Short Hairstyles

The ultimate guide to short choppy hairstyles: From pixie cuts to graduated bobs

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Love the look of short choppy hair, but are yet to find a ‘do that works for you? Then take a look at our gallery of celeb-approved styles…


Thanks to stars like Jennifer Aniston and Meg Ryan, short choppy hairstyles became hugely popular back in the ’90s. And no matter how many kooky trends have emerged since (tinsel hair, we’re looking at you!) choppy hairstyles are still a firm favourite. In fact, from the universally loved lob to this season’s très chic French bob, they’ve never been so relevant.

Part of their eternal appeal is that they flatter women of any age, from teens to retirees, with the right cut adding an edginess to any ‘do and providing youthful-looking volume to ageing tresses. And to enable you to find your perfect style, we’ve rounded up some of our favourite A-list looks to help break it down! So, whether you’re already a loyal fan of short choppy haircuts, or you’re contemplating your first foray into the trend, just keep scrolling…

6 of our favourite short choppy hairstyles


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Pixie cuts are great for adding body to fine hair. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

1. Pixie cut

Forget diamonds, choppy haircuts are a thin-haired girl’s best friend! If you’re feeling fed up with your fine locks, we recommend trying a textured pixie cut on for size. While the length might take some adjustment, asking your stylist to add in some longer layers around your face will help to add a feminine touch to this androgynous style.

Editor’s tip: Want to style your layered pixie just like Miley‘s? Then we recommend using a workable hair wax, like the VO5 Soft Moulding Wax, to add tonnes of definition.

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Hair weighing you down? Try a graduated bob. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

2. Graduated bob

It’s a myth that those with thick hair can’t rock a choppy short hair look. The graduated bob (AKA the pob, made popular thanks to Posh Spice’s sleek ‘do) is a great way to reduce the natural heaviness of your locks! The hair at the nape of the neck is clipped super short – or even shaved – and cut at an angle. With this look you benefit from the weightlessness of a shorter crop, while also maintaining a flattering length around your jawline.

Editor’s tip: Dreaming of hair as shiny as Jourdan Dunn‘s? All you need to do is smooth a hair oil, such as the Alberto Balsam Smooth & Sleek Nourishing Oil, through your tresses after straightening. Yes, it’s as simple as that!

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Bored of bobs? Go asymmetric. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

3. Asymmetric bob

While the bob is one of the most popular short choppy haircuts, know that it’s not for everyone. If you’re looking for something a bit more unique, why not give this classic look a fresh twist by opting for an asymmetric bob? By simply tucking one side behind her ear, Gone Girl actress Rosamund Pike shows us just how sophisticated this style can look – all with minimal effort.

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Make like an A-lister with a lob. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

4. Lob

Long bobs are already a celeb favourite, but did you know that they’re also one of the best choppy hairstyles for beginners? Yep, it’s true, so if you’ve always wanted to try out a cropped ‘do, a shoulder-skimming style like Lucy Hale‘s is the perfect way to test the waters!

Editor’s tip: Loving Lucy’s effortless waves? To steal her look, simply scrunch 2-5 pumps (depending on the length and thickness of your hair) of the TRESemmé Perfectly (un)Done Wave Creating Sea Foam into your strands, before blow-drying. Whether you have poker-straight hair or a natural curl, it’ll help you to create undone movement.

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Look to the French for your next chop. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

5. French bob

Feel like there’s nothing new going on in the short hair world? Well, you’d be wrong, because new choppy haircuts are constantly cropping up! We’ve already spoken about our love affair with the new French bob trend and model Sam Rollinson is a prime example of how chic this low-maintenance style can look. Plus, we adore the way her uneven fringe adds an imperfect, DIY vibe.

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Business in the front, party in the back! Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

6. Modern mullet

Wait, before you turn your nose up at the mullet, know that this retro style has been given a contemporary update for all you lovely ladies out there! The modern mullet, loved by stars like Taylor Swift, is a far more wearable reincarnation, combining voluminous, choppy short hair at the crown of the head, with a sleeker look through the lengths. Honestly, it’s a must-try!

Editor’s tip: To recreate Taylor’s mane, sprinkle some of the VO5 Instant Oomph Powder into your roots and use your finger tips to work it in. Et voila, instant volume!


Enjoyed these short choppy hair looks? Great! But if we’ve left you pondering going shorter, check out our Short Hairstyles page for even more inspiration. You’ll also find practical can’t-live-without styling tips, including these genius short hair styling hacks!

14 March 2017