46 Most Requested Choppy Haircuts for a Subtly Edgy Style

Best choppy haircut ideas
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Cindy Marcus
Cindy Marcus Hairstylist, Editor-in-Chief

Looking for fun and flirty, different haircuts? 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. Chopped 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 textured and layered choppy haircuts and choppy hair styles for your inspiration.


#1: Golden Blonde Choppy Shoulder-Length Hair

For those wanting a bright, texturized style, golden blonde choppy shoulder-length hair is a great choice. If you have medium to thick hair, this bouncy, beautiful style removes some weight and heaviness.

Blonde Balayage Tones on a Choppy Lob
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#2: Blonde Balayage Tones on a Lob

You need to decide on the shade of blonde and maintenance level for your lob with blonde balayage tones. The main benefit of balayage is that it lets you choose the color intensity to match your lifestyle.

Long Choppy Brunette Hairstyle with Invisible Layers
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#3: Long Brunette Hairstyle with Invisible Layers

For an edgy yet subtle look, a long brunette hairstyle with invisible layers is a perfect choice. If you want added movement and texture in your hair, this cut can give it to you without taking away from its length! The key here is to make sure that each layer blends seamlessly into one another. So as not to create any harsh lines or angles. Ask your stylist about thinning shears and point-cutting techniques during the cutting process. These will ensure delicate layering throughout. To complete this style, use texturizing spray on dry hair. Then, lightly brush through before finishing off with a light-hold hairspray.

Soft, Choppy and Dimensional Long Bob with a middle part
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#4: Soft, Choppy and Dimensional Long Bob

Soft, choppy, and dimensional long bobs are a perfect match for most hair textures. If you want dimension, your top choice should be a lived-in color. A lived-in color looks more natural and has softer growth. These include techniques like balayage, foliage, root smudge, and root tap. Curling your hair also makes the colors pop. Try to remember this as your stylist dries your hair straight. Curling boosts the color while straightening blends it.

Easy Modern Textured Lob in Choppy Haircut
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#5: Easy Modern Textured Lob in Choppy Haircut

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 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. 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.

Lovely Long Choppy Hairstyle with Bangs
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#6: Lovely Long Choppy Hair with Bangs

This long choppy hair with bangs has movement and shape to complement individual features through this invisible layering technique, leaving an endless range of creativity. Long choppy haircuts with bangs are cool, yet remain truly feminine and soft

My 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. When it comes to long choppy hairstyles, a fringe is a commitment. Be ready for great hair days, but also annoyingly bad ones.

Medium-Length Choppy Hair with Layers for Women
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#7: Medium-Length Choppy Hair with Layers

This choppy hairstyle with layers is a fun hairstyle and is literally perfect for any girl, but the choppy texture is what makes it truly spectacular. This choppy medium-length hair is best when it’s a little imperfect and lived-in and it’s perfect for almost any hair type.

If you have straight locks 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.

#8: Deeply Side-Parted Choppy Lob

A choppy lob cut is so right now. Worn with lots of layers for texture, the more layers the more texture. With this in mind, add a deep side parting to create height and a volume spray when drying for body. My favorite way to style is with a tong and shake out for a rocky edgy feel.

Voluminous Long Copper Choppy Hair
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#9: Voluminous Long Copper Choppy Hair

This season’s hottest color, paired with voluminous long choppy hair is a great option. Opt for a tone that pairs well with your complexion. Ask your salon professional how to maintain your color at home between refreshes.

Long Choppy Hair with Blonde Balayage
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#10: Long Choppy Hair with Blonde Balayage

Here is a need to know before your next salon visit, a blonde balayage can come in a variety of tones. So, the number one way to collaborate on the best look is to bring photos of inspiration. Your stylist might recommend styles you hadn’t considered. For example, long choppy hair which could pair best with this lived-in look.

Marvelous Medium Choppy Hair
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#11: Marvelous Medium Choppy Hair

This dark sunkissed balayage on medium-length choppy hair is lifted by the subtle babylights and the messiness of the hair. When it comes to medium choppy hairstyles, choppy strands are the way to go if you’re wanting effortless volume and structure.

Shoulder-Length Textured Choppy Cut
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#12: Shoulder-Length Textured Cut

If you love choppy layers and want a more voluminous style, then this shoulder-length textured cut is for you. It’s one of the best haircuts for women with fine hair because the textured layers make it easy to create a fuller look with plenty of movement. Although versatile, this cut looks best when it’s styled with messy, brushed-out waves. If you didn’t own a texture spray before, you’ll want to get one now because it’s a total game-changer for this look.

Chin-Length Choppy Bob
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#13: Chin-Length Choppy Bob

Try a choppy chin-length bob for an effortless cool-girl style. Choppy layers give great fullness to even the finest of hair textures. The tousled look is created with a natural curl or curling iron and some volumizing hairspray.

Jaw-Length Edgy Choppy Bob
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#14: Jaw-Length Edgy Choppy Bob

An edgy jaw-length choppy bob is the cutest French style you will ever wear. Styling this look with a natural wave and curtain bangs, the bold lips will give you such a classic, elegant style perfect for a day out in Paris.

Related: Best jaw-length choppy bobs with bangs.

#15: Two-Toned Choppy Hair

A two-toned choppy haircut is very popular. The dark roots and light ends make for less maintenance with your color, giving it a lived-in look. The choppy length is achieved by point cutting, and also grows out naturally. If you would like a fairly low-maintenance hairstyle, this short choppy hair is for you.

choppy neck-length cut
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#16: Choppy Neck-Length Cut

This choppy cut is a fun, slightly edgy look with platinum blonde highlights. 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.

This model has fine blonde 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 of hair whether straight or with messy waves.

#17: Long Pixie with Long Layers

A long pixie with long layers is perfect for all ladies, but especially ladies with oval-shaped faces. Long pixie haircuts can be very fun and versatile to style. You may style your long choppy layers straight or curly, depending on your preference.

Short Choppy Layered Hair
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#18: Short Choppy Layered Hair

Short choppy layered hair never goes out of style. It suits all face shapes. Short choppy hairstyles look beautiful styled with natural-looking beach waves.

#19: The Shag Haircut for Older Women

The shag haircut for older women includes several piece-y, choppy layers. Adding bangs with face-framing layers helps pull a perfect women’s hairstyle together. Ladies with thinner hair should ask for surface layers to create a fuller look.

Textured Bob with Wispy Choppy Bangs
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#20: Textured Bob with Wispy Choppy Bangs

Try a textured choppy bob haircut with wispy choppy bangs to achieve an edgy, classic french style. Long, choppy bangs bring out the fun detail of this short choppy hairstyle. If you are looking for a carefree, low-maintenance cut, this is the cut for you! Blow out all the hair forward from the crown, piece it out with texturizing spray and a light pomade, then you’re good to go!

Wavy Long Hair with Choppy Layers
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#21: Wavy Long Hair with Choppy Layers

When it comes to choppy haircuts for long hair, wavy long hair with choppy layers creates a beautiful hair texture for long tresses. Layers are great if you want a change but don’t want to take the length off. It creates the perfect choppy hairstyle. Adding in loose beauty waves enhances the layers and creates an undone style. When deciding on whether to add layers, ponder on your wavy hair density first. Thicker hair works best with layers as it removes some of the bulk throughout the hair.

The Short Choppy Bob
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#22: The Short Choppy Bob

The short choppy bob style is crisp and a great way to accentuate thick wavy hair or create the illusion of thick hair on finer-textured hair. Bobs are essential for any hair type and texture because of their versatility. Length, angle, face shape, and layers are all considered when cutting a bob style. Make sure to ask your stylist what might work best for you. If you’re planning on getting a chopped bob cut for the first time, set aside some consultation time with your stylist for styling tips and tricks for your new style.

Choppy Bob Haircut
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#23: Choppy Bob Haircut

A choppy bob haircut is a chic way to spice up a more traditional bob cut. Adding in a slight angle and some soft layers create the perfect choppy bob style. A blunt perimeter keeps the thickness and density at the bottom of the hair, which works well for finer-haired women. The most popular way to style a bob cut is with messy beach waves, however styling it straight and sleek creates a different look, giving tons of versatility to this cut.

Shattered Pixie Haircut for Short Hair
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#24: Shattered Pixie Haircut for Short Hair

A shattered pixie haircut for short hair works essentially for any hair texture. Added texture makes the hair easy to style and gives the edgy, messy hairstyle an effortless look. Make sure to set up haircut appointments 4-6 weeks apart to keep the style looking fresh to maintain a pixie style. Investing in a good styling product, such as a texture cream, is vital for styling a pixie cut.

Choppy Lob Haircut for Thin Hair
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#25: Choppy Lob Haircut for Thin Hair

A choppy lob haircut for thin hair is an edgy cut that is easy to style and requires low upkeep. Wispy layers, bangs, and waves create extra dimension and volume.

Carrie Broadstock, a hairstylist from Southport, Merseyside, says, “When it comes to short choppy haircuts for thin hair like this, I began by wet cutting the hair with a blunt perimeter at the base of the neck, working at a slight graduation. Then, I created soft choppy layers using a point cutting technique.”

Disconnected choppy texture on messy bob
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#26: Disconnected Choppy Texture on Messy Bob

The disconnected choppy texture on a messy bob is trending right now. This beautiful cut has shorter layers underneath to create a piece-y look. Ask your stylist for some point cutting to create even more texture. Curling irons can be used in a random fashion to create tousled hair. A styling wax or texture cream is a must.

#27: Choppy Bob Hairstyle for Girls

A choppy bob hairstyle for girls can be great for an easy maintenance style. Created with a blunt cut and many layers helps keep this style easy for morning routines. Choppy bob haircuts look great on medium-density textures, choppy mid-length hair, and can be curled or straightened easily to change up the style.

Shaggy Bob with Bangs
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#28: Shaggy Bob with Bangs

The shaggy bob with bangs creates a gorgeous fringe bob. Perfect for heart-shaped faces with the bangs framing the eyes and textured ends right at chin-length. When styling shaggy choppy haircuts, use small metal clips at the root while drying helps to give lift through the crown. Use botanically infused Cult+King “Setspray” to hold your short choppy shag style and protect from heat.

#29: Asymmetrical Choppy Undercut Hair

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 sides adds depth to the hair by shadowing the hairline, creating an illusion of thickness. Ask your stylist for a deep side part and side bangs for added dimension.

Spiky and edgy short choppy haircut
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#30: Spiky and Edgy Short Choppy Haircut

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. When it comes to personal grooming, play around with some grooming clay from Aveda for a matte textured hold. The messier, the better.

Textured Choppy Short Bob
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#31: Textured Choppy Short Bob

A textured choppy short bob can be made to look good on all shapes and textures. Some ideas for short choppy cuts can vary with the lengths above or below the chin, how much weight removal is needed for finer to coarse hair, and how much layering shapes do depend on what you want for more or less volume. More layers within choppy bob hairstyles can add more volume and vice-versa. It’s your choice!

#32: Layered Choppy Bob with Fringe

A layered choppy bob with fringe haircut suits most face shapes. Playing with the overall length of the choppy hair will help accentuate your desired features and shape. When it comes to layered hairstyles, having those ends textured with a razor, point cutting, or slicing out some internal weight will give you perfect short choppy layered hairstyle.

#33: Classic Choppy Short Haircut

A classic choppy short textured haircut that has lots of textured layers and wispy ends works well with fine textures creating body and movement to the hair. If you have thicker hair you will want to ask your stylist to remove some weight, especially around the nape area. Over-direct the layers in this short choppy hairstyle for a longer look around the face. Style using “Anti-Gravity Lotion” and “Bedroom Hair” by Kevin Murphy.

Side-Parted Choppy Crop
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#34: Side-Parted Choppy Crop

A side-parted short choppy crop has plenty of movement and texture. Looks great on all face shapes with all the texture thrown in and a side-part. Throw in some curls to spruce up choppy pixie haircuts and spray with a beach spray or hair spray for hold and texture.

Face-Framing Long Choppy Hairstyle
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#35: Face-Framing Long Choppy Hairstyle

A face-framing long choppy hairstyle has a pretty flow with soft layering and movement. Add some long layering around the face for framing and some big waves to show off the texture. Great for low-maintenance needs and lived-in looks, this cut will grow out nicely for 6+ months.

Choppy Angled Layers
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#36: Angled Layers

For choppy haircuts for fine hair, angled layers suit women who are looking for volume and movement. This layered hairstyle works great for most hair types, but in particular, for fine hair. The angled line elongates the face while slimming the neck.

Jenn Antonelli, a hairstylist from Stoneham, MA, created this textured bob. She used graduated layers through the back while keeping the length behind the ear. “Finish it dry with textured blades and slide cutting to soften any thick spots,” she says.

Messy and Textured Choppy Cut
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#37: Messy and Textured Choppy Cut

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 cut 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
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#38: Short and Texturized with Top Choppy Layers for Women Over 50

This short pixie is a choppy and texturized women’s short haircut. 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, 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 short hairstyles are 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 style. 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. Choppy short haircuts tend to need frequent trims to keep them in shape.

Shoulder-Length Choppy Locks
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#39: Cute Shoulder-Length Choppy Locks

Choppy shoulder-length hair keeps a professional vibe yet fun style to keep it feeling fresh. Curl or flat iron this cute short style and use a good heat protector to maintain hair health. Medium-layered hair lays nicely right above the shoulders and really texturizing the ends gives it a choppy style. You can ask your stylist to do one length or shorter in the back with medium long textured layers.

#40: 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 your choppy blonde bob smooth, it looks like a sleek bob. If you enhance your natural texture or use curling tongs, 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.

#41: Playful and Wavy Choppy Bob for Fine Hair

This short 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 short choppy haircuts for 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.

#42: 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 emo 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.

“Choppy layered haircuts like this are also referred to as a shag, a shaggy haircut, or a choppy layered haircut,” she explains. “Creating texture with razors versus scissors 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
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#43: Blonde Choppy Hair with Middle Part

To add fullness and texture, try a blonde choppy haircut with a middle part. Soft layers and a slight angle create the ideal shape for a choppier cut. Although you can create choppiness with any length of hair, it usually works best with shorter, bob-like styles versus medium choppy haircuts.

#44: Ash Blonde Choppy Pixie Cut for Super Short Straight Hair

An ash blonde choppy pixie cut for super short straight hair shows off an undercut perfectly. Cool-toned blonde with a darker underneath color makes a super short haircut interesting with the dimension it brings out. Over-directing layers to the back for a longer angle around the face and short layers through the crown for lift.

Choppy Curly Hair with Dark-Rooted Blonde Color
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#45: Choppy Curly Hair with Dark-Rooted Blonde Color

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.

#46: Gorgeous Choppy Shag for Thick Hair

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.