Top 22 Choppy Hairstyles You’ll See in 2018

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.

Little Imperfect and Lived-in

Picture of a little imperfect and lived-in choppy hairstyleInstagram @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 look 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.

Face-Framing Balayage

Face-Framing Balayage hairstyleInstagram @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 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 look 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 look 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 stereotype. 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.

Modern Textured Lob

Modern Textured Lob hairstyleInstagram @hezstudio

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


How would you describe this look?

This look 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.

Versatile Classic Style

Versatile Classic Style hairstyleInstagram @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 look 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.

Slightly Edgy

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 look 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.

Lived-In Look

Lived-In Look hairstyleInstagram @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 colour 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 style, 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, layered 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 bob!

Playful Choppy Bob

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!

Rebel With A Cause

Rebel With A Cause hairstyleInstagram @nicolekiri

Q&A with style creator, Nicole Orzechowski
Director @ Rush Hair in High Wycombe, England


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

This look to me is a punk era, rebel with a cause. It means standing strong in knowing the power of one’s self and expressing it through this individual look. It means not being afraid to be exactly who you choose to be, wholeheartedly and unapologetically.

My favorite bit is the statement fringe!

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

To achieve this look, I recommend using a texture or salt spray whilst wet such as L’Oreal PLI Thermo-Modelling Spray. Rough dry the hair, giving a little root lift with your fingers. Straighten the hair, just don’t be too formal. Any direction works!

To finish I would use a texture dust through the top, L’Oreal Super Dust being my first choice. Rough it up a little and finish off with a little hairspray.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

This would suit an oval or heart shaped face best as the fringe is quite a statement and will balance out the face. It’s easy to fix up so isn’t too time consuming and could be versatile with most hair textures!

It’s all about the way you carry yourself when rocking something like this. In my opinion, confidence is the best thing to go with this look. As for age, there is no limit!

70s Rocker Vibe

70s Rocker Vibe hairstyleInstagram @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 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 HairInstagram @guyriggio

Lovely Long Choppy Hair with Bangs

Lovely Long Choppy Hair with BangsInstagram @hairbylianale

Sassy Chic

This sassy and stylish look will make any beauty look like they just walked off the runway! It’s a great style for day or night.

Cute Choppy Hairstyle In Blonde Pixie

Cute Choppy Hairstyles In Blonde Pixie Side View

How to:

  1. While hair is damp, apply a volumizing gel or mousse and comb through to ensure it is root to end.
  2. Blow dry hair using a small round brush through the crown, while the fringe will require a flat or paddle brush. Make sure to lift hair as you dry the crown area where you want the most volume. Smooth fringe and sides with dryer set on low to avoid frizz.
  3. With this look, a wax or paste is not always required. Try using your favorite working hairspray (medium hold). Use your fingers to piece out and place hair after misting hairspray. Once you have it looking just how you like, give it a final spray and youll be ready to go!

Recommended Products:

A working hairspray is a fancy way to say it is a medium hold and will not dry instantly giving you time to move hair around.  Pravana’s Super Shape hairspray will do just this for you.  As you layer the spray it builds up to give you more hold, while washes right out once you hit the shower!

Best Face Shape and Hair Texture:

Diamond and heart shaped faces carry this look off well. Fine to medium straight hair will make this a breeze to style.

Tips:

Make sure to hold your hairspray 12 inches away from your hair to avoid stiff spots.

Marvelous Medium Choppy Hair

Marvelous Medium Choppy HairInstagram @chrisgreenehair

This dark sunkissed balayage on medium hair is lifted by the subtle babylights and the messiness of the hair. Choppy is the way to go if you’re wanting effortless volume and structure.

Pixie Pieces

Short pixies are one of the hottest looks right now. Follow in some of your favorite celebrity’s footsteps and go bold!

Choppy Brunette Pixie - Side View

Choppy Brunette Pixie Sideswept Bangs

How to:

  1. Apply sea salt spray to damp hair. Blow dry with a vent brush in the direction you want your final style to be.
  2. Using a dry paste (such as Label.m Matte Paste), begin piecing out your funky layers. Pinch and pull slightly in the direction you want the hair to go. Make sure to use small pieces so that you can achieve a piecey look instead of chunks.

Recommended Products:

Sea salt helps to separate hair and give it a grittier texture that we sometimes need. Label.m has a fantastic sea salt spray that can provide just the right amount of hold and texture for this short and easy look.

Best Face Shape and Hair Texture:

Heart and diamond shape faces wear this piecey pixie well, while fine straight hair makes styling a breeze.

Tips:

If your fine locks start to feel limp, it may just be a little product that hasn’t washed out. Try using a sulfate-free clarifying shampoo once a week to lighten the load.

Chop it Up

Not all choppy looks need to be worn down. Try this piecey fun upstyle for your next party or night out!

Choppy Hairstyle Highlighted Brunette

Choppy Hairstyle Highlighted Brunette - Side View

How to:

  1. While hair is slightly damp, apply your favorite styling cream. Blow dry with a flat brush and sweep fringe off to the side.
  2. Apply a fiber paste to hands and rub slightly to activate fibers. Begin applying paste to ends by using a scrunching motion. Pinch ends between your pointer finger and thumb to create smaller pieces.
  3. Separate side hair that you will be pulling up. Hold the entire section between fingers and twist twice directing towards top of head. Secure with bobby pins in a crisscross pattern. Repeat on the opposite side.
  4. Smooth ends of hair left out around face, fringe, and any unruly ends with a flat iron. Mist with your favorite hairspray to hold all day (or night!).

Recommend Products:

A great smoothing, all purpose styling cream is Pravana’s Relax. It tames unruly curly hair, but also has a soft hold and smoothes wavy and straight hair too.

Best Face Shape and Hair Texture:

Any face shape can rock this funky layered upstyle. Medium to thick hair with wavy to curly texture works best.

Tips:

Add a flower, headband or sparkly clip to dress this look up for a wedding or special night out.

Choppy Curly Crop

Who says straight haired ladies get to have all the choppy fun? Take your curls to the next level with a funky layered crop.

Auburn Choppy Curly Cropped Style

How to:

  1. Apply your favorite curl cream (such as Redken’s Ringlet) and comb through. Next, take a small amount of a fiber paste, rub in your hands to activate, and scrunch through your ends.
  2. Dry hair with a diffuser attachment on your dryer. Arrange hair with your hands as you dry.
  3. Once you are completely dry, add a bit more fiber paste if needed. Rub in palms to activate and separate out your curls in a pinch and pull motion.
  4. Finish off with your favorite shine enhanced hairspray and you are ready to rock and roll!

Recommended Products:

Finding a hairspray that you love can be challenging. I keep a few in my cabinet, but my go-to is always Pravana’s Super Shape. If you only are looking for a light hold, mist hair from 12 inches away. For more of a medium to firm hold, I add a second spray. If I really don’t want it to move, one more spray and it’s not going anywhere until I wash it out!

Best Face Shape and Hair Texture:

Curly locks are a must for this funky style. Medium to thick hair works best as well. Round, heart, oval and even square face shapes look amazing in this easy and fun crop.

Tips:

Keep your curls hydrated! Always use a shampoo and conditioner that is specific to your hair type. If you’re not sure, make sure to ask your stylist. They would be happy to help you find the perfect regimen.

Edgy Ease

If edgy is how you roll, then this is a look for you! With minimal effort, you’ll look like you’ve spent all morning getting this perfectly messed up do.

Choppy Brunette Hairstyle Side Part Highlighted Style for Straight Hair

How to:

  1. Apply a straightening cream to damp hair. Make sure to comb through to cover each strand.
  2. Blow dry hair using a flat paddle brush. It is easiest to section hair up, secure with a clip and bring down smaller sections as you dry. This will keep hair smooth and straight.
  3. After drying, mist hair with a sea salt spray. This gives a light texture, almost like you’ve been swimming in the ocean. Comb through and let dry for a minute.
  4. Clip hair up and leave out a 1 ½ inch section to flat iron. Flat iron each section in a consistent, slow motion to avoid damaging hair.
  5. After you are done flat ironing the entire head, flip your head over and give it a shake to loosen hair up and give it an undone look.
  6. Piece out ends by misting with hairspray and pinching and placing the desired layers.

Recommended Products:

Sea salt spray sounds a little scary, like it would dry out your hair, but it doesn’t! It gives you a gritty texture that helps hair hold curl, flips and choppiness. Try Pravana’s Beach Wave Mist.

Best Face Shape and Hair Texture:

Round, oval and heart shaped beauties rock this edgy style. Any straight hair, whether it be thick, medium or fine, can achieve this look too.

Tips:

Your flat iron should never be turned up to the highest heat setting (unless you have extremely coarse, curly, unruly hair). Always start at a lower setting and turn it up slightly if your hair is not responding to the heat.  You’ll be happy you did when you don’t have crispy ends!

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.