Top 20 Choppy Hairstyles You’ll See Right Now

Fabulous short choppy bob haircut

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.

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Medium-Length Choppy Hair with Layers

Medium-Length Choppy Hair with Layers
Instagram @kashmirhair

Q&A with style creator, Kashmir
Hair and Make-up Artist @ Viselli Salon in Boston, MA

How would you describe this look?

What I love most about this choppy hairstyle is its ease. This look is best when it’s a little imperfect and lived-in and I think it’s perfect for almost any hair type.

Any advice for someone considering it?

For anyone considering this look, the most important thing is texture.

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. 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.

Soft Face-Framing Balayage

Soft Face-Framing Balayage hairstyle
Instagram @willlambhair

Q&A with style creator, William Lamb
Vision Director @ Daniel Granger Hairdressing in Northampton, UK


How would you describe this look?

I love the way the blondes of this face-framing balayage are lighter and fall around the face to complement her eye color and skin tone.

Any advice for someone considering it?

Aftercare is the most important. Because you are lifting the hair, it is important to maintain the condition as much as possible. My 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.

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.

Versatile Messy Texture

Q&A with style creator, Sara Ashlee McClelland
Stylist @ Ananda Hair Studio in Asheville, NC


How would you describe this look?

I created this choppy haircut by doing a razor cut and focusing on bringing out her natural texture. She has lots of fine hair with a slight wave. I love razor cutting, especially on this type of hair because of how well it responds to this technique.

This cut is also asymmetrical to give more styling options and a fun edge to the look. I love this look because it’s an effortless, lived-in look that has so much texture and versatility.

Any advice for someone considering it?

This is a perfect look for someone that has a lot of fine hair and is looking for a more textured look that will be easy to maintain. It can easily be styled using a wand and finishing with Davines More Inside Dry Texture spray, a product I am obsessed with for this kind of look.

If you are looking for something trendy and low maintenance, then this is a perfect look for you.

Textured Choppy Bob

Q&A with style creator, Lillie
Balayage Expert / Master Stylist / Colourist @ Luxe Concept Salon in Chatswood, NSW


How would you describe this look?

This choppy bob is extremely on-trend. It first started with Lara Bingle and we all thought that would stop that year, but everyone got the chop! Margot, Selena, all the Kardashians, and a few more of those insta-famous girls have rocked this look, making it even more contagious.

This look is summery, but also very elegant, fresh, and modern while not being too sharp and posh. It is a lot more textured than those old-fashioned bobs, so it’s very easy to wear “undone”.

My favorite thing about it is how I have to cut to create this look. 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. It’s a very personal cut and I love to make things personal!

Any advice for someone considering it?

First of all, the client has to be ready to wear a bob. It sounds so easy, but it carries some stereotypes. Bobs used to be for older women, businesswomen, women with strong personalities, and moms. Now is the time to break away from those ideas that are so cliché. Bobs are fun. They are freedom! It doesn’t matter how old you are because bobs are now all about the texture and how you want to wear it.

I recommend owning a few texturizing products and hot tools. I personally work with GHD only and own four different stylers!

Before jumping into a big hair change, I always ask my clients how much they are willing to change. I think it’s a cool thing to do! It doesn’t matter the season or the age, textured bobs are an easy way to take your hair to another level. They are a bit of commitment, however. Clients have to maintain the haircut every six to eight weeks MAX.

Glam Layered Choppy Hair with Fringe

Choppy hair can be fun, flirty and easy to style. It’s a great way to liven up your style without having to totally change your haircut. Try one of these cropped, layered, and just plain fun looks this season to really turn some heads. Working with your stylist will give you the best results for product selection and the right look for you!

Q&A with style creator, Haley Bixler
Stylist @ Salt Salon in San Francisco, CA


How would you describe this look?

This cut is really great for someone who wants internal movement and natural looking beach waves. It grows out amazingly, as it takes the weight out of the bottom to prevent a triangle shape and the dreaded flip. It air dries really nice with a little texture spray or styling cream like Jackpot from R+Co. Once dry, flip your head over and spray with Death Valley dry shampoo and have effortless beach waves, or go in with some flat iron waves for a bit more of a polished wave.

Any advice for someone considering it?

This look is great for someone who wants to enhance their natural wave and get layers and remove weight without having to sacrifice for a dated layered look. When asking your stylist for this look, request a dry cut. 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 hair to fray out and become frizzy.

Modern Textured Lob

Modern Textured Lob hairstyle
Instagram @hezstudio

Q&A with style creator, Kelly Lamond
Hairstylist @ Hez Studio Salon & Spa in Scranton, PA


How would you describe this look?

This choppy cut is definitely best described as a lob. It modernizes the appearance of the bob by elongating the length in the front and shortening the hair in the back.

My favorite thing about this look 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!

Any advice for someone considering it?

I truly believe this cut works on most hair textures and helps or enhances most face shapes! However, always consult your stylist for your own specific needs and concerns.

Your lifestyle is your life. You need to and help your stylist know what will make your day to day rhetoric more convenient and not inconvenient!

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.

Hot tools are key to polishing a look. If you can master a couple of thick strands tousled with a curling iron and brushed out, then you can effectively style your new lob with little hassle.

Product use is based on hair texture and density. My usual go-to products that suit most lobs are KMS Hairplay Playable Texture, 2-and-1 Thermashape Free Shaper, and Big Finish hairspray by Goldwell. I also like to use Grid by R+Co on damp hair and finish with Trophy, also by R+Co.

Classic Choppy Short Haircut

Classic Choppy Short Haircut
Instagram @hairbysarahd

Q&A with style creator, Sarah Megrue
Hairstylist @ Canary Rock Salon in Charleston, SC


How would you describe this look?

I would describe this choppy hairstyle as classic and versatile. It works well for all ages!

I love that you can make small adjustments to it to change the overall look and shape, but the best part is that it grows out beautifully.

Any advice for someone considering it?

This haircut is generally easy to style. It looks great straight and will fall into place very easily. I love that it takes on a whole new look with loose, casual waves. Think messy, tousled hair.

A good product to apply pre-blowout 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.

Choppy and Texturized Short Cut

Q&A with style creator, Michelle Eileen Champney
Hairstylist / Colorist / Updo Artist @ Michelle Eileen Hair in Noosa Heads, QLD


How would you describe this look?

I would call this look a choppy and texturized women’s short haircut. What I like most about this style is all the length and texture we left around the perimeter of the cut. I feel this brings an edgy element into the style.

Any advice for someone considering it?

For the clients that are interested in getting this haircut, there are a few things to keep in mind.

1. What’s your hair type? If you have straight hair or minimal wave, this is a 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 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. I recommend a texturizing paste to seperate and define the hair. Depending on your hair type, I would also recommend a root volumizer for the crown. A little lift in the crown always looks good!

4. Your lifestyle plays a huge factor into 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. As you can see in the picture, the client has bits of hair styled forward onto her 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.

Choppy Top Short Bob

Q&A with style creator, Kate Vose
Stylist @ Simply Gorgeous The Salon in Southington, CT


How would you describe this look?

I would describe this choppy cut as a fun, slightly edgy look. I love its versatility because you can wear it wavy to show off the dimension of the highs and lows of the balayage, or wear it straight for a more sleek look. It’s also a cut that can be easily grown out to a longer style if you decide to do so.

Any advice for someone considering it?

This cut was styled 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.

This client has fine hair but a good amount of it, which is ideal for this style. This style is one of my absolute favorites. It is long enough to be pulled into a ponytail, but short enough to make for easy, fast styling whether straight or with waves.

Shoulder-Length Choppy Locks

Shoulder-Length Choppy Locks
Instagram @jessness_luxe

Q&A with style creator, Jessica Nercessian
Master Stylist @ Luxe Concept Salon in Chatswood, NSW


How would you describe this look?

This is what we call @luxeconceptsalon’s signature “lived-in color look”. It is incorporated with freehand painted balayage to seamlessly blend from dark to light, combining babylights around the hairline as a part of giving the color more pop in the places where you want to see it. I call these the “money pieces” because they are what really personalize the look.

Any advice for someone considering it?

To create this look, we used various colors within the salon. My favorites are Davines and Wella. Two to three different toners are used after a balayage service, being darker at the roots melting to lighter on the ends.

To choppy haircuts like this, I used the classic curl tong from GHD and finished off with Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray to complete the undone, textured, lived-in feel.

This look is perfect for any client that wants something easy to maintain and enjoys not having to come into the salon regularly for color. This look wouldn’t need to be redone for several months.

The cut always defines the color and coloring the hair to go with the cut is a must. This look works on all face shapes and can suit many lifestyles.

Choppy Layered Bob

Q&A with style creator, Marci Jameson Krachie
Stylist @ Fox and Jane Salon in San Diego, CA


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

This is a choppy bob. My favorite thing about it is its versatility. 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.

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

If you want to wear it messy, I’d recommend a product that lets you air dry using your natural texture. I like Sail or Rockaway by R+Co. After it’s dry, I like to use something to give it a light grit like R+Co’s Trophy or Dry Wax by AG.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

This is perfect for the girls (like me) who love to air dry. Whether you have thick or fine hair, this cut lets any natural wave in your hair shine! It can be cut longer or shorter, so is great for any face shape. Long live the choppy layered bob!

Playful Choppy Bob for Fine Hair

Q&A with style creator, Kari Hayward
Hairdresser @ Bria Beauty Boutique in Salem, OR


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

I would describe this look as a choppy bob. You can do so many versions of this haircut to best suit your client. You can make it a-line, square, 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.

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

Most importantly, I tell my clients that they will need to style this cut with a curling iron, wand or flat iron to create those beachy waves. We would then scroll through Pinterest and note that each choppy bob has some sort of texture to it. 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.

The size of curling iron is up to the client on their desired look. Mostly I will use a 1-inch to an 1 1/2-inch iron, depending on the length and density of the hair. Curl the hair vertically in about one-inch sections, working away from the face and leaving the ends out. Let the hair cool for a few minutes and either comb through with fingers or a wide tooth comb.

My favorite product to show off the texture is from Kevin Murphy. It’s called Doo.Over and it is a dry texture spray. If the clients hair falls on the thicker side, a beach spray or a very flexible pomade can be scrunched in. Lastly, I give it a little hairspray. Loreal Professional Infinium 4 is my favorite because it is on the dryer side and not sticky.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

This cut can really be personalized to almost anyone. Short, fine haired clients 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.

The look is supposed to look undone, so no need to spend a lot of time curling. If you can get away with not having to wash your hair every day, use the dry styling products like Doo.Over and the style will just keep getting better. You might just need a tweak here and there with the curling iron.

If you have a fuller face shape, having those strong corners in the front will give you more of an oval shape and if your face shape tends to be a bit longer, playing with the layers will give you the fullness on the sides for the perfect oval face shape. You can’t go wrong!

70’s Inspired Choppy Shaggy Bob

70's Inspired Choppy Shaggy Bob hairstyle
Instagram @klolorenzo

Q&A with style creator, Kristine Lorenzo
Senior Stylist @ Marin Hair Co. in Chicago, IL


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

I love this choppy shag look! It’s got that 70s rocker vibe I’m really into, but has a modern softer texture. It feels really fashionable, but has an “IDGAF” edge to it. I also love that this type of cut allows for volume, but can maintain the overall length.

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

The softness is key to keeping it modern. It looks dated if it gets styled too “spikey”. I recommend drying with a diffuser to maintain or enhance natural texture.

I’m a fan of Davines products. The sea salt spray is VERY EFFECTIVE. In fact, use a little less than you think you need because you can layer more on later if you need to. Don’t overdo it right out of the gate thought! Get the hair a little dirty in a good way. It will work better and look way cooler.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

This suits most people as long as the elements are customized properly for the individual. Depending on what features of the face I want to highlight, I might change where the fringe/bangs hit and where the layers should start, or where on the body I want the length to reach. In the case of the client in the photo, I wanted to frame her cheekbones and add lift around the crown where her hair gets flat.

This would be lovely and very easy maintenance for a person with wavy hair. Very very straight hair might have a harder time achieving that “lived-in” texture, BUT this client has the THICKEST, STRAIGHTEST, DENSEST hair and it worked out well! Proper product application, a diffuser, and a good attitude really help.

Sensational Short Choppy Hair

Sensational Short Choppy Hair
Instagram @guyriggio

Q&A with style creator, Guy Riggio
Master Cutter @ Meche Salon in Beverly Hills, LA


How would you describe this look?

The best thing about this choppy hair cut is I got to float the line below the jaw. 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.

I always like to make the bob look a little grown out, and that’s always my favorite look. 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.

This particular bob is tricky. Since she has very straight hair and it’s necessary to make sure that layers don’t really show, I tend to use very technical sectioning and technique (in this case triangular layers).

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. The color was done by Dawn Tracy at Meche Salon.

Any advice for someone considering it?

I would give this cut to a woman who is either ready for a change or loves to wear her hair short. I like to leave her hair a little bit longer as well so that she can have more options. Longer bobs always have little more leeway in terms of styling.

Lovely Long Choppy Hair with Bangs

Lovely Long Choppy Hair with Bangs
Instagram @hairbylianale

Q&A with style creator, Liana Le
Stylist @ Marie Robinson Salon in New York, NY


How would you describe this look?

The subtleties of movement and shape that complement individual features through this “invisible” layering technique leave endless range in creativity. It allows movement and creates volume without being visible too literally. I appreciate a classic Jane Birkin vibe. This choppy hair with bangs is cool, yet remains truly feminine and soft.

As far as styling this choppy hairstyle, I always like to get to know the habits of my clients. Lifestyle obviously plays a large role in how one would wear this haircut especially when a fringe is involved.

My very favorite tip (as I have a fringe and use this cheat myself) is to shampoo just the bangs and style them day to day along with my morning routine. The rest, I leave to the powers of dry shampoo or hair accessories.

I’m a believer of not over shampooing the hair. This habit will be favorable to the longevity of your overall scalp health and of course, your hair colorist will thank you for it.

Any advice for someone considering it?

A fringe is a commitment. Be ready for great hair days, but also annoyingly bad ones. Dry shampoos will be your very good friend. For my curly hair types that want a fringe to be ready for hot days that will turn you into Jennifer Beals from Flashdance.

I don’t always recommend working too hard against the natural behaviors of an individuals texture, but if frizz is a factor there are always smoothing treatments to consider (keratin, Brazilian, etc).

This might also be a great option for my more active clients who enjoy a cycling class more than three times a week. I usually advise my clients to come by for a bang trim every three to four weeks to keep up the look before their next haircutting appointment.

On days when your hair isn’t cooperating, I like to introduce hair accessories which I believe are making a great comeback.

Side-Parted Choppy Crop

Side-Parted Choppy Crop
Instagram @hairbyme_tabp

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 hair, complementing your fair skin tone. Go for this haircut if you have thick locks, and the layers will do some magic to offer a subtle movement.

Marvelous Medium Choppy Hair

Marvelous Medium Choppy Hair
Instagram @chrisgreenehair

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.

Cute Choppy Pixie Cut for Straight Hair

Cute Choppy Pixie Cut for Straight Hair
Instagram @hairbytarah

You’ll enjoy pulling this choppy pixie cut off as it’ll look great on your fine tresses, for sure! Go for an ash blonde color to boost the soft finish of your haircut while you flaunt it with a subtle texture. Promise—you’ll appear dazzling with this look!

Choppy Curly Crop

Choppy Curly Crop
Instagram @camyhairstylist

Who says you can’t wear pixie cut when you have natural curls? This is a gorgeous choppy curly crop to give you a charming and fresher look. Do you have a fair skin tone? If so, a mahogany shade of mane will suit you the best.

Gorgeous Short Shag for Thick Hair

Gorgeous Short Shag for Thick Hair
Instagram @cat_chehayl_hair

To give your locks a new body and shape, here’s the short shag with bangs to try! Feel free to style it with texture to bring out a lot of movement to your brown hair. Opt for the length where your hair ends at your collarbone if you want it to frame your face.