24 Face-Framing Layered & Choppy Haircuts for Shoulder-Length Hair

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Face-framing layered and choppy shoulder-length hair provides stunning volume and body. It features a blended layering of short and long pieces, creating an illusion of length.

Katie Russo is a skilled hairstylist from Shelby Township, MI. She advises that a layered cut has different results, depending on how a lady’s hair is dried.

“The versatility of this cut is for women of all ages with thick, wavy hair. If left to air dry, it’d be wavy and choppy. If blow-dried, it’d look smooth and choppy,” Russo explains.

Mane with tons of choppy layers requires styling with heat tools and quality products. This also means that you need extra time for the morning routine.

Layers may grow out quickly, and the process may be difficult. So Russo points out that “regular trims are crucial to keeping everything in place.” Consult your stylist to know how often you must visit the salon.

Looking for photo inspirations? Check out these trendy face-framing layered and choppy shoulder-length hair ideas!

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#1: Medium-Length Chocolate Layers

Try medium-length chocolatey layers for something new this season. Layers give the hair more volume and movement. Make sure to ask your stylist to show you how to style your new haircut.

Face-Framing Auburn Balayage on a Mid-Length Choppy Layered Cut
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#2: Auburn Balayage on a Mid-Length Choppy Cut

If you can achieve auburn balayage on a mid-length choppy cut, it’s the perfect way to add depth and dimension to your hair. The choppy layers create movement and texture, while the highlights that frame your face enhance your facial features. The versatility of this haircut is ideal for women with various face shapes and hair types, as it can be tailored to suit your personal style. The balayage technique adds a subtle and beautiful color transition, giving your hair a natural sun-kissed effect.

Mid-Length Brunette Face-Framing Choppy Layers
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#3: Mid-Length Brunette Layers

Try mid-length brunette layers, as it’s a versatile and trendy choice for women. This cut features layers placed to frame the face, adding softness and dimension. The choppy layers create movement and texture, giving the hair a chic vibe. This hairstyle works well for women with medium-length hair who want a style that is not too short or long. Be aware of what products will weigh your hair down, and opt for a light hair or texture spray for styling.

Messy Shaggy Lob with Internal Layers with Face-Framing Choppy Layers
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#4: Messy Shaggy Lob with Internal Layers

Opt for a shaggy messy lob with internal layers. For longer face shapes, try a lob with layers around the mid-lengths. It will create body and balance the face in that area. If you’re looking for a soft cut like this, you must create texture through your hair to prevent a bulky style. A razor or thinning sheets are common tools your stylist uses to create this softness.

Medium-Length Textured Choppy Shag Cut with Face-Framing Layers
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#5: Textured Choppy Shag Cut

Hello Debbie Harry fans, this is your sign to go for the shag. I suggest this face-framing style if you want movement to release waves you may not know you had with a razor cut. This cut helps remove unwanted weight in thicker hair and shapes your features. So consider these when choosing your length.

Cute Choppy Bob with Soft Layers and Ombre
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#6: Cute Long Bob with Soft Layers and Ombre

A busy lifestyle calls for a low-maintenance style. During your next visit, you can ask for a cute long bob with soft layers. Maintenance could vary between 8 to 12 weeks. An ombre with a color palette of your natural base will be the most effective in evolving the style.

Medium Face-Framing and Choppy Textured Layers
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#7: Medium Face-Framing Textured Layers

These medium face-framing textured layers are one of the best hairstyles ever. If you can ask for a short lesson in styling your new haircut. Ask about any color recommendations that will take your new style to the next level.

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#8: Silver Face-Framing Layered Bob

Cool it down with a silver face-framing layered bob. Layers are best at giving your face a lift. Longer hair can hang and pull your face down, making you look older. Doing a face frame instead of a regular bang will still flatter your face. But, it gives you much less maintenance and styling time.

Face-Framing Layered Golden Brown Mid-Length Choppy Style
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#9: Golden Brown Mid-Length Style

One of the best color palettes, in my personal opinion, is a golden brown color on hair that is mid-length in style. It’s one of the most common and natural tones of hair. The best part is that the color can be jazzed up in all the right places or enhanced as previous color evolves.

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#10: Face-Framing Long Bob with Choppy Layers

Choppy layers combined with a long bob create the perfect face-framing effect for any woman. A long choppy layered bob, along with other mid-length hairstyles, has the advantage of being universally flattering for nearly any face shape. The reason? The varying lengths of the layers! mid-length hair with messy layers create extra volume and movement, a style feature that will give every woman a confidence boost.

Face-Framing Money Piece on choppy medium hair
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#11: Face-Framing Money Piece

A face-framing money piece is minimal coloring that has a super high impact on the overall look. This trend can pair perfectly with medium haircuts with layers to create an illusion of length and volume. This medium-length layered hairstyle can fit into both a low and high-maintenance lifestyle woman.

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#12: Choppy Layered Haircut

Choppy layered haircuts are ideal to remove weight and add movement to thicker hair types. For a finer hair texture, the style of medium choppy layered hair can add volume in the crown and the illusion of more strands. This style can be tailored to many hairstyles especially those looking to enhance natural texture.

Choppy Textured and Lived-In Beach Waves on mid-length hair
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#13: Textured and Lived-In Beach Waves

Textured and lived-in beach waves are a match made in heaven for finer hair. The combination is the best way to enhance the hair’s body and volume. Choppy, layered hairstyles add bounce, shape and definition to any hair type.

Feathered Layers for Medium-Length Hair
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#14: Feathered Layers for Medium-Length Hair

Try feathered layers on medium-length only if your hair is extremely dense to remove extra bulk. Otherwise, there will not be enough hair left in the perimeter of the cut to maintain balance from top to bottom. Medium-layered hair is perfect if shorter lengths are not your thing. The volume created by the chunky layers and the proper length kept will draw the eyes up and down which is naturally more flattering for the face.

Choppy Front Layer Cut for Medium Hair
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#15: Front Layer Cut for Medium Hair

A front layer cut for medium hair adds the most movement around the face. Medium cuts with a side part are the perfect length to give straight hair maximum fullness while the choppy layers will give locks life and extra texture.

Face-Framing Layered Choppy Shoulder-Length Hair
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#16: Face-Framing Layered Choppy Shoulder-Length Hair

A shoulder-length haircut with choppy face-framing layers is a youthful style. Choppy shoulder-length hair with layers look best on girls with medium to thick hair density (thickness). Adding some soft beachy waves to this haircut will compliment the soft layers perfectly.

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#17: Low-Maintenance Balayage with Long Bangs

A low-maintenance balayage looks gorgeous with long bangs. Adding a fringe to layered medium-length hair gives an extra bit of flair to your hairdo. One way to compliment choppy, face-framing hairstyles is to add a balayage color. The contrast of colors will make your layers pop.

Choppy Shoulder-Length Cut with Wispy Bangs
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#18: Choppy Shoulder-Length Cut with Wispy Bangs

Wispy bangs on a choppy shoulder-length cut is a very popular style. Soft and straight bangs on shoulder-length haircuts can be worn on ladies of any age. If you’re looking for a new hairstyle, ask your stylist if this haircut would work for your hair texture. Opt for a blonde hue to add brightness around your face.

Choppy Shoulder-Length Layers
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#19: Choppy Shoulder-Length Layers

Shoulder-length layers are great not only in the Spring and Summer but Fall and Winter too. Shorter hair means quicker drying and styling time. Face-framing haircuts with choppier textures give effortless style all you need is a diffuser and your favorite salt spray or defining paste.

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#20: Choppy Layers for Thin Hair

Choppy layers on thin hair require a bit more styling time, but are so worth it. A great way to show off choppy cuts on medium-length fine hair is to add some dimension to the color. Using the correct styling products for your hair type is also essential. Your stylist will know best what products will work for your hair.

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#21: Collarbone-Length Shaggy Cut for Older Women

The shaggy collarbone-length hair with side bangs is a perfect option for older women looking for a modern style. Choppy styles can be fun to style. Try a texture spray to enhance the layers of your shaggy haircut.

Related: See more medium layered haircuts with side bangs.

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#22: Medium Shag with Long Curtain Bangs

Long curtain bangs compliment a medium-length shag cut beautifully. Medium-length hair with layers and soft waves looks great on women of any age with any face shape. Ask your stylist if a shag haircut with curtain bangs is a look they would recommend for you.

Related: Best mid-length hairstyles with curtain bangs.

Layered and Choppy Mid-Length Hairstyle
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#23: Layered and Choppy Mid-Length Hairstyle

If you’re considering a mid-length haircut, ask your stylist to add some choppy layers. Medium layered haircuts with bangs and loose waves or curls are a popular option for women with every kind of lifestyle. If you want to embrace your natural texture, adding choppy, shaggy layers could be just what you need. Try styling this haircut with a light hold mousse on damp hair and scrunch the crown for the added lift at the roots.

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#24: Medium-Length Wavy Bob with Bangs

If you’re looking for a cut that will change up your look but can still be pulled back into a ponytail, try a medium-length wavy bob with bangs. Ask your hairstylist for a wavy lob that falls to the collarbone in front, and ends a bit shorter in the back with layers. Instead of blunt bangs, go for a fringe with a soft texture that is a bit longer in the corners. This hair length suits any face shape, framing and enhancing women’s facial features. If you have thick tresses, make sure weight is removed from the interior to prevent too much width.