Top 22 Choppy Haircuts & Hairstyles You’ll See Right Now

Best choppy haircut ideas

Looking for a fun and flirty haircut? Try a choppy hairstyle! These looks are not only fun but easy to achieve as well. This trend can be worn short, medium or long, and is super versatile. Choppy haircuts create volume, definition, and movement within your hair. The choppy layers can provide you an asymmetrical or blunt look, depending on how your stylist chops it.

So before your next hair appointment, check out these photos of choppy haircuts.

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Choppy Neck-Length Cut

“I would describe this choppy cut as a fun, slightly edgy look with blonde highlight,” says stylist Kate Vose of Southington, CT. ” It’s also a cut with choppy jagged ends that can be easily grown out to a longer style if you decide to do so.”

Vose styled this blonde hair using Kevin Murphy products. “I washed and conditioned with Angel Wash and Rinse, then spritzed with a little Untangled before the cut. Before the blow dry, I used Anti.Gravity, and after I waved it I sprayed a tiny bit of Session.Spray, tousled it and finished with Shimmer Me Blonde. I used a 1 1/2-inch curling iron and tousled the curls to create fun, sexy waves,” she explains.

She adds, “this model has fine hair but a good amount of it, which makes great ideas for short choppy haircuts. It’s long enough to be pulled into a ponytail but short enough to make for easy, fast styling whether straight or with waves.”

Asymmetrical Choppy Undercut Hair

Asymmetrical choppy undercut hair
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An asymmetrical choppy undercut hair is youthful and gives finer hair the volume it needs. Ladies with short fine hair will love the textured choppiness as it gives fullness to the style. The undercut to the side adds depth to the hair by shadowing the hairline, creating an illusion of thickness.

Spiky and Edgy Short Choppy Haircut

Spiky and edgy short choppy haircut
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Try a spiky and edgy short choppy haircut to get maximum movement in your finer hair. Instead of wearing a classic bob, add extra choppiness and spike to fill out thinner hair. Play around with some grooming clay from Aveda for a matte textured hold. The messier, the better.

Textured Choppy Short Bob

Choppy bob hairstyles are extremely on-trend. This short and choppy hair was created by master stylist Lillie of Chatswood, NSW.

“My favorite thing about it is how I have to cut to create this short choppy bob hairstyle,” Lillie says. “I have been doing a lot of freehand cutting which I love, so these textured cuts are just what I like! You create the volume and the wispy bits exactly where you want them.”

Bobs used to be for older women, businesswomen, women with strong personalities, and moms. Now is the time to break away from those overwhelming ideas for short choppy cuts that are so cliché.

Layered Choppy Bob with Fringe

Choppy hair can be easy to style. It’s a great way to liven up your style without having to totally change your haircut. Try this cropped, layered, and just plain fun look to really turn some heads.

Layered hairstyles are really great for women who want internal movement and natural-looking beach waves. This cut was created by stylist Haley Bixler of San Francisco, CA. “It grows out amazingly, as it takes the weight out of the bottom to prevent a triangle shape and the dreaded flip,” says Bixler.

This messy choppy bob is great for women who want to enhance their natural wave, get layers, and remove weight without having to sacrifice for a dated layered look.

“When asking your stylist for this short choppy layered hair, request a dry cut,” she suggests. “The look can also be achieved with a razor cut, but make sure not to have them razor your hair if it’s too dry or brittle because it can cause your chopped hair to fray out and become frizzy.”

Easy Modern Textured Lob in Choppy Haircut

Easy Modern Textured Lob in Choppy Haircut
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This choppy cut is definitely best described as a lob. It was created by hairstylist Kelly Lamond of Scranton, PA. “It modernizes the appearance of the bob by elongating the length in the front and shortening the hair in the back,” says Lamond.

“My favorite thing about this long bob is how it enhances a woman’s proportions and features around the face, as well as how it allows for volume and texture to be easily added to the style with the right cut,” she explains.

Lamond says maintaining this look is extremely important. “Shorter looks require frequent care. They inherently lose shape more quickly, therefore styling could become more difficult into week four or five due to outgrown movement/layering.”

Classic Choppy Short Haircut

Classic Choppy Short Haircut
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This short choppy hairstyle is classic and versatile. “It works well for all ages,” says hairstylist Sarah Megrue of Charleston, SC.

“You can make small adjustments to change the overall look and shape, but the best part is that it grows out beautifully,” she adds. “This haircut is generally easy to style. It looks great straight and will fall into place very easily. It takes on a whole new look with loose, casual waves. Think messy, tousled hair.”

Megrue says a good product to apply pre-blowout for short choppy hairstyles such as this would be a volumizing mouse. “Once dried, you can use a wand to create a loose curl, and finish it off with Full Dry Volume Blast from Living Proof to put in a light, airy, and voluminous texture.”

Medium-Length Choppy Hair with Layers

Medium-Length Choppy Hair with Layers
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This choppy hairstyle with layers was created by hair and makeup artist Kashmir of Boston, MA. “This look is best when it’s a little imperfect and lived-in and it’s perfect for almost any hair type,” explains Kashmir.

“If your hair is bone straight you will need to use a wand or iron to create some irregularity and make it piecey with a texturizing spray like Kevin Murphy Bedroom.Hair,” she adds. “If your hair is super curly, a product like Kevin Murphy Hair.Resort will help give it that messy, undone look.”

This haircut is literally perfect for everyone, but the choppy texture is what makes it truly spectacular.

Lovely Long Choppy Hair with Bangs

Lovely Long Choppy Hair with Bangs
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This long choppy hair with bangs was created by stylist Liana Le of NYC. “Movement and shape complement individual features through this invisible layering technique, leaving an endless range in creativity. This choppy hair with bangs is cool, yet remains truly feminine and soft,” says Le.

Her very favorite tip is to shampoo just the bangs and style them day-to-day. “The rest, I leave to the powers of dry shampoo or hair accessories. I’m a believer in not over-shampooing the hair. This habit will be favorable to the longevity of your overall scalp health,” she explains.

A fringe is a commitment. Be ready for great hair days, but also annoyingly bad ones.

Side-Parted Choppy Crop

Side-Parted Choppy Crop
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If you think you need a dramatic change, start by wearing this gorgeous but sassy choppy crop! A natural copper hue is sure to add softness to your long pixie, complementing your fair skin tone. Go for boyish choppy pixie cuts with top layers like this if you have thick locks, and the choppy layers will do some magic and offer a subtle movement.

Marvelous Medium Choppy Hair

Marvelous Medium Choppy Hair
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This dark sunkissed balayage on medium-length choppy hair is lifted by the subtle babylights and the messiness of the hair. Choppy tresses are the way to go if you’re wanting effortless volume and structure.

Face-Framing Long Choppy Hairstyle

Soft Face-Framing Long Choppy Hairstyle
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This soft face-framing, long choppy hairstyle was created by stylist William Lamb of the UK. “I love the way the blondes of this face-framing balayage are lighter and fall around the face to compliment her eye color and skin tone.”

Lamb says aftercare is the most important. “Because you are lifting the hair, it’s important to maintain the condition as much as possible.”

His go-to product is Schwarzopf BLONDEME because “it’s amazing to build up keratin in the hair to protect it as much as possible and prevent any breakage,” he explains. “To create the choppy waves, I recommend the GHD Classic curl tong. It is the perfect tool to add texture and movement to the hair and give it that perfect beach wave.”

Messy and Textured Choppy Cut

Messy and Textured Choppy Cut
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With a messy and textured cut plus long bangs, you create major hair inspo! It’s a choppy haircut in the form of a modern shag done by razor cutting. The added full choppy bangs are what bring extra fun and edge to the finish.

The key to a great shag like this lies in the locks’ natural texture. If you have wavy hair, this razor cut offers an effortless, lived-in vibe when styled with a sea salt spray. Now, if you’re looking for what’s trendy and low maintenance, this is the one to go for!

Short and Texturized with Top Choppy Layers for Women Over 50

This short pixie is a choppy and texturized women’s short haircut. It was handcrafted by hairstylist Michelle Champney of Noosa Heads, QLD. “What I like most about this pixie with a choppy top is all the length and texture we left around the perimeter of the cut.”

For the women that are interested in getting short choppy haircuts like this one,  Champney has a few things for you to keep in mind:

1. What’s your hair type? If you have straight hair or minimal wave, this short choppy pixie is fairly easy style for you. If you have curly, unruly, frizzy hair, this is not an achievable look without a LOT of work.

2. Face shape and side profile are always something to be taken into consideration when trying a new style. These short cuts don’t leave any room to hide behind. Make sure you’re ready for that! You also want to select a hairstylist that is experienced with short length of cuts. A trained stylist will understand how to balance out the haircut to bring symmetry to the face and profile.

3. Products are a must with this style! Without products, you’ll end up with a shapeless look. Use a texturizing paste to separate and define the hair. Depending on your hair type, Champney would also recommend a root volumizer for the crown.

4. Your lifestyle plays a huge factor in whether or not this look is right for you. This is a fairly easy look to take care of, but it still requires about ten minutes of work in the morning if you start from wet hair. Another thing to consider is if you mind having hair on your face. This gives it a soft yet edgy look. However, if you hate that feeling and are always pulling your hair back off your face, this might not be the style for you.

5. Expect to be in the salon every five to six weeks to maintain this cut. Short haircuts tend to need frequent trims to keep them in shape.

Shoulder-Length Choppy Locks

shoulder length choppy locks
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Shoulder-length choppy locks appear way better with waves. The effortless movement in this cut is what makes it glamorous. This one works so much better with a lived-in balayage. A dimension that is stunning, easy to maintain, and very natural-looking!

Cool Choppy Blonde Layered Bob

This choppy bob was created by stylist Marci Jameson Krachie of San Diego, CA.

“My favorite thing about it is its versatility” she explains. “If you blow-dry it smooth, it looks like a sleek bob. If you enhance your natural texture or use a curling iron, you get the cool and edgy look shown here.”

If you want to wear it messy, Krachie recommends a product like Sail or Rockaway by R+Co that lets you air dry using your natural texture. “This choppy layered bob is perfect for girls who love to air dry,” she adds.

Playful and Wavy Choppy Bob for Fine Hair

This wavy choppy bob for fine hair was created by hairdresser Kari Hayward of Salem, OR.

“You can do so many versions of this haircut to best suit you. You can make it a choppy a-line lob, maybe square, or play with the layering, or even add a fringe. I feel that as long as you keep those front corners in the perimeter it will be on-trend and flatter all face shapes,” she explains.

Most importantly,  Hayward says you will need to style this short cut with a curling iron, wand, or flat iron to create those beachy waves.  “I will always cut the bob with precision on the perimeter to allow for a straight look, but I feel that it will always look best with those undone curls.”

Short, fine-haired women love it because it can really make their hair appear thicker. With thick hair, you can cut out a lot of weight in the interior to make it feel lighter.

Keep scrolling through our slideshow and note that each choppy wavy bob has some sort of texture to it. Then pick your favorites to show your stylist.

70’s Inspired Choppy Shaggy Cut with Feathered Layers

This 70’s-inspired choppy shaggy cut with a feathered effect looks fashionable and offers versatility. Considering that it’s a choppy shag with a fringe, you’ll notice how it’s got that 70s rocker vibe. This type of cut allows for volume and extra lift around the crown without giving up its long length.

This 70’s inspired choppy shag was razor cut by stylist Linda de Zeeuw of Amsterdam, NL.

“It’s also referred to as a shag, a shaggy haircut, or a choppy layered haircut,” she explains. “Creating texture with a razor removes bulk from your hair and creates soft layers.”

de Zeeuw notes that you’ll need a fair amount of hair to create this shaggy cut. “However, women with fine hair types can choose a short shaggy hairstyle.  It’s easy to style, easy to maintain, just ask your stylist about the best options for your features and go for it,” she adds.

Blonde Choppy Hair with Middle Part

Sensational Blonde Choppy Hair with Middle Part
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“The best thing about this choppy hair cut is I got to float the line below the jaw,” says master cutter Guy Riggio of Beverly Hills, CA. “Vidal Sassoon always said a bob is between the jaw and the shoulder. If a woman can wear the bob on the slightly shorter side, I usually like to keep it a little bit longer than that.”

Riggio says, “the trick with cutting a bob is to make it look like you gave her an ideal length at one point but in actuality you let her leave the salon looking like it’s been two months since she got it cut. However, instead of doing straight-cutting lines, I use texturizing shears or thinning shears, or both. That way we don’t get any hard lines throughout.”

Ash Blonde Choppy Pixie Cut for Super Short Straight Hair

Cute Ash Blonde Choppy Pixie Cut for Super Short Straight Hair
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A cute choppy pixie cut looks great on fine tresses. Go for an ash blonde color to boost the soft finish of your super short haircut while you flaunt it with a subtle texture. Promise—you’ll appear dazzling with this cute short hair!

Choppy Curly Hair with Dark-Rooted Blonde Color

Choppy Curly Hair with Dark-Rooted Blonde Color
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This blonde choppy curly hair with dark roots is a total eye-catcher. The best hair type is natural curls. If you’re trying to grow out a gorgeous choppy curly crop, consider getting this haircut and style.

Gorgeous Choppy Shag for Thick Hair

Gorgeous Choppy Shag for Thick Hair
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To give your locks a new body and shape, here’s a short shag with bangs you should try! Feel free to style it with texture to bring out a lot of movement to your thick brown hair. To frame your face, opt for choppy bangs and a length that’s near your collarbone.