers create movement and texture. This makes it easy to style and gives it a low-maintenance vibe. To style, use a small amount of texturizing spray to damp hair. Then, blow-dry using a round brush to add volume and shape. Then, you can use a flat iron to create waves and add more definition to the layers. This hairstyle works well for finer hair, keeping it full and bouncy.

Medium-Length Choppy Balayage with a middle part
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#8: Choppy Balayage

A medium choppy hairstyle with balayage and a soft curtain bang creates an effortless look. I love how this style softly frames the face without any bulky movement. Ask about a soft money piece in your bang area for a perfect pop of color around your face. Avoid doing any heavy color. This look works especially well with soft, lived-in highlights.

Medium Choppy Layers with Highlights and a middle part
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#9: Medium Choppy Layers with Highlights

If you are looking for inspo for your medium-length hair, try choppy layers and highlights. The highlights can help you add additional texture and movement. And they also give you a little spring and summer sparkle!

Choppy Wolf Cut at Mid-Length for women with heart shaped faces
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#10: Choppy Wolf Cut at Mid-Length

This choppy wolf cut is a great option if you’re looking for a trendy mid-length cut. Avoid using products with too much hold to ensure you keep moment and texture in the style. At your next appointment, ask for some professional product options.

Voluminous Choppy Layers for Medium-Length Hair
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#11: Voluminous Choppy Layers

Choppy layers are the perfect solution for women who crave volume and movement in their hair. Ideal for medium-length hair, this cut is about texture and layers. Both add dimension to your locks. Such a choppy hairstyle of medium length also suits all face shapes and hair types.

To complement this look, maintenance is key. Ask for regular trims if you want to keep your layers sharp and don’t lose shape quickly.

Medium Soft Blonde Shag with Choppy Tips for fine haired ladies with an oval face
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#12: Soft Blonde Shag with Choppy Tips

A soft blonde shag with choppy tips will always be in style. Ask for a soft, shaggy layering with blunt, choppy ends. Avoid high heat on your ends so they do not appear frizzy. Remember, we want “choppy and definition,” not frizz! Always bring inspirational pictures to your stylist. Ask what will suit your face shape and how much time you will spend styling. Styling this cut can be as simple as a mousse and a diffuser. To make it more classy, add a few beach waves and define it with pomade.

Medium-Length Pink Dimensional Choppy Layers
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#13: Pink Dimensional Choppy Layers

A choppy, layered pink dimensional style is trending. Brighten up your face with coral and light pink tones. Ask for your hair to be pre-lightened with a bright, dimensional blonde. The best way to blend in blonde highlights is by toning your look with lowlights and highlights. Adding fun, vivid tones or pastels can be a great way to play with your color and complement your skin tone.

Versatile Brunette Mid-Length Chop with wispy bangs and textured layers
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#14: Brunette Mid-Length Chop with Wispy Layers

Here’s a versatile brunette mid-length chop. One of my top picks for thick hair is a textured mid-length style. The best way to get soft movement is with a razor, helping to carve out weight. A light bang will balance out a long or square face shape for this style.

Long Curtain Bangs on a Mid-Length Chop with brown balayage and waves
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#15: Long Curtain Bangs on a Mid-Length Chop

A mid-length chop with long curtain bangs is trendy and sexy. If you want to close down your face with long curtain bangs, your hair will look fuller with a blunt, textured perimeter cut with a few internal layers. This will look great on the square, long, and pear-face shapes.

Gorgeous Layered Mid-Length Chop with Long Bangs and choppy ends
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#16: Gorgeous Layered Mid-Length Chop with Long Bangs

Go sexy and mysterious in a gorgeous layered mid-length chop with long bangs. You can amp up your medium hair cut with layers and shaggy bangs. Layers will give your hair a new dimension and tons of volume for a messy vibe. Invest in great products to bring out your hair’s natural body. Use Redken’s Root Lifter and Spray Wax, and try scrunching your strands to get a tumbled finish.

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#17: Sleek Blonde Straight Hair with Choppy Ends

For hair that is coarse and/or thick, I suggest having your stylist cut deeply into the ends of your hair. It will give a lighter appearance, which is difficult to achieve, especially if your textured hair is bleached. The key to lightness in your hair is to create lots of interior layering. Removing weight in the mid-lengths and ends will give your hair space for movement.

Medium-Length Jet Black Shaggy Chop
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#18: Jet Black Shaggy Chop

If you like to wear your hair a little messy, try a jet-black shaggy chop. This haircut is like the “gateway” shag cut. You get the heavily textured layers and face-framing that gives those rock ‘n roll vibes, but it’s still long enough to put back in a ponytail.

Modern Medium Choppy Shag with Long Layers
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#19: Modern Shag with Long Layers

If you struggle with limp styles, a modern shag with long layers tends to solve this issue. And that’s because it holds styles like blowouts or tousles for extended wear. When prepped with hold and shine, your hair looks natural and healthy.

Medium Choppy Brown Balayage with a Side Part
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#20: Brown Balayage with a Side Part

If you want to change the season by dyeing your hair, now is your time! Rich brunette is a movement lately where a brown balayage has been a top request service. When narrowing down your next color, remember to gather a few photos. All descriptions help to create the best fit of hue for you.

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#21: Classy Mid-Length Chop for Older Women

A classy mid-length chop for older women is a fashionable and practical option that combines sophistication with the ease of a low-maintenance hairstyle. A no-fuss layered haircut is perfect to wear curled or pulled back for those wash-in-go days. Consider a few face-framing highlights to add brightness around the face and an overall youthful appearance to medium-length hairstyles.

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#22: Low-Maintenance Choppy Shag

A low-maintenance choppy shag is a haircut that can be perfectly customized for all hair types and textures. Internal layers on fine hair can add movement and give the illusion of thickness, while long, cheekbone-length bangs frame the face and draw attention to the eyes. The versatility and wearability of shaggy, shoulder-length, choppy cuts make it one of the most requested styles in salons today.

Wash-and-Go Long Bob with Layers
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#23: Wash-and-Go Long Bob with Layers

A wash-and-go long choppy bob with layers is perfect for the woman on the go. Add some choppy-style layers to add texture and movement to your locks. And a few messy waves, and you’re on your way!

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#24: Mid-Length Chop with Internal Layers for Fine Hair

Try a mid-length chop with internal layers for fine hair. Shoulder-length choppy hair is low-maintenance and fun. Internal layers are perfect for a finer texture because they will give you that volume you love!

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#25: Shorter Layers on Collarbone-Length Hair

Consider layers on collarbone-length hair if you want to lighten up your locks. Medium-length choppy hair cuts are stylish and versatile. This is a perfect hairdo for a woman on the go!

Heavily Layered Bob Cut
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#26: Heavily Layered Bob Cut

Try a heavily layered bob cut if you want a sassy new look. Choppy haircuts are what everyone is loving right now. The more texture and layers, the better. Style your bob sleek or messy, depending on the day!

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#27: Shoulder-Length Choppy Layers

Consider shoulder-length choppy layers if you want to add some flair to your hair. The choppiest of layers will make your tresses stand out.

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#28: Medium-Length Chop with Highlights

Consider a medium-length chop with highlights if you want a fun new look. A medium-length haircut can be styled in so many ways! The highlights will bring out the dimension in your chic new look!

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#29: Face-Framing Choppy Layers

Consider face-framing long, choppy layers if you love the texture! A mid-length haircut is perfect if you want a lot of movement in your hair. If you’re in love with texture, you’ll be obsessed!

Mid-Length Chop with Glasses
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#30: Mid-Length Chop with Glasses

As you can see, a mid-length chop can be flattering with glasses. Ladies want choppy styles finished with eyewear to complete the look.

Uneven Layers and Balayage
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#31: Uneven Layers and Balayage

Try uneven layers and balayage if you want a new textured look. A shoulder-length cut with textured layers can bring your balayage to life. Style with some soft waves and rock your new look!

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#32: Cute Shoulder-Length Bob for Women Over 30

A cute shoulder-length bob if you’re a woman over 30. It just might be what you’re looking for. Shoulder-length hairstyles are simple, low-maintenance, and very versatile. Whether styled straight or with loose waves, you will love your hair!

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#33: Collarbone-Length Shaggy Layers for Women Over 60

Collarbone-length shaggy layers for women over 60 are a go-to look! Medium-length cuts with texture are easy to style and are so trendy. Grab some texture spray to finish your look and have some fun with your aging tresses.

Related: See more hairstyles for women over 60.

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#34: Messy Shag Hairstyle

Try a messy shag hairstyle if you’re wanting an edgier new look. Shoulder-length cuts with tons of textured layers will give you that undone, messy hairstyle you’re going for. Grab some products to show off that texture! Click here to see more haircuts like this.

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#35: Modern Shoulder-Length Bob

A modern shoulder-length bob is a sexy and trendy way to wear fine-textured hair. Barely-there layers and a choppy perimeter add fullness and interest to an otherwise boring medium-length hairstyle. Curl in alternating directions with a medium-sized curling iron and finish with a texturizing spray to achieve perfectly tousled waves that look great for any occasion.

Layered Shag for Thick Hair
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#36: Layered Shag for Thick Hair

Layered hairstyles like a shag for thick hair is the ultimate in sexy, sultry ‘70s vibes. Ideal for girls with high-density hair textures, this shoulder-length hairstyle utilizes expertly carved layers and perfectly placed choppiness to decrease fullness and add interest to otherwise unmanageably thick hair. If you are feeling bold, talk to your stylist about adding panels of color to enhance the shagginess of the haircut and bring more attention to the face-framing texture.

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#37: Razored Shaggy Cut with Bangs

A razored mid-length shaggy cut with fringe is a modern option for women tired of standard layers or all one-length haircuts. From super edgy and rock ’n’ roll to casual and wearable, the medium shag cut is a choppy hairstyle that can be tailored to all hair textures and types. Seek out a hairstylist who has experience using a razor to add volume and texture while giving you that effortlessly cool look.

Razor Cut for Wavy Hair
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#38: Razor Cut for Wavy Hair

A razor cut for wavy hair is the way to go if you are looking for a soft-shaped silhouette with carved layers and wispy petals of texture. If you aim to emphasize your eyes and cheekbones, opt for short face-framing layers and piecey bangs. Using a razor to achieve choppy medium-length haircuts on naturally textured hair is no longer the taboo it used to be – however, it is important to find an experienced hairdresser who knows how to properly achieve the style you are looking for without creating split-ends and additional frizz.

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#39: Classic Shag Cut for Women Over 50

A classic shag cut for women over 50 with fine hair is a great way to look youthful, modern, and yet still age-appropriate. A medium-length cut paired with full bangs and softly curled layers is flattering for almost all hair types and ages and works with even the most active lifestyles. Be sure to use a moisture-enhancing product and shine spray to counteract the natural loss of elasticity and to keep your shag looking fresh.

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#40: Choppy Shag for Mid-Length Hair

Consider a choppy shag for mid-length hair if you have fine, straight strands that tend to go flat. Expertly razored layers that get choppier towards the ends and a long cheekbone-length curtain bang add an edgy flair to this rock ’n’ roll-inspired shag. Perfectly undone waves can be achieved with a flat iron or large barreled curling wand and finished with a salt spray to enhance texture and increase volume.

Asymmetrical Long Bob for Mid-Length Hair
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#41: Asymmetrical Long Bob for Mid-Length Hair

An asymmetrical long bob for mid-length hair is a fresh, modern take on a traditional shoulder-length haircut. A deep side part, relaxed beach waves, and face-framing highlights come together perfectly to make this haircut ideal for anyone seeking a soft, romantic way to wear their fine to medium-density tresses.

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#42: Texturized Medium-Length Lob

A texturized medium-length lob haircut is the perfect, universally flattering haircut for anyone seeking an effortless yet stylish look. Long layers and collarbone-grazing beach waves add the right amount of chicness to this choppy haircut. Be sure to use a heat protection product before styling lobs to ensure the health of your hair, and finish with a shine spray to give your locks an envy-inducing brilliance.

Collarbone-Length Long Bob with Layers
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#43: Collarbone-Length Long Bob with Layers

A collarbone-length long bob haircut with layers is ideal if you have fine hair and are looking for a low-maintenance, effortless style. Long, choppy layers and a center part are the star features of this look. The chic factor is taken up a notch with a rooted shadow, dimensional blonde color, and softly curled waves. Be sure to use a sea salt spray to add a tousled, beachy texture without weighing down the hair.

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#44: A-Line Bob for Medium-Length Hair

An a-line bob for medium-length hair is a stylish option for women with average to thick hair who want movement and versatility without compromising length in the front. A slight undercut removes density from the nape area, allowing the subtle surface layers to stand out and emphasize the angled silhouette. Talk to your stylist about how choppy medium-length hairstyles can work for your hair texture.

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#45: Choppy Bob with Choppy Bangs

A choppy bob haircut with choppy bangs is perfect for showing off your wild side. A blunt perimeter with razored layers and wispy bangs is ideal for fine-haired women who want a choppy cut that can be curled or straight. Lots of texture is key to making this haircut a show-stopping way to wear fine tresses.

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#46: Shaggy Hair for Women Over 40

Shaggy hairstyles are flatting for women over 40 and are a trendy option to enhance your natural texture in an easy-to-style, low-maintenance way. Layering keeps shoulder-length haircuts from going flat and emphasizes natural curls and waves while maintaining the length. The shag variations are limitless, so be sure to talk to your stylist about your lifestyle, styling abilities, and overall desired shape.