A choppy bob just means medium length hair with that extra essence of style. It’s no secret that the bob haircut is definitely one of the chicest, most timeless looks around.
But if you want to give things a fresh, modern twist, then a choppy bob is the perfect way to add a contemporary touch. And if you happen to have a lob (AKA a long bob), you don’t need to feel left out, as you too can get yourself a choppy bob – just ask Selena Gomez.
Great for every face shape and hair texture, this dramatically layered cut works a treat for just about all occasions – yep, it’s true. So if you’re considering getting a choppy bob, or you already have one that’s in dire need of style update, check out our ultimate guide on choppy hairstyles and why we’re loving this look, below.
Featuring a side parting and a delicate, sweeping fringe, this dreamy bob on House star Olivia Wilde is ready to transform your look! So what are you waiting for?
Straight and Subtle
The ’90s Bob
Singer Dua Lipa is giving us serious ’90s vibes with her nod to Monica Geller’s iconic hairstyle. We just love it and we know fans of Friends will approve too. Credit: @dualipa
Shoulder-Length Choppy Bob
Nothing quite beats a shoulder-length bob right now – it is one of this year’s hottest haircuts after all! But instead of opting for a straight and sleek Olivia Palermo style bob, try a choppy finish for a more tousled and textured look. Credit: @rafaelbertolucci1
Nothing screams choppy bob quite like a shag haircut. With plenty of layers and tousled finish, a shag haircut is great for short to medium hair and while it’ll look great on thick hair, this cut is especially great for those with fine hair which lacks volume and movement. Credit: @salsalhair
Choppy Bob for Fine Hair
Anyone with fine hair will know that while long hair may be goals, it isn’t always the best length when you lack body and movement – which is where a choppy bob comes in. Credit: @hair.by.rayann
Top tip: Ask your hairstylist for long layers to help add width and give the appearance of thicker strands.
Cut short at the nape and longer at the front, this choppy bob is reminding us of the now iconic ‘pob‘ hairstyle pioneered by none of than fashion icon Victoria Beckham in 2006.
Make this your next look if you missed it the first time around, or if you love it so much you want to wear it again. Credit: @annawhiteheadxx
Long Bob with a Feathered Fringe
This softer, lighter take on the choppy bob works particularly well with a fringe. For best results, keep your bangs light and feathered, and style the rest of your hair sleek and smooth.
Now, if you’re dreaming of getting a long choppy bob, you’ll be thrilled to know you can also give this romantic style a whirl. We don’t need telling twice!
Editor’s tip: Try prepping your tresses with a few spritzes of the VO5 Sleek Blow-dry Spray before blow-drying. Trust us: your charming, sleek look will come into action before your very eyes!
Shag haircuts have fast become one of the most sought-after hairstyles thanks to the likes of Edie Campbell and Mica Arganaraz and we are totally here for it!
Textured Choppy Bob
Now you have the short choppy bob you wanted, it’s time to learn how to show it off. Reach for a texturising spray to define your layers and give your tresses a messy effect.
Editor’s tip: To emulate Jourdan’s beach waves and tousled texture, reach for VO5 Texturising Sea Salt Spray.
Simple spray evenly onto towel-dried hair. Scrunch it through with your hands and let your hair air-dry. Or for added texture use the spray on dry hair from root to tip until it is slightly damp. Twist your hair into strands and blow-dry strands into messy waves.
Side-Parted Choppy Bob
Looking for a hot-to-trot short choppy bob hairstyle that’ll flatter and enhance your face shape? Well, look no further, because this pretty, unfussy side-parted hairstyle is all you need!
Grey Wavy Bob
Now you’ve got the dream cut it’s time to turn your attention to your hair colour and we’re obsessed with this choppy bob with a cool grey hue. Will this be your next look? Credit: @hairandmakeupbyjessicasweeney
Honey Blonde Bob
From the honey blonde hue to the big zig-zag waves, this choppy blonde bob is ticking all our hair boxes. Credit: @rhianonmareehair
Choppy Bob with Blunt Ends
We love how the blunt choppy ends of this bob help to make the hair appear fuller and thicker while the shorter section at the nape helps to distribute the weight and frame the face. Credit: @erinstonerstylist
’70s Choppy Bob
We are obsessed with all things ’70s right now and no look is complete without a cool ’70s-esque haircut like this shag complete with flipped out bangs. Credit: @yj_london
Straight and Choppy
If you have thick, straight hair, then this hairstyle will work a treat on your natural texture to create an ultra-modern look. Want to know the best part? It requires next to no styling!
Long Choppy Bob
She may have the holy grail of eyebrows, but model and actress Cara Delevingne clearly knows a thing or two about hairstyles too.
Side Bangs and Choppy Bob Combo
Subtle Choppy Bob
If you want to try out a new haircut, but are feeling apprehensive about whether the choppiness will work for you, then why not try a slightly toned-down version of the short choppy bob?
Rather than going all out with dramatically contrasting layers, just ask your stylist to work in a few piecey ones at the ends to create a more subtle, textured look.
Ready to inject your short choppy bob with a glamorous edge? Then why not try working in some Hollywood-inspired voluminous curls?
Whether you’re heading out to a swanky cocktail event, a wedding or even for office, this style will have you looking totally on point. And for maximum style points, pair the look with a red pout and get ready to #slay! Credit: @eliftasel
Choppy Ombre Bob
Looking for a hairstyle that’s not only stylish but incredibly flattering? Then you’re in luck as this choppy layered bob is just what you need. Credit: @gracieivbrandt
Wavy Highlighted Bob
Wondering how to style a choppy bob? While this cut looks great on most hair types, you can really show off the choppy finish by adding waves like above. Credit: @kaila_cleaverandcohair
Don’t knock it until you try it – this choppy bangs style is ideal for those looking for an alternative way to get on board the choppy bob trend.
Artistic Choppy Bob
You can always rely on Rita Ora to up the hair game. Taking the choppy bob and adding in a cropped fringe was enough to have us save the style to our camera roll, but it’s her precision hair placement that we simply admire.
Short Choppy Bob with Bangs
Want to really make a stylish impact with your choppy bob choice? Then try getting some choppy bangs cut in, for a Parsian-approved hairstyle that’s all kinds of chic.
Trust us: the dreamy combination of a choppy bob and bangs will seriously help to accentuate the boldness of this look. And let’s be honest, who wouldn’t want to look a little like a French It-girl? Credit: @salsalhair
Stacked Bob with Choppy Layers
Stacked bob + choppy layers = ultra-voluminous locks! So, if you’re dealing with a bob hairstyle that falls on the finer side of the texture scale, getting this amplifying duo will instantly give you a fuller-looking mane! We’re totally sold. Credit: @headrushdesignsbyjulieann
Editor’s tip: Thinking of having a colour overhaul? Then be sure to use a wash and care system formulated with coloured tresses in mind.
Selena Gomez’ Punk Rocker Choppy Bob
Recently, Selena Gomez bid farewell to her signature brunette tresses and welcomed bleach blonde, Nirvana hair. Selena’s bold hue and (in our opinion) her long choppy bob haircut has got to be one of her most surprising hairstyles to date.
Platinum Choppy Bob
With years of experience on the catwalk, Coco Rocha knows what looks good and how to pull it off, which is why we are taking notes on how she is working this choppy bob.
Colourful Long Choppy Bob
Give your long choppy bob a peachy-pink colourful update, just like this stylish Instagrammer – and isn’t it breathtaking?
This refreshing, fun and dimensional mix of colours will help accentuate your choppy layers, brighten up your overall look and ensure you steal the spotlight at your next event. Credit: @riawna
Braided Choppy Bob
Just because you’re sporting a short choppy bob, that doesn’t mean braids are out of the question. In fact, braids – like this 3-strand braid – are perfectly doable on shorter hair. Plus, by popping in a few coloured bobby pins to secure the plait, you’ll have a unique and ultra-chic style in seconds! Credit: @kristin_ess
Medium Choppy Bob
You don’t have to cut your hair short to get in on the choppy hair trend. Channel Kristen Bell vibes with this medium choppy bob. Credit: @paulkemphairdressing1
Stacked Short Choppy Bob
Growing out a pixie cut but find yourself in that awkward in-between stage? Then turn to actress Sarah Paulson who has the perfect transitional style with this stacked long pixie-meets-bob hairstyle.
Curtain Bangs with Choppy Bob
Choppy haircuts can get a bad rap for being overly severe, but this sweet and romantic look definitely proves otherwise. Its soft waves, parted fringe and delicate pink hue makes for an utterly face-flattering style! Credit: @hairbytory
While soft waves seem to be a popular choice to show off a choppy bob style, it’s this bedhead look that we are totally loving for second or even, third-day hair, and all you need to create this look is a simple spritz of a texturising dry shampoo. Credit: @shelleyshellll
Editor’s tip: Don’t let limp strands get your down, spray tresses with TONI&GUY Matt Texture Dry Shampoo to instantly refresh your locks and add an effortless textured finish to your look.
Ice Blonde Choppy Layered Bob
We’ve seen plenty of ice blonde hues on and off the runway recently and we think it looks absolutely stunning when paired with a choppy layered bob. Credit: @southerncharmsalon
Empire star Taraji P Henson took to the red carpet with a flawless choppy bob complete with feathered layers, which were accentuated by her soft waves and side fringe.
Subtle and Sweet
We all know choppy layers are a great way to add definition and body to fine locks, but that doesn’t mean girls with thick hair can’t jump on board too.
Styling her mahogany brown hair in a soft choppy bob with full Bardot-esque bangs, this Instagram babe is making us seriously envious. Credit: @modsalons
Highlighted Choppy Bob
From straight to wavy, brunette to blonde – there really is no limit to how you can rock a choppy bob! And this ash blonde hue is just another way to ensure your cut looks picture-perfect. Credit: @kimkirklandhair
Long Choppy Bob with Bangs
Want to try a choppy look, but don’t want to go too short? Then know that a long bob can work just as well with choppy layers!
Add full bangs and channel your inner rock goddess.
Accessorised Short Choppy Bob
If you’re less than proficient at styling your short choppy locks, upgrading your ‘do with hair accessories is your best option. Don’t believe us? Just one peek at the surreal picture will have you running to the accessory shop! Credit: @beautsoup