18 Short Choppy Hairstyles to Inspire Your New Look

Get inspired to try out a shorter look in our collection of on-trend choppy short hair ideas.

We are loving that short choppy hairstyles are all the rage again. A cut that was widely popular in the ’90s, choppy hairstyles are making a resurgence. We are seeing tons of variations on short choppy lobs, bobs and funky asymmetrical cuts. Proof that there really is a choppy cut for everyone! Part of the appeal of short choppy styles is that they flatter women of all ages, add an edginess to any ‘do and provide some youthful-looking volume.

To help you figure out your perfect cut, we’re sharing a collection of choppy hairstyles we love—ranging from the typical to the unexpected—that are sure to inspire your new short look.

1. Pixie Cut

short choppy hairstyles with the pixie
Pixie cuts are great for adding body to fine hair. Photo credit: Suzanne Cohen Photography

Short choppy hair ideas are a thin-haired girl’s best friend! If you’re feeling fed up with your fine locks, try out a choppy pixie cut. While the length might take some adjustment, asking your stylist to add in some long layers around your face will help to add a feminine touch to this androgynous style. For styling your new look, use a workable hair wax to add some serious depth and definition to your new choppy mane.

2. Graduated Bob

short choppy hairstyles with a bob
Hair weighing you down? Try a graduated bob. Photo credit: Dvora

It’s a myth that those with thick hair can’t rock a choppy short hair look. The graduated bob 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.

3. Asymmetric Bob

short choppy hairstyles with an asymmertic bob
Bored of bobs? Go asymmetric. Photo credit: Allyson Alapont

While the bob is definitely up there as one of the most popular feathered hairstyles, sometimes this look can be borderline dull. If you’re looking for something a bit more out-of-the-box, try a trendy asymmetrical bob! This two-toned haircut is all about depth as it adds some sophisticated vibes to your style.

4. Choppy Lob

short choppy hairstyles with a lob
The ‘it’ choppy haircut of the moment a.k.a. the lob. Photo credit: Verity Jane Smith

Long bobs are already a blogger favorite, but did you know that they’re also one of the best choppy hairstyles for beginners? A shoulder-skimming style is a great way to test out this look while still retaining some length. And it’s pretty versatile in the hairstyling department where you can opt for straight hair or these cool waves.

5. Blunt Bob and Bangs

short choppy hairstyles with a blunt bob
A classic look that’s never going out of style. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

Or maybe you want a classic short crop for your new look. We totally get that! For a modern update on the bob, opt for a stylish blunt bob/bangs combo that falls right at your cheekbones. We love how this chic choppy haircut can work on all face shapes as it defines your features, making you look fierce and super mod.

6. Modern Mullet

short choppy hairstyles with a mullet
Business in the front, party in the back! Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

As seen on the runway, the modern mullet is a far more wearable reincarnation, combining voluminous, choppy short hair at the crown of the head, with a sleeker look through the lengths. To hold onto your look a little longer, spray some of the Nexxus Between Washes Smooth & Clean Dry Shampoo Foam onto your hair and go about your day.



7. Shag Hair

short choppy hairstyles with the shag
Longer, choppier layers are a hallmark of the modern shag. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

Another blast from the past favorite, shags are all about rocking a texturized look that’s accentuated by their piece-y layers. Pump up the texture with some TRESemmé Volume Thickening Spray.



8. Heavy Bangs

short choppy hairstyles with thick bangs
A choppy look that’s all about its strong bangs. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

The modern bob is all about texture and we can’t get enough of this choppy chin-length cut that’s paired with a cute bang.

9. Choppy Hair and Waves

short choppy hairstyles with a wave
A combo style we can’t get enough of: wavy, choppy hair. Photo credit: Suzanne Cohen Photography

Choppy hair and waves pair gorgeously together. We just love this combination on mid-length or short hair as you can rock your layers and show off your modern-day waves.

10. Spiky Pixie

short choppy hairstyles with a pixie
Get the gamine look with a short pixie and micro bangs. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

One of our fave short choppy hairstyles is short spiky haircuts for women. You can rock this look naturally or play up the texture by using some Bed Head by TIGI Manipulator Matte Cream.



11. Bowl Cut and Micro Bangs

short choppy hairstyles with micro bangs
A short choppy cut made perfect with micro bangs. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

Short choppy haircuts with bangs are always a good idea. Rock the latest trend of the season with this eye-catching short choppy haircut and micro fringe combo.

12. Full Choppy Shag

short choppy hairstyles with a shag
The perfect choppy cut if you want more length to your mane. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

If you’re seeking to add more length to your short choppy hairstyles, then this look is all you. Be sure to visit a salon where they can perfect these face-framing layers, complete with a shaggy bang.

13. Wavy Shag

a female model with short choppy curly hair on a runway
Embrace your natural wave with this shaggy look. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

Another take on this look, the wavy shag, is all about embracing your natural texture. To help your waves out, scrunch some mousse in your hair for the ultimate in defined waves.

14. Lightly Slicked-Back

short choppy hairstyles with gel
Rock the slicked-back hair look with your short hair. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

Want to rock the slicked-back hairstyle without too much gel? Try out this slicked-back style that only uses a little bit of gel to hold your hair back.

15. Gelled Hairstyle

short choppy hairstyles with hair gel
Rock the full gelled look with this style. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

Another take on the gelled-back look is this flipped out style. We love how this short choppy hairstyle creates some fake bangs that you can rock on either side of your head.

16. Short Flippy Hairstyles

short choppy hairstyles with a flip
Short choppy style with a flip? Yes, please! Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

You’ll flip out (quite literally) with this cool short chop. We love how this style offers something a little bit different with a slight bend in the bob. Pair this with a long bang and you’re set for a stylish short cut for the season.

17. Subtle Wavy Chop

short choppy hairstyles with a wavy chop
A subtle yet gorgeous wavy chop. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

Short choppy hairstyles are all about subtle layers that are cut ever-so-slightly on the ends. Go for a dramatic part and scrunch up your hair with some sea salt spray for the ultimate modern cut.

18. Choppy Afro

short choppy hairstyles with natural hair
Short, choppy style on afro hair. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

Rock a natural afro with choppy layers. We love this modern take on a look that’s all about embracing your texture.

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