47 Popular Short Choppy Hairstyles for 2018

Short choppy hair adds amazing texture that will take your look up a notch. Whether you have a bob, pixie, or an a-line haircut, adding some grit or disconnected layers into your look will really change the shape and make it more interesting. You’ll be amazed by the versatility that these gorgeous choppy haircuts have to offer!

The world of choppy texture is versatile, flattering, and beautiful! Grab your pomade, wax, or texture spray to enhance your new chunky or razored cut. Now is a fantastic time to have short hair!

Be realistic when choosing a hairstyle for you. Ask yourself if your personality really wants a rocker and edgy hairstyle, or more of a soft and feminine style. If you’re not sure, opt for a longer hairstyle that has more versatility instead of pigeonholing yourself into one look.

Most of these short choppy hairstyles are super easy to style. Who doesn’t want a wash and go look? Embrace a fun new choppy hairstyle today.

Short Curly Shag

Short Curly Shag
Instagram @sandy_hogue_coiffeur

Work with your marvelous curls by trying out this on-point loose shag. Ginger is a rocking color that can add shine and vibrancy even to textured hair.

Choppy Hairstyle for Over 60

Choppy hairstyle for women over 60 years old
Instagram @theparlour

A gorgeous hairstyle for thinning hair is the all-time favorite messy bob. Dark roots and highlights for a natural grey hair plus long layers create an illusion of depth and volume to the overall look.

Beautifully Short Textured Hair

Beautifully short textured hair
Instagram @tara_lorenzoni85

The long bob is everyone’s favorite go-to hairstyle for its super low upkeep and versatility for styling. A trick if you want a wash-and-go lob is to add some beach waves and an ombre of your natural hair color that looks amazing even after a long period of time.

Choppy Cut for Thick Hair

Choppy cut for thick hair
Instagram @michaelsebastian1

Messy chopped bobs are a stunning way to remove the bulk off your thick hair but still keep the volume you naturally have. This all-time chic and cool look doesn’t need a certain face shape to work, as long as you have the confidence to rock it!

Choppy Short Bob for over 50s

Choppy short bob for women over 50
Instagram @junemanghair

This is a beautiful razor cut that works well with natural texture and color for an easy yet super cute look. Wear it with bangs and watch yourself transform into a gorgeous youthful lady!

Chopped Bob For Fine Hair

Chopped bob for fine hair
Instagram @cloverandwoollysalon

Don’t think that there’s only much to do if you have fine hair! A choppy wavy asymmetrical bob painted with blonde highlights is just one example that amazingly works in adding volume and movement to your hair.

Chopped Layers for Thick Wavy Hair

Chopped layers for thick wavy hair
Instagram @nicolekeenen

Q&A with style creator, Nicole Keenen
Stylist @ PROPAGANDA HAIR GROUP in Austin, TX

How would you describe this look?

This is a low maintenance look. I love how much texture you can create using a straight razor on fine hair.

I think people with fine hair tend to shy away from having a lot of layers, but I really think it can bring limp hair to life when done right.

Any advice for someone considering it?

This look is really a light version of a shag. Embrace your natural texture, or you can also enhance the texture with the right products. For her hair, we used a curl defining mousse and some sea salt spray from Davines. Also, second and third-day hair is really when this look is at its peak.

Stand-out Short Choppy Layered Hair

Stand-out short choppy layered hair
Instagram @snauren

Q&A with style creator, Lauren Fletcher
Professional Stylist @ Gumdrop Hairdressing in Montclair, NJ


How would you describe this look?

This look is a fun flirty platinum textured bob. It’s pretty classic as far as the cut goes, above the shoulders, a little a-line, however, the interior is seriously texturized using slide cutting. The color also adds an edgy take on this look.

The best thing about this look is for sure the color. Nothing makes me (and probably most colorists) happier than a perfect white blonde.

Any advice for someone considering it?

This is not a low maintenance look by any means. When a client comes to me with a look like this I am honest in telling them that they need to maintain the health of the hair and keep up this platinum color by re-touching every 4 weeks.

The haircut itself is also not low maintenance in that it requires a good amount of styling to look like this picture every day. We used a moisturizing cream, a flexible hairspray, a texturizing hairspray, and a 1 1/4″ Marcel iron to complete this look.

It is honestly pretty universally flattering in my opinion, however, the difficulty is that most clients are not willing to put in the time and energy to maintain a look like this.

Short Choppy Layered Bob

Q&A with style creator, Jenn Bridgman
Stylist @ Boho House Salon in Vero Beach, FL


How would you describe this look?

This is a razored bob with internal texture and light layering to create plenty of movement. I highlighted a few sections around her face and then used a demi-permanent cherry/violet red all over for about 20 minutes to create beautiful shine and pop, especially in the highlighted sections. After drying, I used a 1 3/4 inch barrel curling iron to make messy waves and show off the razored texture.

I love the length, the rich tone of the color, and the smile on my client’s face. She came in wanting a huge change and it was so much fun being able to do that for her.

Any advice for someone considering it?

This mid-shoulder length is flattering on most everyone. It’s a great style for summer because it feels short and swingy but can still go up in a ponytail.

Depending on the natural hair texture, a little sea salt spray, light hold cream, or gel scrunched into this haircut is all you need. The movement is built into the cut, so it will look good whether you want to spend a lot of time styling it or just wake up and go.

Choppy Blonde for Fine Thin Hair

Choppy blonde for fine thin hair
Instagram @hairbyasuka

Q&A with style creator, Asuka Jacqueline Takei
Hairstylist @ Bardot Salon in Manhattan Beach, CA


How would you describe this look?

This is a tousled blunt bob. It’s disheveled yet can be dressed up or down. The messy waves are created by “denting” (I like to call it dents instead of waves), in different directions all over. Since it’s a messy look, you don’t have to worry about making those perfect dents with whatever tool you’re using. It can be created by flat iron, curling iron, or wands.

I like to highlight, brighten around the face, and soften everywhere else to minimize crazy visible regrowth. That way she can go for few months without refreshing her color.

Any advice for someone considering it?

This look is especially good for clients with thin hair. The blunt ends will give a fuller look. If you have thicker hair, having more texture taken out will still give this fun look without being too bulky.

Since this again is a messy look, you can wear it for few days depending on how long you usually like to go between washes. Just put some dry shampoo and texturizing sprays and you’re good to go. My morning routines are so easy and cut so much time. It’s nice for a quick outing or even a formal occasion. I think this look is youthful yet fun and sophisticated.

Choppy Bob for Over 40

Choppy bob for women over 40
Instagram @hairbyalyruth

Q&A with style creator, Alyssa DiVenere
Hairstylist @ Hair by Alyssa Ruth in McHenry County, IL


How would you describe this look?

Texture, texture, texture! My client was looking for a fun yet easy style, so this choppy bob was perfect for her. The part I love the most has got to be styling in those lived-in waves!

Any advice for someone considering it?

Make sure you talk to your hairstylist about products you should have at home to achieve the in-salon look on your own!

PS. A little Puff Me powder goes a long way!

Short Cut for Round Faces

Short blonde bob cut for round faces
Instagram @dorigeorge

Q&A with style creator, Dori George
Hairstylist @ Taboo Salon in Los Angeles, CA


How would you describe this look?

This look gives the classic beachy blonde look an edge. The bluntness of the cut gives my client automatic style with little effort.

Any advice for someone considering it?

This cut is perfect for the woman who wants a versatile look! The shorter length gives even fine hair a fuller appearance.

You can style it straight for a more professional appearance or you can use a flat iron to create messy waves. A texturizing spray like Kevin Murphys “doo-over” is essential to play up the messy look.

Short and choppy can be stylish and sophisticated!

Versatile Lived-In Choppy Shag

Q&A with style creator, Ruben Rosales
Colorist / Stylist @ Ruben Rosales Hair in Austin, TX


How would you describe this look?

I would describe this look as a modern, lived-in shag. Its versatility makes it one of my favorite cuts to do. You have many options when it comes to styling this cut without having to keep a lot of length.

Any advice for someone considering it?

When considering this haircut, keep in mind your texture and your current color placement. This cut is worn best on textures that are naturally wavy or created to look wavy. I also love adding dimensional color to the hair to complement the movement of the haircut. It’s a cut great for a woman on the go.

I love using Kristen Ess Air Dry spray to prime the hair and air dry. This gives the hair some amazing beach texture and volume. I then suggest polishing hair a bit by using a 1 1/4-inch barrel iron to create some loose waves. Finish off with a little dry texture spray by Oribe or Kristen Ess and give it a shake. Now you’re ready to take on the week!

Simple Choppy Textured Bob

Simple Choppy Textured Bob Hairstyle
Instagram @thebloomsalon

Q&A with style creator, Haley Burger
Stylist @ Bloom Salon in Dexter, MO


How would you describe this look?

I would describe this look as a simple textured bob. We didn’t get too crazy on the layers, but still wanted a lot of movement and texture.

My favorite thing about this cut is how diverse it is with styling. Whether my client wants to keep it straight and smooth or tousled and textured, she can create so many styles from the same cut.

Any advice for someone considering it?

Find the right products! Before creating a look like this for a client, I like to do a consultation on their daily routine of styling and products used. For some clients, this cut can be easy to style and go, but for others, it may require more styling with tools and products.

If a client’s natural texture doesn’t add to the cut, they need to be aware that they may be spending more time styling. Finding the right products is key to helping my client achieve the look they’re wanting. One product I always suggest for a look like this is Joico’s Hair Shake. It really is a great product for any hair type and easily creates an effortless, textured look. It’s a life changer for clients who want an easy fix for their style.

Funky A-Line Choppy Bob

Funky A-Line Choppy Bob
Instagram @_hairbyhannahb_

Q&A with style creator, Hannah Goble
Hairstylist @ A Moment’s Peace Salon & Day Spa in Franklin, TN


How would you describe this look?

This look is funky, fun, and trendy!

My favorite thing about this cut is that it’s extremely easy to style and manage. Throw in some texture spray and a couple of flat iron curls and you are good to go! Styling takes ten minutes from start to finish.

Any advice for someone considering it?

This look is ideal for an oval face shape and a carefree personality!

Deep Side Part Texture

Deep Side Part Texture
Instagram @adeimyhair

Q&A with style creator, Vanessa
Hairstylist & Colorist @ Adeimy Hair in Binghamton, NY


How would you describe this look?

I always describe this look as “cool girl hair”. It is a texturized, one-length bob. Unlike last seasons “lob”, it’s shorter, sexier, and a little bit edgier!

My favorite thing about the look is the straight perimeter with the texture that is all in the interior of the hair. This means that if you don’t have a lot of time to get ready, you still have nice line that makes it look like your hair is “done”. The texture provides nice movement and body in the hair.

Any advice for someone considering it?

If you are considering this look, GO FOR IT! It works for all hair types! That’s what’s so great about it. If your hair is on the thinner side, the nice one-length can add the appearance of fullness, just make sure you don’t over texturize! if your hair is on the thicker side or even curly, the texturizing can work to debulk the hair so you don’t end up looking like to you just put a bowl on top of your head and cut it!

As for face shape, I don’t believe in that! While haircuts can work to hide or accentuate features, your most important feature is your confidence. It’s like telling someone of a certain body size they can’t wear horizontal stripes. I don’t do that!

This look can be achieved with a large barrel curling iron, a flat iron, or a wand. The trick is to always make sure to leave an inch of the ends out to help achieve that bedhead, beachy wave. Finish with a texture spray to emphasize the texture and give some hold. And always make sure to use a heat protectant before heat styling!

My favorite products right now are anything from the LOMA line. It’s an all-natural line that uses essential oils for its fragrance. It smells and works amazing! The best part about it is that for a professional line, it’s very affordable.

For this look, I used two pumps of Loma’s Nourishing Oil on damp hair before blow drying with a round brush. I then used a 1 1/2-inch curling iron, rolling the hair away from the face while leaving out the ends. I finished with Saints and Sinners’ new texturizing spray to loosen the curls and give that sexy finish!

Extroverted Short Choppy Pixie Cut

Q&A with style creator, Eduardo Gonzaga
Hair Designer & Hair Therapist @ Espaço Valentin in Paraná, Brasil


How would you describe this look?

This look demonstrates an extroverted personality. The style is confident and relaxed, but without losing her femininity.

It is a practical and versatile haircut. The delicacy and subtlety are due to the neutral colors that talk to each other. The babylights are almost transparent, providing a charming and sweet lighting effect for the entire look.

What I like best about this look is the way it freed the client from an introverted and submissive posture and took her to a happy and confident posture!

Any advice for someone considering it?

A customer who is considering this look should consider that this is a haircut for practical, irreverent people who do not have time to go to the beauty salon frequently. It is an easy maintenance cut with no need to brush. It also serves to create a brave and fascinating appearance that accentuates the feminine aspects of the customer’s face. It is perfect for fine hair because it provides volume.

The professional who chooses to make this transformation on his client must bear in mind, above all, that it is necessary to observe the visual and physical language of the client. The cut must wear the color and personality of the client in order to value the beauty of it.

This client works as a quality control specialist for a food industry. She sought me out because she had a frail and delicate weight-bearing image that did not suggest her extroverted and strong side. She had long, straight strands that were so poorly handled, that they even expressed a certain submission to strangers. After the consultation, in addition to improving her appearance, she wanted to express more credibility, energy, and strength to obtain a better professional performance. She also wanted practical hair that was easy to care for and maintain.

My job as a hair designer and image consultant boils down to helping my clients see the beauty in themselves, and this choppy pixie certainly helped this client do exactly that.

Short Choppy Crop

Short Choppy Crop
Instagram @magic.maker

Q&A with style creator, Erica Walker
Hair Artist @ Bleached a Salon in Statesville, NC


How would you describe this look?

This was actually a cut correction. Too much bulk with fine, curly hair gave my client a bowl cut silhouette. After carving out the extra weight, I was in awe. This cropped style really brought out her dainty features!

Any advice for someone considering it?

With a cocktail of Oway’s Nurturing Drops and Curly Potion, I polished and gently diffused her curls. She can extend this effortless look into day two with a spritz of sea salt spray and a little hand styling.

To hell with the rules. If you admire a haircut, especially for its simplicity, I don’t care if your head is on upside down or the perfect face shape. If you treat your hair like the crown it is, it will look good on you. And what style is more carefree than a pixie?

Disheveled & Disconnected Bob

Disheveled & Disconnected Bob
Instagram @kimmdidit

Q&A with style creator, Kim Erickson
Hairstylist @ evolution in Minneapolis, MN


How would you describe this look?

I love the duality of this disheveled, disconnected bob.

Any advice for someone considering it?

This client’s sides are shaved from temple breaks to the back of the ear to expose even more tattoos. The heavy fringe allows for full coverage or a bold side sweep. I cut the perimeter to the same length, then carved deep “V” shapes into vertical sections for easy moving texture. I used a razor to disconnect and remove bulk in the nape to create similar density from the front to the back.

The end result was making her fine, straight hair look just as fresh when heat styled or hand dried with minimal effort. I created random bends with a 1 1/4-inch Marcel iron, spraying her hair while wet and dry with my own mixed potion. Mix 1-2T of LANZA Healing Oil into LANZA Beach Spray. Shake well and spray generously from scalp to ends for soft, undone texture.

Choppy & Messy Lob

Choppy & Messy Lob
Instagram @emilyyork

Q&A with style creator, Emily York
Hairstylist @ Studio Luxe Hair and Skin Spa in Portland, OR


How would you describe this look?

Messy lobs are some of my favorite haircuts. I love them because not one of my lobs looks exactly like the other. I tailor each one to fit the style of my client. Most of the cut is done dry and it’s very visual so I can get creative.

Using balayage with this cut just enhances that creativity even more. Before I color and cut, I have a plan in my head of where I want most pieces to lie and what pieces I want to pop with color.

Any advice for someone considering it?

If the cut and balayage is done right, you should be able to wear the hair straight or curled. Curled hair shows off the cut and color so much more, so I teach my clients how to curl or wave their hair.

For this look, I used a flat iron to create waves, spraying in a light hold hairspray by Davines first and combing it through so the hair wasn’t sticky. I finished the look with Kevin Murphy’s Hair.Fresh all over to give it a textured look.

Asymmetrical Choppy & Jagged Bob

Asymmetrical Choppy & Jagged Bob
Instagram @desideeray

Q&A with style creator, Desiree Gilmore
Colorist and Shag Dry Cutter @ Chapman Green Salon in Dothan, AL


How would you describe this look?

I love messy bobs! I dry cut so that I can see the form and texture better. My aim was to create as many visual points in the hair. I did the color as well and feel like the haircut plays well with the color.

My favorite thing about it is that it is very textured without being too choppy. I like to create hairstyles that aren’t a lot of fuss.

Any advice for someone considering it?

My client is very busy, so just blow dry with a little over-direction for body. I also love to finish with the cool air setting to help the hair piece together. I like to finish with a texture spray or flexible hairspray.

Soft Choppy Undercut

Q&A with style creator, Louis Macdonald
Assistant Manager / Style Director @ Toni&Guy Camberley in Surrey, UK


How would you describe this look?

This look is a variation of a soft undercut shape combined with a rounded graduation at the back and freehand sliced textures throughout the top to create a loose, playful feeling.

My favorite thing is the short graphic fringe and the serrated, overlaying multi-level textures.

Any advice for someone considering it?

Be brave! This short, dynamic cut is versatile so you can wear it many ways for any occasion. It’s ideal for people with heart or oval-shaped faces and high cheekbones.

To recreate the look, use Label M Blowout Spray and wrap dry the hair flat with a brush comb. Use straighteners for an ultra smooth finish, then apply Label M Power Paste (for thicker hair) from root to tip, moving the hands from side to side and working toward the front to style as desired. Easy!

Choppy Blonde Undercut Pixie

Choppy Blonde Undercut Pixie
Instagram @hhvvrrr

Q&A with style creator, Heather Ariasi
Senior Stylist @ JCPenney Salon in Green Bay, WI


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

This is an undercut pixie with choppy layers, a tapered bang and a shadow root.

My favorite thing about this look is the versatility. My client was looking for something she could put in a top knot during volleyball games and that she could wear messy and textured, but also put together. The shadow root was a great option since she was off to her first year in college and we needed to stretch time in between appointments, sans the growing pains!

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

Products for this little lady are simple. A fiber paste like Manipulator from Bed Head is perfect to get some bump at the root and piece out the ends. Follow it up with a dry hairspray like Joico’s Power Spray Fast-Dry Finishing Spray and you’ll get a firm but touchable finish that is a must-have for layered looks like this.

I also recommend Matrix So Silver once a week to beat the brass and keep the shadow cool and consistent as it grows out.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

While I firmly believe that no haircut is wrong on any face shape, I do think this is best executed on coarser hair to reinforce the choppiness. Likewise, the undercut is great for cooling down athletic clients or busy-bees on the go with too much density to handle, as long as they can find 15 minutes to style their hair in the morning of course!

Bold & Edgy Disconnected Pixie

Bold & Edgy Disconnected Pixie
Instagram @jaasdoeshair

Q&A with style creator, Jaas Diaz
Hair Artist @ Good Beauty Chicago in Chicago, IL


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

This is definitely a bold and edgy haircut. My favorite thing about it is the disconnection.

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

I recommend BROKEN DREAMS by IGK hair. It’s a texture paste that you can apply to amp up the volume and add life to the hair.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

I recommend this look to someone who isn’t afraid of something different. It’s a very very bold look. This would work best for someone with an oval face shape as well.

Choppy Hair with Bangs

Choppy Hair with Bangs
Style by Richard Weintraub, Makeup by Stephanie Parja, Yellow Strawberry Hair Salon, Sarasota, FL

Tousled layers give this short hairstyle some serious kick. The unruly bangs are sexy and sassy!

How To Style:

  1. Use your fingers and blow dryer to remove moisture from strands. Don’t be too particular about what direction you are blow drying as you want to build up volume and grit.
  2. Use a flat iron on a few random pieces around the face to show off the layers.
  3. Tease the crown if needed and layer on some texture spray.

Recommended Products:

Try Joico Texture Boost Dry Spray Wax to really amp up the texture of this look.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

Round or square shaped faces would look great with this messy hairstyle. Thick hair with straight to wavy texture is ideal.

Tip:

The short choppy layers are echoed in the short choppy bangs. The matching textures make this overall look natural and harmonious.

Straight and Wavy Blonde Layers

Straight and Wavy Blonde Layers
Style by Sandra Carr, Makeup by Robbin Jackson, Sheer Professionals, Wooster, OH

The choppy layers on this hairstyle are styled in a softer way than a traditional shag. The ends are rounded out so the overall finish is more feminine and girly.

How To Style:

  1. Start with clean dry hair and part to the side.
  2. Use a large-sized curling iron to quickly hit the ends of strands all over the head. Flip one side out and away from the face and the other side towards the face to create the asymmetrical finish.
  3. Tease the crown slightly and spray with a texture spray.
  4. Scrunch up strands with your hands to rough up the look a little to keep it from appearing too “perfect”.

Recommended Products:

CHI Spray Wax is a great product to add softer texture to hair.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

Round and square shaped faces would look awesome with this short hairstyle. Thin to medium amounts of hair on ladies with naturally straight to wavy texture will style easily into this look.

Tip:

Use a volumizing dry shampoo on day two for this style.

Raise the Roof

Short Choppy Hairstyle with Volume Side
Style by George Panagiotopoulos, Makeup by Caroline Lease, Yellow Strawberry Hair Salon, Sarasota, FL

This hair-raising cut has tons of volume and cool, chiseled layers. The interesting asymmetry and angled shapes make this a true stand out.

How To Style:

  1. Blow dry hair upside down to get as much volume as possible.
  2. When hair is dry, go in with a flat iron and detail the finish so it’s nice and sleek.
  3. Lift up the roots at the crown and spray with a strong hold hairspray.

Recommended Products:

Oribe Superfine Super Strong Hairspray will keep this style in place all day and night.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

Heart shaped faces are best for this look. Thin to medium amounts of texture with straight hair textures are ideal.

Tip:

Short hairstyles are still full of versatility. Slick this short style back for a modern/wet look, or pin hair up for a more punky style. Get creative and make the most of your short choppy hairstyle!

Angled Elegance

A cute short choppy hairstyle bob
Style by Folicle Salon & Spa, Charlotte, NC

Take cinnamon and spice up a notch with fabulously colored lowlights and highlights. Long, chunky pieces of hair around the front are perfectly disconnected from the tapered back. More disconnected layers in the bangs help add a multi-layered dimension to the cut.

How To Style:

  1. Protect your hair from heat and blow dry your hair with a paddle brush or a round brush to smooth.
  2. When hair is completely and totally dry, section out a small area at your neck and flat iron.
  3. Continue dropping down sections of hair and flat ironing so you get a perfectly sleek effect.

Recommended Products:

To get super straight hair, apply a product like Jonathan’s Stylist Professional Series Straightening Lotion. It protects hair from heat and gives it silky soft body and smoothness. Also consider using a shine serum to really amp up the shine like Glossing Mist by Pureology.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

Round and heart shaped faces are ideal for this a-line bob. The straighter your hair is naturally the better, and thin to thick hair would work with this style of hair.

Tip:

You don’t have to have bangs to pull off this gorgeous haircut! Keep them longer and you’ll still have a beautiful shape.

Cutting Edge

A short choppy, razor haircut angle
Style by Shortino’s Salon & Spa, York, PA

This razored out fringe creates a fun shattered effect all around the face. Keeping the rest of the layers long and sleek really makes the front choppy pieces stand out. Deep raspberry highlights add a pop of color throughout this edgy haircut.

How To Style:

  1. Apply smoothing products to your hair before you blow dry and use a paddle brush or round brush to blow dry your entire head. Really pull the hair towards the face when you are drying.
  2. Section out hair so you can flat iron small pieces of hair straight and smooth. Again, pull the hair towards the face while flat ironing to really frame the face.

Recommended Products:

Using products that help keep the hair smooth and straight will really be key to this style look fantastic. Try Garnier Blow Dry Perfector Straightening Balm for sleek hair. It has Moroccan oil as an ingredient to really soften hair too. Follow up with Garnier’s Flat Iron Perfector Straightening Mist on your dry hair before you flat iron.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

Due to the face-framing perimeter, this hairstyle would work on all face shapes and on clients who have straight hair of any thickness.

Tip:

For this particular style, make sure you are not the type of person who likes to put their hair behind their ears because it defeats the purpose of having the razored fringe around the face.

Copper Escape

A short choppy hairstyle
Style by Carmen Carmen Salon Spa, Charlotte, NC

Gorgeous copper and gold hair shimmers as it’s tousled about. Jagged ends are full of brilliant texture and fun detail. The ends seem to dance around the face and look incredible with the chiseled pieces around the jawline. Keeping the layers medium to long give this choppy hairstyle a ton of fabulous movement and magnificent volume.

How To Style:

  1. To get the most volume out of your hairstyle, try blow drying your hair upside down with a paddle brush.
  2. Remove most of the moisture from your hair, then flip your hair right side up and use a round brush to finish of the ends and round them under.
  3. Part your hair way over to the side to create that huge voluminous mound on top of your head.

Recommended Products:

This style has tons of volume, so use a mousse like Privé Root Amplifier to help achieve it. Just a small amount goes a long way to adding great body and lift. Also, spray your hair with Privé Flash Brilliance while it’s wet to cut down drying time and add incredible shine.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

The soft chiseled layers will compliment most faces, though round shaped faces should opt for a bit more layering to add some balance. Medium to thick hair is great and naturally straight hair or with a subtle wave is ideal.

Tip:

Keep in mind that with a picture like this, the hair is pulled dramatically over from the side which is not a completely realistic way to wear it every day. Ask your stylist to help customize the cut and style to make it slightly more wearable for daily life.

Rock Chick

Short choppy hair with bangs
Style by Acacia Cronic, Elon Salon, Marietta, GA

This choppy hairstyle screams texture. Razored ends poke and flip out all over the place from the front to the back of this amazing cut. Short, frayed bangs and choppy layers, as well as the multi-faceted colors throughout, keep your eye moving around the hairstyle.

How To Style:

  1. Apply some foam or light hold mousse to the hair right out of the shower to add some texture to your blow dry.
  2. Part hair to the side and simply blow your hair dry using your fingers to coax hair in the direction you want to lay. For example, blow the bangs forward and to the side and the top crown layers back.
  3. When hair is completely dry you may go in with a flat iron to smooth some of the pieces.
  4. The fun part of this hairstyle is to add the fun flicks of texture by using some hair wax or pomade.

Recommended Products:

I love Thickening Pomade from Fat Hair. It plumps up your hair’s texture with a matte finish that thickens as you style. Fine haired clients rejoice!

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

Round, pear and heart shaped faces would look great with this long-banged, rocking pixie. Thin to thick hair would be amazing, but curly hair would not!

Tip:

Be prepared! Keep some styling cream or pomade in your purse for any necessary touch ups throughout your day.

Fringe Benefits

Picture of a short choppy pixie hairstyle
Style by Euphoria Salon, Beachwood, OH

This cute pixie cut has longer bangs that have been chipped at to create a nice texture and wispy feel. A tapered area in the back is still kept soft with razored edges. Pop in some lighter colored highlights to break up the color.

How To Style:

  1. Use a comb on your hair right out of the shower to part your bangs forward and to the side.
  2. Use your fingers to comb through the rest of your hair, pulling it in the directions you want it to go.
  3. Blow dry your hair using a round brush on the bangs and your fingers on the rest.
  4. Use a flat iron around the front of the face and on the bangs to pull hair forward.
  5. Break up the sleekness and add texture by using the tips of your fingers to piece out the bangs and the back of your hair with product.

Recommended Products:

To add some texture to this short crop, opt for a hair wax or pomade. I like Healthy Sexy Hair’s Soy Paste to break up and show off all the great chunky layers.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

The thicker bang and face framing layers are perfect for heart shaped faces. Pretty much all hair thicknesses can achieve this style, but girls with crazy curls will have a harder time styling these sleek bangs.

Tip:

Keep in mind that short haircuts are low maintenance for everyday drying and styling, but require more trips to the salon to keep the length and shape. Weigh the pros and cons before plunging into this short pixie style.

Blonde Culture

A short crop haircut
Style by King Matthews

This cute crop looks sleek and serene, but look closer and notice all the amazing piecy texture! Short, choppy strands of hair sprout out around the crown area down into an edgy perimeter. Soft and sweeping side bangs create a flattering shape and blonde highlights help frame the face as well.

How To Style:

  1. Out of the shower, use a comb and part your hair deeply on one side.
  2. Use a paddle brush to blow dry your entire head of hair. Use a round brush on the bangs to add some softer shape.
  3. Use your flat iron to detail and smooth the hairstyle when you are done.
  4. Use your fingers and some pomade to piece out the layers on the ends.

Recommended Products:

Use a mousse to add body or a foam like ghd Style Total Volume Foam, then use a light pomade like Murray’s. Privé has a Texture Spray that would be fabulous to add some grit too.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

Heart and oval shaped faces would look best with this style, but round and square shapes may be able to pull it off as well. Thin to medium thick hair will look even fuller with this short hairstyle because of the multiple layers. Straighter hair will look most like the picture, but clients who have slight wave will look adorable too.

Tip:

Be versatile with your haircut. This particular cut would look gorgeous slicked back as well!

Short Shag

Short and choppy shag hairstyle
Style by Above & Beyond Salon, Vermilion, OH

Short and sexy edges make up this cute crop. The edges taper at the neck and are razored throughout – even up into short sprouts at the crown. Leaving the bangs long and smooth help keep this edgy haircut feminine.

How To Style:

  1. Part bangs to the side and blow dry your entire head.
  2. Flat iron bangs if you need to.
  3. Use your favorite pomade at the roots for volume and on the tips of the hair for texture. Done!

Recommended Products:

Use a fun pomade to really add those fun flicks and volume to the hair like American Crew’s Pomade medium hold. Add extra hold and texture by using Privé Texture Spray.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

Square shaped faces are best for this edgy shag. Straight hair that is medium to thick works best.

Tip:

Ask your stylist to cut your hair with a razor instead of traditional cutting shears so you really get the optimal texture. The ends will feel chunkier and will actually grow out better that a scissor cut.

Flirty Flip

Short choppy and layered flipped hairstyle
Style by DeeDee Hightower

These choppy layers are perfect for flipping under or for flipping out. I absolutely love the long side bangs that blend perfectly into the layers. Hair is cut close to the neck and then chiseled up into whimsical pieces around the face.

How To Style:

  1. Apply a nice blow dry lotion to help with the blow dry and to protect your hair from heat.
  2. Blow dry your hair with a paddle brush to really smooth out the hair as your remove moisture.
  3. Flat iron the bangs to the side and bevel the ends back and away from the face.
  4. Start at the bottom of your hairstyle and use a large curling iron to flip out the ends of the hair strands.
  5. Drop down more hair in sections until you have flipped out all the ends of the hair.
  6. Gently break up your iron work with your fingers and then lock in place with hairspray.

Recommended Products:

A fabulous blow dry lotion is Redken’s Satin Wear. Apply and comb through before you blow dry for a silky soft finish. Use Healthy Sexy Hair’s Soy Weightless Touchable hairspray to keep the ends flipped out without weighing them down.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This face shape is good for girls with round and square shaped faces. If you have thin to thick or straight or wavy hair, this hairstyle can be rocked by you.

Tip:

Don’t hold the hair in the iron for too long or you could burn your hair. Just clamp the ends down, flip them out and release.

Strawberry Streaks

A short choppy angled bob hairstyle
Style by Miranda Reuting, Casal Aveda Institute, Youngstown, PA

Pale blonde color has subtle pink ribbons of color that add dimension and interest to this choppy hairstyle. This a-line haircut is made fun and unique with cool disconnected layers. Chop in some short side bangs to add some mystery!

How To Style:

  1. Apply a volume-activating product to damp hair and comb through, parting hair on the side.
  2. Section up hair then use a blow dryer and a medium-sized round brush to start drying the hair smooth and under. Drop section of hair down as you go until hair is completely dry.
  3. Use a flat iron if you need to smooth any frizzy pieces.
  4. Spray your hair with some hairspray to add volume and texture.

Recommended Products:

Use Nutritive Mousse by Kérastase for an incredible blowout that’s sure to shine and boast tons of body. Use Flash Brilliance by Privé to add shine on wet or dry hair, then follow up with a hairspray like John Frieda Sheer Blonde Crystal Clear Shape and Shimmer Hairspray to really show off your blonde color and layers.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This hairstyle works great on thicker hair that is more slightly wave or naturally straight. All face shapes can pull off this cute a-line haircut.

Tip:

After you blow dry your hair, use a curling iron to create a whole different look.

Punked out Pixie

A short pixie hairstyle
Style by Shortino’s Salon & Spa, York, PA

Keep the hair super short around the neck and taper softly up into adorably razored pieces for a totally stylish look! This hairstyle proves that just because your hair is short doesn’t mean you can’t rock fun highlights and color. Blonde peekaboos are nestled into brown and cherry ribbons that really glow.

How To Style:

  1. Put a touch of mousse or styling foam into the hair when wet to help add texture and grit before blow drying.
  2. Use the blow dryer and your fingers to blow dry hair towards the face. Use your fingers to piece out the ends as you dry them into the direction you want them to stay.
  3. Use a texturizing pomade to add volume and shine to top off your look.

Recommended Products:

Use a product with hold and shine so you kill two birds with one stone. Try Garnier Fructis Style Brilliantine Water-Based Shine Wax to really amp up your style with texture and volume.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

Medium thickness and wavy textured hair are ideal qualities for this pixie haircut. This hairstyle would look cute on all face shapes except square or more angular ones.

Tip:

Short pixie cuts like this look adorable with girly hair clips and bows. Add some sparkle to really make your short hairstyle shine.

Pixie On the Edge

Edgy Pixie with Bangs
Style by Dani Nye, Elon Salon, Marietta, GA

This rocked out pixie is totally funky and asymmetrical. One side is left longer and soft around the ear, while the opposite side is totally tapered up and around the ear. The full bangs and spikey crown area are awesome elements as well.

How To Style:

  1. Work a little mousse or foam through damp strands and comb through.
  2. Use your fingers to direct hair forward and to the side as you dry your strands.
  3. Point the nozzle of your dryer up in the back to create volume and spikes at the crown.
  4. Your drying time should have been enough to create the look you want, but go in with a flat iron if you feel that your look needs more detailing.
  5. Finish your look off by boosting up the texture with a hairspray or spray wax.

Recommended Products

A texturizing spray would be awesome at finishing this hairstyle off. Try KMS Hair Play Playable Texture Spray.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type

Round and heart shaped faces and thin to medium amounts of hair that have a slight wave to the texture an wear this look well.

Tip:

If you have thick hair, opt for products with more weight like creams and serums. If you have fine textured hair, opt for lighter products like foams and sprays.

The Mad Hatter

Short Hairstyle with Choppy Layers
Style by Katrina Mack, Kenneth Shuler Schools, Rocky Hill, SC

This wild hairstyle is definitely a standout. Choppy layers are tapered up in the back and get longer towards the front of the face. The red crimson hue really takes this style to the next level!

How To Style:

  1. Start with clean, dry hair that has been parted slightly to one side.
  2. Use a 1-inch curling iron to add wave to the entire head of hair.
  3. After you have finished curling, rub a medium hold pomade through your palms and rub it from the neck up, pulling hair up and out to create that wild volume.
  4. Continue putting your hands in and pulling hair strands up and out away from the scalp to create volume and shape.
  5. Finish off with a hairspray of your choice.

Recommended Products

L’Oreal Studio Line Overworked Hair Putty is the perfect product for this wild style.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type

Round or heart shaped faces with thin to medium amounts of hair with any texture can rock this look.

Tip:

Be patient and take your time when adding pomade to your hair. Use your fingers to pinch and piece out strands until you are satisfied with the results. The nice thing about pomades is that they are flexible and forgiving, so you have plenty of time to get your hair into the shape you desire.

Totally Posh

Short Tapered Choppy Hairstyle
Style by Sandy Hoyt, John Robert’s Salon & Spa, Cleveland, OH

This silky red hued hairstyle is so chic and cool. Tapered edged really hug and frame the face in a very flattering way and the killer side bangs are to die for.

How To Style:

  1. Dry hair by directing the hot air towards the front so hair lies down nicely on top.
  2. Because the style is so short on the sides and back, you only really need to use a brush on the top to help create a smooth finish.
  3. When strands are dry, use a flat iron to polish off the look.
  4. Use a paste to show off your fun texture.

Recommended Products

Healthy Sexy Hair Soy Paste is a great product to detail this choppy style.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type

Round or oval shaped faces with thin to thick amounts of hair that can be easily flat ironed can achieve this style easily.

Tip:

Even short hair needs a little TLC! Make sure you invest in good cleansing and styling products so your hair can be healthy and shiny.

Glamour Girl

Short Choppy Pixie
Style by Liza, Barberia Salon, Foster City, CA

Short, choppy pixies are all the rage right now and this cute and sassy version is a great inspiration.

How to Style:

  1. Blow dry bangs forward and down so they lie forward.
  2. Blow dry the rest of the hair in the direction you want to it stay.
  3. When hair is completely dry, go in with a flat iron if needed.
  4. Use flexible hold pomade or styling wax on hair to create texture and movement. Really pinch and piece out the bangs so they are separated and spikey.

Recommended Products

Short Sexy Hair Rocked Out is perfect at creating piecey finishes.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type

Oval or round shaped faces would look chic with this pixie haircut. Thin to thick amounts of hair with straight to wavy texture will style easiest.

Tip:

Spike up this pixie for a totally different look!

Smooth Shag

Sleek Short Hairstyle with Texture
Style by Joshua McDonald, Kathy Adams Salon, Buford, GA

This super sleek hairstyle has tons of choppy texture that can be played up or down.

How To Style:

  1. Blow hair dry with a paddle brush and really try to get hair to lie sleek and flat. Blow dry bangs forward so they lay down nicely.
  2. Use a flat iron to smooth out strands even more. This will also help add shine to your look.
  3. Tease the crown slightly for height at the crown.

Recommended Products

Put a dab of Moroccan Oil Treatment Light on damp hair and then again on dry strands before flat ironing for a super sleek look.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type

Square shaped faces look great with shags. This choppy ‘do is great for thin to medium amounts of hair. The straighter your hair is naturally, the better.

Tip:

Be cautious of hairstyles that require lots of heat. Try to flat iron hair every other day or take breaks on the weekend so you don’t overly apply mechanical heat to your strands. Always use a heat-protecting agent on hair as well.

Haute Chop

Short Blonde Hairstyle with Choppy Layers
Style by Acacia Cronic, Elon Salon, Marietta, GA

This blonde hairstyle is full of choppy layers! The uneven strands around the face are whimsical and edgy. The bangs are left more even and smooth and help balance out the look.

How To Style:

  1. Use a round brush to blow out your hair. Really round out the top layers to get maximum volume and lift.
  2. Smooth the bangs and the front pieces of hair out with a flat iron when hair is completely dry.
  3. Finish off and add hold to your look with a nice hairspray.

Recommended Products

Phyto Organics Natural Flexible Hold Memory Hair Spray Aerosol is a great finishing hairspray for a style like this one.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type

Heart shaped faces with thin to medium amounts of hair with straight to wavy texture work best for this style.

Tip:

Although short hairstyles are quicker and easier to style from day to day, they require more visits to the salon for cutting maintenance.

Spice it Up

Sexy Short Pixie with Volume
Style by Eric Brunson, Jazza Hair Salon, Columbia, SC

This short, sexy pixie has lots of pizazz. The hair is full of volume and whimsy! This is a fun hairstyle to try if you want something that really stands out.

How To Style:

  1. Blow dry bangs forward and down so they lie forward.
  2. Blow dry the rest of the hair up to create volume at the roots.
  3. When hair is completely dry, go in with a flat iron on the bangs if needed.
  4. Use flexible hold pomade or styling wax on hair to create texture and movement.

Recommended Products

Dfi Light Wax Medium Hold Hair Styling Wax will help you create the whimsical texture you see here.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type

This pixie would look great on round, heart or square shaped faces. Thin to medium amounts of hair with wispy texture is ideal.

Tip:

Hairstyles like this require a lot of product daily to make them work. Make sure you cleanse your hair well in the shower by using a purifying shampoo once or twice a month to remove product buildup on your strands.

Pretty Professional

Cute Choppy Hairstyle with Texture
Style by Stephanie Savoie, Kenneth Shuler Schools, Rocky Hill, SC

This cute, choppy hairstyle has lots of dimension and texture. The neck is tapered short and the layers on top are left longer for softness. It’s a very polished look for any young lady!

How To Style:

  1. Blow dry your hair back and away from your face.
  2. Use your fingers to part hair to the side and brush through hair to break up your blow dry work.
  3. Rub a pomade on your palms, then work it through strands to show off the texture of the cut.

Recommended Products

Redken for Men Maneuver Working Wax is perfect for showing off fun textured hairstyles like this one.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type

Diamond shaped faces and thick hair with wavy texture are ideal for this style.

Tip:

When your hair has great natural texture and doesn’t frizz, you can just use your fingers to dry and style.

Mysterious Maven

Short Hairstyle with Long Bangs Side
Style by Lisa Jordan, Elon Salon, Marietta, GA

This super sweet style has tons of attitude and lots of texture. Choppy layers are cut throughout and the long sweeping bangs are fun and dramatic.

How To Style:

  1. Blow dry hair with a round brush in the direction you would like to it lay.
  2. When hair is completely dry, go in with a flat iron to detail the style and really make it smooth.
  3. Use a waxy spray or a hairspray all over to and scrunch up with fingers to create that gritty finish.

Recommended Products

KMS Hairplay Dry Wax Spray will help you achieve the volume and gritty finish that makes this style pop.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type

All face shapes would be flattered by this tapered bob. Medium amounts of hair that are on the straighter side are best.

Tip:

If you’re not sure about having bangs, start off with having them longer so you can pin them back if you need to.

Great Heights

This voluminous pixie is off the charts in style and funk! Shaved sides are offset by chunky and long top layers that can be worn smooth or spiked.

Voluminous Pixie Hairstyle
Style by Allison Opiola, Planet Color Hair Salon, Mokena, IL

How To Style:

  1. Blow dry hair forward, but lift up on the roots to get some volume.
  2. Flat iron each piece (if needed) to eliminate frizz.
  3. Layer on volumizing and texturing sprays. Lift up hair and spray generously for height and hold.

Recommended Products

Use Big Sexy Hair Dry Shampoo to add volume and grit to your strands, then use a super strong hairspray like Elnett Satin Hairspray Extra Strong by L’Oreal.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type

Heart and oval shaped faces will be flattered by this cut, but this look can really work on any face shape as long as you have the attitude to back it up! Thin to thick hair with slightly wavy texture is ideal.